Mon, January 25, 2021

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Bulletin - 24th January 2021

3rd Sunday of the Year (B)

Due to the present Lock down there will not be any public Masses in St. Columba’s or St. James’ in accordance with Government guidelines                                                                
Live Streaming of Mass
Vigil: 4.30pm & 11am
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 10am.
daily catholic Holy Mass live online church broadcast  is a link that lists masses celebrated throughout the world.
Please remember in your prayers Kevin McMenamin whose funeral will be celebrated in St. James’ on Tuesday 26th January.
Please remember in your prayers Robert Connelly Gordon whose funeral will be celebrated at Woodside Crematorium on Friday 5th February in the afternoon.
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, Breda Strain, Abbie Mullan, Brenda Shearer, Joan Kelly, Carol Ann Johnston, Francis Doherty, Josephine McCusker, Jim Malley
Recently Deceased:
Archbishop Philip Tartaglia,  Bishop Vincent Logan, Canon Brendan Healy, Robert Gordon, Kevin McMenamin, Cahal Murray
Agnes McEachen, Frances McKinnan, Julie McDade, Elizabeth Connelly, Mary Livingstone,
Sheila Boyle, Alex & Catherine Dougans, Margaret & Peter O’Donnell, Sr. Denise Lynch
6th Months Mind:
Linda Bisland
Diocesan News and Events
Online Marriage Counselling available during Covid 19 Crisis
Our diocese has a Counselling Service for Catholics Married in the Catholic Church with our dedicated Catholic Marriage Counsellor. For information or advice please email in confidence
Beware Protect Scotland App Scams
If you are contacted by NHS (test and protect) it will be by phone on a single national telephone number 0800 030 8012.  Scammers are contacting the public advising them that they have been in near contact with someone who has tested positive with Coronavirus and must get a test and self- isolate.  They then ask for payments for various services.  If the call is not from the above number please ignore it.
Postponement of Diocesan Lourdes and Youth to Lourdes Pilgrimages to 2022
Unfortunately due to present circumstances and the uncertainty facing us all over the next few months, it is with deep regret that we must inform you that the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes and Youth to Lourdes has now been postponed to June-July 2022. We are fully aware that the shrine of Lourdes means so much to so many in our Diocese and understand and how disappointing this news will be. However we know that we will all work together and look forward to being welcomed back in 2022. If you already have a place on the Pilgrimage carried over from this year on Joe Walsh tours, their representatives will be contacting you in writing in the New Year to confirm our decision to reschedule and to explain how your booking can be carried forward.
Urgent - Act now to stop ‘DIY’ abortion services being made permanent in Scotland
The Scottish Government is currently deciding on whether to make the temporary measure allowing ‘DIY’ home abortions in Scotland permanent. Since home abortions were temporarily allowed, a number of significant problems have put the lives and health of many women in danger.
It is vital that as many people as possible contact their MSPs to ask them to write to the First Minister and other relevant ministers laying out the serious dangers with ‘DIY’ home abortions, and ask them to ensure that the temporary order allowing ‘DIY’ home abortion is revoked as soon as possible and not made permanent.
Right To Life UK have set up an easy-to-use tool which makes it simple to contact your MSPs in less than one minute. This tool can be accessed by visiting the link below:
Edinburgh Jesuit Centre – ‘Light in the Darkness’
On the Feast of Candlemas, the Iona’s community John Bell explores ways of coping with the COVID crisis. Tuesday 2nd February, 7.30pm on Zoom. John Bell is a Church of Scotland Minister of the Iona Community and an occasional broadcaster on BBC Radio 4 ‘Thought for the Day’ programme. Join us on Zoom on the following link or join us on Facebook where we will be streaming live.   Meeting ID: 236 509 2814.  To join Facebook live, search for ‘Edinburgh Jesuit Centre’ on Facebook.  For more information contact
The world’s faith depends on #ChristianUnity; in fact, the Lord asked that we be one “so the world might believe” (Jn 17:21). The world will not believe because of our convincing arguments, but because we have borne witness to that love that unites us and draws us near. #Prayer
After the Last Supper, Jesus prayed for His own, “that they may all be one” (Jn 17:21). This means that we are not able to achieve unity with our own strength. Above all, unity is a gift, it is a grace to be requested through #prayer. #ChristianUnity
Jesus invites us to abide in Him so as to bear much fruit (see Jn 15:5-9). Abiding in the Lord means finding the courage to step outside of ourselves to take care of others' needs and give a Christian witness in the world. #Prayer #UnityOfChristians

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