St Fillan’s Houston Bulletin         19th Sunday in Ordinary Time     9 August 2020

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

Sunday Mass:  Vigil 5.00pm on Saturday, 0830, 0930 & 1100 on Sunday morning.

Please book via Eventbrite, personally after any weekday Mass, or as a last resort via telephone: 613514(Sr Mary Frances)

Weekday Mass (including Saturday) 0930 – no need to book for weekday Masses.

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

The week ahead:

Monday: St Laurence – Deacon & Martyr.

Tuesday: St Clare of Assisi


Thursday: St Pontian & Hippolytus

riday: St Maximilian Kolbe – Polish Franciscan Priest. Hero of Auschwitz.

Saturday: Ordination of New Priest for Diocese of Paisley: the Rev’d Ryan Black.

Sunday (next)  Solemnity of the ASSUMPTION OF OUR BLESSED LADY – transferred from Saturday.

Your prayers, please:

SICK: Tony Gallacher, Andrew Woods and Molly McGavigan and for all those who have asked for our prayers in the parish family: those at home, in hospital and care homes, including the staff, and for all suffering in mind and body, especially those who are alone and anxious.

RECENTLY DECEASED: Paul Cassidy (Linwood) May McGurn (Pollock)

Ellen McCallion (Balornock) Hugh Reynolds(Greenock)  John Hume (Derry) and Flora Cummings (Eriskay/Barrhead)

ANNIVERSARIES: Michael Bolger, Mary Bolger, Douglas Noon and May Ross. 

SCHOOLS will gradually reopen from Monday of this week – firstly, there will be staff In-Service : pray for all our pupils, teachers and staff at this critical time for our children, young people and local community. and for the success of this phased return. 

***** URL Links for Booking Place(s) at Mass next Weekend in St Fillan’s Houston will be posted here and Facebook from Tuesday.

To fulfil the Government and Church medical/legal requirement, that all attending public gatherings should be registered, for the time-being,   please book your place(s) - maximum 4, per household - for one of the four Masses listed next weekend: Saturday Vigil 5.00pm. Sunday Morning 0830, 0930 and 1100am. Remember St Fillan’s, including the extension, has limited capacity, presently maximum of 35 attendees. Please be considerate in your booking. A reminder to you all that those shielding and anyone presently feeling unwell should remain at home. Furthermore, the Bishop’s dispensation to us all from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is still in place because the threat of the virus is still very much at large, especially for the vulnerable.

St Fillan’s URL for bookings next weekend will be posted on Tuesday on our website and Facebook. After some initial difficulty Eventbrite seems to be working now. Please continue to book this way or if you can after a weekday Mass in person via the duty-Steward.   However, if any difficulty, please contact Sr Mary Frances, who will help arrange booking: 01505 613514. Leave your name and contact number and which Mass you wish to attend next Sunday:

Procession to the Garden Lourdes Shrine and Blessing after all Masses next weekend to mark Assumption of Our Blessed Lady (WP) 

Covid-19 protocols: remember facemasks should be worn inside the church - unless you are exempt. 

THANK YOU to our HELPERS: given the present restrictions St Fillan’s is completely relying on the generosity of volunteers for stewarding and church-cleaning, If you can offer your help, even on a temporary basis, please contact myself or Sister Mary Frances to arrange a place in the rota. Thank you to all who are giving-up their time to keep our little church-open and welcoming.

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.

Keep safe and well.

Look out for each other.

God bless your week. 


Fr Andrew