St Fillan’s Houston, The Bulletin 29th Sunday of Year (B),16/17th October 2021

WELCOME to Vigil Mass 5.00pm on Saturday. 9.30 & 11.00am Mass on Sunday. 

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

Exposition of Blessed Sacrament: Thursday 9 – 9.30am.  Rosary: Friday at 9.10am.  

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


Tuesday: St Jean de Brebeuf, Isaac Jogues & Companions – Martyrs of Canada. 

Wednesday: October Devotions 7pm - meditation on the Rosary. Glorious Mysteries, this week. Concluding with Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

Friday: St John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla) great and holy pope from Poland(1978-2005)

Saturday: John of Capistrano- Franciscan priest. Patron of Canon Lawyers (+1456)

NEXT SUNDAY is MISSION SUNDAY - remember, special collection at all Masses for the work of propagation of the faith. Take a Mission magazine home with you.  

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

ILL: Ian Brown, Molly McGavigan, Tony Gallacher, Moyra Gordon 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 alone: Lord, bless them with your grace and peace.  

DEAD: Derek Shields (Uddingston)Teresa McNally (Lurgan) and Cathy Scott (Greenock)

ANNIVERSARIES: Michael Dever and Canon James O’Connell - grant them eternal rest, O Lord. 

OCTOBER DEVOTIONS continue, Wednesday at 7.00pm. This week’s meditation on the Glorious Mysteries of the Lord’s Resurrection – our sure hope.  The great Pope Leo XIII decreed that October should be the special month of the Holy Rosary.  He composed, also, the great Prayer to St Joseph to be always included in this devotion. As this Pandemic and its most destructive fallout on our daily lives continues to thwart and threaten  us, we should pray the rosary more than ever before, not only for an end to Covid, but also for the security and well-being of the family of God, the protection of the  dignity of each human life, and for the Church which is under insidious attack on every side, both within and without: “I am Our Lady of the Rosary. Do not lose heart…in the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph.”(Our Lady of Fatima to Sr Lucia on 13/10 1917) Therefore, our October Devotions will take place each Wednesday at 7pm: Rosary, Litany of Loreto, Prayer to St Joseph and Benediction.  Quite an impressive number attended again last week.  Keep it up! No need to book, just turn up. Please make every effort to attend. Pray, at least a portion of the rosary everyday:  

“Queen of the Holy Rosary, O bless us as we pray, and offer thee our roses in garlands, day by day…” 

LEGION OF MARY – new auxiliary members needed.  Please contact Fr. Andrew for info.

VACANCY – Part Time Admin Asst required for St Conval’s Cemetery, Barrhead. More details from Diocesan Office or  Applications, before 22 October. 

Safeguarding Training for Church Volunteers – Part One

As part of the safe recruitment procedures for the Catholic church in Scotland, new volunteers undertaking regulated work should complete an application form for their role, apply to become a member of the PVG scheme and attend Safeguarding Part One Training.  Part One Training is now available to book through ‘Eventbrite’.  Below are the details of each of the sessions available and the link to book your place through Eventbrite.  

1) Diocesan Centre, Paisley – Tuesday 19th October at 7pm, Tuesday 26th October at 7pm and Wednesday 17th November at 10.30am -                    

2) St. John’s Parish Hall, Port Glasgow – Tuesday 2nd November at 7pm – 

3) St. Joseph’s Parish Hall, Clarkston – Tuesday 9th November at 7pm - 

Online Marriage Counselling available during Covid 19 Crisis: our diocese has a Counselling Service for Catholics Married in the Catholic Church with our dedicated Catholic Marriage Counsellor.  If you are concerned about your relationship and feel you are both unable to reach a conclusion alone, it is likely that you will benefit from marriage counselling.  The counsellor is there to maintain a neutral, non-judgmental position. For information or advice please email in confidence 

Pastoral Formation of Young Adults (18-30) Join us on Wednesday 27th October for our next event at St Mirin’s Cathedral. Fr Jonathan Whitworth will speak about the Eucharist as 'the pearl of great price' (Mt 13:45-46). Afterwards, we will adore the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament and receive the Benediction of the Church. Finally, we will get together over drinks. Connect with us on social media: @DoPYoungAdults (Facebook and Twitter); @rcdopya (Instagram). 

Walsingham Pro-Life Pilgrimage Saturday 23rd October. 12noon ‘The Courage to Proclaim the Gospel of Life on Post-Pandemic Britain' A Pilgrimage of Reparation and Prayer for the Sanctity of Life.  The Pilgrimage commences with midday Mass in the Chapel of Reconciliation celebrated by Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury. Details of the day’s programme can be found on our website at To watch livestream go to the Shrine livestream (Watch Livestream - Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady)  

TODAY – Pastoral Letter from Bishop John Keenan on Synodality. Copies available in porch.  Please take one home with you.

Try to pray the Rosary daily during this month of October for our parish family, the Church and our world.

Pray for a new sense of faith, vision and mission in our parish – especially for those preparing for the sacraments and their families. Every Blessing!