With the good news that from Monday we will be able to meet more freely face to face indoors, and are getting back to a regular rhythm of Sunday worship, I have decided not to continue with my weekly pastoral letter.
I’ll still write a letter from time to time, when there’s something I’d like to share with you; but, for the time being, this will be my last one.
Alan and Colin will continue to put information on the websites, but we will also make sure that those without internet access are kept up to date with any important news.
I think this last lockdown has been harder than the previous ones, and I know some of our people have been, and are, going through particularly challenging times. It is therefore good to be able to do more visiting in people’s homes, so please let me know if you are unable to get to church and would like to receive Holy Communion at home.
Some other good news is that we will be restarting a monthly Tuesday Holy Communion service at St Margaret’s Hall, on Tuesday May 25th at 11.00.
These will usually fall on the third Tuesday of the month but, as it will be St Alban’s day on June 22nd, we will have our service on that day. The service in July will be on July 20th.
I will let you know in good time what the dates will be after that.
I hope it may be possible to restart the Thursday mass at All Saints’ in due course, but we are unable to offer that at present.
I also heard last week that +Norman has decided to make his postponed visit to the island over the weekend of November 27th/28th.
He will be at St Saviour’s, Shanklin, on the Saturday evening for a Vigil mass with Confirmation and will be with us at All Saints’ for a Parish Mass at 11.00 on the Sunday morning, Advent Sunday.
My love and prayers,
The image is Christ Taking Leave of the Apostles by Duccio di Buoninsegna (1255–1319) dated between 1308 and 1311 and is to be found in the Museo dell’Opera Metropolitana del Duomo, Siena, Tuscany. Creative Commons CC0 License