The most recent announcement from the government makes possible the resumption of the Sacrament of Baptism in our parishes. Up to 50 people can be in attendance, so this means that we can have five children for each ceremony accompanied by 8 others. The new regulations will apply from August 5th. St. Mary's will hold multiple celebrations throughout the month of August in order to cope with the backlog of over 100 that has built up, as will our neighbouring parishes. Parents who had booked for dates before August 5th, as well as those wishing to book in the future will need to make a fresh booking, and this can be done by following the link on the front page of the parish website. www.lucanparish.com
The reticence by authorities up to now has centred around the dangers posed by post-baptism family parties and get togethers, which are a real danger for the spread of the virus. We are appealing to families to forego such gatherings in the interest of the common good.
If some family member were to contract the virus at such a gathering it would cast a dark shadow over an otherwise joyful occasion, so we appeal to people to be sensible. The Delta strain, which is now rampant is far more transmissible than the original strain.
There is also some good news about Weddings. The permissible attendance has been increased to 100 both for the ceremony and for the reception; this is however contingent on the capacity of the particular church while observing the required social distancing. In St. Mary's case this caps attendance at 69 guests. We have no discretion in the matter and ask couples to respect the limitations.
Funerals remain at a maximum attendance of 50.
The pandemic continues to intrude into many areas of our lives, and the life of the church has been greatly affected by the limitations on gatherings. Great as the webcam has been it's no substitute for real people being present to each other around the table of the Lord, and we can only hope and pray that that will soon be possible without restrictions on numbers.
We would like to thank those who have been so generous in the online donations for the support of the priests of the Diocese and the Share fund.
St. Mary's Lucan