CLOSURE OF CHURCHES: IMPORTANT NOTICE
On Tuesday of this past week, the Scottish Government imposed a new level of restrictions, making it a legal obligation that we stay at home, going out only for food shopping, exercise, duties of care etc; all of this in an effort to control the virus that is presently making so many people seriously ill, and bringing about so many deaths.
Since this is a matter of law, it clearly affects all our churches. The direction we have been given states:
As of Friday 8th January, all churches must close. There must be no public Masses, devotions etc, and churches must not be open for private prayer.
Funerals and weddings can still go ahead in church; only 20 may be present at a funeral and only 5 at a wedding (i.e. the priest, the couple and two witnesses).
Sick calls to hospitals and care homes will depend on the institution; sick calls to private homes, where there is danger of death, can go ahead provided all appropriate precautions are in place.
These restrictions are due to last at least until the end of January, but may be extended.
This is a sad start to 2021, but we pray the year will get better. If you have access to a laptop or computer you can always follow any Mass that is being streamed. For example, St Andrew’s Cathedral has a daily Mass at 8.15 am, 1pm and 5.15pm. Sunday Masses are: Vigil on Saturday evening at 5.15pm, then on Sunday 10am, 12 noon and 5.15pm. While the Cathedral remains closed, these Masses will all be streamed.
Other live streams of masses can be found here,
The Bishops have also produced the following prayer resource for when mass can't be celebrated publicly.https://www.bcos.org.uk/Portals/0/Documents/When%20Mass%20cannot%20be%20celebrated%20publicly%20-%20Scotland.pdf