26th Week of Ordinary Time – Year A

Hello again,

With news of more ‘lock-downs’ and more restrictions on social gatherings and travel. Whatever can be next? The only certainty is that we are in for a protracted period of ‘living-with-the-virus’ and having to act sensibly, safely and seriously.

‘STREAMING’ OF MASS:

With this in mind, we have finally got around to setting up a system whereby ‘live streaming’ of Mass along with other Services and various para-liturgies can be made available to those with the facilities at home to ‘tune in’ via the website.

This Sunday we had a trial-run, and the wall-mounted camera was certainly not intrusive. I had visions in past months of a tripod placed directly before the altar and its presence detracting from the celebration of the Mass. The picture quality was excellent and the microphones relayed Readings and Prayers in a more than satisfactory manner.

The plan is ‘stream’ Mass next Sunday, (4th October), at 11.00 am., from St. Mary’s. The only proviso is that we are still awaiting our license/permit to broadcast, but I am assured this is on the way.

Inside a short time, having surmounted any teething troubles that may arise from the Sunday ‘streaming’, we can begin a weekday schedule of Masses from St. Mary’s. Details of this new timetable will be published in due course.

WEBSITE UPGRADE/REFRESHMENT:

This is more or less complete, with the final touches being added this week. For those who are conversant with the technology, it is now much easier to navigate the various pages of the Parish Website and there are plans for further pages to be made available for Parishioners or Parish Groups to avail of this further aid to communication.

EMAIL NEWSLETTER/BULLETIN:

For the first time last week, these pages were sent directly to all Parishioners who have supplied details and permission to use their email addresses. If you wish to be included in the mailing, please let us have your email address. A Form was sent out via other means a few weeks ago, as an attempt to upgrade the Parish Database, (last done in 2015), and the returned information-with-assent Forms have been collated and used to refresh the Database, AND, effect this other means of communication between us. What next, I ask myself?

Hopefully, we can add to these pages parts of the ‘Newsletter/Order of Service’ we use at Mass that are not specifically directed at the responses, but relate to the explication and commentary on the Readings and themes associated with the Sunday celebration.

CONCLUSION:

In all of this, thank you for your patience. Keep well and safe and smiling and confident that “all will be well, and all manner of thing will be well”, to remind ourselves of the words of St Julian of Norwich.

May Almighty God continue to Bless Us All, our Families and our Friends.