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Newsletter 11th September 2016

The Parish of Our Lady of Lourdes and St Bernadette

323 Main Street Larbert FK5 4EU

Tel: 01324 553250   


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Parish Priest: Rev John McInnes BD

Our Lady of Lourdes and St Bernadette’s is a parish of the

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh, a charity registered in Scotland  number SC008540



Saturday 10th  
9.30am [ADC- Fr Peter Lennon]
Confessions 10-10.15am and 6-6.15pm 
6.30pm Vigil [ Mary McFall ]
Sunday 11th  : 24th  Yr C  
10.30am [Parish] 
Tuesday 13th Mem: St John Chrysostom 
7.30pm [ Janet McPeak]
Wednesday 14th Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross
9.30am [ Jim McKay]
Thursday 15th Mem: Our Lady of Sorrows 
9.30am [Stephen Ferguson]
Friday 16th Feast of St Ninian
9.30am [George Boyle]
Saturday 17th    
9.30am [ADC – Fr Colman McGrath] 
Confessions 10-10.15am and 6-6.15pm.
6.30pm Vigil Mass [ Parish]
Special retiring collection at week-end Masses over 17th/18th
Sunday 18th  : 25th  Yr.C  
10.30am [Christina McDonough]
Rosary before Tuesday evening Mass and after other week-day Masses.
Confessions: Saturday 10-10.15am and  6-6.15pm
Offertory  £666.05         MALAWI APPEAL £ 444.48  Thank you
Reception of Holy Communion at Mass  His Grace, Archbishop Cushley has judged this the appropriate time for us to reintroduce reception of the sacred host on the hand. The Church reminds us that when presenting ourselves for communion in the hand we must receive with due reverence, for example a bow of the head or gentle genuflection, then place the sacred host carefully on our tongue, make a sign of the Cross and turn to receive from the chalice or return to our seats.  No-one must casually walk away with the sacred host still in the hand or they will be gently but firmly asked to pause and consume before returning to their seat.
Prayerful good wishes to Adam Brodie Anderson and Coco Rose Anderson who were baptised during Mass last Sunday.
Church Care and Maintenance  Repainting of the Church roof interior will begin in the final week of September and should take around 8 days to complete.
St Bernadette's PS 200 club July winners: 1st prize £100 - 140 Maureen Moore 2nd prize £50 - 010 Vincenza Risk, Runner-up £25 - 061 Anne-Marie O'Connor
Runner-up £25 - 009 Elizabeth White. August winners: 1st prize £100 - 155 Richard Masterton, 2nd prize £50 - 009 Elizabeth White, Runner-up £25 - 106 Tony Bancewicz, Runner-up £25 - 004 Joe Hanlon.Thank you for your continued support. Lynne
THANK YOU to Cathy Carney for organising our Parish trip to Carfin last Sunday. We joined pilgrims from all over Scotland for Mass in honour of St Margaret and also to gave thanks to God for our newest Saint Teresa of Kolkata.  A wonderful afternoon rounded off with a splendid high tea at the Plough Hotel !
RCIA  For anyone interested in learning more about the Church or perhaps wishing to become a Catholic, then please speak to Fr John as soon as possible.  The new RCIA session has just started [Wednesdays 7.30-9pm St Mary of the Angels Church Hall ] but there’s still time to join !
Wednesday 21st  “Caring through Prayer “ an ecumenical initiative to encourage us to be better at listening in a prayerful context, enabling people to discover God’s help and healing at difficult times in their lives. 7pm Airth Church. See notice board for details.
Saturday 15th Our Parish Parish retreat this year will take place at Kinnoull Monastery in Perth on 15th October.  It is a whole day retreat leaving by bus from Larbert at 9.00am and returning 4.00 – 4.30pm. Fr Gerry Mulligan, a Redemptorist from Kinnoull, will lead us through the day. The list for our Kinnoull retreat  is now on the notice board at the back of the church. Taking part means taking time out for a day devoted to yourself to be spiritually renewed and refreshed. The cost is £10 which includes travel and lunch as well as coffee etc in between – a bargain!!   Please give it some thought.
Friday 21st 7-9.30pm St Francis Xavier’s Hall: 2nd CLUSTER Meeting  to carry out a detailed examination of joint resources and to look at how we can more effectively and generously share such resources in terms of people, plant [Church buildings and other property], celebrations and finances
GROWTH IN PRAYER AND REFLECTIVE LIVING facilitated by the Epiphany Group a support group rooted in Ignatian Spirituality. The course aims to help participants develop and deepen their experience of prayer and live more reflectively. Monthly meetings starting Wednesday 26th October at the Jesuit Centre in Edinburgh.  Fr John writes…..having been associated with the Epiphany Group and participated in their courses over the years, I highly recommend this one and urge all who are interested in developing their spiritual lives to consider applying for a place. Leaflets available at the back of the Church.
Did you see the TV series THE CHOIR ?  Have you always wanted to sing in a choir but never had the chance or perhaps the courage ?  Well the GRANGEMOUTH CHORAL SOCIETY might just be for you !  This friendly,happy choir are looking for new singers to join them and meet on Tuesdays at 7.30pm in Talbot House. Contact Douglas Semple for details. 01324482678

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