MESSAGE FROM FR. PAUL
With the Solemnity (solemn feast day) of the Birth of St. John the Baptist, the celebration of Mass with a congregation began again at St. Patrick’s. For those who were at Mass for the first time in months, things were not quite the same. The appearance of the church interior, while much the same was noticeably different with the white ropes blocking off rows of pews to ensure physical distancing. Parishioners, “checked-in” at the entrance, are wearing masks or face coverings and sanitizing their hands before taking their seats. Communion was the only procession and the usual manner of receiving was constrained by keeping as much social distance as possible. There was only one voice heard singing, if there was any singing at all. One voice proclaiming the readings and intercessions. We’re back but it’s not the same. The way we celebrate the liturgy certainly has changed.
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