I was delighted to hear from +Norman last week that, all things being equal with Covid, he intends to make a pastoral visit to the island in February next year.
He will be on the island over the weekend of February 20th/21st and will visit the 3 Society parishes, saying a Benefice mass at St Saviour’s, Shanklin, on the Saturday evening and coming to preside and preach at mass at All Saints’ on Sunday 21st at 11.00.
It will be lovely to see him again and, hopefully, you will have a chance to have a chat with him.
Other good news is that we will be allowed to come together for public worship again once the lockdown ends, so our next service will be on Dec 13th, with mass at St Alban’s at 9.30 and All Saints’ at 11.00. Fr Gregory Clifton-Smith will be presiding and preaching.
We are very fortunate that Fr Alan Swanborough has offered to say mass at All Saints’ on Christmas Day at 11.00, and also on Sunday 2th December.
I am still working on provision for St Alban’s over Christmas, but will let you know more in due course.
With the Government’s announcement that three households will be allowed to gather as a bubble to spend 5 days together over Christmas, I have to admit to feeling some anxiety about the consequences of people doing this, and the impact this could have on Covid numbers on the island.
Our family all live on the mainland, and we have taken the difficult decision to all stay put over the Festive Season to avoid any risk to one another.
Of course, these are decisions which people must make for themselves, but I hope and pray there will be a common-sense approach to balance to desire to meet with our loved-ones with the need to keep them safe.
With my love and prayers,
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