The big challenge for me at this minute is to remain calm in the midst of the perceived great insecurity. TV experts debate ad nausium about each aspect of the changes coming. You have to be careful not to be completely sucked in to the eternal debates and discussion.
The 19th July will mark a significant milestone on our journey through this pandemic. Although we have not received any direction from the diocese as yet, the key factors are clear for us moving forward.
- We still have the same mission we had before, during and after the pandemic.
- Rules on social distancing and other restrictions will change.
- We will respond as a caring community.
We have planned through to the end of July. There will be stewards in place for all masses, so we can calmly manage the transition. Our rhythm of public masses on Wednesday and Friday – the others online only – will continue.
The suggested changes are:
- We will remove the ropes to make all benches available and so be able to fit more people in.
- We will keep mass as it is now – people going to communion when called by stewards at the end and leaving immediately. There will be no singing.
- We want to keep the need to wear a mask to offer a sense of security to all.
It would be great if you could get in touch and let me know what you think…