Menu Close

Ireland Returns to Worship After Months Away From the Mass

PAUL FAITHSt. Mary’s Chapel is pictured at St. Patrick’s Purgatory, on Lough Derg, which was closed to visitors due to the COVID-19 pandemic on July 27, 2020. Dating back to the fifth century, the holy site is a place of Catholic pilgrimage, where the faithful usually flock for three days of fasting, barefoot prayer and all-night vigils. Ireland recently announced lessening restrictions, including for public Mass.

Following a year of pandemic-induced disruption, Irish lay Catholics speak.