First Sunday of Lent: 6 March 2022
Services this week:
- Sunday: Mass at 10am
First Sunday of Lent
- Monday: Mass at 10am
Monday of the First Week of Lent
- Monday: Lenten Service at 7pm
Stations of the Cross followed by Holy Communion Service
- Friday: Mass at 10am
Friday of the First Week of Lent
- Saturday: Mass at 10am
Saturday of the First Week of Lent
- Saturday: Vigil Mass at 6pm
Vigil Mass for the Second Sunday of Lent
- Sunday: Mass at 10am
Second Sunday of Lent
- Confessions: available on request from Fr Forrest
In your charity, please remember in your prayers all those who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, all who are sick or housebound and all who have died recently. Also, please remember Mary Clelland, Margaret Maguire, Linda Kilgallon, Catherine Orr and Agnes Carlin whose anniversaries occur about this time.
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.
COLLECTION: The Offertory Collections last weekend amounted to £349.60 - grateful thanks to all donors.
LENTEN SERVICE: There will be a Lenten Services each Monday at 7pm consisting of Stations of the Cross and a Holy Communion Service. The only exception is the week beginning Monday 21st March, when the service will be the Tuesday evening at 7pm. All are very welcome to attend.
ST PATRICK'S NIGHT: There will be a St Patrick's celebration in St Francis Xavier's Church Hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday 16 March 2022. The cost for the meal is £12.50 and transport can be provided. Bring your own refreshments! If you are interested then please phone Julia on 07787 778661.
ONLINE RETREAT: The Ignatian Spirituality Centre in Glasgow is hosting an online retreat in Lent. Each day features an episode from the life of St ignatius, music, art, a reading from Scripture and a reflection. Details at https://iscglasgow.co.uk/lent22.html
PRAYING FOR OUR SICK AND HOUSEBOUND PARISHIONERS: We would like to return to praying weekly for our sick and housebound parishioners at Sunday Masses, and including such prayer requests in our weekly newsletter. To add someone's name to the list, please email email@example.com or speak to any passkeeper. Please get agreement from the person concerned, and don't forget to let us know if they no longer should be on the list.
40 HOURS' DEVOTION: The Archdiocese has asked that 40 Hours of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is offered in every parish. We will host this Devotion from Sunday 20'n March, and the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed throughout the day on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Please consider spending time in prayer during these days and sign up in the hall if you can commit to specific times. We will need to know that people will be in the church if it is to be possible to have the church open for the three days concerned.
A PRAYER FOR PEACE IN UKRAINE: O Loving God, your Son, Jesus Christ, came into the world to do your Will and leave us His Peace. Through the intercession and example of our Blessed Mother Mary, Queen of Peace, grant us the wisdom and humility to reflect that peace to the world. Inspire our thoughts, words and deeds to bear witness to your presence in our hearts. May your Holy Spirit fill us with every grace and blessing so that we may pursue what leads to peace for all humanity. Amen.
SCIAF UKRAINE APPEAL: Many people are looking for ways to support those in Ukraine suffering because of the war. Fr Basil Clark, VE for Caritas, Justice & Peace, has highlighted that SCIAF has launched an emergency appeal. If your parish wants to make a donation, please visit https://www.sciaf.org.uk/get-involved/appeals/741-ukraine-appeal. To follow the Catholic Church’s work in helping those in Ukraine see https://www.caritas.org/what-we-do/conflicts-and-disasters/crisis-in-ukraine/
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARENTS: If your children are to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, First Holy Communion or Confirmation this year please read carefully. We will be holding parental information evenings jointly with St Mary’s RC Primary School, and these will take place online. The link to join these meetings will be sent by the school, however if you don’t receive it or if your children don’t attend St Mary’s then please email firstname.lastname@example.org for the relevant link. These meetings will take place on:
Tuesday 8th March at 7pm for parents of children receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation
Tuesday 15th March at 7pm for parents of children receiving their First Holy Communion
Please also note that the Rite of Illumination will take place at 10am Mass on Sunday 13th March. All P3 children who will receive the Sacrament of First Reconciliation should be in attendance.