I write to update my earlier e-mail in regard to weekend Masses. The Government announcement earlier today requires that the attendance at any event including Mass must not exceed 100 people. While today’s Norms from the Irish Bishops’ Conference allowed for the continuation of weekend Masses, it is not feasible to restrict the numbers in this way.
In light of this in the Diocese of Cork and Ross, all public Weekend Masses will be discontinued until further notice. This also refers to Masses for St. Patrick’s Day.
I would ask you to celebrate Sunday Mass privately for the people of your parish and, where available, to have it broadcast via webcam. My hope is that the people of your parish, while not able to join you physically, could join you spiritually in that Mass.
As I said in my earlier e-mail, Mass will continue to be live-streamed from the Cathedral at www.corkcathedral.ie It is my hope to celebrate the 11.30 am Mass there each Sunday.
Funerals, weddings, baptisms and weekday Masses may continue as long as the attendance does not exceed 100 people.
Yours sincerely in Christ
✠ Fintan Gavin
Bishop of Cork and Ross
Cork and Ross Diocesan Offices,
Redemption Road, Cork, T23 PXD0
+353 21 430 1717