THE Diocese of Cork and Ross has published new guidance ahead of the return of scheduled masses with a congregation across the diocese from Monday and says there will be some changes including around where to sit and how collections will take place.
In a new document published on the Diocesan website, it has highlighted six key areas where changes have been made “in the interest of public health and are designed to comply with government restrictions”.
It says pews, where people can sit, will be marked with a green tick, and people living in the same household can share a pew.
People are being advised that the sign of peace is suspended and are asked to take missalettes home with them.
It also says people are asked to receive communion into their hand, and that collections will be taken as people leave the church.
The Diocese is encouraging people to join them at weekday masses where possible and says some parishioners, particularly the vulnerable, may choose to join in prayer from home.
A spokesperson for the Diocese of Cork and Ross said the re-opening of churches in the diocese for the public celebration of the Mass and Sacraments from Monday has been carefully planned.
“Parishes have planned carefully in recent weeks so that this may happen in a safe way. Each parish has assembled a group of dedicated volunteers who will implement the parish plan as people carefully return. People will be asked to observe a one-way system in each church as well as government advice with regard to social distancing and restricted numbers. People are reminded not to attend the church if they feel ill,” the spokesperson said.