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29th Sunday
in Ordinary Time (Year B)

Sunday 17th October2021

Parish News

Prayer Requests: Of your charity, please pray for the happy repose of the souls of those who have died, including Ann Schupp, James O’Donnell, Anne McGhee, Jimmy McGrory, Mary Tolan, Cathy Harkness, Kathy Scott, Maura Ward, Diane McGloin and Monsignor Peter Smith; and for those whose anniversaries occur around this time, including Canon James O’Connell, Bishop Andrew William Hart, Jack McGowan, Gerry Moon, Richard, Elizabeth and Thomas Foster, Christine Melville and Michael James Parker. Please continue to pray for those who are sick, especially those from our own parish.

Beyond Level 0 St Mirin’s Cathedral: Almost all of Scotland’s remaining Covid-19 restrictions have ended. We give thanks to God for leading us through these most challenging times and we remember in our prayers all those who have been adversely affected by the pandemic.

Face coverings are still mandatory in indoor settings like the cathedral. Those exempt from wearing face coverings in the Protection Levels remain so beyond Level 0, including children under 12 years old.

Social distancing rules have been dropped. This means that there is no legal requirement to sit socially distanced in the cathedral. Some might feel anxious about this. There is a lot of space in the cathedral, so we will continue to provide limited 1-metre socially distanced seating towards the back of the cathedral for those who wish to use it.

Booking to attend Masses is not necessary. However, Test & Protect requires a record of those who attend liturgies. It is possible to check in quickly using a smartphone and the QR code. A register of regular attendees has been produced. To protect your data, your contact details will be stored securely on the parish computer and will only be shared with Test & Protect if required. Stewards will only have access to names (and not contact details) for the purposes of recording attendance. Please note that if you do not consent to your name and contact details being stored in the parish database, you should let one of your priests know as soon as possible.

To register your attendance with a steward, please queue from the central door at the front of the cathedral; to scan the QR code, please queue from the door on the side of the Cathedral Halls at the front of the cathedral.

October Rosary: October is the month of the Rosary. To mark this, the Rosary will be recited 25 minutes before all 10am Masses. Because of Adoration, there will not be a Rosary before the 1pm Masses. We appreciate those who volunteer to lead the Rosary; a sign-up sheet can be found in the sacristy.

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist and Readers: New weekend rotas for these lay ministries are now available in the priests’ sacristy. They are also available online. New volunteers should speak with Fr Joe or Fr Ryan to discuss how these ministries are exercised in the parish. We are still in need of readers for weekday Masses; there is a sign-up sheet in the sacristy.

Parish Pastoral Council: Fr Joe and Fr Ryan intend to re-establish the PPC as soon as possible. Members of the previous PPC should be in touch with them as soon as possible to intimate whether they would like to join the new PPC.

November Lists: The traditional November List devotion will be honoured this year. Envelopes and lists are now available for collection at the doors. Fr Joe and Fr Ryan will celebrate Masses each day in November for the happy repose of the souls of our beloved dead, especially those whose names appear on our November Lists; may they rest in the peace of Christ. Please return your completed lists with any offerings enclosed as soon as possible in the collection baskets, or hand them in at the sacristy or Cathedral House.

St Mirin’s Pilgrims: The Pilgrims recently walked the Whithorn Way in aid of our Boiler Fund. They raised £2001, a wonderful amount. They are grateful for all donations, and for the prayers and continuous support of the parish community. The JustGiving page has now closed. We thank the St Mirin’s Pilgrims for their generous efforts.

Boiler Update: With the cold weather returning, Fr Joe and Fr Ryan would like to update you on the situation with our condemned boilers. With all works approved, we continue to await the delivery of new boilers. This has been delayed because of Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic. This is incredibly frustrating; your patience is greatly appreciated.

Piety Stall: The piety stall is now open before and after the 4pm Vigil Mass, and the 10am and 12pm Sunday Masses. Anyone interested in volunteering to look after the stall before and after other Masses should speak to Fr Joe or Fr Ryan.

Private Prayer: The cathedral is open for private prayer daily from the end of the 10am Mass until 2.30pm. Please use the side door to enter and exit. Anyone visiting the cathedral during these hours should check in using the QR code or fill out a slip and place it in the collection box at the door.

Eucharistic Adoration: This takes place between the 10am and 1pm Masses on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and for one hour on Wednesdays before the 6pm Mass. The rota of adorers is on the noticeboard at the side door. Please feel free to add your name to any 30-minute slot.

St Anthony’s Bread and the Relief of the Holy Souls: The collection boxes on the walls next to the votive candles on either side of the cathedral have been assigned for these important causes. Donations to St Anthony’s Bread aid the relief of the poor in our community. Donations given for the Holy Souls provide offerings for Masses to be celebrated for their release from purgatory.

Cathedral Halls: We are once more taking regular and one-off bookings for the Cathedral Halls. For more information, please contact our hall keeper David Conway on 0141 563 7498 or [email protected].

Sick and Housebound Parishioners: Fr Joe and Fr Ryan would like to compile a comprehensive list of sick and housebound parishioners so that these can be visited and receive the sacraments. This will include Catholics who are residents in care homes within the parish boundary. If you or someone you know would like to be added to this list, please contact Fr Joe or Fr Ryan as soon as possible.

In-person Yoga: In-person yoga classes with Carla in the large hall every Tuesday and Wednesday. Yoga Basics (Tue 6-7pm); Chair Yoga (Wed 2-3pm); Yin Yoga (Wed 6-7pm). £6 for a drop-in or £25 for a 5-class pass (2 month expiry). All classes are suitable for beginners and for those with a more regular yoga practice. Carla offers accessible yoga for all ages and abilities in a relaxed, friendly environment. Everybody is welcome! Please bring your own mat and adhere to social distancing measures. For more info, visit www.youryogawithcarla.com; you can also email [email protected] or give her a call on 07586034822.

Collections: The following amounts were realised in the past week. Online donations and those made via Standing Order are not included. Offertory collections: £2,168.62; Building Fund: £1,036.09; Boiler Fund: £2,527.00; Polish Mass: £117.00; Mary’s Meals: £68.00. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Boiler Fund: We are extremely grateful for all donations already received. The boilers for the cathedral have been condemned and it will cost approximately £100,000 for replacement and repair work. All future donations will be gratefully received.

The Scottish Catholic: Scotland’s new Catholic magazine is available now. It will be published every two weeks. The first edition is free, and a limited number of editions were sent to most parishes around the country. We have 25 copies available for collection. First come, first served! The lucky few should feel free to return their copies after they have read them so that others can enjoy it too.

Diocesan and Other News

Vocations: “I prayed, and wisdom was given me.” Are you seeking to know what God’s will might be for you? Pray for wisdom in discernment and speak to someone about it; ask advice of a priest or religious. For more on priesthood or consecrated life, contact Fr John Morrison on 01418895056 or email [email protected].

Paisley ‘Soup Kitchen’: It has been a long time since Our Lady of the Wayside (OLW) has been in a position to operate the ‘Soup Kitchen’ from the halls of Holy Trinity and Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church (HTSB) owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, OLW was still in operation, albeit in a different way, and was still able to assist those in need throughout the whole Diocese of Paisley. We are now in a position to open the ‘Soup Kitchen’ again. When it reopens, there will be a limited service at HTSB; OLW’s first priority is the safety of volunteers and the clients who attend for meals. It is also necessary to observe Government guidelines and observe working practices for the safety and wellbeing of everyone involved. Therefore, we will operate a ‘carry-out’ service from the main door of the premises (the doors of HTSB that face onto Moss Street). The service will commence on the evening of Friday 15th October and clients will be able to receive prepared food and a hot beverage to take away from 7pm until 8pm.

Annual Torchlight Procession: On Thursday 28th October, SPUC Scotland will hold the Annual Torchlight Procession to remember the lives lost from abortion over the last 54 years. Gathering at George Square, Glasgow, from 6pm, Rosary will commence at 6.30pm followed by the procession at 7pm to St Andrew’s Cathedral, where Mass will begin at 7.30pm. The celebrant is Fr Ryan Black. All are welcome. For more info, please contact SPUC Scotland on 0141 221 2094.

Diocesan Job Vacancy: Cemetery Assistant; part-time; three days (9.30am-2pm); 13.5 hours p/w; £10.50 p/hr. The Diocese of Paisley is currently recruiting for a part-time Office Assistant based at St Conval’s Cemetery office, Barrhead. The post-holder will support general office administration, ensuring the smooth running of the cemetery office. The ideal candidate will have the ability to deal with a varied workload while working with the public. You will possess excellent administration, interpersonal and organisational skills.  Previous experience of working in a busy office environment would be preferred. A good working knowledge of Microsoft packages. You will have a willingness to help others and a real “can do” attitude. To obtain an application pack for this post, please either email [email protected] or write to Recruitment, Paisley Diocese, Diocesan Centre Cathedral Precincts, Incle Street, Paisley, PA1 1HR. Closing Date for receipt of applications is 12 noon on Friday 22nd October 2021.

Safeguarding Training for Church Volunteers (Part One): As part of the safe recruitment procedures for the Catholic Church in Scotland, new volunteers undertaking regulated work should complete an application form for their role, apply to become a member of the PVG scheme, and attend Safeguarding Part One Training. Part One Training is now available to book online. Details of each session and the link to book your place through Eventbrite are as follows:
Diocesan Centre, Paisley | Tue 19th Oct at 7pm; Tue 26th Oct at 7pm; Wed 17th Nov at 10.30am | https://dop-sg-paisley.eventbrite.co.uk;
St John’s Parish Hall, Port Glasgow
| Tue 2nd Nov at 7pm | https://dop-sg-portglasgow.eventbrite.co.uk;
St Joseph’s Parish Hall, Clarkston | Tue 9th Nov at 7pm | https://dop-sg-clarkston.eventbrite.co.uk

Pastoral Formation of Young Adults (18-30): Join us on Wednesday 27th October at 7pm for our next event at St Mirin’s Cathedral. Fr Jonathan Whitworth will speak about the Eucharist as ‘the pearl of great price’ (Mt 13:45-46). Afterwards, we will adore the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament and receive the Benediction of the Church. Finally, we will get together over drinks. Connect with us on social media: @DoPYoungAdults (Facebook and Twitter); @rcdopya (Instagram).

Special Collection for Missio Scotland: This takes place on 24th October. Missio Scotland is the Scottish branch of the Catholic Church’s mission aid agency. This enables missionaries to help communities in need through grassroots projects. They build and maintain hospitals, schools and seminaries, care for people in need and act for justice in the developing world, regardless of race, stigma, religion or gender. In 2020, this collection was affected by the Covid-19 restrictions so raised £15,305 (2019: £30,705) which is fully remitted to Missio Scotland.

Annual Mass at St Convals Cemetery: Bishop John Keenan will celebrate the annual Cemetery Mass to pray for the souls of those laid to rest in our diocesan cemetery on Sunday 14th November at 2pm. Please note the later-than-usual date due to COP26.

Monthly Divine Mercy Devotions and Holy Mass: This will take place on Wednesday 27th October at 7pm in St Mary’s church, 163 George Street, Paisley, PA1 2UN and will be celebrated by Father Joe Burke. The Divine Mercy devotions will begin with Holy Mass followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the Divine Mercy chaplet. No booking necessary. All are welcome. 

COP26 Prayer Service in Paisley: Deacon Brian Mackenzie will lead a Prayer Service  titled “A Prayer for our Earth” in preparation for COP26. This takes place on Sunday 24th October at 4.30pm in St Mirin’s Cathedral. All are welcome.

COP26 Mass: The Bishops of Scotland will host a Mass during COP26 at St Aloysius’ Church, Rose Street, Glasgow on Sunday 7th November at 1pm.  The Mass is for Official Delegates, visitors to Glasgow, and Scotland’s lay faithful.

8th National Divine Mercy Conference: The Friends of Divine Mercy Scotland will host the conference online from 2-7pm on 23rd and 24th October. The link is: www.youtube.com/peregrinosdelamor. Speakers include Jack Valero (Press Officer, Opus Dei UK; Co-founder, Catholic Voices), Magnus McFarlane  (Founder, Mary’s Meals), Bishop John Keenan (Diocese of Paisley) and Monsignor Joseph Burke (Diocese of Paisley). Bishop Keenan will celebrate Holy Mass online on Sunday evening to close the conference. If you wish to see the programme, email: [email protected].

Christian Aid and COP26: We are fast approaching the COP26 Climate Conference in Glasgow, when we will welcome thousands of guests from all over the world.  Christian Aid is doing everything they can to make sure that everyone who comes to Scotland for the conference has somewhere to sleep during the two weeks.  High costs and a lack of availability have ruled out hotels and apartments for many people, many of whom are visiting from poorer countries. Please consider providing some room in your home for our visitors. This can be anything from a spare room to a couch.  If this is something you’re able to do, please visit https://www.humanhotel.com/cop26/. For more info, visit https://www.christianaid.org.uk/news/host-change-maker-human-hotel.

Holyrood Parliament and Assisted Suicide: It is expected that an Assisted Suicide Bill will be published in the Scottish Parliament this month. You are urged to actively oppose this as citizens. It will outline details of a public consultation with which we urge all Catholics to engage.  The Bishops’ Parliamentary Office has issued a briefing https://rcpolitics.org/assisted-suicide/ which has been send to all Catholic MSPs. We will be working in tandem with Care Not Killing and encourage you also to sign up to their messages: https://www.carenotkilling.org.uk/.

Hate Crime and Anti-Catholic Incidents: Police Scotland’s ‘Hate Crime’ team for Renfrewshire and Inverclyde invite you to contact them with any information on community tension, anti-Catholic behaviour/incidents, etc. to ensure their occurrence is accurately reported. To report any anti-Catholic behaviour or community tension within Renfrewshire or Inverclyde, please contact Constable Mary Connelly at [email protected]

Marriage and Family Webpage: The diocese has a dedicated page on the website for Marriage and Family life. It contains a wealth of information, support and resources for many aspects of this important vocation. For more information, please visit https://rcdop.org.uk/marriage-family-life-2.

Update on St. Benedict’s School Cluster Providing Food and Toiletries: Thanks to your generosity we have continued to provide, throughout the past 10 months 200 meals to local families every week we also continue to provide food parcels and toiletries as required. As we look to the future we are hoping that restrictions and the employment situation continues to improve we will be able to scale back this practical charity. Thanks to all who have given of their time, their talent or their treasure! It may be that we will launch a further Appeal for Christmas dinners in the Season of Advent. (Meantime you may leave donations, food for parcels or toiletries in the parish house porch or post donations through the doorway.)

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.