Holy Mass for the 4th Sunday of the Year – B, will be live-streamed from St. James’ at 9.00a.m., please click on the link:
Holy Mass from St. James’, Kinross, at 9.00a.m. on the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B. (click on the link below):
Dear parishioners, please pray for the repose of the soul of Monsignor John Harty, Parish Priest of St. Mungo’s, Alloa, who died this morning – may he rest in peace. Please also pray for his family and parishioners who mourn his loss at this time.
God bless you, Fr. Martin
I recently received this communication which I bring to your attention and would encourage you to act upon. God bless!
Urgent – Act now to stop ‘DIY’ abortion services being made permanent in Scotland
The Scottish Government is currently deciding on whether to make the temporary measure allowing ‘DIY’ home abortions in Scotland permanent. Since home abortions were temporarily allowed, a number of significant problems have put the lives and health of many women in danger.
It is vital that as many people as possible contact their MSPs to ask them to write to the First Minister and other relevant ministers laying out the serious dangers with ‘DIY’ home abortions, and ask them to ensure that the temporary order allowing ‘DIY’ home abortion is revoked as soon as possible and not made permanent.
Right To Life UK have set up an easy-to-use tool which makes it simple to contact your MSPs in less than one minute. This tool can be accessed by visiting the link below:
Right To Life UK
Holy Mass will be live-streamed from St. James’ at 9.00a.m. and later posted on the parish Facebook page. To follow the live-streaming tomorrow click on the link below:
My dear parishioners, these times are hard for many reasons, not least the concerns that people have over their health and the health of their loved ones, and there are many added pressures on us all – for many the struggle of staying in employment and keeping a roof over their head when things are so unpredictable.
The parish, as you will appreciate, draws its income solely from parishioners and, indeed, contributes to the financial support of the diocese as a whole (15% of our collection income being levied to the diocese).
In these times when public Mass is prohibited it is inevitable that our income from the weekly collection plate dries up, since we have no opportunity to have a physical collection at Holy Mass on Sunday. Many of you have been kind enough to continue giving (according to your own personal circumstances) either by setting up a payment from your own bank account to the parish account or by simply popping an envelope through the door of the chapel house with your offering in it. I am very grateful for this generosity as we depend entirely on these contributions to keep the parish buoyant and to pay our bills just like any other household. So thank you for doing this – it means that we can keep going in these difficult times.
If, so far, you have been unable to make payments through the bank or by handing in an envelope I would encourage you to think about doing so as it is such a vital means of supporting your parish. Even though Masses are not celebrated publicly we are still heating both St. Matthew’s and St. James’ churches (especially in this very cold weather) and there are household expenses for utilities etc. to be met. Please contact me on Fr.MartinPletts@gmail.com if you would like the details of the parish bank account in order to set up a direct payment.
All this said, I return to an earlier point… I am aware that for many people this time is putting the same demands on their own income, and many people are struggling, should this be the case do not hesitate to contact me if you think the parish might be able to help. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul has done sterling work even during these testing times and is here to offer material assistance to those who are finding times hard. Do not be hesitant to ask for help if you require it – I assure you that this can be offered in a confidential and discreet manner.
God bless you and reward you for your kindness and generosity and for your commitment to supporting your parish,
Fr. Martin Pletts
Below find a message from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul following the recent Advent Appeal, etc.:
You have been amazing despite all that has happened this year. Thank You.
Yet again your generosity has been humbling. You have shown through this generosity how much you care, especial with your contributions to the Christmas and Advent Appeals. Through these you have shown that Christmas is about giving and not only about receiving.
A Special Thank You
We have to give a special thank you to Loch Leven’s Larder for their very generous donation of Christmas hampers for those in need. It has been a hard year for all businesses making this donation even more special as they have provided these hampers free of charge. I am writing to The Larder to thank them on behalf of the Society. This generosity was made even more special and unexpected as we had enquired about the purchase of food hampers for those in need. Following this enquiry Loch Leven’s Larder and Emma Niven very generously offered to supply a number of these free of charge and we cannot thank them enough for this act of kindness and outstanding generosity. I have to thank Emma and the staff of the Larder.
Advent Appeal Missionaries of Charity.
This year’s Church Advent Appeal for the Missionaries of Charity (St Mother Teresa Nuns) which we handled on behalf of the Church has to date raised £745.00. The money has been used to buy supermarket vouchers so that the Sisters can help individual families in need, to obtain food, clothing etc. Your support has been especially generous given all that we are going throughout and comes at a time when recent developments mean that there could be even more need.
Christmas Toy Appeal.
Your response to The Toys Appeal has again been tremendous with over 80 items being donated all of which have gone to either, local children and families or to the School in Perth for families in need this Christmas.
Because of Covid restrictions it has not been possible for us to do our normal visits but we have been, through your generosity, able to help in other ways through your generosity, especially with the food donations which, has enabled us to help Broke not Broken by filling in gaps or shortages in what they have needed to help families.
Normally we would be providing relief in the form of food directly to families. Given current restrictions this has been at times difficult but we have been able to do this by thinking outside the box. Hopefully, we will be able to get back to a situation within the next few months where we can again get back to helping more directly. However, until recently we have had fewer requests than we would have expected. One area where we have been able to help is to co-ordinate the donations that you have provided through the Church to Broke Mot Broken. At times BnB also ran up against shortages and we were in a position to help by supplying items to help fill in some of these when they were short of items. This, along with your own donation of food has helped many local families in these hard times.
In this it would also be remiss of me not to also thank the residents of Glen Lomond who have provided a tremendous amount of food donations throughout the year which went along with those items donated by parishioners to Broke not Broken.
SSVP Helps where-ever need arises.
Part of the ethos of The Society of St Vincent De Paul is that while we focus locally we do not forget need where ever it occurs. Part of this ethos is that the Society does not hoard money but uses it to help immediate need. While we need to keep a reserve to be used to help this immediate need, this ethos means that we do not leave money sitting in bank accounts but used it sensibly to help those in need. St Vincent De Paul said, “Charity is the cement which binds Communities to God and persons to one another…” Fortunately, throughout this year we have not only be able to help locally but we have been in a position to help others within the Diocese.
Earlier this year we were able to donate vouchers to the Sisters in Dundee so they could help those in need whom they serve while at the same time helping local need. We have also worked with other Conferences in providing some of this relief to local families and to those further afield.
From speaking with individuals at a national level, I know that not all Conferences have been as fortunate as us with their financial funds during the pandemic. Without your generosity none of this would have been possible and on behalf of the Brothers and Sister of St James’ and St Matthew’s Society of Saint Vincent De Paul and those whom we serve I cannot thank you enough for your charity, generosity and support.
President, on behalf of St James’ and St Matthew’s Society of Saint Vincent de Paul
I am sure that you will know already that in the last two days two of our bishops have sadly passed away. Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow died yesterday, and, this morning Bishop Vincent Logan (Emeritus Bishop of Dunkeld) died.
Please pray for the repose of their souls, entrusting them to the merciful goodness of the Lord. St. Joseph, pray for them!
Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis. Requiescant in pace.
Holy Mass will be broadcast this morning from St. James’, Kinross, at 9.00a.m. if you wish to join us “virtually” please do so by clicking the link below which will take you to the parish YouTube Channel. By subscribing there you will keep up-to-date:
Click on the following link for livestreamed Holy Mass, remember to subscribe to the YouTube channel of the parish as this will keep you updated automatically.