CORONAVIRUS MEASURES & SUPPORT INFORMATION
One day recently, when the church was open for a funeral, a parishioner slipped in to light a candle. As I passed by, her immediate response was to apologise for doing this. I lifted my hands in a “no problem” gesture. She then explained the reason for her visit, a sudden crisis in her family, she was terribly distressed. Coming in to the sacred space, to Our Lady’s altar, saying a prayer of petition, lighting the candle and having a quick word with her priest I hope brought her some comfort and relief. It has been unbearable for many weeks to have the doors of the church closed, not being able to welcome parishioners with their petitions and prayers. Now thankfully we can reopen the church for private prayer and quiet visits. The normal schedule will be from mid morning to early evening each day. Sanitzers will be available and helpfully everyone will adhere to the regulations which the government have prescribed for us. Please keep the visits short and don’t join in prayers with others and we can all enjoy this new found freedom. Please continue to follow the Mass at either Mount Merrion, or from Kilmacud where Fr Paddy is resuming saying Mass for us by webcam. In the coming weeks we will be planning for the return to celebrating public Mass and we are looking forward to that very much. In the meantime keep well, stay safe, look after each other.
Legion of Mary
The Parish branch of the Legion of Mary have cancelled their meetings until further notice.
LIST OF CHURCHES WITH WEBCAMS
Church of St. Therese, Mount Merrion
St Mary’s Pro Cathedral, Dublin 1
RTE NEWS NOW
RTÉ will air Mass every weekday at 10.30am from St Eunan’s and St Columba’s Cathedral, Letterkenny, on RTÉ News Now.
The broadcasts will continue at least until 29 March, when current public health measures will be reviewed by the Government. RTÉ News Now can be accessed on Saorview (channel 21), Sky (521), Virgin Media (200), Eir (517) as well as via the RTÉ Player, the RTÉ News Now app and via RTÉ.ie/news.
This content will also be available on the RTÉ Player, both live and on catch-up.
Mass is broadcast daily at 10.00am and on Sunday at 10.00am and 11.00am. Listen on Saorview ch210
A list of all Church webcams in the Diocese https://www.dublindiocese.ie/list-of-churches-with-webcams-to-watch-listen-to-daily-mass/
Prayer resources from the Catholic Communications Office which are regularly updated and include resources from the Diocesan Liturgy Office https://www.dublindiocese.ie/prayer-resources-for-use-during-coronavirus-pandemic/
Diocesan Prayer Resource https://www.dublindiocese.ie/press-and-pause-button/
No lockdown on Messenger - The Messenger is still being printed and distributed monthly. However, some may find it hard to access it. Thus, we are offering a free digital subscription for three months. If you would like to receive this, please send an email to email@example.com, with message digital their publications can be ordered at www.messenger.ie/bookshop
Soon to come in May: Theology and Ecology by Dermot Lane
Support Services for Older and Vulnerable People
COVID-19 community supports are now in place to ensure vulnerable members of the community are reached and helped at this time.
These comprise the local authority, Health Service Executive, County Champions, An Post, Community Welfare Service, An Garda Síochána, other State organisations, charities and other stakeholders.
These Dedicated helplines are focused specifically on ensuring that the cocooning elderly, vulnerable members of the community or those living alone can access deliveries of groceries, medicine and fuels.
Please try to ensure any vulnerable or elderly people in your parish help are aware of these services.
Dublin City Council
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Fingal County Council
Helpline 01-8905000 with the lines open from 9am to 5pm seven days a week.
E mail - email@example.com.
Helpline 01 271 3199. Opens 9am every day.
E mail firstname.lastname@example.org
dlr Libraries launches new Book Drop service to cocooning residents!
Friday 17 April marks the 5th anniversary of the launch of dlr LexIcon, the largest library and cultural space in the nation, and in a new initiative to mitigate COVID19 social isolation we are delighted to announce that under the banner of our existing Community Call service, members of the public who are cocooning at home can now be delivered library items!
During these COVID 19 restrictions our Library Service has expanded on its significant digital resources to offer as comprehensive a service as possible to library users. However, for those without access to online services these digital resources, while valuable, do not replace, for some members of our community, the joy of a physical book.
On our dlr Community Call helpline, the Council staff will take details and a library staff member will then handle the referral, contacting the individual and organising library material for them. The staff member will have a chat about what they like to read, listen or watch and we will endeavour to find some suitable items and possibly a wildcard book too!
The selection of books and other items is then delivered out to the recipient alongside a specially made small care parcel! Our care parcel includes some small items, including locally sourced soap, chocolate, some wildflower seeds and an art piece.
If you need a top-up selection of stock, you simply ring the Community Call number again and we will organise for additional material to go out to you. All items are on long loan, there are no overdue fines or fees and access to the service is always FREE.
Speaking of the launch of the initiative, An Cathaoirleach Councillor Shay Brennan said
“This really is a very worthwhile added initiative by our Library Services, which ties in with the Councils existing Community Call helpline. Not everybody who is cocooning has access to digital resources and the delivery of books and other library items to those at home will really help to alleviate some of the unfortunate side effects of these necessary COVID19 restrictions, especially social isolation and difficulties accessing services. The addition of the care package is a very thoughtful touch at a time when kindness is very much appreciated.”
In addition to providing social support in the form of our book drop initiative we are currently assisting elderly, cocooning and vulnerable residents with grocery and pharmacy deliveries.
This new initiative tied to our dlr Community Call response will help to reassure people that we are thinking of them and want them to reach out to us. dlr Libraries services are looking forward to seeing everyone again when we re-open our library doors, but in the meantime we would encourage those cocooning to take advantage of our new service and to stay safe, stay well and stay home!
South Dublin County Council
Helpline 01-4149043 with the lines initially open from 9am to 5pm seven days a week.
Out of hours email contact through email@example.com
Other Support Services
ALONE national support line for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary.
The support line is open Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.
SeniorLine is a national, confidential listening service for older people, run by trained older volunteers.
If you are feeling worried, stressed or isolated at this very unnerving time, please feel free to ring this FREEPHONE service anytime between 10am and 10pm on any day of the week on 1800 80 45 91.
Age Action and the Irish Red Cross have raised funds to provide additional assistance to older and vulnerable people around Ireland who are experiencing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic by making once-off grants, up to a maximum of €500, per person/household affected.
Phone: Irish Red Cross at 01 6424600 or
The Women's Aid 24hr National Freephone Helpline offers confidential information, support and understanding to women who are being abused by current or former boyfriends, partners or husbands.
Men’s Aid Ireland formerly known as Amen, is the only dedicated national service supporting men and their families experiencing Domestic Violence in Ireland.
The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) is Ireland’s national child protection charity.
Call: 01 676 7960
Available round the clock, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you need a response immediately, it’s best to call on the phone. This number is FREE to call.
Tel: 116 123
Pieta provides free therapy to those engaging in self-harm, with suicidal ideation, or bereaved by suicide. Freephone and no referral needed. Tel: 1800 247 247
Offering younger people going through a hard time, or for those worried about a young person in your life. www.jigsaw.ie