CHRISTMAS – Father Francis hopes everyone has a happy and holy Christmas and wants to wish everyone a very good New Year.
SUNDAY CAFÉ There will be no Sunday Café today. The numbers attending the café have been very low with as little as seven people and taking this into account it has been decided to consider cancelling but we welcome other people’s thoughts regarding this.
FATHER FRANCIS – Is off on his holidayas from today 26th December 2021 and all masses will be covered by the Comboni Fathers based in Carmyle. There is a list on the board at the back of the church with details of which priest will be covering the masses together with a contact telephone number. Please note that Father Clark does not drive and if anyone can help pick him up and drop him back on the days he will be covering please let Margaret McElroy know so she can co-ordinate this. We wish Father Francis a happy holiday
The Scottish Catholic Media Office has issued the following statement: –
“At the beginning of Advent the Bishops of Scotland looked forward to welcoming the faithful back to Holy Mass and anticipated that the restoration of the Sunday Obligation might be possible as we begin the New Year. Sadly, there has been a serious worsening of the situation and the restoration of the obligation will be postponed until a more favourable time. For us Sunday is always a Holy Day and we invite those who are unable to be with us in person to continue to join with us in prayer and spiritual communion either by personal or family prayers or by online celebrations of Mass.
We ask everyone to continue to pray for a speedy end to the Pandemic and for the good health of you and your loved ones in 2022. We also pray for all those who passed during 2021 and those who grieve. May Our Lady Health of the Sick pray for us and may Saints Andrew and Margaret protect us.”
SOCIAL DISTANCING – Due to the rise in Covid cases the church will once again introduce social distancing and only every other pew will be in use.
Stewards will show the parishioners to a suitable seat and will lead everyone out for communion. Please try to maintain one metre distancing whilst entering and leaving the church.
COLLECTIONS – 19 December 2021 – Gift aid £150.00, Collection £110.00, Votives £46.50, Stall £13.50, Quarterly £20.00, Pastoral Care Boxes £7.00, St Anthony £8.00, Holy Souls £41.50