The Scottish Government has given us the go-ahead to resume the public celebration of Holy Mass from 15th July, Praise God! Each parish will have its own concerns about capacity, timing, the schedule of volunteers, and numbers. Please check the bulletin/homepage for Mass times.
With the changes to the weekend Mass times and with two extra Masses any new volunteers would be most welcome. If you would like to volunteer to help prepare the church for Mass and to sanitise the church afterwards please email the Parish email@example.com
Please bring with you a piece of paper with your name and contact number written on it and deposit the paper in the basket in the porch marked ‘Contact Details.’ This is to help with ‘track and trace’ should it ever be needed. While the volunteers do have some paper to note your details, it would be most helpful if you could provide them already written, and it will prevent a log jam in the porch as people arrive.
All of the sanitising and social distancing guidelines from the Government will still be in place, the capacity for each Mass will be 50, and you will be required to bring details of your name and a contact telephone number each time you come to Mass – these will be gathered in a basket as you enter the church. Please bring a face mask or scarf. The celebration of the Sacred Liturgy will feel quite different; there will be no Offertory Procession, no Readers, no Altar Servers, no singing.
This is a huge step for the Church in Scotland and for the Parish, and details will no doubt have to be tweaked as we go along. Please only return to Mass if you have no underlying health conditions, are not shielding, and feel confident to return. Remember the Sunday Obligation to attend Mass is still suspended – you could choose to attend Mass on a different day in the expectation that numbers may be smaller. If numbers of parishioners prove to be unmanageable we may have to consider a booking system, so please, in the first instance, use common sense; if you are able to attend Mass on one day, but it has been obvious others have had to be turned away, please give others the chance over the succeeding days. But together, as a people of faith, hope and love, we will make this step with the love of God the Father, the Grace of Jesus, the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, the maternal guidance of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the intercession of St Joseph, St Cadoc, and all the Saints.
Clergy Moves and Remits (INCLUDING ST CADOC'S)
Canon Oliver Freney has stepped down from being Administrator of Saint Mirin’s Cathedral and is currently on leave of absence.
Fr Joe Burke, currently PP of St John’s in Barrhead, will move to become Administrator of St Mirin’s Cathedral and of St Colm’s Kilmacolm.
Fr Joe Balmer, currently PP of St Thomas’ Nielston, will also become PP of St John’s Barrhead, having charge of both parishes.
Fr Eoin Patten moves from St. Cadoc’s and Canon Eddie Cameron, currently PP of St Peter’s Glenburn and St Paul’s Foxbar, will move to become PP of Saint Cadoc’s, Newton Mearns.
Fr Andrew Coleman, currently PP of St Laurence’s Greenock and chaplain to Notre Dame High School, will move to become PP of St Peter’s, Glenburn.
Fr Eoin Patten will become the PP of St Laurence’s in Greenock and chaplain to Notre Dame High School.
Fr Jude Okorie, currently PP of St Mary’s in Paisley, will also become PP of St Paul’s in Foxbar.
Fr Ryan Black will take up his first priestly appointment as Curate at St Mirin’s Cathedral, Paisley.
(Deacon Don Keane, currently serving in St Laurence’s, Greenock will move to exercise his ministry in St John’s, Port Glasgow).
Canon Eddie Cameron appointed as Diocesan Convenor of Fundraising and to lead our Diocesan Fundraising Team.
All moves will take effect as of midday on Friday 11th September 2020.
Fr Patten would like to thank all parishioners for their help, support and prayers over the past 18 months. Thanks, too, for the kind messages of support and gifts since the news of his move was made last week. He leaves St Cadoc’s with a heavy heart, but is sure that the Parish will thrive with the guidance of Canon Cameron. Let us pray for one another.
Available at any time by calling ahead to the Chapel House to arrange a suitable time.
Children’s Liturgy Day
A ZOOM Meeting, hosted by the Diocese, for children’s liturgy group volunteers will take place on Saturday 12 th September from 11am – 1pm. There will be a series of talks about offering children’s liturgy online, more resource and ideas and an overview of the Gospel readings/ themes for the coming Sundays. Please contact Fr Paul Brady 01505 firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. Details of how to access the meeting will follow soon.
First Communions and Confirmations
Please pray for the Primary Fives in St Clare’s and St Cadoc’s, and the First Years in St Ninian’s who are preparing to receive the Sacraments that they missed during lockdown.
Please note that the First Holy Communions will take place on Saturday 12th and 19th of September, and 3rd and 24th October at 9.30am and 11am. There will therefore be no public Mass on these Saturday mornings.
Guidelines for Church Reopening
We have a good number of volunteers to help us reopen the church and who will be on hand during the hours of opening. Please adhere to the following guidelines:
Spiritual Bouquet For Hospitals
The Diocese is organising a Spiritual Bouquet for our Hospitals in thanksgiving for their great work over the course of the pandemic. See rcdop.org.uk/nhs-care-workers-spiritual-bouquet
Many thanks to all those who have volunteered to help in the task of reopening; guidelines were changed last week to allow the many fit and healthy parishioners over 70 to help out if they wish.
Please don’t think we were being ageist in originally not appealing to you, we purely want to keep you safe. After we have seen how the first week of reopening goes we will happily appeal for your help and wisdom
Family Rosary Group
The Children's Rosary Group has been meeting for some weeks now on Zoom every Friday evening at 6pm. All are welcome at
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/79751452592?pwd=bGNCQkNTK2VNRVJZblZCb2hBcEhMQT09 using ID 797 5145 2592 and password: rosary.
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