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Parish of St Martin of Tours


331 Main Street, Renton.

G82 4PZ

19th Sunday of the Year (B)

8th August 2021

Parish Priest: Fr Anthony Ejikeme
Sunday 8th August
Mass: 10.00am & 5.00pm
Monday 9th August
Rosary: 9.15am (Intention: For Sick and Housebound of our parish)
Rosary Mysteries: Light
Mass: 9.30am
St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Patron of Europe)—Feast
Tuesday 10th August
Rosary: 9.15am (Intention: For political and religious leaders)
 Mysteries: Glorious
Mass: 9.30am
St Lawrence (deacon and martyr) —Feast
Wednesday 11th August
Funeral Mass: 9.30am (Laura McEwan)
St Clare—Memorial
Thursday 12th August
Mass: 9.30am
Friday 13th August   
Funeral Mass: 9.30am (Jean Harkness)
Saturday 14th August   
St Maximillian Mary Kolbe—Memorial
Confessions: 4.30—4.55pm
Vigil Mass of 20th Sunday of the Year: 5.00pm
Parish Finance
Last weekend’s income was:
Offertory Collection: £288.00 & 2nd Collection: £130.00. Many thanks to our parishioners for your continuous financial help to the parish. Highly appreciated.
Church Hall
Work now completed in the hall. We are very grateful to the following for making the restatement work a huge success: Archdiocese of Glasgow, Catholic National Mutual (Insurance Co.), Ashlar Consulting Limited (Building Surveyor.) and Archd. McCorquodale & Sons (Contractor). The Hall is now once again ready for use.
Hall Group
The inaugural meeting was held as scheduled and members were briefed on their would-be responsibilities. Frances Devine was appointed the Coordinator of the Group. A follow up meeting scheduled for Thursday 12th August 2021 at 6.30pm. Many thanks to everybody who attended.
We announce the deaths of Laura McEwan (Back Street), and Jean Harkness (Waterside View Care Home). Their Remains will be received prior to their funeral Masses at 9.30am on Wednesday 11th, and Friday 13th August respectively. Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord and let perpetual light shine on them. May they rest in peaceAmen
COVID-19 General Update 
The First Minister announcement last Tuesday 3rd August puts an end to social distancing indoors as from Monday 9th August.
This means that after this date there will be no obligation to keep 1m distance between household groups and so churches and halls can return to their normal capacity.
Face masks
This is retained, likewise track and trace details, cleaning of churches and sanitising of hands.
Self Isolation
 “Adults identified as close contacts of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 will also no longer be automatically required to self-isolate for 10 days from 9th August. Anyone who is double-vaccinated with at least two weeks passed since their second dose and who has no symptoms will be able to end self-isolation if they return a negative PCR test.”
Some updates from the Bishops’ Experts
Use of holy water fonts: There is still a risk that the virus can be transmitted through the use of holy water fonts. The use of fonts is not advised until further notice.
Distribution of hymn books for Mass and newsletters is now allowed as normal.
Use of confessionalsThe use of enclosed confessionals should continue to be avoided.
Test and Protect : We need to continue the Test and Protect regime by the collection and temporary retention of parishioner information.
Updates from the Parish
Church Seating 
Further to the announcement that we no longer need to socially distance, the yellow seating markers will be removed after the Sunday Masses. However, we are aware that some people may wish to maintain a safe distance for some time longer. With this in mind, we will keep the markers and blocked rows in both side chapels for those who want to socially distance for their own reasons. Please respect this and only use the side chapels if you wish to sit at 2m distance from others. We want to ensure everyone feels safe and comfortable in St Martin's.
With no requirement to socially distance, from Monday there will be no need for stewards to direct people to Communion. We can revert back to our normal practice row by row from the front.
Introduction to the Readings: 19th Sunday of the Year B
First reading: 1Kings 19:4-8
Where you ever tempted to give up and yet your kept going? This reading mirrors this experience. Elijah is a broken and dispirited man. But when he is at his lowest an angel gives him food and drink—an experience of God who cares for him. Sustained by these he reaches the mountain of God
Psalm 34 (33) fits very well, with its mention of the angel of the Lord and “taste and see that the Lord is good.”
Second reading: Ephesians 4:30-5:2
St Paul urges the Ephesians to be kind and forgiving towards one another as God was towards them
Gospel: John 6:41-51
Where do you find nourishment for the journey of life and of faith? What or who is it that keeps you going? Jesus is the new ‘manna’ from heaven. We must eat this food if we wish to have eternal life.
Please pray for:
… the sick and Housebound of our parish
Recently Dead
Jean Harkness                  Laura McEwan
Ellen McArthur                   Joe Hughes


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