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Parish News

Prayer Requests

Of your charity, please pray for the happy repose of the souls of those who have died recently:

  • Mary Houston
  • Eugene O’Neill
  • James Mowatt
  • William McAleavy
  • Caroline McConville
  • Archbishop Philip Tartaglia
  • Bishop Vincent Logan
  • Daniel Black
  • Susan O’Neill

Please pray too for those whose anniversaries occur around this time, especially:

  • Anne Lynch
  • Frank Woods
  • Liza Duncan

Please continue to pray for those who are sick, especially those from our own parish.

Lockdown and Schedule of Online Masses and Devotions
Places of worship have been closed since Wednesday 6th January 2021. We can still celebrate funerals with a maximum of 20 people in attendance. Baptisms cannot be celebrated.
Masses will be broadcast daily at 10am on YouTube and 1pm on Facebook. Those who are unable to attend Mass or access the livestream should consider making use of the Dial-a-Mass initiative by calling 0141 473 4869.
In addition, we will stream Adoration, a recitation of the Rosary and Benediction on Sundays and Wednesdays at 6pm on Facebook. We will meet with RCIA participants on Mondays and Thursdays at 6.30pm on Zoom.
Even in lockdown, the pastoral care of the sick and dying is an essential element of our faith. Therefore, we will continue to respond to requests for these sacramental visits.
Should anyone need to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation, they should not hesitate to contact Cathedral House to make safe arrangements with one of us.
We truly regret that we find ourselves in this situation once more; be assured of our ongoing prayers for you and your loved ones during this difficult and challenging time. Please do stay safe.

Funeral Masses: Tue 19th January at 11am (No 10am Mass)
The funeral Mass of William McAleavy (RIP) will be celebrated at 11am on Tuesday 19th January. Scottish Government restrictions dictate that only 20 people can attend funerals. This funeral Mass will be livestreamed from the cathedral on YouTube and Facebook. Please note that this Mass will take the place of the 10am Mass; there will still be a 1pm Mass livestreamed on Facebook.

The Year of St Joseph
Pope Francis has proclaimed a ‘Year of St Joseph’ from 8th December 2020 until 8th December 2021. The Holy Father encourages the faithful to seek St Joseph’s intercession daily throughout the year. At the end of each Mass, we will pray the following prayer:

Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man.

Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage,
and defend us from every evil.  Amen.

In the two weeks to 11th January 2021, the following donations were received. Please note that these figures do not include online donations.

To donate to the Boiler Fund, please click here: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/st-mirins-cathedral-boiler?utm_term=Dg9AxW3jA

SSVP: Contact Number
We are so privileged to have such an active St Vincent de Paul Society conference at St Mirin’s Cathedral. The members provide support to those in need around the parish. To contact them, use their new phone number: 07561614601.

Other News

Alpha Course
Catholic Erskine would like to invite you to register for our next Online Alpha which commences on Wednesday 20th January at 7pm. Alpha is a 10-week series of video presentation and informal conversation for people searching for a deeper understanding of their faith and for those who are searching for a way to return to their faith. To register, please visit our website at www.catholicerskine.website. Once registered, we will issue you with details of accessing the first session, which will be delivered via Zoom. Please invite someone to come along with you. Relatives and friends are very welcome.

Adult Education Talks
You are invited to our next talk on Monday 18th January at 6.30pm on The Teachings of Saint John Paul II by Bishop John. Please click the link to join the webinar: https://zoom.us/j/96974935970?pwd=b04ya2pUOElxeXJhRElkdXlHVXlwQT09. The Passcode is 758071.

Families need blessings of patience, forgiveness, gratefulness and love. Can you bring the Gospel to families in your community? If you think God is calling you to be a priest, deacon or sister, contact Fr John Morrison on 01418895056 or e-mail [email protected].

Postponement of Diocesan Lourdes and Youth to Lourdes Pilgrimages to 2022
Unfortunately, due to present circumstances and the uncertainty facing us all over the next few months, it is with deep regret that we must inform you that the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes and Youth to Lourdes has now been postponed to June-July 2022. We are fully aware that the shrine of Lourdes means so much to so many in our Diocese and understand and how disappointing this news will be. However, we know that we will all work together and look forward to being welcomed back in 2022. If you already have a place on the Pilgrimage carried over from 2020 on Joe Walsh tours, their representatives will be contacting you in writing in the New Year to confirm our decision to reschedule and to explain how your booking can be carried forward.

Administrative Changes to Teacher Approval in the Diocese of Paisley
Father Joe Burke, Vicar General, now has the role of overseeing the Approval process. Applications and references for posts in the three local authorities within our Diocese should be returned to: Rev Joseph Burke, Teacher Approval, Diocesan Centre, Cathedral Precincts, Incle Street, Paisley PA1 1HR or email: [email protected]. Please note that applications for posts in Our Lady of the Missions Primary School and St Ninian’s High School should be sent to the Archdiocese of Glasgow in whose territory they are located:  Archdiocese of Glasgow, Teacher Approval, 196 Clyde Street, Glasgow G1 4JY.  Email: [email protected]. Arrangements for the pastoral care of staff and pupils in these schools will continue to be the responsibility of the Diocese of Paisley.

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. Just click and you are in! All welcome from wherever you are.