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Newsletter 22nd October 2017

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

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



Saturday 21st Mem: St John Paul 2nd   
9.30am [ SI  ]
Confessions 10-10.15am & 6-6.15pm . 
6.30pm Vigil Mass [ John Holton  ]
Retiring Collection after Saturday 21st Vigil and Sunday 22nd Morning Masses for MISSIO SCOTLAND
Mission Sunday 22nd  : 29th  in OT   
10.30am [Parish ]
Tuesday 24th    
7.30pm Mass  [Ian Davis]
Wednesday 25th  
9.30am  [Mr Rowan ]
Thursday 26th   
9.30am [Mary Mochan]
Friday 27th  
9.30am [John Holton]
Saturday 28th : Feast of Ss Simon & Jude
9.30am [SI ] 
Confessions 10-10.15am + 6-6.15pm. 
6.30pm Vigil [Mary Sweeney]
Sunday 29th  : 30th  in OT    
10.30am [Grace Brannigan ] including Rite of Enrolment for the Group H children about to begin preparations for First Holy Communion next spring.
Rosary before Tuesday evening Mass and after other week-day Masses
Offertory for 1st ,8th , 15th  October : 
£907.36, £741.80 and £610.41 respectively. .  
Fr John writes  I have thanked Fr Henry McLaughlin on our behalf for ‘supplying’ for me during my fortnight in Montreal with family and friends.
Social Committee 1; The Senior Citizens Christmas Dinner will take place this year on the 14th December at 2pm in Glenbervie Golf Club Anyone who wishes to attend please add their name to the list at the back of the Church 2; The monthly Coffee Morning will be held as usual in the Community room of St.Bernadette's School from 9am until 11.30 am.  All welcome 3; Very many thanks to all who participated in the raffle held 2weeks ago. We raised the most welcome sum of £149 and are most grateful. The winners were 1. M.Lynch. 3. J McDonald. 3.D Smith . 4.M.Sudden 5. T Daly 6. M .Hastie. 7.M.Smith.
Wednesday 25th  1.30pm St Bernadette’s Primary School monthly Mass. [SI]  All welcome.
Thursday 26th   2.15pm meeting at St Bernadette’s PS for families with children who will celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time in the spring of 2018.
REMINDER   Sunday 29th European Summer Time ends.  Please remember to put your clocks and watches BACK one hour.
The PARISH BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE will be brought up at Offertory during Sunday Masses throughout November  and placed on the Altar, remembering before God all whose names are inscribed therein. You are respectfully invited to add the names of other recently deceased loved ones who have gone to God since this time last year.
Wednesday 1st November – SOLEMNITY OF ALL SAINTS : A Holy Day of Obligation when all Catholics are expected and encouraged to attend Mass to honour God and all who have followed Christ in true discipleship and service of the Gospel and who offer us their prayerful example and companionship as we continue on our own journeys in faith. Masses 9.30am and 7.30pm in Church and 1.30pm in School.
Sunday 5th November Rite of Enrolment during 10.30am Sunday Mass for Group I children about to begin preparations for First Holy Communion next spring.                                    
The annual MASS ATTENDANCE CENSUS  will be taken at Vigil and Sunday morning Masses over 4th / 5th .
……..also Sunday 5th ………
2pm Prayer Service at Larbert Cemetery for all deceased loved ones interred there or elsewhere or whose cremations took place this year.  In the event of inclement weather we will hold the service in Church
GOING ON HOLIDAY? - BOYCOTT THE MALDIVES.  Catholics in the Maldives have few rights, but now, the government is ignoring the law, leaving Christians in an even more vulnerable state. One-third of all lawyers suspended, Muslims banned from becoming Christians, 50 Maldivians arrested and tortured being suspected of having become Christians. Any Maldivian even found to have a Bible in their house faces a prison sentence. Any comments against “any tenet of Islam is being criminalised. Catholics suffer because of laws preventing them openly living as Christians, and now the government is simply ignoring even the few legal freedoms they do have. [by e-mail from Brian McKenna]

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