During this time of the Coronavirus pandemic St Dunstan's and St Jude's church buildings remain closed, and so we are unable to gather for the celebration of Holy Mass and other Sacraments. However, it will seem that the first stages out of the lockdown will include the opening of churches for private prayer and devotion. In order to do this safely we will need a number of volunteers to be in church during these times to encourage social distancing and the cleaning of any surfaces where necessary.
The church will not open until this is in place – and the times the church will be open will depend on the numbers of those committing some time to doing this. More details to follow.
Although the church buildings are presently closed – the parish isn’t! Fr Philip, Fr Simon, Deacon David and Sr Catherine are phoning around parishioners whose numbers we have who we know to be alone and have been pleased to receive several calls themselves. Members of our SVP and Legion of Mary groups, together with the Eucharistic ministers, have also been keeping in contact with parishioners and, when requested, have been helping in various ways. We know that lots of you are getting on with those things which fulfil the command to ‘love your neighbour.’ If you or anyone you know is in some need – maybe even just picking up shopping or a prescription – than we have a number of volunteers who are ready and willing to help out. Do please give the presbytery a call. Similarly, if you should require a priest in an emergency, please do not hesitate to call.
We are constantly updating this website and our Social Media pages. Under this 'Coronavirus' section of the website, you will find a drop-down menu with links to other information and resources which are available for use. For a weekly update and schedule, please consult the Newsletter section.
Let us continue to pray for each other at this time: we remember especially those who are or have been affected by Coronavirus; those who nurse and care in our hospitals, in the community, and in care homes. We also commended to the Lord those who have died in recent weeks – especially those of our parish – and we remember those who mourn and miss them in our prayers.
The disciples on the road to Emmaus recognised – eventually – the Lord Jesus who had been walking by their side. May our eyes be open to the risen Lord’s presence as he walks by our side today.