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Newsletter 28th 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 27th   Mem: St Monica  
9.30am [ADC – Fr Jim Cosker ] 
Confessions 10-10.15am and 6-6.15pm.
6.30pm Vigil Mass [ Parish ]
Sunday 28th   : 22nd Yr.C  
10.30am [Catherine Phee]
Tuesday 30th     
7.30pm [ SI: Karen, Neil and their sons ]
Wednesday 31st  
9.30am [Janey McPeake]
Thursday 1st Sep.  
9.30am  [Bridget McDaid]
Friday 2nd  
9.30am [ George Boyle]
Saturday 3rd Mem: St Gregory the Great
9.30am [ADC-Fr Tom Hurley]
Confessions 10-10.15am and 6-6.15pm 
6.30pm Vigil [ Parish  ]
Emergency Appeal and Retiring Collection for the drought-striken country and starving peoples of Malawi
Sunday 4th   : 23rd   Yr C  
10.30am [George Boyle]  Baptisms of Adam and Coco Anderson during Mass.
CARFIN PILGRIMAGE on Sunday 4th - The bus will leave here at 12.30pm and return around 5.30pm for High Tea at the Plough Hotel
Rosary before Tuesday evening Mass and after other week-day Masses.
Confessions: Saturday 10-10.15am and  6-6.15pm
Offertory  £ 701.93      African Missions + Holy Places £ 225.79        Thank you
Church Care and Maintenance 
Repainting of the Church roof interior will begin in the final week of September and should take around 8 days to complete.
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.
Wednesday 31st   1.30pm
FAREWELL MASS at St Bernadette’s PS for Cathy Quin [former HT] who is leaving the school to take up a new post with Clackmannan Council.  All welcome.
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.
Sunday 4th  
We will rejoice with the Church world-wide at the canonisation in Rome of St Teresa of Kolkata.
Saturday 15th
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. The list for our Kinnoull retreat  is now on the notice board at the back of the church. Taking part means taking time out for a day devoted to yourself to be spiritually renewed and refreshed. The cost is £10 which includes travel and lunch as well as coffee etc in between – a bargain!!   Please give it some thought.
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
Becoming a Catholic……
These days people who are considering becoming Catholics or simply want to discover more about the Catholic Church, join a local RCIA [Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults] group made up of parishioners and local clergy which meets weekly over several months to explore what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ and how we learn to know, love and serve him through membership of the Church. In our Parish Cluster the weekly RCIA sessions will be held at St Mary of the Angels Church Hall, Camelon on Wednesday evenings from 7.30-9pm starting on 7th September.  If you or a friend have always felt drawn to the Catholic Church and feel now is the right time to take that step on your journey of faith, please speak to Fr John or contact George Heriott at St Francis Xavier’s

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