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.

Bookings for Holy Mass: Wednesday 2nd September to Sunday 6th September inclusive…

Please note that because some people are still attempting to book via Facebook Messenger etc. I am missing those messages or not seeing them until the last minute. I would be grateful if you would use only the methods I have outlined below for booking if you want to guarantee that I will see your booking request.

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 2nd to Sunday 6th 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.

Wednesday 2nd September – 10.00a.m. in St. James’, Kinross

Thursday 3rd September – 7.00p.m. in St. James’, Kinross

Friday 4th September – 10.00a.m. in St. James’, Kinross

Saturday 5th September – 4.00p.m. in St. Matthew’s, Auchtermuchty

Sunday 6th September – 9.00a.m. in St. Matthew’s, Auchtermuchty

Sunday 6th September – 11.00a.m. in St. James’, Kinross

Sunday 6th September – 3.00p.m. in St. James’, Kinross

(I have now also resumed saying Holy Mass at Kilgraston School, but this remains closed to the public because of the current health concerns)

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.

Bookings for Holy Mass 29th & 30th August 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 Saturday 29th to Sunday 30th August 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. Please note that for the weekend of 29th & 30th August all bookings must have been made by Sunday 23rd August, bookings for 29th & 30th will strictly not be taken after Sunday 23rd August. A fuller timetable will resume from 2nd to 6th September.

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.

Saturday 29th August – 4.00p.m. in St. Matthew’s, Auchtermuchty

Sunday 30th August – 9.00a.m. in St. Matthew’s, Auchtermuchty

Sunday 30th August – 11.00a.m. in St. James’, Kinross

Sunday 30th August – 3.00p.m. in St. James’, Kinross

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.

Bookings for Holy Mass from Wednesday 19th to Sunday 23rd August 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 19th to Sunday 23rd August 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 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.

Wednesday 19th August – 10.00a.m. in St. James’, Kinross

Thursday 20th August – 7.00p.m. in St. James’, Kinross

Friday 21st August – 3.00p.m. in St. James’, Kinross (I have commitments in Dundee in the morning)

Saturday 22nd August – 4.00p.m. in St. Matthew’s, Auchtermuchty

Sunday 23rd August – 9.00a.m. in St. Matthew’s, Auchtermuchty

Sunday 23rd August – 11.00a.m. in St. James’, Kinross

Sunday 23rd August – 3.00p.m. in St. James’, Kinross

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.

A reminder about a possible parish quiz (online)…

It is important that if you are interested in participating in an online parish quiz you please contact Maz and Mike Thorn who have kindly offered to organize the event. So far only one person has emailed them, so if you are interested please be in touch with them as soon as possible. I repeat the original post below:

Our parishioners Maz and Mike Thorn would like to organise an online parish quiz to help us get together virtually and have some parish community interaction. They hope to do this through the medium of “Zoom” which some of you may already have experience of, but of which they would also be willing to give an explanation. If you would like to take part in this quiz could you please express your interest by getting in touch with them at the following e-mail address:

mmthorn36@hotmail.com

I think this is a great idea and would encourage you to support it. I’m a bit of a technophobe but am willing to try out “Zoom” for this and would encourage you to do the same.

Thank you to Maz and Mike for coming up with this great idea to get parishioners together.

God bless,

Fr. Martin

Mass Bookings for Wednesday 12th – Sunday 16th August 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 12th to Sunday 16th August inclusive. When making a booking please use only the following means, as other methods may not ensure that your request is seen. 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 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/covering 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 or face covering. 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.

Wednesday 12th August – 10.00a.m. in St. James’, Kinross

Thursday 13th August – 7.00p.m. in St. James’, Kinross

Friday 14th August – 10.00a.m. in St. James’, Kinross

Saturday 15th August – 4.00p.m. in St. Matthew’s, Auchtermuchty

Sunday 16th August – 9.00a.m. in St. Matthew’s, Auchtermuchty

Sunday 16th August – 11.00a.m. in St. James’, Kinross

Sunday 16th August – 3.00p.m. in St. James’, Kinross

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.

Update from the Parish Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul

July: Yet again your generosity is amazing.

I would like to thank all those parishioners have been most generous in support of those in need. Food donations are still being received and they are much appreciated. Over £350 has been donated to the Society, much of which is specifically for food, and, for now, we are channelling this to those in need through Broke not Broken. Under the current lockdown we still cannot do home visits and it has been felt that one way to support those in need is by helping Broke not Broken during the current situation with their shortages. When speaking of this it would be remiss of me not to mention the significant contribution made by the community at Glen Lomond many of whom are not members of our parish, but have donated thanks to encouragement of Ann Davidson. Their contributions are very much appreciated not only by SSVP but especially by Broke not Broken.

Hopefully, we will be able to get back to our normal work of pastoral visitation, etc. soon.  With the return to school I am sure that some families may require help to provide school uniforms, this has already been indicated to us and we hope to help if this is the case.

It is good to see that we can again attend Holy Mass even if numbers are somewhat curtailed. A number of members have assisted and been of great support along with other members of our church family in pass-keeping and cleaning. This is appreciated, for without their help it would be a great deal more difficult to have Mass at both St Matthew’s and St James’.

Again I would like to thank everyone who has helped or supported the Conference in any way.

Bob Corrieri

President SSVP St James’ and St Matthew’s.

Online Parish Quiz

Our parishioners Maz and Mike Thorn would like to organise an online parish quiz to help us get together virtually and have some parish community interaction. They hope to do this through the medium of “Zoom” which some of you may already have experience of, but of which they would also be willing to give an explanation. If you would like to take part in this quiz could you please express your interest by getting in touch with them at the following e-mail address:

mmthorn36@hotmail.com

I think this is a great idea and would encourage you to support it. I’m a bit of a technophobe but am willing to try out “Zoom” for this and would encourage you to do the same.

Thank you to Maz and Mike for coming up with this great idea to get parishioners together.

God bless,

Fr. Martin

Availability of the Sacrament of Confession

Confession will be available half and hour before the Masses in St. James’ each day (apart from before the 11am Mass on Sunday), and will be heard in the church hall for the time being.

Confession will be available after Masses in St. Matthew’s

God bless you, Fr. Martin

Bookings for Holy Mass 5th – 9th August inclusive

PLEASE READ ALL OF THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY:

In accordance with diocesan guidance please turn up for Holy Mass at least 15 minutes before Mass is due to begin in order to assist the stewards in their job of allocating places and explaining procedures. Face masks / coverings must be worn in church, hand sanitiser is available, children under 5 and adults with health conditions are / may be exempted from wearing a face mask.

You will be allocated a seating place according to the bookings that have been made, and are asked to go to the specific seat(s) which has/ have been pre-allocated to you. Kindly respect the instructions of those volunteers who are helping to enable us to open our churches for public worship. If instructions are given by stewards or the priest you are respectfully asked to observe those instructions.

Please find below the times available for Holy Mass this week. If you wish to come along please book a place directly with Fr. Martin, and please do so as soon as possible to avoid disappointment – bookings need to be made every week. Contact Fr. Martin either on: 01577 863329 or 07540534480 (text or phone) or Fr.MartinPletts@gmail.com. Give your name, your contact postal address, and specify which day/date you would like to come rather than being vague, please.

Wednesday 5th August Holy Mass in St. James’ at 10.00a.m.

Thursday 6th August Holy Mass in St. James’ at 10.00a.m.

Thursday 6th August Holy Mass in St. James’ at 7.00p.m.

Friday 7th August Holy Mass in St. James’ at 10.00a.m.

Saturday 8th August Holy Mass in St. James’ at 12 noon

Saturday 8th August Holy Mass in St. Matthew’s at 4.00p.m.

Sunday 9th August Holy Mass in St. Matthew’s at 9.00a.m.

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

Sunday 9th August Holy Mass in St. James’ at 3.00p.m.

I have noticed that the least attended Masses are those at St. Matthew’s. If you are able to travel I would encourage you to think about going to St. Matthew’s Church which has the greater capacity of the two churches, this will also mean that those unable to travel and who live in Kinross will have an opportunity to attend in St. James’. We are one community of faith and so it would be good if parishioners from the Kinross area would consider travelling to take up spaces at St. Matthew’s, it will mean that you will have more of a likelihood of securing a place at Holy Mass when there is greater demand.

God bless you, and I look forward to seeing you again soon at Holy Mass,

Fr. Martin Pletts