I hope this finds everyone well and having a good week. It was good to have our Church reopen again, albeit under very different circumstances.
Firstly, thank you to all who were able to attend Mass this week. It was good to have you there. Thank you for doing all that was asked of you. I would also like to thank the volunteers representing our Parish Pastoral Council who were there each day to open, close and then clean the Church. Finally, I wish to acknowledge Chris and Kerri Anne who have given a lot of time in working out the logistics. It is through all these efforts that we can open the Church again.
I would like to make a few points. Firstly, I have had a few enquiries from a few parishioners who have already attended about the possibility of attending a second mass next week if there is still a space available? That may be possible on the understanding that first preferences would have to be given to those who have not had a chance to attend mass yet. Secondly, those wishing to attend mass are asked to contact the Parish Office by no later than 9.00am on Friday 22nd May for the Mass on Monday 25th. For the other Masses this coming week please contact the Parish Office by 9.00am the day before the day you wish to attend. Thirdly, just a gentle reminder on the day you are attending mass please be there and take a seat inside the Church between 8.50am-9.05am. Regulations are such that we are not in a position to allow entry to someone who arrives unannounced. Fourthly, after reflecting upon this week those attending will only be required to hand sanitize twice; upon entering and before receiving communion. Hand sanitizer will be available upon leaving the Church for those who wish to use it again.
The process may sound complex but in practice is quite simple if we all play our part.
As you all are probably aware the State Government plans to further ease restrictions on June 1st. It may mean that the numbers permitted to attend mass could possibly increase. Should that occur more volunteers will be required. Could I ask if you could give some thought to making yourself available.
The measures that the Parish has had to instigate this week to reopen will remain in place until further notice.
Currently I am setting up zoom meetings on Saturday night at 6.00pm and Sunday morning at 10.00am. This consists of a reading of the Gospel, a homily, and prayers of intercession. Should you wish to join me please click on this link for Saturday night at 6.00pm and this link for Sunday morning at 10.00am.
My Homilies Online
Also, I will be doing a pre-recorded reading of Sunday’s Gospel each week accompanied by a homily. Please click on my Vimeo page should you wish to view this.
Take care and keep safe.