PARISH ANNOUNCEMENT IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

 
 

Following the decision by the Scottish Bishops to suspend the public celebration of Mass during the continuing health crisis, the clergy wish to reassure you that they will do everything possible to sustain the faith life of our parish community throughout this crisis.   We urge you to take care of yourselves and to stay safe, following the advice issued by the Health authorities.  We are certain that, if we remain united in prayer, our Lord will protect and sustain us.  May Our Lady, Health of the Sick, pray for us. Please note the following points which now apply in our parish

  1. Following the 7am, 10am and 1pm Masses on 19th March, the Feast Day of St Joseph, there will be no public celebration of Mass until further notice.  However, Holy Mass will be celebrated in private each day at 12 Noon and you are invited to unite in spiritual communion with the parish community and the Universal Church each day.  Daily Mass readings and prayers can be accessed via the parish website.  No-one other than the Celebrant of the Mass will be allowed in the Church at this time.
  2. While there will be no public celebration of Mass, the Church will remain OPEN for private prayers each day from 9am to 11am and from 6pm to 8pm.  When visiting the church, you should ensure that you sit at a distance from others and take other sensible reactions to protect against infection. We respectfully remind our elderly parishioners, and those with underlying health conditions as described by the Government, to adhere to the Government guidelines on leaving your home.
  3. Further details will be announced of arrangements for access to the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick and Holy Communion, as well as for Funerals, Baptisms and Weddings.
  4. While we are actively exploring the possibilities of ‘live streaming’ daily Mass from our own Church, we shall provide links on the parish website to other Masses which might be viewed online or on some TV channels.
  5. The Parish Hall is now closed and all activities are suspended.
  6. If anyone is feeling isolated and in need of particular support, please telephone us with the details and we shall try to offer what support we can.
  7. If you are concerned about your weekly contribution to the continuing financial upkeep of the parish, you might wish to set up a direct payment from your bank account.  To arrange this, please contact Margaret McGrath at the parish house to arrange (0141 647 6034) or email: stcolumbkille@rcdom.org.uk
  8. Further announcements throughout this time will be made via the parish website and Facebook page.

1 Comment

  1. by Geraldine Baird on March 18, 2020  4:22 pm Reply

    So pleased that you are considering streaming, think this will help spiritually sustain us through these desperate times.

    please amend as typo in first one thanks

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