5th Sunday of Lent (a)

5th Sunday of Lent. (a)

Times of Mass and Confession:


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


9.00 a.m. (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)

7.00 p.m. (Monday) – note day and time change

10.00 a.m. (Saturday)


After Mass on Saturday morning.


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

Sick: John McPartland, Veronica Allan, Irene Callan, Elizabeth Brown, Patricia Allison, Bridget Ferry.

Died: Bridget Mulrainey

Anniv: Margaret Lowrie.


Today: Lists are available at the back of the Church for readers, Eucharistic ministers, Passkeepers, the washing of the feet, helpers in the hall for the refreshments after the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday Masses to indicate their availability. The list for Altar Servers is in the sacristy as is their new rota.

Today:  Representatives from Bethlehem Art will have various items available for purchase at the back of the Church.  Bethlehem Art was introduced by Christian families in and around Bethlehem to provide an income for the few Christian families still living in Bethlehem. There are fewer pilgrims and visitors to the Holy Land and so families have little means of selling their work. The items produced by local craftsmen are individually hand carved from the wood of the olive tree that are common throughout the Holy Land so take a look at the lovely art when it comes and think about offering some support.

Sunday: The Coffee Morning in the Hall after Mass is being organized by the Fair Trade group this weekend. Why not pop round to try the bacon rolls etc, and meet fellow parishioners ?

Sunday: The social group are meeting in the Hall after 10.00 a.m. Mass to plan events for the year ahead. They are looking for new members and new ideas so if you are interested in finding out what is involved why not go round and meet up with them over a bacon roll.

Tuesday:  Service of Reconciliation in Our Lady’s at 7.00 p.m. when three priests will be available to you for individual confession and absolution.

Next Sunday: Stations of the Cross and Benediction at 4.00 p.m. in the Church


Diary Dates:

10th April: The traditional Penitential Service will take place at 7.00 p.m. There will be five or six priests available for individual confession and absolution as part of our Lenten journey towards Easter. All welcome

13th April:                                    Holy Thursday.

Mass of the Last Supper at 7.00 p.m. followed by watching at the Altar of Repose until Night Prayer of the Church at 10.00 p.m.

14th April:                                    Good Friday.

(A Day of Fasting and Abstinence)

                                                      Solemn Liturgy                                    3.00 p.m.

(Liturgy of the Word, Prayers of Intercession, Veneration of the Cross and Distribution of Holy Communion)

                            Stations of the Cross & Veneration of the Cross   7.00 p.m.                 7.00 p.m.

Holy Communion is NOT distributed at this Service


15th April:                                Holy Saturday

No Mass in the Morning.

Morning Prayer of the Church at 9.30 a.m.

(In accordance with the ancient tradition of the Church, confessions will not be heard today)

No 6.00 p.m. Vigil Mass in St. Cuthbert’s.

Vigil of the Resurrection and First Mass of Easter in St. Cuthbert’s at 8.30 p.m.

(followed by refreshments in the hall to which all are welcome)


16th April:                                Easter Sunday.

                        10.00 a.m.        Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord.

                                    (Refreshments will be served in the Hall after Mass)


The Gift Aid Envelopes for the new tax year are available from the sacristy after Mass. These are for Parishioners who kindly Gift Aid their offering so that a tax reclaim can be made. Last tax years this came to £9034.11. They come into effect on 9th April which is next Sunday. Any remaining envelopes in your existing box should not be used and should be destroyed. If you are paying Tax, please consider gift aiding your offering. The envelopes for non-Gift Aid contributors are also available in the sacristy after Mass. These are the ones without labels on them.


The Stall has the new editions of ‘The Living Faith’ and ‘Day by Day’ for April. If you have ordered a copy please collect it as soon as possible.


With every best wish and Blessing

To you, your families

and those who are dear to you

Monsignor Tony