The reopening of our churches – at this stage for individual prayer – is a welcome step towards congregational worship. We are a very welcoming community, but in these unprecedented circumstances, as a parish community we have to face some challenges and restrictions:
On behalf of all of St Joseph’s parishioners, the Parish Council members would like to express their sincere thanks to Fr Raf for all his priestly work over the past two years both with us and for us. His Homilies were from his heart, and were all the more brilliant in that Fr Raf rarely read from a script. Both Fr Raf and Fr Tad worked well together on our behalf and whilst saddened that Fr Raf is moving to the Cathedral, we are delighted that his talents will also be appreciated elsewhere. Read more “Thank You Fr Raf”
‘You are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church.’ One of the twelve closest disciples of Jesus gets this announcement in response to his confession of faith in Jesus as the Son of God. It’s a short sentence, but full of meaning and significance.
In order to reopen our church we need volunteers to carry 3-pronged duties:
- Securing the safety of the building while opened.
- Assisting people arriving at the church to their seats.
- Cleaning the church after the closure (wiping the pews, door handles, etc.).
In May 2020 the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland established four working groups; an Infection Control Group, Pastoral Ministry Group, Seminary Formation Group and Episcopal Finance Committee, to advise them on various aspects of how Church life would be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
These documents have been developed by the above working groups to inform, advise and support parish communities about how to plan for churches re-opening to the public. Read more “BCOS Documents on Reopening of Churches”
These mysteries are about the public ministry of Jesus when He was teaching the apostles about the work they, and we, should do to continue the work of saving and healing that He started and made possible through His death and resurrection.
The Baptism of Jesus Read more “The Luminous Mysteries”