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The Season of Lent closes with Holy Week. The liturgy is not afraid of tragedy. It makes us live the hour of Jesus, that Hour at once dark and glorious for which he said he had come. We follow his every footstep, from the triumphant entry into Jerusalem acclaimed by the crowd of his followers, to the loneliness of Golgotha where he is abandoned by almost everyone, even those he himself had chosen and for whom he gives his life. Everything happens quickly and seems to collapse. Yet, even in what seems complete dereliction – “Father, why have you deserted me?” – Jesus, with outstretched arms, attracts and gathers to himself mankind and the universe. All seems lost, all is about to begin.
PARISH NOTICES FROM THE BULLETIN
PALM SUNDAY is celebrated this Sunday. Canon Gargaro will bless the palms and these will be made available when our church is re-opened.
Good Friday is a day of Fasting and Abstinence- having only one full meal which is sufficient to maintain one’s strength. Two other meatless meals are allowed, light and penitential. Everyone 14 years of age and older is bound to the law of abstinence, and everyone 18 years of age but not yet 60 is bound to the law of fasting, being mindful of one’s own physical condition at this time.
Confession- although you may not be able to get to confession, Good Friday would be a good day to spend some time reflecting on your life and any sins for which you would ask forgiveness, making an act of sorrow.
Act of Sorrow Prayer
My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Saviour Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy.
Flourish has now been published as an online only edition – you can download it for free at
Parish Children (young and old)- Tamara, our Youth Worker has been producing material for our children and we have been publishing this on our website. Take the time to have a look as this may be something you can share with grandchildren or even use yourself.
PLEASE PRAY FOR:
RIP: Desmond McCarthy
Anniversaries: John Graham, Thomas McCann,
Jim Hamilton, Michael McCann
Today is the beginning of Holy Week. This is the most important time in the Church's year when we celebrate the death and Resurrection of Christ through the beautiful liturgies of the Easter Triduum. The Vatican has adapted these liturgies to take account of the closure of the churches. Although you cannot attend them, please make a special effort to participate in these times of prayer as a sign that our whole life is a sharing in the life and death of Our Lord, looking forward to sharing with Him in eternal life.
The Archbishop will be celebrating the following liturgies in the Cathedral:
Palm Sunday 12 noon
Holy Thursday 6pm
Good Friday 3pm
Easter Vigil 8.30pm
These will all be streamed live and can be accessed using the link on their website www.cathedralg1.org or by going directly to the link https://www.mcnmedia.tv/camera/st-andrews-cathedral
Canon Gargaro will do his best to record his celebrations in St Patrick’s and will post them on Facebook.
On Holy Thursday night the Blessed Sacrament will be moved to the Altar of Repose where Night Prayer will be said. This, too, will be recorded.
In our own homes on Good Friday we may want to create a prayer space using a candle and a cross, lighting the candle at 3pm.
Visiting of Sick and Housebound:- Canon Gargaro is not permitted to visit the sick and housebound as these are high risk people and we need to avoid bringing the virus to them.
Virtual Mass:- the Cathedral streams Mass 3 times per day (0815, 1300, 1715 on Weekdays and on Sundays with Vigil Mass Saturday at 1715, Sundays 1000, 1200, 1715). You can join in spiritually through the link on their website or by going directly to the link https://www.mcnmedia.tv/camera/st-andrews-cathedral
Bulletin:- we will continue to produce a bulletin which will be posted on Facebook and on the website.
Anniversaries and notification of deaths:- please continue to let us know whom you wish to pray for either by email, a private message on our Facebook page, by phoning the parish or by dropping a note through the house door.
Praying for the sick:- although we will not publish names of the sick, Canon Gargaro will pray for your sick. Please let him know any names of those you wish him to pray for either by email, a private message on our Facebook page, by phoning the parish or by dropping a note through the house door.
Praying in the church- although you are not able to visit the church your candles will continue to be lit at the tabernacle to pray for all who are sick, all who have died and all who suffer.
Praying at Home:- the Scottish Bishops have prepared a leaflet that can be used at home. We have adapted this so that it is relevant for this Sunday This will be available on our Facebook page and the Parish website.
Parish Wellbeing:- we have put 2 measures in place to help with our wellbeing as a community.
St. Patrick’s is a Parish of the Archdiocese of Glasgow,
a Designated Religious Charity, Number SC018140
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