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The Parish of Our Lady of Lourdes and St Bernadette

Parish Priest: Rev John McInnes BD

323 Main Street Larbert FK5 4EU

Tel: 01324 553250        Mobile: 07550011795   



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Parish Safeguarding Coordinator : Paul McLaren  07770381272

The St Vincent De Paul Society emergency contact number is 07568354828

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 25th Feast: St James
9.30am Mass [David Holton]
Confessions 10-10.15am & 6-6.15pm.
6.30pm Vigil Mass [ Veronica McIvor]  
Sunday  26th : 17th OT Yr.A
9.30am Mass  [ Parish ]
11am Mass [ PBP ]
Tuesday 28th
7.30pm Mass [David Holton ]
Wednesday 29th Mem: St Martha
9.30am Mass [ Gerry Taylor ]
Thursday 30th
9.30am Mass [David Holton]
Friday 31st  Mem: St Ignatius of Loyola
9.30am Mass [ Ann Fowler ]
Saturday 1st August  Mem: St Alphonsus Mary Liguori
9.30am Mass [Bill Wood]
Confessions 10-10.15am 6-6.15pm.
6.30pm Vigil Mass [ SI : Green family ]
Sunday 2nd : 18th in OT  Yr.A
9.30am Mass [Parish]
11am Mass [ Ena Fisher ]   
In keeping with hygiene guidelines concerning the risk of aerial spread of Covid19 the public recitation of the Rosary will be suspended until further notice.
The Offertory Collection will be taken up as you leave Mass   Thank you
CORONAVIRUS  Archbishop Cushley has asked clergy and the faithful of the Archdiocese to observe the following measures for the foreseeable future
  • On entry and exit all parishioners must sanitise hands and all except small children must wear a face-mask unless a serious medical condition makes this impossible.
  • No Newsletters or hymn books will be issued and there will be no singing of hymns or responses or acclamations. However, where possible we may have organ melodies to help maintain due solemnity.
  • Votive candles are part of our tradition but to avoid any possible cross infection, please ask one of the Welcoming Team to light yours for you and place it on the stand. You will then be invited to wait before being guided to your seat by a member of the Team in line with physical distancing. This will also help avoid inadvertent contact with others not of your household.
  • Altar service is to be suspended meantime.
  • The Reader at Mass will sit in readiness on the front bench by the Organ space maintaining social-distancing. For clarity, the Reader may remove her / his face-mask while reading the scripture passages
  • The Sign of Peace to be omitted and replaced with another gesture such as a smile of slight bow of the head, avoiding physical contact
  • Clergy and Extraordinary Ministers to wash their hands or use sanitising gel before and after the distribution of Holy Communion.
  • Reception from the chalice is suspended meantime but a minster of the Eucharist will go through the Church with Fr John distributing the Sacred Host to communicants who will remain seated. Instead of a familiar tactile blessing for those unable to receive communion Fr John will make the sign of the Cross over the head of the adult / child concerned.
  • The Annex will be closed to gatherings meantime and teas coffees will be suspended.  Anyone wishing to purchase a Mass card or other devotional item must sanitise hands and wear their mask while selecting their purchase.
  • Parishioners to sanitise hands and dispose of masks / gloves on leaving the Church, observing social-distancing at all times.
  • Discussions are ongoing to date concerning Children’s Liturgy.
  • We will also be keeping a register of attendees at each Mass to make track and trace easier should anyone be subsequently diagnosed as being Covid19 positive.
These measures are to be observed in view of our responsibility and duty to protect each other’s health. They will be continually reviewed and amended according to advice and guidance from Church and State. At the onset of the pandemic and following directives and guidelines issued by the Scottish Hierarchy, Holyrood and UK Government, we set up a Parish Steering Group under the leadership of Mike Kelly which put together a comprehensive range of Health & Safety and PPE resources and materials preparing the Church to be the welcoming, safe and secure environment you experience today. Before and after each Mass the church will be sanitised by members of the Team to be ready for the next event. On behalf of the whole parish I want to place on record my sincerest thanks to Mike and the Team for their tireless enthusiasm, willing commitment and application in enabling us to live fully and well this new ‘norm’ of Catholic worship and the faith-life of our community. 

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