Please note that due to the Coronavirus pandemic there will be NO public Masses or liturgies celebrated in Sacred Heart or St Gerard's Church for the foreseeable future. Both Churches are also now closed and will not be open for private prayer at any time in the interest of public safety, following Government advice issued to Bishop Toal.
LIGHT A CANDLE FOR YOUR INTENTIONS
We know how hard it is not to be able to enter the church building to pray and light candles for your intentions during the current Global Crisis.
Fr Kevin is holding a Holy Hour from 9pm until 10pm on Holy Thursday night. During this time he will light a candle and pray for your intentions.
Please add your prayer intentions below or email him on
Weekly Sunday collections
I have again had some people asking about ways of maintaining their weekly offertory collections during this time. I understand the financial uncertainty for many parishioners just now and I greatly appreciate any contributions you can make for the upkeep of the parish. We totally rely on the generosity of parishioners to maintain the churches and with the churches and the halls closed just now, we have no income to meet our overheads for either church, apart from those contributions which have already been made by some parishioners and also those parishioners who use standing order historically.
I would be most grateful for anything you can afford to donate.
Thank you, keep safe and God bless you all, Fr Kevin
Ways to contribute
1. By using this link to our parish Paypal account
2. By Standing Order -forms can be downloaded and printed off. This should be completed with your bank details and either posted or handed into a local branch of your bank. Standing Orders can also be set up if you use Online Banking using the Parish bank account details on the mandate.
3. Donations can be posted through the letterbox at either parish house but please only do so as part of your daily exercise at this time.
You can download and print off and complete the standing order form
and take it to their bank. DO NOT RETURN THIS FORM TO THE PARISH
If you use online banking you can pay directly by setting up a direct debit.
The parish details are:
Bank: Bank of Scotland
Account No: 15939268
Sort Code: 80-22-60
Parishioners can also set aside their weekly collections and these will be collected
at a later date once the parish is open for business.
Thank you so much for your support in this way.
Prayer from Pope Francis
O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.
At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain, with steadfast faith.
You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.
We are certain that you will provide, so that, as you did at Cana of Galilee,
joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the Father’s will
and to do what Jesus tells us:
He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us,
through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.
We seek refuge under your protection,
O Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test – and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.
Message from Fr McGoldrick
The emerging situation with the coronavirus and the many news reports around us are creating anxiety and worry for the future and our well-being.
In times like these, it is especially important to remember God’s promise that He will be with us and that He will not leave his children in this time of need.
He is with us as he invites us to offer our prayers. Prayer is not a last resort, but a loving promise from our Lord that he will hear us.
Please join us in praying for those suffering from the coronavirus, those caring for the ill, those seeking a vaccine, and all others who serve in these times. Pray for those experiencing anxiety.
As no public Masses are to be celebrated at this time, we all are asked to join the National Day of Prayer on Sunday 22 nd March 2020 - Mother's Day. It is appropriate that as Catholics we pray together the Rosary, the prayer of our Blessed Mother Mary, at 12 noon asking Her intercession for our country and our world in this time of need.
And please know that I am praying for you and your families during the celebration of Holy Mass each day at 10am.
As Christians we believe and teach that, in response to his love, God calls us to love and serve our neighbour. God works through us to provide for human needs. This crisis is one where God calls each of us to be a blessing to others.
In this time of crisis, each of God’s people might ask themselves, “How is God calling me to serve?” There will be many tangible needs in our communities. Prior to this outbreak, loneliness and isolation were serious problems in our nation.
Social distancing, so very important now, will only intensify these feelings. As Christians, we need to reach out in tangible ways to let our neighbours know that they are not alone.
As you are able, consider how God might be calling you to listen to others or speak a comforting word, to help provide food or necessities to those who are lacking, or to share other blessings with those who are struggling. A phone call can be very
encouraging to those who are isolated.
Even in times of social distancing, we can safely reach out in mercy and love. God is calling his people to be a blessing and, most importantly, to provide hope to those who are fearful.
There will be many inconveniences, challenges, and frustrations in times like these. May God grant us a spirit to see these times and be of service to others.
God is at work in each of us for “He is our refuge and strength…”
May God bless you all.
Fr Kevin McGoldrick