24th Sunday of the Year (b)

24th 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)

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, Veronica Allan, Owen Docherty.

Died:  John McKeon, Hughie Boyle.

Anniv: Canon Davison, Bridget Forker.

Today: There will be a short meeting of about 15 – 20 minutes for those involved in Church Cleaning already and those who expressed an interest via the census forms returned completely. The meetings will be in the Church after the 6.00 p.m. Mass or after the 10.00 a.m. Mass, whichever you normally attend.  You don’t need to come to both !

Sunday:  Meeting at 2.00 p.m. in the Church for both existing Card Stall helpers and those new helpers who expressed an interest through the census form.

Sunday: The Vocations group will be in charge of the Coffee Morning in the hall after Mass.

The monthly draw for the 200 Club will also take place.

Monday: Meeting of existing members of the Social Committee and those who expressed an interest in becoming involved on the census sheets.  It is a planning meeting for the year ahead so come along armed with ideas to the house at 7.00 p.m.

Tuesday: First in a series of four lectures under the title ‘Vatican II,  Fifty Golden Years -Part 2’.  The first speaker is Bishop Taylor, retired Bishop of the Diocese of Galloway.  He was involved in support of El Salvador and is currently vice President of Progressio, the successor to the Catholic Institute for International Relations.  Particularly relevant was his service as chair of the International Committee for English in the Liturgy from 1997 – 2002, a particularly difficult time when the initial attempts to bring in a new translation of the Liturgy was being attempted (it is not the one we now have).  Fuller details are on the poster in the porch. The meeting is at 7.30 p.m. in the Lauriston Centre.

Thursday:  Meeting of parents of children currently in P4 who will be eligible to be confirmed and make their First Communion.  It is at 7.00 p.m. in the Church Hall.

Thursday: Teas, coffees and biscuits have resumed in the house after 9.00 a.m. Mass.  All welcome.

Next Saturday/Sunday: There will be a retiral collection after both Masses for Aged & Infirm Clergy Fund, a fund which is used to help towards meeting the costs of the retired priests of our Archdiocese who have served us so well over the years.

Next Sunday: There will be a meeting of all existing Children’s Liturgy leaders and those who have offered their services on the census form.  It is in the Hall after 10.00 a.m. Mass.

Next Sunday: The Sisters of Mercy invite you to the celebration of their Congregational Feast Day Mass of Our Lady of Mercy on Sunday 23rd of September in their Convent Chapel at 6:00 p.m.

Diary Dates:

24th September: The Annual Romero Lecture will take place in the Lauriston Jesuit Centre at 7.00 p.m. The title for the lecture is ‘Blood and Sweat: the witness of Romero’s relics’ and will be given by Jan Graffius, Curator at Stoneyhurst College who has worked on the conservation of the various relics linked to Archbishop Romero including the vestments he was wearing when he was murdered in 1980.

25th September: Planning Meeting for the forthcoming Sale of Work which is due to take place on November 18th.  Even if you have been involved before please make every effort to come to this meeting at 7.00 p.m. in the Church Hall. New helpers, volunteers and ideas will be welcome.

27th September: Meeting at 7.00 p.m. in the Church hall for all those currently involved in the Keep Fit class and those who expressed an interest on the census sheets.  It is to discuss whether or not the group will be able to function given the small numbers.

27th September: Meeting of the Parish Fabric and Finance Committee in the house at 7.00 p.m. This is for the existing members and those who expressed an interest in becoming members on the recent census sheet.

Child Protection Mission Statement: In conformity with good practice, we now remind you of the mission statement.  “The Catholic Church in Scotland is concerned with the lives, safety, wholeness and well-being of each individual person within God’s purpose for everyone.  It seeks to safeguard the welfare of people of all ages who are involved in whatever capacity with the Church and its organisations.  As a Church community, we accept that it is the responsibility of all of us, ordained, professed, paid and voluntary members, to work together to prevent the physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Safeguarding Awareness SessionsAll volunteers who work with children and vulnerable adults are required by the Archdiocese to regularly attend Safeguarding Awareness Sessions. If you have not been on one within the last couple of years please make an effort to go along to one of the following sessions being held in the Gillis Centre.

Saturday 6 October 2012 from 10.00a.m. until 12.00 noon

Thursday 15 November 2012 from 7.00p.m. until 9.00 p.m.

Saturday 9 March 2013 from 10.00a.m. until 12.00 noon

Thursday 25 April 2013 from 7.00p.m. until 9.00 p.m.

The office staff at Gillis Centre need to know the number of people attending each session in order to have sufficient resources available so please book on either by phoning 623.8943 or by email at childprotect@staned.org.uk and let Monsignor Tony know.  If you are not sure whether you should be going please ask.  It probably means you should be going.

With every best wish and blessing

to you, your families and those

who are dear to you.

Monsignor Tony.