We are entering a time of uncertainty and many people are worried and anxious. Our world has been turned upside down and our daily lives have been disrupted. We are beginning to feel we are losing control. What is God saying to us at this time? Oddly enough we are more aware of being part of the global world than ever before and we are experiencing a global solidarity in suffering together. We are very now aware of our fragility, our vulnerability and how precious life is.
We are re-evaluating the priorities and are beginning to realise how significant health, family, compassion and above all our trust in God. We now need to go deep and to acknowledge that God loves us, cares for us and will see us though this very difficult time. I would like to suggest that everyone—families, couples, all of us, light a candle and bring your needs and prayers before our God our Father, to read a scripture passage (note the Sunday Gospel over page), to pray and to have a little quiet reflection. In the midst of this uncertainty, I am sure God is saying something to us now: What is God trying to say?
What we are the new arrangements in the parish:
• All weekday and Sunday Masses are to be suspended until further notice.
• Churches are open: St James church open every day St Williams open from 9.30 am-12.30 pm every day.
• Sunday Eucharistic Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: St James Sunday 9.00 am—12.00 pm and St Williams 8.30 am-10.30 am. (Please keep a social distance of 2 meters when in church)
• Sacrament of Reconciliation: available on request.
• Live Streamed Mass: this will be available from a link on the website to YouTube. I will continue to celebrate a private Mass each day and this will be available online for you to access in your own time. We will announce when this is live.
• Keep connected via our Facebook group and website: All updates & notifications will be posted on both (details over page).
Let us pray for one another. Let us try and support the elderly, those in isolation, and keep in touch with family and friends. Let us continue to trust in God who is very present to us in these difficult time. Please be assured that you are all in my thoughts and prayers during the current crisis.
Fr John