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Wednesday 7 June 2023 Dublin: 12°C

# Mass

Last year
# Listowel
Priest who criticised same-sex relationships and free condoms stands by comments
Fr Seán Sheehy told parishioners on Sunday that sex between two men or two women is sinful.
# Kerry
Bishop of Kerry apologises after priest tells mass that free condoms promote promiscuity
Fr Seán Sheehy also told the congregation in Listowel that sex between two men or two women was a sin, as was ‘transgenderism’.
All time
# Mass
Archbishop of Dublin says communions and confirmations should be postponed until September
The government has said it hopes to lift restrictions on these sacraments next month.
Opinion: Freedom to practice religion must be respected - including communions and confirmation
There’s a clear economic interest in the State allowing the resumption of economically productive indoor activities, writes Dr Donal Coffey.
# mass gatherings
50 people to be allowed at religious services from 10 May - but no communions or confirmations
In-person religious services will return from this date.
# Your Say
Poll: Will you watch a religious service online over Easter?
Under the current Level 5 restrictions, public Mass cannot take place.
# rites of passage
Funeral mourners to increase to 25 next month but no word on weddings
From 26 April, the maximum attendance at a funeral will increase to 25 people.
# Religion
Rural TDs push for limited numbers to be allowed gather in places of worship for Easter
TDs accused the government of being anti-Christian and anti-religion during a Dáil discussion this evening.
# Level 3
Catholic archbishops ask Taoiseach to allow people attend mass
The four archbishops have requested a meeting with Micheál Martin.
# mass gatherings
Church leaders unite to recommend wearing of face coverings during worship
The leaders of the Catholic Church, Church of Ireland, Presbyterians and Methodists issued a statement today.
# mass gatherings
Taoiseach confirms exception to 50-person limit for places of worship
Varadkar said a “special protocol” will be worked out to allow larger groups to attend services.
# Phase 3
NPHET unlikely to budge on 50-person limit for Mass and other indoor gatherings
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said it seems “strange” that churches with a capacity of 1,500 would be subject to this restriction.
# say a prayer
Archbishop criticises limit on numbers attending Mass while shops are 'brimming with people'
Churches and other places of worship will be reopened on 29 June.
# Catholic Church
Priests in face coverings and communion in the hand only: Here's how churches plan to return to Mass
Religious services can resume during Phase Three which begins on Monday 29 June.
# archbishop eamon martin
Calls for younger Catholic volunteers to help start Masses in churches again
Archbishop Eamon Martin said that the reopening of churches will happen “slowly and tentatively”.
# Your Say
Poll: Should churches and other places of worship be allowed to reopen now?
Government guidelines advise that places of worship should not reopen until 20 July.
# Mass gathering
Holohan says advice against indoor gatherings still stands after report of mass held at Dublin church
Government guidelines advise that places of worship should not reopen until 20 July.
# Your Say
Poll: Will you watch a religious service online over Easter?
Many people are finding alternative ways to worship amid the Covid-19 crisis.
# Coronavirus
Parishioners urged to check if their Sunday mass is being streamed online as Church adheres to ban on gatherings
Church leaders said that masses would be cancelled in response to the public health crisis caused by coronavirus.
# Called Off
Bishops around the country have cancelled Mass for the coming three Sundays
Weddings, funerals and baptisms with fewer than 100 people will still go ahead.
# Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis
Martin says refusing Fianna Fáil TD communion at mass was a 'very unchristian thing to do'
It was reported last month that Robert Troy was recently refused communion at a mass due to his position on abortion.
# World Meeting of Families
Priests told to have another national collection to help make up €4m deficit in fundraising for Pope visit
Bishop Kevin Doran blamed negative media coverage in the run up to the event for the shortfall.
# world meeting
'A country transformed': How the world's media covered the pope's Irish visit
Correspondents came to Ireland to witness how the Pope would be received.
# cross-town traffic
'Steady flow' arriving in Phoenix Park after a very, very wet start to the day
It was VERY wet. Even so, some pilgrims were here securing the best spots by 9.30.
# Phoenix Park
Going to the pope's Mass today? Here's what you need to know
About 500,000 people are expected to attend the event.
# Phoenix Park
HSE emergency chief: 'We're not saying there will be deaths but we're planning for that eventuality'
The Pope’s visit will see an estimated 500,000 people attend Mass in the Phoenix Park on 26 August.
# Day of Rest
Chairs of the faithful: Commemorative Pope Francis seats go on sale ahead of Phoenix Park mass
The chair, made from 100% recyclable cardboard, can withhold a weight of up to 100kg.
4,000 Eucharistic ministers who are 'steady on their feet' needed for Pope's Mass
Pope Francis is set to celebrate Mass at the Phoenix Park next month.
# Church
'I think we'd all make quite good priests': Josepha Madigan responds to Archbishop's criticism
On Saturday, Culture Minister Josepha Madigan stepped up at her local church to lead prayers after a priest failed to show up.
# Mass
Culture Minister calls for 'women to be ordained' after stepping up to 'say Mass' when priest didn't show
Culture Minister Josepha Madigan said that she did not read the Gospel, but led the readings from the altar.
# sligo cathedral
'Her death is unspeakably painful': Funeral of Natalia Karaczyn takes place in Sligo
Natalia Karaczyn’s body was discovered on Wednesday morning.
# Your Say
Poll: Will you attend the Pope's mass in Phoenix Park?
Pope Francis will be in Ireland in August.
# thanks be to god
Mass-goers told there is 'no obligation' to attend religious services today
The public has been told they can view mass online instead.
# MassTweets
18 of the greatest 'Mass tweets' of all time
It’s that time of the year.
# mass attendance
Would you like to attend a mass by Pope Francis during his Irish visit? Here's what people said...
Just under half of people said they would in a poll for Claire Byrne Live.
# Your Say
Poll: Would you like to attend the Pope's mass in Ireland?
Pope Francis is set to visit the country next year.
# six days a week
Funerals in Kerry will no longer be allowed to take place on Sundays
The change is due to a severe shortage of Catholic priests in the diocese.
# the last supper
'The priests are all old men now, and so are we': Heartbreak at Limerick's last male-only Mass
Members are disappointed that there was no vote before the decision was made to end the 150-year-old service.
# Mountjoy Prison
Chalice given back to Spike Island after 134 years in Dublin
When the island ceased to be a prison in June 1883 the chalice was taken to Mountjoy Prison.
# Your Say
Poll: Are you going to a religious service today?
Like Christmas, today is a day when mass attendance is higher than usual.