Bishop Brennan encourages use of facemasks in all Church buildings in context of pandemic

19 Aug 2020

Bishop Denis Brennan said, “At this challenging time for the whole of our society, the diocese of Ferns reaffirms its commitment to social distancing and proper sanitisation in all of our churches and buildings so as to reduce the reach of Covid-19 amongst the faithful.

“Since March the virus has put the life of the Church under great stress, and I wish to express my deep gratitude to our local parish councils and church stewards for their patience and perseverance, as well as for their selfless overseeing of the safe return to public Masses and services.

“In solidarity with the vast majority of our fellow citizens who actively promote and pursue as safe an environment as possible – in their homes, their places of work and where they shop or gather – I strongly recommend the wearing of face-coverings as public Masses and services continue in addition to the continuation of social distancing and sanitising in all of our diocesan churches and buildings.”

Bishop Brennan concluded, “May I ask you to remember in your prayers those who have been effected by the virus and our frontline workers, including priests.”


· Bishop Denis Brennan is the Bishop of Ferns.

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