Services, Mass Bookings, etc. from Monday 17th May to Sunday 23rd May inclusive… and then for Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th May…

Because I am on retreat/pilgrimage this coming week there are changes to the timetable, and also different instructions for making your bookings for the weekend of 29th/30th May – please read the instructions for booking that weekend carefully. Thank you.

Services this coming week for which you do not need to book a place:

Wednesday 19th & Thursday 20th May – Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, time for private prayer, then the Holy Rosary from 9.30a.m. – 10.30a.m.

Friday 21st May – Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with the Divine Mercy Chaplet from 3.00p.m. – 3.30p.m.

Masses for the 22nd and 23rd May for which you will need to make a booking (by calling me on 01577 863329):

Saturday 22nd May at 3.00p.m. in St. Matthew’s

Saturday 22nd May at 5.00p.m. in St. James’

Saturday 22nd May at 6.30p.m. in St. James’

Sunday 23rd May at 9.00a.m. in St. James’

Sunday 23rd May at 11.00a.m in St. James’

Sunday 23rd May at 1.00p.m. in St. James’

To book any of the Masses above you must call 01577 863329 only, at the following times: Friday 14th May between 7.00p.m. and 9.00p.m., and on Saturday 15th May between 7.45p.m. and 9.00p.m.

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Please Note Carefully: Dr. Gary Law has kindly agreed to take bookings for the weekend of Saturday 29th May and Sunday 30th May, Masses will be at exactly the same times as those listed for Saturday and Sunday above. To book these Masses (for the 29th and 30th May only) you can call Gary from Wednesday 19th May, as well as on Thursday 20th and Friday 21st May between 12 noon and 1.00p.m. only, on: 01577 864661 or 07419990210 or email him on: garydlaw@gmail.com. As Gary is kindly doing us a favour I would ask you to stick strictly to these times and means for making the bookings. I will be unable to take any bookings at this time.

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For the week of Monday 24th to Friday 28th May Masses during the week do not require a booking and will be at the following times: Monday 24th May at 7.00p.m., Tuesday 25th May at 7.00p.m., Wednesday 26th May at 7.00p.m., Thursday 27th May at 10.00a.m., and Friday 28th May at 10.00a.m.

I apologise for the complicated nature of this communication and hope that you manage to make your bookings easily. God bless you, Fr. Martin Pletts

Masses, etc. from Monday 10th May to Sunday 16th May, inclusive:

Bookings should not now be made for weekday Masses, but only for Saturday and Sunday Masses.

What follows is the schedule for 10th to 16th May, if you wish to book Masses for Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th May please call Fr. Martin on 01577 863329 only, and call at any of the following times: Thursday 6th from 11a.m. to 12 noon, Friday 7th from 11a.m. to 12 noon, and Saturday 8th from 7.45p.m. to 9.00p.m.

PLACES AT THE FOLLOWING WEEKDAY MASSES ARE ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS, NO BOOKING SHOULD BE MADE FOR THESE (CHURCH DOORS ARE NORMALLY OPEN HALF-AN-HOUR BEFORE MASS IS DUE TO BEGIN):

Monday 10th May – No Mass

Tuesday 11th May – No Mass

Wednesday 12th May – Holy Mass at 10.00a.m. followed by Confessions in St. James’, Holy Mass at 7.00p.m. in St. Matthew’s (Vigil Mass for the Ascension).

Thursday 13th May (Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord and normally a holyday of obligation) – Holy Mass at 12 noon in St. James’ and at 7.00p.m. in St. James’ (Mass at Kilgraston School at 9.00a.m. is for pupils and teachers only)

Friday 14th May – Holy Mass at 10.00a.m. in St. James’

BOOK ONLY FOR THE FOLLOWING MASSES:

Saturday 15th May – Holy Mass at 3.00p.m. in St. Matthew’s, at 5.00p.m. in St. James’, and at 6.30p.m. in St. James’

Sunday 16th May – Holy Mass at 9.00a.m. in St. James’, at 11.00a.m. in St. James’, at 1.00p.m. in St. James’, and at 5.00p.m. at Kilgraston School (for pupils and staff only).

Confessions will be heard on request at any time, apart from normally after Holy Mass during the week.

Changes to how we book for Holy Mass…

No booking for during the week, booking only for the weekend:

Beginning from this week I will only be taking bookings for Saturday Vigil and Sunday Masses in St. Matthew’s and St. James’. What this means, practically, is that if you would like to come to weekday Mass you now just have to turn up and give your name and your contact telephone number to the steward at the door. You will still need to book for Masses at the weekend.

Admittance to the church for weekday Masses and services will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Usually our churches are open 30 minutes before Mass or services are due to begin, so prompt arrival should always secure a place.

I will continue to post the times of Masses and services during the week, but will not take any telephone bookings for them. We always, during the week at least, tend to have plenty of free places so I imagine that most people who are able or want to come to weekday Mass should not have a problem attending.

The new approach will take place with immediate effect so that you will not need to book for Masses or services from Monday 3rd May to Friday 7th May inclusive, but you will need to book for Masses for Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th May.

Bookings have already been taken for the current week (26th April to 2nd May) and are closed. There are still spare places for these dates and times and they too will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

You will have the opportunity to book Masses for the weekend of the 8th and 9th of May by calling 01577 863329 only, at the following times exclusively:

Wednesday 28th April from 11a.m. to 12 noon, Thursday 28th April from 11a.m. to 12 noon, Friday 30th April from 11a.m to 12 noon, and Saturday 1st May from 7.45p.m. – 8.45p.m.

WEEKDAY MASSES THAT DO NOT REQUIRE YOU TO MAKE A BOOKING:

Monday 3rd May – NO MASS

Tuesday 4th May – Holy Mass in St. James’ at 7.00p.m. (Confessions available from 6.30p.m.)

Wednesday 5th May – Holy Mass in St. James’ at 10.00a.m. & brief novena prayer to St. Joseph at the end of Holy Mass (Confessions available after Mass)

Thursday 6th May – Holy Mass in St. James’ at 10.00a.m. (Confessions available after Mass)

Thursday 6th May – Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in St. James’ at 3.00p.m.: Holy Hour and Rosary, with Holy Communion for those who have not been at Holy Mass (Confessions also available during this time upon request).

Friday 7th May – Holy Mass in St. James’ at 10.00a.m. (Confessions available after Mass)

WEEKEND MASSES THAT DO REQUIRE YOU TO MAKE A BOOKING:

Saturday 8th May – Holy Mass in St. Matthew’s at 3.00p.m. (Confessions available from 2.30p.m.)

Saturday 8th May – Holy Mass in St. James’ at 5.00p.m. (Confessions available after Mass)

Saturday 8th May – Holy Mass in St. James’ at 6.30p.m. (Confessions available after Mass)

Sunday 9th May – Holy Mass in St. James’ at 9.00a.m.

Sunday 9th May – Holy Mass in St. James’ at 11.00a.m.

Sunday 9th May – Holy Mass in St. James’ at 1.00p.m.

(Sunday 9th May – Holy Mass in Kilgraston School at 5.00p.m. – currently only for pupils & staff)(Please note the addition of Holy Mass at 6.30p.m. on Saturday and also Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Thursday afternoon)

Advance bookings for Holy Mass (for the week of 26th April to 2nd May, 2021)…

Bookings for Holy Mass from Monday 26th April to Sunday 2nd May inclusive:

These bookings can only be made by calling 01577 863329 at the following times – Wednesday 21st April between 12 noon and 1.00p.m.,  and from 7.00p.m. to 8.00p.m., Thursday 22nd April between 12 noon and 1.00p.m., Friday 23rd April between 12 noon and 1.00p.m., Saturday 24th April between 7.45p.m. and 8.45p.m.

Booking opportunities for Mass for the week of 21st April to 2nd May will close after 8.45p.m. on Saturday 24th April, so please make sure you have booked your Masses by then.

Places that are then still free will be advertised (after official booking times have closed), and these places will then be available on a first come, first served basis by simply turning up at church and giving your contact details.

If you want to guarantee your place at Mass the very best thing to do is to book in advance at one of the times offered.

Monday 26th April – NO MASS

Tuesday 27th April – Holy Mass in St. James’ at 7.00p.m. (Confessions available from 6.30p.m.)

Wednesday 28th April – Holy Mass in St. James’ at 10.00a.m. & brief novena prayer to St. Joseph at the end of Holy Mass (Confessions available after Mass)

Thursday 29th April – Holy Mass in St. James’ at 10.00a.m. (Confessions available after Mass)

Thursday 29th April – Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in St. James’ at 3.00p.m.: Holy Hour and Rosary, with Holy Communion for those who have not been at Holy Mass (Confessions also available during this time upon request).

Friday 30th April – Holy Mass in St. James’ at 10.00a.m. (Confessions available after Mass)

Saturday 1st May – Holy Mass in St. Matthew’s at 3.00p.m. (Confessions available from 2.30p.m.)

Saturday 1st May – Holy Mass in St. James’ at 5.00p.m. (Confessions available after Mass)

Saturday 1st May – Holy Mass in St. James’ at 6.30p.m. (Confessions available after Mass)

Sunday 2nd May – Holy Mass in St. James’ at 9.00a.m.

Sunday 2nd May – Holy Mass in St. James’ at 11.00a.m.

Sunday 2nd May – Holy Mass in St. James’ at 1.00p.m.

(Sunday 2nd May – Holy Mass in Kilgraston School at 5.00p.m. – currently only for pupils & staff)(Please note the addition of Holy Mass at 6.30p.m. on Saturday and also Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Thursday afternoon)

Places still available for Mass for the week of Tuesday 20th April to Sunday 25th April 2021…

If you haven’t as yet returned to Holy Mass and your health permits I strongly encourage you to now join us again to worship the Lord as a community of faith. Stringent cleaning procedures and social-distancing norms are in place when coming to church, so you can be reassured that all is being done to keep you safe and healthy.

It is recommended that you look frequently at this parish website and these posts to keep up-to-date with the Masses and devotions available, and that you book in advance at the allocated times each week to secure your place. You can always come along, too, if spare places are available – as indicated below. These spare places should not be booked but will be given on a first come, first served basis. The churches usually open thirty minutes before Mass or devotions begin, it is recommended, then, that if you haven’t booked you should turn up as early as possible to secure one of these spare places.

I look forward to seeing you soon at Holy Mass.

God bless, Fr. Martin Pletts

The following spaces are still available at Masses. If you would like one please just turn up at church, please do not phone to reserve these places, they will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Each space can accommodate up to 3 people from the same household/bubble.

Tuesday 20th April at 7.00p.m. in St. James’ – 2 spaces

Wednesday 21st April at 10.00a.m. in St. James’ – 5 spaces

Thursday 22nd April at 10.00a.m. in St. James’ – 6 spaces

Thursday 22nd April at 3.00p.m. in St. James’ – 8 spaces

Friday 23rd April at 10.00a.m. in St. James’ – 7 spaces

Saturday 24th April at 3.00p.m. in St. Matthew’s – 8 spaces

Saturday 24th April at 5.00p.m. in St. James’  – 4 spaces

Saturday 24th April at 6.30p.m. in St. James’ – 7 spaces

Sunday 25th April at 9.00a.m. in St. James’ – 6 spaces

Sunday 25th April at 11.00a.m. in St. James’ – 1 place

Sunday 25th April at 1.00p.m. in St. James’ – 6 places

Booking in advance is recommended if you want to guarantee your place at Mass given current limits on our capacity. The list of available slots and times to book for them will be posted on this website during the forthcoming week.

An appeal for assistance…

It’s been wonderful to have our churches open again and to be able to come together for Holy Mass, Confession, and devotions, and a delight to catch up again more regularly with parishioners. What has facilitated this is the core group of people who have volunteered to manage re-opening which entails arranging and participating in opening and closing the churches, stewarding people at Mass, and sanitising the churches as necessary. Unfortunately, because of either new commitments or ill-health our group of volunteer assistants has shrunk somewhat, and so I’m appealing to you, as a parishioner, to think about assisting your fellow parishioners and me in continuing to keep things going in our churches. If you would kindly consider assisting we would all be very grateful and it would help to ease the burden on those people who seem to be helping all the time. To become a steward/cleaner requires a simple induction because of the nature of current circumstances (nothing too demanding at all) and registration as a volunteer for these purposes with the parish – all very simple and straightforward and not at all intrusive. Please consider joining our small team to make it a little bigger, to lighten the load, and to help your fellow parishioners. If you think you can help please contact me (Fr. Martin) on the parish landline: 01577 863329, or speak to one of the stewards at Mass, or speak to Bob Corrieri or Tina Hill who are responsible in St. James’ and St. Matthew’s respectively. God bless you, and thank you in advance for your support.

Advance Bookings for Holy Mass for the week of Monday 19th April to Sunday 25th April inclusive…

Bookings for Holy Mass from Monday 19th April to Sunday 25th April inclusive:

These bookings can only be made by calling 01577 863329 at the following times – Thursday 15th April between 12 noon and 1.00p.m., Friday 16th April between 12 noon and 1.00p.m., Saturday 17th April between 7.45p.m. and 9.45p.m.

Booking opportunities for Mass for the week of 19th to 25th April will close after 9.45p.m. on Saturday 17th April, so please make sure you have booked your Masses by then.

Places that are then still free will be advertised (after official booking times have closed), and these places will then be available on a first come, first served basis by simply turning up at church and giving your contact details.

If you want to guarantee your place at Mass the very best thing to do is to book in advance at one of the times offered.

Monday 19th April – NO MASS

Tuesday 20th April – Holy Mass in St. James’ at 7.00p.m. (Confessions available from 6.30p.m.)

Wednesday 21st April – Holy Mass in St. James’ at 10.00a.m. & brief novena prayer to St. Joseph at the end of Holy Mass (Confessions available after Mass)

Thursday 22nd April – Holy Mass in St. James’ at 10.00a.m. (Confessions available after Mass)

Thursday 22nd April – Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in St. James’ at 3.00p.m.: Holy Hour and Rosary, with Holy Communion for those who have not been at Holy Mass (Confessions also available during this time upon request).

Friday 23rd April – Holy Mass in St. James’ at 10.00a.m. (Confessions available after Mass)

Saturday 24th April – Holy Mass in St. Matthew’s at 3.00p.m. (Confessions available from 2.30p.m.)

Saturday 24th April – Holy Mass in St. James’ at 5.00p.m. (Confessions available after Mass)

Saturday 24th April – Holy Mass in St. James’ at 6.30p.m. (Confessions available after Mass)

Sunday 25th April – Holy Mass in St. James’ at 9.00a.m.

Sunday 25th April – Holy Mass in St. James’ at 11.00a.m.

Sunday 25th April – Holy Mass in St. James’ at 1.00p.m.

(Sunday 25th April – Holy Mass in Kilgraston School at 5.00p.m. – currently only for pupils & staff)

(Please note the addition of Holy Mass at 6.30p.m. on Saturday and also Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Thursday afternoon)

Spare places at Holy Mass this week…

Below is a list of places that are still available for Holy Mass this week (13/04/21 – 18/04/21 inclusive). If you wish to take one of these places please just turn up and provide your contact details at the church door – it will, however, be on a first come, first served basis, so please do not phone me now to book these places. (Each place can accommodate 1 individual, or a maximum of 3 from a household or bubble)

Tuesday 13th 7.00p.m. – St. James’ – 4 places free

Wednesday 14th 10.00a.m. – St. James’ – 5 places free

Thursday 15th 10.00a.m. – St. James’ – 5 places free

Thursday 15th 3.00p.m. (Holy Hour) – St. James’ – 2 places free

Friday 16th 10.00a.m. – St. James’ – 3 places free

Saturday 17th 3.00p.m. – St. Matthew’s – 11 places free

Saturday 17th 5.00p.m. – St. James’ – 3 places free

Saturday 17th 6.30p.m. – St. James’ – 6 places free

Sunday 18th 9.00a.m. – St. James’ – 6 places free

Sunday 18th 1.00p.m. – St. James’ – 2 places free

Bookings for Holy Mass, etc. – Monday 12th April to Sunday 18th April inclusive.

Bookings for Holy Mass from Monday 12th April to Sunday 18th April inclusive:

(these bookings can only be made by calling 01577 863329 at the following times – Thursday 8th April between 12 noon and 1.30p.m., Friday 9th April between 12 noon and 1.30p.m., Saturday 10th April between 7.00 and 9.00p.m.)

Monday 12th April – Holy Mass in St. James’ at 7.00p.m. (Confessions available from 6.30p.m.)

Tuesday 13th April – Holy Mass in St. James’ at 7.00p.m. (Confessions available from 6.30p.m.)

Wednesday 14th April – Holy Mass in St. James’ at 10.00a.m. & brief novena prayer to St. Joseph at the end of Holy Mass (Confessions available after Mass)

Thursday 15th April – Holy Mass in St. James’ at 10.00a.m. (Confessions available after Mass)

Thursday 15th April – Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in St. James’ at 3.00p.m.: Holy Hour and Rosary, with Holy Communion for those who have not been at Holy Mass (Confessions also available during this time upon request).

Friday 16th April – Holy Mass in St. James’ at 10.00a.m. (Confessions available after Mass)

Saturday 17th April – Holy Mass in St. Matthew’s at 3.00p.m. (Confessions available from 2.30p.m.)

Saturday 17th April – Holy Mass in St. James’ at 5.00p.m. (Confessions available after Mass)

Saturday 17th April – Holy Mass in St. James’ at 6.30p.m. (Confessions available after Mass)

Sunday 18th April – Holy Mass in St. James’ at 9.00a.m.

Sunday 18th April – Holy Mass in St. James’ at 11.00a.m.

Sunday 18th April – Holy Mass in St. James’ at 1.00p.m.

(Sunday 18th April – Holy Mass in Kilgraston School at 5.00p.m. – currently only for pupils & staff)

(Please note the addition of Holy Mass at 6.30p.m. on Saturday and also Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Thursday afternoon)

Places still available for Holy Mass, etc. from Sunday 4th April to Sunday 11th April inclusive…

For those who haven’t managed to book Masses yet for the week of 5th to 11th April the following spaces are still available. Please do make sure to check the parish website each week and look at how to book Masses, it is quite straightforward and accessible. God bless you, Fr. Martin

Places still available for the week of 5th-11th April 2021 (as of 03/0421)

(each place can accommodate up to 3 people from the same household or bubble)

Monday 5th April, 7.00p.m. – 2 places in St. James’

Tuesday 6th April, 7.00p.m. – 3 places in St. James’

Wednesday 7th April, 10.00a.m. – 4 places in St. James’

Thursday 8th April, 10.00a.m. – 4 places in St. James’

Friday 9th April, 10.00a.m. – 5 places in St. James’

Sunday 11th April, 9.00a.m. – 1 place in St. James’

Sunday 11th April, 1.00p.m. – 5 places in St. James’

Sunday 11th April, 3.00p.m. (Divine Mercy & Adoration & Holy Communion) – 5 places in St. James’

FOR ST. MATTHEW’S, AUCHTERMUCHTY…

Sunday 4th April, 9.00a.m. – 1 place in St. Matthew’s

Saturday 10th April, 3.00p.m. – 10 places in St. Matthew’s

All these bookings will only be taken on the parish landline: 01577 863329 (call as soon as possible to take a place, bookings will be taken in person only in order to be able to confirm, or otherwise, immediately).