Fr. Timothy Shea
Blog #12: Masks
July 7, 2020
It is so good that we have been able to resume having parish masses in the church. It sure is different, but the Mass is still the best way for us to pray. At the last supper Jesus said: “Do this in memory of me.”
Your willingness to accept these changes to how we worship at Mass has made everything go more smoothly. Our greeters are very friendly and welcoming. By now we are all used to using hand sanitizer as we enter the building. Social distancing has worked well so far because families are able to sit together. We have averaged 70 people at the Saturday night Mass while 30 % capacity would be 135. Sunday morning in Amherstview we average 55 people. While in Bath we have averaged 33 while 30% capacity would be 44. So, the 30 % capacity works well for us.
Almost everybody brings their own mask, but we have new provincially approved masks if you need one. The masks are a unique symbol of our sense of community. Your mask shows that you respect that we are all in this together and that together we share the responsibility of taking care of each other. Also, your mask is a sign of your love because even though you are healthy you wear the mask to protect others and to help others relax and not worry about you. Your mask is a way to show you love your neighbour as you love yourself.
I have not heard any complaints that the celebration of Mass has been shortened: no Gloria, no Creed, no congregational singing…the Mass has been shortened to minimize the time spent in a confined area and to reduce the possibility of the use of the washroom. So far….so good….
Thank you for your continued prayers and support. God Bless you all!!