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Emerging from Lockdown.
- Last week we reintroduced the offertory procession of bread and wine as well as the “collection” as part of our liturgy, but the collection cannot be taken through a basket or pouch being passed along the rows. I ask you therefore to please make your offerings in the baskets as you ENTER the church so that the basket can be brought forward in the procession. If you forget there will still be a basket there at the exit.
- Social distancing of 1 metre is now all that is required, given that we are continuing to wear face coverings, that we are not positioned face to face, that the level of ventilation is high and that we are not yet returning to communal singing or recitation of the Gloria and Creed.
First Holy Communion and Confirmation
Some have asked what happened to our sacramental preparation for the children and young people of our parish. Well, with Lockdown the programmes have sustained serious delays but are underway. First Reconciliation will be on Friday 11th June, First Communions will be on Sunday 11th July and Confirmations will be on 10th and 17th July.
These celebrations are special to the individuals involved but to all of us too, they are a great sign of the activity of God’s Holy Spirit amongst us.
Please pray for the children and young people involved, for their families and for their catechists.
Just a word about the Sacred Heart:
In Catholic churches and homes, a very popular image of Jesus is the image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is the image of God’s love revealed in the pierced heart of His Son. It is the symbol of a love that conquers sin and transcends death, the symbol of the One who loved us to the end. Love has always been associated with the heart, so it was only natural that the love of God became represented by a heart, the heart of his Son Jesus. In him, God the Father revealed his infinite love for us. On the Friday after the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. A newer image, but a similar one, represents the Divine Mercy of God.