SOLEMNITY OF THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST (B)

 

 

 

READINGS FOR THE SOLEMNITY

OF THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST (B)

 

First Reading – (Exodus 24: 3-8) – This reading describes the solemn ratification by Moses and the people of the covenant God made with them on Mount Sinai.

 

Responsorial PsalmThe cup of salvation I will raise; 

                                     I will call on the Lord’s name.

 

Second Reading – (Hebrews 9: 11-15) – Through the redeeming work of Christ God has entered into a new and eternal covenant with his people.

 

Gospel Reading – (Mark 14:12-16, 22-26) – This describes the preparation and the celebration of the Passover meal Jesus ate with his disciples the night before he died.

 

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Today is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, formerly known as Corpus Christi Sunday – a feast celebrating the enduring presence of Our Lord on earth through the gifts of his Body and Blood. St. Pope John Paul II reminded us in his Apostolic Letter, Dominicae Cenae, (The Lord’s Supper) that “the Church and the world have a great need of Eucharistic worship. Jesus waits for us in this Sacrament of Love; let us therefore be generous with our time in going to meet him in adoration and contemplation.”

 

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PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL

 

INTROUCTION: Dear brothers and sisters, filled with a deep sense of gratitude and joy at the great gift given to us in the Eucharist, let us now turn to God the Father and pray, through his Son Jesus Christ, for our own needs and those of the Church and the world.

 

The response isLord graciously hear us.   

 

╬   We pray for the leaders of the Church: that they may lead us to an ever greater appreciation of Jesus’ giving of himself in the Eucharist. Lord, hear us; Lord graciously hear us.

 

╬   We pray for our young parishioners from St. Cadoc’s Primary who will be confirmed by the gift of the Spirit on Saturday of next week: that the Holy Spirit may give them the courage to witness to Christ by lives built on faith and love. Lord, hear us; Lord graciously hear us.

 

╬   We pray for those who rarely join in the Mass: that they may be drawn into the community of faith. Lord, hear us; Lord graciously hear us.

 

╬   We pray for each one of us here present: that our belief in the presence of Christ may grow stronger each time we receive him in the Eucharist. 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, who celebrate and worship the mystery of the Lord’s Body and Blood, may always experience within us the power of his redemption. 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 DEAD – Sr. Bernardine (Poor Clare Monastery, Bothwell), Margaret McDougall, Leslie McKenna & Andy Hendry.

 

ANNIVERSARY – Bartholomew McManus.

 

Eternal Rest grant unto them, O Lord,

and let Perpetual Light shine upon them.

May they Rest in Peace. Amen.

 

CLERGY ANNIVERSARIES – JUNE

 

Rev. Eugene Murray 26.06.53

Rev. Michael O’Brien 11.06.56

Rt. Rev. Bishop Edward Douglas 12.06.67

Rev. John Vincent Murray 27.06.72

Rt. Rev. Mgr. John Canon Rooney 09.06.74

Very Rev. George Canon Mullen 28.06.90

Rev. James McGlinchey 26.06.91

Very Rev. John Canon Moss 25.06.92

Rev. John McMurray 03.06.01

His Eminence Cardinal Thomas J Winning 17.06.01

Rev. John Joseph Delaney 20.06.01

Very Rev. Alphonsus Canon Woods 09.06.04

Very Rev. Michael Canon Ryan 03.06.16

 

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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CONFIRMATIONS

 

The Sacrament of Confirmation will be conferred on our upper-Primary parishioners from St. Cadoc’s Primary School next 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

 

Wednesday is the feast of St. Columba or Columcille, leader of the monastic life in Ireland who in self-imposed exile evangelised much of Scotland from his centre in Iona. Friday is the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  A latecomer to the liturgical calendar, this solemnity celebrates not an event, but the love of God manifested in the Heart of His Son.  Devotion to the Sacred Heart grew throughout the late Middle Ages and was made popular by two French Saints: the religious sister Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque and the priest Saint John Eudes. The feast appeared in the universal calendar in 1856. It occurs each year on the third Friday after Pentecost. On Saturday we honour the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

 

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DIACONATE ORDINATIONS

 

Christopher Morris, son of Michael & Barbara Morris, who is one of our seminarians in St. Mary’s College, Oscott, will be ordained to the transitional diaconate for the Diocese of Motherwell by Archbishop Bernard Longley today (Sunday 6th June 2021); Michael Meechan will be accepted as a candidate and ordained as a permanent deacon later in the year. Our prayers are requested for them both as they prepare for diaconate ordination.

 

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SECOND COLLECTION FOR CHURCH BUILDING

& MAINTENANCE FUND THIS WEEKEND

 

This Sunday (6th June 2021), being the first Sunday of the month, the normal second collection will be taken up at all Masses to help support our Church Building and Maintenance Fund.

 

A box intended for the CHURCH BUILDING & MAINTENANCE FUND COLLECTION will be situated at the back of the church for the next two weeks beginning this weekend. Please be generous towards our second collection as this greatly helps maintain our church and grounds, more especially when our collections have been very badly affected by the on-going pandemic.

 

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60TH ANNIVERSARY OF ORDINATION

 

Two of our clergy celebrate their 60th anniversary of ordination in June. Fr Brian Logue celebrated his 60th anniversary of his ordination as a priest on June 4th in St Joseph’s Retirement Home, Robroyston, where he is now resident.

 

Canon Humphrey O’Mahony was ordained on 18th June 1961. Canon O’Mahony has an active retirement and still serves in the Cathedral Parish, especially at St Luke’s Church where he resides and celebrates Mass daily. 

 

We congratulate them on reaching the milestone anniversary of their priesthood and we offer them the support of our prayers for their continued good health as they continue to serve God’s people. Ad Multos Annos.

 

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GRATEFUL THANKS

 

Thank you to all our volunteers who through their generosity in volunteering last weekend and during the week made it possible for us to keep our weekend & weekday Masses going.

 

We are still looking for more volunteers to be stewards and to clean the church after every Mass. 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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MANY THANKS

 

Many thanks to Jim Cunningham, our parish Gift Aid organiser, for preparing the annual report to be sent to the Inland Revenue to make an annual claim on the Gift-Aid Scheme. Thank you for his time, help and hard work.

Many thanks to those who have answered our appeal. We are still looking for new members. If you are a tax payer, normally come to Church and are prepared to put your money offering in a confidential numbered envelope (or pay by Standing order) and sign a simple form, then the parish can (at no cost to yourself) reclaim the tax you have already paid on that offering. Anyone wishing to join the scheme, please contact Fr. Cirilo. Alternatively, you can contribute to the Sunday Mass collections via a direct debit or standing order arrangement with your bank. Thank you once again for your enduring generosity and support. 

 

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CHURCH CLEANING

 

Many thanks to all volunteers who gave their time to clean the Church last Saturday. It makes all the difference! Your continued help is much appreciated. We could do with more people willing to give of their time every three weeks to help with church cleaning. Once again, I cannot than our volunteers enough for their time, help and commitment. I am still looking for more volunteers. It is not too late to put your name forward if you have a little time to spare. If you would like to help with stewarding or cleaning, please contact Anne Lennon, the parish co-ordinator, or Fr. Cirilo.  

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RIGHT TO LIFE UK –

ASK YOUR MP TO SIGN THE MOTION

 

You may have heard that Carla Lockhart MP has launched a parliamentary motion calling on the Government to end ‘DIY’ home abortion.

 

If ‘DIY’ home abortions become permanent, this will be a very big change to abortion provision that will likely lead to the loss of many more lives - and it is likely that this will have a strong negative impact on the physical and emotional health of women. It is therefore vital that as many MPs as possible sign Carla Lockhart’s motion to send a clear message to the Government that they must end dangerous ‘DIY’ home abortion services as soon as possible.

 

Right To Life UK has launched an easy-to-use tool which makes it simple for you to send an email to your MP asking them to sign the motion. Please go to the link below to contact your MP now. It only takes 30 seconds! www.righttolife.org.uk/DIYmotion

 

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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

 

June 6thThis week we marked the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression. We remember especially the most vulnerable of all children, the unborn, that, as a society, we may take on the duty to protect all children from harm and ensure that they arrive into a world where they are loved and supported by all.

 

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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