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Parish of St Martin of Tours


331 Main Street, Renton.

G82 4PZ

24th Sunday of the Year (A)

13th September 2020

Parish Priest: Fr Anthony Ejikeme


Sunday 13th September
Mass: 10.00am & 5.00pm
Monday 14th September
 Mass: 9.30am
The Exaltation of the Holy Cross—Feast
Tuesday 15th September
Mass: 9.30am
Our Lady of Sorrows
 Wednesday 16th September 
Mass: 9.30am
St Ninian—Feast
Thursday 17th September 
Mass: 9.30am
Friday 18th September 
Mass: 9.30am
Saturday 19th September 
(Vigil Mass of 25th Sunday of the Year:  5.00pm)
Parish Finance
Last weekend’s income was: Offertory Collection£303.00; 2nd Collection£496.00 (SCIAF). Many thanks to all parishioners for your continuous financial help to the parish and to the Archdiocese. Most appreciated.
The Flourish (September Edition)
The new edition of Flourish is now out in digital format, with a striking question on the front cover. “I was a stranger and you made me welcome … or did you?” This month’s paper focuses heavily on the upcoming Day of Refugees and Migrants called by the Holy Father and contains the Pope’s easy-to-read letter, inviting us all to do something to help those who find themselves far from home and in difficult circumstances, etc. Full edition available to read now at One hopes that the next (October) edition will return to print format.
Gift Aid Scheme
Many thanks once again to all those who have been using this scheme in raising additional fund for the parish. May I appeal also to those who picked the form, and have filled them to please return them to the parish priest for onward transmission to the Curial Office of the Archdiocese. Those also who have not lifted their envelopes could still do so.
Sacrament of Reconciliation—Sept. 23rd 2020
Our parish Primary 3[4] schoolchildren will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation (First Confession) on Wednesday September 23rd at 10.30am in St Martin’s Primary School. These Pupils are invited to attend 1 (One) catechesis session in St Martin’s Church Hall on 19th September from 10.30am until 12.30. We look forward to welcoming you there. Please keep them in your daily prayers.
First Communion
Our Primary 4 [5] schoolchildren of St Martin’s Primary School will be making their First Holy Communion here in St Martin’s Parish on Wednesday 21st and Wednesday 28th October respectively. Mass at 6.00pm. Each Communicant is permitted to bring 10 members of his/her family and friends. These children are also invited to two mornings of catechesis in St Martin’s Parish Hall. The first morning is Saturday 3rd October from 10.30—12.00, and the second morning is Saturday 10th October from 10.30--12.00. Please remember them and their parents in your prayers.
Parish Hall
Halls are now allowed to reopen for certain limited purposes. So some activities are still prohibited. And these are: a. Choirs, live singing, brass or wind instrument playing, etc. b. Theatre, amateur dramatics, etc. c. Activities that require players to share game pieces, such as dominos, cards, chess, or board games. d. Playing of recorded or live background music, unmuted background TVs, etc.
Additionally, may I, on behalf of all the parishioners once again thank the former hall manager who officially stepped down on March 10th 2020 (shortly before the lockdown) for her meritorious service to the parish. Very much appreciated. Owing  to the fact that all appeals over the years for a stand-in did not yield any positive result, further changes to the use of our parish hall will be announced in due time.
Parish Pastoral Council
Following the dissolution of the former PPC last week, the following, after due consultations have been appointed as members of the new Council: George Rainey. Frances Devine. Michael Ryan. Jean Conway. Mark Watson. Catherine Mary Hainey. Jennifer Gorman. However, the inauguration of this new Council can no longer hold immediately as envisaged due to latest Covid-19 restrictions. New date will be communicated in due time.  
Coronavirus update
  • First Minister’s Announcement
 The First Minister’s announcement on Thursday 9th September about tightening some restrictions does not affect gathering for worship in church. We can still gather in accordance with the Guidance that is currently in force, with a maximum of 50 (or 20 for funerals and weddings), subject to social distancing limits.
The reduction of gatherings from eight-in-three-households to six-in-two does affect any gatherings we might have in presbyteries, halls, parishioner’s houses, restaurants/venues, etc. This includes things like parish councils, RCIA, etc. For most of the Archdiocese, however, the local restrictions are still in force which ban any gatherings at home
Thought for the day
“The world needs forgiveness; too many people are caught up in resentment and harbour hatred because they are incapable of forgiving. They ruin their own lives and the lives of those around them rather than finding the joy of serenity and peace.” (Pope Francis in Assisi in 2016) His point is that those who do not forgive, who hold on to resentment, hurt themselves almost as much, even if they are unaware of it for a while.
Please pray for:
… the sick and Housebound of our parish
Months Mind
Isa Drain              Juliana Ejikeme
James O’Hare          John Kilmartin                 Jean Conway




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