Fr. Timothy Shea

Blog #21: Stay Home, Stay Safe, Stay Healthy

April 13, 2021

You know what it is like when you hear the voice of your GPS say: “Recalculating...” - it means it is going to take a little longer to get to your destination. Now for us, regarding COVID-19, we are “recalculating.” 

A year ago, we thought we had this virus figured out: sanitize our hands, wear our masks, use social distancing, wait to get a vaccine and life would be almost normal. When the vaccines arrived sooner than expected, we thought that by this summer COVID-19 would be in our past. Then, all of a sudden “variants” …as cartoon character, Yosemite Sam, would say “those dirty, rotten variants.” They are the reason we are recalculating!! Variants have made the virus more contagious and more dangerous! 

The province is recalculating with the latest “stay home” order and that means it is going to take longer for us to get life back to almost normal. 

As a parish we have also recalculated because Mass attendance is restricted to 15% capacity. That means no Masses at St. Linus Church in Bath because only 20 people could attend. As a result, we will have two Sunday morning Masses in Blessed Sacrament Church: 9 am and 11 am. Also, for our four First Communion Masses, each student can only invite 5 other people. Later in May we have 6 Confirmation celebrations scheduled. Hopefully by then, we will be allowed larger attendance in the Church. Stay tuned for that!! 

Thursday, April 22, is the day I go to Picton to get my vaccination. If you have not been vaccinated yet, get your vaccination appointment. It is an important part of our “recalculating.”

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