My dear friends,
In June I speculated as to what will be happening in July. Well writing the July letter we have this week heard that Churches can be open for Public Worship from July 4th, a welcome coincidence as it’s the Feast of the Translation of S Martin..
While we await the Diocesan Guidelines in order to bring you some news Ange and I have been working on how best to serve you all if the suggested maximum number of 30 is the rule. This will see two Masses provided on a Sunday morning and you will be asked to send us your preferred option, or indeed, if you would be happy to attend either. We shall do our best to secure you a place at your preferred option and keep some free spaces to welcome others: these will remain the arrangements until the restrictions themselves change and should you need to change it will be up to you to make a swap or hope that a free space will be available.
At the time of writing it would appear the strict social distancing measures already set up in Church will have to be conformed with: the Masses will be said and communion administered safely in one kind.
The Sunday provision we expect to begin on 5th July and the daily Mass the previous day. If we are so blessed we would like to keep the Church open Monday to Friday between 1pm and 3pm but this will require more volunteers—please!
I should emphasise that should these arrangements not meet with what is expected or if the numbers change we will be making announcements via the website and email circulation list.
Like you all my personal life has also been on hold, as it were. I am now hopeful of being able to arrange a holiday at the end of the month / beginning of the next. I feel sure I can rely on your support by bearing with the changes that may then be necessary and until then with how we are trying our best to serve the spiritual life of the Parish.
Back to the beginning. Who knows how things will be when I come to write the
August Letter? Until then I hope you all remain safe and well.
With my love and prayers,