When humans face a crisis, feelings of fear and worry are inevitable. These are natural responses to uncertainty, and it is normal to worry about our wellbeing and safety, as well as the wellbeing of the people you love. While these are natural responses, it is helpful to consider what we can do to reduce the impact that anxiety and fear can have on our mental health.
It is important to remain informed on this crisis’ developments and to focus on what actions you need to take to maintain your wellbeing. Please be careful, because the continual exposure to the media, TV etc., can heighten anxiety and bring about a fearful response (such as panic buying). Instead, you should seek out factual information from reliable sources such as the Government Health Service and the World Health Organisation websites.
We are receiving good support from Government Departments and support by Opposition Parties. They deserve our support and prayers. Experts have recommended good hygiene, frequent hand-washing, social distancing and maintaining daily routine during this time. When self-isolating, don’t give up on activities that improve your mood, including daily physical exercise, social contact and healthy eating. These activities can positively impact upon our wellbeing and mental outlook. It is important to respect precautionary measures of self-isolation, which means adapting activities to remain safe amid the Covid-19 crisis. For example, you can set up a time to call or FaceTime a friend and have a virtual lunch together. This can provide you with much needed social interaction in a safe setting. You can also contact me by phone or email. Quite a few have phoned to say ‘Hi’ and ask for a personal blessing. At daily Mass (10a.m., including Saturdays) I am more than pleased via our LIVE STREAM to mention you and keep you up to date with parish news.
As many of you now know, we have an online Lenten SPIRITUAL JOURNEY RETREAT for the parish, taking us from Holy Week to Easter. With daily Mass at 10a.m., Rosary, Adoration and a Holy Hour each evening (starting at 5.15p.m.), this will help us to stay connected as a parish; reaching out in love and prayer to others. Thank you for your messages of support – I will continue to do my best to help you and to BLESS you from the Altar. I miss you!
To our Altar Servers, our children looking forward to making their First Holy Communion, our young friends waiting patiently for the coming of the Holy Spirit on their Confirmation Day; please enter the World of Prayer – the Lord will greet you and BLESS YOU. Seek your Guardian Angels powerful support. Join me online, join me spiritually at the Altar, join me in our evening Lenten Holy Hours. Join me in prayer; praying for your family, your friends, for all who are sick and especially those suffering from the Covid-19 virus. YOUR PRAYER COUNTS and makes a difference!
On Monday at 5.15p.m. I invite all the children and young people of the parish to join me ONLINE for A VERY SPECIAL Holy Hour.
‘PRAY, HOPE AND DO NOT WORRY’ – I echo Padre Pio’s famous words during these difficult days, but we will come through this world-wide crisis. Things will get better:
Let nothing disturb you,
Nothing frighten you,
All things are passing, God is unchanging,
And His love for you will never die.
STAY FAITHFUL TO THE LORD OF DIVINE MERCY.