The current situation is badly affecting individuals, families and businesses. Many face very difficult decisions on a daily basis and now it’s exacerbated by a very uncertain future. Because our churches remain closed to fight the coronavirus threat, our usual means of upkeeping the parish (Sunday collection) isn’t possible. Some of you have asked how they could continue to support our parish financially, some of you have already made donations (for which I am very grateful). I’m writing this extremely reluctantly because I understand that many of you struggle to keep yourselves above the water.
Usually, we go to church to attend Mass. With the temporary suspension of Masses celebrated publicly due to the coronavirus crisis, Mass online remains one of very few, if not the sole way of attending. I’d like to offer a few practical suggestions to make ‘watching’ Mass more participatory.
The most recent decision made by the Bishops of Scotland sets some challenges; as the parish community, we are going to rise to them.
Thursday 19th March will be the last day when Mass will be publicly celebrated in our churches. Read more “New (temporary) reality”
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
In this time of trial we, the Bishops of Scotland, wish to send you a word of reassurance and encouragement. We are all facing much uncertainty, anxiety and an unpredictable future. This situation touches on every aspect of our lives, individually and collectively.
The current coronavirus situation makes many people worried about their own and their close ones’ health and safety. Some of the most vulnerable in our community have decided to stay at home. Some of them might require help or assistance with everyday tasks and needs.