24th sunday in ordinary time (C)

 

 

 

 

 

READINGS FOR THE TWENTY—FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (C)

 

First Reading – (Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14) – The people have strayed from the path of God marked out for them. They have turned their backs on the God who brought them out of Egypt and have fallen into idolatry, but Moses intercedes for them.

 

Responsorial Psalm – I will leave this place and go to my father.

 

Second Reading – (1 Timothy 1-12-17 St. Paul says that Christ came into the world to save sinners. In his conversation he himself experienced the saving mercy of God.

 

Gospel Reading(Luke 15: 1-32)The Pharisees complain because Jesus has been mixing with sinners. Jesus justifies his actions in three parables: the parable of the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost son.

 

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PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL

 

INTROUCTION: Dear brothers and sisters, reminded in today’s Gospel that we all can lose our way in life, we now pray to God the Father that we may be open always to his care and love in our lives.

 

The response isLord graciously hear us.   

 

We pray for the leaders of the Church: that they may faithfully watch over the flock of Christ showing special care for the lost sheep. Lord, hear us; Lord graciously hear us.

 

We pray for her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on her passing: that God may grant her eternal rest. 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 vocations to the priesthood and religious life: that men and women may be inspired to dedicate their lives to the work of service in the Church and may respond generously to God’s call. Lord, hear us; Lord graciously hear us.

 

We pray for a renewed understanding of the Sacrament of Reconciliation: that we may be open to God’s gift of mercy and unbounded forgiveness. 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, your love for us surpasses all our hopes and desires; forgive our failings, keep us in your peace and lead us in the way of salvation. 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, Terry McDonnal, Martin McGuire, Helen Boyle, Peter Carton, David O’Hare, 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 – Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Irene Farrelly (Funeral on Wednesday 14th September) & Brian Tausley.

 

MONTHS MIND – Betty Callaghan

 

BIRTHDAY REMEMBRANCES – John Coyle, James Coyle, Danny Coyle & Manus Coyle.

 

Eternal Rest grant unto them, O Lord,

and let Perpetual Light shine upon them.

May they Rest in Peace. Amen.

 

CLERGY ANNIVERSARIES – SEPTEMBER

 

Rev. Michael Sweeney 03.09.1959

Rev. Samuel McIsaac 03.09.1960

Rev. Thomas McCann 05.09.1972

Rev. Dominic McGlynn 22.09.1972

Rev. Michael Dooley 14.09.1974

Rev. Peter Gorman 15.09.1986

Mgr. Thomas Canon Fehily 16.091987

Very Rev. Daniel B. Canon White 01.09.1990

Rev. Dr. John McQuade 22.09.1990

Rev. Gerry Mackle 06.09.1996

Rev. James Boyle 14.09.2005

Rev Robert Curley 15.09.2005

Rev. William White 18.09.2005

Rev. Francis F. Darroch 11.09.2009

Rev. Martin O’Grady 30.09.2009

Very Rev. James Canon Foley 23.09.2015

Canon John Healey 29.09.2019

 

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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vocation awareness week

 

National Vocations Awareness Week this year takes place from 11th – 18th September 2022. During this week we pray especially for those who are considering the possibility of a vocation to priesthood, permanent diaconate, religious or consecrated life - that they may follow in our Lord's footsteps and answer His call to serve His people in ministry.  We also remember those in formation who have answered the call as we pray for their perseverance and the gifts they need to minister effectively and graciously to Christ's people. The need for vocations has never been greater. Please make the effort to come to Mass during this week and increase your prayers that more young people may respond to the call of Christ.

 

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CALENDAR

 

On Monday we have the option of celebrating the Holy Name of MaryTuesday is the memorial of one of the great preachers of the ancient world, St. John Chrysostom (Golden Mouth). The most important feast of the week is that of the Triumph of the Cross on Wednesday. In this feast we honour the Holy Cross by which Christ redeemed the world. The discovery of the True Cross is dated to 14 September 320. On 13 September 335 the churches on Calvary were dedicated and the cross that St Helena discovered was venerated there the next day. The annual commemoration of that event has been celebrated since, in praise of the redemption won for us by Christ. Associated with this is the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows on Thursday. Since 1814 this has been a celebration of Our Lady’s sharing in Christ’s salvation through suffering. On Friday we recall one of the great Scottish Saints, Ninian of Galloway, a fifth-century missionary bishop who is regarded as the earliest evangelizer of Southern Scotland. 

 

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EUROPEAN DAY OF PRAYER FOR PEACE IN UKRAINE

 

 

A day of prayer for Ukraine will take place on 14th September 2022, as a mark of solidarity from the Roman Catholic Church in Europe.

 

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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 September. 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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THANK YOU

 

The Callaghan Family would like to express their thanks most sincerely to everyone for their Mass cards, prayers and many kindnesses received at the loss of their aunt, Mrs Betty Callaghan. Holy Mass will be offered for the intentions of all.

 

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SECOND COLLECTION FOR the ECCLESIASTICAL STUDENTS’ FUND NEXT WEEKEND

 

The annual second collection for the education of our future priests and permanent deacons will be taken up at all Masses for the next two weekends (17th/18th September 2022 & 24th/25th September 2022) beginning next weekend to help towards the costs of this essential need.

 

This year we have two students – Matthew O’Neill of St Mary’s and St Bernard’s Parish and Aidan Kelly of St Ninian’s and St Cuthbert’s - who have completed their Propaedeutic Period in the Royal Scots College, Salamanca, and will continue their formation in the Pontifical Scots College, Rome, from mid-September.

 

We wish them well and pray for them and our other three seminarians, Chris Furmage, Kieran Burt and Christopher Igwe. We do not have anybody beginning the Seminary Applicants Year or the 2023 Propaedeutic Period.

 

A box meant for the Ecclesiastical Students’ Fund Collection will be out at the back of the church for the next two weeks beginning next weekend. Please consider giving generously to the special collection.

 

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CHILDREN’S LITURGY

 

We began the Children’s Liturgy of the Word once again at 10am Mass (except school holidays) last Sunday. It was good to see a good number of children turning up for the Children’s Liturgy session. I hope the number of children attending will keep increasing in weeks and months to come. My thanks to the parents, guardians and carers for encouraging their children to participate in our children’s liturgy.

 

Our young ones are the future of our parish. Their participation in parish activities, such as the children’s liturgy, is an important step in their faith formation. Once again, it is my humble and hearty request to parents, guardians & carers that you bring your children to a Sunday Mass on a regular basis.

 

Thank you to Elizabeth Gray and Bernadette Shepard for leading the Children’s Liturgy last Sunday, and to Callum Gray for his help. Callum has applied for the Pope Benedict XVI Caritas Award.

 

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ALTAR SERVERS

 

My thanks also to the parents, guardians and carers who have offered their children for the service of the altar. I would like to encourage other children who made their First Holy Communion and others, if they would like to become altar servers, to speak to Barbara Morris, or me (Fr. Cirilo) after one of the weekend Masses.

 

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PREPARATION FOR THE SACRAMENTS

 

There will be a meeting of the parents, guardians & carers of St. Cadoc’s and St. Charles’ Schools children who are going to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Holy Communion & Confirmation. This meeting will take place in St Cadoc’s Church on Tuesday October 4th 2022: First Reconciliation (Confession) Meeting at 6pm, First Communion at 6.30pm & Confirmation at 7pm. I ask all these parents, guardians &carers to be at this meeting.

 

 

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MARY’S MEALS

 

A volunteer from Mary’s Meals Charity will speak after Holy Communion this weekend’s Masses, giving an update on their work providing school meals to children living in poverty amidst the current global hunger crisis. There will be no collection taken up, but if you want to support them in any way you are most welcome to do so in your individual capacity.

 

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PARISH HYMN BOOKS

 

The hymns books we have been using in our church for the last 20 years have passed their sell-by date and must be replaced soon as we are going to start using hymns book at Mass in weeks to come. We have decided to get 115 copies of the hymn book for the church which is going to cost the parish roughly £1000.00. This is an extraordinary expense for the parish and any contribution you would like to make to help reduce the cost would be gratefully accepted. Please note that these copies will be purely for the parish use only.

 

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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 please provide me with the relevant name, address and phone number. – Fr. Rodrigues

 

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ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE FOR BEATIFICATION OF VENERABLE MARGARET SINCLAIR

 

The Annual Pilgrimage for the Beatification of the Venerable Margaret Sinclair 2022 will take place on Sunday 18th September 2022 at St Patrick’s Church, Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1NA. It opens at 2pm and Holy Mass will be celebrated at 4.30pm. 

 

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GIFT-AID TAX RECLAIM SCHEME

 

Grateful thanks are extended to this group of parishioners for their commitment which generated much needed income for the parish at no extra cost to themselves, more especially when we are still experiencing a significant fall in income accelerated by the pandemic. Their practical support to the parish will provide much needed help and financial stability in the months to come.

 

The Gift Aid scheme can be utilised by parishioners who are taxpayers and contribute to the weekly collections. 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 and when completed can be returned to Jim Cunningham or Father 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. We are also very grateful to Mr. Jim Cunningham, our Gift-Aid organiser, for giving his time to deal with Gift-Aid envelopes.

 

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RIGHT TO LIFE UK: PRAYING FOR THE UNBORN

AND WOMEN FACING CRISIS PREGNANCIES

 

11th September 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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bunch of flowers, bouquet de fleurs

 

 

Holy mary, mother of god,

 st. Joseph,

st. Michael and holy angels,

ST. CADOC,

Pray for us