24th Sunday of the Year (c)

24th 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.   (Monday – Friday)

No Mass on Saturday morning due to the Episcopal Ordination in Cathedral.

Confessions:                        After 10.00 a.m. Mass on Saturday or by arrangement at other times.


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

Sick: John McPartland, Mary McPheely, Annie O’Donnell, Veronica Allan, Margaret Christie, Rita Allison, Lawrie Malone, Father Dennis Cormican O.M.I., Lilian Kane, Peter Crossan.

Those who have died: Edward Bell.

Anniversaries: Canon Davison, Bridget Forker


Today: The retiral collection mentioned last weekend to provide some support for the refugees fleeing the terrible violence in Syria will be taken up and sent to SCIAF who in turn will pass it on to their partner charity, Caritas, already working with and for the refugees. If you wish to Gift Aid your donation please use one of the special envelopes available at the back of the Church and not one of the parish ones for special collections.

Today: We continue to pray especially for our new Archbishop elect Leo Cushley appointed as successor to Cardinal O’Brien as our Archbishop. We pray for him as he prepares for his Episcopal Ordination on Saturday in the Cathedral at 11.00 a.m.  May the Lord grant him courage, compassion and wisdom in the days ahead.

SundayA virulent outbreak of dry rot has been discovered in the hall kitchen and this means there has to be a chemical treatment of a significant area followed by a full clean and redecoration of the kitchen.  Until all this has been done the kitchen is not useable due to the amount of dust generated by the work and the strong smell of the chemicals being used. My apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. The main hall is useable.

Thursday: The Coffee and Teas have resumed after the 9.00 a.m. Mass.  All welcome to come through to the house straight after Mass.

Thursday: Opening Evening in St. Augustine’s from 6.30 p.m. – 8.30 p.m.  All welcome but especially parents of children who are currently in P6 or P7.


Diary Dates:

24th September: Meeting of Parish Pastoral Council at 7.00 p.m. in the house.  All Councillors please make every effort to attend.

24th – 26th September: Vatican ll study days with Bill Huebsch in the Lauriston Centre.  Each day there is soup at 1.00 p.m.  in the Church Hall followed by a talk on a different theme each day.  Full details are on the poster in the porch.  All welcome.

26th September: R.C.I.A.   Do you know anyone who might want to know more about the Catholic Faith or is thinking about becoming a Catholic? Or, are you perhaps one of these people? The R.C.I.A (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) process will begin soon for those who wish to be received into the Church at Easter 2014. If you are interested in finding out more please come along to a preliminary meeting at 7.00 p.m. in the house.

27th September: Macmillan Coffee Morning in St. Cuthbert’s School from 9.30 a.m. – 11.00 a.m..  Fuller details are on the poster in the porch.  All welcome.

30th September: Meeting of all readers (weekend and weekday) at 7.00 p.m. in the Church .  Please make every effort to attend to update and reflect on the role of reader in the life of the Church. Anyone interested in offering their services as a reader is also welcome to come along.

11th –  13th  October: The Beginning Experience is holding a weekend for those who find themselves alone again through bereavement, divorce or separation.  It will take place in the Conforti Centre in Coatbridge.  More details are available from Ros on 669.0003 or rcm2524@yahoo.co.uk.


Last Sunday it was disappointing to see that only four children attended the Children’s Liturgy.  The leaders put a lot of time and effort in to preparing these sessions.  They are designed for children from P1 – P7. The time together provides the children to share in a Liturgy of the Word based on the Sunday readings and reflect and pray at their level.  I hope more children will be encouraged to go next Sunday otherwise there is a risk this vital service to the Parish may be stopped.


The Stall has the new edition of Living Faith, priced £1.40, available. This covers the period October – December.


Prayer to be said at the end of Mass for Archbishop elect Leo Cushley in these final days before his Episcopal Ordination.


Lord our God

You have called Leo your servant

as bishop and pastor of your Church

in St Andrews and Edinburgh.

May he keep watch over the whole flock

to which the Holy Spirit has appointed him as shepherd,

preaching the word of God with unfailing patience and sound teaching

so that with faith and love he protects the bride of God, his holy Church.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen


With every best wish and blessing to you,

your families

and all those who are dear to you.

Monsignor Tony.