“They said to each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” Luke 24:32
The Parish Pastoral Council aims to promote a parish with Jesus at the centre of its mission; making welcome searchers and believers. We strive to reach out to all in our community, sharing responsibility on the journey of faith.
Reopening for Private Prayer and Candle Lighting
We are very happy to announce that from Monday, May 25th, Assumption Parish Church, Ballyfermot will be open for a limited time each day. Monday to Friday, to light a candle and for personal prayer, from 11am to 3pm. (However, in the event of a Funeral Mass at 11.30am, the church will be reserved for 10 family members, and we would ask people to refrain from visiting for private prayer until 1pm)
There should be a maximum of just 10 people within the church at any one time. If you notice there are 10 already there, please wait until someone leaves before entering. While we want people to take their time, please be conscious of not overstaying a length of time and allow others to have their time too.
Enter the church by the main, central front door, but exit by the door to the immediate right of the main, central front door in the porchway on leaving. Please use the hand sanitisers on entering and leaving. We ask people not to sit in any of the pews in the main aisles of the church, and sit only on those pews near the shrines, or those indicated. People are asked to bring their own pens if they wish to write a petition.
We would ask visitors to observe social distancing guidelines in place (2 metres or 6 feet), and to avoid contact with hard surfaces within the church as much as possible. If lighting a candle at any of the shrines, please, if possible, bring your own lighter, or light your candle from a candle already lit. If others are already at a shrine, please wait until they have moved on and maintain social distancing.
For the moment, there should be no individuals, or gatherings of any number of people, reciting prayers, like the Rosary, aloud.
We would like to thank all our parishioners, and others beyond, who join us for Mass, everyday at 10am, via the webcam at www.assumptionballyfermot.ie, and who have contacted us with many messages of kindness and support. You and your families are remembered in our prayers and Masses during this difficult time.
If people wish to donate towards the maintenance and upkeep of our parish and church, there is a facility to do that via a link on our website and Facebook page. Just press on the ‘Donate’ button and follow the instructions. Otherwise, people can post, or drop a donation in via the letterbox, to The Parish House, 197 Kylemore Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin D10 P659.
Webcam Difficulties – If you ever have difficulty accessing our webcam through our parish website, try this link, via the Church Services site, for an alternative way of getting to the same place.
Trócaire Boxes Lenten Appeal
Every year Trócaire asks for your help during Lent to fund lifesaving programmes around the world. This year, of course, it was not possible to return Trócaire boxes through schools or parishes in the usual way. This is the worst possible timing coming just as the world’s poorest people need us most. Therefore, Trócaire are appealing to you to return your Lenten donation. Simply count or estimate what is in your box and donate in the following ways:
- Online at www.trocaire.org
- By phone: 1850 408 408 (ROI) or 0800 912 1200 (NI)
- By post to Trócaire, Maynooth, Co. Kildare (ROI) or Trócaire, 10 King Street, Belfast, BT1 6AD (NI)
- Check with your local parish on how to safely return your donation.
The contents of each and every Trócaire box, no matter how small, come together to make a significant difference. This virus knows no borders, but neither does our compassion.
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.
Click here to see a list of these services.