19th sunday in ordinary time (C)

 

 

 

 

 

READINGS FOR THE NINETEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (C)

 

First Reading – (Wisdom 18:6-9) – This reading recalls that, when the Jews suffered in Egypt, God came to their rescue. Those who put their trust in the Lord will not be disappointed.

 

Responsorial Psalm – Happy are the people the Lord has chosen as his own.

 

Second Reading – (Hebrews 11: 1-2, 8-19) This reading exalts the faith of the great leaders of the Jewish people and their descendants.

 

Gospel Reading(Luke 12:13-21) This reading contains among other things the parable of the waiting servants. It urges a constant watchfulness and faithfulness.

 

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PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL

 

INTROUCTION: Dear brothers and sisters, God the Father is always faithful in keeping his promises. With faith, let us now turn to God the Father, who keeps us ever watchful and ready, 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 Church: that she may ever more effectively proclaim for all people the true and lasting riches found in Jesus Christ, our true treasure. Lord, hear us; Lord graciously hear us.

 

We pray for an end to aggression among the powerful nations of the world: so that all peoples may be allowed to live in peace and harmony. Lord, hear us; Lord graciously hear us.

 

We pray for those who have abandoned the practice of their faith: that they may like Abraham, our father in faith, surrender their lives to God and let him work the impossible. Lord, hear us; Lord graciously hear us.

 

We pray for each one of us: that we may grow in the knowledge and love of Christ during our life on earth, so that we may come to see our death for what it is – an encounter with him. 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 we hear you in the silence and perceive you in your gentleness. May we never lose faith in you. 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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MONTHS MIND – Sr. Mary Vincent O’Brien, Sr. Frances Kelly, Tony Paterson & Bowie Mitchell.

 

ANNIVERSARIES – John Paul Chambers.

 

BIRTHDAY REMEMBRANCE – Esther O’Hare.

 

Eternal Rest grant unto them, O Lord,

and let Perpetual Light shine upon them.

May they Rest in Peace. Amen.

 

CLERGY ANNIVERSARIES – AUGUST

 

Rev. William Boyle 23.08.1953.

Very Rev. Peter Canon Sexton 10.08.1962

Rev. William White 26.08.1962

Rev. Stephen A Keane 14.08.1963

Rev. Herbert G Rogers 25.08.1973

Rev. Patrick Hoey 22.08.1974

Rev Andrew Tunn 07.08.1975

Rt. Rev Mgr Gerard Rogers 10.08.1975

Rev. Hugh McGurk 15.08.1979

Rev. Edward Docherty 23.08.1991

Rev. Peter McCann 01.08.1994

Very Rev. Michael Canon McCarthy 30.08.2000

Rev. Colin Smith CSSp 08.08.2001

Rev. Deacon James Douglas 09.08.2001

Rev. Deacon Francis Scally 16.08.2002

Rt Rev. Mgr Hugh Beattie 24.08.2002

Rev. James Shields 14.08.2004

Rev. Thomas Gibbons 20.08.2016

Rev Brendan Smith 22.08.2019

Very Rev. Niall Canon Hayes 25.08.2020

 

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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SOLEMNITY OF the ASSUMPTION

OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY NEXT SUNDAY

 

August 14th is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Feast of the Assumption, which commemorates Our Lady’s entrance into heaven body and soul at the end of her life, is one of the most beautiful mysteries observed in our liturgical calendar. 

 

On 1 November 1950, Pope Pius XII dogmatically defined this celebration in the Dogmatic Constitution, Munificentissimus Deus. Defining this dogma as revealed truth, the great Saint Pope Pius XII wrote: “we pronounce, declare, and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma: that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory” (MD. 44).

 

In the light of this, the Constitution of the Second Vatican Council states: “the immaculate Virgin preserved free from all stain of original sin, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, when her earthly life was over, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things” (no. 59). This is what we teach. This is what we believe. This is what we practice. The Feast of Assumption, since it falls on a Sunday this year, will supersede the Sunday liturgy.

 

[With effect from 2 December 2018, the Bishops of Scotland have had made some changes to our calendar of Holy Days of Obligation - the first amendments in 32 years – and has had been approved by the Holy See. The days are, Feast of SS Peter and Paul (29 June) and Feast of the Assumption (15 August). Where the Holy Days of SS Peter and Paul and the Assumption fall on a Saturday or Monday they will be transferred to the Sunday. All Saints Day will move to the Sunday if it falls on a Saturday, but not if it falls on a Monday, this is to ensure that All Saints and All Souls fall on consecutive days.]

 

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CALENDAR

 

This week has a variety of festivals. On Monday we recall the memory of St Dominic (1170–1221). Many years spent opposing the heretical Cathars in southern France convinced him of the need to found an order (the Dominican  Friars or Order of Preachers) dedicated to study as well as prayer and preaching, whose members could go where the Church’s needs were greatest and be a presence in the great Universities of the age. On Tuesday we have the feast of a modern martyr, St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, a brilliant Jewish student of philosophy called Edith Stein, who became a Catholic and a religious Sister, but because of her Jewish origins was arrested and died at Auschwitch Concentration Camp. On Wednesday we celebrate the feast of St Lawrence, a Roman deacon martyred in Valerian’s persecution a few days after his Pope, Sixtus II. He is mentioned in very ancient and trustworthy sources. His immense popularity is partly due to interesting legends like his roasting on a gridiron. The Memorial of St Clare follows on Thurday. Friend and follower of St Francis of Assisi, she founded an enclosed order inspired by the Franciscan spirit; they have a house at Bothwell. On Friday we are permitted a memorial St Francis De Sales’ associate, St Jane Frances de Chantal. A devoted wife and mother of several children, in her widowhood she founded the Visitation Sisters in the spirit of this St Francis, an order which thrived despite the restrictions forced on them about not working outside the cloister. (Also the 6th Century St Blane (Blaan), born & buried in Bute, Irish-educated, founder of the first Dunblane monastery.) On Saturday St Pontian & Hippolytus 3rd-century Roman clerics – Pontian a Pope – who died through their sufferings after banishment to the Sardinian mines. Hippolytus is sometimes identified, wrongly, with an important 3rd-century author.

 

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SECOND COLLECTION FOR CHURCH BUILDING

& MAINTENANCE FUND THIS WEEKEND

 

This Sunday (7th August 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 for the month of August. 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 TODAY. 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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APPOINTMENT IN THE DIOCESE

 

Bishop Toal has appointed Fr. Christopher Morris, who was ordained on 30th June 2022 for our diocese. Fr. Morris began his ministry as an Assistant Priest in St Francis Xavier’s, Carfin, on Monday last week. We wish him every grace and blessing as he serves the Lord in his people.

 

 

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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 next weekend. 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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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 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

 

7th August 2022: “We pray for all women going through unexpected pregnancies, that they would experience peace and support in this circumstance, and recognise the many blessings that motherhood brings.”

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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