21st Sunday of the Year (b)

21st Sunday of the Year. (b)

Times of Mass and Confession:


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


9.00 a.m. (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday)

10.00 a.m. (Funeral Mass for Barbara Turner – Thursday)

10.00 a.m. (Saturday)


After 10.00 a.m. Mass on a Saturday or by arrangement.


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

Sick: John McPartland, Annie O’Donnell, Veronica Allan, Margaret Christie, Irene Callan,. Monsignor Regan, Monsignor Rae, Father Tony MacDonald.

Died: Barbara Turner.

Anniv: Edward McGowan, Peter Duffy, Anne & Patrick Lynch, Giovanni Carpico


Today: You will be aware from the press and media coverage of the issuing of the McLellan Commission Report earlier last week relating to the Church’s procedures and protocols in respect of the safeguarding of vulnerable people within Church life and its response to the victims of abuse. There are two documents for you to take home with you today, one a letter from Archbishop Cushley giving his response to the Commission report and the second from the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland giving their response. Please make sure you collect a copy of both as you leave.

Today: The new Altar Servers’ Rota is ready for collection from the sacristy. Please collect your copy after Mass.

Sunday: Mass of Thanksgiving for the recent Archdiocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes at 3.00 p.m. in the Church. All are welcome whether you travelled to Lourdes or not.

Saturday: Please remember in your prayers Gary Cumming and Sinead Costelloe who are being married in the Church at 1.30 p.m. May the Lord bless them and watch over them.


Diary Dates:

1st September: Do you know of anyone interested in becoming a member of the Church ? It may be someone from your own family, a friend, a neighbour, a work colleague. There will be a meeting in the house at 7.30 p.m. at which more information will be available about the process called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults or R.C.I.A. for short. No commitment is made by coming along to this initial meeting.

3rd September: Hall big Clean up and Clear out. As a result of there being no regular cleaning of the hall it was felt that interim way of cleaning it would be to have a clear out and clean every so often with as many volunteers as possible coming along to help. This will begin at 7.00 p.m. It would also help if all hall users played their part by cleaning up properly after their event especially in the toilet area and the floor of the main hall. Thank you.

6th September: There will be National Gathering at Carfin to pray for the success of the forthcoming Synod on the Family in Rome. Bishop Toal of Motherwell will be the main celebrant and preacher at the Mass at 3.00 p.m.. There will also be the opportunity to visit the recently re-opened shrines within the Grotto. If enough were interested it might be possible to organise a bus in conjunction with Our Lady’s but it would need someone to look into costs etc. Any volunteers ?

20th September: Annual Margaret Sinclair Pilgrimage will take place in St. Patrick’s in the Cowgate from 2.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m. More details will become available.

3rd October: Conference on ‘Vocation & Mission ‘today’ of family in the Church. It begins with Mass at 12.30 p.m. in the Sacred Heart, celebrated by Archbishop Cushley who will then give the key note speech in the Lauriston Centre. This is in anticipation of the Synod on the Family being held in Rome in October. There will be other speakers, discussions and times for prayer along with information about family life organisations. It is scheduled to finish at 4.30 p.m. Fuller details are on the poster in the porch.

9th – 11th October: The Beginning Experience are holding a residential weekend for those who find themselves alone again through widowhood, separation or divorce. Fuller details are on the poster in the porch.

22nd July – 3rd August 2016: The World Youth Day takes place in Krakow in Poland. The Archdiocese has a limited number of places (35) available for young adults. Full details are on the poster in the porch.


New Altar Servers are required to build up the existing band of loyal servers. Boys and girls, especially those who have just been confirmed and made their First Communion, are very welcome to offer their services to the Parish in this way. It would be good to see some of them coming forward. All ages are welcome. Adults also are very welcome to volunteer for this important role in the Parish. One or two have indicated that they would like to become servers so far. Please collect an information letter from the sacristy after Mass. There is still time to volunteer your services.


Restructuring of the Archdiocese: Representatives of the four Parishes in the proposed cluster (St. Cuthbert’s, Our Lady’s, St. John Ogilvies and St. Joseph’s) met last Tuesday night in St. John Ogilvie’s. They agreed that change is going to happen and that all Parishes will be affected. Initially however it was felt that we should respond to the Archbishop by saying that we believe each community should be retained with its own unique identity while at the same time working more closely together as appropriate. It was agreed that possible dates for the proposed open meeting for all parishioners within the cluster should take place on either on the Saturday afternoons of 24th October, 31st October or 6th November .with possible venues being either St. Cuthbert’s or St. Augustine’s due to the potential numbers who might wish to attend. These dates will be sent to the Dean as requested. The group will meet again at St Joseph’s on 29th September to formulate a presentation to the Archbishop and to reflect further on the Open Meeting and the format for the day to ensure a positive and effective time together with the Archbishop. More information will be made available to you in due course once this is done. Points made at the Parish meetings will form part of the response but if there is anything else you wish to add please hand it in before 29th September.


With every best wish and blessing

To you, your families

And all those who are dear to you.

Monsignor Tony.