5th Sunday of Lent (b)

5th Sunday of Lent.  (b)

Times of Mass and Confession:

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

Weekday:                             9.00 a.m.  (Monday – Friday)

10.00 a.m. (Saturday)

Confessions:                      After 10.00 a.m. Mass on Saturday

Other times by arrangement.

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

Sick: Sally McDermott, Catherine Wilson, John McPartland, Mary McPheely, Annie O’Donnell, Molly Weir.

Anniv: Stephen Manley, Mary Gaughan.

Died:  Eileen Kennedy, Catherine Begbie.

Today: There are lists at the back of the Church for Readers, Eucharistic Ministers, Passkeepers, volunteers for the Washing of the Feet on Holy Thursday night and volunteers to help with the social events after the Easter Vigil Mass and Easter Sunday Mass.  Please sign up today if you wish to be involved in any of these areas of the Holy Week and Easter ceremonies.

Sunday: The Coffee Morning takes place in the Hall after Mass today with the Ladies  Group in charge.  All welcome to go round for bacon rolls etc.

Sunday: Stations of the Cross and Benediction at 4.00 p.m.  This provides an opportunity for some time to be spent in prayer as part of your Lenten effort.  If anyone or group of people wish to lead the Stations please let me know.

Monday: Lent Lunchtimes at Lauriston begin with ‘Glimpses into Genesis’ – the fifth and final of a series of five reflections looking at some of the stories in the Book of Genesis, led by Father Jim Crampsey S.J.  Each session lasts one hour beginning at 1.30 p.m. with soup available from 1.00 p.m. and takes place in the Lauriston Jesuit Centre.

Monday: A new documentary ‘The Last Journey of Oscar Romero’ will be shown at the Lauriston Centre at 7.30 p.m.  It will be followed by discussion.  All welcome.

Wednesday:  Celebration of First Confession with the boys and girls of P3 who have been preparing at 6.30 p.m.

Thursday: The Keep Fit Class takes place in the Hall at 7.00 p.m.  All welcome

Diary Dates:

Monday 2nd April: Penitential Service at 7.00 p.m. There will be at least four priests, other than myself, available during this service to provide the opportunity for people to go to individual confession and receive absolution.

Tuesday 3rd   April: Mass of the Chrism in the Cathedral at 7.00 p.m.

(During this Mass the oils used throughout the year in the Church’s Liturgy are blessed and the priests of the Diocese renew their priestly promises.  All welcome).

Thursday5th 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.

Friday 6th 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.

Holy Communion is NOT distributed at this Service

Saturday7th April:                    Holy Saturday.

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

Public Praying of Morning Prayer  of the Church     9.30 a.m.

NO Vigil Mass at 6.00 p.m.

 Easter Vigil & First Mass of Easter      8.30 p.m.

Gift Aid: The new packs of envelopes for those who gift aid their offertory collection are available in the sacristy after Mass.  They come into effect on 8th April after which none of the old ones should be used.  Please collect your new set today.

Do you pay income tax ?  Would you consider gift aiding your contribution if you do not already do so ?  Last year the parish benefitted by £9972.67 in the tax refunded from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.  You don’t need to give any more than you give already.  Why not think about it and then get the necessary form before the new tax year begins.

Envelopes are now available for those who wish to use them but do not Gift Aid their contributions.  Please come to the sacristy after Mass if you want to collect a set.

Will the parishioner who has taken box number 10 please contact me after Mass ?

The Stall has the new edition of ‘Living Faith’ covering April – June, priced £1.40 available for sale.

With every best wish and blessing

to you, your families and those

who are dear to you

Monsignor Tony.