It’s Summertime. Normally, we should have a full diary of events and plans for holidays and days out with family and friends. Most of us are eager to be getting out in the fresh air and to use open spaces. Even going shopping now has some attraction for the non-shopper, who hasn’t been out for such a long time.
We hope for warmer days, barbecues, parties and just ‘meeting up’ for coffee and a natter (no gossiping).
Some parishes have opened their social clubs now and a few groups are more prepared to meet up, socially distanced; others are waiting to see how things unfold. There will come the moment to take our first steps and learn how immune we each are to this scourge.
Nothing is 100% of course, and some will get infected – we pray that it is only mildly. We might wonder why crowds are being allowed at the tennis and football but until it is tried we will remain unsure and fearful. If you were told to isolate last year, venturing out is only a first but essential step to take if we are to be rehabilitated into normality.
Jesus tells us not to be afraid!
Calendar for July, Ordinary Time II, Year B
1st St Oliver Plunkett Martyr National Calendar
3rd St Thomas Apostle
5th St Anthony Zaccaria
6th St Maria Goretti Martyr
9th St Augustine Zhao Rong & Companions Martyrs
13th St Mildred Calendar
15th St Bonaventure
16th Our Lady of Mount Carmel Diocesan Calendar
20th St Appolinaris Martyr
21st St Lawrence of Brindisi
22nd St Mary Magdalen
23rd St Bridget Patron of Europe
26th Ss Joachim & Anne Parents of Mary
29th St Martha
30th St Peter Chrysologus
31st St Ignatius of Loyola