Eighteenth Sunday in OT: Year A
As you know we have started celebrating Sunday Masses again. Alleluia! At Callington 8.30am and at Launceston at 10.30 am. The exception is St Peter’s Bude, where the Mass will stay on Saturday morning at 10 am, Mass of the Sunday, for now. All the times are in the newsletter. It is always worth checking the newsletter each week for times of Masses, especially in these uncertain times. For instance, I will be away from 3rd -7th August, so no Masses Monday to Friday that week. Please note, that the Sunday obligation is still suspended. So, when you come to Mass, you can certainly come on a weekday. If you are concerned/anxious about returning, due to Covid 19, you may want to stay at home for now. The Mass will continue to be recorded and posted on our YouTube and Facebook pages.
We have not yet exceeded capacity at any of our churches. I think that has been the case across the diocese. Parishioners have been, understandably, cautious. Adding 2 more public Masses during the week, will be a help for more people coming back to church, I hope. Again, we will see how things are going, and adapt as necessary. So far, the process of going gently, step by step, has been working very well.
Something we are doing to help increase the capacity at Launceston is to use the parish hall as an extension/overflow to the church, and live stream the Mass onto a screen in the hall. Thanks to Deacon Richard organising it, we now have Wi-Fi in St Cuthbert Mayne Church, which means we have the facility to live-stream. This should give space in the hall for another 16 parishioners at Sunday Mass. This live stream will then be posted on our parish You Tube and Facebook pages, for the sick and housebound, and for all who are still at home. The recording will be posted somewhat later, on a Sunday, than has been the case until now.
As from Saturday 8th August it will mandatory to wear a facemask in church. If you are exempt from wearing a face mask, please bring an exemption card with you, which can be printed off from the internet. Disposable masks are available as you enter any of our churches.
God bless you,