28 May 2020, The Tablet

Topic of the week: Let believers gather in the open air


Bishop Mark O’Toole’s plan for open-air Masses during the easing of lockdown is welcome (News from Britain and Ireland, 23 May). Such liturgies would establish a profound welcome for the life-giving Jesus when the community of believers gather in his name in an outdoor setting.

I had the joy of experiencing this on countless occasions during my pastoral ministry in South Africa. The people would trek for many miles to gather for Mass once a month, often celebrated under a magnificent baobab tree. These internet Masses without a congregation don’t cut it; they diminish the real presence of Jesus in the community of believers.

(Fr) Joseph Mc Cullough
East Molesey, Surrey

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