Canon John Nunan, Parish Priest of St Joseph’s, Wetherby appeared on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Today’ programme on Saturday 25 April. He was interviewed by the BBC’s North of England correspondent Danny Savage, who is also one of the Canon’s parishioners. Danny was reporting from his home town on how the community in Wetherby is adapting to changed circumstances as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Canon Nunan explained that one initiative was the introduction of a daily on-line Mass from St Joseph’s which now has a ‘virtual congegation’ of over 500 on Sunday mornings. More information about this can be found on the parish website: https://www.stjosephs-wetherby.org.uk/
At the same time the Canon told Danny that one of the worst aspects of the current situation is the distress caused to bereaved families who are unable hold a funeral for their loved ones in the normal way and in many cases are unable to meet with friends and family for consolation. Parishioners in this situation are remembered daily at the Canon’s Mass and through the news posted on the parish website. As elsewhere in the Diocese, modern communications are helping to keep people together until our worshipping communities can gather in their parish churches once more.