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Parish of St Martin of Tours

 

331 Main Street, Renton.

G82 4PZ

14th Sunday of the Year (B)

4th July 2021

Parish Priest: Fr Anthony Ejikeme
 
 
Sunday 4th July
Mass: 10.00am & 5.00pm
Divine Mercy Devotion: 3.00pm
 
Monday 5th July
Rosary: 9.15am (Intention: Sick and housebound of our parish)
Mass: 9.30am
 
Tuesday 6th July
 Rosary: 9.15am (Int: Those travelling on holidays this summer)
Mass: 9.30am
 
Wednesday 7th July
Novena: 9.15am
Mass: 9.30am
 
Thursday 8th July
Mass: 9.30am
 
Friday 9th July
Rosary: 9.15am (Int: For end to covid-19 pandemic)
Mass: 9.30am
 
Saturday 10th July
Confessions: 4.30—4.55pm
Vigil Mass of 15th Sunday of the Year: 5.00pm
 
Parish Finance
Last weekend’s income was:
Offertory Collection: £302.00 & 2nd Collection: £142.80. Many thanks to our parishioners for your continuous financial help to the parish. Highly appreciated.
 
Church Hall
Reinstatement work has since started (Monday 21st June), though the contractor has been off-site for a couple of days now. Hopes to resume at some point next week. Fingers crossed that it will still be completed by mid-July or so. Thereafter it will reopen for all the social activities permitted under the covid-19 guidelines.
 
Vandalised outside lights
The work now successfully completed and commissioned.  
 
The Flourish (July Edition)
The July edition of The Flourish, the Archdiocesan newspaper is available. Some of the highlights: Pope Francis’ letter to Grandparents and Elderly in preparation for the celebration of the first World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly; 20th Anniversary of Cardinal Thomas Winning; Catholic schools win national recognition; Catholic elected Lord Speaker of the House of Lords for the first time; etc. Please collect your copy from the back of the church.
 
COVID-19 General Update 
 
Social Distancing
Depending on the data closer to the time, the Government intends to reduce social distancing indoors to 1m on 19th July and abolish it on 9th August. Obviously these are big steps for getting our churches back to normal, and hopefully we can begin planning for altering our seating arrangements to accommodate more people. Obviously, this cannot be done now until these dates are confirmed closer to the times.
 
Weddings
The person (such as the father of the bride) accompanying either of the couple down the aisle does not need to wear a face covering whilst doing so (the couple too do not need to wear face coverings at weddings). Although its not entirely clear, this does seem to apply to only one person for each spouse, and so the bridesmaids, page boys, etc. would still need to wear face coverings (unless otherwise exempt).
 
Funerals
Families can once again carry coffins into/out of church and lower coffins into the grave, if the funeral directors and/or burial staff are content for that to happen and if the parish priest is content that it is safe. Everyone carrying the coffin must wear a face covering (unless exempt) and is encouraged to sanitise hands before and after doing so.
 
Positive Tests
If one tests positive in the parish, and as long as it is clear that the rules have all been followed, there is not much to do other than supply the track-and-trace list to the NHS if requested. If it is realised that the rules have not been followed then obviously one has to be honest about this with the NHS and follow any instructions – but we earnestly pray that we not get ourselves into that situation! We must continue to keep all safety measures and guidelines available and hopefully by August things will be returning to normal.
 
Introduction to the Readings: 14th Sunday of the Year B
 
First reading: Ezekiel 2:2-5
People who remind us of awkward truths or realities are often unwelcome. This is true today and we can all think of examples in the current climate. It was true in the past as well: true for Jesus in his day and true for Ezekiel as well.
 
Psalm 122 (123): For a change, the Psalm does not fit as closely as usual to the reading. However, it does express the longing for a “word” from God and goes on to confess resistance to God. Prophets always had to struggle against opposition to their teaching.
 
Second reading: 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
It is encouraging to hear that even a great believer like Paul has to struggle with personal challenges. He mentions today the “thorn in the flesh”. No one really knows what this was. For us today, the important thing is to learn from how he dealt with it.
 
Gospel: Mark 6:1-6a
This is a remarkable story, which gives rise to many questions! It has, however, the ring of truth to it. It is often the case that our familiarity blinds us to the gifts and charisms of others.
 
 
Thought for the day
 
It has has been said, and rightly so too, that, familiarity breeds contempt. Well, sometimes blindness inclusive. We do need familiarity—we couldn’t be working things out for the first time all of the time. What is regular and known can help us get on with the day or the job or the relationship. But there are times when sheer familiarity impedes our understanding and prevents our encounter with the new, the different and the radical. Our case is, perhaps, the diametric opposite of that of the people of Nazareth. Our too comfortable faith familiarity with Jesus can hinder us from seeing the radical, the new, the disturbing. Sometimes a bit of defamiliarisation would be good for us!!
 
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Please pray for:
… the sick and Housebound of our parish
 
Months Mind
Robert Cole
 

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