WHEN ATTENDING MASS AT St MARY’S and St ANTHONY’S PLEASE BE AWARE OF THE FOLLOWING
The cap on numbers at Masses continues – 100 at both St Mary’s and St Anthony’s.
Retaining the 5.00pm Mass at St Mary’s for the moment, rather than re-locating back to St Anthony’s,
allows us to maintain the advantage of our live streaming facility –
a service greatly appreciated by so many parishioners from all our Island parishes.
If live streaming were to be lost on a Saturday evening, it would leave many without this option.
• The Sunday obligation is still suspended.
• Please adhere to social distancing guidelines in place. Any children accompanying you must do the same.
• Please sanitise your hands when you enter and leave the church. Holy water fonts are not in use .
• There will be no hymns books, Mass books or newsletters.
• You will be guided to a bench by a volunteer steward. It may not be where you usually sit.
• Toilets will remain closed at all times except for a genuine emergency.
• Only the priest will be on the sanctuary – without deacons, servers, readers etc.
• There will be no children’s liturgy or choir and no live singing.
• There will be no Sign of Peace.
• Holy Communion will be distributed after the final dismissal of the Mass.
• The words “The Body of Christ” and the reply “Amen” will only be said once at the beginning of distribution. These words will not to be repeated for each person receiving Holy Communion.
• The priest will wear a visor during Holy Communion.
• The volunteer stewards will direct you to approach the altar to receive Holy Communion.
• People receiving Communion are instructed to approach the altar with their arms outstretched so as to maintain a reasonable distance from the minister.
• You may only receive the Sacred Host in your hand and not on your tongue. Communicants must avoid skin to skin contact with the minister’s hands.
• You must then step to one side, place the Sacred Host in your mouth then follow directions to leave the church immediately.
• Please do not gather at the back of church to chat.
• Please sanitise your hands on leaving.
• Baskets will be available at the entrance (and exit) for your weekly Offertory collection.
• The doors will be closed immediately after Mass to allow the stewards to sanitise all surfaces.
Prayer of Spiritual Communion used at live-streamed Masses
Lord Jesus Christ,
You promise to be with us when two or three are gathered together in your name.
You promise to be with us until the end of time.
You are with us when we hear your Word in the Sacred Scriptures.
You are with us in those who are hungry and thirsty, sick or in prison and in the face of the stranger.
You are with us in our beautiful world and in the very stuff of the entire Universe.
You are with me in the very depths of my being;
And you are with us in the consecrated bread and wine of the Eucharist.
Today I am unable to receive you in this Sacrament of your Body and Blood.
Lord Jesus, strengthen my belief that you are always with us until you come again.
I believe that one day I will see you face to face
when there will be no more suffering, no more tears and no more sadness.
Lord Jesus, stay with me and with those I love throughout this day and for the rest of my life.
You who live and reign for ever and ever. Amen
Pope Francis on today’s gospel – Matthew 14: 22-33 – Jesus walks on the water, and calms the storm
“The boat of our life is often storm-tossed and buffeted by winds. Even when the waters are calm, they quickly grow agitated. When we are caught up in those storms, they seem to be our only problem.
But the issue is not the momentary storm, but how we are navigating through life. The secret of navigating well is to invite Jesus on board. The rudder of life must be surrendered to him, so that he can steer the route.
Let us invite Jesus into the boat of our life. Like the disciples, we will realize that once he is on board, the winds die down and there can be no shipwreck.”
From The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything by James Martin SJ
Good decisions mean a wholehearted Yes to both the positives and negatives that come with any choice. Every state of life, every decision, includes some pain that must be accepted if you are to enter fully into those decisions and into new life. “All symphonies remain unfinished,” said Karl Rahner. There is no perfect decision, perfect outcome or perfect life. Embracing imperfection helps us relax into reality. When we accept that all choices are conditional, limited and imperfect our lives become paradoxically more satisfying, joyful and peaceful.
All this points us to the unconditional, unlimited and perfect One to whom we say ‘yes’: God. All of our decisions should be focused on this reality. “Our only desire and our one choice,” said Ignatius, “should be this: I want and choose what better leads to God’s deepening his life in me.”
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