A petition containing 1200 signatures was delivered to Bishop Ray Browne of Kerry calling on him to reverse the decision that makes Kilcummin one of five parishes without a resident priest.
“There are great challenges ahead. We have great gifts and strengths as we face them. Appreciate the strength of your parish and the whole diocesan family."
A booklet is currently being drawn up on funeral liturgies in Kerry but it does not have suggestions how to deal with those wishing to sympathise with the bereaved.