Corpus Christi Sunday (Year C)

2 June 2013


   Charity Number: SCO11041

‘Sede Vacante’ in Motherwell

Parishioners  may  have  read  in  recent  media reports  that  our  Bishop,  the  Right Reverend  Joseph Devine has retired as Bishop of Motherwell after the best part of thirty years of faithful service to God and the people of this diocese. This news comes almost a year since Bishop Devine offered his resignation to the Holy Father in accordance with the Canon Law of the Church. In the coming weeks and months there will be ample opportunity for us as a parish to mark our Bishop’s retrial. For the time being, however, he can rest assured of our prayers, gratitude and best wishes for the future. May he be afforded a well-deserved break from the glare and scrutiny of public life.

In looking to the day-to-day administration of the diocese during this Sede Vacante (‘Empty Chair’) period the Holy See has instructed the Papal Nuncio Archbishop Mennini to appoint Bishop Joseph Toal of Argyll and the Isles as the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Motherwell. During this transitional period, before the announcement of our new Bishop at a later date, Bishop Toal will take charge of the See of Motherwell, with a priest-delegate to assist him.

In the meantime you will notice that the reference to ‘our Bishop’ will be omitted from the Eucharistic Prayer of the Mass, and the Bishop’s throne in the Cathedral Motherwell will remain empty until his successor is appointed. In these days we ask that the Lord will reward our Bishop emeritus for the way he has led us these many years. At the same time, we also focus our energies to praying for a new, worthy successor to Bishop Devine. Looking to the future, we pray that the Holy Spirit will guide the Church in Motherwell in these days of change as we look forward to joyfully welcoming our new Shepherd.

Youth Music Group

Do you have a musical talent that you would like to share? If so, then think about joining our Youth Music Group. This small group of musicians leads the music each week at the 10am Sunday Mass and it’s a great way to get more involved in the life of the parish. Speak to Fr. Kane or Greg our organist after Mass for more information.

 Junior Choir

Parents are asked to encourage their children to join this singing group at the 10am Mass, giving them a chance to participate more actively in the celebration of Mass and our music ministry. New members are invited to sit in the front right pews before Mass with the other children.


The final meeting of the present session of the Women’s Group will take place on Monday 3rd June 2013 at 7.30pm. It will take the form of a casual, social evening when plans for the session 2013-2014 will be discussed. New members will, of course, be made very welcome.



This will take place on Saturday 29th June 2013 beginning at 2pm. All monies raised at this event goes towards the Residents’ Fund to help finance outings and treats for those who live at Woodside. Donations and raffle prizes are gratefully received. Please contact Alison at Woodside on 01236 442000 to arrange drop-off/collection of donations and prizes. Alternatively, you can drop-by the main reception.


The Talking Paper is a free service for people who are blind or partially sighted. It gives an update on local news via the Coatbridge and Airdrie Advertiser. For more information about this completely free service call John on 01698 834811 or Rosemary on 01236 898842.


The next Spaghettata will take place on Friday 7th June 2013 in the Parish Hall between 8 – 11pm. The cost of the 3 course meal (payable on the night) is £10pp. Friends and non-members of the Club who wish to come along are asked to contact Rita or Joseph Lamarra at joe.lamarra@blueyonder.co.uk or on 01236 767791


The 10am Youth Group continues as usual this Sunday. There will also be a short practice afterwards. Parents are also asked to return parental consent forms as soon as possible.


This Sunday, the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, also coincides with the Annual Day for Life, initiated by the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland. This year’s theme looks at the culture of life and incorporates words of Pope Francis who asks that we ‘show a diligent care for life from the beginning to the end’. May we do all we can to promote a culture of life at home and in our public lives too. Please pick-up some of the free literature available at the back of the Church to mark this Day for Life.


St. Augustine’s SVDP Conference invites all parishioners to a special Mass to celebrate the work of the Conference this Thursday 6th June at 7.30pm. Refreshments will be available in the Hall afterwards.

This is an opportunity for parishioners to get to know about some of the important charitable work SVDP are engaged in at a local parish level. New members, young and old, are invited to join the Conference (open to members as young as 16yrs). If you are interested in joining our parish Conference please contact a member of SVDP after Mass. Alternatively, leave your name and contact number on the sheet provided in the porch of the Church. Younger parishioners and CARITAS students are especially welcome.


(This Sunday)

A special Holy Hour will mark the celebrations of Corpus Christi this Sunday 2nd May at 7pm. The Hour will include a short Procession with the Blessed Sacrament (beginning from the Hall), Evening Prayer, devotions, hymns and Benediction. Please make every effort to attend these special Eucharistic devotions. Choir members, servers, First Communicants with Communion dress (or school uniform/smart dress), young people and families are especially welcome to take part. Refreshments will be available afterwards in the Hall.

Corpus Christi Sunday

2nd June 2013 at 7pm

Led by Fr. Ross Campbell

(With Church Procession)


The new St. Augustine’s Youth Team will host a Bingo Night in the Parish Hall this Wednesday 5th June 2013, starting at 7pm. Entrance tickets cost £2 (tea included) and are available for purchase after all Masses this weekend or in the Stall. Bingo books/raffle tickets can be purchased on the night. There will also be refreshments and live music (from the 10am Music Group). Prizes would be gratefully received. All monies raised on the night will support our 10 young people travelling to Stirling for the Scotland’s Rio celebrations in July.                    


The  Annual  Pioneers’  Mass  will  be  celebrated  on Friday  7th  June  (the  Feast of the Sacred Heart) in St. Francis  Xavier  Church,  Carfin  at  7.30pm. Members and  friends  of  the  Pioneer  Association  are  warmly invited. The Mass will conclude with the Sacred Heart Novena and refreshments in the Hall. Leaflets are available at the back of St. Augustine’s Church for those interested in joining the Association.


This Catholic pilgrimage conference will take place at Madras College, Kilrymont Road, St. Andrew’s between 8th – 12th July 2013. The conference will host international and local speakers, as well as a youth ministry among other things. The 2013 conference theme is: “Bring forth the new and the old”. Those wishing to find out more, or to apply should call 01314476153 or visit www.newdawninscotland.com


A range of religious literature (books, pamphlets etc) is available in the porch of the church during the Year of Faith. You are kindly asked to leave payment for any items in the box provided at the display at the back of the church.                              


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Corpus Christi Sunday

Corpus Christi (Body and Blood of Christ) is a Eucharistic solemnity, or better, the solemn commemoration   of   the  institution  of  that sacrament.  It   is, moreover,   the  Church’s official act of homage and gratitude to Christ, who by instituting the Holy Eucharist gave to the Church her greatest treasure. Holy Thursday, assuredly, marks the anniversary of the institution, but the commemoration of the Lord’s passion that very night suppresses the rejoicing proper to the occasion. Today’s observance, therefore, accents the joyous aspect of Holy Thursday. With joy and gratitude in our hearts we celebrate the precious gift of Holy Communion by which the Lord Jesus is able to enter and strengthen us on life’s journey. It is especially appropriate that we should celebrate this great solemnity so soon after the joyful celebration of First Holy Communions.

To  coincide  with  Corpus Christi the parish will host a traditional Eucharistic Procession from the Hall  to the Church today (Sunday), accompanied by hymns  and devotions. This public expression of faith has been part of the liturgical   life   of  the   Church   for    many centuries  and was very recently commended to  us  by  the  Blessed Pope John Paul II. He declared October 2004 – October 2005 as the “Year   of  the  Eucharist.”  In  his  Apostolic  Letter  Mane nobiscum Domine he urged the Church  to  gather  in  procession  on Corpus Christi. He wrote: “This year let us also celebrate with particular devotion the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, with its traditional procession. Our faith in the God who took flesh in order to become our companion along the way needs to be everywhere proclaimed, especially in our streets and homes, as an expression of our grateful love and as an inexhaustible source of blessings.”

In response to Blessed John Paul and Pope Francis’ recent call “to gather in this Year of Faith to adore the Eucharistic Lord” you are invited to join us at St. Augustine’s for this special procession. A special invitation is extended to this year’s First Communicants who are charged with leading our procession in their formal communion dress.


The Hospice will be holding the Annual Ladies Midnight Walk on Saturday 15th June 2013. The group will leave from Asda in Hamilton at midnight for a 13.1 mile walk. For more information contact the fundraising team on 01236 766951


On Monday 17th June there will be a special Mass in St. Francis Xavier’s Church, Carfin at 7pm to mark the 7th Anniversary of the Cenacolo movement in Scotland. After the Mass there will be light refreshments in the hall, together with testimonies from two community members from the UK house. For more information about addiction work undertaken by the Cenacolo movement please contact Mary on 07538789548


Many thanks to all those who supported our opening ‘Sunday Brunch @ Our Hall’. This was a great start and hopefully this week even more of you will be able to enjoy the delights on offer. This Sunday we will be serving after both the 10am Family Mass and the 12noon Mass, so please take the time to join us. This is a great way to meet new people in the parish and also to raise further funds for the  Hall Renovation. Tea/coffee/juice, as well as hot rolls (with bacon, sausage etc) are on offer each week. A donation is suggested for food and drinks. Additionally, we now have a Kids Corner with colouring sheets and puzzles, as well as a small selection of toys to keep the little ones occupied! Our lovely fresh rolls are delivered in the morning and you can purchase these to take away with you.

Anyone interested in helping to organise/set-up the hall each week should speak to Rosemary Beekman in the sacristy after the 10am Mass this weekend. Rosemary can also be contacted on 01236 434054

Recently Deceased: 

Joe Gordon; Elizabeth Murray; James Moran; Elizabeth McGilliard; John Harris (Langloan Street).

Anniversaries and Months Minds which occur about this time:

James & Susan Croall; Duncan McDermid; Neil & Mary Slavin; Peter, Annie, Charles & John Rafferty; John & Katie McPartland; Hugh & Cathie Connolly; Patrick, Cathie, Sadie & James Meechan; Esther Campbell; Thomas, Chrissie & Mary Dick;

                                                                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

Weekdays:             10.00am

Devotions:             as announced

Corpus Christi:     Procession & Holy Hour, Sunday 7pm

 Sacrament of Reconciliation

Saturday:   After 10.00am Mass

and 5.30 – 6.00pm


On the last Sunday of the month by arrangement with the clergy.

Calling Times

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

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