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Saint Mirin’s Parish,
Incle Street,
Paisley PA1 1HR

Phone: 0141 889 2404
Website:  www.saintmirins.co.uk
E-mail: stmirinscathedral@rcdop.org.uk

Monsignor Joseph Burke, Administrator

Fr. Laurent Bwambale
Fr Ryan Black

Deacon  Pat Doogan
Deacon Jack Gallagher (retired)


Community Prayer at St. Mirin’s Cathedral

Sunday Mass:  

 Vigil (Saturday) 4pm and 5.30pm

 8am,  10 am and 12 noon.  (Polish Mass) 2.30pm. 5.00pm

Weekdays:
  
Mon - Fri: 10.00am & 1.00pm
Saturday: 10.00am


Registering for Weekday / Sunday  Mass

You now need to book for all masses.

You will be asked to sign in with your name and phone number for masses at the door to comply with ‘Track and Trace’.  

Please book via the
online system if you can.  If you are unable to book via the online system then please phone the booking line number on the Monday prior to the masses you wish to attend, leaving the names of all individuals attending, a contact phone number and the day and time of the Sunday or vigil mass you wish to attend.  
0141 887 0626.




St Mirin’s Cathedral Bulletin Notices    
Sunday 22nd November 2020 - The Solemnity of Christ the King






A King with a Difference!

Today is the final Sunday of the Church’s liturgical year and the year comes to its culmination with a glorious celebration—the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe!! Today, Mother Church asks us to think of our God, majestic and resplendent in the glory of Heaven, being adored by all the angels and saints. However, we also ponder how Christ the King is a king with a difference.

When we think of an earthly king or ruler, even a good king, we cannot help but have the image of someone who is remote and aloof from his people, living in a palace surrounded by high walls or a moat who occasionally is seen by his subjects as he performs some public duty or other or is driven from one place to the next. The subjects are distant from their king and the king from them.

The King of the Universe, our God, is not like that. Although infinitely superior to any earthly king or ruler, the image the Lord Himself uses to describe Himself is that of a Shepherd-King or Good Shepherd caring for those placed in His charge and with a particular concern for the weak and the voiceless, the forgotten and the downtrodden. He is the Servant-King, reaching out to help and not forgetting His people. Instead He watches over us and walks with us not just in the good times of life but especially in the dark and difficult times. How many earthly kings do that?

Moreover, the King of the Universe makes it clear that He expects His subjects to follow His examples. The Gospel passage for today tells of the Day of Judgement when the King will judge all of His creation using two simple criteria: one, how do we show our loyalty and faithfulness to God? Do we pray, do we do what He asks of us? Do we truly follow Him and want to follow Him? The second of the criteria is how we put our love for God into action in dealing with our brothers and sisters, those we encounter every day? Do we show mercy, kindness or are we critical and judgemental? Do we use our words to build up or to tear down? In today’s gospel we hear Jesus’ words, “In so far as you did this to one of the least of these people, you did it to me…In so far as you neglected to do this to one of the least of these people, you neglected to do it to me!”.

We are SO blessed to have God, a King who is so good to us. Because of His benevolence, His goodness and generosity, our King rightly deserves our loyalty and our faithfulness.
May we never let Him down but always desire to show our love and loyalty to Him. Amen.



Prayer Requests

Of your charity, please pray for the happy repose of the souls of those who have died recently:

   • Raymond McCue

   • Annie Morrison

   • Michael Frank


Please pray too for those whose anniversaries occur around this time, especially:

   • John Joseph Lynch

   • Ian McKay

   • Bridget and Thomas Melly

   • Jean Maria and William Tait


Please continue to pray for those who are sick, especially those from our own parish.


Renfrewshire Enters Tier 4

The First Minister declared that Renfrewshire will enter into Tier 4 from 6pm on Friday 20th November. Maximum numbers at Masses, Funerals and Baptisms have been reduced to 20 by law; maximum numbers at Weddings have been reduced to 15.

Because of high demand, it is necessary to book for every Mass at the cathedral, including weekdays. Entry to the cathedral will be refused to those who have not booked places.

There will be 15 places available via the online system (click here). Five places for each Mass can be booked over the phone. To book over the phone for a weekday Mass, please call Cathedral House (0141 889 2404); to book over the phone for a Vigil or Sunday Mass, please call the Booking Number (0141 887 0626).

Booking over the telephone will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Please do not try to book over the phone more than 2 days in advance. Please also be considerate by not attempting to book places at more than two weekday Masses each week.

In order to allow as many people as possible to attend Mass, there will be an additional 5pm Sunday Mass for the duration of our time in Tier 4.

Those who are unable to attend Mass should consider making use of the Dial-a-Mass initiative by calling 0141 473 4869. We are sorry for the inconvenience this causes. We ask you for your patience as we try to respond to the new restrictions.


House Visits to the Sick

Because of Government and Bishops’ Conference restrictions, we are still unable to make regular, arranged visits to the sick and housebound. However, please note that we are permitted to respond to requests for visits to the sick and housebound, especially to administer the sacraments (Holy Communion, Confession, Sacrament of the Sick). Please share this information with anyone who would benefit from it.


First RCIA Meeting: Monday 14th December

We have provisionally scheduled the first meeting of those interested in embarking on this year’s RCIA journey for Monday 14th December. Restrictions permitting, this will take place in the Cathedral Halls. Please share this information with those who might be interested.

If you or someone you know would be interested in taking part in the RCIA process, please speak to Msgr Joe, Fr Ryan or Fr Laurent as soon as possible, or email the parish at stmirinscathedral@rcdop.org.uk to arrange an appointment.


Collections

We will ordinarily publish the sums raised every two weeks. However, because the priests were isolating, the count will take place this weekend. On average, a weekly collection at the cathedral currently realises £850. Of course, everyone will have been hit financially by the pandemic; this is true also of the parish. A small increase in donations from those who can afford it would make a big difference. Thank you for your continued support.

Since we announced that major work would need to take place to replace boilers and repair pipework, we have received several donations at Cathedral House, and a further £1,490 on our recently-launched JustGiving page. Thank you for your generosity. To donate via JustGiving, please click here.


Special Collection: Education

This collection supports the Scottish Catholic Education Service (SCES) which promotes and protects our Catholic schools in issues of national significance, and supports our schools, parishes and dioceses. The national office supports three employees. In 2019 this collection a raised £18,530, which represents 50% of our expenditure of £37,340, resulting in a shortfall of £18,810.
 

November Lists

The traditional November List devotion will be honoured this year, but restrictions from the Scottish Government and the Bishops’ Conference prohibit us from distributing blank lists. Please continue to post your completed November Lists through the letter box at Cathedral House or email them to stmirinscathedral@rcdop.org.uk.

The priests will celebrate Masses throughout November for the happy repose of the souls of our beloved dead, especially those whose names appear on our November Lists. May the souls of our beloved dead rest in the peace of Christ.

If you would like to make an offering for the Masses for the Holy Souls, please include it with your November List, or click here. If you make an offering online, please be sure to include details of it with your List.


Cold Cathedral

The boilers must be replaced, and pipework under the ramp at the Door of Mercy must be repaired. The heating system in the hall is also causing problems. This work will incur a massive expense, which will have to be added to the existing parish debt of approximately £180,000. The diocesan Fabric and Finance Committee met on Friday to agree terms for a loan. We will update you next weekend.

Please note that the work is not expected to be completed until early December, and so it is possible/likely that we will have to move out of the cathedral and into the hall for Mass, when the colder weather sets in. Over the next few weeks, please wear extra layers at Mass. We are sorry for the inconvenience and are trying to get the works done as soon as possible.


Commemorating Victims of Coronavirus

At the 10am Mass on Sunday 22nd November, in the month of the Holy Souls, we will commemorate those who have died from the coronavirus. This year has been incredibly challenging, but we thank God for the gift of faith that we have received, and we make use of that gift by praying for those who have died, especially those whom we have known. A candle will burn at all the Vigil Masses and Sunday Masses next weekend as a sign of our prayers. May they rest in peace, and may this pandemic come to an end soon.


Hawkhead Cemetery Mass

Because of Scottish Government restrictions, we are unable to celebrate the annual Mass at Hawkhead Cemetery for the repose of the souls of those buried there. However, the 12pm Mass on Sunday 22nd November at St Mirin’s Cathedral will be celebrated for this same purpose. This Mass can be followed via the cathedral’s livestream.


Confessions at St Mirin’s Cathedral (during the Pandemic)

Please note that the annual diocesan Advent All-Day Confessions at St Mirin’s Cathedral have been cancelled because of the pandemic. However, a priest will be available to hear confessions after public 10am and 1pm Masses on weekdays, and after public 10am Masses on Saturdays. Please come to the main sacristy after Mass. Remember that you must wear a face covering or mask.


St Mirin’s Cathedral on Social Media

The parish Facebook Page and Twitter Feed are once again live. In the coming weeks, it is possible that we might require assistance in keeping these important channels updated. In the meantime, please connect with us and share our content, so that more people can find out what is happening in the mother church of our diocese!


Other News

Special Collection for Education on 22nd November 2020

This collection supports the Scottish Catholic Education Service (SCES) which promotes and protects our Catholic schools in issues of national significance, and supports our schools, parishes and dioceses. The national office supports three employees. In 2018 this collection and our Friends Campaign raised £34,308, which represents 59% of our expenditure of £33,754, resulting in a small surplus of £554.


Vocations

“I shall look after my flock myself… I myself will pasture my sheep.” Is the Lord asking you to share in his pastoral love for his people, perhaps in diocesan priesthood, diaconate or religious life? Contact Fr John Morrison on the phone (0141 8895056) or via email (vocations@rcdop.org.uk).


Online Rosary and Stations of the Cross

You are invited to join us, Catholic Erskine, to pray the Rosary, online, Monday – Thursday and Saturday at 12 noon each day. You are also invited to join us on Friday at 12 noon, when we pray the Stations of the Cross. At present we are using “Mary’s Way of the Cross” – a series of prayers, reflections and meditations as we accompany Mary as she follows her Son on his road to Calvary. To join any of these ventures please visit our website; www.catholicerskine.website and click onto the Rosary link. All welcome.


Alpha Course in the Catholic Context – Diocese of Paisley Evangelisation Commission

Dear friends of Paisley diocese, the mission of the Church is to "Go, make disciples of all nations..." (Mt 28). Alpha's mission is like it – we equip and serve the Church in its mission to help people discover and develop a relationship with Jesus.

Jesus calls us to faithfulness to his mission regardless of the time and place we live. We know that 2020 has been a particularly challenging year due to the Covid-19 pandemic: lots of parishes are struggling financially; limitations on Mass attendance; parish ministries have had to reduce or stop altogether; continued social distancing has left priests and parishioners feeling disconnected and isolated; many priests feel overwhelmed and under resourced at this time. The idea of doing anything new can feel daunting, if not impossible.

That's why, at Alpha, we want to help lighten that burden and equip parishes to raise leaders, share the good news of Jesus, connect people with each other and with God, and create community with other parishes. The team at Alpha - Catholic Context UK have developed new training for parishes in your diocese. This is a unique opportunity to be trained directly by the Alpha UK team to get up and running with Alpha Online.

To register for training on Saturday 14th November 10am-1pm please click here. If you have any questions, please contact Mike Roche at michael.roche@alpha.org. We can't wait to see you in November for the Alpha Online training!


Revision of In God’s Image

We are revising IN GOD’S IMAGE, the Safeguarding Policy Manual of the Catholic Church in Scotland. We welcome online comments to improve our Safeguarding practice by 30th November 2020. We want to hear from all who are interested in keeping children and vulnerable adults safe, above all from survivors or victims. You can comment anonymously. To speak to someone directly, please email: IGI.Comments@bcos.org.uk or write to: In God’s Image, Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, 64 Aitken Street, AIRDRIE, ML6 6LT.


Community Circle of Prayer

Every Friday evening, people gather online at 7pm for the Community Circle of Prayer. This half-hour event simply consists of a little music, some readings and the opportunity to share our prayer petitions and support others in theirs. Each week there is a different broad theme; we have explored The Call to Discipleship, Care of our Sick, Forgiveness, Guardian Angels, The Faithful Departed, The Way of the Cross to name but a few. Last week was our 6-month anniversary!

Why not spend half an hour with us this Friday in community and fellowship? You would be most welcome! To join please use the Zoom link (https://zoom.us/j/8510142970?pwd=UUtVa2ZhOFUxa2NSZmJCckZOek0rUT09). Just click and you are in! All welcome, from wherever you are.


Beware of ‘Protect Scotland’ App Scams

If you are contacted by NHS (test and protect), it will be by phone on a single national telephone number 0800 030 8012. Scammers are contacting the public advising them that they have been in near contact with someone who has tested positive with Coronavirus and must get a test, and self- isolate. They then ask for payments for various services. If the call is not from the above number, please ignore it.


Marriage Matters (www.twoinoneflesh.org.uk) for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Always be ready. Jesus said we must always be ready for His second coming, ready to meet Him. Being ‘ready’ doesn’t mean spending all the time doing religious things. For married couples, being ‘ready’ means being ready to listen to each other, sharing thoughts and feelings. Keep your ‘love tank’ full by thinking of ways he or she can be surprised by love.


Safeguarding ‘Thought for the Month’ (November 2020)

The Catholic Church is committed to respecting, protecting and nurturing the dignity of all people.


Working to Eradicate Domestic Abuse

The Scottish Interfaith Group on Domestic Abuse invites you to their Webinar on Wednesday 25th November 7.30pm (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women). The webinar will inform you with: insights into domestic abuse from a survivor: how COVID-19 has impacted abuse (Women’s Aid and an MSP): the collaboration of all faiths against domestic abuse: the international aspect of domestic abuse from a leading charity; learning how to help. To register and receive the Zoom code go to http://ifgoda.org.uk You will receive an email with all the details. We can all help in the work of countering abuse.





                                                                                                                                     






















Working to Eradicate Domestic Abuse

The Scottish Interfaith Group on Domestic Abuse invites you to their Webinar on Wednesday 25th November 7.30pm (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women). The webinar will inform you with: insights into domestic abuse from a survivor: how COVID-19 has impacted abuse (Women’s Aid and an MSP): the collaboration of all faiths against domestic abuse: the international aspect of domestic abuse from a leading charity; learning how to help. To register and receive the Zoom code go to http://ifgoda.org.uk You will receive an email with all the details. We can all help in the work of countering abuse.

The Scottish Interfaith Group on Domestic Abuse invites you to their Webinar on Wednesday 25th November 7.30pm (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women). The webinar will inform you with: insights into domestic abuse from a survivor: how COVID-19 has impacted abuse (Women’s Aid and an MSP): the collaboration of all faiths against domestic abuse: the international aspect of domestic abuse from a leading charity; learning how to help. To register and receive the Zoom code go to http://ifgoda.org.uk You will receive an email with all the details. We can all help in the work of countering abuse.

who has tested positive with Coronavirus and must get a test, and self- isolate. They then ask for payments for various services. If the call is not from the above number, please ignore it.

Marriage Matters (www.twoinoneflesh.org.uk) for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Always be ready. Jesus said we must always be ready for His second coming, ready to meet Him. Being ‘ready’ doesn’t mean spending all the time doing religious things. For married couples, being ‘ready’ means being ready to listen to each other, sharing thoughts and feelings. Keep your ‘love tank’ full by thinking of ways he or she can be surprised by love.

Safeguarding ‘Thought for the Month’ (November 2020)

The Catholic Church is committed to respecting, protecting and nurturing the dignity of all people.

Working to Eradicate Domestic Abuse

The Scottish Interfaith Group on Domestic Abuse invites you to their Webinar on Wednesday 25th November 7.30pm (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women). The webinar will inform you with: insights into domestic abuse from a survivor: how COVID-19 has impacted abuse (Women’s Aid and an MSP): the collaboration of all faiths against domestic abuse: the international aspect of domestic abuse from a leading charity; learning how to help. To register and receive the Zoom code go to http://ifgoda.org.uk You will receive an email with all the details. We can all help in the work of countering abuse.

Because of high demand, it is necessary to book for every Mass at the cathedral, including weekdays. Entry to the cathedral will be refused to those who have not booked places.

There will be 15 places available via the online system (click here). Five places for each Mass can be booked over the phone. To book over the phone for a weekday Mass, please call Cathedral House (0141 889 2404); to book over the phone for a Vigil or Sunday Mass, please call the Booking Number (0141 887 0626).

Booking over the telephone will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Please do not try to book over the phone more than 2 days in advance. Please also be considerate by not attempting to book places at more than two weekday Masses each week.

In order to allow as many people as possible to attend Mass, there will be an additional 5pm Sunday Mass for the duration of our time in Tier 4.

Those who are unable to attend Mass should consider making use of the Dial-a-Mass initiative by calling 0141 473 4869. We are sorry for the inconvenience this causes. We ask you for your patience as we try to respond to the new restrictions.

House Visits to the Sick

Because of Government and Bishops’ Conference restrictions, we are still unable to make regular, arranged visits to the sick and housebound. However, please note that we are permitted to respond to requests for visits to the sick and housebound, especially to administer the sacraments (Holy Communion, Confession, Sacrament of the Sick). Please share this information with anyone who would benefit from it.

First RCIA Meeting: Monday 14th December

We have provisionally scheduled the first meeting of those interested in embarking on this year’s RCIA journey for Monday 14th December. Restrictions permitting, this will take place in the Cathedral Halls. Please share this information with those who might be interested.

If you or someone you know would be interested in taking part in the RCIA process, please speak to Msgr Joe, Fr Ryan or Fr Laurent as soon as possible, or email the parish at stmirinscathedral@rcdop.org.uk to arrange an appointment.

Collections

We will ordinarily publish the sums raised every two weeks. However, because the priests were isolating, the count will take place this weekend. On average, a weekly collection at the cathedral currently realises £850. Of course, everyone will have been hit financially by the pandemic; this is true also of the parish. A small increase in donations from those who can afford it would make a big difference. Thank you for your continued support.

Since we announced that major work would need to take place to replace boilers and repair pipework, we have received several donations at Cathedral House, and a further £1,490 on our recently-launched JustGiving page. Thank you for your generosity. To donate via JustGiving, please click here.

Special Collection: Education

This collection supports the Scottish Catholic Education Service (SCES) which promotes and protects our Catholic schools in issues of national significance, and supports our schools, parishes and dioceses. The national office supports three employees. In 2019 this collection a raised £18,530, which represents 50% of our expenditure of £37,340, resulting in a shortfall of £18,810.

November Lists

The traditional November List devotion will be honoured this year, but restrictions from the Scottish Government and the Bishops’ Conference prohibit us from distributing blank lists. Please continue to post your completed November Lists through the letter box at Cathedral House or email them to stmirinscathedral@rcdop.org.uk.

The priests will celebrate Masses throughout November for the happy repose of the souls of our beloved dead, especially those whose names appear on our November Lists. May the souls of our beloved dead rest in the peace of Christ.

If you would like to make an offering for the Masses for the Holy Souls, please include it with your November List, or click here. If you make an offering online, please be sure to include details of it with your List.

Cold Cathedral

The boilers must be replaced, and pipework under the ramp at the Door of Mercy must be repaired. The heating system in the hall is also causing problems. This work will incur a massive expense, which will have to be added to the existing parish debt of approximately £180,000. The diocesan Fabric and Finance Committee met on Friday to agree terms for a loan. We will update you next weekend.

Please note that the work is not expected to be completed until early December, and so it is possible/likely that we will have to move out of the cathedral and into the hall for Mass, when the colder weather sets in. Over the next few weeks, please wear extra layers at Mass. We are sorry for the inconvenience and are trying to get the works done as soon as possible.

Commemorating Victims of Coronavirus

At the 10am Mass on Sunday 22nd November, in the month of the Holy Souls, we will commemorate those who have died from the coronavirus. This year has been incredibly challenging, but we thank God for the gift of faith that we have received, and we make use of that gift by praying for those who have died, especially those whom we have known. A candle will burn at all the Vigil Masses and Sunday Masses next weekend as a sign of our prayers. May they rest in peace, and may this pandemic come to an end soon.

Hawkhead Cemetery Mass

Because of Scottish Government restrictions, we are unable to celebrate the annual Mass at Hawkhead Cemetery for the repose of the souls of those buried there. However, the 12pm Mass on Sunday 22nd November at St Mirin’s Cathedral will be celebrated for this same purpose. This Mass can be followed via the cathedral’s livestream.

Confessions at St Mirin’s Cathedral (during the Pandemic)

Please note that the annual diocesan Advent All-Day Confessions at St Mirin’s Cathedral have been cancelled because of the pandemic. However, a priest will be available to hear confessions after public 10am and 1pm Masses on weekdays, and after public 10am Masses on Saturdays. Please come to the main sacristy after Mass. Remember that you must wear a face covering or mask.

St Mirin’s Cathedral on Social Media

The parish Facebook Page and Twitter Feed are once again live. In the coming weeks, it is possible that we might require assistance in keeping these important channels updated. In the meantime, please connect with us and share our content, so that more people can find out what is happening in the mother church of our diocese!

Other News

Special Collection for Education on 22nd November 2020

This collection supports the Scottish Catholic Education Service (SCES) which promotes and protects our Catholic schools in issues of national significance, and supports our schools, parishes and dioceses. The national office supports three employees. In 2018 this collection and our Friends Campaign raised £34,308, which represents 59% of our expenditure of £33,754, resulting in a small surplus of £554.

Vocations

“I shall look after my flock myself… I myself will pasture my sheep.” Is the Lord asking you to share in his pastoral love for his people, perhaps in diocesan priesthood, diaconate or religious life? Contact Fr John Morrison on the phone (0141 8895056) or via email (vocations@rcdop.org.uk).

Online Rosary and Stations of the Cross

You are invited to join us, Catholic Erskine, to pray the Rosary, online, Monday – Thursday and Saturday at 12 noon each day. You are also invited to join us on Friday at 12 noon, when we pray the Stations of the Cross. At present we are using “Mary’s Way of the Cross” – a series of prayers, reflections and meditations as we accompany Mary as she follows her Son on his road to Calvary. To join any of these ventures please visit our website; www.catholicerskine.website and click onto the Rosary link. All welcome.

Alpha Course in the Catholic Context – Diocese of Paisley Evangelisation Commission

Dear friends of Paisley diocese, the mission of the Church is to "Go, make disciples of all nations..." (Mt 28). Alpha's mission is like it – we equip and serve the Church in its mission to help people discover and develop a relationship with Jesus.

Jesus calls us to faithfulness to his mission regardless of the time and place we live. We know that 2020 has been a particularly challenging year due to the Covid-19 pandemic: lots of parishes are struggling financially; limitations on Mass attendance; parish ministries have had to reduce or stop altogether; continued social distancing has left priests and parishioners feeling disconnected and isolated; many priests feel overwhelmed and under resourced at this time. The idea of doing anything new can feel daunting, if not impossible.

That's why, at Alpha, we want to help lighten that burden and equip parishes to raise leaders, share the good news of Jesus, connect people with each other and with God, and create community with other parishes. The team at Alpha - Catholic Context UK have developed new training for parishes in your diocese. This is a unique opportunity to be trained directly by the Alpha UK team to get up and running with Alpha Online.

To register for training on Saturday 14th November 10am-1pm please click here. If you have any questions, please contact Mike Roche at michael.roche@alpha.org. We can't wait to see you in November for the Alpha Online training!

Revision of In God’s Image

We are revising IN GOD’S IMAGE, the Safeguarding Policy Manual of the Catholic Church in Scotland. We welcome online comments to improve our Safeguarding practice by 30th November 2020. We want to hear from all who are interested in keeping children and vulnerable adults safe, above all from survivors or victims. You can comment anonymously. To speak to someone directly, please email: IGI.Comments@bcos.org.uk or write to: In God’s Image, Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, 64 Aitken Street, AIRDRIE, ML6 6LT.

Community Circle of Prayer

Every Friday evening, people gather online at 7pm for the Community Circle of Prayer. This half-hour event simply consists of a little music, some readings and the opportunity to share our prayer petitions and support others in theirs. Each week there is a different broad theme; we have explored The Call to Discipleship, Care of our Sick, Forgiveness, Guardian Angels, The Faithful Departed, The Way of the Cross to name but a few. Last week was our 6-month anniversary!

Why not spend half an hour with us this Friday in community and fellowship? You would be most welcome! To join please use the Zoom link (https://zoom.us/j/8510142970?pwd=UUtVa2ZhOFUxa2NSZmJCckZOek0rUT09). Just click and you are in! All welcome, from wherever you are.

Beware of ‘Protect Scotland’ App Scams

If you are contacted by NHS (test and protect), it will be by phone on a single national telephone number 0800 030 8012. Scammers are contacting the public advising them that they have been in near contact with someone

who has tested positive with Coronavirus and must get a test, and self- isolate. They then ask for payments for various services. If the call is not from the above number, please ignore it.

Marriage Matters (www.twoinoneflesh.org.uk) for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Always be ready. Jesus said we must always be ready for His second coming, ready to meet Him. Being ‘ready’ doesn’t mean spending all the time doing religious things. For married couples, being ‘ready’ means being ready to listen to each other, sharing thoughts and feelings. Keep your ‘love tank’ full by thinking of ways he or she can be surprised by love.

Safeguarding ‘Thought for the Month’ (November 2020)

The Catholic Church is committed to respecting, protecting and nurturing the dignity of all people.

Working to Eradicate Domestic Abuse

The Scottish Interfaith Group on Domestic Abuse invites you to their Webinar on Wednesday 25th November 7.30pm (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women). The webinar will inform you with: insights into domestic abuse from a survivor: how COVID-19 has impacted abuse (Women’s Aid and an MSP): the collaboration of all faiths against domestic abuse: the international aspect of domestic abuse from a leading charity; learning how to help. To register and receive the Zoom code go to http://ifgoda.org.uk You will receive an email with all the details. We can all help in the work of countering abuse.


Because of high demand, it is necessary to book for every Mass at the cathedral, including weekdays. Entry to the cathedral will be refused to those who have not booked places.

There will be 15 places available via the online system (click here). Five places for each Mass can be booked over the phone. To book over the phone for a weekday Mass, please call Cathedral House (0141 889 2404); to book over the phone for a Vigil or Sunday Mass, please call the Booking Number (0141 887 0626).

Booking over the telephone will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Please do not try to book over the phone more than 2 days in advance. Please also be considerate by not attempting to book places at more than two weekday Masses each week.

In order to allow as many people as possible to attend Mass, there will be an additional 5pm Sunday Mass for the duration of our time in Tier 4.

Those who are unable to attend Mass should consider making use of the Dial-a-Mass initiative by calling 0141 473 4869. We are sorry for the inconvenience this causes. We ask you for your patience as we try to respond to the new restrictions.

House Visits to the Sick

Because of Government and Bishops’ Conference restrictions, we are still unable to make regular, arranged visits to the sick and housebound. However, please note that we are permitted to respond to requests for visits to the sick and housebound, especially to administer the sacraments (Holy Communion, Confession, Sacrament of the Sick). Please share this information with anyone who would benefit from it.

First RCIA Meeting: Monday 14th December

We have provisionally scheduled the first meeting of those interested in embarking on this year’s RCIA journey for Monday 14th December. Restrictions permitting, this will take place in the Cathedral Halls. Please share this information with those who might be interested.

If you or someone you know would be interested in taking part in the RCIA process, please speak to Msgr Joe, Fr Ryan or Fr Laurent as soon as possible, or email the parish at stmirinscathedral@rcdop.org.uk to arrange an appointment.

Collections

We will ordinarily publish the sums raised every two weeks. However, because the priests were isolating, the count will take place this weekend. On average, a weekly collection at the cathedral currently realises £850. Of course, everyone will have been hit financially by the pandemic; this is true also of the parish. A small increase in donations from those who can afford it would make a big difference. Thank you for your continued support.

Since we announced that major work would need to take place to replace boilers and repair pipework, we have received several donations at Cathedral House, and a further £1,490 on our recently-launched JustGiving page. Thank you for your generosity. To donate via JustGiving, please click here.

Special Collection: Education

This collection supports the Scottish Catholic Education Service (SCES) which promotes and protects our Catholic schools in issues of national significance, and supports our schools, parishes and dioceses. The national office supports three employees. In 2019 this collection a raised £18,530, which represents 50% of our expenditure of £37,340, resulting in a shortfall of £18,810.

November Lists

The traditional November List devotion will be honoured this year, but restrictions from the Scottish Government and the Bishops’ Conference prohibit us from distributing blank lists. Please continue to post your completed November Lists through the letter box at Cathedral House or email them to stmirinscathedral@rcdop.org.uk.

The priests will celebrate Masses throughout November for the happy repose of the souls of our beloved dead, especially those whose names appear on our November Lists. May the souls of our beloved dead rest in the peace of Christ.

If you would like to make an offering for the Masses for the Holy Souls, please include it with your November List, or click here. If you make an offering online, please be sure to include details of it with your List.

Cold Cathedral

The boilers must be replaced, and pipework under the ramp at the Door of Mercy must be repaired. The heating system in the hall is also causing problems. This work will incur a massive expense, which will have to be added to the existing parish debt of approximately £180,000. The diocesan Fabric and Finance Committee met on Friday to agree terms for a loan. We will update you next weekend.

Please note that the work is not expected to be completed until early December, and so it is possible/likely that we will have to move out of the cathedral and into the hall for Mass, when the colder weather sets in. Over the next few weeks, please wear extra layers at Mass. We are sorry for the inconvenience and are trying to get the works done as soon as possible.

Commemorating Victims of Coronavirus

At the 10am Mass on Sunday 22nd November, in the month of the Holy Souls, we will commemorate those who have died from the coronavirus. This year has been incredibly challenging, but we thank God for the gift of faith that we have received, and we make use of that gift by praying for those who have died, especially those whom we have known. A candle will burn at all the Vigil Masses and Sunday Masses next weekend as a sign of our prayers. May they rest in peace, and may this pandemic come to an end soon.

Hawkhead Cemetery Mass

Because of Scottish Government restrictions, we are unable to celebrate the annual Mass at Hawkhead Cemetery for the repose of the souls of those buried there. However, the 12pm Mass on Sunday 22nd November at St Mirin’s Cathedral will be celebrated for this same purpose. This Mass can be followed via the cathedral’s livestream.

Confessions at St Mirin’s Cathedral (during the Pandemic)

Please note that the annual diocesan Advent All-Day Confessions at St Mirin’s Cathedral have been cancelled because of the pandemic. However, a priest will be available to hear confessions after public 10am and 1pm Masses on weekdays, and after public 10am Masses on Saturdays. Please come to the main sacristy after Mass. Remember that you must wear a face covering or mask.

St Mirin’s Cathedral on Social Media

The parish Facebook Page and Twitter Feed are once again live. In the coming weeks, it is possible that we might require assistance in keeping these important channels updated. In the meantime, please connect with us and share our content, so that more people can find out what is happening in the mother church of our diocese!

Other News

Special Collection for Education on 22nd November 2020

This collection supports the Scottish Catholic Education Service (SCES) which promotes and protects our Catholic schools in issues of national significance, and supports our schools, parishes and dioceses. The national office supports three employees. In 2018 this collection and our Friends Campaign raised £34,308, which represents 59% of our expenditure of £33,754, resulting in a small surplus of £554.

Vocations

“I shall look after my flock myself… I myself will pasture my sheep.” Is the Lord asking you to share in his pastoral love for his people, perhaps in diocesan priesthood, diaconate or religious life? Contact Fr John Morrison on the phone (0141 8895056) or via email (vocations@rcdop.org.uk).

Online Rosary and Stations of the Cross

You are invited to join us, Catholic Erskine, to pray the Rosary, online, Monday – Thursday and Saturday at 12 noon each day. You are also invited to join us on Friday at 12 noon, when we pray the Stations of the Cross. At present we are using “Mary’s Way of the Cross” – a series of prayers, reflections and meditations as we accompany Mary as she follows her Son on his road to Calvary. To join any of these ventures please visit our website; www.catholicerskine.website and click onto the Rosary link. All welcome.

Alpha Course in the Catholic Context – Diocese of Paisley Evangelisation Commission

Dear friends of Paisley diocese, the mission of the Church is to "Go, make disciples of all nations..." (Mt 28). Alpha's mission is like it – we equip and serve the Church in its mission to help people discover and develop a relationship with Jesus.

Jesus calls us to faithfulness to his mission regardless of the time and place we live. We know that 2020 has been a particularly challenging year due to the Covid-19 pandemic: lots of parishes are struggling financially; limitations on Mass attendance; parish ministries have had to reduce or stop altogether; continued social distancing has left priests and parishioners feeling disconnected and isolated; many priests feel overwhelmed and under resourced at this time. The idea of doing anything new can feel daunting, if not impossible.

That's why, at Alpha, we want to help lighten that burden and equip parishes to raise leaders, share the good news of Jesus, connect people with each other and with God, and create community with other parishes. The team at Alpha - Catholic Context UK have developed new training for parishes in your diocese. This is a unique opportunity to be trained directly by the Alpha UK team to get up and running with Alpha Online.

To register for training on Saturday 14th November 10am-1pm please click here. If you have any questions, please contact Mike Roche at michael.roche@alpha.org. We can't wait to see you in November for the Alpha Online training!

Revision of In God’s Image

We are revising IN GOD’S IMAGE, the Safeguarding Policy Manual of the Catholic Church in Scotland. We welcome online comments to improve our Safeguarding practice by 30th November 2020. We want to hear from all who are interested in keeping children and vulnerable adults safe, above all from survivors or victims. You can comment anonymously. To speak to someone directly, please email: IGI.Comments@bcos.org.uk or write to: In God’s Image, Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, 64 Aitken Street, AIRDRIE, ML6 6LT.

Community Circle of Prayer

Every Friday evening, people gather online at 7pm for the Community Circle of Prayer. This half-hour event simply consists of a little music, some readings and the opportunity to share our prayer petitions and support others in theirs. Each week there is a different broad theme; we have explored The Call to Discipleship, Care of our Sick, Forgiveness, Guardian Angels, The Faithful Departed, The Way of the Cross to name but a few. Last week was our 6-month anniversary!

Why not spend half an hour with us this Friday in community and fellowship? You would be most welcome! To join please use the Zoom link (https://zoom.us/j/8510142970?pwd=UUtVa2ZhOFUxa2NSZmJCckZOek0rUT09). Just click and you are in! All welcome, from wherever you are.

Beware of ‘Protect Scotland’ App Scams

If you are contacted by NHS (test and protect), it will be by phone on a single national telephone number 0800 030 8012. Scammers are contacting the public advising them that they have been in near contact with someone

who has tested positive with Coronavirus and must get a test, and self- isolate. They then ask for payments for various services. If the call is not from the above number, please ignore it.

Marriage Matters (www.twoinoneflesh.org.uk) for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Always be ready. Jesus said we must always be ready for His second coming, ready to meet Him. Being ‘ready’ doesn’t mean spending all the time doing religious things. For married couples, being ‘ready’ means being ready to listen to each other, sharing thoughts and feelings. Keep your ‘love tank’ full by thinking of ways he or she can be surprised by love.

Safeguarding ‘Thought for the Month’ (November 2020)

The Catholic Church is committed to respecting, protecting and nurturing the dignity of all people.

Working to Eradicate Domestic Abuse

The Scottish Interfaith Group on Domestic Abuse invites you to their Webinar on Wednesday 25th November 7.30pm (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women). The webinar will inform you with: insights into domestic abuse from a survivor: how COVID-19 has impacted abuse (Women’s Aid and an MSP): the collaboration of all faiths against domestic abuse: the international aspect of domestic abuse from a leading charity; learning how to help. To register and receive the Zoom code go to http://ifgoda.org.uk You will receive an email with all the details. We can all help in the work of countering abuse.

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