Hope all’s well
Wonderful yesterday’s good news that once again public Masses can be celebrated soon in parishes, provided all the necessary conditions are met. Sixteen weeks without public Mass has been a long time.
The opportunity is now available for those who wish to attend Mass again here in St Andrew’s.
I am delighted to say that we will begin with Masses the weekend 18th / 19th July, 5pm Vigil, 10am & 12 noon.
Remember, seating capacity in the church is much reduced due to current social distancing guidelines, therefore a booking system will be required, which you can use if you go to our booking form here on this link.
Remember, too, that the obligation to attend Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation continues to be suspended.
It’s okay not to go to Mass in these circumstances. It’s not a sin if you decide to stay at home and don’t go to Mass in these times.
We are hoping to get our Masses live streamed very soon.
If you are going to be free to come along to Mass, it will be good to see you, and I do look forward to welcoming you back.
Let us pray with the whole Church, 'Come, Holy Spirit, and renew the face of the earth' That’s some job description for a disciple, a follower that today’s gospel outlines.
If you get a chance, it’s Matthew 10:16-23 - Friday 14th week year 2. It’s not exactly an attractive job description when it talks about hardship, pain and suffering.
And yet Christ’s followers weren’t deterred. Many who heard these words weren’t put off.
The 1st, 2nd, 3rd generation of Christians and so on weren’t put off.
Something about Jesus, and about his person, and about his authority, his goodness, compassion, wisdom, understanding, forgiveness, could not be resisted despite his spelling out the cost of discipleship.
Despite the hardship and the suffering that is involved at times in being a disciple, Christ is worth it. Following him is worth it.
Hope you have a good day.