Mon, October 26, 2020



Bulletin - 25th October 2020

30th Sunday of the Year (A)


Celebration of Mass
St. James’
Sunday: 11.00am
Sunday: 7:15pm
Monday: 10:00am
Thursday: 10:00am
Saturday: 10:00am
Masses from St James will be streamed live
St. Columba’s
Saturday Vigil: 4:30pm
Sunday: 9:45am
Tuesday: 10am
Friday: 10am
Sacrament of Reconciliation
St. James’: Saturday after the 10am Mass
To attend Sunday Masses it is necessary to book in advance. It may not be possible to attend Mass without having booked a place. You may book online (or by calling 01418862022 on Tuesday between 6pm and 7pm). Please follow the instructions on the website to book a place at mass. Due to the numbers attending week day masses it is no longer necessary to book in advance. However, when you arrive at the Church your name and contact details will be requested.
We have the pleasure of welcoming: Freddie Mills who is to be baptised in St. Columba who on 24th October & Freya Rocks who is to be baptised in St James’ on 25th October
Please pray for Jack Reid whose funeral will be celebrated in St. James’ on Tuesday 27th October at 10am and afterwards at Arkleston Cemetery.
Peter Tierney, Denis Clancy, Denise Clancy, Angela (McGeown) Giles, Pat Semple, Stephen Morgan, Deacon Martin Doherty,  John Boyle, Frances Mackie, Wilma McManus, Carol McFarlane, Jean Murdoch, Anne Hughes, Leanna Biagi, Catherine Gallagher, Molly McGavigan, Dick Fullerton, Breda Strain, Abbie Mullan, Brenda Shearer
Recently Deceased: 
Jack Reid, Paddy McGuigan, Audrey Mackay
John Robertson, Samuel Milne, Una Robinson Maureen Lunney, Joe Shannon, Peter McKenna, Sarah McGonagle, Jimmy Donegan and Margaret Comerford whose anniversaries occur at this time.
Sixth Months Mind:
Peter Turley
Standing Orders:
If your income has not been affect by the Coronavirus and if you do not already have standing order for the parish please consider taking out one. The form is available on the parish website.  The sort code is 801844 and the account number is 00262573. Please only consider doing this if it will not cause or add to financial hardship at this time.
Thank you to those who have  submitted a standing order and those who have continued with existing standing orders.
I would like to thank everyone who has so far signed up for a Standing Order and also those who have put their offerings through the letter box at St Columba’s and St. James’. Your support is very much appreciated. Thank you
Respond to Scottish Government consultation to stop home abortions!
The Scottish Government is holding a consultation on whether to continue the practice of sending dangerous abortion pills to  women to undergo abortions at home. We need as many pro-life people as possible to complete the Scottish Government’s questionnaire in order to stop dangerous DIY abortions becoming permanent. SPUC has prepared a briefing which gives a step by step guide to completing the questionnaire. Please go to
Adult Education Talks
Following the results of our Diocesan Adult Formation Survey, a series of talks has been organised on Zoom on the 3rd Monday of every month from October 2020 to May 2021 at 6.30pm. The first talk is by Fr. John Eagers on 'Prayer' THIS Monday, 26th October, at 6:30pm - all welcome. Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Zoom Music Day
The Diocesan Liturgy Commission will host a Zoom music day on Saturday 7th November  at 11.00am- finishing at approx. 1.00pm or before. The group will look at learning some Mass parts to be used by cantors during these covid times, and for parish choirs to use once restrictions are lifted. Everyone is invited to join the meeting. Musicians, cantors and choirs are all welcome. Details of the zoom meeting will follow next week.
Annual St. Conval’s Cemetery Mass Sunday 1 November 2.00pm
Bishop John will celebrate the Annual Cemetery Mass as usual this year but according to the Government’s infection control guidelines which limit numbers to 200 for outside ceremonies, seating and socially distanced.  We would ask as many of those attending to endeavour to come in cars and remain in them for the duration of the Mass.  A small number of outside seating will be available.  Mass will be a ticked event and if you would like to book a place please go to our Eventbrite site. Please bring your ticket to the Mass.  Please note that the cemetery will be closed from 1.30 – 3.30 to allow for the cemetery mass to go ahead under the government restrictions. The mass will also be livestreamed and the link will follow on social media and websites in the next couple of days.
Tickets are free (Limited to 2 tickets per application)
Retreat day with Malcolm Guite, 3rd November O
On the feast day of Richard Hooker, poet-priest Malcolm Guite will engage us in a spiritual journey with the poetry of George Herbert.  The day will run from 10 am to 4 pm on Zoom with plenty of regular breaks from the screen for reflection. There will be the option of Prayer Book Evening Prayer at 4 pm.  Malcolm Guite published After Prayer, his poetic response to George Herbert’s poem Prayer in October 2019. Malcolm has a particular interest in the imagination as a truth-bearing faculty and continues to reflect deeply on how poetry can stimulate and re-awaken our prayer life.  The day is hosted by the Craighead Institute of Life and Faith, Glasgow in partnership with St Bride’s Episcopal Church, Hyndland, Glasgow.  The cost for the day is £10. To register:
St John Paul II and his passion for life and fascination with the mystery of God, of the world and of humankind was an extraordinary gift of God to the Church. Let us remember his faith: may it be an example to lives as witnesses today.
Prayer is the centre of life. If there is prayer, even a brother, a sister, becomes important. Those who adore God, love His children. Those who respect God, respect human beings. #GeneralAudience

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