Weekly handouts from Mass
Lenten 2021 Handouts:
Returning to Mass
by Russell Pollitt SJ
When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, churches across South Africa – and the world – were shut. The bishops lifted
the obligation to attend Sunday mass. Now that the lockdown restrictions have eased and places of worship have
reopened, are people returning to Sunday mass?
by Annamarie Paulin Campbell
Lockdown restrictions have eased significantly. Children are going back to school and fitness clubs are reopening. Perhaps instead of feeling overjoyed at starting to get some of your old life back, you are feeling sad or anxious. It’s not surprising that there is a mix of feelings. In part, there is the complexity of having to make daily choices about activities and personally acceptable risk levels, especially when we make choices that others in our circle may not understand. It may also be what psychologists call re-entry syndrome or reverse culture shock.
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