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7th Sunday of Easter (Year A)
24TH 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, supporting us in the difficulties of life.

SCRIPTURE READINGS

Acts 1:12-14 All joined in continuous prayer.
1 Peter 4:13-16 It is a blessing for you when they insult you for bearing the name of Christ.
John 17:1-11 The Father glorifies His Son as he ascends to heaven in preparation for the coming of the Holy Spirit.

 
The full Mass readings for today and for the next seven days can be found here courtesy of universalis.comThe Universalis app for Android and iOS provides offline access to all Mass and Divine Office texts for the complete liturgical cycle on your mobile device for a one-off cost of £9.99.

FATHER STEPHEN'S SUNDAY HOMILY

Saying goodbye is good and yet it can be difficult. Goodbyes can be painful as it is challenging for some families depending on the dynamics in the family, but where there is love, deep love, there is hope. And where there is hope Jesus tells us he is there.
 
A week last Saturday two friends of mine from County Armagh, Oonagh and Nulua buried their brother Eamon. This experience was strengthened by their gift of faith, and if you knew them, they are full of faith amidst all the pain they have carried over the years. Yet at this time when you are not allowed to gather as a family and friends around you – it is devastating. Saying goodbyes we need and gather as a family. They are around us, as the Apostles were around Jesus in the Gospel today. The number of people who were able to zoom in and use social media is consoling at the funeral, but how do we say our goodbyes in these arenas? Streaming it is fine, but there is nothing we could do. We could not express our emotions or  our affection. We were there in spirit for the family - a spirit of comfort and a spirit of strength.
 
The day before Eamon died, he said that he was not able to die because the silage was not brought in. So the family and neighbours came together to bring in their silage, because this was his life as a farmer. All the local farmers worked right through the night until 1:00am. As a community they told him ‘Be at rest now’. So before the Lord said his goodbye he told his disciples I want you to be at peace. And you can do this by unifying yourselves. That’s what Oonagh and Nulua’ s family and neighbours did last week! That’s what we can do as a community in St Joseph’s and in St Bridget’s (which we witnessed on Friday at the funeral of Peter McBride). That is what we can do in Eaglesham and in Clarkston. That’s natural for us and that is what the Lord is asking us to do.
 
 
If we are saying goodbye, there is often one really important thing we want to say before departure. The prayer of unity is the last thing Jesus says to his disciples in his farewell prayer. He tells the Apostles that he loves them, that He will send the Spirit, and that they need to be unified so that they will survive all the persecutions and troubles that will come along. ‘Father, the hour has come: glorify your Son so that your Son may glorify you.’
 
This week’s Gospel is a wonderful, hope-filled message today. It is a message of empowerment and encouragement. The Ascension last week reminds us that the pain, death and grief will not have the last word. We are called to be Easter people. We are invited to shine the light of hope into the darkness of the tomb. We do it when we console the bereaved, feed the hungry, clothe the naked and forgive those who have hurt us. We do it, above all, when we exercise charity. Amen
 
This Sunday we mark World Social Communications Day. Unfortunately the Pope’s Message was published in January before the worldwide impact of Coronavirus and so the Holy Father’s Message does seem oddly detached from the reality we are all currently living.
 
However, what has become clear these days is how people seek out spiritual support in spite of, or perhaps because of, not being able to come to church.   We have responded to that need by using technology (for some of us a real challenge!) to build up and encourage, not just maintain, the faith of those in our parishes and, through the Internet, far beyond parish boundaries.
 
Exactly ten years ago Pope Benedict asked priests “to respond pastorally (to the new era) by putting the media ever more effectively at the service of the Word”.   Looking round our Diocese I think we would be justified in feeling a sense of satisfaction in our pastoral response to this “new era” and be confident as we move towards the “new normal”.
 
Stay safe. May God bless and reward each one of you. God bless you all this weekend. As we walk through another week of this pandemic think positive, pray for others, think of others and in a special way this day as the Father glorifies His Son as he ascends to heaven in preparation for the coming of the Holy Spirit let us remember those going through mental anguish, give them peace of mind. Let us pray -
‘Loving God, we pray today for those who are confronted by the sadness and confusion of mental illness, and for those upon whom they
depend for attention and compassionate care. Look with mercy on all
whose afflictions bring them weakness, distress, confusion or isolation.
Provide for them homes of dignity and peace; give to them understanding
helpers and the willingness to accept help. We ask this in the name of
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen’.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

Priest: Let us share the joy experienced by the disciples, the joy that comes from confident prayer.

Reader:
1. Christ departed from his followers, but remained with them in Spirit and in power.  Let us pray for the renewal our faith in Christ’s presence within us and among us.
Lord, hear us. R/

2. For proclaiming the mission of Jesus; that we may grow in the conviction that the Lord is present and active.
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, Elaine Hepburn, Tom McGoughan, Pat Power, Jim Shields, Suzanne Brett, Rosa Hashani, Eileen Lynn, Josephine McLaughlin, Dillon Newton, Mary Burke, Florence Myles, Rose Boyce, Carmela Barletta, Vera Murray, Mrs McAndrew.
Lord, Hear us. R/

4. We pray for those who have died recently, especially those from the Coronavirus 19 and:
Peter McBride, Sonja Anderson, Mary Stevenson, Jean Aitken, Tina Ryitano, Joseph Duffy, Paul Shirley, Betty Heron, Margo Farrell, Mr McAndrew.
Lord, Hear us. R/

5. and for the anniversaries of:
Paul Stratton, Jim Power, John Fawcett
Lord, hear us. R/

Priest:
Accept our gratitude, praise and worship, Lord, as we offer you these prayers. 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! 
 

WORLD COMMUINCATIONS DAY

This Sunday we mark World Communications Day. What has become clear these days is how people seek out spiritual support in spite of, or perhaps because of, not being able to come to church. We have responded to that need by using technology (for some of us a real challenge!) to build up and encourage, not just maintain, the faith of those in our parishes and, through the Internet, far beyond parish boundaries. Exactly ten years ago Pope Benedict asked priests “to respond pastorally (to the new era) by putting the media ever more effectively at the service of the Word”. Looking round our Diocese I think we would be justified in feeling a sense of satisfaction in our pastoral response to this “new era” and be confident as we move towards the “new normal”.

You can read the Holy Father's message for World Communications Day here.
 

COLLECTIONS

Last week’s collections realised £1,427. 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 last week 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 7th week of Easter to you & 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 of St. Bridget’s & St. Joseph’s 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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