WELCOME to those present AND united in prayer with those who cannot be at Mass today in person.

Sunday Mass:  Vigil 5.00pm (Saturday) and 8.30, 9.30 & 11.00 on Sunday morning.

Please book all Vigil and Sunday either via Eventbrite, in person after any weekday Mass, or as a last resort via telephone: 01505 613514 (Sr Mary Frances)

Weekday Mass 9.30am daily (except Monday) no need to book for weekday Masses. ***Tuesday & Thursday Evenings during November: Mass at 7.00pm

Confessions: Saturdays: 10.00am, also from 4.30 – 4.45pm and after Vigil-Mass. 

The week ahead:

Monday: St Clement, Martyr-Pope.   Also, St Columbanus – Celtic Missionary.

Tuesday: St Andrew Dung Lac & Companions, Martyrs of Vietnam.

Wednesday: St Catherine of Alexandria, Martyr.

Friday: St Fergus, Bishop.

Saturday: Our Blessed Lady _ Vigil of Advent.

Sunday (next) First Sunday of Advent (B) First Sunday of the new Liturgical Year,

November - Month of Faithful Departed: the Holy Souls.

Your prayers, please for:

SICK: Molly McGavigan, Tony Gallacher and for all those who have asked for our prayers in the parish family: those at home and their carers, those in hospital and residential homes, including the staff, and for all suffering in mind and body, especially those who are alone and anxious. Lord, bless them with your grace and peace.

RECENTLY DECEASED: Tom Cairney (Holytown) Jim Diamond (Bishopbriggs) ANNIVERSARIES: --Gerard Graham, Longin Kalinowski, Olive Kalinowska, John Jenkins and Bridie & Jacky McVey.  Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.

ONLINE PRAYERS: a short excerpt of the Bidding Prayers from St Fillan’s is posted online via You Tube and Facebook each Sunday Morning (11.00am) to ensure those unable to be physically present at Mass may be able to join in the prayers of the parish-community.

SPECIAL COLLECTION: Catholic Education Fund – at all Masses this weekend. EVENTBRITE – bookings for next Sunday’s Masses will be available from Tuesday (5.00pm) this week. Given need to keep self and others safe, restricted numbers and no Sunday obligation at present. If you can, you may wish to come to a weekday Mass (Two extra at 7pm, Tuesday & Thursday)  This may also free up a place on Sat/Sunday Masses for someone working through the week,   when numbers are so  limited.

MARY’S GARDEN GATE: Bishop John Keenan was officially welcomed to St Fillan’s and presided at the 9.30pm Mass on Friday before crossing to the school, making an official walkabout in the school-playground(socially-distant!) as part of Catholic Education Week, before proceeding around the school, leading a small procession which  included also St Benedict’s High staff and student representatives. Finally,  then addressed the assembled -St Fillan’s School, Mr Collins and staff before solemnly blessing, opening and walking through the refurbished gates and along the new, freshly prepared  path from the school to our much loved  garden shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes. The celebration of this stage of the Mary’s Garden project represents that intrinsic bond of the Faith which holds together St Fillan’s family: parish, school and all St Fillan’s family. The garden, despite the recent bad weather and gentle, soft rain, is now looking something to be proud of and sincere thanks to all you have helped create a beautiful space for our parish family and a much cared for and more worthy shrine for Our Blessed Mother.  Bishop John wrote to thank us:

What a wonderful day yesterday, Mgr Andrew. One that gave heart, hope and gladness to me and our poor people in these times. What a wonderful gift, a unique moment, when the whole parish family tangibly raised their hearts and minds to the hope of heaven. What a very special moment of celebration of Catholic Education alive. Well done to the many who worked so hard to make that moment possible. God bless the great St Fillan’s!” May, Our Blessed Lady – THE Gate of Heaven, intercede for all our St Fillan’s family in these very testing and trying times.

COVID -PROTECTION:  Donations of £203.61 were raised last week in the bucket at door  for sanitising materials: paper towels, sanitising gels, sprays masks and gloves etc. Much appreciated.

NOVEMBER We remember our beloved dead – thank you for your remembrance of the Holy Souls in your November Lists and in your increased attendance at weekday Masses. Each envelope with the names of your deceased loved ones I open and place at the altar. Those names-submitted are then prayed for throughout November in the Masses offered for the Holy Souls. Remember this week November Masses now on Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm.

St Benedict’s High School - Children of Malawi (Africa) Christmas Appeal: another ten      bagfuls of small gifts, including 200 tubes of children’s toothpaste and brushes in support of items to be sent to Malawi were collected last week, as part of the Partnership with St. Patrick’s High School, were taken down  to St Benedict’s High last week. The S.6 were busy at Thursday lunchtime packing hundreds of your gifts along with Fr Michael.   As with every crisis it is the poorest who suffer most, so Malawi has been hard hit with the effects of the Pandemic: “I appeal to your generous Parishioners for donations - these are the only things these children will receive.                                                                                   They are looking for; Pencils, Pens, Toothbrushes, Candy canes, Socks, Wrapping paper/Christmas Cards.” (writes Canon Michael McMahon, School Chaplain) Donations will be shipped early December.” Donations can still be placed in coloured box at side door before the end of November.  Thanks to those who have those who have donated this week.

Christmas Cards (delayed) - gifts, decorations and beautiful jewellery, made by Sr Mary Frances, will be on sale next week after Masses – First Sunday of Advent. Time marches on.

Keep safe and well.

Pray for and look after one another: we’ll  get through this!

AMcF