The parish priest of Elphin has issued an appeal to the local community to remain calm and follow the guidelines “to the letter of the law” as the town reels from an increase in Covid-19 cases.
Fr. John Joe Gannon confirmed to the Roscommon Herald that First Holy Communion planned for the town on Saturday has now been postponed on the advice of the HSE.
Fr. Gannon said that he felt very sorry for the nine children involved as this was the second time that First Holy Communion had to be postponed.
He went on to say that the reading at the last public Mass in the church in Elphin on March 8th related to the plagues of Egypt. At that Mass, he spoke of how the country has on the verge of a plaque, an observation that had come to pass. He added that for the last few months he had been appealing to the public to follow the guidelines and was now repeating those appeals. “Please, please, please follow all the guidelines to the letter of the law,” he said. He remarked that if the public health guidelines on handwashing, mask-wearing, limiting contacts, sanatising etc were all followed then the coronavirus curve could be flattened again within a month.