Please click the image to watch the video in which Revd Philip announces cancellation of services in the Dioceses. A transcript of the video is below.
Further to her pastoral letter last week, the Bishop has written to diocesan clergy cancelling all services until and including the 29th March. She writes, “I feel it is now appropriate, with deep regret, to cancel public worship until a further update on 29th March. This would include St Patrick’s Day services and Mothering Sunday.” She goes on to say “Normally it would be imperative to maintain public worship, but the most important factor in this crisis has become ‘social distancing’. In church, sadly, we cannot guarantee that and we do not wish to put anyone, including clergy, at risk.”
In relation to pastoral service such as baptism, weddings and funeral, congregations will be limited to family only and HSE guidelines strictly adhered to.
With regard to Sunday worship, the scripture readings are available in Union Focus and from the Church of Ireland website, www.ireland.anglican.org where you can source various resources to aid you in your daily prayers.
On Sundays, a podcast of reading, music and reflection will be posted on the parish website www.naasunion.com and I hope that you will avail of this.
The parish website is the most optimum means of keeping informed. It will be updated as necessary. Some of you will have received this email because you are on the Union Focus mailing list. This does not mean that you are registered on the parish mailing list, so please visit naasunion.com and register on it so that we can contact parishioners directly with any urgent information.
I know that you will understand and support the rationale behind the cancellations. I would encourage all of you to pray for the safeguarding of our society, and to remember our healthcare workers, those who are ill, confined to their homes and the families of those who have died.
Finally, please do keep in contact with each other, especially the more vulnerable and do not hesitate to contact me if necessary. We have to be careful that “social distancing” does not become “social isolation.”
I thank you as always for your prayers,
Yours in Christ