Lying snow has caused the cancellation of Masses in Offaly

Bishop advises clergy not to take risks getting to 'more distant churches' and not to encourage others to take risks in striving to attend

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Lying snow has caused the cancellation of Masses in Offaly

The snow lying on the roads has led to the cancellation of masses in Offaly.

Masses in Croghan are cancelled this weekend but mass in St. Peter's Church Rhode at 11.30am on Sunday morning is going ahead.

There will be no mass tonight in Tubber but mass will go ahead tomorrow morning.

If you know of any further masses cancelled in Offaly this weekend, e-mail news@offalyexpress.ie and we will spread the word.

The Bishop of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory, which covers part of South Offaly has contacted all the clergy in his diocese regarding masses this weekend. He said, “We are a largely rural diocese, with many of our churches on minor and therefore particularly dangerous roads. Those of us who can safely access churches, perhaps because we live beside them, should ensure that the voice of prayer is never silent - and we should remember especially in prayer the cold and the homeless and the vulnerable. It may be that few will be able to join us; so be it.

"We should not ourselves take risks in getting to more distant churches, nor should we encourage others to take risks in striving to attend. There can sometimes be an element of bravado about these situations. The important thing is the use of local common sense. There may be cases too where, even if the rector cannot get to a particular church, lay people who live nearby might still wish to gather there and perhaps pray briefly and informally, and even sing a hymn or two. Such initiative is a good thing at these moments.”