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Second Sunday of Easter (B)
Sunday 11th April 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:
Margaret Gibbons Hewitt
Sr Patrick McDermott
Dan and Anna Hendry
Please continue to pray for those who are sick, especially those from our own parish.
Booking for Masses and Services
Because there is still a numerical cap on congregations, it is necessary to book for Vigil and Sunday Masses but not for weekday Masses. 85 places are available online; 15 are available over the phone. 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 9pm until 5pm, Monday to Friday. You will notice that you can choose to sit in the cathedral (until the boilers are replaced, it can still be cold!) or the hall.
Addition of Evening Mass
For a trial period (Eastertide), there will be a change to the Mass schedule at St Mirin’s Cathedral. Currently, there is no evening Mass and so those who work during the day are unable to attend any weekday Mass. To remedy this, beginning on Wednesday 14th April, there will be a 6pm evening Mass at the cathedral. Please note that the evening Mass will replace the 1pm Mass on Wednesdays. Fr Joe and Fr Ryan will welcome any feedback you might have at the end of Eastertide.
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.
The funeral Mass of Rayleen Kelly (RIP) will be celebrated at 10am on Tuesday 13th April; her remains will be received into the cathedral at 6.30pm the night before. The funeral Mass of Nora Harkin (RIP) will be celebrated at 10am on Thursday 15th April; her remains will be received into the cathedral immediately before Mass. Scottish Government restrictions dictate that only 20 people can attend funerals. These funeral Masses will be livestreamed from the cathedral on YouTube and Facebook. Please pray for the repose of the souls of Rayleen and Nora.
Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals
Funerals continue to have a cap of 20 people in the congregation until 26th April, when this increases to 50. Weddings are still restricted to 5 people (bride, groom, celebrant, and two witnesses), although an interpreter may also attend when required. From 26th April, 50 people may attend a wedding and this number includes the bride, groom and two witnesses. From 26th March, Baptisms may be celebrated with a maximum congregation of 20 people. From 26th April, Baptisms may be celebrated with a maximum congregation of 50 people.
Standing Orders 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.
Many people around the diocese wanted immediately to help and asked about online giving to defray the running costs of your parish. In several parishes, many set up new regular donations via Standing Orders as an easy alternative to cash donations. Those parishes where parishioners switched to Standing Orders were not hit as badly, financially speaking.
Fr Joe and Fr Ryan are only too aware that these times have brought the same financial uncertainties to your own doors and homes as they have to the cathedral parish. Some of you will not be able to make your contributions in the same way as before. Please do not worry about that and be sure of our fervent prayers for you to enjoy more secure times soon.
We still hope, however, that those who can contribute will welcome the various ways in which you can continue to support your parish. Given that the future is still so uncertain, we encourage you to make regular donations by Standing Order with the form you will receive at Mass this weekend. Just post or deliver it to Cathedral House, once you have completed it.
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 (click here) 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
For those who would rather make cash contributions than to contribute via Standing Order, new envelopes for the new financial year are now available for collection. If you do not Gift Aid your contributions, please collect a box from the front pew as you leave the cathedral, or from a steward as you leave the hall. Those who Gift Aid their contributions have their names assigned to specific boxes, and they should please collect these from the main sacristy after Masses this weekend. If you are in the hall for Mass, please enter the cathedral through the side door. If you are unable to collect your box, please contact us to arrange delivery at your home address.
Sponsored Half-Marathon in aid of the Boiler Fund
We are grateful to Cormack Smith, a parishioner, who will run a sponsored half-marathon on Saturday 1st May. All proceeds will go to the Cathedral Boiler Fund. If you are able, please support Cormack as best you can. You can do so via JustGiving: https://bit.ly/3uEb74x. Thank you in advance for your support.
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
Diocesan and Other News
Adult Education Talks
You are invited to our next talk on Monday 19th April at 6.30pm on The Sacraments of Vocation by Fr Jonathan Whitworth. Please click the link to join the webinar: https://zoom.us/j/93317740892?pwd=Skk0LzBpVUN0bXMraklqNDAvOEhQZz09. The Passcode is: 361919.
“The Lord has given me a disciple’s tongue.” Jesus gave everything out of love for us. Are you being called to reflect the Master’s sacrifice by offering yourself as a priest, a deacon or religious? Contact Fr John Morrison on 01418895056 or e-mail [email protected].
St. Benedict’s School Cluster Providing Food and Toiletries -Almsgiving in Lent
Saint Conval’s Parish Linwood now has its meals project up to full speed and is now providing 200 meals to local families every week through their Hall kitchen and generous volunteer chefs, caterers and drivers. They are now continuing their a Lenten Alms Project to provide cooked meals and food parcels for local families. They have already collected enough to get the through Lent and hope your donations will help them continue. You can leave your food for parcels in the parish house porch or post donations through the doorway. Thanks to all who have given of their time, their talent or their treasure!
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.
Craig Lodge, Dalmally: Mission House for Young Adults
Craig Lodge Community is offering a new opportunity to young Catholics on how to live a life of mission. Craig Lodge Mission House is a nine-month residential programme for any young adult between the ages of 18-30 who desires to become a passionate lover of Jesus and become Spirit-filled evangelisers for the renewal of the Church,” (Pope Francis). Community, prayer and studying of the Catholic faith and learning to proclaim the Good News to others”. The mission house will begin in September 2021 and applications are now being accepted. Visit the Craig Lodge website for more details. www.craiglodge.org/missionhouse.