First Reading – (Isaiah 50: 5-9) – This passage talks about the sufferings of the just man whose task it is to teach people the ways of God. He is sustained in all his trials by the firm belief that God is with him.


Responsorial Psalm – I will walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living.


Second Reading – (James 2: 14-18) This contains a very important message, namely, that faith without good works is dead.


Gospel Reading(Mark 8:27-35) This tells us about Mark’s version of Jesus’ desire to know who people think he is and Jesus’ own prophecy of his death and resurrection, along with his requirement that his disciples must also bear their cross.


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INTROUCTION: Dear brothers and sisters, with St. Peter we share an unshakable faith in Jesus, who is the Christ. With the same faith and confidence, let us now turn to God the Father, praying 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 be blessed with the wisdom and the strength to serve as effective pastors of the flock entrusted to their pastoral care. Lord, hear us; Lord graciously hear us.


╬   We pray for our world on this 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in the United States: that it may be healed of its wars and violence so that peace and harmony is enjoyed by all. Lord, hear us; Lord graciously hear us.


╬   We pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life: that men and women may be inspired to dedicate their lives to the work of service in the Church and may respond generously to God’s call. Lord, hear us; Lord graciously hear us.


╬   We pray for each of us here present: that our profession of Jesus as the Christ may be manifest through laying down our lives in service for others and in allowing God to raise us to life. 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, in your great mercy and goodness you provide for our spiritual and material needs. Grant the prayers we have offered you today. We make this prayer and all our prayers through Christ our Lord. Amen.


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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. Pauline Vince (a member of Daughter of Charity, Lanark), Fr. Terry Donnelly (a Holy Ghost Father), Joe Savage & Nancy McLaughlin (Former Housekeeper of St. Cadoc’s).


ANNIVERSARIES Marilyn Morran & Agnes Stewart.





Eternal Rest grant unto them, O Lord,

and let Perpetual Light shine upon them.

May they Rest in Peace. Amen.




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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National Vocations Awareness Week this year takes place from 12th – 19th September 2021. During this week we pray especially for those who are considering the possibility of a vocation to priesthood, permanent diaconate, religious or consecrated life - that they may follow in our Lord's footsteps and answer His call to serve His people in ministry.  We also remember those in formation who have answered the call as we pray for their perseverance and the gifts they need to minister effectively and graciously to Christ's people. The need for vocations has never been greater. Please make the effort to come to Mass during this week and increase your prayers that more young people may respond to the call of Christ.


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Monday is the memorial of one of the great preachers of the ancient world, St. John Chrysostom (Golden Mouth). The most important feast of the week is that of the Triumph of the Cross on Tuesday. On this feast we honour the Holy Cross by which Christ redeemed the world. The discovery of the True Cross is dated to 14 September 320. On the13th of September 335 the churches on Calvary were dedicated and the cross that St Helena discovered was venerated there the next day. The annual commemoration of that event has been celebrated since, in praise of the redemption won for us by Christ. Associated with this is the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows on Wednesday. The optional memorial of St. Robert Bellarmine, Jesuit, Cardinal and great Counter Reformation defender of the Faith is celebrated on Friday.  


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(12 September 2021)


Dear parishioners and well-wishers of St. Cadoc’s,


I hope this letter finds you and your family well. 


May I start by thanking you for your continuing generosity and support for the spiritual and material welfare of St. Cadoc’s Parish Church, presbytery, diocese, wider Church and myself. The last 18 months have been incredibly tough for all of us. Thank God! With his help we have all endured those difficult months. However, the pandemic has changed all of us.


Personally, the last 18 months have been hard for me. Carrying out my sacramental and pastoral ministry throughout the pandemic wasn’t easy. I believe that what kept me going in those difficult times can be attributed to the celebration of Mass every day and saying my daily prayers. One of the things that I missed was not being able to go home as I normally did to see my family and friends. It was very hard living away from loved ones and the feeling of isolation at times was immense.


But, thank God, I am grateful for your concern and prayers for my well-being over the past one and a half years and appreciate your ongoing support of our parish. Once again, thank you for your phone calls, cards and messages asking how I and my family at home are doing and if I needed any help! I am grateful to everyone (too numerous to mention) in the parish who helped and advised me on matters related to the parish.


They say, ‘Difficult times often bring out the best in People’. That is exactly what I have been experiencing here at St. Cadoc’s as the Coronavirus pandemic continues to affect our daily lives. It has been so uplifting to receive your calls and also for me to talk to those who are on their own at this time.  I am really grateful to all of you who have been supporting me at this time.


I am also grateful to Bishop Toal and the other clergy who advised 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.


On a personal level, I normally don’t name individuals in the parish’s letter. But on this occasion, I want to make a 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 for taking me to hospitals for my routine appointments. I also would like to thank all the other people (too numerous to mention) who treated me so kindly with food, groceries and other things.


Please pray for me, as I, as always, 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.


At parish level too, the past 18 months have been a difficult time for our parish community.  COVID-19 has impacted on how we worship in church. Thank God! Things have started to change for the better at least in this part of the world and long may they continue.  We pray that the great suffering being experienced by so many throughout the world may soon come to an end.


I am grateful to all those who supported the parish of St. Cadoc’s through their presence throughout the pandemic. In the words of Bishop Joseph Toal, “I would like to encourage everyone to return again to the weekend Mass. The Eucharist has been handed down to us from Our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and it has always been at the very heart of our faith as Catholic Christians. Let us, therefore, deepen our appreciation of his gift of the Eucharist by coming regularly to Mass.”


The reduction in numbers attending church during the pandemic has resulted in a hugely difficult time financially for both the parish church and the Church as a whole. We have experienced a significant fall in our regular income accelerated by the effect of the pandemic. My grateful thanks to all those who, despite lockdowns, have continued to make their contributions which has kept the parish going. Once again, I cannot thank them enough for their continuing generosity and support for the parish church, presbytery, clergy, diocese and wider Church. The numbers attending Mass have started to go up again and hopefully that trend will continue.


As things stand at the moment, the following is a picture of our parish finances: (1) Parish Saving/Current Account: £25,373.01 (Balance as on 31 August 2021); (2) Parish Renovation Account: £10,330.26 (Balance as on 17 August 2021); (3) PIF (Pastoral Investment Fund - Savings with the Diocese) - £25,111.93 (As of 10 August 2021 Diocesan Parish Profile of St. Cadoc’s). Relatively, especially when considering what has to be paid out week after week and month after month for the maintenance of the church, presbytery and grounds, this is not a huge amount of money. However, it is still a respectable amount and will provide much needed financial stability in the months to come, hopefully, till we are out of the pandemic and beyond. Frankly speaking, I, personally, would not take any credit from anyone who thinks our financial situation has changed for the better over the past few years; it is your own generosity and goodwill which has made it to look good, for which I am grateful.


There are still lots of renovation works to be done, more especially in the church, but my hands are tied because of scarcity of funds. I have to think very carefully how I spend each pound I receive in the collections. I only hope our financial situation starts improving in times to come and we will able to do some more redecorating work in the church.


Over the past seven years, a fair number of essential renovation works have been carried out in both the church and presbytery with your generosity and generosity of the donors. During my time in St. Cadoc’s the most notable among them have been: (1) Replacement of sewage pipes which came to £7,704.00 in 2015; (2) Electrical re-wiring both in the church and presbytery at the cost of £31,626.00 plus in 2016 (Thank you largely to Viridor Waste Management Limited as well to the parishioners and well-wishers of St. Cadoc’s without whose generosity this would not have been possible); (3) Felling and removing trees offsite (between 2014-2016) amounted to £9,080.00; (4) Full refurbishment of the bath/shower room and repairs to the entrance porch ceiling in the presbytery in 2018 came to £3,300.00 (Paid through curry night fundraiser & donations); (5) Installation of new carpets in the presbytery (between 2018-2020)  at a cost of £2,600.00 (Paid through curry night fundraiser & donations) & bought wooden dining table & 16 chairs for the presbytery at the cost of £1379.00 (Paid through curry night fundraiser & donations); (6) Church roof repairs were carried out at the cost of £2020.00; (7) Upgrading of the PA system & new accessible toilet in the church to be carried out in July-August 2020 at the cost of £13,445.60 (Thank you again to Viridor Waste Management Limited as well to the parishioners and well-wishers of St. Cadoc’s through whose generosity these projects have been made possible). These are some of the major works among many others which were carried out in recent years. We still have a good bit to be done in the church, including replacing the carpets and painting the church. With your help and generosity, we will able to continue our efforts to maintain and improve the internal fabric of the church St. Cadoc’s.


These are some of the extraordinary expenses which have been incurred during the past seven years in further improving our church and the presbytery, and these expenses will continue to occur in the future. It costs a lot to keep church buildings in use and accessible (insurance, heating, lighting, maintenance or improve, cost of running church services, etc.) and maintain church grounds. 


Where does the money come from to pay for all of this? We get no help from outside. All our income comes from the financial support given by people like you on a regular basis and from fund-raising events. We rely on the generosity of worshippers – regular members and visitors – to pay for all the costs associated with maintaining the church buildings, other expenses and fulfilling our mission to the people of Halfway. Please will you prayerfully consider helping our parish church of St. Cadoc’s financially?


I fully understand that, for some, your personal financial circumstances have been seriously affected by the current situation and you may not be able to give at this time. But if you do feel able to continue making your weekly, fortnightly or monthly offering, you might consider contributing to the parish by placing your offering in the box left at the back of the church or through your Gift-Aid envelopes, Standing Orders, Direct Debit or donations left at the church house. Whatever you can give, however large or small, will be greatly appreciated, and further increase in value by 25% if you are able to gift aid it. 


In the words of Bishop Toal, “Great sacrifices were made in building our churches across our Diocese and successive generations of parishioners have looked after them well and contributed generously to support their parishes, the diocese and wider Church.” Your parish church dedicated to St. Cadoc’s very much depends on your contributions, and I thank you for doing your best to support the parish.


We are grateful to Bishop Toal for waiving off (£5,000.00) part of the money we owed to the diocese (£11,772.00) at Christmas time in December 2016. We are also indebted to him for his recent act of kindness towards our parish in reducing our levy for 2021 by 50% (£5,150.76). The total levy for 2021 was £10,301.52, which was initially already reduced by 25% at the Diocesan Finance Meeting due to the effects of the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns on the offertory collections.


As you would deduce from the preceding paragraph, we don’t have to pay levy to the diocese for the remaining months of the year, due to the generosity of the donor parish which contributed to pay 50% of our levy for 2021. But we still need funds to enable us to continue to pay our bills, keep the church running and open. One of the biggest bills (besides gas bills) of this time of year would be the annual insurance for church and presbytery. The annual insurance renewal premium invoice for the church and presbytery for 2020 was £2,846.30 compared with that of £4159.87 (2019).


Our Offertory Income (the income which we use to fund the day-to-day running of the parish), including your contribution to the Parish Building Fund for 2020, came to £38,348.72 [this figure does not include Gift-Aid Reclaim for 2020, which is £8,168.82] compared with £56,640.05 [plus £8,647.95 received through Gift-Aid Reclaim] in 2019. The significant fall in income in 2020 was largely due to the effects of the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns. Your regular generosity and support, however, allowed the parish to budget properly to meet all necessary expenses. Unfortunately, the sum of money we received from the government from Gift-Aid Reclaim Scheme for 2021 is £5,471.18 much lower than what we received in 2020 (£8,168.82), again effected by the on-going pandemic and reduction in income. Grateful thanks are extended to this group of parishioners for their commitment to the Gift-Aid Scheme which generated much needed income for the parish at no extra cost to themselves, as well as to those who contribute through loose plate faithfully and generously for the upkeep of the church. 


Thank you for the financial support given to St. Cadoc’s Parish during 2020. It is my responsibility and duty to tell all of you that I use the financial resources entrusted to me for the good of the whole parish community and for the support of the work of the bishop and the diocesan community. I have to be responsible for maintaining what has been entrusted to me and to keep everything in good order and I have to be on top of my job when it comes to repairs, annual reviews and so on. Without your help I could not do this. I am grateful for your generosity and assistance.


I am grateful to Marion Steppie (a parishioner of Sacred Heart, Bellshill) who gives so much of her time to help me maintain the books of the parish. I am also indebted to the Parish Finance Team for their time, help, support and advice in matters pertaining to the financial affairs of the parish.


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 would like take this opportunity to say thanks to all those who  are actively involved in the day to day running of the parish for their time, energy and commitment – Parish Pastoral Council, Finance Committee, our organists, those who look after the altar linens, altar servers, sacristans, flower arrangers and those who decorate the Church, the volunteers who clean the church and the presbytery, ministers of the Word and ministers of the Eucharist, SVDP members, volunteers & stewards, Women’s Guild, those who look after the church stall, pass keepers, offertory collection and 400 club organisers, children’s liturgy helpers, safe-guarding co-ordinators, website co-ordinator, crib builders, our bookkeeper, housekeepers, those who help in the garden and maintain church grounds, those who look after the opening and closing of the church, and to the many individuals who give their time in so many ways to St Cadoc’s and whose work ensures the smooth running of the parish.


Apologies if I have missed out anyone in my acknowledgements; it was not intentional or deliberate. Every contribution you make in any way to St. Cadoc’s community is very much appreciated and valued. If you think you can help our parish in any way or in any area of parish life, do not hesitate to speak to me.


A special word of appreciation also to all our volunteers and stewards who, through their generosity in volunteering, have made it possible for us to keep our weekend and weekdays’ Masses going. Thanks to them for their time, help and hard work. Well done! We are still looking for more volunteers to be stewards and to clean the church after every Mass. We rely heavily on your good will, kindness and precious time to keep our church open. If you are able to help with at least one Mass, please contact Anne Lennon, the parish co-ordinator, or me.


Once again, I thank all of you who, over the years, have attended this church of St. Cadoc’s and I appreciate the many contributions that have been and continue to be made to the parish. Thank you for your enthusiasm and generous spirit to become involved in the life of our parish community and I look forward to your ongoing assistance in the future. May God bless our efforts and create a community of faith that is alive in Christ and full of hope for the future.


Finally, last but not least, I continue to 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 Halfway, Cambuslang & 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. They bring them comfort and consolation. May the intercessions of Our Lady of Lourdes, Health of the Sick, protect us from all harm.


We also continue to remember all the deceased, those we have loved and cherished; all the dead of this parish; those who died recently and all those who have no one to pray for them; and for all who are missing someone special. May God bring the light of hope and the comfort of his love into their hearts. 


Let us continue praying for each other without ceasing.


May God bless you all.


Fr. Jose Cirilo Rodrigues

Parish Priest


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This will be last weekend if you would like  to contribute to our normal second collection will be taken up at all Masses to help support our Church Building and Maintenance Fund for the month of September.


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SECOND COLLECTION for the Ecclesiastical Students’ Fund


The annual second collection for the education of our future priests and permanent deacons will be taken up at all Masses for the next two weekends (18th/19th September 2021 & 25th/26th September 2021) beginning next weekend to help towards the costs of this essential need. We are blessed with a good number of seminarians in Motherwell diocese at present but it is expensive to prepare them for priesthood. A box meant for the Ecclesiastical Students’ Fund Collection will be out at the back of the church for the next two weeks beginning today. Please consider giving generously to the special collection.


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re-introduction of liturgical posture of standing


From this weekend we reintroduce again the customary liturgical posture of standing at the appropriate times during Mass. At the Consecration instead of kneeling we shall remain seated. Those who cannot remain standing for health reasons should stay seated during Mass.


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We have started again from last weekend (4th/5th September 2021) Post-Communion Prayer and Final Prayer and Dismissal. 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 or the Eucharistic minister will come to you with Holy Communion. If anyone wishes to receive Holy Communion, please stand when the priest or the Eucharistic minister comes to you.


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


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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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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 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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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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 Church/House central heating


The Annual Service of the central heating boilers (which included fitting of some parts) in the church and house has recently been carried out at a cost of, including vat, £502.87. 


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September 12th – “For all going through difficult pregnancies, we pray for an overwhelming sense of hope and joy to fill their lives, and for increased support to be given by their family, friends and local communities.”


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(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.




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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