FEAST OF SAINTS JOACHIM & ANNE (C)

 

 

 

 

 

READINGS FOR THE FEAST OF SAINTS JOACHIM & ANNE (C)

 

First Reading – (Ecclesiasticus 44: 1. 10-15) – In this reading we are told that great men are honoured in their children. How true this is of Saints Joachim and Anne the parents of Mary our Blessed Mother.

 

Responsorial Psalm – The Lord God will give him  

                                       the throne of his father David.

 

Second Reading – (James-2: 14-17) – This reading contains a very important message, namely, that faith without good works is dead.

 

Gospel Reading – (Matthew 13:16-17) – This reading tells us that holy men and women, like Joachim and Anne looked forward to the coming of Christ. Christ’s first disciples and all Christians are specially privileged in that Christ has come.

 

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PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL

 

INTROUCTION: Dear brothers and sisters, the example of Saints Joachim and Anne is set before us today as we take up our daily tasks and occupations. With faith and trust in our loving God, we now place our needs and petitions before him.

 

The response isLord graciously hear us.   

 

We pray for the Church: that our faith may be found worthy to rank alongside that of Saints Joachim and Anne. Lord, hear us; Lord graciously hear us.

 

We continue to pray for those affected by natural disasters: that they may receive all the help, support and loving care they need to rebuild their lives. Lord, hear us; Lord graciously hear us.

 

We pray for grandparents and the elderly: that they may be abundantly blessed as they accompany their families with wisdom and pass on treasure of faith to our children and grandchildren for generations to come. Lord, hear us; Lord graciously hear us.

 

We pray for parents: that through the holy examples of Saints Joachim and Anne, they may nurture, teach and raise their children to know, love and trust God. 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, may the lives of Saints Joachim and Anne inspire us to greater endeavour in the service of your people. And may our lives be abundant in good works. 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 – Fr. Thomas Toal, Roseanne Kennedy, Joseph Kennedy, Tony Kennedy, Brian Carolan, 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 Rena Scullion.

 

Eternal Rest grant unto them, O Lord,

and let Perpetual Light shine upon them.

May they Rest in Peace. Amen.

 

CLERGY ANNIVERSARIES – JULY

 

Rev. Henry Corr 20.07.1954

Rev. Denis Hoban 06.07.1962

Rev. Charles McKinley 25.07.1963

Rev. Pat Clarke 11.07.1969

Very Rev. John Canon McCrory 13.07.1972

Rev. Tom Egan 02.07.1973

Rev. Thomas Murray 02.07.1975

Rev. Bernard Oates 31.07.1988

Rev, Aidan D’Arcy 05.07.2021

 

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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WORLD DAY FOR GRANDPARENTS AND THE ELDERLY

 

This weekend we celebrate the Feast of Saints of Joachim and Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary and grandparents of Jesus.

 

Last year, Pope Francis established a Church-wide celebration of a World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly into the Universal Church calendar, recognising the vital part they play in all societies and families, and in the life and mission of the Church.

 

This annual feast is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of July, the Sunday closest to the Feast of Saints Joachim and Anne (26 July), parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary and grandparents of Jesus. ‘Grandparents are the link between generations, passing on the experience of life and faith to the young” Pope Francis said in declaring World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly.

 

It is a special day to thank God and to pray for all the grandparents and the elderly who have generously transmitted the gift of life and faith to the succeeding generations with their love, affection, wisdom and life experience, in spite of their advanced age and increasing physical limitations. Without them, many children would be deprived of much needed love, affection, company and education.

 

Through the intercession of St Joachim and St Anne, we pray for all the grandparents and the elderly that may continue providing the indispensable love, support and affection to their grandchildren with their prayers, faith, wisdom and holiness.

 

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CALENDAR

 

Monday is the feast of St James ‘The Greater’, brother of John the Apostle and  witness at the Transfiguration and Gethsemane. This St James was the first martyr among the apostles, executed by Herod Agrippa I to please Jewish opponents of the first Christians. Legends grew up about his accuser being converted and executed with him, and (much later) about his having preached in Spain and his body being brought there. Whether or not the relics preserved at Compostela are his, it remains today a great centre of pilgrimage and devotion. On Friday we remember St Martha of Bethany, sister of Lazarus and Mary. One can make too much of the contrast between her practicality and Mary the contemplative; more important is her affirmation after Lazarus’ death of the resurrection from the dead and of Christ’s Divine mission.  She is invoked as patroness of housewives. Mention is made on Saturday of the 5th century bishop St Peter Chrysologus, builder of churches at Ravenna and preacher of many sermons.

 

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DAILY WEEKDAY MASS

 

Please note that the Sunday Obligation has now been restored. I invite all our parishioners and well-wishers of St. Cadoc’s Parish to return to the regular practice of their faith by attending Holy Mass again every weekend.

 

Since Monday 4th July 2022, we have increased the number of Daily Masses during the week. In effect, this means we will now have a Daily Mass from Monday to Friday morning at 10am. No Daily Mass on a Saturday morning.

 

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OFFERTORY GIVING

 

Thank you to those who regularly contribute for the spiritual and material welfare of St. Cadoc’s Parish Church, presbytery, diocese and wider Church.

 

Although we are now permitted to pass on the baskets at the offertory time, we will continue, for some time, with the alternative method for parish offerings which we followed during the pandemic period, that is, placing your offerings in the boxes provided at the back of the church.

 

The numbers attending Mass have started to go up again and hopefully that trend will continue. For the attention of those who have started to come to Mass once again: there are two boxes placed at the back of the church - A box for the offertory collection for the parish & a box for special collections. Your generosity to our collections would be very much appreciated, especially at this time when we are still experiencing a fall in our weekly income which, when compared to pre-pandemic times, amounts to over £200 every week. It costs a lot to keep church buildings in use and accessible (insurance, heating, lighting, maintenance, cost of running church services, etc.) plus maintaining the church grounds. I have to think very carefully as to how I spend each pound I receive in the collections.

 

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.

 

 

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SICK & HOUSEBOUND

 

 

As a parish community it is very important to us that those who are genuinely sick and housebound (cannot get out at all, are not mobile) and all their lives have gone to Sunday Mass and Holy Communion should continue as active members of our parish and receive Holy Communion. Please inform me if you, or someone you know, would like a home visit from a priest, and also please provide me with the relevant name, address and phone number. – Fr. Rodrigues

 

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NAMES OF THE SICK

 

If you would like to have the names of those who are ill and who ask our prayers in the printed version of the bulletin and the version on the parish website, please ensure that you have the person’s blessing and permission for their name to be included. According to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into effect from 25th May 2018, we need to have direct permission from anyone who is sick if we are to announce their names at Mass on Sundays/or mention their names on our newsletter.  

 

 

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CHILDREN’S LITURGY

 

We thank God that the pressing challenges of the pandemic now have come to an end. We therefore believe that the reasons which have prevented us from attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation no longer apply.

 

We are working at the moment to resume the Children's Liturgy of the Word at 10 am mass on Sunday 28th August 2022. However, we need volunteers to help! If you are interested in helping out, please contact Fr. Cirilo as soon as possible.

 

I encourage parents, guardians & carers to bring their children to this Mass where they can enjoy the children’s liturgy and experience the Word of God.

 

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NEW AND EXISTING ALTAR SERVERS

 

We also look forward to welcoming back former servers, as well as new servers from middle of August 2022. If you have made your First Holy Communion, you are welcome to serve. If anyone would like to become an altar server, please speak to Barbara Morris, or me (Fr. Cirilo) after one of the weekend Masses.

 

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LITURGY ROTA

 

A new liturgy rota for readers (July - September 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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GIFT-AID SCHEME

 

Many thanks to Jim Cunningham, our parish Gift Aid organiser, for preparing the annual report to be sent to the Inland Revenue to make an annual claim on the Gift-Aid Scheme. Thank you for his time, help and hard work.

 

Thank you to those who have answered our appeal. 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.  There may be parishioners who could help us increase the value of their current weekly offerings by joining the Gift-Aid Scheme. If anyone wishes to join this scheme, please contact the parish Gift Aid organiser, Mr. Jim Cunningham or Fr. Cirilo. Alternatively, you can contribute to the Sunday Mass collections via a direct debit or standing order arrangement with your bank. Thank you once again for your enduring generosity and support. 

 

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RIGHT TO LIFE UK: PRAYING FOR THE UNBORN

AND WOMEN FACING CRISIS PREGNANCIES

 

24th July 2022: “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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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