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Newsletter 21st 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 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 at Vigil and Morning Masses
Sunday 21st  : 21st  Yr C  
10.30am [Tom Boyes]
Tuesday 23rd     
7.30pm [David Watson]
Wednesday 24th Feast of St Bartholomew
9.30am [John Henderson]
Thursday 25th
9.30am  [ Mary McMahon ]
Friday 26th  
9.30am [Tom Taylor]
Saturday 27th   Mem: St Monica  
9.30am [ADC –Rev Jim Cosker ] 
Confessions 10-10.15am and 6-6.15pm.
6.30pm Vigil Mass [ Parish ]
Sunday 28th   : 22nd Yr.C  
10.30am [Catherine Phee]
Rosary before Tuesday evening Mass and after other week-day Masses.
Confessions: Saturday 10-10.15am and  6-6.15pm
COLLECTION LAST WEEK        £  794.78                Thank you
Church Care and Maintenance 
At a recent Parish Finance & Fabric 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. It 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.
Welcomers /Pass-keepers
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.
Sunday 28th    
Children's Liturgy returns after a well-earned summer break. A gentle 'reminder' to parents that it's for children school age and above.
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.
also……We will rejoice with the Church world-wide at the canonisation in Rome of St Teresa of Kolkata.
Saturday 1st 
Scottish Catholic Safeguarding Service National Conference at Tulliallan Castle.  See notice board for details
Saturday 15th
Ongoing Spiritual formation…..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.
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
Interested in joining the Catholic Church…..always wanted to learn more ? 
RCIA [the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults] is a good example of inter-parish collaboration.The RCIA sessions for 2016-17 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.
Larbert Baptist Church Lunch Club 
currently have a number of vacancies. We meet on a Tuesday during school term time, the next meeting being on Tuesday 30th August 2016 11am till 2.30pm. We are open to people of all faiths or of no faith. We serve a hot meal and have activities such as quizzes, exercise, lots of singing etc. Price per day is currently £4.00.  For further information contact Myra Stevenson 01324840468  or 07773288920   Email

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