Many of us will have joined in the applause last Thursday evening for Doctors, Nurses, Carers and Staff in the NHS who are on the front line. It brought a sense community to all of us and many shed a tear, I’m sure. It showed our need to be connected and our appreciation for the NHS staff. We have come to value our family, friends and our parish community in a new way. We are not able to gather for the Sunday Eucharist, however, we still very much belong together. Celebrating Sunday Mass in St Patrick’s last Sunday without a congregation seemed quite surreal and strange, yet the Mass continues to be offered for the people of the Parish and for all at this time. You are all very much in my prayers each day at the altar. If you wish Mass to be offered for a particular intention, this is still possible, just email me or call.
Let’s continue to pray to renew our faith in God particularly as we enter the great Holy Week of Christians. The Lord will see us through this time as we cooperate with His grace. Let us keep praying for courage and calm, for the health of all of God’s people and for a responsible cure and vaccine to end the COVID-19 pandemic. As we get through this together, by God’s grace, we pray that individuals and families become more aware of what really matters in life: our faith, families and friends, living in faith, hope and love in our love for God and neighbour. I have been very impressed with the incredible depth of practical love and concern demonstrated by so many people for the vulnerable, the sick and the lonely. The church building may be closed at this time, but the mission of the Parish is very much open. If you are in practical or spiritual need, please do not hesitate to pick up the telephone. We will respond in any way we can. If you simply need a chat, I’m at the end of the phone, please do call or leave a message.
Please continue to look to keep up to date by viewing the parish website for news and spiritual help. Although our Church is sadly closed for the foreseeable future and we must practice social distancing, we will never practice spiritual distancing in our love for God and neighbour.
Keep safe and I assure you all of my prayers.
With blessings, Fr Michael.