Holy Mass, Confessions, etc. Monday 28th June to Sunday 4th July

Mass Times, etc. for this coming week:

A reminder that bookings are no longer being taken for Masses, and that parishioners should simply come along. Places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis, it is therefore advisable that parishioners come along as early as possible (the church doors being open usually 30 minutes before Mass begins).

(From 19th July, according to most recent government guidelines, distancing in churches will be reduced from 2 metres to 1 metre).

Monday 28th June – No Mass

Tuesday 29th June – Holy Mass at 10.00a.m. – Solemnity of Ss. Peter & Paul (Confessions available after Mass) – St. James’

Wednesday 30th June – Holy Mass at 10.00a.m. (Confession available after Mass) – St. James’

Thursday 1st July – Holy Mass at 10.00a.m. (Confession available after Mass) – St. James’

Friday 2nd July – Holy Mass at 10.00a.m. (Confession available after Mass) – St. James’

I would like to thank Canon Steven Mulholland for providing supply for me for the following 3pm and 5pm Masses on Saturday 3rd July in St. Matthew’s and St. James’, please make him very welcome.

Saturday 3rd July – Holy Mass at 3.00p.m. (Confession available after Mass) – St. Matthew’s

Saturday 3rd July – Holy Mass at 5.00p.m. – St. James’

Sunday 4th July – Holy Mass at 9.00a.m. – St. James’

Sunday 4th July – Holy Mass at 11.00a.m. – St. James’

Sunday 4th July – Holy Mass at 1.00p.m. – St. James’ (Confessions available after Mass)

As stated above, bookings will now not be required for any of these Masses.

Mass Bookings, etc. 21st to 27th June inclusive…

A few gentle reminders:

Please show consideration to your fellow parishioners when coming to Holy Mass in these unusual circumstances. Be patient, courteous, and helpful to those who are elderly, frail, or slow because of health issues.

Please be courteous to those at the church door, the pass-keepers/stewards. As difficult as it may be if the church is full and you cannot be admitted please show them Christian understanding and charity, respect and kindness. They have a difficult role to fulfil.

Bookings are not being taken at the door, so when you arrive at church you must come in and take your place immediately, if you do not come in at that point but leave to go elsewhere (unless it is an emergency) pass keepers have been instructed to not keep a place for you (there is no quasi “reservation” system in place as this would be unfair to other parishioners). Once capacity has been reached in the church and all are seated Mass will begin, even if this is slightly earlier than timetabled.

Please be courteous to your priest as I am trying my best in very difficult circumstances to facilitate as many people as possible coming to Mass and your co-operation is necessary: the circumstances are beyond my control.

Please think how you can help, how you can ease the burden, how you can contribute positively and support the parish, finding fault or complaining is very easy and not at all helpful, whereas offering your time and your energies is demanding but will help to build-up our parish and help us to cope in testing times. We are in this together, let us show our unity and strength as Catholic brothers and sisters.

Mass Times, etc. for this coming week:

A reminder that bookings are no longer being taken for Masses, and that parishioners should simply come along. Places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis, it is therefore advisable that parishioners come along as early as possible (the church doors being open usually 30 minutes before Mass begins).

(Monday 21st June – Holy Mass at 3.30p.m. for parish Catechism children and teachers only – St. James’)

Tuesday 22nd June – Holy Mass at 7.00p.m. (with Confession available from 6.30p.m.) – St. James’

Wednesday 23rd June – Holy Mass at 10.00a.m. (Confession available after Mass) – St. James’

Thursday 24th June – Holy Mass at 10.00a.m. (Confession available after Mass) – St. James’

(Friday 25th June – Holy Mass at 9.00a.m. at Kilgraston School – for pupils and staff only)

Friday 25th June – Holy Mass at 12.00 noon (Confession available after Mass) – St. James’

Saturday 26th June – Holy Mass at 3.00p.m. (Confession available after Mass) – St. Matthew’s

Saturday 26th June – Holy Mass at 5.00p.m. – St. James’

Sunday 27th June – Holy Mass at 9.00a.m. – St. James’

Sunday 27th – Holy Mass at 11.00a.m. – St. James’

Sunday 27th June – Holy Mass at 1.00p.m. – St. James’ (Confessions available after Mass)

As stated above, bookings will now not be required for any of these Masses.

Holy Mass, etc. from Monday 14th June to Sunday 20th June inclusive…

A reminder that bookings are no longer being taken for Masses, and that parishioners should simply come along. Places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis, it is therefore advisable that parishioners come along as early as possible (the church doors being open usually 30 minutes before Mass begins).

Tuesday 15th June – Holy Mass at 7.00p.m. (with Confession available from 6.30p.m.) – St. James’

Wednesday 16th June – Holy Mass at 10.00a.m. (Confession available after Mass) – St. James’

Thursday 17th June – Holy Mass at 10.00a.m. (Confession available after Mass) – St. James’

Thursday 17th June – 3.00-4.00p.m. Holy Hour with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Holy Rosary & time for quiet prayer – St. James’

Friday 18th June – Holy Mass at 10.00a.m. (Confession available after Mass) – St. James’

I am appealing to parishioners to help in the cleaning of the church hall so that we can use the hall as a socially-distanced over-spill for Masses (managing to accommodate approximately 10 other people), if you might be able to help with the initial cleaning of the hall please contact me on 01577 863329. We have the facility now for a livestreamed link to the hall from the church, and although not ideal, it may help us to welcome more people back in some form.

Saturday 19th June – Holy Mass at 3.00p.m. (Confession available after Mass) – St. Matthew’s

Saturday 19th June – Holy Mass at 5.00p.m. – St. James’

Sunday 20th June – Holy Mass at 9.00a.m. – St. James’

Sunday 20th – Holy Mass at 11.00a.m. – St. James’ (this tends to be the most popular Mass, therefore early arrival is strongly recommended)

Sunday 20th June – Holy Mass at 1.00p.m. – St. James’ (Confessions available after Mass)

As stated above, bookings will now not be required for any of these Masses.

Message from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul

The Society of Saint Vincent De Paul thanks you all for your generous donations during these hard times. I also have to thank all those who have brought food to the hall on Sunday mornings. Donations of food are still being received in the hall on Sunday mornings and a member of SSVP will be present from 09:00 to 12:00 every Sunday for food collection at the Hall.

As we are coming out of lockdown there is still a need for BnB and each week they list on their web page a list of items required. SSVP members are still doing shopping with monies specifically donated for food by those unable to shop for this for themselves.

There will be a collection box in the Church for General funds. There has been a significant request for help from the Society in recent months. This has included help with, food, clothing, furnishing, etc. Therefore all donations are greatly appreciated. If a person wishes to make a specific donation for food please place the money in an envelope and mark it SSVP Food. Alternatively you can hand it into the hall to the member on duty on Sunday mornings.

Many thanks for your generosity,

Bob Corrieri.

President

Holy Mass, etc. from Monday 7th June to Sunday 13th June inclusive…

A reminder that bookings are no longer being taken for Masses, and that parishioners should simply come along. Places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis, it is therefore advisable that parishioners come along as early as possible (the church doors being open usually 30 minutes before Mass begins).

Tuesday 8th June – Holy Mass at 7.00p.m. (with Confession available from 6.30p.m.) – St. James’

Wednesday 9th June – Holy Mass at 10.00a.m. (Confession available after Mass) – St. James’ – Solemnity of St. Columba our diocesan Patron.

Thursday 10th June – Holy Mass at 10.00a.m. (Confession available after Mass) – St. James’

Friday 11th June – Holy Mass at 12.00 noon. (Confession available after Mass) – St. James’ ( I have Mass today in the morning at Kilgraston School, hence the change to the later time).

Saturday 12th June – Holy Mass at 3.00p.m. (Confession available after Mass) – St. Matthew’s

Saturday 12th June – Holy Mass at 5.00p.m. – St. James’

(THE EXTRA 6.30P.M. MASS IN ST. JAMES’ WILL NOW NO LONGER BE CELEBRATED DUE TO THE VERY SMALL NUMBERS ATTENDING)

Sunday 13th June – Holy Mass at 9.00a.m. – St. James’

Sunday 13th – Holy Mass at 11.00a.m. – St. James’ (this tends to be the most popular Mass, therefore early arrival is strongly recommended)

Sunday 13th June – Holy Mass at 1.00p.m. – St. James’ (Confessions available after Mass)

As stated above, bookings will now not be required for any of these Masses.

Masses, etc. Monday 31st May to Sunday 6th June inclusive.

A reminder that from Monday 31st May bookings will no longer be taken for Masses, and that parishioners should simply come along. Places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis, it is therefore advisable that parishioners come along as early as possible (the church doors being open usually 30 minutes before Mass begins).

Tuesday 1st June – Holy Mass at 7.00p.m. (with Confession available from 6.30p.m.) – St. James’

Wednesday 2nd June – Holy Mass at 10.00a.m. (Confession available after Mass) – St. James’

Thursday 3rd June – Holy Mass at 10.00a.m. (Confession available after Mass) – St. James’

Friday 4th June – Holy Mass at 10.00a.m. (Confession available after Mass) – St. James’

Saturday 5th June – Holy Mass at 3.00p.m. (Confession available after Mass) – St. Matthew’s

Saturday 5th June – Holy Mass at 5.00p.m. – St. James’

(THE EXTRA 6.30P.M. MASS IN ST. JAMES’ WILL NOW NO LONGER BE CELEBRATED DUE TO THE VERY SMALL NUMBERS ATTENDING)

Sunday 6th June – Holy Mass at 9.00a.m. – St. James’

Sunday 6th – Holy Mass at 11.00a.m. – St. James’ (this tends to be the most popular Mass, therefore early arrival is strongly recommended)

Sunday 6th June – Holy Mass at 1.00p.m. – St. James’ (Confessions available after Mass)

As stated above, bookings will now not be required for any of these Masses.

A Pastoral Letter… Mass Bookings, Finances, Diocesan Structures, etc.

A Pastoral Letter to the Parishioners of St. James’ & St. Matthew’s

My dear parishioners, I hope that you and your loved ones are keeping well. In this letter I wish to bring to your attention a few practical matters concerning St. James’ in Kinross and St. Matthew’s in Auchtermuchty, and also to share with you some recent developments on a diocesan level.

You will know that I have just returned from my pilgrimage/retreat at Our Lady’s Shrine in Walsingham where I was blessed to have some time and space for prayer and reflection, and where you were all remembered.

Our focus as a parish is always the Gospel and our striving to be faithful to Almighty God. Our faith is incarnational, as Jesus Christ came in the flesh, and therefore we cannot avoid the practical and material implications of living and working and evangelising in the world, whilst always keeping before our eyes the ultimate goal of Heaven, and of always seeking intimacy with the Lord. I ask you to prayerfully consider what I now bring before you as practical issues for the parish and the diocese, and to pray that always we will do what is best to help us be to true and faithful to the Lord and the commission He has giving us of bringing the Good News to our brothers and sisters.

Mass Bookings:

I appreciate we all have a desire to return to normality in life after the restrictions that have been placed on us, and this is no less true in regard to the manner in which we worship God. As another little step forward I hope, very soon, to drop altogether the booking arrangements for attending Holy Mass. Effectively this will mean that as of Monday 31st May no bookings for Mass will be required, including weekends and weekdays. So that from Monday 31st May it will simply be a question of first-come, first-served at all Masses until our capacity is reached. Whilst this is a move forward I have been somewhat reluctant to do this as I know it may mean that some people may end up being turned away at the door once capacity has been reached. Such a thing is so against the grain for us as Catholics, but sadly, in these circumstances, it would, unfortunately, be necessary in order that we adhere to the restrictions the government has placed upon us. So in short: from Monday 31st May no Mass bookings will be made, but your track and trace details (name, contact details) will still be required at the church door.

In due course, and according to circumstances, I will also review other practices we have adopted during pandemic times and consider when we should, and if we are able, to return to a more normal manner of worship – considering such matters as when the distribution of Holy Communion takes place and whether we have readers at Holy Mass other than myself, etc.

Diocesan/Parish Finance:

Recently the Diocese has made us aware of its own financial struggles, to the point that the bishop has decided to make major changes regarding finances which have repercussions for us and all parishes. To clarify, the Diocese has always placed a levy on the parishes which for some time has stood at 15% of our income – this money is taken from the parish monthly to fund the working of diocesan structures and staff. Given the financial problems that the Diocese is facing we have been informed that our own levy (in St. James’ & St. Matthew’s) will rise by 11% to the new figure of 26% of our income. As you will appreciate, this is a significant raise to help support the Diocese with its struggling financial situation. To make this absolutely clear for our own circumstances whereas we have been paying over £600 per month to the Diocese from what comes into the parish, I have just been advised that for the remainder of this year (for which we have already paid £2,540.00) our monthly payments will be increased to £1,571.40 – the total being a levy from St. James’ and St. Matthew’s for this year of £15,111.20.

This is such a significant rise in what is being asked of us as a parish (and not exclusively of us, of course), that I feel bound for the sake of the parish’s future financial well-being to bring this to your attention and to appeal once again to your generosity, asking, humbly, that you might consider, if your means allow it, to increase your contributions where possible, so that we can try in some way to compensate for the greater demands that are now being made of us for the sake of supporting the Diocese. Notably the Diocese itself has had to make some members of staff redundant to also help alleviate the difficulties.

What is positive news is that our income over this past while of pandemic has dropped less than anticipated, and this is thanks to your commitment and generosity. The plain truth is that the parish depends entirely upon your contributions, we have no other source of income.

Diocesan Pastoral Structures & Parishes:

As the bishop has been looking at the overall situation in the Diocese quite naturally the structure of the Diocese in regard to pastoral provision has had to be considered, and so I would like to share with you some insights into what is being or is likely to be reviewed as we move ahead. This information is taken from a recent letter from his Lordship to the clergy of the Diocese, an excerpt of which I provide here below for your own information and consideration:

The Diocesan Trustees or, as they are now called, Diocesan Directors, have also been active

in setting up a preliminary Strategy Group to examine pastoral provision across the

Diocese, with a view to bringing their findings to parish, deanery and to the Priests’ Council

for consultation.   The key question here is to conduct an AUDIT examining the viability of

parishes, according to a number of criteria:

1. Number of practising parishioners.

2. Number of non-practising parishioners.

3. Overall Parish income.

4. The Condition of parish property*.

5. Distribution of priests.

6. Viability of any Mass centres which may be attached to parishes.

7. Changing demographics in parish, deanery, diocese

8. Particular pastoral challenges in individual parishes

9. Provision of priests in parishes, across a deanery

10. Demographics of priests; age profile, vocations, on-going care and formation.

One of the principal criteria will be to do with property assessments* which have already

begun in the Diocese, undertaken by D.M. Hall.  Already, two parishes have been identified

as being greatly at risk because of their physical state, the cost of refurbishment and whether

major repairs can be justified on the grounds of the number of those practising and further,

the ability of the parish to recover payment for repairs.   Obviously, this cannot be the only

criterion to be examined in the discussion of the future of a parish, as many other factors have

to be taken into account.  But the physical state of parish property and the economic state of a

parish can be an early indication that the continuity of a given parish community may be

called into question.   This is obviously a work in progress, and as a work in progress, the

results will go before the various consultative bodies for assessment and consultation, as and

when things become clearer.

In this month of May I ask you in a special way to invoke the guidance and assistance of Our Blessed Lady for the our dear bishop, for the Diocese and those who are charged with making decisions about our future, and, of course, for God’s blessings on our own small part of the Lord’s vineyard here in Auchtermuchty and Kinross. Please remember these intentions in your daily Rosary.

St. James’ and St. Matthew, pray for us! Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us!

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Martin Pletts, Parish Priest

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.