The return to daily Masses hasn’t been the easiest of decisions. However, with the continued rollout of vaccines, and the general positive news of a more successful battle with Covid, it was felt that now would be a proper time to return. Our attendance has been low, but weather conditions will contribute to that also. But please, can I ask that you do not feel under pressure, one way or another. Your safety is vital. The stability of schools and hospitals also. Again, can I say how fortunate we are with our schools and teaching staff especially. These are truly tough times for them. Most have not been vaccinated. It is interesting to hear from, and read, comments from some older people asking that teachers get priority when it comes to vaccines. Vaccinating is not simply for the purpose of reopening schools, but keeping all those already in schools safe! “The very least thing you can do in your life is to figure out what you can hope for. And the most you can do is to live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but to live right in it, under its roof.” Barbara Kingslover. I think we are seeing hope overcoming adversity every single day right now. Please God, we’re beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel … and it’s not that of another train coming!!