FOURTH sunday OF LENT (C)

 

 

 

 

 

READINGS FOR THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT (C)

 

First Reading – (Joshua 5:9-12) – The Israelites, free at last from the humiliation they suffered in Egypt, enter the land of promise. Possession of the land becomes a reality when they eat of the produce of Canaan.

 

Responsorial Psalm – Taste and see that the Lord is good.

 

Second Reading – (2 Corinthians 5:17-21) – The whole aim of Christ’s mission was to bring about a reconciliation between God and humanity. It is the task of the Church to bring the benefits won by Christ to all people.

 

Gospel Reading – (Luke 15:1-3, 11-32) – This contains Christ’s immortal parable – the prodigal son.

 

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PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL

 

INTROUCTION: Dear brothers and sisters, in today’s Gospel story of the father and his two sons, Jesus has spoken to us of the rich mercy which God has for all people. In the spirit of that word let us now pray to God the Father 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 continue to show the Church and the world the meaning of mercy in their words and actions, and so help all people to be merciful toward one another. Lord, hear us; Lord graciously hear us.

 

We continue to pray for the thousands of refugees who have fled from the war in Ukraine and for those remaining in cities under siege who are now suffering from bombings, starvation and freezing conditions: that the people of Europe may see the face of Christ in each of them and support them in their search for a life of peace and freedom. Lord, hear us; Lord graciously hear us.

 

We pray for SCIAF’s partners who work in poor communities overseas, strengthening those who struggle for justice: that they may walk more closely with them in the years ahead. Lord, hear us; Lord graciously hear us.

 

We pray on this Mothering Sunday for our mothers, living and dead, and all who take a mother’s role: that the Lord may reward them for their love. 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, months mind and birthday remembrances 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 never fail to open your arms to us when we turn to you. Create in us forgiving and merciful hearts that can recognize the distress of others. 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, Canon Michael Walsh, Fr. Thomas Toal, Martin McGuire, Helen Boyle, Peter Carton, David O’Hare, Betty Callaghan, Irene Farrelly, 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 Phyllis Fellowes & Gerry O’Reilly.

 

MONTHS MIND – Elizabeth (Betty) Gregson (14th Months Mind) & Jenny McCafferty.

 

ANNIVERSARIES – Theresa McLaughlin (3rd Anniversary), Barbara Joyce & Daniel McSorley (Senior).

 

Eternal Rest grant unto them, O Lord,

and let Perpetual Light shine upon them.

May they Rest in Peace. Amen.

 

CLERGY ANNIVERSARIES – MARCH

 

 Fr. Alexander McBride 10.03.1955

Fr. John Roger 09.03.1958

Canon Patrick McCarthy 15.03.1959

Fr. Michael Little 19.03.1960

Fr. James Walsh 05.03.1965

Fr. Hugh Mahon 05.03.1971

Archbishop James Donald Scanlan 25.03.1976

Fr. Sean Mannion 10.03.1982

Fr. James McGill 12.03.1982

Fr. James Dooley 21.03.1988

Mgr. John O’Donnell 03.03.1989

Canon Patrick Kelly 29.03.1989

Fr. Patrick Kilcoyne 07.03.1990

Fr. Denis Garrity 09.03.1993

Fr. Robert Healey 13.03.1994

Fr. Patrick Brosnan 26.03.1995

Fr. John Givens 19.03.2006

Fr. William Sproule 22.03.2010

Canon Kieran O’Farrell 17.03.2014

Canon Patrick O’Hare 30.03.2016

Canon Denis Keane 29.03.2020

 

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

number them among his chosen in heaven.

Requiescant in Pace.

 

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LAETARE SUNDAY

 

 ‘Rejoice, Jerusalem’, says the old entrance-antiphon, and today the joy of preparing for the Paschal Mystery is emphasised. The theme of joy also fits with the fine old Christian tradition of ‘Mothering Sunday’ when servants and others were allowed home to visit their mothers. (This derived from a liturgical reference and lies behind the modern ‘Mother’s day’ custom.)

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CALENDAR

 

On Friday we have the optional memorial of the Scottish 13thC Bishop St Gilbert of Caithness, an exemplary and civilising bishop in violent times. On Saturday we recall the memory of St Francis de Paolo, 15th century founder of a branch of the Franciscan family called the Minims, later an adviser of kings and promoter of international peace.

 

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LITURGIES FOR the FOURTH WEEK OF LENT

 

 

q    Daily Mass: Tuesday to Friday at 10am.

q    Stations of the Cross with Eucharistic Service – Wednesday at 7pm.

 

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DAILY WEEKDAY MASS

 

Since the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holydays of Obligation came into effect from Sunday 6th March 2022, we have increased the number of Daily Masses during the week. In effect, this means we will now have a Daily Mass from Tuesday to Friday morning at 10am. This new arrangement has been in place since Tuesday 8th March 2022. No Daily Mass on Monday and Saturday mornings.

 

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SCIAF SUNDAY

 

Sunday  27th March 2022 has been designated as ‘SCIAF’ Sunday’ in the Catholic Church in Scotland, a day when we remember the poor and the needy of the world and show our solidarity with them by praying for them and also by helping them financially.

This will be the last weekend if you would like to contribute for the work of the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund, which will go to help reduce hunger, fight climate change, and help build God’s kingdom here on earth. A box intended for the SCIAF SUNDAY COLLECTION is situated at the back of the church. I hope you will contribute with your usual generosity to this collection. Please find enclosed in today’s bulletin a letter from Bishop Toal, Bishop President of SCIAF.

 

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COLLECTION FOR UKRAINE

 

A ‘Big Thank You’ to everyone who has supported our extraordinary special collection for those suffering in Ukraine which realised £1481.25. Marvellous response! Well done! We continue to pray to Our Lady, Queen of Peace, for peace in Ukraine. We pray for and support the people of Ukraine in their struggle. We also pray that those who are injured or bereaved as a result of fighting may be comforted by God’s love, and that those who are fleeing for safety and already displaced may find welcome in neighbouring countries.

 

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FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

 

First Holy Communion will be celebrated on Saturday 23rd April 2022 (St. Charles’ Primary School) at 9.30am Mass and (St. Cadoc’s Primary School) at 11.30am Mass in St. Cadoc’s Church. The prayers of parishioners are requested for these young people and for their families that their first meeting with Jesus in the Eucharist may lead on to a life in his loyal service. Parents, guardians & carers of candidates for First Communion are reminded of the importance of attending the Sunday Mass faithfully each week.

 

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SECOND COLLECTION FOR CHURCH BUILDING & MAINTENANCE FUND NEXT WEEKEND

 

Next Sunday (3rd April 2022), 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 next weekend. Please be generous towards our second collection as this greatly helps pay for essentials such as continued maintenance and much needed repairs to our parish buildings and existing facilities.

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THANK YOU TO OUR WONDERFUL VOLUNTEERS

 

The church cleaning regimes now have reverted to pre-pandemic levels of cleaning, meaning that we will no longer be required to sanitise the church after Masses. However, the general cleaning of the church will still be done every third Saturday morning. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have selflessly volunteered in our church over the past two years, contributing to the life of the parish in different ways and helping us to continue worshipping safely throughout the pandemic. Additionally,many thanks to all volunteers who give their time every three weeks to help with general cleaning of the church. It makes all the difference! Furthermore, we ,could also do with more people willing to give of their time to help clean the church. If you would like to help with cleaning, please contact Anne Lennon, the parish co-ordinator, or Fr. Cirilo. 

 

The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland has also passed on thanks to all parishes, priests and volunteers for all their efforts during the past 2 years and encourage all Catholics to return with confidence to our celebration of Holy Mass and the Sacraments, the source and summit of our faith. 

 

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STATIONS OF THE CROSS

 

Stations of the Cross for all churches in Cambuslang and Halfway areas will take place in St. Cadoc’s, Halfway, on Monday 11th April 2022 at 7pm of the Holy Week. All welcome.

 

The Stations of the Cross are a 14-step devotion that commemorates Jesus Christ's last day on Earth as a man. The 14 devotions, or stations, focus on specific events of his last day, beginning with his condemnation. The stations are commonly used as a mini pilgrimage as the individual moves from station to station. At each station, the individual recalls and meditates on a specific event from Christ's last day. Specific prayers are recited, then the individual moves to the next station until all 14 are complete.

 

The stations are most commonly prayed during Lent on Wednesdays and Fridays, and especially on Good Friday, the day of the year upon which the events actually occurred. The Stations of the Cross began as the practice of pious pilgrims to Jerusalem who would retrace the final journey of Jesus Christ to Calvary. Later, for the many who wanted to pass along the same route, but could not make the trip to Jerusalem, a practice developed that eventually took the form of the fourteen stations currently found in almost every church. 

 

Please make every effort to attend the Stations of the Cross and other services during Holy Week, the most solemn week of the Christian year.

 

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GIFT-AID

 

For those using offertory gift-aid envelopes, the new envelopes for the 2022-2023 tax year, which commences on the weekend of (9th/10th April 2022), are now available for collection at the stall. Gift-Aid members should put the date on the building fund envelope as the printer has not done this. Thanks are extended to all those who have answered our appeal and have committed to gift-aid their offerings. This action generates much needed income for the parish at no extra cost to themselves. We are still looking for new members. If you pay tax on income/pension the church can claim back the tax through the Gift-Aid Scheme. 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/sacristy and when completed can be returned to Jim Cunningham or Father Cirilo.

 

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EASTER COLLECTION

 

Please support your parish’s ministry and help to maintain your Church and grounds by giving generously to our Easter collection. Special Easter Collection envelopes are situated in the porch. Gift-aid members should use the Special Offering envelope at the end of their books of envelopes; if they use a special Easter collection envelope, they should have their number added on it.

 

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LITURGY ROTA

 

Liturgy rota for Readers (April-June 2022) for 5pm (Saturday) &10am & 11.30am (Sunday) Masses is available in the sacristy. Please collect a copy before or after any of the Sunday Masses. Thanks to Mrs Anne Moran for giving her time to prepare the readers rota. If you are able to be part of this important ministry, then please contact Mrs. Anne Moran or Fr. Cirilo.

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RIGHT TO LIFE UK: PRAYING FOR THE UNBORN

& WOMEN FACING CRISIS PREGNANCIES

 

27th March 2022 -- “As we celebrate Mothering Sunday, we pray for all mothers who are pregnant. 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, as they journey through this life-changing experience.”

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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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bunch of flowers, bouquet de fleurs

 

Holy mary, mother of god,

 st. Joseph,

st. Michael and holy angels,

ST. CADOC,

Pray for us