3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (c)

3rd 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 – Thursday)

9.30 a.m. (Friday, with school children present)

n.b.         No Mass on Saturday morning.

Confessions:                        Saturdays – after 10.00 a.m. Mass

By arrangement at other times.

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

Sick: Catherine Wilson, John McPartland, Mary McPheely, Annie O’Donnell, Veronica Allan, Margaret Christie, Mary Pike.

Died:  George Pike, Manus Gallagher, Maura Williams, Mary Watt.

Annniversaries: Michael Maguire, John Hayes, Bernard Allison, Rosaleen Forde, Pat Bruce, John McParlane, Ellen Sweeney, Christina O’Rourke

Today: The new readers’ rota is ready for collection from the sacristy.  Please don’t leave collecting it until the last moment.

Those who were kind enough to offer their services as a reader towards the end of last year are invited to a preparation and practice session on Sunday 3rd February at 3.00 p.m.  Until such time as you have managed along to a session like this regretfully you cannot be added to the rota.

Sunday: ‘Do This In Memory of Me’ celebration for children who are preparing for Confirmation and First Communion during 10.00 a.m. Mass

Sunday: The Tea/Coffee morning with bacon rolls etc takes place in the Hall after 10.00 a.m. Mass.  This week the Ladies Group is in charge.  All are welcome to go round after Mass.

Tuesday: ‘Making Sense of the Catholic Faith’ with Father Jack Mahoney S.J., a programme of 12 weekly talks and discussions on basic Christian and Catholic Belief in the Lauriston Jesuit Centre at 7.30 p.m.  This week the topic is ‘The Bible as the Church’s Treasure.’ A fuller list of the topics for January is on the poster in the porch.

Wednesday: Vatican II – Fifty Golden Years Part 3 – a series of four lectures exploring the identity of the Church in the Lauriston Jesuit Centre.  The first session is on Religious Life and begins at 7.30 p.m.  A full outline of the series along with the various speakers is on the notice board in the porch.

Thursday: The tea/coffee morning in the house takes place after 9.00 a.m. Mass.  All welcome.

Next Sunday:  Practice and Preparation session for new volunteer readers at 3.00 p.m.

Diary Dates:

4th February:  Meeting of the Parish Pastoral Council of St. Cuthbert’s at 7.00 p.m. in the house.  All councillors please make every effort to attend.

12th February: Meeting at 7.00 p.m. in the house for those who expressed an interest in setting up something for youth in the Parish in last year’s census forms.  Even if you didn’t sign on the sheet you are still welcome to come along.

14th February: Meeting of the Parish Finance & Fabric Committee in the house at 7.00 p.m.  Members please make every effort to attend.

16th February: Meeting in the house at 7.00 p.m. for those who expressed an interest in looking after things in the sacristy before and after the weekend Masses and during the week.  Even if you didn’t sign on the sheet you are still welcome to come along.

17th February: Annual Mass in honour of Our Lady of Lourdes will take place at 3.00 p.m. in the Church.  Refreshments will be served in the Hall afterwards.  All welcome

Over the next few weeks, we will begin again convening meetings of those who were kind enough to show an interest volunteering for one or more of the various groups within the Parish through the Parish Census return. The next phase will include youth, sacristy, pastoral care, hall management and the spiritual life of the parish. The readers meeting is the first one and details are given above. Also given are dates for youth and sacristy volunteers. This will be followed by the liturgical and the musical life of the Parish.

Two Letters of Thanks have been received from the Scottish Prison Service acknowledging the gifts collected during Advent.  One is from the coordinator of the scheme personally thanking you for the gifts which meant that through the whole scheme 100 children were given gifts.  The other letter is from the Governor of the Prison who says she wants to”take the opportunity to recognise the valuable contribution you make to ensuring that Christmas remains a special time for those children who have to visit the prison.”  The full letters are on the notice board at the back of the Church.  Well done again to everyone involved.

With every best wish and blessing

to you, your families and those

who are dear to you.

Monsignor Tony.