18th Sunday of the Year (c)

18th 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.

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

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

Died: Elizabeth Bartlett, Concetta Carpico

Annniversaries: Alex Donoghue, John O’Rourke


Today: The Annual Missionary Awareness appeal will be made by Sister Alberta Forson, a Franciscan Missionary of Mary.  There will be a retiral collection at the end of each Mass.

Today: We continue to pray especially for our new Archbishop elect Leo Cushley appointed on Wednesday as successor to Cardinal O’Brien as our Archbishop. We pray for him as he prepares to take over the leadership of the Archdiocese.  May the Lord grant him courage, compassion and wisdom in the days ahead.

Today: The new  readers’ rota is ready for collection from the sacristy after Mass.

Please make sure you take your copy.  Please also ensure that if you are not able to read as listed you find a substitute and let me know or put a post it up in the sacristy.  This has not been happening on some occasions recently and has led to a few awkward moments

SundayTeas, coffees etc in the hall after Mass.  All welcome to pop round and spend some time before you head home.


Diary Dates:

13th August: Meeting of Parish Pastoral Councils of St. Cuthbert’s and Our Lady’s at 7.00 p.m. in the Church Hall. All councillors please make every effort to attend.

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.

19th August: Meeting of St. Cuthbert’s Parish pastoral Council at 7.00 p.m. in the Church House.  All councillors please make every effort to be present.

1st September: 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.  There will be a list at the back of the Church from today. Please indicate how many places you require. The cost will be £5.00 for adults and £1 for children. This will be payable in advance.


A priest decided that a visual demonstration would add emphasis to his Sunday sermon.
Four worms were placed into four separate jars. The first worm was put into a container of alcohol. The second worm was put into a container of cigarette smoke. The third worm was put into a container of chocolate syrup. The fourth worm was put into a container of good clean soil.
At the conclusion of the sermon, the priest reported the following results:
The first worm in alcohol- Dead. The second worm in cigarette smoke – Dead. Third worm in chocolate syrup – Dead. Fourth worm in good clean soil – Alive.
So the priest asked the congregation, “What did you learn from this demonstration?”
Jimmy, who was sitting in the back, quickly raised hishand and said, “As long as you drink, smoke and eat chocolate, you won’t have worms!”
That pretty much ended the service!


An attempt is being organised to try and organise an inter church football league within the city.  If you interested then please let me know or contact Fr. Milne at the Cathedral.  The organisers are being a bit optimistic if they think every parish will provide a full squad but something may be possible based on the Cathedral. Unfortunately because I am an endangered species I cannot get insurance to play.


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 Thank You letter has been received from Mary’s Meals expressing the grateful thanks and appreciation for last weekend’s efforts.  311 bags were collected between the two parishes and the donations from St. Cuthbert’s came to £712.35.  The full letter of thanks is on the notice board in the porch. Well done.

With every best wish and blessing to you,

your families

and all those who are dear to you.

Monsignor Tony.