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St Peter's and Lourdes Church remain open for private prayer but no masses

Fr Eugene Sweeney, PP of St Peter's has issued a statement in relation to masses within the parish, all of which have been suspended until March 29.

However mass will be available on the internet.

A statement reads: 'Following the instructions issued by the Archbishop Eamon Martin and the four Irish Archbishops, all weekday and Sunday Masses until Sunday, March 29 will be cancelled in St Peter's Parish, including St Patrick's Day. This is done in union with St Mary's Parish, Holy Family Parish, Mell, the Augustinian and Dominican Churches.

'In the current emergency situation all are dispensed from the obligation physically to attend Sunday Mass.

Each weekday, Monday to Saturday, Mass without a congregation will be recorded in the Parish and uploaded on the parish website and Facebook page. This recording can be accessed each day throughout the day from 10.00am. Sunday Mass will similarly be available from 7.30pm each Saturday evening, and all day Sunday.

'St Patrick's Day Mass will be available from 7.30pm on Monday 16 March, and all day 17 March. The Novena to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal will be included at Mass on Mondays, as usual, and to St Anthony of Padua on Tuesdays, and the Triduum of prayer to St Joseph for vocations. www.saintpetersdrogheda.ie

'Anniversaries and Month's Mind Masses for both St Peter's and Our Lady of Lourdes Churches will be read out as already arranged. The Parish will be happy to facilitate families wishing to have names read out a second time at Mass when current restrictions are lifted.

'The Lenten Sunday Series of Talks in the Lourdes Church, and the 24 Hours for the Lord, will be suspended until current national restrictions are lifted.

'Both St Peter's and Our Lady of Lourdes Churches will be open throughout the day as usual from 9.00am, and people are encouraged to visit the churches for private prayer. Adoration will move from the Blessed Sacrament Chapel to the main church at St Peter's, taking place each day, 9.00am to 3.00pm.

Baptisms and weddings will be held during this period in both churches, as already arranged, as will all funerals of those who die during this period. No more than 100 people may be in attendance, however, in accordance with national directives.

'St Peter's Church shop will be open as usual, Tuesday to Saturday, 11.00am - 3.00pm.

'These arrangements will be shared on the parish website and Facebook page, as will further notices. Please also see notices at both churches. www.saintpetersdrogheda.ie www.facebook.com/StPetersParishDrogheda

Archbishop Eamon Martin has stated: "This is an occasion for all of us - especially in families - to pray more intensely for each other and especially for those who have succumbed to the illness. We should pray also for those at the frontlines - especially doctors, nurses and medical staff and other carers, including clergy - that the Lord will protect them as they place their own wellbeing at risk in the service of all."

The clergy of the Parish will continue to offer Mass for the people of the Parish, and to be available for them.

I pray that everyone will be safe, and that together we will move forward from this. St Oliver Plunkett, pray for us.'

Drogheda Independent