Here’s a summary of what the Scottish Government’s Phase 2 means for churches across the country. The info is from the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland guidelines which you can read at www.bcos.org.uk/COVID19
During this period of reopening we continue broadcasting Mass and holy Devotions on YouTube from
Prayers at home for those who can not get to a Funeral
Our Lady of Loretto and St Michael Parish Finance Appeal
MADE ON BEHALF OF THE PASTORAL COUNCIL AND FINANCE COMMITTEE
As we prepare to reopen the church for private prayer and to comply with Government Health and safety regulations a number of measures have been put in place to allow this to happen. The installation of hand sanitisers, providing wipes, gloves, masks, disinfectants, various other cleaning materials, signage and alternative seating arrangements have all been requirements.
In addition to this I’m sure you will all have been enjoying, and appreciating, the opportunity to take part in the holy Mass being shared on YouTube. In order for this to continue for the foreseeable future and to ensure everyone has the opportunity to access holy mass, additional technical equipment will need to be purchased to ensure we are meeting the GDPR rules.
As you will appreciate this all comes at a cost and with the parish income having reduced by 50% during the pandemic, we would like to appeal to you for a small donation to help cover these additional costs. Donation envelopes will be available in the church house porch if you are passing and can collect one. Envelopes should be returned to the church house.
Alternatively, donations can be made directly to the parish bank account (80-17-68 00242902 – Our Lady of Loretto Musselburgh 2 A/C, using reference APPEAL).
Many thanks in advance for your continued support to help get our church ready to allow us to all be back together soon.
Miriam McHardy (Chair of the Parish Pastoral Council)
Mark Roberts (Chair of the Parish Finance Committee)
Message from Father Basil
We are continuing to put together an email list in order to send out newsletters and other longer communications. I have most of the people here but not all. Unless you are absolutely certain that i have these details please drop me an email to let me reach you in that way. I can assure you that it will only be used for this purpose. New email address for Fr Basil : [email protected]
Links to other Parishes and Organisations who are providing online services (e.g.Holy Mass) have been moved from the front page to here.
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The Sound of Silence
The Catholic Community of Our Lady of Loretto and St Michael welcomes you to our website as our Country, along with many other parts of the world, faces its greatest health challenge since the influenza pandemic of 1918 – 1919. In a time of great fear, when our first instinct is to draw closer together for support and comfort, we are required to isolate ourselves. The common good is best served by spending time alone.
The obvious temptation is to spend our time surrounded by noise in all the various ways the media brings it to us: Within that I include ‘visual noise’. Anything to help us avoid silence. Yet if we are brave enough to listen in the silence then other voices, gentler sounds will make it through. Who knows even the awesome sound of God’s tentative murmur might be heard? Even more terrifying, perhaps the voice of our own spirit, with all her joys and apprehensions, might have a chance to speak? If so then that is prayer, heart speaking to heart, our essential or fundamental Self in communion with the source, ground and completion of all things.
Because the Christian is never alone, we are always in God’s presence, God standing at the door of our lives waiting for an invitation to enter.
Our message to you is simple: Leave us for a moment and spend time with the One who died and rose from the dead. The one at whose voice all things came to be and in whom we live and move and have our being.
Fr Basil Clark