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Newsletter 12th February 2017

The Parish of Our Lady of Lourdes and St Bernadette

323 Main Street Larbert FK5 4EU

Tel: 01324 553250   

e-mail: stbernadettelarbert@aol.co.uk

Web-site  http://www.stbernadette.rcstanded.org.uk/  ‘Like’ us on FACEBOOK

Parish Priest: Rev John McInnes BD

The St Vincent De Paul Society emergency contact number is 07572920777

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

 
 
MASSES + CONFESSIONS + DEVOTIONS
 
 
Saturday 11th Mem: Our Lady of Lourdes
9.30am [Frances Boyd]. The Sacrament of the Sick will be administered to anyone in poor health, awaiting hospital treatment or convalescing after surgery. 
Confessions 10-10.15am and 6-6.15pm.
6.30pm Vigil Mass [Parish]
 
Retiring collection after Vigil and Sunday morning Masses
over 11th / 12th  for the Apostolate of Catholic Education
 
Sunday 12th : 6th Yr. A
10.30am [ John Casey ] 
 
Tuesday 14th : Feast of Ss Cyril & Methodius  
7.30pm [ John Casey ]
 
Wednesday 15th   
9.30am [John Casey] 
 
Thursday 16th  
9.30am [Paul + Sadie Cusak: 60th Wedding ]    
 
Friday 17th  
9.30am [ William Mochan ]
 
Saturday 18th   
9.30am [Oliver Porter]
Confessions 10-10.15am + 6-6.15pm. 
6.30pm Vigil Mass  [ Parish ]
 
Sunday 19th :7th Yr.A
10.30am [ Pat McGlynn]  
 
Rosary before Tuesday evening Mass and after other week-day Masses.
 
OFFERTORY    £ 787.25  Thank you.
 
PARISH FINANCES
The Church’s Financial Year runs from January to December when a formal return has to be made on all income and expenditure.  I am delighted to say that this Schedule of Finance has been prepared and forwarded to our Archdiocesan Offices in record time this year! So, on behalf of the Parish I once again extend our sincere thanks to John McGaffney, our Parish Accountant and to Mike Kelly his deputy for their hard work in managing our finances week by week and for compling the return and to our cheerful and dedicated Counting Teams who give so much of their time and skill in counting and recording Sunday collections throughout the year and of course to everyone for your generous contributions to the upkeep of the Church and the ready support you offer to the many special collections and other financial demands made of us. John has prepared a Summary of Income and Expenditure – copies available by the Notice Board.
 
CHURCH MAINTENANCE AND UPGRADING
As you know, we are undertaking a rolling programme of Church repairs, maintenance and upgrading of facilities. We have renewed the sound system; repainted the Church ceiling in a more suitable colour, replaced the worn out tiles and patch-work carpeting  with a fine new carpet and are in the process of improving Church lighting and considering replacement of the votive candle stand with a newer safer model.
It was also decided to replace the stylised figure of a dove in the round window above the Tabernacle with a representation of our Parish Patrons, Our Lady of Lourdes and St Bernadette in anticipation of the 160th anniversary of the Apparitions next year. Brendan Berry, a well-known artist who has produced pieces of sacred art-work for Churches across Scotland, offered to design and make this for us and the picture on the Notice Board gives an impression of what the final work will look like. 
Thank you to everyone who helped in uplifting of floor tiles, moving of furniture in preparation for the laying down of the new carpet; in the re-siting of the Altar, Tabernacle, Organ, associated furnishings and in the cleaning and tidying follow up.
 
MARCH
 
Friday 3rd      St Bernadette's PS Race Night
will be held in the school on Friday 3 March.  Please save the date and more details will follow. In the meantime we are looking for local businesses to sponsor the races for £25 each, in return for some advertising.  If you, or someone you know, would be interested please contact stbernadettesparentcouncil@gmail.com
 
Wednesday 8th   
Maureen Smith is setting up a WORD OF LIFE  group [part of the FOCOLARE movement] in the Parish, which is open to all who would like to grow in their commitment to Christ through shared reflection on scripture, prayer and spiritual reading. The next meeting will be in Church at 4pm on Wednesday 8th March.  Please speak to Maureen for more details
 
Wednesday 8th + Thursday 9th   
10.30am : Our P3 stage children will celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time.  Surnames A-H on 8th Surnames G-Z on 9th.
 
SAFEGUARDING  
Thursday March 16th is one of the regular updating and refresher days for volunteers  at St Francis Xavier’s Falkirk. Time to be confirmed.  All parish volunteers welcome.

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