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Covid-19 Update (Friday 22nd October 2021)

In light of the recent government announcement that Covid-19 capacity restrictions for religious services will be lifted, it means that from this SATURDAY 23rd OCTOBER there will be no longer any need to pre-register to attend Mass in our parish. Thus after 575 days the 10am Mass this Saturday morning will be celebrated once again publically in St Joseph’s and going forward from there on, we will immediately revert to our pre-lockdown Mass schedule namely:

·       Daily Mass from Monday to Saturday 10am in St Joseph’s Church.

·       6pm Saturday Vigil and 12.30pm Sunday Mass in St. Macartan’s Cathedral.

·       8.30am and 11.30am Sunday Mass in St Joseph’s Church.

·       9.30am Sunday Mass in St Michael’s Ardaghey on alternative weeks beginning 31st October.

However as Covid-19 is still with us and numbers infected worryingly continue to rise, we will have to retain certain procedures in each church to maintain as safe an environment as possible, where parishioners can confidently come together to pray. We would ask therefore as we open up fully once more, that all parishioners would be personally responsible for their own safety and show consideration to others by wearing face covering at all times indoors, sanitize hands on entry and keep an appropriate safe distance inside the respective churches but especially in the seats.

 

 

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Monaghan & Rackwallace is the Cathedral Parish of the Diocese of Clogher and it has a population of about 8000 people of which 6956 are Catholic in the 2005 Census.

The name Monaghan derives from the Irish word 'Muineacháin' meaning a thicket or scrubland. Sometimes the word Monaghan is interpreted aptly as 'between the hills' as the town area of Monaghan is located in a hollow surrounded by drumlin hills.

The parish is both urban and rural. The parish is served by St. Macartan's Cathedral, which occupies a prominent position on a hilltop overlooking the town, just off the Dublin Road and St. Joseph's Church which is located in Park Street, 5 minutes walk from the town centre.  The rural area of Rackwallace/Ardaghey is served by St. Michael's Church, which is located in the heart of the rural community of Ardaghey, about 5km from Monaghan town.

 

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