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Sat, September 18, 2021

Bulletin

Parish of St Martin of Tours

 

331 Main Street, Renton.

G82 4PZ

22nd Sunday of the Year - B

29th August 2021

Parish Priest: Fr Anthony Ejikeme
 
 
 
Sunday 29th August
Mass: 10.00am & 5.00pm
 
Monday 30th August
Rosary: 9.15am (Intention: For all persecuted Christians)
Rosary Mysteries: Light
Mass: 9.30am
 
Tuesday 31st August
Rosary: 9.15am (Intention: For unborn children)
 Mysteries: Glorious
Mass: 9.30am
 
Wednesday 1st September
Devotion: 9.15am
Mass: 9.30am
World day of Prayer for Creation
 
Thursday 2nd September
Mass: 9.30am
 
Friday 3rd September
No Rosary
Mass: 9.30am
(First Friday Mass with schoolchildren)
St Gregory the Great—Memorial
 
Saturday 4th September
Confessions: 4.30—4.55pm
Vigil Mass of 23rd Sunday of the Year: 5.00pm
 
Parish Finance
Last weekend’s income was:
Offertory Collection: £327.00 & 2nd Collection: £82.00. Many thanks to our parishioners for your continuous financial help to the parish. Highly appreciated.
 
Hall Group
Meeting of the Group on Thursday 2nd September 2021 at 6.30pm, in the hall.
 
Parish Golden Jubilee
We recall that the Golden Jubilee of our parish was due since December 2020, but could not be celebrated because of Covid-19 pandemic. Now that restrictions of lockdown are gradually being lifted, a Committee will soon be constituted for this purpose. Details in coming days and weeks.
 
Inauguration of Parish Pastoral Council
Parish Pastoral Council of the Parish, which was reconstituted last year but was not inaugurated due to Covid-19 restrictions, will be inaugurated on Thursday September 16th 2021 at 6.30pm in the parish hall. The following are therefore invited to the aforementioned inaugural meeting:  George Rainey, Frances Devine, Michael Ryan, Rosie Caldwell, Molly Brown, Jean Conway, Mark Watson, Catherine Mary Hainey, John Rainey, and Jennifer Gorman.
 
Parking on the Main Street
It has been brought to my notice of the serious danger posed by some of our parishioners parking their cars directly outside the church house on the main street while attending Mass. There is no doubt that this poses serious risk to some people trying to exit unto the main street after Mass because they cannot get a clear view of oncoming vehicle from Dumbarton end of the road. Is it possible brethren, to use the well-marked out cark park here inside the parish compound, or use the opposite side of that road, or even park further downhill. A stitch in time, they say, saves nine!
 
Parish Organist
Our parish urgently needs a volunteer organist who could help us with music on Sundays. If you want to help or know somebody who can be of help, please contact the Parish Priest on: 01389 788850
 
R.I.P.
Our parish community once again extend our sympathy and the support of our prayers to the family members and friends of Rose Scullion (Back Street) whose funeral and committal took place last Wednesday 25th August. May she rest in peace. Amen
 
COVID-19 General Update
 
Updated guidance from the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland.
 
Ventilation
  • Open doors and windows (if you have opening windows) before, during, and after Mass.
  • Ventilation is just as important in bad weather—please keep the church or hall ventilated and encourage people to dress appropriately.
Cleaning
  • Cleaning is still very important even if we can sometimes look at other safer ways of cleaning. To this end we are now investing in fog machine to minimise the stress on stewards and passkeepers. Common touch points should be cleaned daily (such as door handles and bannisters). We all look forwards to the day when we can stop cleaning of pews, etc.
Standard Precautions
  • As always, we should keep wearing face coverings (which is a legal obligation in church anyway), unless exempt and keep sanitising hands.
Track and trace
  • This has to continue.
Liturgical Questions
  • Holy water stoups should still not be used.
  • Collections by going round with basket can be restored, but online or contactless giving should still be encouraged.
  • The sign of peace should still not be shared by shaking hands.
  • Holy Communion can be distributed at the normal time during Mas and in the normal way (albeit still only under one kind…)
  • Votive candles may be used carefully. People should use lighters or tappers rather than holding one candle over another. Because of the fire risk of inflammable hand gel, we have provided lighters for use in all the places.
  • Enclosed confessionals should still not be used…
Introduction to the Readings: 22nd Sunday of the Year
 
First reading: Deuteronomy 4:1-2,6-8
Did you ever feel gratitude for guidance given or for a presence in your life? That’s exactly how the Jews felt and still feel today about the gift of God’s word and God’s presence.
 
Psalm 34 (33) is now used for the third Sunday in a row as the response to the reading. It is especially appropriate because of John 6
 
Second reading: James 1:17-18,21-22,27
For the Sundays till the end of September, the second reading will be from the letter of James. This is a collection of popular moral teachings, similar in style to the Sermon on the Mount. The faith is explained in a simple, down-to-earth way.
 
Gospel: Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
Having read from John’s Gospel for the last few Sundays, we resume the continuous reading of the Gospel of Mark today. Jesus reminds the religious leaders that what’s on the inside of people is more important than externals.
 

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Please pray for:
… the sick and Housebound of our parish
 
Recently Dead
Rose Scullion
 
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