The COVID-19 pandemic affected almost every aspect of our lives, from the way we live, work and play to how we worship. It was also a year that presented other challenges. But in the midst of all that, there’s always hope.
Dear Friends, we acknowledge the suffering it has caused up and down the country and around the world. On the last Sunday of 2020 our Memorial Mass heard us call out 58 names of parishioners and members of families who lost loved ones during the year. For many it’s been a year of sadness and drying of tears.
In these early days of 2021 we have parishioners in hospital and many self-isolating. In the past year there are those who have been faced by people who actually caught the disease, those faced by people whose love ones died because of it, and then the extraordinary stress and pressure that was placed on health care workers, our doctors and nurses on the front-line in order to care for everybody else. We thank them each and every one. We send our love and blessing.
In the next few months many of us will be offered the COVID-19 vaccine. Some people are hesitating. Some are worried about its contents. Our bishops are encouraging us to receive it when offered – for the greater good.
Live-streamed Masses will continue for the foreseeable future. We look forward to seeing our parish full at every Mass. We look forward to seeing our Altar Servers back in action. We look forward to seeing our benches back and you sitting in your favourite bench.
May that day come soon!