Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
It is good that the Holy Liturgy can be served again and I am please to have good report and appreciation of this blessing. Sadly, some of us are advised not to be present but we continue to be with you in Spirit. The great blessing of Our Lord is that we have a second priest and Fr Julian has been able to serve the liturgy and provide good pastoral care during these strange times. I have been most grateful for his help, support and assistance, and indeed the help and support of so many of you. I am also grateful to all of you for keeping a good community fellowship and rallying to the Church now that it is open again after such a long 'lockdown’.
As Fr Julian has already explained, we have decided that it will be best, in the months ahead, to arrange for Liturgy on Saturdays of the first and third weekends of each month. St Aidan's is not used on these days so that we are able to start at the reasonable time of 10.30 am. This gives lots of time for preparation which is usually a rushed affair. If we remained with Sunday, we should have to wait for the St Aidan's congregation to vacate the Church, then there would be cleaning to do as well as setting up before we were able to begin. This would mean that the beginning of the or service would be greatly delayed. In fact, it is against canon law to serve the Liturgy after 12 noon. Even in usual times we are barely able to head this.
I will soon join you in Church; indeed I hope to be there on the third Saturday of September. During most of my attendances I will not officiate but it will be good to be with you. I shall hope to serve the Liturgy on St Thomas Day, Tuesday 6th October and on other occasions but Fr Julian will continue as principle celebrant for the foreseeable future. We hope and pray that this present Coronavirus will become a milder infection for all, and that a vaccination will be soon available so that we can return to full normal life. Viruses are not new, we have coped with equally severe epidemics in past years. We have to learn to live with this one as we have learned to live with others. May God grant us His guidance, healing and His help. Above all we must not be fearful for there is nothing that can separate us from the loving care and protection of God
We live with God’s Blessing, may we be open to its greatness.
In Christ Our Lord,
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