Further advice of the Irish Bishops in response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus
The instructions, which will remain in place until at least March 29th and possibly longer, call for the cancellation of all non-essential pastoral gatherings and meetings, such as religious seminars and retreats. It also says that all confirmations are to be postponed until further notice, and funeral services, weddings and baptisms will be limited to close relatives not in excess of 100 attendees, in keeping with the HSE’s recommendations. Churches will remain open for prayer each day, and parishioners will not be obliged to physically attend Sunday Mass, with Bishops encouraging people to stay home where possible and tune in via the internet or televised Mass.
Finally, Christian communities are encouraged to take care of those who are “most at risk” and vulnerable, and phone the elderly rather than visiting to ensure they have contact with someone while not jeopardising their health. Christians are also called on to pray for those who are sick, as well as those who are on the “front-lines” of combating the covid-19 illness, such as nurses and doctors.