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Parish of St Martin of Tours


331 Main Street, Renton.

G82 4PZ

18th Sunday of the Year (B)

1st August 2021

Parish Priest: Fr Anthony Ejikeme
Sunday 1st August
Mass: 10.00am & 5.00pm
Divine Mercy Devotion: 3.00pm
Monday 2nd August
Rosary: 9.15am (Intention: For refugees and all internally displaced persons)
Rosary Mysteries: Glorious
Mass: 9.30am
Tuesday 3rd August
Rosary: 9.15am (Intention: For Victims of violence and abuse)
 Mysteries: Joyful
Mass: 9.30am
Wednesday 4th August
Novena: 9.15am
Mass: 9.30am
St John Mary Vianney—Memorial
Thursday 5th August
Mass: 9.30am
Friday 6th August
Rosary: 9.15am (Intention: For all parishioners on holidays)
Mysteries: Sorrowful
Mass: 9.30am
Transfiguration of our Lord—Feast
Saturday 7th August
Confessions: 4.30—4.55pm
Vigil Mass of 17th Sunday of the Year: 5.00pm
Parish Finance
Last weekend’s income was:
Offertory Collection: £252.00 & 2nd Collection: £120.00. Many thanks to our parishioners for your continuous financial help to the parish. Highly appreciated.
Church Hall
Steady progress in the water reinstatement work in the church hall. Looking forward to its completion on Tuesday 3rd August 2021 and its eventual reopening for public use on Monday 9th August.
Hall Group
In view of expected reopening of the parish hall, the following are now appointed as members of the Hall Group: Frances Devine, Jean Conway, Arthur Rennie, Michael Ryan, Agnes Ryan, Mark Watson, and Molly Brown. More people to be added to this list as soon as their availability is confirmed. Those whose names are in this list are hereby invited to the inaugural meeting of the Group on Wednesday 4th August 2021 at 6.30pm, in preparation for the reopening of the Hall on Monday August 9th.
"The Conference wish to thank all who have supported us during the year. We regret that owing to the continued COVID restrictions we are still unable to hold the boxes for our donations. The boxes will be left at each exit and at the back of the church should you wish to make a donation. Again many thanks for all donations received.
Peer Support Group for Women OF Faith Affected By Separation or Divorce
If you are affected by these issues and would like further information, check out the 'Faith Living' Facebook group, which is the Archdiocese of Glasgow's New Evangelisation Group, or contact Tricia Imrie on 07970928028.
COVID-19 General Update 
All of Scotland has now moved to Level 0 as since Monday 19th July 2021.
  • The main effects of this for churches is that we can move to 1m distancing between household groups from that date, which will be good news for larger parishes / smaller churches where numbers are restricted by the 2m distancing currently in force. Here in our parish (St Martin), we will still adhere to 2m distancing till probably August 9th.
  • The maximum attendance at weddings and funerals will rise to 200 from Monday 19th July, although in most churches a lower limit will be required due to how many we can safely fit in at 1m distancing and how many we can realistically cope with in terms of stewarding, name checking, etc. The number remains 60 with 2m social distancing here in our parish till next month.
  • Remember that we must still collect names and phone numbers and all those not exempt must still wear face coverings in church.
Introduction to the Readings: 18th Sunday of the Year B
First reading: Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15
On their way to the Promised Land, the Jews wondered whether the Lord had abandoned them. But God heard, and fed them with quails in the evening and manna every morning.
Psalm 78 (77) tells the story of the exodus, including the account of the manna, so the Psalm fits perfectly to the reading. The response makes this very clear: The Lord gave them bread from heaven.
Second reading: Ephesians 4:17, 20-24
Paul urges the Ephesians to turn aside from the aimless life they lived before they heard the Gospel, and live lives of goodness, holiness, and truth.
Gospel: John 6:24-35
Jesus declares that he himself is the true bread from heaven of which the manna provided by Moses was but a pale image. The very centre of this Gospel puts it up to us today: “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” (John 6:29)
Communion Reflection
Jesus said: “Blessed are the hungry, for they shall be satisfied”. It is a happy day then when we can admit that we are poor and vulnerable, weak and wounded and in need of nourishment…Lord, we turn to you for that food which endures to eternal life, which you alone can give us, and which alone can satisfy all our hungers and all our longings, and which will sustain us as we journey through this life, which at times can become as bare as a desert until we reach at last the promised land of heaven.
Please pray for:
… the sick and Housebound of our parish
Months Mind
Robert Cole          


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