Dear parishioners, just to remind you that this evening (Friday 12th August) at 6.30p.m. Bishop Robson will offer Holy Mass in Our Lady of Lourdes, Perth (42 Struan Road, PH1 2JP). I would encourage you all to come and join us as we welcome the statue of St. Michael the Archangel which is making its pilgrim way around parishes in Scotland. There will be a chance to pray before the statue, asking the intercession of the holy archangel, and placing our written petitions which will be remembered in the Masses celebrated while the statue is with us. After Holy Mass there will be refreshments in the church hall, to which all are most welcome. Please come and support the parishioners in our sister parish of Our Lady’s. I look forward to seeing you this evening, God bless, Fr. Martin
(please see below a short video of some of the statue’s journey so far…)
Excerpted from a recent ‘Ad Clerum’ from Bishop Robson
CENTENARY OF CARFIN GROTTO AND THE SCOTTISH VISIT OF THE RELICS OF ST BERNADETTE:
As I am sure you already know, this year 2022 is the Centenary of the Lourdes Grotto, the National Marian Shrine, at Carfin. It is also the occasion of the Visitation of the Relics of St. Bernadette, to whom Our Lady appeared in Lourdes at the Grotto of Massabielle on a number of occasions in 1858. The relics will be arriving in Carfin from Saturday, 24th September until Friday, 30th September 2022. The Guardian of the Shrine, Fr Jim Grant, has organised a programme of events for each day beginning on Monday, 26th September, which I enclose with this notice. The Shrine can be visited any day during this September week, though the timetable enclosed begins fully on the Monday. There are designated days allowing for all, individuals and groups, to visit the Shrine (Tuesday-Friday) with the exceptions of the Sunday 25th September which has a separate timetable.
Given the distance from Carfin, it might be sensible and appropriate to concentrate our efforts on the National Centenary Pilgrimage on Sunday 25th September when the Mass will begin at 3pm. Following the Mass, there will be a Rosary Procession in the Grounds.
May I therefore ask all parish priests to advertise this special day of the Centenary Mass in parish bulletins and newsletters. I am sure some parishes may organise bus trips or car-sharing to enable those parishioners who do not have their own transport to join the Pilgrimage.
I’ve recently had an e-mail from Canon Tom Shields saying that he would like to arrange, if there is enough genuine interest, a pilgrimage to Spain, to the Shrine of St. James, in 2024. He has very kindly asked me to sound out parishioners here and see if there is any interest. Once he knows how many might like to go he can then give an idea of costs. The pilgrimage would be in late July 2024 to coincide with the Apostle’s Feast Day.
If you are seriously interested please send me an email as soon as possible to firstname.lastname@example.org with the title “Pilgrimage to Compostela” and therein please indicate who is interested in going (names), and contact details for each person (address, e-mail address, and contact phone number).
Confessions will be available on Saturday morning in St. James’ from 9.30a.m. and in Our Lady of Lourdes from 4.15p.m. on Saturday for those who may have missed the Holyday of Obligation (29th June) through their own fault and need to celebrate the Lord’s mercy before receiving Him again in Holy Communion.
Please be aware that there is a problem at the moment with the landline for St. James’, so if you need to get in contact with Fr. Martin please do so by calling the following number: 07540534480. Hopefully the issue will be resolved within the next week.
We have been informed by the diocese that from Monday those attending church are no longer legally required to wear a face mask. Naturally, many people may still want to wear a face covering and this should be respected, but some people may also choose not to and from Monday will be at liberty to do so. As with all of the measures we have adopted and the procedures we have implemented it is important that we show respect to others and sensitivity to their individual situations and this will be no less the case from Monday. Please think of others and then everyone should feel cared for and respected.
Secondly, because of circumstances, the Monday evening Lenten Service advertised from 7.30-9.00p.m. has had to be cancelled, please take note of this change to what has been posted in the newsletter section.
Mass Times, etc. from Monday 10th January to Sunday 23rd January inclusive:
Monday 10th January until Saturday 15th January I shall be on retreat. Should there be a pastoral emergency please contact Canon Mulholland in Perth on 01738 259371.
Wednesday 12th January, Thursday 13th January, & Friday 14th January – Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Holy Rosary at 9.30a.m. each day in St. James’.
Holy Mass on Saturday 15th January at 5.00p.m. (Vigil) and on Sunday 16th at 9.00a.m. (quietest Mass in terms of attendance), and 11.00a.m.
Monday 17th – no public Mass
Tuesday 18th January – Holy Mass at 7.00p.m.
Wednesday 19th January – Holy Mass at 10.00a.m.
Thursday 20th January – Holy Mass at 10.00a.m.
Friday 21st January – Holy Mass at 10.00a.m.
Confessions will be available during the week half an hour before Holy Mass up until 10 minutes before Mass begins.
Holy Mass on Saturday 22nd January at 5.00p.m. (Vigil) and on Sunday 23rd January at 9.00a.m. (quietest Mass in terms of attendance), and 11.00a.m. (Mass at Kilgraston on Sunday is still not open to the public at present).
Tomorrow, Saturday 1st January 2022, I will celebrate an additional Mass for the Five First Saturdays Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. So our schedule will be: 11.00a.m. to 11.45a.m. opportunity for Confession, 12 noon Holy Mass, at the conclusion of Holy Mass Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and recitation of the Holy Rosary, at the conclusion of the Holy Rosary fifteen minutes of silent meditation on the mysteries of the Rosary, ending with Benediction. At Fatima Our Blessed Lady specifically asked that we perform this devotion (Confession, Communion, Rosary & Meditation) to make reparation for the sins against Her Immaculate Heart, so this should be the intention of all attending the devotions described above. Please join us with the intention of continuing this practice throughout the year. This Mass will be the Mass of Mary, Mother of God and is not a Sunday (Vigil) Mass.