Friday 14 August 2020

Sadly, No Masses this Sunday

I write with a heavy heart as I will have to cancel Masses for this coming Sunday at St Catherine's due to the strange times forced upon us all by Coronavirus. 

As many parishioners will know, I have been in France for a few days this week. However, I have been caught out by the sudden imposition of 14 day quarantine for those returning from France. I have made desperate attempts to arrange a booking to allow me to return before the deadline tomorrow but to no avail, as everyone else seems to have had the same idea! So although I may be able to return tomorrow, it will not be possible for me to celebrate public Mass for 14 days.

I have been unable to find a priest to cover at this short notice - many of those who might usually do so as retired priests throughout the diocese are also in age and health circumstances that restrict them from doing so.

With the uncertainty surrounding all this, I cannot say for definite when Masses might resume but I will keep parishioners informed via email and here on the Blog as soon as I can be certain.

We would have been celebrating the beautiful feast of the Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven this Sunday. I hope you will still honour this lovely feast in the best way you can and I will be offering my Mass for all your intentions.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

When our parish priest had to self isolate after a trip to Italy he continued to say Mass as the altar is distant enough. Unfortunately he had to use a minister of a Holy Communion.