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Church of the Holy Family Our Lady of Perpetual Succour
Dunblane — Auchterarder
Changes to the Weekend Schedule of Masses
Dear Parishioner : We have an obligation in the present crisis , as you well know, to keep our distance—one of which is travelling in a car with a person from a different household
Since I fell, I have been doing just that when travelling up and down to Auchterarder and I am very grateful to those who were kind enough to drive me. This is not best practice anymore with the virus more rampant than ever.
The main problem is Sunday morning and the rush between finishing Mass in Auchterarder at 10.30 a.m., and getting back in time for the Mass in Dunblane at 11 a.m. I also find the double journey challenging, taken in conjunction with the celebration of the two Masses.
Having consulted with the Bishop, and with his approval, I intend making the following changes to the weekend schedule. The total number of weekend Masses celebrated and the weekday schedule in both parishes will remain unchanged . The booking system must also be kept for the foreseeable future.
Holy Family, Dunblane : Vigil Mass on Saturday at 12 noon; Sunday : Mass at 11.30 a.m.
Our Lady’s, Auchterarder : Vigil Mass on Saturday at 5 pm; Sunday Mass at 9.30 a.m.
This will enable me to spend Saturday night in the parish house in Auchterarder and avoid the rather hectic double journey on Sunday morning.
These changes will come into effect on the weekend of January 16/17, 2021.
I hope people will understand the need for these changes, and that they will not find them too inconvenient. In many ways, given the circumstances, the schedule is a more sensible one.
Can I take this opportunity to thank all those who have made possible the continuing celebration of Mass in difficult circumstances : stewards , people in charge of the booking system, sanitisers and all parishioners, upfront and behind the scenes, who have been so patient and accommodating.
May you , and your loved ones, enjoy a multitude of Graces and Blessings, Health and Happiness in 2021.
May the Lord keep all of us safe from the current epidemic.