palm sunday (C)

 

 

 

 

 

READINGS FOR THE PALM SUNDAY (C)

 

Gospel for Procession – (Luke 19: 28-40) – Christ enters Jerusalem to receive a kingdom – not an earthly kingdom, but the kingdom of God. His entry as messianic king is a sign that the peace and salvation decreed by God is at hand. We are asked to declare our loyalty publicly to him.

 

First Reading – (Isaiah 50: 4-7) – The prophet suffers in carrying out his mission, but he is convinced that God will eventually save him.

 

Responsorial Psalm – My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

 

Second Reading – (Philippians 2: 6-11) Because Jesus took on himself our human condition and accepted death on a cross the Father has made him Lord of heaven and earth.

 

Gospel Reading(Luke 22:14-23:56) St Luke’s version of the Passion Story. As in the rest of his Gospel, so in his account of the Passion, Luke presents a Christ who is merciful and forgiving, even to his executioners. We are involved in the Passion Story too.

 

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PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL

 

INTROUCTION: Dear brothers and sisters, the mercy of God will unfold for us during this holy of weeks as we walk with Jesus to Calvary, the Cross and the empty tomb. Knowing that Jesus is our merciful and compassionate King, let us now pray to God the Father, through Jesus, 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 the Universal Church into this Holy Week witnessing to the mercy of Jesus with humility and simplicity. Lord, hear us; Lord graciously hear us.

 

We pray for all those preparing for baptism, confirmation and reception into communion in our churches this Easter: that this may be for them a joyful time of growth and deepening of faith. 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 during this week we may open our hearts to the mercy of Jesus offered to us especially through the Liturgy and the Sacraments. 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, during this Holy Week, we see your love for us displayed in the sufferings and death of your Son. As you answer our prayers, give us grace to follow the example of Jesus. 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 –  Monsignor Desmond McGuire, Joshua Stewart & Daniel Fry.

 

ANNIVERSARIES – Patrick Dolan.

 

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

 

Today is Palm Sunday – also known as Passion Sunday - and the first great celebration of Holy Week. Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday, known as the Sacred Triduum, are the high point of the Church’s year, culminating in the Easter Vigil with its Festival of Light, its service of Readings and its blessing of Baptismal water and renewal of vows, and the Eucharist of Easter Night. Please remember that Good Friday is a day of Fast and Abstinence for those not excused by age or illness. And do make time this week to join us here for the great ceremonies, and so make this a truly holy week for yourselves and your families.

 

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HOLY WEEK: EASTER TRIDUUM

 

Holy Week is the last week of Lent, the week immediately preceding Easter Sunday. It begins with Palm (or Passion) Sunday wherein the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem is observed that was once marked by the crowds who were in Jerusalem for Passover waving palm branches and proclaiming him as the messianic king. The conclusion of this week is called the Easter Triduum (Triduum comes from a Latin word meaning “three days”). The Easter Triduum begins with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper in the evening of Holy Thursday and reaches its high point in the Easter Vigil and ends with Evening Prayer on Easter Sunday.

 

The Easter Triduum, as its name indicates, comprises three days as reckoned according to ancient Jewish custom –- a day was measured from sundown to sundown. Thus, the first day of Triduum commemorates Jesus’ Last Supper (Holy Thursday evening) and his crucifixion, death and burial (Good Friday afternoon). There are no major liturgical celebrations on the second day (from sundown on Good Friday until sundown on Holy Saturday), for it is a period evoking the time Jesus’ body rested in the tomb. The third day begins at sundown Saturday with the Easter Vigil and ends with the evening of Easer Day.

 

On these three most sacred days the Church celebrates the most inspiring and splendid liturgies. The Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday evening celebrates Jesus’ last meal with his disciples when he blessed the bread and wine with the sacred words so familiar to us. This liturgy also features the ritual washing of the feet as enjoined by Jesus in John 13, and ends with the solemn procession and prayer before the reserved Eucharist at a specially designated repository. The celebration of Good Friday commemorates Jesus’ arrest, his trial, crucifixion and suffering, death and burial. Holy Saturday has traditionally been a time of reflection. It is a day of quiet meditation as Christians contemplate the darkness of a world without hope apart from God and his grace. Originally celebrated after the nightfall of Holy Saturday is the Easter Vigil which comprises the blessing of the new fire, lighting of the Paschal Candle, the Easter proclamation; extensive readings from the Scriptures evoking the story of salvation; and the initiation of Catechumens into the Church through the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and the Holy Eucharist. Easter Sunday is in essence but a continuation of this most wonderful celebration.

 

Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easer Vigil—these “Three Days” remind us of death and life. They are the holiest and most important days of celebration in the Catholic Church. During these three days, we focus on one event—the Passover of the Lord—Our Easter. May we enter into the spirit of liturgy of this week, watching and praying with the Lord, so that we may come closer to him.

 

 

LITURGIES FOR HOLY WEEK

 

 

q    Monday – Stations of the Cross for all local churches in St. Cadoc’s at 7pm.

q    Tuesday & Wednesday – Daily Mass at 10am.

q    Holy Thursday: Morning: Morning Prayer of the Church – at 9.30am; Chrism Mass in the Motherwell Cathedral at11.30am.

q    Holy Thursday Evening: Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7pm.

q    Good Friday: Morning Prayer of the Church at 9.30am; Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 3pm; Stations of the Cross at 6pm.

q    Holy Saturday Morning: Morning Prayer of the Church at 9.30am.

q    Holy Saturday Evening: The Great Easter Vigil at 7pm.  

q    Easter Sunday (17th April): Festal Masses at 10am & 11.30am.

 

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HOLY PLACES COLLECTION

 

The annual collection for Holy Places will be taken up on Good Friday. This collection goes towards the upkeep of the places in the Holy Land associated with the life and death of Jesus.

 

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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

 

This will be the last weekend if you would like to contribute to our normal Church Building and Maintenance Fund Collection for the month of April. A box meant for the CHURCH BUILDING & MAINTENANCE FUND COLLECTION is situated at the back of the church.  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 - Wednesday from 9.30am – 9.55am & anytime on request) this 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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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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WORLD DAY OF PRAY FOR COMMUNICATIONS

 

Next Sunday (17th April 2022) we celebrate in our parish the World Day of Prayer for Communications and the annual collection will be taken up at all Masses for the next two weekends of 16th/17th April 2022 & 23rd/24th April 2022 to help support the Church’s efforts to spread the Word of God by every modern means of Communications.  

 

After the Message of 2021, which focused on going and seeing, in his new Message for World Communications Day 2022 Pope Francis asks the world of communication to learn to listen again. He has chosen the single word, “Listen!” as the theme for the 56th World Communications Day

 

The pandemic has affected and wounded everyone, and everyone needs to be heard and comforted. Listening is also fundamental for good information. The search for truth begins with listening, and so does witnessing through the means of social communication. Every dialogue, every relationship begins with listening. For this reason, in order to grow, even professionally, as communicators, we need to relearn to listen a lot.

 

A box intended to help support the work of the CATHLIC COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK will be situated at the back of the church for the next two weeks beginning next weekend. Thank you very much in anticipation for your kind generosity in supporting this vital work.

 

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RIGHT TO LIFE UK: PRAYING FOR THE UNBORN

& WOMEN FACING CRISIS PREGNANCIES

 

10th April 2022 -- “As we enter into Holy Week and reflect upon the passion of our Lord, we pray for all those going through their own passion. We pray especially for mothers with unexpected pregnancies in this society that often encourages them to have an abortion, that they would feel love and support from their family and neighbours, and that they would find peace and joy in the midst of their circumstance.”

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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