FifTH sunday OF LENT (C)

 

 

 

 

 

READINGS FOR THE FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT (C)

 

First Reading – (Isaiah 43:16-21) – This was addressed to the Jews exiled in Babylon. It assures them that there will be a new Exodus. Its message of hope should inspire us also.

 

Responsorial Psalm – What marvels the Lord worked for us! Indeed we were glad.

 

Second Reading(Philippians 3:8-14) Frequently we see holiness as something that we can achieve by our own efforts. Instead, we should try to see it as something that comes through faith in Christ and in the power of his resurrection.

 

Gospel Reading(John 8:1-11) This relates the incident concerning the woman caught in adultery, and how Jesus told her accusers that they should look to their own sins before condemning her.

 

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PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL

 

INTROUCTION: Dear brothers and sisters, nourished by the Word of God, let us now turn to God our Father in heaven and place before him 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 be faithful witness to the love and compassion of Christ. Lord, hear us; Lord graciously hear us.

 

We pray for peace in war-torn countries and more particularly for those affected in Ukraine: that there may be an end to hatred and violence, and that people may live in safety and peace. Lord, hear us; Lord graciously hear us.

 

We pray for those young people of our parish who are to receive the Lord Jesus in Holy Communion for the first time in weeks to come: that they may always love him with all their hearts and forever live faithfully. Lord, hear us; Lord graciously hear us.

 

We pray for ourselves: that we may refrain from judging others and recognise that as Christians, God is the only judge. 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 – Dr. Margaret Tulley (Curley).

 

ANNIVERSARIES – Betty Gallagher, Catherine & Joan Hughes.

 

Eternal Rest grant unto them, O Lord,

and let Perpetual Light shine upon them.

May they Rest in Peace. Amen.

 

CLERGY ANNIVERSARIES – APRIL

 

Rev. John O’Callaghan 15.04.1955

Rev. Edward Lafferty 05.04.1958

Rev. Charles Doherty 23.04.1982

Rev. James Flynn 11.04.1985

Very Rev. Hugh Cahill 11.04.1990

Rev. Lawrence Kenny 13.04.1992

Rt. Rev. Mgr. John Conroy 20.04.1994

Rt. Rev. Mgr. John Gillen 16.04.1995

Very Rev. Christopher Condon 08.04.1996

Very Rev. Anthony McGurk 29.04.1997

Rev. Bernard Mahoney 03.04.1998

Rev. Denis Power 28.04.1999

Rt. Rev. Mgr. Alex Devanney 18.04.2004

Rev. Michael Gallagher 23.04.2007

Very Rev. Patrick Moss 18.04.2014

Rt. Rev. Mgr. Jack Burns 11.04.2017

Rev. Richard J. Rodgers 10.04.2020

 

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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PALM SUNDAY

 

Next Sunday is Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week. Each Mass will begin with a commemoration of Our Lord’s entrance into Jerusalem, the blessing of Palms, and the traditional procession leaving from the porch of the Church.

 

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LITURGIES FOR the FIFTH 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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CALENDAR

 

On Monday we honour Saint Isidore, who became bishop of Seville in the year 600 and died there in 636. His writings created a veritable encyclopaedia of knowledge. He completed the Mozarabic liturgy which is still celebrated today. Tuesday is the memorial of Saint Vincent Ferrer (1350-1419), Dominican priest, who preached missions throughout his native Spain, France and Italy. He helped bring unity to the Church during the Great Schism between the Avignon and Roman claimants to the papacy. Saint John Baptist de la Salle (1651-1719) is honoured on Thursday. He devoted his life to the care and education of poor children and to the training of teachers. He formed his companions into the Brothers of the Christians Schools. He is a patron saint of teachers.

 

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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

 

This 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 this 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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CONFESSIONS FOR EASTER

 

Please find time to make a good Confession in preparation for the great feast of Easter. Priests will be available to hear confessions (Tuesday to Friday from 9.30am – 9.55am, Saturday 4.15pm – 4.45pm & anytime on request) this week and (Tuesday - Wednesday from 9.30am – 9.55am & anytime on request) Holy Week. Confessions will take place in the sacristy.

 

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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, and thank you also to Anne Lennon for co-ordinating the cleaning of the church after Masses for the past two years. 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

 

3rd April 2022 -- We pray for all unborn children diagnosed with disabilities and their mothers who are under pressures of society to have an abortion that may find care and support in their family and friends so that they can keep their unborn child.”

 

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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 and holy angels,

ST. CADOC,

Pray for us