Fr John’s Letter – 11th June 2020

Dear Parishioners of St Jerome’s and St Anne’s 

I hope that you and all your loved ones are safe and well. Recently, I wrote to let you know that moves were being made to open some of our churches for private prayer. Parish priests were asked to nominate churches they believed could be safely opened. Father Bernard and I discussed the matter at length and decided that we could safely nominate Our Lady’s as a start. We both put requests out for volunteers to act as stewards and cleaners, to ensure that we could comply with the regulations. Thank you to all who volunteered their services.

The Archbishop wrote to us a few days ago to say that he wanted to take a cautious approach to church reopening at this time and that he would give permission for only two churches in each Pastoral Area to open. This morning we have been informed that in our Pastoral Area, the churches that have been given permission to open are Star of the Sea in Seaforth and St Helen’s in Crosby. The days and hours of opening are;

 
Star of the Sea, Seaforth from 22nd June.
Tuesday’s 5.pm till 7 pm.
Saturday’s 11.am till 1 pm

 

St Helen’s, Crosby from 22nd June
Monday’s 10.am till 12 noon
Wednesday’s 1.pm till 3 pm
Saturday’s 11.am till 1 pm

So our churches will remain closed for the time being. In thanking those of you who volunteered to help, I want to ask that you hold yourselves in reserve for the time being. Once the Archbishop decides to consider further churches for reopening, then we shall need your help. At the moment, there is no indication of when this will be. Likewise, there is no indication of when the celebration of public Masses will be restored. The caution surrounding the opening of just a handful of churches for private prayer would indicate that this remains some way off.

For now, we keep our prayerful vigil. We ask the Lord to free us from this pandemic, to grant eternal rest to those who have died, to grant recovery to those who are sick, to comfort those who have lost loved ones, and to help each one of us to remain close to Him and to one another in these difficult days.

God bless you all,

Father John