PENTECOST SUNDAY OF EASTER (B)

 

 

 

READINGS FOR THE PENTECOST SUNDAY (B)

 

First Reading – (Acts 2: 1-11) – Here we have an account of the coming of the Holy Spirit on the apostles on Pentecost Sunday and the effects of that coming on them.

 

Responsorial PsalmSend forth your Spirit, O Lord, and renew the face of the earth.

 

[The Second Reading and Gospel from Year A]

 

Second Reading – (1 Corinthians 12: 3-7, 12-13) – People have different gifts, but it is the same Spirit who gives these various gifts for the building up of the Christian community, which is the Body of Christ.

 

Gospel Reading – (John 20:19-23) – On Easter Sunday evening Jesus breathes the Holy Spirit upon his apostles, a Spirit of forgiveness and of peace.

 

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Today, the fiftieth day since Easter Sunday, is the Solemnity of Pentecost, when we recall the coming of the Holy Spirit on Our Lady and the Apostles, recorded by St. Luke in the Acts of the Apostles. Eastertide ends this evening and tomorrow sees the resumption of the Ordinary Season, Week Seven.

 

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PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL

 

INTROUCTION: Dear brothers and sisters, the Holy Spirit who gave life and purpose to the disciples in Jerusalem is the same Holy Spirit who renews the Church in every generation. Prompted by the same Spirit, let us now ask God the Father to accept our offering of prayers for the Church and for the world.

 

The response isLord graciously hear us.   

 

╬   We pray for the Church, especially its leaders Pope Francis and all our bishops, priests and deacons: that they may be filled anew with God’s Holy Spirit for the service of all God’s people. Lord, hear us; Lord graciously hear us.

 

╬  We pray for peace in the many trouble spots of the world, especially for the City of Jerusalem: that, filled with the Holy Spirit as it was on that first Pentecost Sunday, it may become again the City of Peace for her own people and for the world. Lord, hear us; Lord graciously hear us.

 

╬   We pray for our young parishioners who received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion this weekend: that Jesus may always have a special place in their lives, and that they may return to receive the Bread of Life often. Lord, hear us; Lord graciously hear us.

 

╬   We pray for all gathered here today: that we may receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit, especially the spirit of fortitude needed to do good and resist evil. Lord, hear us; Lord graciously hear us.

 

╬  We pray for all the sick of our families and our parish, those in hospital, in hospice or nursing home , those who are suffering from the Corona Virus and those for whom we are asked to pray: that God may be their strength and grant them health, and bless those who care for them. Lord, hear us; Lord graciously hear us.

 

╬  We pray for the souls of all those whose anniversaries and months mind we are asked to recall, as well as those who have recently died: that they may receive the reward of their faith and enjoy the happiness of heaven. Lord, hear us; Lord graciously hear us.

 

CONCLUSION: God our Father, we place our prayers before you, confident that you know what is best for us. Grant us what we need today. We make this prayer and all our prayers through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

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PLEASE REMEMBER THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE

IN YOUR PRAYERS THIS WEEK

 

SICK - Sr. Carmel (Poor Clare Monastery, Bothwell), Canon Michael Walsh, Canon Herbert Flack, Fr. Aidan D’Arcy, Fr. Thomas Toal, Peter Carton, David O’Hare, Betty Callaghan, Irene Farrelly, Anne Haveron, Ann & James Hannaway & Maureen Dolan.

 

I also ask your prayers for the sick and housebound

– those at home in our parish community, those in hospital,

and those in local nursing and care homes in Cambuslang, Halfway

& Blantyre and elsewhere. Our prayers for them

not only help in their suffering and pain but also reassure them

that they are not forgotten by our community of faith.

Our prayers help relieve their feelings of isolation and loneliness.

To be remembered before the Altar of God

brings them comfort and consolation.

 

Almighty and Eternal God, you are the everlasting health

of those who believe in you.

Hear us for your sick servants

for whom we implore the aid of your tender mercy,

that being restored to bodily health,

they may give thanks to you in your Church.

Through Christ our Lord.

 

Our Lady, Help of the Sick, pray for them.

 

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RECENTLY DEADThomas McMillan, Sheena Breslin (Fr. Raymond Breslin’s mother), Mark Meechan & Carol Murray.

 

ANNIVERSARIES – John Hourigan, Mary, Patrick & Margaret Hastings, Grace & John Reynolds & Elma Barry.

 

Eternal Rest grant unto them, O Lord,

and let Perpetual Light shine upon them.

May they Rest in Peace. Amen.

 

CLERGY ANNIVERSARIES – MAY

 

 Rt Rev Bishop Joseph Devine 23.05.2019

Rev. James Ward 14.05.1955

Rev. Patrick McHugh 01.05.1958

Rt. Rev. Msgr. John Ashe 11.06.1958

Rev. William Bradley 15.05.1963

Very Rev. Canon Charles Craigen 29.05.1966

Rev. Patrick Heaney 20.05.1967

Very Rev. Canon Tom Brooks 02.05.1973

Rev. Jim Hallinan 30.05.1974

Rev. Michael Sullivan 12.05.1977

Rev. Philip Boyce 14.05.1983

Rev. James K. Rogers 25.05.1986

Rev. Tom Corless 11.05.1990

Very Rev. Canon Tom McGurk 17.05.1991

Very Rev. Canon Dan Hennessy 27.05.1995

Very Rev. Canon Anthony Kilcoyne 06.05.2000

Rev. John Kelly 20.05.2009

Rev. Hugh Sheridan 25.05.2011

Very Rev. Canon James Ashe 29.05.2012

Very Rev. Canon Michael MacNamee 21.05.2013

 

May the Lord who chose them to serve him as priests,

number them among his chosen in heaven.

Requiescant in Pace.

 

We also continue to pray for those who have died of the Coronavirus,

for the recovery of those infected,

for the safety of those caring for those with virus,

for those working on a vaccine and its delivery

and for those who are still engaged in research.

We pray for those vulnerable to the virus, for those who are highly anxious

and for those who are isolated from family and loved ones.

We remember those people who work in different fields

 to help us live well and healthy.

 

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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR FIRST COMMUNICANTS

 

Congratulations to those 10 young people from St Charles’ Primary School upon making their First Holy Communion this past Saturday (22ND May 2021). The day was beautiful and the celebration was an uplifting, spiritual and memorable event. My thanks to the teachers, parent, guardians & carers and all those who supported our children as they prepared them for their special day. We continue to pray for our First Communicants that Jesus will always have a special place in their lives.

 

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CONFIRMATIONS

 

The Sacrament of Confirmation will be conferred on our upper-Primary parishioners from St. Cadoc’s Primary School on Saturday 12th June 2021 at 9.30am & 11.15am Masses. In normal circumstances, Confirmations would be celebrated by the Bishop in his diocese. Due to the ongoing pandemic, Bishop Toal has decided not to celebrate any of the Confirmations in the coming months; instead he has delegated Parish Priests to confer the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Please pray that our young people, strengthened by the Holy Spirit through the Sacrament of Confirmation, will be true witnesses of Christ to others. May they spread and defend the faith by word and deed.

 

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CALENDAR

 

On Monday we mark the memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, a new Marian feast to be observed on the Monday following Pentecost instituted in 2018. As Mary is mother to the Head of the Church (Christ), so too is she Mother to His Body, of which we all are a part! The Gospel reading for the feast, which technically is called a ‘memorial’, is John 19:25-31, which recounts how from the cross Jesus entrusted Mary to his disciples as their mother and entrusted his disciples to Mary as her children. As a caring guide to the emerging Church Mary had already begun her mission in the Upper Room, praying with the Apostles while awaiting the coming of the Holy Spirit (see Acts 1:14). In this sense, in the course of the centuries, Christian piety has always honoured Mary with various titles, in many ways equivalent, such as Mother of Disciples, of the Faithful, of Believers, of all those who are reborn in Christ; and also as “Mother of the Church” as is used in the texts of spiritual authors as well as in the magisterium of popes Benedict XIV and Leo XIII. Tuesday is the memorial of St. Bede the Venerable (+735). As a Benedictine Monk, he dedicated his life to the study of Scripture and History. His greatest work was the Ecclesiastical History of the English People.  He died at Jarrow on Tyneside. Also Tuesday is the memorial of Pope St Gregory VII, who tried to make the medieval Church independent of State influence. On Wednesday we honour St. Philip Neri (+1595), the Roman saint who founded the Oratorian Order. He was a particularly cheerful saint, who cared for the underprivileged but had a great influence on people of all ages and classes. Cardinal Newman was an Oratorian, as was Faber, the writer of so many popular hymns. Thursday is the memorial of St. Augustine of Canderbury (+604).  Sent by Pope St. Gregory the Great to evangelise the English, he was the first Archbishop of Canterbury. Saturday is the optional memorial of St. Paul VI. He was elected pope in 1963 and oversaw much of the Second Vatican Council which had been opened by Pope St. John XXIII. In 1969 Paul VI promulgated a new Roman Missal. Paul VI was known as the "pilgrim pope” for his numerous travels. He was the first pope to fly in an airplane. In 1964, he was the first pope to travel from Rome to the Holy Land.

 

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COLLECTION FOR THE SICK & RETIRED PRIESTS OF THE DIOCESE

(ALSO KNOWN AS COLLECTION FOR DIOCESAN NEEDS)

 

This will be the last weekend if you would like to contribute to help support the Sick and Retired Priests of the diocese.

 

This collection ensures our elderly and sick priests are financially supported in their senior years, after a lifetime of service. Our priests baptised us, counselled us in times of sorrow, and celebrated with us in times of joy.  Since we have received so much from their generosity, it is now our turn to assist them in their old age. The fund ensures that their housing, medical, convalescence, companionship and spiritual support needs are met. 

 

A box intended for this worthwhile cause is situated at the back of the church. Please be generous and please continue to pray for the wellbeing of all of our clergy: active, retired and ill. 

 

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GRATEFUL THANKS

 

Grateful thanks are extended to those who replace the flowers on the side altars and pay for them. Thanks also to those who recently helped financially to replace new plants in the church. Their kindness and generosity is greatly appreciated.

  

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MORE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

FOR WEEKEND & WEEKDAY MASSES

 

We need volunteers to be stewards and to clean the church after every Mass. Help is needed to wipe (sanitize) pews, entrance and exit door handles and any touchable surfaces in areas occupied during Mass. We rely heavily on your good will, kindness and precious time. If you are able to help with at least one Mass, please contact Anne Lennon, the parish co-ordinator, or me. Once again, thank you to all our volunteers who through their generosity in volunteering make it possible for us to keep our Masses going.

 

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THANK YOU

 

Thank you to all our volunteers who, through their generosity in volunteering last week, make it possible for us to keep our weekend & weekdays’ Masses going. Thanks to them for their time, help and hard work.

We are still looking for more volunteers to be stewards and to clean the church after every Mass. Help is needed to wipe (sanitize) pews, entrance and exit door handles and any touchable surfaces in areas occupied during Mass. We rely heavily on your good will, kindness and precious time. If you are able to help with at least one Mass, please contact Anne Lennon, the parish co-ordinator, or me.

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PRAYER FOR MARY’S MEALS

 

Since their humble beginnings, Mary’s Meals, named after Mary, the Mother of Jesus, has been built on a foundation of prayer and the many little acts of love from those who support them.

 

This May, the month traditionally dedicated to Our Lady, Mary’s Meals invite you to join them in prayer to celebrate their wonderful work and give thanks that they are now reaching more than 1.8 million children with a nutritious meal in 19 countries every school day. They also pray for God’s continued blessing on their beautiful mission, that through his providence it will always flourish, enabling them to reach more hungry children.

 

Suggested Prayer: ‘Mary, our Mother, we entrusttoyour intercessionforthis work carried out in your name; that children throughoutthe world will see their lives transformed through the promise of a daily meal at school;that our volunteers across the worldon whom this workdependswill be filled with hope and strength; that new seeds of possibility will beplanted,and more people will discover theirplace in the Marys Meals family.’

 

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BOOKING FOR WEEKEND & WEEKDAY MASSES

 

In line with the Government guidelines the Church is required to Track and Trace everyone who attends Mass. This means that as you enter the Church you will be asked your name and other contact details. [These numbers do not include clergy and the required minimum number of volunteers to ensure compliance with current directives.]

 

In order to facilitate this, since the beginning of April we have begun following a new method of booking for the weekend Masses. It is simple. You can book your place for Mass of the following weekend when you come to attend one of the weekend Masses. This new arrangement will be in place unless you hear otherwise.

 

If you haven’t been to church on a particular weekend, you can still phone on the parish number between Tuesday and Friday from 3pm & 5pm to find out whether there are any vacant seats. Importantly, if you turn up at the door of the church for a particular Mass without a booking, you will only be permitted to enter provided there is a vacant seat. This is at your own risk, and I cannot guarantee you a place using this method. Please let me know well in advance if you are unable to attend after booking a place so I can let someone else take your place.

 

There is no need to book for weekday Mass (Mass on Tuesday & Thursday only). The expectation is that the congregations at these Masses will be less than that of the weekend Masses.    

 

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GUIDELINES FOR SAFE USE OF THE CHURCH

 

Please note that the following guidelines will be in place when you come to church:

 

Please try and arrive in good time for Mass. This helps us ensure that Mass can begin on time. The church is open 25 minutes before Mass is due to begin.

 

Everyone who enters the church will be required to sanitise their hands with the provided sanitiser. 

 

In accordance with Scottish Government guidance, it is a lawful requirement to wear a suitable mask (even when wearing a face visor) by all those attending the church (except those children who are 5 or under and those who have certain medical conditions) and masks must be worn at all times in the church.

 

The two-metre social distancing rule will be in place when in the church.

 

Unfortunately, we are not permitted to have the church toilet open.

 

Votive candles will be available but you must ask a steward to light it for you.

 

If you have cold or flu like symptoms please refrain from coming to church until you are well again.

 

Conversation inside the church or even within the compound of the church is not allowed. Also, please resist the temptation to congregate inside or outside the church compound.

 

Stewards will be in attendance throughout to ensure that directives are adhered to.

 

The communicants (except the volunteers) should not stop or stay in the church after receiving Holy Communion. They should exit the church immediately after receiving Holy Communion unless they have difficulty walking, in which case they can leave the church once everyone is away.  Personal prayer should take place in their cars or at home.

 

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RIGHT TO LIFE UK: PRAYING FOR THE UNBORN

AND WOMEN FACING CRISIS PREGNANCIES

 

May 23RDAs we celebrate the feast of Pentecost, we recall the fruits of the Spirit that are present in our lives. We pray that in our church's mission to serve the poor, broken and unborn, it may be anchored in love, joy, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

 

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AN ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

 

(St. Alphonsus Liguori)

 

(This is a simple and loving act of Spiritual Communion we are called to make in these times,

while we are unable to attend Mass and receive the Eucharist)

 

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love you above all things, and I desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.

I embrace you as if you were already there

and unite myself wholly to you.
Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.

 

PRAYER TO ST. MICHAEL

 

St. Michael the Archangel,

defend us in the day of battle.

Be our safeguard against the wickedness

and snares of the Devil.

May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,

and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Hosts,

by the power of God, cast into Hell Satan, and all the evil spirits

who prowl the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

 

 

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HOLY MARY, MOTHER OF GOD,

ST. JOSEPH,

ST. MICHAEL & HOLY ANGELS

ST. CADOC,

PRAY FOR US