No Online Mass this week– via Facebook and You Tube (Parish Website) due to personal unforeseen circumstances. Apologies. Please use other parish online resources now so widely available. No public Masses or liturgical ceremonies during Lockdown, with exception of Requiem Masses. Holy Mass is offered each day in the church by Fr Andrew. The Act of Spiritual Communion* recommended when participating at Mass online. Confessions (Sacrament of Penance & Reconciliation) by appointment.
LENT: the sacred time of forty days of renewal in faith, hope and charity through works of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Although, once more, a very unusual Lent, make it a personal spiritual springtime, and please God, with Easter -a new springtime for our parish family. Pray for that, please.
The Third Week of Lent: our objective: practise the discipline of fasting. Give (up) also time for others and for God. Fast from food, drink but also digital media: “Have no false Gods, before me.” Respect the body – temple of the Holy Spirit. respect life. The disciple needs discipline.
Monday – St John of God: a patron of the sick. Also, St Duthac, Scottish saint and bishop.
Tuesday - St Frances of Rome: mother and religious. Servant of the poor and needy.
Wednesday - St JOHN OGILVIE – priest of the Society of Jesus and martyr. Convert to the ancient faith of Scotland. Worked as a missionary in central belt, especially in Renfrewshire. Imprisoned, tortured and martyred for the Catholic Faith at Glasgow Cross (High St) on this day in 1615. We beg his intercession for our parish family at this critical time for the faith and future of our country. In St Fillan’s it is also the anniversary of the death of Fr James Keenaghan (+1991) much loved and still fondly remembered Parish Priest who himself had a deeply special love of St John Ogilvie, erecting our shrine beside the sacristy. We pray for all who have passed the faith on to us. Help us “be true – to the end” (Usque ad finem) Ogilvie motto.
Your prayers, please:
ILL: Molly McGavigan, John Lowrie, Melissa Mackin, 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 or anxious: Lord, bless them with your grace and peace.
Recently Deceased: Isla MacDonald and her grieving family and all those bereaved.
My Jesus, I believe that you are truly present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot, at this moment, receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as being already there and unite myself entirely to you. Never permit me to be separated from you. AMEN
Solemnity of St Joseph Thursday 19th March (Year of St Joseph)
Bishop John has asked parishes to pray for all those who have died due to the Covid pandemic, on the Solemnity of St Joseph. This was the day when churches closed for the first-time last year. Parishioners are invited to send names of those who have died due to Covid to their parish priest. These names will be placed on the altar on St Joseph’s Feast Day.
Novena to St Joseph
The Bishop, also, invites you to join him in an online Novena to St Joseph beginning on Wednesday 10th March until 18th March, in time to celebrate the Solemnity of St Joseph on the following day. The Novena Prayers will begin immediately following the 9.00pm Rosary (approx. 9.20pm) on his Facebook page.
PRAYER TO St JOSEPH To you, O blessed Joseph (Ad te, beate Ioseph)
To you, O blessed Joseph, do we come in our afflictions, and having implored the help of your most holy Spouse, we confidently invoke your patronage also.
Through that charity which bound you to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God and through the paternal love with which you embraced the Child Jesus, we humbly beg you graciously to regard the inheritance which Jesus Christ has purchased by his Blood, and with your power and strength to aid us in our necessities.
O most watchful guardian of the Holy Family, defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ; O most loving father, ward off from us every contagion of error and corrupting influence; O our most mighty protector, be kind to us and from heaven assist us in our struggle with the power of darkness.
As once you rescued the Child Jesus from deadly peril, so now protect God’s Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity; shield, too, each one of us by your constant protection, so that, supported by your example and your aid, we may be able to live piously, to die in holiness, and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven. Amen.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS online with Fr Ryan Black, St Mirin’s Cathedral Facebook. This I recommend to you as among the very best in Lenten prayers. Our 3rd Week of Lent should focus especially on fasting from what is not essential. So as, to give some time to God and others. Fast to Pray!
God bless your Lent. Keep safe and well, look out for & pray for each other.