We were very fortunate to have Fr. Paul Marx with us for much of the last six months. Thanks to him, our church doors were never closed. People could always come in and spend some time alone in prayer. Mass was also celebrated every Sunday in the parish church. The sisters and a few parishioners participated while following the public safety recommendations.
There has been no church coffee or other large gathering since March… and although our Sunday congregation was very much smaller than usual, hand disinfectant was freely available and safe-distancing practiced, so life went on. It changed, it didn´t stop!
We had the great joy of receiving Eilif into the Catholic Church on Easter Sunday, followed by Ívar one week later, on Divine Mercy Sunday. On Pentecost Sunday, three children, Eryk, Ingibjørg-Lilja and Heimur made their First Holy Communion. In July, baby Lukas received the Sacrament of Baptism. In August, we welcomed Heini into full membership of the Catholic Church. One week later, his daughter, Kristina Margreta made her First Holy Communion. Our Taizé Prayer Evening resumed in September, no longer in the convent, “Kerit”, but in Mariukirkjan. In September too, we had the joy of seeing two more children, Benjamin and Mia, make their First Holy Communion. We also had the joy of seeing Rósa receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Fr. Paul Marx celebrated his last Sunday Mass with us that day before finishing his mandate as our parish priest. He will be missed.
We share in the joy of all these parishioners and pray that they grow steadfastly in the Lord. Amen!
Speech by Sr. Marisa on behalf of the parish – download here: Thank you, Fr. Paul!