St Fillan’s Houston Newsletter     Seventh Sunday of Easter (A)   24 May 2020

No public Mass or liturgical ceremonies during the Lockdown owing to the pandemic. Holy Mass is offered privately each day in the church. Pray that the authorities (civil and ecclesiastical) will allow the re-opening of our churches as soon as it is safe to do so. This week a tentative way forward has been agreed. A gradual phased re-opening provided certain precautions are in place. We await further details.

All Sunday Masses and previous May Devotions are available online via YouTube, Facebook and the parish website. Final May Devotions available online this Thursday.

Confessions- at any time, by arrangement with parish priest.

Feasts of the Week:

ALL WEEK – Remember: novena of prayer in honour of the Holy Spirit. Nine Days Prayer until Pentecost Sunday continue. Pray the prayer at top of next page and make the Novena to the Holy Spirit, just as Our Blessed Lady, Mother of the Church and the Apostles did in the Upper Room Lockdown before the very first Pentecost

Monday – St Bede the Venerable, St Gregory VII, Pope; St Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi. 

Tuesday- St Philip Neri, Priest and Third Patron of Rome. Founder of the Oratorians.  

Wednesday – St Augustine of Canterbury. Missionary, sent by Pope St Gregory the Great, and first bishop of England’s original primatial see. 

Thursday - Final May Devotions (online) this Thursday evening. Previous Devotions’ recordings are still available should you wish also to use these in support of your May Rosary. The St Fillan’s Garden Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes is also open daily during May for your personal prayer-visits, on your walk. Great to see so many of you, including many parents and children, visiting the shrine last week - all welcome!


Saturday: Votive Mass of Our Blessed Lady


Please pray for:

SICK: Dolly Cameron, Molly McGavigan Andrew Woods, Robert McGuire and Jonathan Martin Molly McGavigan –   and for all from our parish family in hospital and care homes, including the staff, and for all suffering in mind and body, especially those who are alone and anxious in this Lockdown.

RECENTLY DEAD: Alastair Fraser Moodie (Derby) Mary Ferguson (Linwood) Olivia Johnstone (Bathgate) aged 24; Margaret Love (Larkhall) and May Kerrigan (Johnstone)

SIX MONH’S MIND: Gerard Graham

We remember their families and all the recently bereaved.

ANNIVERSARIES: James Lowrie, Sr Cathie Cairns (RNDM) Robert Hadden, Hugh McGonigal, Sarah Doherty and Canon Martin Doherty (Founder Parish Priest of St Jude’s, Barlanark )                                                                                                  + Requiescant in pace.




Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.

Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.

And You shall renew the face of the earth.

O God, who has taught the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant that by the gift of same Spirit we may always be truly wise and ever enjoy in His consolations, through Christ, our Lord.  Amen.


Notes from Abbotsfield:

Although our little church-building is closed for the temporary period of the Lockdown, the Catholic community of faith (St Fillan’s, Houston, since 1841) still remains at prayer, in the daily Mass (offered privately) in the church, daily prayer of the Church and in pastoral service to those in need. The church is alive, also, in your homes, whether alone or together with others, through your lived faith, prayers and the apostolate of charity to the wider community.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the lengthy, imposed Lockdown, continue to cause great harm to some, and disruption and anxiety for many. As Catholics, we must tackle this crisis with spiritual as well as human resources. Although our building is closed for the time-being, God’s Word is being proclaimed. The Sacraments are still available and pastoral care to God’s people in their need is being offered. Although we cannot gather for public liturgies, we must continue to pray. We have been blessed with much good weather. Many of you are out walking daily. Why not make a visit to pray at the St Fillan’s Garden Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes? Wherever you pray, walking, at home, etc - pray earnestly!   Let us pray for a speedy solution, a vaccination-miracle, pray for those who are sick, for the protection of the elderly and the vulnerable, for those in self-isolation, for all who are suffering anxiety and worry, for the homeless and the needy, for the well-being, safe employment and financial security of all, for our NHS hospital staff and all who care for the sick in our care-homes, and for the repose of the souls of all those who have died. Pray for the re-opening of our church, when it is deemed safe to do so, at least initially for visits to the Blessed Sacrament. This week hear that reopening will take place in stages beginning soon.   Hopefully, with necessary safety provisions in place Scotland will follow Italy and Spain which were a few weeks ahead of us, soon. In all of this, let us turn with confidence to God our Father to enlighten us with the Holy Spirit that we may be truly wise. Let us invoke the intercession of Our Blessed Lady, Mother of the Church, St Joseph, St Fillan, St John Ogilvie, and all our patron saints.


May God bless your Sunday and your week ahead.