16th Sunday of the Year (b)

16th 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: Annie Nelson, Rose Cunningham, Ena McIntyre, Joyce Higgins, John Pilley.

Died:  Stanley Romaniuk.

Today: A new readers’ rota has been prepared.  It covers a shorter period than usual so that those who expressed an interest in becoming readers on the recent census form can be contacted once the holiday season is over and given the opportunity to prepare and practice.  Existing readers please take your copy home with you today.

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.

Saturday: Fr Denis McBride, C.Ss.R. will be speaking after 10.00 Mass at St Patrick’s Church in the Cowgate. This is a free event and a great opportunity to come along and hear a very interesting and entertaining talk by a well-known biblical scholar. The Tablet sent its assistant director to one of Fr Denis’ talks who reviewed his contribution to the teaching of the Gospel: “Denis McBride is a superb raconteur and thought-provoking scripture scholar; he breaks open the Gospel in fresh and startling ways. His lectures and writings are designed to appeal to the heart as much as the head.

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 still upon us, in spite of the weather,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.

One bright, beautiful Sunday morning, the townspeople were in church, listening to the organ play. Suddenly, Satan appeared at the front of the church. Everyone started screaming and running for the front entrance, trampling each other in a frantic effort to get away from evil incarnate. Soon everyone was evacuated from the Church, except for one elderly gentleman who sat calmly in his pew, not moving, seemingly oblivious to the fact that God’s ultimate enemy was in his presence. Now this confused Satan a bit, so he walked up to the man and said, “Don’t you know who I am?” The man replied, “Yep, sure do.” Satan asked, “Aren’t you afraid of me?” “Nope, sure ain’t,” said the man. Satan was a little perturbed at this and queried, “Why aren’t you afraid of me?”  The man calmly replied, “Been married to your sister for 48 years!”

 With every best wish and blessing

to you, your families and those

who are dear to you

Monsignor Tony