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33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time (C)

Sunday 17th November 2013

   Charity Number: SCO11041

SCIAF has launched an emergency appeal to help survivors of the catastrophic typhoon in the Philippines which has left an estimated 10,000 people dead and 9.5 million affected. SCIAF partners on the ground, Caritas Philippines and Catholic Relief Services, have already reached many of the worst affected areas. Clean water, food, shelter, hygiene kits and medicine are among the immediate priorities with 600,000 people forced from their homes.

Lorraine Currie, SCIAF’s Head of International Programmes, said:

“This is a major disaster which will require a huge humanitarian response over a prolonged period. Work is already underway to get emergency supplies to the survivors of this devastating typhoon. SCIAF is working through our sister agencies on the ground to get aid to people as quickly as possible. I would urge everyone to give whatever they can to support the people in the Philippines as they try to survive the coming days and recover in the longer term.”

A picture of massive devastation is emerging from the Philippines. The Leyte and Samar islands are said to have been severely damaged with some areas still completely submerged under water.  United Nations teams described the scene from the air as being on a scale of the 2004 India Ocean tsunami. Caritas fears the scale of destruction in yet unreached areas will be catastrophic. Communication remains a challenge but local Caritas staff have been able to speak with people in some of the worst hit regions.

Pope Francis prayed for the victims of the typhoon after last Sunday’s Angelus in St Peter’s Square. He firstly called for silent prayer, and then led the faithful in a recitation of the Hail Mary. He urged those present to help their brothers and sisters in the Philippines concretely, as well as through prayer.

Next week’s second collection at all Masses will go towards this urgent SCIAF appeal. Please give generously to help our brothers and sisters in need.


Parish Dance – Bank Club – 29 Nov. Tickets have now sold-out so thank you for supporting this evening. We have a stand-by list in the event that tickets are handed back prior to the event. Contact Edward Devlin (07968 048624) if you wish to be on this list.

Christmas Fayre – 8 Dec. Both Halls will be in use for this lovely event being organised with the help of our CARITAS candidates.  Attractions include:  Santa’s Grotto, Christmas Craft Stalls (offering beautiful and unique gift ideas), Tombola, Face Painting, Raffles, Kids’ Fun Activities, Candy Floss, Mulled Wine, Mince Pies, Home Baking and more. Anyone wishing to help with this event can contact Kate on 07907 526314.

Donations for raffles and tombola for both these events would be very welcome and can be left in the porch, the Chapel House or handed into the Sunday Brunch team on Sunday.

-Loose Change Jars Many thanks to everyone who has embraced this initiative which is nicely helping us towards our fundraising total for our Hall roof repairs.

Craft Club. Our Craft Club is now running on Tuesday evenings in our Hall from 7pm. The team is busy preparing items for our Christmas Fayre.  Everyone welcome.


The Brunch continues this weekend after the 10am and 12 noon Masses. Take advantage of our selection of hot and cold drinks and food available. Proceeds go to supporting our Hall Renovation Fund.


Parents of Candidates for the Sacrament of Confirmation are reminded that the Enrolment Mass will take place in St. Augustine’s Church this Thursday 21st November at 7.00pm. An invitation is extended to Candidates, parents and sponsors to attend. Parents are also asked to return the yellow Mass Attendance cards to the primary school by this Tuesday 19th November. They can be collected again after the Enrolment Mass.


Parents are reminded of the importance of ensuring their children attend Holy Mass each week. This is especially true of children who are preparing to receive Sacraments in the near future. The 10am Family Mass is most appropriate for our young parishioners, not least because of the Children’s Liturgy groups. It is encouraging to see the increased attendance of families in recent weeks and we are grateful to parents who prioritise the Sunday commitment each week.


Parishioners wishing to sign-up for the Gift-aid scheme are asked to go to the sacristy after Mass to fill-out a Gift-aid declaration. This allows the parish to reclaim an extra 25p on every £1 donated by a tax-payer.


As part of our fundraising for the Hall renovation parishioners will be given the opportunity to ‘sponsor a roof tile’. The cost of each tile is £10 which includes the gift of a limited edition parish mug. If you would like to support this project please tick-off one of the 400 tiles on the display poster in the Hall and simply collect your mug! The £10 cost of covering the tile and mug can be handed-in to the parish stall. St. Augustine’s pens are also available for purchase at £3 each.


Members of the Scottish Parliament need to hear from supporters of traditional marriage ahead of a debate on the issue on Wednesday 20th November. Please contact our local MSPs with a request not to redefine marriage. Our local constituency MSP, Elaine Smith, can be contacted on 01236 449122 or by email:


Following the completion of structural renovations in the main Hall the morning teas will resume this coming Monday 11th November. Tea/coffee will be served in the Hall every Monday – Thursday after the 10am Mass. All welcome.


The next meeting of the club, the AGM, will be held on Friday 22 November at 7.30pm in St. Augustine’s Parochial Hall. Members are asked to make contact with Rita/Joseph Lamarra, at least two days before the meeting, to confirm attendance. Contact or call 767791 (after 6pm). Non-members who may be interested in joining the club are welcome to attend.


Coltswood Cemetery: Sunday 24th November, 2.00pm


Please refer to the posters at the back of the Church about information evenings for enrolment to Fernhill. Alternatively visit


Any young person (16-25yrs) interested in joining a new Youth SVDP Group in the parish are asked to attend a short meeting in the Parish Hall on Tuesday 26th November at 7.00pm. Caritas pupils are especially encouraged to attend. Speak to Fr. Kane or Lucy Kirkland for more information.

Recently Deceased: Robert Bannan (20 James Dempsey Court).

Anniversaries and Months Minds which occur about this time:

Rev. Fr. John Fitzgibbon; Francis Quinn; Isabella Quinn; Philomena Moore; Frank Queen; Elizabeth, Charles, Hugh & Tom Parr; Betty Gallacher; James & Margaret Lochran; Liz McElhinney; Barbara Paterson; Dan McGregor; Patrick Gray.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,

                                                and let perpetual light shine upon them.

                                                May they rest in peace. Amen.

Sick: Angela Hughes

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


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

 Sacrament of Reconciliation

Saturday:   After 10.00am Mass

and 5.30 – 6.00pm

Calling Times

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

Please remember that if you reside outside the boundary of St. Augustine’s Parish, then you must ask for these sacraments in your own parish.

Bulletin Notices

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

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