St Fillan’s Houston Bulletin 25th Sunday of Year (B) 18/19th September 2021

WELCOME to all those present. United in prayer with those who cannot be at Mass today in person. Vigil Mass 5.00pm on Saturday. 9.30 & 11.00 on Sunday morning.   You will receive or give your three-digit number (to satisfy Track & Trace) Write this down & remember it as you arrive until further notice. No need to book now, but please observe other requirements.

Weekday Mass –except Mondays at 9.30am (including Saturdays)

NB Mass-­Thursday this week at 8.30am (Funeral Mass for Baby Luke Thomas Grier)

No Exposition of Blessed Sacrament this Thursday because of the above funeral.

ROSARY: Friday at 9.10am.

Confessions -Sacrament of Reconciliation & Penance each Saturday at 10.00am, at 4.30pm and after Vigil Mass.

 SPECIAL COLLECTION TODAY Vocations (Church Students Fund our Seminarians)

 The collection for Vocations helps to finance the training and formation of our student priests. The seven year program for the formation of our future priests costs the Diocese approximately £100,000. This cost is also borne entirely by the Diocese. At present we have three men in training for the Priesthood – two at the Scots College in Rome and one at Oscott College in Birmingham. The monies raised from the collection also helps to pay for the assessment process of those applying to train for the priesthood. You can donate easily to this collection by visiting our Diocesan website www.rcdop.org.uk and clicking on the ‘Online Parish Offertory’. This allows you to donate to any of the causes or parishes of your choice.  Many thanks

 THE WEEK AHEAD:

Tuesday: St Matthew, Apostle.

Wednesday: St Padre Pio of Pietrelcina (transferred)Capuchin friar, priest, stigmatic, indefatigable, wise and much sought confessor. Friend of all who are suffering.

Thursday: St Eunan: ninth Abbot of Iona. Principal Patron of the Diocese of Raphoe (Donegal) from where so many of our forbearers hailed.

Friday: Votive Mass of Our Lady of Walsingham – Star of the Sea.

 Your prayers, please, for those in our parish family who are

ILL: Moyra Gordon, Molly McGavigan, Tony Gallacher, & James Clark, 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 alone: Lord, bless them with your grace and peace.

RECENTLY DIED: Baby Luke Thomas Grier (Funeral Mass on Thursday at 8.30am)             Sr Ann Catherine McColl OSF, Thomas Farrell, Maud Gallagher, & Fr Terry Donnelly CSsP

ANNIVERSARIES: Charlie Doherty and Mgr Henry Farrelly RAF - grant them eternal rest, O Lord.

FORTHCOMING MEETINGS:

***CONFIRMATION – Preparatory Meeting for P.7 Parents – this Wednesday, 22nd September at 6.30pm in church.

FIRST CONFESSION/FIRST HOLY COMMUNION- Preparatory Meeting for P.4 Parents next Wednesday in church

DIVINE MERCY MASS: on Wednesday 29th September at 6.30pm in St Mary’s Church, George Street, Paisley, PA1 2UN, celebrated by Monsignor Joseph Burke VG. All welcome. No requirement to book.

OCTOBER DEVOTIONS: Rosary & Benediction begin Wednesday 6th October at 7pm.

READERS: this week saw the reintroduction of readers at weekday Masses. Sunday Mass Readers will be reintroduced shortly. New readers required for Sunday Masses. Volunteeers, please rather than pressed-hands! Let me know of your availability.

CHOIR: reintroduced from next Sunday. Starting simply with the sustaining of simple hymns at 11am Mass. If you can join-in, please do so. Vacancies in choir too.

Both the above announcements, I sense, herald a new beginning, after the many restraints imposed due to Covid and its numerous restrictions too. Your prayer and support really are appreciated as we build up our parish community anew with the help of God’s grace and the constant motherly intercession and care of Our Blessed Lady, Star of the Sea, and St Fillan.

 Every blessing to each one of you.

Continue to pray for and support each other:

Have a good week!                                                                                                                

  AMcF