Feast of the Baptism of the Lord – Week 1 of the Year (c)

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. (c)

Times of Mass and Confession:


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


9.00 a.m. (Monday – Friday)

9.30 a.m. (Saturday – note change of time due to meeting with Archbishop)


After 9.30 a.m. Mass on Saturday.

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, Father Tony MacDonald,

Died: Kathleen Wallace, John McTiernan.

Anniv: Pat Duffy, Mary Murray.

Today is the last day of the Christmas Season in the Church’s liturgy. The crib and all the Christmas decorations will be removed after Mass. We revert to the Ordinary Season from Monday until the beginning of Lent, with the weekday readings being taken from Year 2 of the Lectionary.

Today: The Collection basket at the Crib is for the Archbishop’s Care Fund which he uses to respond to the various appeals he receives. It will be removed after Mass today.

Sunday: First of Rites for the Children who are preparing for their First Reconciliation takes place during Mass. It is the giving of the Cross.

Sunday: The coffee morning after Mass resumes with the Noisy Nutters in charge. You are all welcome to go round to the Hall after Mass to sample the fare on offer.

Saturday: Following on his recent letter there will be a meeting of the cluster of St. Cuthbert’s, Our Lady’s, St. Joseph’s and St. John Ogilvie’s with Archbishop Cushley in St. Cuthbert’s Hall, from 11.00 a.m. until 12.30 p.m.     All are welcome to this meeting to hear from the Archbishop his way forward for the restructuring of the Archdiocese.

Volunteers to help set up the Hall would be very welcome on Thursday 14th at 7.00 p.m.  Chairs need to be set up.  Volunteers are also needed to help serve tea and biscuits on the Saturday morning at the start of the meeting at 11.00 a.m. If you can help especially on Saturday with the serving of teas etc please sign on the sheet at the back of the Church.

Diary Dates:

19th January: The next of the series of evenings on the theme “The Church Here and Now” hosted by the Newman Association. This one is on the topic “Breaking the Bread” and will be led by Fr. Jock Dalrymple. It will take place in St. Catharine’s Convent, Lauriston Gardens, from 7.30 p.m. – 9.30 p.m. All welcome.

31st January: Enrolment ceremony for the children preparing for the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Holy Communion will take place during 10.00 a.m. Mass.

7th February: Annual Mass to mark the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes will take place at 3.00 p.m. in the Church with refreshments in the Hall afterwards. All are welcome.

‘Day by Day’ and ‘Living Faith booklets for January are now ready for collection and sale at the stall. If you have ordered one please collect it today.

A thank you letter has been received from Sister Aelred at St. Catharine’s Convent following on the collection of gifts during Advent. In it she says “ I would like to thank you very sincerely for your very generous donation of Christmas presents for our homeless guests at Christmas – it makes such a difference to know they are not forgotten. Without your help we would not be able to continue this work.  We pray especially for you and all our benefactors every day.”  The full letter is on the notice board in the porch.

200 Club subscriptions for 2016 are now due. If you wish to renew your subscription please put your name and number on an envelope with you subscription.  It costs £12.00 for the year’s membership. If you are taking out a subscription for the first time simply write new member on the envelope containing your money.

The numbers have dropped considerably due to the deaths of members, members, moving away and others not paying their subscription for whatever reason. As it stands, there are 84 numbers unallocated. If it continues at this level the prize money will have to be reduced to comply with legal requirements.  We need 19 new members and all existing members to renew their subscription to be legal.

With every best wish and New Year Blessing

To you, your families

And all those who are dear to you.

Monsignor Tony.