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Newsletter 14th August 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 13th
9.30am [ADC – Canon Denis Quinlan] 
Confessions 10-10.15am and 6-6.15pm.
6.30pm Vigil Mass [ Parish ]
Sunday 14th  : 20th Yr.C  
10.30am [ Tom Boyes]
Tuesday 16th    
7.30pm [Agnes Watson]
Wednesday 17th  
9.30am [Anne Reilly
Thursday 18th   
9.30am  [Sp.Int. Bill Wood]
Friday 19th   
9.30am [Tommy Carney]
Saturday 20th Mem: St Bernard
9.30am [ADC- Fr Noel Barry]
Confessions 10-10.15am and 6-6.15pm 
6.30pm Vigil [ Parish  ]
Retiring Collection for African Missions & Holy Places over 20th / 21st
Sunday 21st  : 21st  Yr C  
10.30am [ Tom Boyes]
Rosary before Tuesday evening Mass and after other week-day Masses.
Confessions: Saturday 10-10.15am and  6-6.15pm
Offertory £616.10      See  Notice Board for Thank you letter from Sr Alberta FMM
Congratulations and Prayerful good wishes  
to Luca Graham baptised here on Saturday 13th August.
Church Care and Maintenance 
The Parish Finance and Fabric Team meet regularly to deal with ongoing care and maintenance issues. At a recent meeting it was proposed to paint the inside of the church during September.
The intention is to replace the dark olive green on the ceiling with magnolia and to contrast this with another colour on  part or all of the cross beams.
The sanctuary area will be painted white as before. Completion of this work will also allow us to replace the carpet tiles on the aisle and install improved lighting. Comments or suggestions will be welcome by contacting Fr John or any of the fabric group. (Chris Ross; John McGaffney; Mike Kelly; Paul O'Donnell or Joe McKee) It is not intended to do anything with the lower wooded panel area at this stage but suggestions for that would be most welcome as well.
We are a little light on Passkeepers /Welcomers.  Presently we have a team of 6 who cover Saturdays and Sunday's on a rota basis. Main activities being to greet Mass goers and hand out hymn books and parish newsletters as well as being available for any emergencies which may arise [thankfully not very often]. We would benefit from another 4 or 6 parishioners to fill in so that everyone is on duty about once a month rather than once a fortnight as at present.  If you are able to help please speak to any of the team or Fr John.
Saturday 27th  
1pm Baptism of Slaine Milne.
Saturday 3rd / Sunday 4th  
#A special emergency appeal and collection on behalf of the drought-striken country and starving peoples of Malawi as requested by Bishop Toal, President of SCIAF.
We need firm numbers for transport and High Tea so please sign up as soon as possible.  Thank you.
Ongoing Spiritual formation…..Our Parish Parish retreat this year will take place at Kinnoull Monastery in Perth on 15thOctober.  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.  
Interested in joining the Catholic Church…..always wanted to learn more ? 
Well, inter-parish cooperation on RCIA [the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults] was something noted at the first Cluster meeting as being a good example of existing collaboration. Sessions begin at 7.30pm on Wednesday 7th September at St Mary of the Angels, Camelon and so if you or anyone you know is interested in exploring the Catholic way of Christian discipleship and perhaps becoming a full member of the Catholic Church, then please speak to Fr John as soon as possible.
Friday 21st October
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.

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