I hope this finds you safe and well.
It's great that we're now free to travel between areas, and good news that up to six of us can have an outdoor meet up.
The churches also got some good news this week. The Scottish Government has announced that from a week tomorrow, Monday 26 April, the '50' limit will be removed. This will mean that there will be no fixed maximum attendance for Masses, but we'll still be required to observe the 2 metres social distancing rule.
So, that means that in St Andrew's, from Monday 26th April, our church will now be able accommodate a 20% increase. We're still permitted, thankfully, to use our two halls for each Mass.
Booking for Mass will still be required for the Vigil and 10 am & 12 noon Sunday Masses. No need to book for 10 am weekday Mass Monday to Friday.
At present, there is still no obligation to go to Mass.
If you haven't managed along though since the church reopened, I hope you'll feel you're able to come along now. If you still feel you aren't able to go to Mass, don't worry, as Mass will continue to be live streamed.
Until Monday 26th April, the maximum at weddings remains 5 and at funerals 20. Although after that date, the maximum at both weddings and funerals will rise to 50.
The Scottish Government’s plan, provided the data keeps going in the right direction, is that in early June this limit for weddings and funerals should rise to 100 and then 200 at the end of June. Keep in mind, though, that as long as the 2 metres social distancing rule remains in force, St Andrew's church would not be able to fit such large numbers.
The number permitted at our First Holy Communion and Confirmation Masses, thankfully, will now be able to be increased slightly, and all families will be advised of the revised numbers.
It'll soon be that time of the year again for pics of your May altar, so have your camera at the ready.
Have a safe and happy Sunday.