Pastors Desk: Second Sunday in Advent/B

Posted 5th December 2020 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 6th December 2020 - Second Sunday of Advent/B
2nd-sunday-of-advent1In our first reading today, the prophet Isaiah refers to a voice crying in the wilderness, urging those listening to ‘prepare in the wilderness a way for the Lord’. He adds that God is a shepherd who will gather and protect his sheep always. In our gospel, Mark also refers to this statement by Isaiah and adds that he will also send a messenger to prepare a way for the Lord.

So, this season of Advent is really all about preparing or clearing a way for the Lord in our lives. It allows us time to reflect and prepare our lives spiritually for the forthcoming season. This has particular importance in this year of 2020.

As you are well aware, the rapid spread of the Covid-19 virus in March meant we had to change many aspects of our lives including how we worship. Access to mass via the Webcam quickly became a vital lifeline for us all and helped to keep us all connected.

On Tuesday 1st December we left our second period of lockdown and our churches have reopened. Right now, there is much discussion in the media concerning how parishes might celebrate Christmas Masses safely with a maximum limit of 50 people in attendance at each Mass. However, it should be recognised that no amount of additional Masses on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day can accommodate the usual Christmas Mass attendances whilst complying with the Level 3 restrictions.

Over the last couple of weeks, we discussed in the four parishes how we can celebrate our Christmas Masses within the current Level 3 restrictions. Earlier this week, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin suggested that people use one of the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ as their day to attend ‘Christmas Mass’. This would allow as many individuals as possible to attend Mass and receive Communion over the Christmas period. We believe that this is a good option and plan to implement it in our parish.

We have decided to operate a ticketing system for Masses on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. They will be limited to two tickets per household. We may extend that to all Masses over the Christmas period. We plan to have further details on how this might work next weekend.


Fr. Gerry C.