Glanmire Parish, County Cork, Ireland - part of the Catholic Diocese of Cork and Ross.


March 14, 2020

16-March-2020: All public masses discontinued until further notice

14th March 2020 : Sunday Masses Discontinued until further notice.

                                     Updated statement from Bishop Fintan.


12- March-2020Statement from Bishop Fintan Gavin, Cork & Ross, re: weekend masses

Last update from Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference statement on liturgical considerations in the context of COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

The (Health Service Executive) HSE Coronavirus page.

Glanmire Parish update (Sunday 8th March)

As a community of faith, we need to take proper care of ourselves. We must take care of each other as well. The following are precautionary measures that have been initiated in the Diocese of Cork & Ross.

Going to Church: People with flu symptoms are dispensed from their Sunday obligation to attend Mass. Those with flu symptoms should stay at home. The obligation to take part in Mass does not apply to those who are sick. The sick person might join in celebrating Mass via the internet or radio and television.

Communion on the tongue: in the past, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has said receiving Holy Communion directly on the tongue “should be discouraged” during flu season. Receive communion on the palm is the norm.

The chalice is now restricted to the priest and is not presented to the ministers of the Eucharist or the assembly.

Sign of Peace: The HPSC has said that the handshake at the time of the “sign of peace” involves a low risk of spreading the virus. In the present circumstances, the shaking of hands as the sign of peace will not be used. One might choose among a number of other options such as: to make a bow of the head to the people around you and say “Peace be with you.”

Visiting the Sick: those who visit the sick should use prudence and common sense. If they themselves feel the symptoms of flu or virus it is advised they do not visit the sick to avoid compromising both their own health and the health of the person they are visiting or their families.

Many other measures are being carried out in our churches in the light of the recommendations from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC)

For more, log on to the Cork and Ross diocesan website:





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