fIFth sunday of EASTER (B)








First Reading – (Acts 9: 26-31) – This tells how Barnabas introduced the converted Paul to the Christians living in Jerusalem. They accepted him but the Jews tried to kill him.


Responsorial Psalm – You, Lord, are my praise in the great assembly.


Second Reading – (1 John 3: 18-24) If we wish to live as God wants, we must keep his commandments, especially the commandment to love one another.


Gospel Reading(John 15:1-8) Jesus uses the image of a vine and its branches to illustrate the closeness of the ties that exist between him and his disciples.


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INTROUCTION: Dear brothers and sisters, Jesus wanted his disciples to be united to him and to one another like a vine and its branches. As we continue this Easter season let us pray to God the Father, through Christ, the true vine, for our own needs and those of the Church and the world.


The response isLord graciously hear us.   


We pray for the Church: that our faith may deepen, our hope be strengthened, and our love abound as we draw our life from Christ. Lord, hear us; Lord graciously hear us.


We continue to pray for all in the Church who are engaged in the ministry of sharing faith in journalism, television, internet and radio: 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 who are sitting or preparing for examsthat they may have the reward of their study and preparation. 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 all the sick of our families and our parish, those in hospital, in hospice or nursing home and those for whom we are asked to pray: that God may give them strength and fortitude, 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, you graft us onto Christ, the true vine, and, with tireless care, you nurture our growth in knowledge and reverence. Tend the vineyard of your Church, that in Christ each branch may bring forth to the glory of your name abundant fruits of faith and love. We make this prayer and all our prayers through Christ our Lord. Amen.


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SICK – John Clelland, Rose Gallagher, John Hegarty, Robert Kielty, Thérèse McKeand, Mary McCafferty, Edward McCafferty, Stuart Mason, Martin McGuire, 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 – Andrew Harkin (Requiem Mass, Friday 3rd May 2024 at 10am), Christine McHenry (Sister of Joe McHenry), Fr. John Desmond Broderick, Fr. John Chalmers, Edward Tuthill, Shannon Sibley, Stephen Peter Revill, Mary Philomena Dodds & Grace McKenzie.


ANNIVERSARY – Catherine (Kitty) Innes.


Eternal Rest grant unto them, O Lord,

and let Perpetual Light shine upon them.

May they Rest in Peace. Amen.




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 Devaney                  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

 Canon Michael Walsh                        28/04/2022

Rev Damien Gilhooley                            10/04/2023

Rev George Donaldson                           29/04/2023


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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On Monday we celebrate St. Catherine of Siena, the 14th century Dominican tertiary who through her deep personal holiness and her dictated writings and letters wielded great influence for good, and after her canonisation was made a Patron of Italy and Doctor of the Church. Tuesday is the memorial of Pope Saint Pius V, who was canonised for his personal saintliness and is known for his encouragement of early and frequent Communion. On Tuesday we honour Saint Joseph the Worker, the Mayday feast founded by Pius XII at the height of the Communist menace, to highlight the importance and dignity of human labour. Thursday is the Memorial of St Athanasius, 4th Century Bishop of Alexandria, who was exiled five times from his see because of his defence of Christ’s divinity against the powerful Arian heresy. He wrote brilliantly, both in defence of doctrine and on spiritual matters. The Apostles Philip and James have their feast on Friday. Philip was born at Bethsaida; he was a disciple of John the Baptist, who followed the call of Christ. James is James ‘the Less’, son of Alphaeus and generally identified with the leader of the Jerusalem Christians, ‘brother of the Lord’, martyred by Herod. 


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Congratulations to those 17 young people from St. Cadoc’s & 10 young people from St Charles’ Primary Schools upon making their First Holy Communion yesterday (Saturday). The day was beautiful and the celebration was an uplifting, spiritual and memorable event. My thanks to the teachers, parent, guardians & carers, grandparents and all those who supported our children as they prepared them for their special day. We continue to pray for our First Communicants that Jesus will always have a special place in their lives.


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This will be the last weekend if you would like to contribute to the annual collection to help support the Church’s efforts to spread the Word of God by every modern means of Communications.


The theme for this year's World Day of Social Communications, chosen by Pope Francis, is 'Artificial Intelligence and the Wisdom of the Heart: Towards a Fully Human Communication'. In his message for the 58th World Day of Social Communications, Pope Francis urges humanity to cultivate wisdom of the heart in the age of artificial intelligence.


Artificial Intelligence is “radically affecting the world of information and communication, and through it, certain foundations of life in society,” says the Pope in his Communications Day message, adding that “these changes affect everyone.” So, the Pope asks, “how can we remain fully human and guide this cultural transformation to serve a good purpose?”


In answering this question, the Holy Father notes that “at this time in history, which risks becoming rich in technology and poor in humanity, our reflections must begin with the human heart. Only by adopting a spiritual way of viewing reality, only by recovering a wisdom of the heart, can we confront and interpret the newness of our time and rediscover the path to a fully human communication. He recalls that, in the Bible, the heart is seen as the place of freedom and decision-making, "symbolising integrity and unity, while also engaging our emotions, desires, and dreams."


In a nutshell, in his message for the 58th World Day of Social Communications, Pope Francis urges humanity to cultivate wisdom of the heart in the age of artificial intelligence.


A box intended to help support the Apostolate of Communications is situated at the back of the church. Thank you very much in anticipation for your kind generosity in supporting this vital work.


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weekday mass


Please note the changes in our weekday Masses.  There will a weekday Mass at 10am from Tuesday to Friday. This arrangement will be in place until Friday 24th May 2024. No Daily Mass on Monday or Saturday mornings during this period.


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Next Sunday (5th May 2024), 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 November. 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 next weekend. 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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On Sunday 9th June 2024, Bishop Joseph Toal, who will be the main celebrant at 9.30am Mass (Mass brought forward by half hour to give sufficient time for the celebration), will be presenting the Bene Merenti Medal to Nancy Welsh, Anne Moran, Irene Savage, Barbara Morris, John Joseph Clark and Joe McHenry towards the end of Mass.


The Bene Merenti Medal is a well-deserved honour given to people who voluntary give their time in the service of the Catholic Church. Nancy Welsh, Anne Moran, Irene Savage, Barbara Morris, John Joseph Clark and Joe McHenry deserve to be honoured by the award as they have supported the Church for most of their lives, not only at Parish level but also at Diocesan level and the Universal Church. We offer our sincere congratulations to them as we acknowledge their many dedicated years of service to the parish of St. Cadoc’s and to the Church. We implore God’s blessings upon them and their families. Please put the date in your diary and join us in for Mass that day as a mark of gratitude to them on behalf of St. Cadoc’s Parish community.


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Will you join us? – is the last line of the Wellspring Vision. The success of Wellspring will depend on the generous response of each one of us and our prayer that God will bless our efforts.


Every parish will respond in a different way, guided by the Spirit, to promote the vision of Church that is inclusive and outward looking, renewing our missions to foster deeper faith and witness and renewing our parishes as thriving communities.  


The Parish needs your help to respond. What can you contribute? Can you help develop this vision of Church? The Wellspring Vision for the Diocese invites you to ‘Imagine a church…’ you are invited make that vision a reality.


The Wellspring Project Meeting, which was scheduled for Tuesday 16th April, has now been re-scheduled for Monday 3rd June 2024 at 6pm in St. Cadoc’s Church, Halfway. Speaker at the meeting will be Mr. Adrian Harkin, the co-ordinator of the Wellspring Project. Adrian is also involved in the Finance and Fabric and Planning Committees of the Diocese of Motherwell.


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Any man who is considering a vocation to the Priesthood or the Permanent Diaconate in the Diocese of Motherwell should make himself known in the first instance to his Parish Priest. His contact details will then be forwarded to the Diocesan Vocations Director, Fr Charles O’Farrell, for those considering Priesthood, or to Deacon Bill McMillan, for those considering the Diaconate.


If anyone wishes to receive information or encouragement about discerning their vocation, contact can be made with Fr O’Farrell at, or Deacon McMillan at


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Thanks to all who have returned their SCIAF wee boxes. The total contributed in this way to SCIAF amounted to £550.26 so far. If you have not returned the SCIAF box, can I encourage you to please return it to the sacristy/house as soon as possible, or you may send them directly to the SCIAF.  


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We will resume the Children’s Liturgy sessions on Sunday 5th May 2024 at 10am Mass after their Easter break and we finish the Liturgy for summer on Sunday 2nd June 2024 with a tea party after 10am Mass in the church house..


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Thank you to all those who have collected their new gift-aid envelopes for the 2024 - 2025 tax year, which commenced last Sunday (7th April 2024). May I ask those who haven’t done so to collect them from the stall please.


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, our parish gift-aid organiser, or Father Cirilo. We are grateful to Jim Cunningham, our Gift-Aid organiser, for giving his time to deal with Gift-Aid envelopes.


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parking in the streets

surrounding the church


Unfortunately, parishioners of St. Cadocs’ who drive to church are in a situation where there is no private parking within the church grounds. The streets surrounding the church   therefore invariably become congested with parked cars especially at weekend Mass times. Whilst acknowledging the limitations of parking in relation to the church, I would ask those drivers attending services to consider the needs of local residents to have unimpeded access to their properties when choosing where to responsibly park. You can also use our car park which is situated behind the church. It can accommodate 6 cars.



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right to life uk: praying for the unborn

& women facing crisis pregnancies


April 28th 2024 – “Yesterday was the 56th anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act coming into effect. As we hope and pray for an end to abortion, we pray especially for our Government. That their ability to support pregnant women would increase and that they would anchor themselves on the desire to protect all human life.”

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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.


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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.






bunch of flowers, bouquet de fleurs



Holy mary, mother of god,

 st. Joseph,

st. Michael and holy angels,


Pray for us