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Third Sunday of Ordinary Time (A)

Sunday 26th January 2014

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A New Chapter for Brother Oliver

Earlier in the week Brother Oliver, a member of our De la Salle Community based in Blair Road, left the parish to join a new community in Southampton. The news comes after some weeks of health concerns for Brother who is ninety-five years old. The new accommodation was organised at short notice and he left us after the Morning Mass last Wednesday. This Sunday’s 12noon Holy Mass will be celebrated for his intentions.

Brother Oliver has been a valued and familiar face in our community these past fourteen years. Many will know him from daily Mass and as a Reader. Many others will have their own memories of his small acts of kindness. Some may even have spotted him in the stands of Parkhead!

We wish Brother all the very best as he now enters retirement. His new community consists of twelve other Brothers whom he knows well from various others postings in Scotland and England. The Church as a whole, and our parish in particular, owes an enormous debt of gratitude to Brother Oliver and his fellow brothers for their faithfulness and dedication, particularly in the field of education. Many of you will know that Brother Oliver was himself a Headteacher in his former days, being granted his first headship at the age of just twenty-seven! It is a sure sign of the calibre of his gifts and talents.

May God grant to our Brother Oliver a happy and peaceful retirement for many years to come. Ad multos annos!

SVDP SENIOR CITIZENS’ ANNUAL DINNER

This will take place in the Bank Social Club on Wednesday 12 February at 7pm. Tickets will be given-out in the porch of the Church from this Sunday.

SVDP REGIONAL CONFERENCE MASS

St. Augustine’s will host the local SVDP conferences for a Mass on Monday 24th March 2014. Please continue to pray for the important work of the society.

YOUTH SVDP MEETING

The next meeting of our Youth SVDP Group will take place this Monday 27th January at 7pm in the Parish Hall. New members will be made very welcome.

SEEDS OF HOPE NEWS

The Seeds of Hope Annual Dance featuring Big Vern N The Shootas and ‘Monklands Got Talent’ will take place on Sat 15th of February 7.30 pm till midnight in St Ambrose High School. Tickets costing £15 will include a full buffet.  Bring your own refreshments. Tickets will be available by phoning or emailing the following contacts. Tickets must be paid for on receipt. Eddie Hagerty 07889279982 or email eddhagerty@yahoo.co.uk / Charlie Fawcett 07985323406 / Maria Gilchrist 01236 432198

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA PARISH PILGRIMAGE

Following our meeting last Monday it has been decided that the Santiago Pilgrimage will be opened-up to all parishioners (i.e., not only youth). The only condition is that each pilgrim should be in good physical shape at time of travel. A follow-up meeting, with exact dates/prices etc will take place in the Parish Hall on Monday 17th February 2014 at 7pm. At this stage a 9 day, low cost pilgrimage (110km on foot!) around July/August 2014 is anticipated. Anyone interested in joining us should attend this next meeting for important information.

SUNDAY BRUNCH STARTS BACK

Sunday Brunch @ Our Hall starts back again this weekend after both the 10am and 12noon Masses. If you can help the team in the kitchen please contact either Rosemary on 01236 434054 or Laura on 07968153313.

PARISH COMMUNICATIONS

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ALTAR-SERVERS

Any young person (primary 5 and above) wishing to join our group of altar-servers are asked to speak to Fr. Kane after Mass this weekend. This can be an excellent way for our young people to show greater participation at Mass. Servers should be willing to serve on the altar each week at the Mass they usually attend. Training and consent forms will be given to new servers.

PARTICIPATION AT MASS

Parents of Candidates for Sacraments (First Confession; First Holy Communion and Confirmation) are reminded of the importance of bringing their child to Mass each week. The 10am Family Mass, with Children’s Liturgy, is best suited to our young Candidates.

DIOCESAN EDUCATION MASS

An invitation is extended to those within the teaching profession to join Bishop Toal for the Education Mass in Motherwell Cathedral on Tuesday 28th January at 7.30pm. Refreshments will follow afterwards in St. Bride’s Hall.

CONFIRMATION NEWS

PRAYER PARTNERS

Parishioners can still sign-up as prayer partners to our young Candidates. This is an opportunity to pray for each young person in their journey towards the Sacrament and beyond. Feel free to sign your name against a Candidate in the large books in the porch of the Church. (Max. 2 per child)

CHARITY COFFEE MORNINGS

Parishioners are invited to support two coffee mornings in aid of two worthy charities being supported by our Confirmation Candidates. Donations of home baking would be greatly appreciated. Donations of books, CD’s/DVD’s, toys, bottles, tombola items and raffle prizes would also be gratefully received. The events will take place in our Parish Hall. Details are as follows:

Next Sunday 2nd February – after 10am and 12noon Masses

Sunday 16th February – after 10aqm and 12noon Masses

CHARITY APPEAL FOR BACK-PACKS (MARY’S MEALS)

After Holy Mass this weekend parishioners will again be able to collect information about our bag-pack appeal, including information on the kinds of items that should be included in each donated back-pack. Information sheets will be handed-out in the porch after Mass.

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