St. Mary's Parish, Drogheda


Returning to a “new normal”

The return to the public celebration of Mass and the Sacraments commenced on June 29th.  This is a source of joy and hope to our parish community. Morning Mass has resumed at 8:00am. The weekend Masses will be as normal. We have installed a loudspeaker in the car park. 

» A COVID-19 SUPPORT TEAM  is established in the parish

» The dispensation from the Sunday and Holy Day obligation is extended for the time being.

Many parishioners may wish to attend Mass on a week-day rather than at weekends.

» Hand sanitizers are in place permanently at each entrance to the church.

Please follow Health Guidelines and wear face masks.

» Signs are in place to designate every second seat for use and for maintaining physical (social) distancing.

» Ushers have been recruited to direct people to available seats including exit from the church,  using the one-way system.

» Thorough cleaning of church seats and other surfaces continues. Church seats will be cleaned with approved sanitizing spray. 

»Collection baskets will not be passed along during Masses; supervised collection baskets will be available at the church doors.

» Ministers of the Word will be seated in their own seats, rather than the sacristy before Masses.

» Ministers of Holy Communion will not be required to sign-in before Masses. 

» Communion should be received only on the hand.

» Priests and Ministers of Holy Communion should visibly sanitize their hands before and after distribution of Holy Communion. Priests and Ministers should wear a face mask for the distribution of Holy Communion.

» In the absence of choirs, music ministry will continue with a rota of instrumentalists and cantors as heretofore since Easter.

» People attending Sunday Mass are encouraged to take the weekly bulletin home with them.

» Altar servers will be able to maintain physical distancing in the sacristy and sanctuary.

 Offertory procession and Sign of Peace will be omitted.

Adoration chapel will remain closed for the moment.