15th Sunday of the Year (b)

15th Sunday of the Year.  (b)

Times of Mass and Confession:

Sundays:                               Vigil Mass (Saturday) 6.00 p.m. &10.00 a.m.

Weekday:                              9.00 a.m. (Monday – Friday )

10.00 a.m. (Saturday)

Confessions:                      After 10.00 a.m. Mass on Saturday.

Other times by arrangement.

Please remember the following parishioners, relatives and friends in your prayers:

Sick: Sally McDermott, Catherine Wilson, John McPartland, Mary McPheely, Annie O’Donnell, Molly Weir, baby Vladeeslaff Russia

Anniv: Cardinal Gray

Died:  Michael McNally

Today there will be the annual Deanery Mission appeal when one of the missionary orders that have a base in Scotland come to tell us of their work, appeal for our support in prayer and in financial ways also.  This year the Comboni (Verona) Missionary Fathers who will be making the appeal and there will be a retiral collection after both Masses.

Sunday: Over the holiday period, the normal coffee morning in the hall will be suspended but some parishioners and one of the normal groups have agreed to run a simplified session with teas coffees and biscuits/croissants available.  Many thanks to them for agreeing to provide this service. So why not go round to the hall and find out what is on offer.

Thursday: The coffee morning after 9.00 a.m. is taking a break over the holiday period and will resume in September.  Loose coins can still be handed in at the card stall.  Many thanks for continuing to do this.

The Parish Pastoral Council  met recently to review and reflect on the progress so far with the forms which many of you were kind enough to return in the recent census.  All the forms which were returned have now been added to a new database.  The plan is that between now and mid August there will be lists created of those who kindly offered to become more involved in the life of the Parish either by offering their services or creating new groups identified by the returns.  In mid August the task of contacting everyone will begin, organised by the Parish Pastoral Council members, explaining what is involved and to confirm that people still wish to be involved.

It is still possible to complete a form and hand it in.  More have been printed but in a different colour to avoid confusion.

If you know of any neighbour who is a Parishioner and for whatever reason does not come to Mass in St. Cuthbert’s and feel able to approach them please take a form for them.

As the holiday season is now upon us will all Readers, Eucharistic Ministers and Altar Servers please remember to ensure they have arranged cover if they are going to be away.  This is especially important when a visiting priest is here to celebrate Mass.  Please use the ‘post its’ in the sacristy to let me know about any swaps you make. Please don’t write on the rotas themselves

Holidays:  If you are going away, I hope you have a safe journey and come back refreshed and relaxed.  If you are staying at home, I hope you find some time to relax and take a break from your usual routine.

If you are a visitor, you are welcome to our Parish, our city and our country.

A young couple were killed in an accident on the day before their wedding. When they arrived at the Pearly Gates, St. Peter asked if there was anything he could do to make being in heaven even more pleasant. So they explained about dying the day before their wedding and asked if it was possible to be married in heaven. “No problem,” said St Peter, “leave it with me.”

A hundred years or so later they met St Peter and asked about the wedding. “Everything is being arranged,” he assured them.

Another hundred years passed, and they met St Peter again. They reminded him about the wedding and said, “We know that in heaven, time is of no consequence, but we have been waiting over two hundred years.” St Peter replied, “I am sorry. All the arrangements were made the day after you arrived and there is only one thing preventing us from having the wedding….. We’re waiting on a priest!”

With every best wish and blessing

to you, your families and those

who are dear to you

                        Monsignor Tony