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Parish of St Martin of Tours

 

331 Main Street, Renton.

G82 4PZ

27th Sunday of the Year (A)

4th October 2020

Parish Priest: Fr Anthony Ejikeme
 
 
Sunday 4th October   
Mass: 10.00am & 5.00pm
 
Monday 5th October   
 Mass: 9.30am
 
Tuesday 6th October   
Mass: 9.30am
 
Wednesday 7th October     
Mass: 9.30am
Our Lady of the Rosary—Memorial
[Today’s celebration urges us all to meditate on the mysteries of the Christ, following the example of the Blessed Virgin Mary who was in special manner associated with the incarnation, passion and glorious resurrection of the Son of God]
 
Thursday 8th October     
Mass: 9.30am
 
Friday 9th October   
Mass: 9.30am
 
Saturday 10th October    
First Communion catechesis session: 10.30—12.00
(Vigil Mass of 27th Sunday of the Year:  5.00pm)
 
 
Parish Finance
Last weekend’s income was: Offertory Collection: £253.00; 2nd Collection£106.00 (B/F). Many thanks to all parishioners for your continuous financial help to the parish and to the Archdiocese. Most appreciated.  
 
COVID-19 General Update & Reminder 
As you will be aware the virus situation is getting more difficult across the country but particularly in Glasgow. Thankfully none of the recent changes to the restrictions have affected our ability to gather for Mass and other communal acts of worship, but the rising number of cases are a reminder to us of the need to reinforce our vigilance and our fulfilment of all the requirements previously sent out.
  • Visiting the Sick
 The Government have sent an email to religious organisations making clear that nothing in recent restrictions prevents us from visiting the sick, etc., as long as we follow all the usual precautions when doing so (masks, sanitiser, social distancing).
  • Doors & Windows
As the weather has now taken a turn for the worse some parishes have asked about whether doors need to be left open. The doors are open for two reasons – firstly to stop people having to touch the door handles and secondly to provide ventilation. We should try and do these as far as we can, but equally we cannot expect people to sit in freezing cold churches if that could be avoided.
  • You can close the doors as long as the hand sanitiser if located after the closed door, so that if the congregation do have to touch the door handle they will then immediately sanitise their hands.
  • Most churches will have multiple layers of doors – e.g. a door into the porch and a door from the porch into the church – you could leave one set open and one set closed.
  • You should clean the door handles with the disinfectant on a regular basis.
  • Even if you prefer to leave the doors open before and after Mass, you can close them during Mass.
These steps are only possible if the church otherwise has good ventilation. In some churches it will be unavoidable to leave doors/windows open during Mass if that is the only way to ensure good ventilation.
  • Stalls
 With Christmas approaching some parishes have asked about stalls, Christmas fairs, etc. It is permissible to have retail functions in churches/halls, as long as they comply with the Government’s Guidance
  • Weight Watchers, etc.
The Government have clarified that weight management groups should not meet at present, so we should not be having such meetings in our halls.
 
  • Bishops’ Advisers important message
“it is also important to point out that we are at a fragile point in the fight against coronavirus. The rate of infections and, sadly, the number of deaths, is on the rise. It is important that we all persevere in our efforts to reduce transmission of the disease and make sure that we stick rigidly to the infection control procedures in place and don’t take unnecessary risks”
 
First Holy Communion
First Communion final session will takes place on 10th October from 10.30-12.00. There will be no parent session this year due to the restrictions in place. The children will receive their First Communion over 2 Wednesdays, 21st and 28th October at 6pm. These Masses will be reserved just for the children, their families and school staff. Any stewards who are available to help will be very welcome as the contact details will need to be taken, seating managed and the usual cleaning afterwards. The parish of St Martin's continues to pray for our young people as they take this next important step on their faith journey.  
 
The Sacrament of Confirmation in the time of the Covid-19 Pandemic
Due to the lockdown of last spring, some liturgies of Confirmation were cancelled. The Archbishop Tartaglia has offered parish priests the sacred duty of conferring the Sacrament of Confirmation as his delegate. In view of this, could all the parents of former P7 pupils (now in High School) of St Martin’s Primary, who want their children to be confirmed please get in contact with Fr Anthony between 4th and 11th October 2020. Both the parish email and Tel.,  number are shown in this bulletin.
 
Introductions to the Sunday Readings
 
First reading Isaiah 5:1-7
If you have ever seen a vineyard, you know just how beautiful a plant the vine is. Our reading today—the song of vineyard—using the metaphor of the vine to speak of God’s love and, crucially, of God’s expectations of us all.
Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 80 (79) is a heartfelt prayer, again reflection the creation of a vineyard and the witness to its destruction. The response keeps the listeners on track: The vineyard of the Lord is the house of Israel.
 
Second reading Philippians 4:6-9
How should we live? What should we hope for? With the wisdom and tranquillity of experience, Paul, by now an older man, offers us a pen picture of discipleship.
 
Gospel Matthew 21:33-43
Like many parables, the story of the vineyard is meant to be disturbing and uncomfortable It speaks to faithful people whose very fidelity makes them unable to see the new things God is doing; It is a story of opportunity for life presented and rejected; a cautionary tale about the destructive effects of greed – doing violence to the rights of others and eventually destroying the greedy themselves.
 
R.I.P
Our parish community once again extend our sympathy and the support of our prayers to the family and friends of Maureen Follan (Cordale Avenue, Renton) whose committal will took place this past Friday 2nd October. May her soul and the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.
 
Please pray for:
… the sick and Housebound of our parish
 
Recently Dead
Maureen Follan
 
Anniversary
Anna Williams          Peter and Eleanor Flynn

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