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Parish of St Martin of Tours


331 Main Street, Renton.

G82 4PZ

23rd Sunday of the Year - B

5th September 2021

Parish Priest: Fr Anthony Ejikeme


Sunday 5th September
Mass: 10.00am & 5.00pm
Divine Mercy Devotion: 3.00pm
Monday 6th September
Rosary: 9.15am (Intention: The sick and Housebound, especially those of our parish)
Rosary Mysteries: Joyful
Mass: 9.30am
Tuesday 7th September
Rosary: 9.15am (Intention: For all our schoolchildren)
 Mysteries: sorrowful
Mass: 9.30am
Wednesday 8th September
Devotion: 9.15am
Mass: 9.30am
The Nativity of our Lady—Feast
Thursday 9th September
Mass: 9.30am
Friday 10th September
 Rosary: 9.15am (Intention: For the disabled people)
Mysteries: Light
Mass: 9.30am
Saturday 11th September
Confessions: 4.30—4.55pm
Vigil Mass of 24th Sunday of the Year: 5.00pm
Parish Finance
Last weekend’s income was:
Offertory Collection: £350.00 & 2nd Collection: £70.00. Many thanks to our parishioners for your continuous financial help to the parish. Highly appreciated.
Inauguration of Parish Pastoral Council
The following are invited to the inauguration of the Parish Pastoral Council: George Rainey, Frances Devine, Michael Ryan, Rosie Caldwell, Molly Brown, Jean Conway, Mark Watson, Catherine Mary Hainey, John Rainey, and Jennifer Gorman.  Date: Thursday September 16th 2021. Time: 6.30pm. Venue:  Parish hall.
Parking on the Main Street
It has been brought to my notice of the serious danger posed by some of our parishioners parking their cars directly outside the church house on the main street while attending Mass. There is no doubt that this poses serious risk to some people trying to exit unto the main street after Mass because they cannot get a clear view of oncoming vehicle from Dumbarton end of the road. Is it possible brethren, to use the well-marked out cark park here inside the parish compound, or use the opposite side of that road, or even park further downhill. A stitch in time, they say, saves nine!
The Flourish (September Edition)
The September edition of The Flourish, the Archdiocesan newspaper is available. Please collect your copy from the back of the church.
Parish Golden Jubilee
After careful and painstaking consultations, the following are appointed as members of the Golden Jubilee Committee: Michael Ryan (Chairperson), Catherine Mary Hainey (Secretary), Alice Gorman, Joseph Hastie, Mary Lees, Jennifer Gorman, and Alison Brown. Date, time, and venue of inauguration to be announced in due time.
SPRED Collection
There is a special collection in aid of the work of SPRED (Special Religious Development) on the weekend of Sunday 12 September. SPRED groups work throughout the Archdiocese to support parishioners who have a learning or developmental disability to take part in parish life. Like many groups, SPRED has been adversely affected by the pandemic and is working hard to get going again. Any contribution to our work is greatly appreciated.
We also need people to join our groups to share faith and friendship with someone who needs SPRED’s help. To find out more please come to one of our open evenings at St. Ninian’s Knightswood on 15th September or St. Andrew’s’ Bearsden on 22nd September, both at 7 p.m. Dates don’t suit or too far away? Call the SPRED office on 0141 770 5055 or email
COVID-19 General Update 
Updated guidance from the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland.
  • Open doors and windows (if you have opening windows) before, during, and after Mass.
  • Ventilation is just as important in bad weather—please the church or hall ventilated and encourage people to dress appropriately.
Standard Precautions
  • As always, we should keep wearing face coverings (which is a legal obligation in church anyway), unless exempt and keep sanitising hands.
Liturgical Questions
  • Holy water stoups should still not be used.
  • Collections by going round with basket can be restored, but online or contactless giving should still be encouraged.
  • The sign of peace should still not be shared by shaking hands.
  • Holy Communion can be distributed at the normal time during Mas and in the normal way (albeit still only under one kind…)
  • Votive candles may be used carefully. People should use lighters or tappers rather than holding one candle over another. Because of the fire risk of inflammable hand gel, we have provided lighters for use in all the places.
  • Enclosed confessionals should still not be used
Introduction to the Readings: 22nd Sunday of the Year
First reading: Isaiah 35:4-7
We are all deaf at times—even to the people we love, to God’s word, and to our inner hungers. This reading is an invitation to hear again words of life and encouragement.
Psalm 146 (145) takes up the themes and metaphors of the reading, so it is very suitable. This God, “who keeps faith for ever,” is the one “who gives sight to the blind, who raises up those who are bowed down.”
Second reading: James 2:1-5
Do we or do I favour people according to social class and wealth? The straighttalking reading from James should put us straight on that one!
Gospel: Mark 7:31-37
Having read from John’s Gospel for the last few Sundays, we resume This Gospel story—unique to Mark—is evoked at Baptism, when the minister touches the ears and mouth of the newly baptised and even says the word Ephphata (be opened). We are in the story and we are invited to see ourselves in the man who was cured.
Please pray for:
… the sick and Housebound of our parish
Months Mind
Robert Cole
John Kilmartin

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