Resumption of Public Masses: Contact Your MSP

From the 15th of July, the public in Scotland will be able to go to cinemas, libraries, restaurants, pubs and hairdressers. Places of worship, meanwhile, are not to open for communal worship until the 23rd of July.

The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland released a statement yesterday, expressing their disappointment at the Scottish Government’s decision.

We too receive this news of the Scottish Government’s announcement with great disappointment, having encouraged our members to pray for and to support priests in their endeavours to safely restore access to the sacraments.

This matter should be raised at the Scottish Parliament, and to that end, I want to encourage you to write to your MSP today. I provide a sample text below for you to adapt; please keep the message succinct and polite.

You may also wish to CC: your Bishop to let them know that you are writing to your MSP.

You can find your MSP and their contact details using the Postcode Lookup here: https://www.parliament.scot/msps.aspx 

Finally, we would also like to promote this petition to the Scottish Government to allow public worship sooner: https://www.change.org/p/scottish-government-to-allow-public-worship-sooner-if-we-can-gather-in-a-pub-we-can-worship-safely

Thank you for your support and your prayers in this time.

Sample MSP Email Text Below

Subject: RESUMPTION OF PUBLIC WORSHIP

Dear NAME OF MSP,

As we have entered into Phase 2 of recovery from the lockdown due to Covid-19, the Catholic community of Scotland has welcomed the re-opening of places of worship for private prayer after a long and patient period of waiting. Since our churches have re-opened, and following the extensive and comprehensive guidance of the Scottish Bishops, parishes have successfully implemented social distancing measures as well as the wearing of masks and increased hygiene procedures.

Catholic parishes have been at the forefront of caring for the local community during the pandemic by offering practical, emotional and spiritual care for many, especially those who are most in need, whilst following government guidelines.

It is with great disappointment that we have learned that the Scottish Government places more importance on pubs, cinemas and libraries in the pursuit of the common good than places of worship by planning to delay the resumption of public worship while prioritising leisure activities. Since places of worship have demonstrated their ability to adhere to social distancing, perhaps even more readily than will be possible for cinemas and bars, we consider it unjust and detrimental to the spiritual and mental health of people of faith and those they serve to delay public worship whilst permitting non-essential entertainments.

We ask you to raise this at the Scottish Parliament on our behalf as a matter of urgency.

On behalf of the Catholics of Scotland,

Yours faithfully,

UVS Prayer Intentions for June

Dear members and friends

I pray that this message finds you well in these difficult times. Please be assured of my daily prayers for the members of UVS, especially when we are enduring this great trial of being unable to hear Mass, or even pray in our churches.

Please join me in imploring the mercy of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in prayers and acts of reparation during the month of June so that, by suffering well and bearing our cross in these days, we might merit the grace of conversion for ourselves, for members of the Mystical Body at all levels and for the whole world.

Prayer intentions for June:

  1. The swift and safe re-opening of Churches and return to public Masses
  2. The growth of the Traditional Latin Mass in Edinburgh
  3. A young FSSP seminarian who we are supporting

Heart of Jesus, bruised for our offences, Have mercy on us
Heart of Jesus, abode of justice and love, Have mercy on us
Heart of Jesus, patient and most merciful, Have mercy on us

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Pray for us
Our Lady of Fatima, Pray for us
Our Lady of Akita, Pray for us

In Domino,

Fraser Pearce

Chairman