23rd Sunday of the Year (a)

23rd Sunday of the Year. (a)

Times of Mass and Confession:

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

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

10.00 a.m. (Saturday)

Confessions:                        After 10.00 a.m. Mass on 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, Assunta Santangeli.

Died:  Grace Burke

AnnivAgnelo F.F. Fernandes


Today being the first Sunday of the month we will be collecting foodstuffs for the Fresh Start Food packs.  Lists are at the back of the Church in case you have forgotten what kind of materials they need.

Today: The new Eucharistic Ministers’ Rota is now ready for collection.

The new Altar Servers’ Rota is also ready for collection from the sacristy.

Sunday: Full service will be resumed for the Coffee Morning after Mass i.e. bacon rolls etc.  This weekend the Fair Trade group will be in charge. Many thanks are due to the volunteers who keep things ticking over on the Sundays during the holiday period.  Why not make time to pop round to the Hall ands see what is on offer as well as meeting fellow parishioners.

Tuesday: The Monthly Mass for Vocations will take place in the Little Sisters of the Poor at 7.30 p.m. All welcome. Car parking is available. Refreshments served after Mass.

Thursday: The coffee morning will take place after 9.00 a.m. Mass.  All welcome in to the house.

Sunday: National Pilgrimage at Carfin in honour of St. Margaret.  Mass will begin at 3.00 p.m. with Bishop Keenan of Paisley preaching.  All welcome.  Fuller details are on the poster in the porch.

Next Saturday/Sunday is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross.  Readers please note that the readings used relate to the Feast Day and not to the 24th Sunday of the year.


Diary Dates:

21st September: The first National Youth Pilgrimage to St. Margaret’s Dunfermline will take place organised by the catholic Youth Service of Scotland beginning at 1.30 p.m.  Full details on the poster in the porch

23rd September: Meeting for parents of P3 children who will be preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation in 2015.  It is important for each child to be represented but the children themselves do not need to be present. The meeting is at 7.00 p.m. in the Church Hall.

26th September: Following on a previous successful event, there will be a Cheese and Wine Tasting Evening in the Church Hall from 7.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. There will be aguide to take you through wines and selection of chesses.  Tickets, priced £12 (over 18s only) and further information can be obtained from Stuart Harley (07717 193425) or by signing on the list at the back of the Church.  Proceeds will go to the parish Project Fund.  More details are on the poster at the back of the Church. But don’t leave it too long since a maximum of 25 places are available.

14th November may seem a long way off but on that night at 7.00 p.m. in the hall there will be an opportunity to raise money for the Parish Projects by holding a talent contest.  So if you have a talent, or think you have, please let us know so that we can gauge whether this would work.  There is a list at the back of the Church on which you can sign up and entry is open from P7 upwards to any age.  If there are a lot of entries it may be necessary to hold preliminary heats.  Judges will have their say but the winners will be voted for by the audience.  Each vote will cost 50p and you will be able to buy as many ballot papers as you wish.  More details in due course.


New Opportunity: Would you like to socialise with young Catholics? Are you between 18 and 30 years of age? Why not join the brand new parish social group? Put your name and email address on the sheet at the back of the church to find out what happens next! For more details speak to Victoria Stephens at the back of the Church or phone on 443.9778


The Hall has been cleared of rubbish and is now tidy and clean thanks to the hard work of a few volunteers who gave of their time over the two sessions.  All hall users should make sure it remains so by tidying up after their meetings or coffee mornings and not leaving rubbish lying around for others to clean up.  If chairs and tables are taken out they should be put back when they are finished with.  No food or drinks should be left, especially in the kitchen, to avoid attracting mice or other vermin.  There is still a little work to be carried out in the side hall to complete the work caused by the rot problem that was discovered.


Historical Safeguarding review: At the beginning of Advent, the Bishops of Scotland announced an historical safeguarding review, known as the ‘McLellan Commission.’ Until 30 September 2014, the Commission welcomes submissions from all the faithful who have a view or experience of the Church’s safeguarding procedures, whether positive or negative. This can be done securely and confidentially on the McLellan Commission website www.mclellancommission.co.uk or by writing to: The Secretary, The McLellan Commission, Centrum House, 38 Queen Street, Glasgow, G1 3DX. Submissions can also be emailed to info@mclellancommission.co.uk .


With every best wish and blessing to you,

your families

and all those who are dear to you

Monsignor Tony