Corona Virus 19 March

 

Coronavirus update – Thursday 19th March 2020

 

Although there are no public Masses at present, I will continue to celebrate mass privately each day at the same time – 10.30am during the week and 10am on Sunday’s. I invite you to join me in prayer from your homes and perhaps reflect on the readings of the day. In this way we continue to stand together even though we are physically separated. 

This Sunday, 22nd March, is a national day of prayer for all churches and we have been asked to say the rosary at 12pm. On Mothering Sunday, let us join in prayer with our Blessed Mother and ask for her intercession in this time of need. 

St Margaret’s will remain open from 11.30am – 6pm daily for private prayer. Please look at the Parish website and Facebook page for updates. 

Any parish activities such as talks, training and groups are naturally suspended at this time. 

SACRAMENTS

I am available to administer the sacraments for those most in need and the sacrament of reconciliation is available on request. 

A number of parishioners have kindly offered to help others during this time. Please contact me and I can put you in touch with someone. 

Phone: 01546 602380

Email: Lochgilphead@rcdai.org.uk 

CELEBRATION OF FUNERALS

Funerals are to be celebrated at the graveside with only the immediate family attending. Obviously, the situation is evolving and if the Government’s advice changes then we will react accordingly.

HYGIENE IN THE CHURCH

Please use the hand gel provided in the church porch.

Neither the Mass of Chrism nor the Easter Triduum will be celebrated in public this year. 






 

A Reflection

Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by putting it back together with lacquered resin and powdered gold. 

The philosophy behind this art is that nothing is ever truly broken and when we actually embrace our wounds and brokenness then we discover our true selves. It is the art of embracing damage. 

We not only find healing in our flaws and difficulties but we also find our true beauty. In the words of Earnest Hemingway, the world breaks everyone, and afterwards many are strong in the broken places. 

Repair requires transformation; the pristine is less beautiful than the broken. Our true beauty as a people is shown after a fracture. 

In this unprecedented time in our world, when so much of our normal lives have been interrupted, Bishop Brian asks us to grow in personal holiness and to place our trust in God whose providence guides the course of world events. We have an opportunity to deepen our relationship with God and with the entire human family. We are called to support each other in any way we can. 

This is a time of great anxiety for us all but through our personal prayer, kindness, and trust in God we will all be bearers of Christ’s presence in a very real and unique way. We will heal the brokenness and become an even more beautiful and compassionate people.  Please take care of yourselves and don’t take any unnecessary risks. Know that you are all deeply loved and that I’ll be praying for you each day.  

Fr Ronald