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in Ordinary Time (Year B)
Sunday 20th June 2021
Of your charity, please pray for the happy repose of the souls of those who have died, including:
Please pray too for those whose anniversaries occur around this time, including:
Please continue to pray for those who are sick, especially those from our own parish.
Increased Capacity at St Mirin’s Cathedral
In Protection Level 2, there is no numerical cap on congregations for public worship. The capacity of the cathedral will be determined by how many households can gather while maintaining 2-metre physical distancing. We have determined that a total of 70 units, seating groups of up to 2, 3 and 4 people, will be able to gather safely in the cathedral.
Almost every available pew will seat three units of varying sizes, so please follow the directions of the volunteer stewards, who will guide you to your seat following strict instructions from Fr Joe and Fr Ryan. We will maintain a one-way system to keep everyone safe. Once Mass begins, the front doors will be closed, and it will not then be possible to gain access to the cathedral for Mass, although at least one side door will remain open for ventilation purposes.
We will still be required to meet ‘Track and Trace’ requirements. Therefore, it will still be necessary to book to attend Vigil and Sunday Masses. However, please book only one ticket per household unit. Those who attend weekday Masses need not book in advance but will still have to provide names and phone numbers when they arrive at the cathedral. Therefore, at all Masses, it is very important that you arrive as early as possible after the doors open (half an hour before Mass begins), so that the stewards have time to meet ‘Track and Trace’ requirements.
Please note that for Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals, the maximum permitted number is 50 until we go to ‘Level 1’ of the Scottish Government’s Protection Levels, when the permitted number goes up to 100.
We will continue to broadcast daily Masses live at 10am and 1pm for those who cannot attend Mass physically, but of course physical presence is vital for the celebration of the sacraments. Those who are unable to access a livestreamed Mass should consider making use of the Phone Mass initiative by calling 0141 473 4869; this is a freephone number.
Booking for Masses and Services
Even in Level 2, it will be necessary to book for Vigil and Sunday Masses but not for weekday Masses. Please only book one ticket per unit (maximum of 4 people). Booking opens on the preceding Monday morning at 9am. To book, visit https://stmirinscathedral.eventbrite.co.uk. If you cannot book online, call 0141 887 0626. Booking over the phone is open from 9am until 5pm, Monday to Friday.
At least one priest will be available to hear confessions on Wednesdays after 6pm Mass and on Saturdays after 10am Mass. During the pandemic, confessions will normally be heard in the sacristy, behind a screen. This screen will preserve anonymity for the penitent, should he/she desire it.
Holy Hour in Honour of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
On Sunday 27th June, at 5pm, we will celebrate Holy Hour in honour of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, thanking God for His infinite love and making reparation for those times when we have failed to love Him in return.
To the end of April, a total of £25,613 had been raised. To everyone who donated to the Boiler Fund, we are extremely grateful. Thank you for your ongoing support of the parish. The boilers for the cathedral have been condemned and it will cost approximately £100,000 for replacement and repair work. We are grateful for the donations that have been made so far. To donate to the Boiler Fund, please click here: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/st-mirins-cathedral-boiler?utm_term=Dg9AxW3jA
At last, work to replace the boilers will soon commence. The first phase of the works, which includes work in the undercroft of the cathedral, will resume on Monday 21st June at 11.30am and will end on Wednesday 23rd June. The cathedral will be closed during this time. During this period, weekday Masses will be celebrated in the hall with a reduced capacity. Booking will not be necessary; a first-come, first-served system will be in place.
On Monday 21st June at 10am, we will celebrate the funeral Mass for the happy repose of the soul of Robert Thomson. His remains will be received into the cathedral immediately before Mass. On Friday 25th June at 10am, we will celebrate the funeral Mass for the happy repose of the soul of Helen Bryson. Her remains will be received into the cathedral immediately before Mass. Scottish Government restrictions dictate that only a limited number of people may attend; these Masses will not be public but will be livestreamed. Please pray for the repose of the souls of Robert and Helen, and for the consolation of their families.
Wedding – No 1pm Mass
A wedding will be celebrated at 1pm on Friday 25th June in the cathedral. There will be no public 1pm Mass on this day. Please pray for the happy couple in these final days of preparation.
Evening of Prayer for Healthcare Workers
Bishop John invites all parishioners to join him in the first of our monthly devotions to St Joseph in this special Jubilee Year, dedicated to the patron saint of workers. This takes place at St Mirin’s Cathedral in Thursday 24th June at 7pm. All are welcome to attend this monthly devotion. During our first evening, we will pray for all our healthcare workers and those under their care. Come along and show your support and thanks for the incredible job they have done and commend them to St Joseph for their continued good work. Please click here to book your tickets. Alternatively, call St Margaret’s Church, Johnstone to book by phone on 01505 320198. This evening is open to everyone, so parishioners may wish to attend this evening to show their support for the work of our healthcare professionals. Please use the Eventbrite link or phone number above.
New Mass Schedule Confirmed
After a trial period during Eastertide, Fr Joe and Fr Ryan were delighted to receive such positive feedback about the addition of a 6pm Wednesday evening Mass each week. No negative feedback was received, and attendance was good throughout the trial period. It has been noticed that some young people who otherwise are unable to attend weekday Mass are able to do so with an evening Mass. As such, moving forward, we will retain the 6pm evening Mass on Wednesdays, which takes the place of the 1pm afternoon Mass. Thank you for your feedback.
Standing Order Appeal
The last twelve months have been particularly challenging throughout the world as the pandemic caused significant disruption to all our lives. During this past year of lockdowns and ongoing restrictions on our Sunday Masses, our weekly income from parish collections naturally fell dramatically. In fact, the cathedral was the hardest hit parish in the diocese, financially speaking.
Fr Joe and Fr Ryan encourage you to consider switching to a Standing Order, which allows you contribute weekly/monthly/quarterly/annually to the cathedral. For more information about the impact the pandemic has had on the cathedral parish, click here.
Please remember that if you pay tax, you can Gift Aid your contributions. This adds 25% extra to your donation at no extra cost to you. Please download a Gift Aid Declaration form from the cathedral website (or ask Fr Joe or Fr Ryan for one) and return it to Cathedral House, once you have completed it.
Together with Bishop Keenan, Fr Joe and Fr Ryan want to thank you again for all your support in so many ways during these unprecedented times in which you have shown just what your faith, your parish, and your diocese mean to you.
Gift Aid Envelopes
There are still several boxes of envelopes belonging to parishioners who are members of the Gift Aid scheme. If you are in any doubt whether there is a box with your name on it, or if you can deliver a box to someone you know, please come to the sacristy after Mass to check. We will soon post out the remaining boxes, and we want to make sure that we are only posting boxes out to parishioners who are housebound and therefore unable to collect their boxes on their own.
Diocesan and Other News
Special Collection: Peter’s Pence – 27 June 2021
This is the practice of the laity to provide financial support to the Holy See to allow the Holy Father the means to respond to those suffering as a result of war, oppression, natural disaster, and disease. Catholics around the world contribute roughly £70M annually through this collection. The US is the biggest contributor at 30%, followed by Italy, Germany, Spain, France, Ireland, Brazil and South Korea. You can donate easily to this collection by visiting our diocesan website and clicking on the ‘Online Parish Offertory’. This allows you to donate to any of the causes or parishes of your choice. Many thanks.
Course to Qualify as an RE Specialist.
Are you a qualified teacher, at secondary or primary level, interested in an advanced qualification as an RE specialist? The University of Glasgow is offering an ATQ in RE this coming academic year (21/22). Please sign up for this online information evening on Thursday 10 June at 6.00pm. To obtain the zoom link please contact [email protected] This qualification fulfils the requirement for applying to the GTCS for Professional Registration as a specialist Religious Education teacher in the Catholic Secondary school. Please find all the details, including teaching dates and cost, here: ATQRE: https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/education/cpd/atqre/ GTCS PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION: https://www.gtcs.org.uk/registration/routes-professional-registration-secondary-teachers.aspx
Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes
I regret to inform you that as of 27th April 2021, Joe Walsh Pilgrimage Tours have ceased to trade. This will mean that all pilgrims who have bookings carried over from 2020 and 2021 will have to invoke a claim through the TOPS protection policy held by Joe Walsh Tours. This can be accessed by following the link on their website. If you have any problem with this, please contact Fr Gerry McNellis on 01475 632078 or [email protected]
“Even the wind and the sea obey him.” Jesus brings calm when storms threated to overwhelm us. Could you bring his calming, restoring presence to others and inspire faith in times of anxiety? Contact Fr John Morrison on 01418895056 or e-mail [email protected].
Online Marriage Counselling available during Covid-19 Crisis
Our diocese has a Counselling Service for Catholics Married in the Catholic Church with our dedicated Catholic Marriage Counsellor. If you are concerned about your relationship and feel you are both unable to reach a conclusion alone, it is likely that you will benefit from marriage counselling. The counsellor is there to maintain a neutral, non-judgmental position. For information or advice please email in confidence [email protected]
Community Circle of Prayer
Every Friday evening people gather on line at 7pm for The Community Circle of Prayer. This half hour event simply consists of a little music, some readings and the opportunity to share our prayer petitions and support others in theirs. Each week there is a different broad theme; we have explored The Call to Discipleship, Care of our Sick, Forgiveness, Guardian Angels, The Faithful Departed, The Way of the Cross to name but a few. Last week was our 6-month anniversary! Why not spend half an hour with us this Friday in community and fellowship? You would be most welcome! To join please use the Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/8510142970?pwd=UUtVa2ZhOFUxa2NSZmJCckZOek0rUT09. All welcome from wherever you are.