Fr Paul Spellman from March in Cambridgeshire has opened up the presbytery garden to make sure as many parishioners as possible can join in with celebrating Sunday Mass.
Fortunately, the first outdoor Mass was blessed with warm sunshine as 50 people of all ages joined Fr Paul Spellman for worship on the lawn among the roses.
“After months away from Mass, it filled my heart with joy to see my parish family again, as people came down the path with their garden chairs,” said Rebecca Bretherton, one of the church stewards who were on hand to keep everyone safe.
“We were joined by people watching on Fr Paul’s Facebook live-stream so we were able to include those who could not be physically with us at Mass.
“The garden Mass is a practical solution in March, as social distancing rules mean that the church cannot fit everyone.
“However, our garden is accessible and large enough to seat about 60 people.”
Let’s hope the sun keeps on shining on this wonderful way to enjoy Mass among the roses!
Picture: Parishioners from March joining the garden celebration of the Mass.