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6th Sunday of Easter (Year A)
17TH MAY 2020

INTRODUCTION

Each Sunday in Easter time we celebrate the gifts we have received in Baptism and Confirmation. We rejoice that the Spirit is our Advocate, who continues to support us in the difficulties of life.

SCRIPTURE READINGS

Acts 8:5-8,14-17: Tells of the successes of the early Church, and the giving of the Spirit to new believers.
1 Peter 3:15-18: Peter writes that Christians should be able to give a reason for the hope that is in them.
John 14:15-21: Jesus repeats his commandments of love and promises the gift of the Spirit.

 

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FATHER STEPHEN'S SUNDAY HOMILY

If you love me – keep my commandments

Each Sunday in Easter time we celebrate the gifts we have received in Baptism and Confirmation. We rejoice that the Spirit is our Advocate, who continues to support us in these difficult times. As we gather today we think of the comfort and warmth of a parish community. If you are a parishioner of St. Joseph’s, Clarkston, you are very welcome. If you are a facebook parishioner of St. Joseph’s, you are welcome. If you are dipping in because perhaps you are seeking the spiritual, encounter with God or seeking something that you cannot yet describe or explain, you are particularly welcome.
 
Since the season of Easter we have celebrated in JOY, but this joy is pointless unless we live out his teaching through the ups and downs of our daily lives. We prepare for Pentecost by praying for the gift and power of the Holy Spirit, praying that the Spirit may build us up in unity and love, which is in the witness of our lives and how we evangelise with that message. We must change for the better – we must become more loving, tender and more patient. It is important to remember that Christ never tried to convert the whole world – the Gospel tells us that the world cannot accept the Spirit of God. It is up to us to reach out to others and stir up people’s hopes and beliefs. Through the voice of the Church, Christ says to us what he said to his apostles: - If you love me – keep my commandments. We couldn’t possibly call ourselves disciples if we don’t listen to his words and make an effort to live by him.
 
So, as we look at the Acts of the Apostles we are told of the successes of the early Church, and the giving of the Spirit to new believers. St. Peter writes in his first letter that Christians should be able to give a reason for the hope that is in them. And in St John’s Gospel we hear Jesus repeats his commandments of love and promises the gift of the Spirit.
 
Saint Peter says something really important this Sunday - which every Catholic and every Christian should think about very carefully. He says, “Always have your answer ready for people who ask you the reason for the hope that you all have.” “Always have your answer ready for people who ask you the reason for the hope that you all have.”
We Catholics, and I include myself in this, are often shy when it comes to giving reasons for the hope that is in us. We easily let ourselves off the hook by saying that questions about the Catholic faith are for other people not me, to answer. I do not know enough, and I am happy believing what I believe. Not good enough says Saint Peter, “Always have your answer ready for people who ask you the reason for the hope that you all have.”
 
I am sure we have all been in the situation when the question of faith comes up in conversation. People are having all kinds of conversations in lockdown with their neighbours and with people online, about faith amongst other things. Even in lockdown, while church doors are closed, the work of the Church of course continues. And all of us who are Catholic have a part to play in this work of having conversations with people and giving reasons for the hope that is in us. It is for us to have thought about our faith and to be able to give the reason for our hope.
 
The opportunity to get into conversation with somebody about faith is an opportunity to do for them an act of love and service, just as getting someone’s shopping is or asking if they need anything. When somebody asks a question about faith or about the hope that is in us or what it means to be Catholic, we get the opportunity to tell them the truth. Last Sunday we heard Jesus describe himself as the Way, the Truth and the Life. Nobody wants to be left in the dark, with no one willing to tell them the truth. The Truth is the person of Jesus Christ. In him and in him alone, is the answer to all our questions.
 
The new reality in which we find ourselves with the restrictions around the coronavirus pandemic is an insight into the new reality that followed the coming of the Holy Spirit on the disciples at Pentecost. Every experience of a new reality involves change and transition. And every new reality presents amazing opportunities. Once lockdown happened in March we had quickly to play catch up, moving our prayer, worship in faith formation online and live streamed, which Canon Tom in Greenock, Fr Jim in Paisley and Bishop Brian in Oban, as well as our Bishop John, Canon Oliver and our Fr Jonathan in the Cathedral have excelled in evangelizing for the people of this parish.
 
Every new challenge requires dependence upon the Holy Spirit, prayer to the Holy Spirit and fidelity to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. In two weeks we will celebrate Pentecost Sunday that wonderful moment marking the beginning of the Church when the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples of Jesus.
 
Beginning nest Thursday we have our Pentecost Novena“ I invite you to join me in praying our Pentecost Novena to the Holy Spirit again this year, when as a diocesan family, we prepare ourselves for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit on our Church and on our mission” - Bishop John. The Diocesan Commission for Evangelisation is promoting this Novena for the nine days from Ascension Thursday (21st May) till Pentecost Sunday (31st May).  To sign up please access the web address
http://eepurl.com/g2D9yP   alternatively you can log on each day to the diocesan web page www.rcdop.org.uk or the Facebook page.
 
Praying deliberately and intentionally for what we need, it is not like inviting somebody to afternoon tea, in a take it or leave it kind of way. Praying deliberately and intentionally involves praying with confidence, praying in the belief God already wants to answer our prayer and grant our request. It means the conviction that God is just waiting for us to ask. It is not God who tires of giving; it is we who tire of asking. This is going to be a wonderful movement of prayer and a transforming movement of prayer and I invite as many people reading now to be part of this.
 
Crucially and importantly, do not just participate yourself. Invite others, family, friends, neighbours, workmates, anybody and everybody to participate in this prayer of invoking insistently the Holy Spirit for a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Pray that we might all be renewed and that the face of the earth will be renewed at this time by the Holy Spirit this Pentecost. Renewed in the Holy Spirit we will indeed be able to have our answer ready for people who ask the reason for the hope that is in us. The reason for the hope that is in us is not of this world, it is of God. And we gain access to God through prayer. We need to be a praying people, constantly invoking the Holy Spirit.
 
So - “Always have your answer ready for people who ask you the reason for the hope that you all have.”

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

Priest: As we gather in prayer as a community we ask the Lord to listen to our prayers.

Reader:
1. We pray for those who preach the Gospel in the Missions at this time of pain and unease.
Lord, hear us. R/

2. We pray for the children who would have made their First Holy Communion around this time, and for senior pupils sitting exams.
Lord, hear us. R/

3. Let us pray for our medical staff - but also the staff in our shops, chemists, the council workers, bin and postal people, as well as the many volunteers, home helps reaching out to our elderly & housebound and all our front line services who are keeping our country going.
Lord, hear us. R/

3. We pray for our sick:
Susan Mercer, Mhairi Ferguson, Betty Noble, Gerry Sampaio, Agnes Brown, John Patterson, Michael Mulhern, Frank McCartney, Tom Devlin, Margaret Rooney, Grace Murphy, Matthew McKinnon, Jan Namespetra, Mairi Lawrie, Sheila Tierney, Douglas Walker, John McLintock, Stefan Svitek, William MacMillan, Margaret Darroch, William Gill, Stephanie Darling, Mhairi Scott, David O’Hagan, ** Rita Harkin, **Scott Douglas, Tom McGoughan, Pat Power, Jim Shields, Suzanne Brett, Rosa Hashani, Eileen Lynn, Josephine McLaughlin, Dillon Newton, Mary Burke, Florence Myles, Rose Boyce.
Lord, Hear us. R/

4. We pray for those who have died recently, especially those from the Coronavirus 19 and:
Peter McBride, Margaret McLaughlin, Mary Stevenson, Anna O’Neill, Chrissie McLeod, Maurice Boyce, Peter Farrelly, Eamon McConville, Chrissie Quinn, Fr Willie Hennessy, Fr Liam Holmes.
Lord, Hear us. R/

5. and for the anniversaries of:
Felix McKenna, Liz Kavala, Margaret Cairns, Kevin Orr, Ellen Tolan.
Lord, hear us. R/

Priest: We thank you, Father that we are born anew, set free to live with the dignity of your beloved children. Through Christ our Lord. Amen

CHURCH CLOSURE

Obviously the Church is closed during this period of the Coronavirus. I realise there is a shutdown from the government to "Stay at Home", which is so important to observe. However, if you are out for your walking exercise, shopping or medicines and are passing the Church on Sunday remember to bless yourself and give thanks for the gift of our faith. The Spiritual Communion Prayer is on the doors; remember to pray it until we pray together as a community. Please take time to pray for our medical staff, the staff in our shops, chemists, the council workers, bin and postal people, home helps and the many volunteers reaching out to our elderly & housebound and all our front line services.

SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

My Jesus, I believe that You are 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 if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

MASSES

All Masses are suspended. Father Stephen will offer Mass on Easter Sunday for all your intentions both living and dead. He will continue to offer a daily Mass privately remembering you and your families. 

PARISH WEBSITE

To find out what’s going on in the Parish click on www.stjosephclarkston.com or stbridgetseaglesham.org. A copy of the bulletin is posted weekly. Any comments or suggestions are very welcome.

SCOTTISH CATHOLIC OBSERVER

Can we encourage you to take out a six-week subscription for £10 by going to www.sconews.co.uk/subscribe or telephone: 01412214956. Your support is vital to keep this Scottish Catholic Paper alive! 
 

BRENDAN COYLE

As you may already know, Brendan has been accepted to do NET in the USA (www.netusa.org). He is grateful for all the support and generosity he has received so far. He had planned a race night in the hall on 17th May as a fundraiser, but this is no longer possible. So he has come up with an alternative - a raffle!! - 1sT Prize is a beautiful Cross Quilt cover, made by his mum. 2nd Prize a 75cl bottle of Bollinger Champagne and 3rd prize a Chocolate Easter Egg. Tickets £2 for 1 or £5 for 3. If interested please contact Brendan 07483251695 or coylebrendan492@gmail.com and he will give you details of how to donate and will put your name in a hat. The draw will be via ZOOM on 17th May.

COLLECTIONS

Last week’s collections realised £420 and a donation of £250. Please post all donations to the Church House.

FUTURE COLLECTIONS

Some parishioners have enquired if they could set up standing orders for the parish in light of the loss of our public Sunday Masses and collections. We are aware that this is an anxious time for all our people, who are concerned for themselves, the well being of their loved ones and the security of their families livelihoods. These forms are available online for those who are able in the circumstances by clicking here for Saint Josephs, and by clicking here for Saint Bridget's.

LETTER FROM BISHOP JOHN

The Parishioners received an Easter Letter from Bishop John in the post today offering us his prayers, thoughts and concerning methods of making our weekly offerings. Our collection envelopes were posted out to either be returned or to change to Standing Orders. There was also another method our Online Parish Offertory portal which you can find in the Homepage of our Diocesan website (https://www.rcdop.org.uk/) This is an easy, swift and safe method of payment. It allows you to make one off or recurring donations, and if you are a taxpayer to Gift Aid your contributions making it worth 25% more at no extra cost. All your donations will be paid weekly to the parish. It’s a concern that the income of the parish has been reduced so much, but there are now plenty of ways to donate for people who can afford it. The letter is in our parish Website.

You can read Bishop John's letter in full here.
 

GIFT AID

We are hoping to post our new offertory envelopes over the next few days. If you pay tax, please consider signing up to the Gift Aid Scheme. By doing this the parish can claim an extra 25% on top of your donation.
 

MONTH OF MAY

This month highlights the presence of Our Lady in the Church. Please use this month to say the Rosary together. "The Family that Prays together Stays together". As a diocese, many of us would travel to Christ the King, Howwood, to celebrate Our Lady of Fatima, at the parish shrine. We would have the Rosary Procession, Exposition, Prayers and a cuppa in the hall. Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.
 

HELP AND SUPPORT

If anyone is isolating or you know of anyone vulnerable needing support please contact: Helen Dougall 07926527550 or via our website and Facebook page who is co-ordinating volunteers to  bring shopping/medicines in Eaglesham and Waterfoot. Or Eleanor in Clarkston, contact - eleanortaylormaxwell@gmail.com.

FOODBANK

Thanks to the people who are leaving food bags at the chapel house door for those most vulnerable around our area. This has been uplifted and distributed both to those who come to the door and the foodbank.

EASTER BLESSINGS AND THANKS

A very blessed 6th week of Easter to you and your families. May the joy of the Risen Christ be with you all. We are very conscious that we are offering prayers for our community. We remember those who are sick and have sadly passed away. Can we also remember Maureen, Chris, James and Deacon Paul who are promoting the life of our parishes through Social Media. You have been a lifeline to our communities at the present moment. ‘Thank You’. We remember all our parishioners and their families. I hope you are all keeping well and managing to cope with all the difficulties. Always think positive! as we place all your concerns in the hands of Our Lord & in the Heart of Mary, our Mother too.

GIFT AID

If you pay tax, please consider signing a Gift Aid form so that the parish can claim an extra 25% on your contribution. The Parish only requires your NI number and address; no other information is required. If you are interested, please speak to Father Stephen.

LEGACIES

When making a will, have you thought of leaving a legacy to the parish or diocese?

BULLETIN BY EMAIL

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PARISH SCHEDULE
(CURRENTLY SUSPENDED DUE TO COVID 19)


SUNDAY MASS
Saturday vigil: 4pm.
Sunday: 10am, 12 noon & 5pm.


WEEKDAY MASS
Monday to Friday: 9:30am.
Saturday: 10am.


CONFESSIONS
Saturdays 9:30am-10am, and after vigil Mass.

MORNING PRAYER & ROSARY
Monday and Friday at 9:10am.
Saturday at 9:40am.


ROSARY FOR PRIESTS
Every Thursday at 9:10am.

PARENTS IN PRAYER
Every Thursday at 10am.

ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
Tuesday: 9am-9:25am, 10am-11am, 6:30pm-7:30pm.
Wednesday: 9am-9:25am, 10am-10:30am.
Thursday: 9am-9:25am, 10am-11am.


DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET
Mondays after 9:30am Mass at the green chairs.

BAPTISMS
Every Sunday at 1pm, by making arrangement with the parish priest. Forms for requesting this Sacrament are available from the sacristy and church house. They should be returned at least one month prior to the requested date.

PARISH CONTACT INFORMATON


SAINT JOSEPH'S CHURCH
Altar servers - Michael Stringer - 01415712271
Altar Society - Veronica Byrnes - 01416442171
Bethany Bereavement Support Group - Elaine Allan - 07814236551
Bullletin notices - 
stjosephclarkston@rcdop.org.uk
eBulletin - Chris McLaughlin - christopher_mclaughlin@hotmail.com - 07957644546
Eucharistic adoration - Dorothy Graham - 01415770121
Eucharistic Ministers (Sunday) - Michael Jordan - 01416444655 - 
michealjordan73@hotmail.com
Eucharistic Ministers (weekdays) - Jean Wardrop - 01415717865
Hall bookings - David Melvin - 01416442640
Music Coordinator & Choir - Joe Byrnes - 01416442171 - 
joeveronica@btinternet.com
Passkeepers - Peter McMillan - 07791651525 - mcmillan96@btinternet.com
Pastoral Council - Patricia Hassett - 01415710937 - patricia.hassett@ntlworld.com
Parish House - 01416442640
Pope Francis Awards (Primary schools) - Louise Sheridan - 07969571406
Safeguarding coordinators - Veronica Dowling and David Melvin 01416442640


CHURCH GROUPS
Bus Drivers - Pat O'Brien - 01415718169 - pobg46@yahoo.co.uk
Children's liturgy - Frances McLean - 01416440712
Fertility Care Scotland - Angela McCallum - 01416386802
Justice & Peace - Michael Martin - 01416387358
Parents in Prayer -
stjosephsparentsinprayer@gmail.com
R.C.I.A. - Alice Connolly - 644 5704
Sentry - Lucy Jackson

Saint Vincent de Paul - Anne Marie Kelly


CLUBS AND SOCIETIES
Art Club- Gerry Donaghy - 07908475475
Cubs - Margaret Logan - 01412396095
Golf Society - 01416442640
Scouts, Cubs, Beavers - Thomas McCabe - 01415717663
Tuesday Club - Margaret Logan - 01412396095
200 Club -
Chris McLaughlin - christopher_mclaughlin@hotmail.com - 07957644546


CHARITIES
Age Scotland - Rita Stewart - 01416443207

Wayside Club - Jim White - 01416375806
Mary’s Meals - Eddie Deighan - 01416444498
SCIAF - Peter McMillan - 07791651525

Starter packs - 01414401008

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