Mass bookings for the weekend of 3rd/4th October

Dear parishioners, next week I was due to be going on holiday (planned for quite a while), this has now been cancelled. I shall, however, be taking the time off, there will, therefore, be no public Masses next week but only at the weekend and slightly reduced as I am depending upon supply. Fr. Ian Evans has kindly agreed to do this for me. If you wish to book for these Masses below you must book no later than midnight on Sunday 27th September, bookings will not be accepted after that. As I will be on holiday from that point there will be no one to take the bookings hence my request that they be made no later than that time.

Saturday 3rd October at 4.00p.m. in St. Matthew’s, Auchtermuchty

Sunday 4th October at 9.00a.m. in St. Matthew’s, Auchtermuchty

Sunday 4th October at 11.00a.m. in St. James’, Kinross

These are the only available times this week. I look forward to catching up with you again after my short holiday, booking times will be posted later next weekend for the week beginning 11th October.

God bless, Fr. Martin

Update from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul…

Thank you all yet again…

We have to thank the parishioners of St. James’ and St. Matthew’s, their neighbours and friends for their generosity. With your help of donations of food and funds etc. we have helped the needy in various ways. This last month we supplied around £400 worth of food and essentials to those in difficult circumstances. Your continued financial and material support has made this possible and we cannot thank you enough. Your assistance has been much appreciated, indeed we have received a thank you email from Broke not Broken expressing their gratitude. As I have mentioned before, during this crisis this has been one avenue where we have been able to help those in need while home-visiting has not been possible given the current guidelines and legislation.

As lockdown eased there was a reduction in the number of people requiring help but this is still higher that before, and, as yet, we are still to see what happens with furloughing at the end of the month when we may see yet another increase in those needing help. Therefore, we hope that you will continue with your generous support, dropping off any contributions to the church. Given that the weather is now starting to take a turn for the worst it would be helpful if you could do this at the end of Mass so that people are around to put it into the hall,  or you can call me if it is easier to arrange a suitable time. (079 079 13695)

Again, the brothers and sisters of the Society of St Vincent de Paul thank you for your generosity as this has made our work in helping those in need so much easier. Hopefully we will be able to get back to our other important works soon.

Thank you and God bless you all for you generosity.

Bob Corrieri

(on behalf of the members of St James’ and St Matthew’s Society of St Vincent de Paul)

Prayers & good wishes…

My dear parishioners, I hope and pray that you are all keeping well, and coping with the present circumstances and the added pressures. How important that in these times we hold firmly to our faith in Jesus Christ and that we pray for each other.

The instability of present times, the constant changes, the worries our situation raises for us, all point us towards the importance of building our lives on The Rock who is the Lord – our firm foundation, our strength, our anchor in times of tempest.

I pray that however we move forward in the next while – with the possibility of further restrictions looming, and greater concerns over the spread of the virus and all that this means for our health and that of our loved ones, and even our material circumstances, that we will turn to the Lord more and more – as we should – and make the most of the opportunities we have for Holy Mass, personal prayer, and moments to develop our intimacy with the Lord by reading Sacred Scripture.

I, personally, find great consolation in that Christ-centred prayer of the Holy Rosary, so recommended by the Church through the ages, a prayer in which we meditate upon the life of Our Saviour and the mysteries of our Redemption in union with Our Blessed Mother, Mary. It is a simple yet profound prayer, which can be said almost anywhere and in any circumstance: by indivuduals, families, and gatherings of the faithful. It is, I believe, very much the prayer for our times, as numerous approved apparitions of Our Blessed Lady would suggest. So, if you are unable to attend Holy Mass at the moment, if you are remaining at home, or even if you find yourself with more time on your hands than you might usually have had, I encourage you to pray this great prayer and to seek the companionship of Our Blessed Mother in these daunting and confusing times.

May God bless you and yours with every grace that you need in these days, may He strengthen your faith, encourage and sustain you in your trials, and make you powerfully aware of His loving and merciful presence. Please pray for me as I will pray for you, and remember that every Sunday, even if you are unable to attend Holy Mass, the Sacrifice of Christ is offered for your intentions and those of all our parishioners.

In Christ,

Fr. Martin

Mass Booking Times from Wednesday 23rd September to Sunday 27th September inclusive:

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING VERY CAREFULLY – DO NOT ATTEMPT TO MAKE A BOOKING FOR MASS UNTIL YOU HAVE DONE SO:

Below you will find the Mass times available for booking from Wednesday 24th to Sunday 27th September inclusive. When making a booking please use only the following means, as other methods may not ensure that your request is seen (i.e. please do not use “Messenger”, “Whatsapp”, or the link on the parish website). You will be sent confirmation of your booking, if you do not receive this within 24 hours please be back in touch to check if the place has been booked.

Book on: Fr.MartinPletts@gmail.com or by calling (please do not text this number) 01577 863329, or by calling or texting 07540534480. You must provide your name, and your postal address each time you make a booking – this is for “track and trace” purposes should there be another outbreak.

You will be required to wear a face mask when in the church. Hand-sanitizer will be available at the church door and in the church hall (and on the sanctuary for the use of the priest). You will be directed by volunteer stewards as to where you must sit. Please co-operate with these volunteers who are there to help you and keep you safe. Please only sit in the place you have been allocated. Children under 5 years of age and those with medical exemptions are not required to wear a face mask/ covering. You will be asked by the steward if you will receive Holy Communion on the hand or on the tongue – those receiving Holy Communion on the tongue will come forward after those receiving on the hand, and seat allocation will reflect this. In case of uncertainty in this regard, this permission is specifically allowed by our bishop in conformity with universal ecclesiastical law, whilst, at the same time, he strongly encourages reception on the hand during this period of concern.

Please respect others who, for medical reasons, may not be able to wear a mask. If you have any symptoms of Covid-19, or suspect you may have, and if you have had direct contact with anyone who has, you must not come to church. We must do all we can to safeguard the health and well-being of those who attend. For present the bishop is still suspending our Sunday Obligation and that for holydays, which means there is no sin, in these circumstances, in not attending Holy Mass on days that would normally be of obligation to us.

Instructions will be given at the church door by the steward volunteer and short instruction will be given again by the priest immediately before Mass begins. You should be reassured that the churches are being cleaned and disinfected scrupulously and every measure is being taken for your well-being, at the same time as recognizing that no matter where we are it is impossible to eliminate risk totally.

We look forward to you joining us again for Holy Mass and our community celebration of the Sacred Liturgy.

Mass times this coming week are as follows:

Wednesday 23rd September in St. James’, Kinross, at 10.00a.m.

Thursday 24th September in St. James’, Kinross, at 7.00p.m.

Friday 25th September in St. James’, Kinross, at 12 noon (I have Mass in Dundee for the Missionaries of Charity at 9.00a.m.)

Saturday 26th September in St. Matthew’s, Auchtermuchty, at 4.00p.m.

Sunday 27th September in St. Matthew’s, Auchtermuchty, at 9.00a.m.

Sunday 27th September in St. James’, Kinross, at 11.00a.m.

Sunday 27th September in St. James’, Kinross, at 3.00p.m.

(Sunday Mass at Kilgraston is not open to the general public at the moment)

Confessions are available half an hour before Mass in St. James’ (with the exception of the 11.00a.m. Mass on Sunday), also after any Mass, and in St. Matthew’s the Sacrament will be available before the 4.00p.m. Mass on Saturday.

Bookings for Holy Mass from Wednesday 16th September to Sunday 20th September inclusive…

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING VERY CAREFULLY – DO NOT ATTEMPT TO MAKE A BOOKING FOR MASS UNTIL YOU HAVE DONE SO:

Below you will find the Mass times available for booking from Wednesday 16th to Sunday 20th September inclusive. When making a booking please use only the following means, as other methods may not ensure that your request is seen (i.e. please do not use “Messenger”, “Whatsapp”, or the link on the parish website). You will be sent confirmation of your booking, if you do not receive this within 24 hours please be back in touch to check if the place has been booked.

Book on: Fr.MartinPletts@gmail.com or by calling (please do not text this number) 01577 863329, or by calling or texting 07540534480. You must provide your name, and your postal address each time you make a booking – this is for “track and trace” purposes should there be another outbreak.

You will be required to wear a face mask when in the church. Hand-sanitizer will be available at the church door and in the church hall (and on the sanctuary for the use of the priest). You will be directed by volunteer stewards as to where you must sit. Please co-operate with these volunteers who are there to help you and keep you safe. Please only sit in the place you have been allocated. Children under 5 years of age and those with medical exemptions are not required to wear a face mask/ covering. You will be asked by the steward if you will receive Holy Communion on the hand or on the tongue – those receiving Holy Communion on the tongue will come forward after those receiving on the hand, and seat allocation will reflect this. In case of uncertainty in this regard, this permission is specifically allowed by our bishop in conformity with universal ecclesiastical law, whilst, at the same time, he strongly encourages reception on the hand during this period of concern.

Please respect others who, for medical reasons, may not be able to wear a mask. If you have any symptoms of Covid-19, or suspect you may have, and if you have had direct contact with anyone who has, you must not come to church. We must do all we can to safeguard the health and well-being of those who attend. For present the bishop is still suspending our Sunday Obligation and that for holydays, which means there is no sin, in these circumstances, in not attending Holy Mass on days that would normally be of obligation to us.

Instructions will be given at the church door by the steward volunteer and short instruction will be given again by the priest immediately before Mass begins. You should be reassured that the churches are being cleaned and disinfected scrupulously and every measure is being taken for your well-being, at the same time as recognizing that no matter where we are it is impossible to eliminate risk totally.

We look forward to you joining us again for Holy Mass and our community celebration of the Sacred Liturgy.

Mass times this coming week are as follows:

Wednesday 16th September in St. James’, Kinross, at 10.00a.m.

Thursday 17th September in St. James’, Kinross, at 7.00p.m.

Friday 18th September in St. James’, Kinross, at 10.00a.m.

Saturday 19th September in St. Matthew’s, Auchtermuchty, at 4.00p.m.

Sunday 20th September in St. Matthew’s, Auchtermuchty, at 11.00a.m. (this is the Confirmation Mass and is only for the Confirmation children and their families)

Sunday 20th September in St. James’, Kinross, at 3.00p.m.

Please note: there are changes the weekend of the 19th and the 20th because the bishop is coming for the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Confessions are available half an hour before Mass in St. James’, also after any Mass, and in St. Matthew’s the Sacrament will be available before the 4.00p.m. Mass on Saturday.

Bookings for Holy Mass from Wednesday 9th September to Sunday 13th September inclusive…

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING VERY CAREFULLY – DO NOT MAKE A BOOKING FOR MASS UNTIL YOU HAVE DONE SO:

Below you will find the Mass times available for booking from Wednesday 9th to Sunday 13th September inclusive. When making a booking please use only the following means, as other methods may not ensure that your request is seen (i.e. please do not use “Messenger”, “Whatsapp”, or the link on the parish website). You will be sent confirmation of your booking, if you do not receive this within 24 hours please be back in touch to check if the place has been booked.

Book on: Fr.MartinPletts@gmail.com or by calling (please do not text this number) 01577 863329, or by calling or texting 07540534480. You must provide your name, and your postal address each time you make a booking – this is for “track and trace” purposes should there be another outbreak.

You will be required to wear a face mask when in the church. Hand-sanitizer will be available at the church door and in the church hall (and on the sanctuary for the use of the priest). You will be directed by volunteer stewards as to where you must sit. Please co-operate with these volunteers who are there to help you and keep you safe. Please only sit in the place you have been allocated. Children under 5 years of age and those with medical exemptions are not required to wear a face mask/ covering. You will be asked by the steward if you will receive Holy Communion on the hand or on the tongue – those receiving Holy Communion on the tongue will come forward after those receiving on the hand, and seat allocation will reflect this. In case of uncertainty in this regard, this permission is specifically allowed by our bishop in conformity with universal ecclesiastical law, whilst, at the same time, he strongly encourages reception on the hand during this period of concern.

Please respect others who, for medical reasons, may not be able to wear a mask. If you have any symptoms of Covid-19, or suspect you may have, and if you have had direct contact with anyone who has, you must not come to church. We must do all we can to safeguard the health and well-being of those who attend. For present the bishop is still suspending our Sunday Obligation and that for holydays, which means there is no sin, in these circumstances, in not attending Holy Mass on days that would normally be of obligation to us.

Instructions will be given at the church door by the steward volunteer and short instruction will be given again by the priest immediately before Mass begins. You should be reassured that the churches are being cleaned and disinfected scrupulously and every measure is being taken for your well-being, at the same time as recognizing that no matter where we are it is impossible to eliminate risk totally.

We look forward to you joining us again for Holy Mass and our community celebration of the Sacred Liturgy.

Mass times available:

Please make sure to book as early as you can in order to secure your place.

Mass on Wednesday 9th September in St. James’ at 10.00a.m.

Mass on Thursday 10th September in St. James’ at 7.00p.m.

Mass on Friday 11th September in St. James’ at 12.00 noon (I have Mass in the morning for the Missionaries of Charity in Dundee)

Mass on Saturday 12th September in St. Matthew’s at 4.00p.m.

Mass on Sunday 13th September in St. Matthew’s at 9.00a.m.

Mass on Sunday 13th September in St. James’ at 11.00a.m.

Mass on Sunday 13th September in St. James’ at 3.00p.m.

Please note: there will be changes next weekend to the timetable because the bishop will be coming for the Sacrament of Confirmation

Confessions are available half an hour before Mass in St. James’ (with the exception of the 11a.m. Mass on Sunday), also after any Mass, and in St. Matthew’s the Sacrament will be available before the 4.00p.m. Mass on Saturday and after the 9.00a.m. Mass on Sunday.