2nd Sunday of Lent (a)

2nd Sunday of Lent.  (a)

Times of Mass and Confession:

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

Weekday:                             9.00 a.m (Monday – Wednesday)

                                                9.00 a.m. (Friday – Liturgy of the Word and Distribution of Holy Communion.

No Mass or service on Thursday and Saturday mornings.)

Confessions:                        By arrangement


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

Sick: John McPartland, Mary McPheely, Annie O’Donnell, Veronica Allan, Margaret Christie, Irene Callan, Assunta Santangeli

Anniv: Catherine McCue, Charles Mulholland.

Died: John O’Kane, Joe McGoff.


Today: The new boxes of Gift Aid Envelopes are available in the sacristy after mass.  They come into effect on 6th April after which all existing envelopes should be destroyed.  Non gift aid envelopes will be available from next weekend.

Today: As you leave Mass, there are still copies of the booklet called ‘Gospel Joy – Reflections for Lent.’  These reflections are based on the Gospel readings of the Sundays of lent and can be used individually or in a group situation.  Hopefully you will find them of use and they are free !

Today: The SCIAF materials for Lent e.g. The Wee Box are available as you leave Mass.  There are still some packs left. Please help yourself.

Sunday: The Coffee Morning after 10.00 a.m. Mass takes place in the Hall with the Vocations Group in charge. Why not pop round to the Hall for bacon rolls etc ?

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

Thursday: I leave at 4.30 a.m. on a Jumbulance Pilgrimage to Rome. As a result there will be restricted services while I am away during the week.  Please check the bulletin carefully.  Emergency calls will be dealt with by Father Tom (449.2372) or Fr. Tony Quinlan (453.5035).  I am grateful to them and to those parishioners who will be leading liturgies and looking after the house in my absence.

Friday: Gospel Joy Lectures in Gillis.  This is the third of a weekly series at 7.00 p.m. each week. The speaker for the second session is Canon John Mulligan on ’Whose Kingdom are we Building?’  Fuller details are on the poster in the porch.

Saturday: Please remember Gareth Price and Kerry Anne While who are being married in the Church at 12.30 p.m.  May the Lord bless them throughout the days of their marriage.


11th April:As part of the joint parish project, there will be a Rich Man, Poor Man Meal on Friday 11th April at 7pm in the church hall at St Cuthbert’s. The idea is for us to become more aware of the differences between life in Burma and here at home in Scotland. This could be part of your Lent preparations. Tickets will be available from the weekend of 15th/16th March. In the meantime please put the date in your diary.  Further information will follow in the weeks to come.

24th April: A Safeguarding Awareness training session for parish volunteers working with children or vulnerable groups will take place in Gillis from 7.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m.  All involved in these areas please make every effort to attend.  If you are not sure if you need to go please ask either Mairi or myself for clarification.

4th – 11th July: The annual Archdiocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place.  Booking is now open and I have some forms and information if you are interested. I have a limited supply in the sacristy. You can also contact the travel agents direct at Tangney Tours, Pilgrim House, Station Court, Borough Green, Kent TN15 8AF (Tel. 01732.886666 or email to info@tangney-tours.com).  Booking for the Saint-Frai Centre must be done through the Hospital Booking Secretary, 61 Hailes Gardens, Edinburgh EH13 0JN – Tel 0131.441.1939.  Early booking is advised since there are limited places available especially in the Saint Frai centre


Very many thanks to those who worked so hard behind the scenes and all who came along to make the Canon’s Ceilidh a great success.  It raised £616.50p for the Parish Project Fund.

On a personal level, my sincere thanks for the very generous cheque of £941.45 which was presented to me.  It was very humbling, unexpected and very much appreciated.  It will be put to good use I can assure you and I will offer Mass for all your intentions.


With every best wish and blessing to you,

your families

and all those who are dear to you

Monsignor Tony.


‘Tell the children about God and His Saints.

During the holy time of Lent,

Speak to them of their suffering Saviour.

During Paschal  time, of his glorious Resurrection.

During Christmas time, of His Birth.

You will see what a profound impression it will make on the minds of your children.’

(St. John Vianney)