Mass times in Thurles parish have been changed in response to a need to make the celebration of the Eucharist more meaningful for the community and to have greater participation in fewer Masses rather than small attendance at more Masses.
This new weekend Mass schedule proposal has been drawn up in consultation with the Parish Renewal Core Group and the parish choirs. And, there are also changes to the midweek Mass programme as follows:
Bóthar na Naomh: 10.00 a.m.
Cathedral: 8.00 a.m. & 11.00 a.m.
WEEKEND celebrations are now:
Bóthar na Naomh: Saturday 6.30 p.m.;
Sunday: 9.30 a.m. & 11.30 a.m.
Cathedral: Saturday 7.30 p.m.;
Sunday: 8.30 a.m.; 10.30 a.m. & 12 noon.
Rev Fr Martin Hayes, ADM, told parishioners in an open letter at Christmas that in accordance with the spirit of the International Eucharistic Congress which will highlight the vital importance of the Eucharist, he brought to the attention of congregations the welcoming, listening, nourishing and missionary elements of Mass liturgies.
“All are welcome to attend and participate at all our parish Masses, however, the numbers who choose to do so have reduced. It means that the celebration of the Eucharist may not be as faith enriching, despite the best efforts of all involved, including our parish choirs, cantors and liturgy groups.
A liturgy serves to communicate our belief in God’s love for us best, when celebrated in a church with a full congregation.
In view of the above and due to the reducing number of available clergy, we propose a new Sunday Mass schedule to be implemented on a trial basis commencing the first weekend in May,” he wrote.
The new Mass schedule commenced last weekend and continues for her eon in Thurles parish.