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Easter in Lockdown

Updated: Apr 30

What troubling times we’re living through and what a lot of negativity is being published; we can’t do this or that and social distancing means we can’t even see friends let alone family. I do miss hugging my granddaughters! Churches closed, no mass, no Lenten Groups, no meetings; I could go on.

However, there is a lot to be thankful for – modern technology being one. The internet [for those who have it] is a tool that let’s us keep in touch with loved ones via FaceTime or WhatsApp video calls and the Parish Website for messages, information and links to the wider world. Again, I could go on.

And oh, how marvellous was it to celebrate the Easter Triduum from the Sacred Heart, Hove and know that I was connected, albeit virtually, to so many other parishioners from far and wide and although it was so very different, I found it very special and uplifting. Many thanks to Canon Colin and Mgr. Michael – such wonderful singing!

With so much time on my hands, [I’ve been furloughed], I’ve been able to explore other ways to enrich my prayer life and found a wealth of resources available at the touch of a button. Universalis has so much to offer. And always, of course, my bible.

My daily walks with my husband are a time to reconnect with nature. Just walking from our house we’ve seen buzzards, kites, rabbits, butterflies and bumblebees. With limited traffic noise, the bird song is almost deafening. It’s a lovely time of year to be outside and thank goodness we can still enjoy this one hour. And again, I could go on!

So, yes, I’ve a lot to be thankful for and I count my blessings.

So, who knows what will happen when all this has passed. A time for reflection, perhaps? Will ‘church’ be the same? How will I re-connect with everyone at Sunday Mass? What have I missed the most with churches closed? How have I found the experience of ‘going to mass’ on my own at home? Should this situation ever reoccur, what do I need to be prepared?

Church, for me, is Community. It’s us, the parish family, loving and serving the Lord, together. I hope that we will appreciate, be thankful for and become more united when all this is over.

As Pope Francis tweeted recently: It is not the time of your judgement, but of our judgement: a time to choose what matters and what passes away, a time to separate what is necessary from what is not. It is a time to get our lives back on track with regard to you, Lord, and to others.

Keep safe and stay well.

Pauline, Chair of the Pastoral Team