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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

Sunday 23rd January 2022

Parish News

Beyond Level 0 St Mirin’s Cathedral: We continue to pray for those adversely affected by the pandemic including the bereaved and frontline workers. 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. However, we are fortunate to have a lot of space in the cathedral, so most people will naturally leave space between household groups when choosing a pew. Booking to attend Masses is not necessary but 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.

Prayer Requests: Of your charity, please pray for the happy repose of the souls of those who have died, including: Mary McNeill, Ann McKay, Canon Benny O’Keeffe, Tony Docherty, Stephen Bartholomew McBrearty and Rosaleen Duffy, and for those whose anniversaries occur around this time, including: Mary and Duncan Dixon, Rose Jamieson, Jimmy, Ella and Hugh Logue, Kathleen McCahill, Joseph Gallacher, Harry Morin, John Gallacher, James and Pauline Healy, George and Mary Bowerbank, Ceila Cairns, Elizabeth King, John McMillian, Andrew McManus, Rosanna McLennan, Fr Kevin Whitty, Fr Simon Keane and Canon James Lillias. Please continue to pray for those who are sick, especially those from our own parish.

Adoration: Thanks to all our volunteer adorers, without whom adoration of the Blessed Sacrament exposed would be impossible. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed between 10am and 1pm Masses on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. This will begin this week (on Tuesday 25th January). The Blessed Sacrament will also be exposed after 10am Mass on Saturdays while confessions are being heard.

Rosary: The Rosary is recited before 10am weekday Masses in the cathedral.

Funerals: A Requiem Mass will be celebrated for the repose of the soul of Mary McNeil at 10am on Tuesday 25th January; her remains will be received into the cathedral the evening before at 6pm. A Requiem Mass will be celebrated for the repose of the soul of Ann McKay at 1pm on Friday 28th January; her remains will be received into the cathedral the evening before at 6pm. All are welcome to attend. Please pray for the repose of their souls and for the consolation of their families.

Parish Pastoral Council: The minutes of the last meeting will be posted on the noticeboards soon. An extraordinary meeting of the PPC will take place at 7pm on Wednesday 16th February in the Conference Room of the Diocesan Offices. The parish’s approach and response to the 2023 Synod called by Pope Francis will be discussed at this meeting.

Parish Committees: The PPC has agreed to appeal for members of the parish to join committees soon to be established. We would greatly appreciate it if anyone interested in joining a Social/Fundraising committee could speak with Fr Joe or Fr Ryan as soon as possible. This committee would be responsible for organising social events and the occasional fundraiser for the parish. Likewise, anyone interested in joining a Spirituality committee should speak to Fr Joe or Fr Ryan as soon as possible. This committee would be responsible for the development of the spiritual life of the parish by means of liturgical devotions and other spiritual events. Both committees would work with Fr Joe and Fr Ryan.

Parish Pilgrimage-Trip to Ireland: It is our intention to run a Monday to Friday parish pilgrimage-trip to Ireland this year. A coach would depart on Monday 19th September from the cathedral for the ferry crossing to Belfast, and continue on to Donegal (town), where our group would be based. We would make a one-day pilgrimage to Knock and a one-day trip to Derry. The coach would return on Friday 23rd September. Cost £349pp (£80 single supplement). People can register their interest by signing up in the sacristy.

Crib Appeal: In keeping with a longstanding tradition within the Church, although Christmastide has ended, the Christmas crib in the cathedral will remain in place until the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus Christ (also known as Candlemas), Wednesday 2nd February. All proceeds from the Christmas Crib Appeal will go to St Margaret’s Children and Family Care Society (formerly St Margaret’s Adoption Society), which supports some of Scotland’s most vulnerable children. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Second Collection (Sick and Retired Clergy): We remember our sick and retired priests of the diocese with great love and affection, and we acknowledge that they are still active in prayer and witness. We thank God for the gift of these priests and keep them in our prayers. The proceeds of this weekend’s second collection go towards the expenditure associated with their accommodation and care. Alternatively, you can give through our online portal at https://www.mygivinghub.com/detailed/donate?charity_id=1086351. Thank you.

White Flower (SPUC Scotland) Appeal: Next weekend, we will welcome volunteers from SPUC Scotland to give a White Flower Appeal at the cathedral. SPUC Scotland have had some exciting projects in Scotland over the last few years such as ‘Her Voice’, which supports women who have suffered from abortion, and ‘Alma Mater’, which gives support to students in crisis pregnancy. Your support will give SPUC Scotland the opportunity to continue to develop the best of their work to ensure the right to life can be promoted prudently and effectively.

Hymns to St Joseph: Following the fruitful year dedicated to St Joseph, the parish choir has arranged a supplement of hymns honouring him. A copy of the supplement has been attached at the back of each hymn book.

Diocesan and Other News

Scottish Bishops Postpone Restoration of the Sunday Mass Obligation: Due to the worsening of the situation related to the spread of the Omicron variant, the bishops of Scotland have announced that the restoration of the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days (which was intended to take place on Sunday 2nd January) will be postponed until a more favourable time. Sunday is always a Holy Day and the bishops invite those who are unable to be with us physically to continue to join with us in prayer and spiritual communion either by personal or family prayers or by online celebrations of Mass. The bishops continue to pray for a speedy end to the pandemic and for the good health of you and your loved ones in 2022. They also pray for all those who passed away during 2021, and for those who grieve.

Canon Benny O’Keeffe RIP: Canon Benny’s remains will be received into St Andrew’s church in Greenock on Thursday 27th January at 7pm. His Requiem Mass will be celebrated in the same church on Friday 28th January at 12noon. Thereafter, his remains will be buried in the priests’ plot in St Conval’s Cemetery in Barrhead at 2pm.

Synod 2023: Building on the guiding principles of his papacy, Pope Francis has invited Catholics both in the mainstream of Church life and on the margins to express their dreams, ideas and concerns in preparation for the Synod of Bishops in 2023. The Pope’s invitation to discern a path forward for the Church stems from his belief that the Holy Spirit inspires all members to be missionary disciples, sharing core Christian beliefs by going out to the world. The diocese wants to hear your views, and a consultation document with questions that may help direct your response can be found on www.rcdop.org.uk. Please send any responses to [email protected] before 8th April 2022 – all responses will be acknowledged.

Diocesan Priesthood: Thinking about Diocesan Priesthood in 2022? The Catholic Church in Scotland is now inviting enquiries from those considering applying for seminary. For more information, please contact Fr John Morrison on 01418895056 or via email at [email protected].

Diocesan Choir: Would you like to join the Diocesan Choir? Rehearsals start on Thursday 27th January at 7pm in St Mirin’s Cathedral.  All are welcome! If you are interested, please email our Diocesan Director of Music, Michael, at [email protected] to confirm your attendance.

Young Adults (18-30): Join us for our next event on Wednesday 26th January. Conor and Naomi Gildea will speak on the Sacrament of Matrimony from 7pm in St Mirin’s Cathedral. The event is preceded by Holy Mass at 6pm and followed by adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction. Afterwards, we will meet for drinks in a local bar. To keep up to date with our schedule of events, connect with us on social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).

Divine Mercy Monthly Devotions: The Friends of Divine Mercy Scotland invite you to Mass at 7pm followed by adoration on Wednesday 26th January. Mass will be celebrated by Monsignor Joe Burke at St Mary’s Church, Paisley. All are welcome. These devotions will be held on the last Wednesday of every month so please put a note in your diary (please note there will be no Divine Mercy Mass in the months of July, August and December).

Medjugorje Pilgrimage: One of our parishioners, Cormack Smith, is organising a pilgrimage to Medjugorje from 7-14th September 2022. Cost £630pp. For more information, call Cormack on 07568401416.

Beginning Experience: The Beginning Experience are holding a residential weekend for those who find themselves suffering the loss of a loved one through separation, divorce, separation or death. The weekend will take place from 25-27th March 2022 in St Mary’s, Kinnoul, Perth. For more info, contact Catherine on 0131 665 3383 or email [email protected].

Knights of St Columba: Faith, Family and Fraternity – A Call to Service: Are you interested in supporting our clergy, serving in our parishes, helping the needy and developing your personal and family faith with likeminded men, and much more, and if you are a man aged 16 or over, the Knights of St Columba could be your answer. Province 1 of the KSC is recruiting in the Diocese of Paisley. For more information on how to join Britain’s largest Catholic laymen’s organisation, phone John O’Donnell on 07854 886425 or email: [email protected]. Serving God by Serving Others for over 100 Years.

Catholic Erskine: We will be launching a new Alpha Experience on Wednesday 19th January online from 7pm. Alpha is a course used for bringing people to a deeper understanding of God in their life. Alpha is a series of 14 sessions carried out over a 10-week period. The format of each session is always the same. Part 1: informal get together; Part 2: watch a video; Part 3; short period of discussion. The topics covered in Alpha are: Is there more to life than this? Who is Jesus? Why did Jesus die? How can I have faith? Why and how can I pray? Why and how should I read the Bible? How does God guide us? Who is the Holy Spirit? Does Jesus heal today? If you are interested in taking part in the Alpha Experience, please email [email protected].

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