23RD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (B)

 

 

READINGS FOR THE 23RD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (B)

 

First Reading – (Isaiah 35: 4-7) – In this reading the prophet urges those who are losing heart to take courage, for God is coming to vindicate and save his people.

 

Responsorial Psalm – My soul, give praise to the Lord.

 

Second Reading – (James 2: 1-5) St. James says that class distinction should have no place among Christians.

 

Gospel Reading(Mark 7:31-37) This tells how Jesus cured a gentile man who was deaf and who also had an impediment in his speech.

 

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PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL

 

INTROUCTION: Dear brothers and sisters, God always welcomes us and hears our prayers. Let us pray for the needs of our Church and our world.

 

The response isLord graciously hear us.   

 

╬  We pray for the leaders of the Church: that they may make no distinction between people and inspire us all to live in harmony with those who appear different from us. Lord, hear us; Lord graciously hear us.

 

╬  We pray for the nation of Afghanistan thrown into greater suffering, for Haiti devastated by earthquake, and for Lebanon falling apart spiritually, economically and politically: that God will hear their cries as we pray with them. Lord, hear us; Lord graciously hear us.

 

╬   We pray for refugees and displaced persons: that God may guide to safety all who have fled violence and persecution, and help them find welcome in new communities. Lord, hear us; Lord graciously hear us.

 

╬  We pray for our parishes and communities: that they may be places of welcome and compassion, where rich and poor alike are recognised as beloved by God. 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, you uphold the widow and orphan, you are close to those blind and deaf, you love the just and protect the stranger. Look upon all in need and give them your mercy. 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 - Canon Willie Dunnachie, Sr. Carmel, Canon Michael Walsh, Canon Herbert Flack, Fr. Thomas Toal, May Carey, 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. Joseph (Poor Clare’s Monastery, Bothwell), Jim Reilly, John Fleming & Amanda Kinsella.

 

MONTHS MIND – Margaret Gray, Joseph Gray & Angus Gray.

 

ANNIVERSARIES – Neil Kelly, Agnes Morris & Patricia Wood.

 

Eternal Rest grant unto them, O Lord,

and let Perpetual Light shine upon them.

May they Rest in Peace. Amen.

 

CLERGY ANNIVERSARIES – SEPTEMBER

 

Rev. Michael Sweeney 03.09.1959

Rev. Samuel McIsaac 03.09.1960

Rev. Thomas McCann 05.09.1972

Rev. Dominic McGlynn 22.09.1972

Rev. Michael Dooley 14.09.1974

Rev. Peter Gorman 15.09.1986

Mgr. Thomas Canon Fehily 16.09.1987

Very Rev. Daniel B. Canon White 01.09.1990

Rev. Dr. John McQuade 22.09.1990

Rev. Gerry Mackle 06.09.1996

Rev. James Boyle 14.09.2005

Rev Robert Curley 15.09.2005

Rev. William White 18.09.2005

Rev. Francis F. Darroch 11.09.2009

Rev. Martin O’Grady 30.09.2009

Very Rev. James Canon Foley 23.09.2015

Canon John Healey 29.09.2019

 

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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THANK YOU

 

It was seven years ago on 2nd September 2021 when I first arrived in your parish (2nd September 2014) as your parish priest and I can honestly say that they have been very happy years, the happiest in my priesthood. It has been a great privilege to be here, and I pray that the Lord will give me many more years with you. Thank you for accepting me as a member of St. Cadoc’s Parish family. This is a great parish in which to be a priest, and I am deeply grateful for the wonderful generosity, kindness and support you have shown towards me during my time in St. Cadoc’s. This is what makes our community such a welcoming one and it is hugely rewarding to be part of it. I cannot thank you enough for your continued support and friendship.

 

I am also grateful for your concern and prayers for my well-being shown for the last 18 months of COVID restrictions, and I appreciate your ongoing support of our parish. Once again, thank you for your phone calls, cards, messages asking how I am doing and my family home, and if I needed any help! I am grateful to everyone (too numerous to mention) in the parish who helped me in and advised me on matters related to the parish.

 

I am thankful also to Bishop Toal and the other clergy who advise me during the year on different issues relating to the parish and other areas of life, more especially for their time, guidance, help and support since the start of the pandemic.

 

I normally don’t name individuals in the bulletin. But on this occasion I want to make mention of Joe McHenry who has been exceptionally good to me since the first lockdown (March 2020) in getting my messages and other things, and even taking me to hospitals for my routine appointments. I also would like to thank all others (too numerous to mention) who treated me so kindly with food, groceries and other things.

 

Please pray for me, as I will continue to keep you in my daily devotional prayers. May St. Cadoc watch over and guide you in the years ahead.  May God reward you all with his blessings. – Fr. Jose Cirilo Rodrigues

 

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CALENDAR

 

Wednesday is the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lady. Scripture tells us nothing about Mary’s infancy, but the story of Joachim and Anne and Mary’s birth was part of very early (2nd century) devotion to the Mother of Jesus, and by the 7th century today’s feast was established as a major Marian celebration in East and West. The liturgy’s emphasis is on Mary being chosen by God from all eternity to be the means of fulfilling His purposes and the longing of His people for their saviour. Thursday is the memorial of St Peter Claver, a native of Spain, who, due to his remarkable life and work, became the patron saint of slaves, of Colombia and of African America.

 

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SECOND COLLECTION FOR CHURCH & MAINTENANCE FUND

THIS WEEKEND

 

This Sunday (5th September 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 for the month of September.

 

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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HOLY COMMUNION, POST-COMMUNION PRAYER,

FINAL BLESSING & DISMISSAL

 

From this weekend (4th/5th September 2021), the practice 0f Post-Communion Prayer, Final blessing and Dismissal will once again be part of the Mass. This means that, instead of leaving the church straight after receiving Holy Communion, we will now wait for Post-Communion Prayer and receive a final blessing followed by the dismissal at the end of Mass.

 

Holy Communion will be distributed at the usual time and on the hand only. However, there will be no procession to receive Communion. Instead, we will continue with the current method of distributing Communion. The priest will come to you with Holy Communion. If anyone wishes to receive Holy Communion, please stand when the priest comes to you. The priest will start distributing Holy Communion first in the centre aisle, beginning with those sitting on the last pew and finishing with those sitting on the first pew. Then those sitting on the side aisles of the church will be distributed Holy Communion, beginning with those sitting on the left side aisle and then with those sitting on the right-side aisle. If you are not able to, or do not wish to receive Holy Communion, you may remain seated in your pew in prayer till we finish, reflecting on your relationship with God, or you can receive a blessing by crossing your arms in front of your chest to signal your desire for a blessing.

 

After the final blessing please leave the church in an orderly and prayerful fashion; do not rush at the same time. Those who have difficulty walking may leave the church once everyone is away.

 

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SINGING AT MASS

 

Now that congregational singing is permitted (unfortunately with masks on), we hope to start to reintroduce singing at Mass from 18th/19th of September. It would be very much appreciated if you could contribute towards our music ministry of the parish.

 

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NATIONAL PILGRIMAGE TO CARFIN 2021

                 

This year’s National Pilgrimage to Carfin in honour of St. Joseph, in this year dedicated to him, will take place this Sunday (5th September 2021) with Mass at 3pm. The chief celebrant and homilist will be Right Rev. Brian McGee, Bishop of the Diocese of Argyll and the Isles. If you are free that Sunday afternoon please go along and join the gathering of the Catholic Faithful of Scotland.

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KNIGHTS OF ST COLUMBA ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE

                 

The annual pilgrimage for the Knights of St Columba will take place at Carfin Grotto next Sunday (12th September 2021). Mass will be at 3pm and will be celebrated by Bishop Toal.

 

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TAX RECLAIM SCHEME

                 

Weekly contributions from the 70 parishioners currently members of this scheme have, in the 2020-2021 tax year, enabled the parish to reclaim the sum of £5,471.18 (quite a big drop compared to £8,168.82 in 2019-2020) from the government. 

 

Grateful thanks are extended to this group of parishioners for their commitment which generated much needed income for the parish at no extra cost to themselves, more especially when we are still experiencing a significant fall in income accelerated by the pandemic. Their practical support to the parish will provide much needed help and financial stability in the months to come.

 

The Gift Aid scheme can be utilised by parishioners who are taxpayers and contribute to the weekly collections. I would encourage those who may be eligible to give consideration to increasing the value of their normal weekly offerings by joining this worthwhile scheme. Gift Aid forms are available in the church porch and when completed can be returned to Jim Cunningham or Father Cirilo. Thank you once again for your enduring generosity and support. We are also very grateful to Mr. Jim Cunningham, our Gift-Aid organiser, for giving his time to deal with Gift-Aid envelopes.

 

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BOOKING FOR MASS ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED

 

Please note that the regular pre-booking seats before attending Mass is no longer needed unless you hear otherwise, although we are still required to keep a record of who is in church to comply with Track & Trace legal requirements. So, as you enter church, please tell the steward at the entrance area who you are. If you are attending the Mass, along with your family, you may just give one person’s name. Thanking you in anticipation for your co-operation and support.

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GRATEFUL THANKS

 

Grateful thanks 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 & weekdays’ Masses going.

 

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 Fr. Cirilo.

 

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MARY’S MEALS: HAITI EARTHQUAKE APPEAL


Following the recent 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Haiti, around half a million children need emergency humanitarian assistance.


Tens of thousands of homes have been destroyed and there is widespread fear of further damage and danger as aftershocks continue. People are in urgent need of food, safe water, and shelter.  

Mary's Meals has been feeding schoolchildren in Haiti for 15 years and works closely with four well-established and trusted local partners across the country. Many communities were already vulnerable as the Caribbean nation continued to grapple with ongoing political unrest and the long-term damage created by previous natural disasters, so this latest catastrophe has left hundreds of thousands of people in desperate need. 


Our partners are co-ordinating an emergency response, to deliver emergency ration packs of essential food items to families in the worst affected areas. Please give if you can, to help families in desperate hardship.

 

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RIGHT TO LIFE UK: PRAYING FOR THE UNBORN

AND WOMEN FACING CRISIS PREGNANCIES

 

September 5th – “Today we celebrate the feast of St Mother Teresa of Calcutta, patron saint of the pro-life movement. We ask for her intercession as we, the church, seek to support all pregnant mothers through their pregnancies, and that, like her, we would become models of support and charity to all in society.”

 

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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