16th Sunday of the Year (c)

16th Sunday of the Year.  (c)


Times of Mass and Confession:

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

Weekday:                           9.00 a.m.   (MondayFriday)

10.00 a.m. (Saturday)

Confessions:                        After 10.00 a.m. Mass on Saturday

or by arrangement at other times.


Sick: John McPartland, Mary McPheely, Annie O’Donnell, Veronica Allan, Margaret Christie, Mary Pike, Rita Allison, Lawrie Malone.

Died:  Roy Chisholm, Nora Fleming, Jack Boyd, Paddy Joe Mangan, Canon David Henry, Parish Priest of Our Lady and St. Margaret’s Duns and St. Andrew’s Eyemouth.

Annniversaries: Josephine Dugan, Julia Gaughan, Annie Nelson, Ena McIntyre, John Pilley.


Sunday: After 10.00 a.m. Mass, coffee morning with tea, coffee, toast and home baking.  Why not pop around to the Hall for a few minutes after Mass.  Many thanks to those who have volunteered to keep the coffee mornings ticking over during the holiday period.

Sunday: Mary’s Meals is a charity well known to many of you for their outstanding work.  One of the ways they raise funds is by collecting unwanted/unused clothing towels, curtains, bedding, blankets, handbags shoes and belts and any other textiles. and then turning them in to funds to carry out their work overseas.  For better clothing they receive a better price but even for rags they can raise money. 2 black poly bags filled with textiles can generate enough funds to feed a child in Malawi for one whole year (approx £7.00).   A van will be collecting unwanted/unused clothing and other textiles from the Church after 10.00 a.m. Mass. Please note only textiles can be collected so no bric a brac please.  Volunteers will be needed to fill black bags as materials are handed in.  More on that part later. This collection and then reselling of the textiles raised £73,000 last year for Mary’s Meals. There will also be an opportunity to buy raffle tickets with some star prizes – more details later. You are welcome to start bringing materials now, or as you start packing all your new clothes for your holidays.

Friday: Please remember David Walsh and Alexa Robertson who are being married in the Church at 1.30 p.m.  May the Lord bless and guide them in their married life.


Diary Dates:

17th August:  Barbeque and Quiz Night after evening Mass in aid of the Parish Projects.  Tickets will be on sale after Mass today priced £5 for adults and £3 for children.

1st September: This may seem a long way off but time will soon pass.  The two councils of St. Cuthbert’s and Our Lady’s have planned a pilgrimage to St. Mary’s Cathedral to mark the Year of Faith.  It will begin with a talk from Monsignor Regan, the administrator after which he will show some of the historical artifacts’ which are housed in the Cathedral.  There would then be a short service followed by a High Tea in the Cathedral Hall.  More details will be available in due course including the cost.


On the outskirts of town, there was a big old pecan tree by the cemetery fence. One day two boys filled up a bucketful of nuts and sat down by the tree, out of sight, and began dividing the nuts.
“One for you, one for me. One for you, one for me,” said one boy. As they were sharing the nuts, two nuts dropped and rolled down towards the fence.
Another boy came riding along the road on his bicycle. As he passed, he thought he heard voices from inside the cemetery. He slowed down to investigate.
Sure enough, he heard, “One for you, one for me. One for you and one for me.” He just knew what it was. “Oh my,” he shuddered, “it’s Satan and the Lord dividing the souls at the cemetery.
He jumped back on his bike and rode off. Just around the bend he met an old man with a cane, hobbling along. “Come here quick,” said the boy, “you won’t believe what I heard. Satan and the Lord are down at the cemetery dividing up the souls.”
The man said, “Beat it, kid, can’t you see it’s hard for me to walk.” When the boy insisted, though, the man hobbled to the cemetery. Standing by the fence they heard, “One for you, one for me. One for you, one for, me.”
The man whispered, “Boy, you’ve been telling the truth. Let’s see if we can see the devil himself.” Shaking with fear, they peered through the fence, yet were still unable to see anything. The old man and the boy gripped the wrought iron bars of the fence tighter and tighter as they tried to get a glimpse of Satan.
At last they heard, “One for you, one for me. And one last one for you. That’s all. Now let’s go get those two nuts by the fence, and we’ll be done.”
They say the old guy made it back to town five minutes before the boy.


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.


With every best wish and blessing to you,

your families

and all those who are dear to you.

Monsignor Tony.