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Partick church displays blessed sacrament at doors to bring hope to Catholics

A Partick church is bringing 'hope to the people' throughout the COVID-19 outbreak, giving passers-by the chance to take part in Adoration from a distance.

St Peter’s Catholic Church is opening its doors during times where Mass would normally be held, with the blessed sacrament on display.

While parishioners can’t enter or get too close to the church due to lockdown restrictions, they can see the blessed sacrament from a distance, providing spiritual respite amid the fear and uncertainty as the coronavirus continues to spread.

Bringing hope

Parish priest Canon Peter McBride said: “It started on Easter Sunday when we decided to open the doors when Sunday Mass would normally take place and will be on until the lockdown finishes.

“I felt I had to open the doors and thought if I put the symbols at the doors it would be a sign of hope that Jesus is risen and is in the community and in people’s lives, not imprisoned in locked churches.”

The idea has so far been a success in the Partick community, as many of the local Catholics have stopped while out walking for exercise and while on their way for essentials.

Geography

Canon McBride says the geographical location of St Peter’s has been key to its success.

“We’re very lucky to be on a busy street with lots of housing nearby,” he said.

“I couldn’t say it would work with every church because some of them are quite isolated, but it works here at St Peter’s because it’s so busy and there’s lots of people.”

The blessed sacrament will be on display during times where St Peter’s would normally celebrate Mass until the end of lockdown. Catholics can see it from a distance for Adoration.

For up-to-date information regarding the parish, visit https://www.facebook.com/stpeterspartick

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