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Newsletter 17th April 2016

The Parish of Our Lady of Lourdes and St Bernadette

323 Main Street Larbert FK5 4EU

Tel: 01324 553250   


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 16th
9.30am [ADC-Fr Michael Bell]
Confessions: 10-10.15am and 6-615pm.
6.30pm Vigil Mass [ Parish]
Retiring collection after week-end Masses over 16th / 17th for the Ecclesiastical Students’ Fund
Sunday 17th  : 4th in Eastertide
10.30am [Edward Mendosa ]
11.45am Baptism of Rory Moyes.
Tuesday 19th
7.30pm [Michael McDonough]
Wednesday 20th
9.30am [SI: Anna]
Thursday 21st
9.30am [Betty Hughes]
Friday 22nd   
9.30am [ Christina McDonough]
Saturday 23rd 
9.30am [ADC- Fr Michael Bell]
10-10.15am Confessions and 6pm -6.15pm
6.30pm Vigil [Parish]
Sunday 24th : 5th  in Eastertide
10.30am  [Vince Walsh]
Rosary before Tuesday evening Mass and after other week-day Masses.
Confessions: Saturday 10-10.15am and  6-6.15pm
Priests are obligated to offer Masses for their deceased brethren.  Periodically you will see such intentions designated as ADC which is an abbreviation for Association of Deceased Clergy.
£1032.53     Thank you
Canon 898 says….”Christ’s faithful are to hold the blessed Eucharist in the highest honour.  They should take an active part in the celebration of the most august Sacrifice; they should receive the sacrament with great devotion and frequently and should reverence it with the greatest adoration. In explaining the doctrine of this sacrament, pastors of souls are assiduously to instruct the faithful about their obligation in this regard.”  Last week a parishioner was shocked and distressed to discover a sacred host crumbled and discarded under a pew.  We hold many events apart from daily and week-end Masses at which we welcome those who share little of our sacramental beliefs and who in a moment of confusion might present themselves for ‘communion’ and then be tempted to  put the host aside. Of course we must always make our non-Catholic friends  very welcome to join with us but should, as I frequently say, encourage them to present themselves for a blessing rather than reception of holy communion which might lead to discarding and desecrating the host . As a foot-note we must remember that as our children grow up they come under increasingly secular influences and so we must do all we can to talk with them when doubts arise in order to help them continue to respect and reverence the Lord in holy Communion.  Fr John
Social Committee
Very many thanks to. Leanne Bridgeman and Asda for kindly including our fund in the Community Donation.   We received £ 50 for our funds for which we are very grateful.
Saturday Vigil 16th  / Sunday 17th
Retiring Collection for the Ecclesiastical Students’ Fund.  11.45am on Sunday 17th Baptism of Rory Moyes.
Wednesday 20th
1.30pm St Bernadette’s PS Mass – All welcome
Sunday 24th 
11.45am Baptism of Joshua Kilgannon.
Sunday 1st 
11.45am Baptism of Jacob Cloherty.
Thursday 5th    Solemnity of the Ascension  
Holy Day of Obligation Masses 9.30am and 7pm. 
Saturday 7th / Sunday 8th  
Retiring collection after week-end Masses for the Communications Apostolate. Also INTER-CHURCHES SURVEY
Wednesday 11th   
The Archbishop will administer the Sacrament of Confirmation to our P4 stage children at St Francis Xavier’s, Falkirk. The service begins at 7pm.
Saturday 14th
Cluster Parishes Retreat Day at St Francis Xavier’s.  More details soon.
Saturday 14th / Sunday 15th 
Retiring collection for Sr Eufrocina’s eye operation.
Wednesday 18th
1.30pm St Bernadette’s PS Mass: All welcome
Thursday 19th
7-9pm our first CLUSTER MEETING hosted by St Francis Xavier’s when the Archbishop wants us to explore what pastoral provision could be shared among our cluster parishes and what would need to remain a single provision?  The 2nd meeting [26th August] will focus on a detailed examination of joint resources and the 3rd [TBA]  What makes parishes vibrant and naming goals for joint action.  These are open meetings and all are welcome.
Saturday 28th     
Our P4 stage children will make their first Holy Communion here at Our Lady of Lourdes and St Bernadette’s during a special Mass beginning at 10.30am.
Christian Aid Coffee Morning Saturday 14th May 10am-12noon
Our Lady of Lourdes & St Bernadette's joins together  with Larbert West and Larbert Old churches to host this annual event in Larbert West church hall. Tickets, priced £3 (for as many cups of coffee and cakes as you wish!) will be on sale each Sunday until the event. We really need help on the day and donations of baking for this to be a success and if you can do either or both of these let us know on Facebook, by signing up on the sheets in the church or contacting Evelyn on 555744. It's always a lovely morning enjoyed by everyone who participates.
Senior Citizens Summer Outing 
This year's outing has been arranged for Saturday the 18th June. Venue is Loch Lomond Shores and on to Helensburgh with High Tea in the Winnok Hotel in Drymen. 11am departure and return approx 8pm.  Anyone who wishes to attend please their name to the list at the back of the Church.

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