EddyIt has been great this past week to welcome parishioners back to our churches. Although numbers are limited by the current guidelines, having even the 70 we can accommodate in St. Mary's makes all the difference. The webcam has been a Godsend but when it comes to the Eucharist which celebrates the 'real presence' there really is nothing like real presence, presence to the Lord and to one another. We hope that if and when the number of cases falls to a level that poses little danger we can then welcome back the almost 1,800 who regularly attend St. Mary's, not to mention the congregations of Lucan South and St. Patricks, and the other 196 parishes of the Diocese as well as the congregations of the other Christian denominations. It seems that the numbers are heading in the right direction and that we have reason for hope.

There were of course worrying scenes from the city centre last week-end when large numbers of people gathered with scant regard for social distancing. Such behaviour is irresponsible and puts the health of the whole community in jeopardy. We have seen great community togetherness and mutual support these past few months and it would be a pity if the sacrifice of our front line workers was undone by careless and thoughtless behaviour.

If we grow careless and flout the guidelines there is the real possibility that a second wave of Covid-19 could well sweep over us, and if the lessons of past Pandemics hold true - it could be worse than the first outbreak.

We all have our part to play, young and old. Social distancing is intended to minimise the possibility of personal contagion and increasingly the wearing of face mask is being recommended as a means of limiting the possibility of spreading infection by those who while they may be Covid positive are exhibiting no symptoms. For that reason we strongly recommend that Mass goers wear face coverings while in the church. The mantra of Joe Duffy "Wash your hands" remains the first commandment in the battle we find ourselves caught up in - a simple but highly effective exhortation.

It is disconcerting to be out walking on narrow footpaths to find people walking towards you three or four abreast and who make no effort to yield any ground to social distancing, behaving as if things were back to normal. Things are far from normal, and won't be so unless we remain on high alert. A lot of it is down to common sense; but as one wise old man was heard to say "The trouble with common sense is that it's not so common."

Wash your hands!

Philip Curran,
St. Mary's

July 9, 2020 - 9:57pm

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