And to John McGowan on the death of his father, John McGowan this week also;
As announced earlier this week by the First Minister, there are a few changes to the rules. Sorry for the delay in getting these to you, but although the Government announced them on Tuesday they only finished updating the details on their website today.
Depending on the data closer to the time, the Government intends to reduce social distancing indoors to 1m on 19th July and abolish it on 9th August. Obviously these are big steps for getting our churches back to normal, and hopefully we can begin planning for altering our seating arrangements to accommodate more people. Remember though not to actually do it until these dates are confirmed closer to the times.
From Monday 28th June the person (such as the father of the bride) accompanying either of the couple down the aisle does not need to wear a face covering whilst doing so (remember that the couple do not need to wear face coverings at weddings). Although its not entirely clear, this does seem to apply to only one person for each spouse, and so the bridesmaids, page boys, etc. would still need to wear face coverings (unless otherwise exempt).
From Monday 28th June, families can once again carry coffins into/out of church and lower coffins into the grave, if the funeral directors and/or burial staff are content for that to happen and if you are content that it is safe. Everyone carrying the coffin must wear a face covering (unless exempt) and be encouraged to sanitise hands before and after doing so.
We’ve had a couple of parishes in touch recently about positive tests in the congregation. If you get a positive test in a parish, and you’re happy that the rules have all been followed, then you do not need to do anything other than supply the track-and-trace list to the NHS if requested. If you realise that the rules have not been followed then obviously be honest about this with the NHS and follow any instructions – but let’s not get ourselves into that situation! Keep being careful and hopefully by August things will be returning to normal.
With best wishes
Canon Paul Gargaro
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Let’s pray that we, who so often have received so much, will work at being as generous as we can to those in need. Lord, hear us
Let’s pray for peace throughout the world, especially in the Holy Land and the Middle East, that those whose lives are affected by violence, war or neglect may be given comfort and support. Lord, hear us
Let’s pray for healing for those who are ill or anxious:
including, Frances Spiers, Frances Taite, Scott Henderson, Margaret Fleming, Linda Strang, Denis McKay, Jim Kennedy, Sean Fitzgerald, Mary Clunie, Alec and Catherine Howie, Jack Rae, Catherine Mulrine, Yvonne Watt, Rae McVey, John Gibson, Becky Alexis-Martin, for Violetta and all those being treated in the local Hospice,
Lord, hear us
We pray for those who have died recently including including Alec Scullion, Maureen Corrigan, John McGowan, Alec Scullion, Rita Martin, Isabel Kerr, Desmond O’Brien, Anne Farrell, Ian McGuire, Kevin McCudden, Pat Galloway, and Alex McCann.
We pray also for those who are in mourning, and For those whose anniversary falls about now
including Charles Conroy, James Hargan, May Browne, Anna McNiffe, Stephen McCann, Margaret Buckley, Jean Buckley, Hugh Wallace, and Mary Coyle.
Lord, hear us