No more Sunday funerals in Kerry

No more Sunday funerals in Kerry Bishop Ray Browne.

The Bishop of Kerry has announced that from September, no funerals in the diocese will take place on a Sunday, for liturgical reasons and because of the reduction in priests.

acknowleged that “many will have reservations about this decision” but said it had been taken “after extensive consultation with laity and clergy throughout the diocese” and he warned there was “no exceptions to this diocesan regulation”.

The bishop said the funeral ban was necessary “for many reasons”, including an issue of respecting the Sunday Mass liturgy and the care of priests who have a heavy workload, working larger areas in smaller numbers.

Removals to the church can take place on either Saturday or Sunday evening and parishes can make their own decision in relation to Holy Days of Obligation outside of Christmas Day and St Patrick’s Day.

The Archdiocese of Dublin is the only other Irish diocese with a Sunday funeral ban in place.