Letter from Fr. Peter re church re-opening

Tuesday 23rd June 2020


Dear Parishioner,

As you all know, from next Monday it will be permitted to re-open churches for public Masses / Services. However, since the virus has not gone away, there are still Public Health rules in place.


We are required to observe safe social distancing of 2 metres, and we are required to sanitise the church after every public Mass or Service (Weekdays as well as Sundays).

To implement these requirements we need teams of volunteers both for stewarding and sanitising. Volunteer Teams ought not include those who are deemed to be ‘vulnerable’.

We are most grateful for all who have kindly volunteered their services but unfortunately we have not yet been able to put together all the teams needed for us to comply with Public Health requirements. Consequently, we regret that we are postponing the re-opening of our church for public Masses.


We will be keeping the situation under constant review keeping in mind the Public Health safeguarding advice received. As soon as we have all the necessary teams in place we do plan to re-open.


In the meantime, we will be continuing to offer Mass ‘behind closed doors’ and to make it available by live-streaming via our parish web-site – milltownparish.ie or via the web-site of mcnmedia.tv. We will also be keeping the church open for private prayer between 10.30 a.m. and 5.30 p.m. each day.


Please contact me if you would like to receive Holy Communion at your home.


Thank you for taking the time to read this and, if you are not a person deemed to be ‘vulnerable’, may I ask you to consider volunteering your services to help us move forward towards the re-opening our church for the public celebration of Mass. Volunteers are needed for Weekday Masses at 10.00 a.m., Saturdays at 10.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. and Sundays at 10.00 a.m. and 11.30 a.m.


Very best wishes to you and all your loved ones.


Keep well and God Bless you.






Fr. Peter Briscoe, Adm.