EASTER sunday (C)

 

 

 

 

 

READINGS FOR THE EASTER SUNDAY (C)

 

First Reading (Acts 10:34, 37-43) – This is part of an early sermon preached by St. Peter. He tells us how he was a witness to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. The risen Jesus is the Saviour of all those who believe in him, as well as the Judge of the living and the dead.

 

Responsorial PsalmThis day was made by the Lord; we rejoice and are glad.

 

Second Reading (Colossians 3: 1-4) Through our Baptism we already share in the risen life of Christ, though in a hidden and mysterious way.

 

Gospel Reading – (John 20:1-9) Early on Easter Sunday morning some of the disciples discover that the tomb in which Jesus was buried is empty. Then the truth of what the Scriptures had foretold begins to dawn on them, namely, that Jesus would rise from the dead.

 

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PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL

 

INTROUCTION: Dear brothers and sisters, on this most joyful Easter Night (Day), as we gather as a community, we ask God the Father in the name of the risen Lord Jesus to hear our prayer which we make with grateful hearts.

 

The response isLord graciously hear us.   

 

We pray for the leaders of the Church: that may never lose the joy of proclaiming the Paschal mystery of Christ’s death and resurrection with conviction and hope. 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 next Saturday: that they may always love him with all their hearts and forever live faithfully. Lord, hear us; Lord graciously hear us.

 

We continue to pray for all those who work with the media on behalf of the Church and whose task it is to present the Church’s message in all its freshness and beauty: that they may always work to spread the truth in what they write and say. 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 Easter remembrances, 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, hear your people who gather tonight to celebrate the glorious resurrection of Christ your Son. Lead us from this celebration to the joys which have no end. 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 – Fr. Jim Dean, Monsignor Desmond McGuire, Mary (Moira) Black & Danny Coyle.

 

ANNIVERSARIES – Joseph McLaughlin, Christina Kelly, Dennis & Mary Ann Brennan.

 

EASTER REMEMBRANCES – James, John, Manus & Margaret Coyle, Coyle Families, The Connor Family, James & Bella & John Connor, Neil & Christina Kelly.

 

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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EASTER MESSAGE FROM BISHOP TOAL - 2022

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 

I read recently an Easter Letter from St Athanasius, written 1700 years ago, and it offers encouragement as we prepare to celebrate Easter in 2022. Here are the words of one of our Great Fathers of the Church:

 

“Moreover, my friends, the God who first established this feast for us allows us to celebrate it each year. He, who gave up his Son to death for our salvation, from the same motive gives us this Feast, which is commemorated each year. This Feast guides us through the trials that meet us in the world. God now brings us the joy of salvation that shines out from this Feast, as he brings us together to form one assembly, uniting us all in spirit in every place, allowing us to pray together and to offer common thanksgiving, as is our duty on this feast. Such is the wonder of his love: he gathers to this feast those who are far apart, and brings together in unity of faith those who may be physically separated from each other.”

 

As we celebrate, filled with the “joy of salvation”, we give thanks to God for the gift of the Lord’s saving Death and Resurrection and join with our brothers and sisters across the world in doing so. Although physically apart we are united in faith, and this bond of faith inspires our love and our desire to show that love in every way possible. We feel particularly close this Easter to the people of Ukraine, and those of other nations, on whom war and its dreadful consequences have been inflicted. May Jesus, who himself suffered such a brutal death, comfort those who are suffering so much and keep the hope of peace alive – the peace he offered his disciples when he appeared on Easter Sunday.

 

St Athanasius reminds us that the celebration of Easter guides us through the trials that meet us in the world and we all need that reassurance in our present troubles. We have come through the pandemic, somewhat battered and bruised, and now we face the ‘Cost of Living Crisis’. There seems to be little respite but we need to persevere with faith and trust in the Lord, and renew our efforts to support those most in need, wherever they may be.

 

We can admire the great courage of Our Lady and St John as they stood at the foot of the Cross, giving public witness to their love for Jesus as he suffered and died. There is a call to all of us to imitate them in offering this public witness to the Lord in the practice and living of our Catholic Faith. The Risen Lord poured out the Holy Spirit on the Apostles and his first Disciples and filled them with the necessary courage to proclaim him as Lord, and invite others to place their faith and hope in Him.

 

We are filled with the same Spirit and ask the Lord to inspire us to be his true and faithful disciples in our present troubled world. I wish you a very Happy Easter and pray that the Lord will fill you with his peace and courage.

 

Yours in Christ

+ Joseph Toal

 

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EASTER GREETINGS FROM FR. CIRILO

 

With deep joy and gratitude, I extend to you and your families my prayerful wishes for a holy and happy Easter. I think not only of those who live within our parish but also your family members who may be elsewhere at this special time of year. We have tried as a community to prepare for and to celebrate the great festival of the Christian year in the spirit of our ancestors in the faith, and according to the mind of our Holy Mother the Church. I thank you for your sharing so fully and in such encouraging numbers in our Lenten preparation and especially in the high climax of the three day Festival: the Diocesan Chrism Mass and the Mass of the Last Supper on Holy Thursday, the Good Friday Liturgy of Christ’s Passion, and the  Easter Masses. 

 

The Celebration of Easter, every year, gives us an opportunity to renew the fervour of our Baptism and to commit ourselves to live up to our Baptismal promise. May the light of the risen Christ continue to burn brightly within us throughout the coming fifty days of Eastertide and beyond as we hear in a new way the Easter promise of hope in the midst of fear and uncertainty and the triumph of life over death. May the Risen Lord bless you all!

 

I will be offering Easter Masses for you, your family members, friends, and especially for those of you who may have lost a loved one since last Easter, for those who are sick or suffering from the virus, or away from home at this time and for those for whom we are asked to pray. We give thanks for the commitment of so many in the health service and those who provide other essential services at this time. We also remember those people who work in different fields to help us live well and healthy.

 

We will also remember in our Masses all those people who are part of our lives, and more especially we pray for all the sick of our families and our parish, those on our parish prayer list, in hospital, hospice or nursing home, those who are suffering from the Corona Virus, those for whom we are asked to pray and those who have no one to pray for them. In addition, we will pray for the souls of all those whose Easter Remembrances, Anniversaries, Months Mind and Birthday Remembrances we are asked to recall, as well as those who have recently died. And we will pray for the special intentions of our hearts and for whom this Mass is being offered, and for all those whose special anniversaries occur at this time.

 

In the period after Easter Sunday First Holy Communions will follow. These 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. We all know the special place this has in everybody’s life. The good work of preparation by all will be a great help in making First Holy Communion a great experience and a great memory for our young people. 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.

 

Once again, our congratulations to our 29 young people from St. Charles’ Primary School who were confirmed in the Catholic Faith by Bishop Joseph Toal on Monday 7th March 2022. We give thanks to God for this great occasion in the life our parish and we continue to pray for these young men and women that the grace they have received and the commitment they have made will help them to be good Catholic teenagers.

 

Our Congratulations also to all our young people from St. Charles’ Primary and St. Cadoc’s Primary Schools who made their First Reconciliation on 10th and 17th March 2022 respectively. It has been great welcoming the 39 children (18 from St. Charles’ Primary School and 21 from St. Cadoc’s Primary School) to the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time. We hope and pray that all our young people will continue to experience the love and kindness of God when they come to confessions and continue to grow in their appreciation of this Sacrament.  

 

It is my humble and hearty request to parents, guardians & carers that you bring your children to a Sunday Mass on a regular basis. Parents, guardians & carers have a great responsibility to give a good example to their children, since children will only grow in faith if they see their parents, guardians & carers practise it.

 

Also, now that the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation has come into effect with the “easing of restrictions in every other walk of life”, I encourage everyone to see this as an opportunity to come together again as a community of faith to listen to the Word of God and be nourished by the body of Christ.  

 

I pray that you and your loved ones have a blessed Easter! Pray for me, as I will keep you in my daily devotional prayers.

 

 

THANK YOU MOST SINCERELY

 

 

A special thanks to the many people who contributed to the pastoral service of our community during Holy Week and also to all those who help during the year – 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.

 

A sincere thanks too, to all who have sent me cards and gifts. May God bless you, and your family and friends, with peace in your hearts and in your homes this Easter. -- Fr. Jose Cirilo Rodrigues

 

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DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

 

The Sunday after Easter is Divine Mercy Sunday, the Octave of Easter, observed by Roman Catholics as well as some Anglicans. It is originally based on the Catholic devotion to the Divine Mercy that Saint Faustina Kowalska reported as part of her encounter with Jesus and is associated with special promises from Jesus and indulgences issued by the Church. 

 

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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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WELCOME TO FR. EMMANUEL IKPA

 

We welcome to our community Fr. Emmanuel Ikpa, a priest of the Diocese of Jos, Nigeria, who will be with us in our parish from 25th April until 24th of May 2022. Fr. Emmanuel is the Chancellor of his Diocese and is on sabbatical. We thank Fr. Emmanuel Ikpa in advance for his help during my summer break. I hope he will enjoy his time with us.

 

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THANK YOU

 

Thank you to Bishop Joseph Toal and Fr. Pat Hennessy for covering during my recent illness.

 

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world day of prayer for communications

 

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR COMMUNICATIONS – This Sunday (17th April 2022) we celebrate in our parish the Day of 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 beginning today to 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

 

World Communications Day was established by Pope Paul VI in 1967 as an annual celebration that encourages us to reflect on the opportunities and challenges that the modern means of social communication (the press, motions pictures, radio, television and the internet) afford the Church to communicate the gospel message and to celebrate the achievements of the communications media and focus on how it can be best used to promote gospel values.

 

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

 

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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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ECUMENICAL STATIONS OF THE CROSS

 

The service of the Ecumenical Stations of the Cross which was held in St. Cadoc’s on Monday 11th April 2022 was an uplifting, prayerful and memorable one. A big thank you to all those who attended and supported the service. Thank you also to you for coming and welcoming our fellow Christians to our church. Thank you as well to those who helped me in different ways and thank you to Fr. Pat Hennessy for leading the service.

 

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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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parish website

 

We thank Pat Moran for all his help in updating our parish website every week. Our website gets updated every weekend and, normally, includes a copy of the weekly Parish Bulletin.

 

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gift-aid

 

For those using offertory gift-aid envelopes, the new envelopes for the 2022-2023 tax year, which has commenced last weekend (9th/10th April 2022), are 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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face coverings

 

Following on from the First Minister’s announcement, please note that the legal requirement to wear face coverings in churches will be removed from Monday (tomorrow) Individuals may continue to wear face coverings if they wish to do so, and this should be respected.

 

In the meantime, please continue to observe the following basic principles when you enter a church: (1) Please respect the space of fellow parishioners where possible when in the church. (2)  Sanitise your hands on entering and exiting the Church. 

 

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COLLECTION FOR SCIAF

 

Collection for SCIAF realised £941.40, which was taken up on the weekends of 19th/20th March 2022 and 26th/27th March 2022. Thank you to everyone in the parish for supporting SCIAF’s Lenten appeal. Please return your WEE BOXES as soon as you can. 

 

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CHURCH CLEANING

 

Thank you to all our volunteers who generously gave of their time to clean the Church last Saturday for Easter. It makes all the difference! Furthermore, we could also do with more people willing to give of their time every three weeks to help with general cleaning of the church which takes place on a Saturday morning. If you would like to help with cleaning, please contact Anne Lennon, the parish co-ordinator, or Fr. Cirilo. 

 

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CHURCH BUILDING & MAINTENANCE FUND COLLECTION

 

The Second Collection for the support of the Church Building & Maintenance Fund for the months of March and April realised £933.62 Thank you for your generous contribution.

 

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CHURCH GROUNDS & GARDEN MAINTENANCE

 

Many thanks to Michael Hannaway for cutting the grass and tidying the church grounds last week for Easter. In addition, my thanks to Liam McGurk for helping to tidy the church ground at the entrance area of the church. And as always my thanks to all others who help in the garden and maintain church grounds during the year.

 

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ANNUAL INSURANCE FOR CHURCH

& PRESBYTERY

 

The annual insurance renewal premium invoice for the Church and Presbytery for 2020-21 was £3,517.08. The amount was due to be paid in October 2021. However, due to the ongoing financial pressures caused by Covid-19, the Diocese accepted the offer from the Insurance Company to defer the payment of our insurance premium for parishes until the end of March 2022. The amount to be paid was debited from our account on 31st March 2022.

 

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THANK YOU

 

Many thanks to those who replace the flowers on the side altars and pay for them. Their kindness and generosity is greatly appreciated.

 

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SCIAF LENTEN ALMS BOXES

 

Thanks to those who have returned their SCIAF wee boxes. If you have not already returned the SCIAF box, can I encourage you to please return it to the sacristy/house as soon as possible. Thank you also to Jennifer Adams who sorted out coins and carried them to the bank. 

 

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RIGHT TO LIFE UK: PRAYING FOR THE UNBORN

& WOMEN FACING CRISIS PREGNANCIES

 

April 17th 2022 – “As we celebrate the ultimate victory Christ won for us on the cross, we pray especially that  all life and the dignity and wellbeing of all human beings will be protected from conception to their natural passing.

 

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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