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COVID-19 Directive for the Re-opening of Churches
Brothers and Sisters,
As you may know, Government has from today introduced the Emergency Management (COVID-19) Churches Directive 2020, which applies to all churches.
There are several new requirements which must be implemented and, having only received the Directive over the weekend, our priests must now do a careful check to see what is needed for our churches to be compliant. We are also querying a provision which suggests that only the celebrant can receive Communion during Mass. Given this uncertainty, we will not be reopening our churches at this time.
I will keep you updated but ask that you continue to participate in Online Mass and other Catholic devotions. Stay close to God and keep Him at the centre of your lives. Let us also ask the Holy Spirit to continue to light our way, and may Mary, Mother of the Church intercede for us.
✝ The Most Rev. Charles Jason Gordon
Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Bridgetown
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From the Pastor's Desk...
“RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT...”
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
“After saying this, he breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’” Every Pentecost we are called to relive and celebrate that gift of God. That gift we call the Holy Spirit. That Spirit is, in fact, God giving himself in the Person of the Holy Spirit.
The words, “receive the Holy Spirit” are meant to be an invitation to freely accept the Spirit of God into our lives and hearts. It is in that light that after entering the closed room where the disciples were because of fear, Jesus said to them, “Peace with you.” Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” This was his gift to them. He offered himself to them; he also gives himself to us in and through that same Holy Spirit.
So as we celebrate the great solemnity of Pentecost, we are also doing so behind closed doors for fear of COVID-19 and its crippling and deadly effects. However, this Pentecost is saying to us, Jesus also comes into our closed rooms and says “Peace be with you.” Let us hear him saying to us “Receive the Holy Spirit.”
A Blessed and Peaceful Pentecost to you.
Fr. Clement Paul Rev. Stephen Joseph
Parish Priest Parish Deacon.
Live Stream Catholic Programmes & Mass
St Patrick’s Cathedral, Barbados (click here)
St Dominic’s RC Church, Barbados (click here)
St Francis RC Church, Barbados (click here)
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Our Lady of the Rosary Community Prayer
Mary, loving mother of Jesus, full of grace, goodness and mercy,
guide us and walk with us on the path as we form our family for Jesus.
Lord teach us your ways; give us the knowledge, understanding,
ability and love to reach out to our brothers and sisters in our community.
Help us to strengthen our commitment to spread Christ's Good News in our community through participation and stewardship.
Our Lady of the Rosary R.C. Church, Verdun, St John, Barbados, W.I.