We are glad to announce the re-opening of our church for public services after weeks of lockdown. We have all been looking forward to this day.
Daily Masses: Weekdays 10 am
Saturday 4 July – 7pm
Sunday 5 July – 9am, 11am (There will be no 6 pm Mass for the present)
Weekday Masses commencing Monday 6 July 10am
All services will also be available on WEBCAM
For the next few weeks, we are obliged to follow the guidelines of the HSE and the government. Briefly, the directives are as follows:
- We are limited to a congregation of 50 people.
- We are directed to make use of the hand sanitizers in the interest of your and others health. These are placed in prominent positions in the church.
- A social distance of 2 metres must be maintained at all times.
- You are asked not to delay on entering or leaving the church.
- Anyone who is vulnerable or for any other reason, is not obliged to attend Mass. If anyone wishes they may attend a weekday Mass instead of Saturday/Sunday.
If we follow these directives greater benefits lie ahead, so let’s look after ourselves and one another, in God’s name. As a nation we can be justifiably proud of our response to combat this virus.
We are glad to announce that we’ve installed webcam so that anyone who links up with our site will be able to enjoy a spiritual presence at the Eucharist each Sunday at 11am.
Thought for the week
To Sir, With Love
Yes, the film they were going to see and talking about on the 11 bus into town and at work back in ’67 was To Sir, With Love. Like Boystown of years before, the narrative revolves around an inspirational figure; in this case, the black teacher who comes to teach in a school for no-hopers, a technical school in a working-class town in England: a boulevard of broken dreams. Sydney Poitier brought dignity, independence of spirit and a deep commitment to his profession like no other: this was infectious and had a remarkable effect on his pupils.
Up till then, the same pupils had become resigned to putting in the hours and then accepting whatever job they could get: the pub on a Friday night and a week in Blackpool every July.
Sir changed their thinking. He opened their eyes to the possibility of something beyond all that: something that goes some way in bringing satisfaction to the human spirit. He awakened hope and self-belief. He brought his young pupils to the threshold of wonder – the preamble to faith.
In our hi-tech, decidedly scientific world (thank God for that!) we need to leave room for wonder and self-belief because this is the door to faith in God who is on our side.
Our mistake is to think we can argue ourselves into the existence of the divine – no such argument will ever satisfy. Belief comes through the goodness of others; it comes from those special moments when we are surprised by joy. Indeed, it is echoed in a modest way in Dorothy’s dream in The Wizard of Oz:
Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high
There’s a land that I heard of once in a lullaby.