Pentecost Sunday Year: B

27 May 2012

Charity Number: SCO11041

Pentecost Sunday reverses a process which began with the Tower of Babel.   The proud people of that city had determined to take heaven by storm.   This attitude of mind is all the more strange when we remember that the Creator had invited them, just as he had done with Adam and Eve, to share his life.   The origins of that rebellion may well be hidden in the recesses of history but the message could hardly be clearer.   Their arrogant pride had taken over and seemed to make them lose their senses.   Love and generosity on the part of God were met with senseless ambition.

Their intention had been to gather strength from numbers and unity as they built their tower reaching to the highest heavens.   In the event it had the opposite effect.   They were scattered over the face of the earth and were unable to communicate with each other.   Their world was literally falling apart.

When Jesus breathed a new Spirit into his disciples, a new capacity to communicate was given them.   Their vocation would be to share that gift with a fragmented world.   The words they spoke would change the hearts of selfish people, not through their eloquence, but in the power of the Spirit.


Thursday      Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin.

Friday           Memorial of Saint Justin


The amount raised for the Communications Sunday Special collection was £520.

The Lenten Boxes this year raised £1400 to support the work of  the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund.


In aid of Cancer Research:

One of our parishioners, Barry Connolly, will be undertaking several initiatives to raise funds for Cancer Research.   The first is cycling a stretch of the West Highland Way which will take place in the near future.   The other initiatives which are equally ambitious will follow during the next few months.  Parishioners who wish to sponsor Barry are invited to add their names to the list in the porch of the church.


On the First Friday of each month.

The family rosary group will continue on the first Friday of each month in different family homes.   All are welcome to attend.


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Saturday 16 June

The Summer Fayre will be held in Woodside Care Home on Saturday 16 June from 1.30 till 3 PM.   Lots of stalls and raffles and fun for the kids.   Please come along and join in the fun.

CARITAS AWARD CEREMONY: Clyde Auditorium Glasgow

Saturday 2 June at 2 PM

To mark the inaugural year of the Pope Benedict XVI Caritas Award a spectacular award ceremony will recognise the achievements of hundreds of young people who will be presented with the Caritas Award this year.   The ceremony will showcase the contribution of Church organisations, including schools and parishes, to Scottish society.   To obtain free tickets and to represent your parish at this event which has a capacity of 3,000,   please visit:


‘Treasuring our past – shaping our future’

We look forward to sharing our prayers with the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions as they celebrate the 150 anniversary of their foundation.  The order continues reach out to embrace new challenges and to bring the consolation of the Gospel and all associated charitable works to every corner of the world. The Scottish Jubilee celebration will be held in St Vincent de Paul Church, Thornliebank. on Friday 7 June.   We congratulate Sister Eileen who has already given fifty years to Our Lady of the Missions and has placed this experience at our disposal in St Augustine’s.


11 June at 7.30 PM

A meeting will be held in St Augustine’s Presbytery for those who are interested in taking part in  the RCIA Programme which will begin in September this year and end at Pentecost 2013.


The Novena to the Sacred Heart will start on Thursday 7 June and continue until Friday 15 June this year.   The Mass for the Feast of the Sacred Heart will take place in St Francis Xavier’s, Carfin on Friday 15 June at 7.30 PM.   The Novena will conclude at this Mass.

Died Recently: John Craw (St. Monica’s)

Anniversaries and Months Minds which occur about this time

Rose & Mary McShane, James & Allen Toal, Christopher & Lily Dunne, Rosina Boyle, Tony Heaney, Annie & David Trower, Hugh Muldoon, Christopher Andrews, Thomas Duggan, Catherine Martin, Patrick Cournane.

                                    Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,

                                    and let perpetual light shine upon them.

                                    May they rest in peace.  Amen

The Pastoral Team

Very Rev. James Canon Foley (Parish Priest)

Rev. Michael J. Kane (Assistant Priest)

Sr. Eileen (Pastoral Assistant)

Postal Address

St. Augustine’s, 12 Dundyvan Road,

Coatbridge ML5 1DQ

Telephone: (01236) 423044

Times of Masses

Saturday:         Vigil Mass 6.30pm

Sunday:           10.00am & 12.00 noon

Holy Days:      Vigil Mass 7.30pm, 10.00am

Weekdays:       10.00am

Devotions:       as announced

 Sacrament of Reconciliation

 Saturday:   After 10.00am Mass

and 5.30pm – 6.00pm


On the last Sunday of the month by arrangement with the Parish Priest.

Calling Times

Arrangements for weddings (for which six months notice is required) and for baptisms should be made by appointment with one of the clergy.

All notices for publication should be dropped through the Presbytery letter box by Wednesday evening at the latest.