We have received notification from the diocesan authorities that, in light of Nicola Sturgeon’s most recent remarks, it is likely that we should be able to open for Holy Week (Palm/Passion Sunday being 28th March, Holy Thursday 1st April, Good Friday 2nd April, Holy Saturday 3rd April, Easter Sunday 4th April). The Scottish Government envisages that places of worship will be open for the Jewish community to celebrate Passover on the 27th March, which means that our churches should also be open from that same time – all things being equal, but you will be aware, of course, how things may change depending on how the current crisis moves forward.
Naturally, I will not yet be taking booking for Masses or Services in Holy Week at the present time, but I will be keeping you updated. Inevitably numbers will be very much restricted, therefore I would ask for your patience and for understanding as we try to “get back on our feet” so-to-speak. At the moment I imagine that attendance will be limited to 20 individuals – but this needs to be confirmed closer to the time (for this reason, if no other, I am unable to make bookings at present). We now, however, have the advantage of the facility to live-stream certain liturgical celebrations for those unable to attend (albeit that this is no substitute for personal attendance).
As soon as I know more I will inform you.
I hope you are all having a fruitful Lent. Please pray that we will be back to normal as soon as possible.
God bless you and keep you,