The last five months has challenged us quite like nothing else in living history...
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted so many parts of our lives as the authorities in this island of Ireland are challenged with difficult decisions on how to keep us safe and healthy whilst re-opening schools and businesses.
Mass is something that is built into the very fabric of the Barryroe Parish Community here in West Cork. So when attending Mass was disallowed, it was quite a wrench for many locals. The first livestream Mass was broadcast from an upstairs room in Father Dave’s home at 12 noon on Saint Patrick’s Day (17 March). When restrictions eventually began to be eased, volunteers met up and after some careful planning we tentatively invited the first people to attend Mass six weeks ago. Since then, Masses with congregation have evolved and been carefully introduced at Courtmacsherry (Sacred Heart Church).
The number one priority throughout all of this planning continues to be the safety of our community. The fact is that none of this would be possible without the kind generosity of those who have volunteered as stewards and cleaners. Their mission - to greet us with a reassuring smile as they guide and protect us. We could call them our ‘Safety Angels’.
It would be easy to assume that we have this all sorted. However, we really need more volunteers. Joyful serving is so good for the soul and the last verse of ‘The Servant King’ comes to mind:
So let us learn how to serve
And in our lives enthrone Him
Each other's needs to prefer
For it is Christ we're serving
If you would like to volunteer as a ‘Safety Angel’ at either of the two parish churches please...
(You won't be asked to do all of them!)