6th Sunday of the Year (a)

6th  Sunday of the Year.  (a)

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

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.


Today: A box (which I am not supposed to know about) is available at the back of the Church for contributions to M.C. Tony’s presentation which will take place during the Canon’s Ceilidh.

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.

The 200 Club subscriptions for 2014 are now due.  If you are an existing member please put your money in an envelope with your number and name on it.  The subscription is £12.00 per annum.  If paying by cheque please make it payable to ‘St. Cuthbert’s Church.’  If you are a new member please put your name and ‘new member’ on the envelope.  There are three £10 prizes for ten months of the year and in June and December prizes of £200 and £50.  Many thanks for your support.

At this point in time there are 83 unallocated numbers so it not really a 200 club it is a 117 club.  If it stays at this level then the prizes given in June and December will have to be reviewed since only 50% of income can be given in prizes. Several existing members have yet to renew their subscription.  Please do so as soon as possible so that we can get a clear picture of how many members there are.

Sunday: Annual Mass in honour of Our Lady of Lourdes at 3.00 p.m. All are welcome whether you have travelled to Lourdes or not.  Refreshments are served in the hall afterwards.

Monday: Meeting of Parish Pastoral Council in the house at 7.00 p.m.  Councillors please make every effort to attend.

Next Sunday: ‘A Remembering Service’ for all those who have lost a child from the bginning of pregnancy onwards, will take place in St. John the Baptist’s Church at 5.00 p.m.  Fuller details are on the poster in the porch.


Diary Dates:

7th March:The Canon’s Ceilidh with live music led by Dave Vernon.  Tickets are on sale now, priced £7.00 and £3.00 (children) which includes Haggis & Neeps. Any profit will go to the Parish Project Fund. It is a Bring Your Own Bottle night.

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


The Social Group would be glad to hear of any ideas you have for fundraising for the Parish Project or simply to bring parishioners together socially.  With this in mind there is a suggestion box for ideas for events at the back of the Church.  The important thing to remember is that the social group will assist or coordinate events but cannot be expected to run them.  Hopefully if you have an idea you will take on the planning and running of it with friends or parishioners.


Child Protection Mission Statement: In conformity with good practice, wthe Bishops of Scotland now remind you of the mission statement.  “The Catholic Church in Scotland is concerned with the lives, safety, wholeness and well-being of each individual person within God’s purpose for everyone.  It seeks to safeguard the welfare of people of all ages who are involved in whatever capacity with the Church and its organisations.  As a Church community, we accept that it is the responsibility of all of us, ordained, professed, paid and voluntary members, to work together to prevent the physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect of children, young people and vulnerable adults.”


The Annual Financial Report for the year ending December 31st is on the notice board. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.  It has been discussed and accepted at the recent Parish Pastoral Council meeting and the meeting of the parish Fabric & Finance Committee.


Parish Project: You may remember when the Parish Project was launched that it agreed that the money would be split between a home based charity and a foreign based one through SCIAF.  At the recent joint meeting of the two Parish Pastoral Councils, the SCIAF element of the Project was agreed as the St. Columban Centre of Hope and Community Care in Myanmar, Burma, one of the poorest areas in South East Asia where there are very high rates of HIV and TB.  In the centre the sick and dying are given specialised nursing care and look after orphans, and pregnant women who are HIV positive. This is done against a back drop of fighting between the Burmese Army and rebel soldiers and a real lack of health care.


With every best wish and blessing to you,

your families

and all those who are dear to you

Monsignor Tony.