Dia is Mhuire díobh go léir a chairde, and welcome to my report.
The big news this week has to be that I was at Mass on Monday morning June 29. Following a lapse of about three and a half months, it did seem strange. Our beautiful St. Patrick’s Church has the capacity to hold several hundred people in comfort, but this time there were just 50 souls in attendance. Sanitised going in and coming out. A great deal of hard work went into arranging the seats in order to comply with the rules of social distancing and it was carried out to the letter. We were met outside the chapel door by a team of ushers, all looking very officious with their masks and perspex face covers. Their friendly and helpful attention made it easy for us to do the right thing. Having booked in advance our places were marked out for us and each one was escorted to their own particular place. Only the centre isles of the church were used and only two people per seat one at each end . It was indeed a strange sight to see. At ten on the dot, Canon John came on the alter and started Mass, it was the Feast Day of St. Peter and St. Paul. We all know that he has been saying Mass there all along and some people in the catchment area were lucky enough to be able to see him. Others like myself were glad to listen in on Cork Music Station, thanks to Sean Radley. At first it was a rather an alien experience, but as the weeks and months passed I got to love the clear words that were spoken and in my own little cocoon I made the daily Mass, all my own. With the result that when I went to Mass in the Church I found it very different. For months now I have been totally free to do the things I do. I didn’t have to be anywhere, attend anything, meet no one if I didn’t want to. Sit down, get up, job in the garden, cook a meal, etc. all in my own time, wander at will. At Mass this morning ,the first discipline that I encountered was to stand up at Mass or sit down at the right times join with the others in prayers. It wasn’t that I minded it but I was aware of it. Even at home before going I was fretful. What if the time slips me and I’ll be late, or if the car won’t start and I having a precious place booked. My seat would be empty and I after taking a seat that somebody else would be glad to have. But I needn’t have worried, it all went fine. TG.
[read more …] “Eily’s Report – 30th June”