‘Lots of people are scared’ – Waterford Bishop tours diocese to deliver ‘message of hope’
While Waterford residents have not able to celebrate mass in light of the coronavirus crisis, the Bishop of Waterford and Lismore has been busy bringing the power of prayer directly to his diocese.
Yesterday, Bishop Alphonsus Cullinane was in Carrick-on-Suir consecrating Ireland to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, walking the streets with the Blessed Sacrament.
Since the emergency began, the Bishop has been very pro-active in bringing faith to the public in the midst of a crisis and difficult times for all.
The bishop, flanked by two altar boys stood on the end of the town’s Dillion Bridge to celebrate the day, preaching as cars waited at the traffic lights to bring religion to as many people as he could under the current circumstances.
The Diocesan office of Waterford and Lismore told WaterfordNow.ie Bishop Alphonsus has been out and about around the county on a daily basis.
However, due to social distancing concerns, he cannot advertise where he will be going.
“Bishop Alphonsus wants to reassure people,” a spokesperson for the diocese said. “Lots of people are scared at the moment, lots are afraid.
“Bishop Alphosus wants to bring a message of hope to them.
“In the current climate we cannot say where the bishop will be turning up but we have set up a YouTube channel of where he has been over the last few days.
“The Bishop believes we need to give people some good news, bring people a bit of hope. This current crisis is not the end of the world and we will as a group come through this again.”
The spokesperson also told WaterfordNow.ie the Dial-a-Prayer service has been “a huge success”.
” The phone has been very busy. It is also helping a lot of people who may be lonely or isolated at the moment and just want to talk to people, have the interaction,” the spokesperson added.
The Bishop’s travels around the diocese can be accessed at the WATERFORD AND LISMORE DIOCESE channel.