Well, we seem to be getting back to normal…but not quite yet! There are still concerns; the Durham area isn’t doing great in the Covid stakes… worrying numbers. I’ll not remind you again of the precarious state we’re in. Let’s be cautious…it’s not a major adjustment, considering what we’ve been through! Many thanks to our wonderful team of stewards for looking after us. Sadly, St Godric’s School is losing a stalwart in the form of Jocelyn Welch, who retires after over 20 years of dedicated teaching. Thank you Jocelyn, and have a well deserved rest. You will be greatly missed.
We welcomed Capuchin Brothers Paul and John to the parish this week. They stayed at the presbytery with me and visited both parish and Franciscan fraternities each day. Wednesday was our busiest as we journeyed to Holy Island for their first visit there. The Anglican Franciscans at Alnmouth welcomed us kindly, and then it was off to visit Franciscan hermit, Brother Harold. An exhausting, but fascinating day. The Capuchins are still on course to join the parish at Tenter House in August.
The easing of lockdown rules on the 19th of July is being welcomed with great caution by so many. In fact, I have yet to meet anyone who is wholly enthusiastic about it. With a rampant variant, we do not want to do irreparable damage to the great progress we have already made. Can I ask for great caution. Let us preserve for the foreseeable future what we already have in place, by way of sanitising, social distancing and house visits. We have a massive responsibility to do this, irrespective of directives. Thanks.
“The scars of others should teach us caution.” St. Jerome