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Parish of St Martin of Tours


331 Main Street, Renton.

G82 4PZ

29th Sunday of the Year (A)

Mission Sunday


18th October 2020

Parish Priest: Fr Anthony Ejikeme
Sunday 18th October 
Mass: 10.00am & 5.00pm
Monday 19th October 
 Mass: 9.30am
Tuesday 20th October 
Mass: 9.30am
Wednesday 21st October 
Mass: 9.30am
First Holy Communion Mass: 6.00pm
Thursday 22nd October 
Mass: 9.30am
Friday 23rd October 
Mass: 9.30am
Saturday 24th October 
 (Vigil Mass of 30th Sunday of the Year:  5.00pm)
Parish Finance
Last weekend’s income was: Offertory Collection: £303.00; 2nd Collection£149.00 (B/F). Many thanks to all parishioners for your continuous financial help to the parish and to the Archdiocese. Most appreciated.  This weekend is Mission Sunday.
Mass of Remembrance (Month of Holy Souls)
--will be offered for all deceased parishioners of the past year on Monday 2nd November at 7.00pm. November lists now available in the porch. Please return lists to church (sacristy) or chapel house. Please note that the invitation usually extended to the families of the bereaved to the hall will not hold this year due to current Covid-19 protocols and restrictions.
First Holy Communion
The children will receive their First Communion over 2 Wednesdays, 21st and 28th October at 6pm. These Masses will be reserved just for the children, their families and school staff.
The Sacrament of Confirmation in the time of the Covid-19 Pandemic
This Sacrament will therefore be celebrated here in our parish on 30th November 2020 at 7.00pm. To be presided over by the Parish Priest.
An online resources containing some home sessions has been prepared by the RE Department of the Archdiocese for use by families who want to. This is available on their webpage:
World Mission Day
Today is Word Mission Sunday and our Second collection is taken in support of Missions—Propagation of the Faith. 
The Flourish (October Edition)
The October edition of The Flourish, the Archdiocesan newspaper is available. Please collect your copy from the exit doors of the church.
Stewards and Passkeepers
Many thanks to the parish coordinator of Covid-19, all the parish stewards, passkeepers and other volunteers for your excellent, wonderful and remarkable help to the parish in helping to the keep everybody safe during all  our liturgical celebrations. Your services are very much appreciated.
St Martin: Important Notice about Social Distancing
As the infection rate in the country continues to rise it is important that we remain vigilant with social distancing. Please observe the markers on the seats and ensure you sit at your marker. If you are attending Mass as part of a couple or family please be mindful of the 2m distancing rule when choosing where to sit. If there are 2 or more of you please choose a seat where there is no one sitting in the middle of the pew and ensure you have at least 2m between your group and the next household. If there is a large group of you please choose a pew with no other family groups. Please also remember you should not sit with other households even if you are family or close friends. If we feel any group is sitting too close, the stewards will ask you to move to a more suitable seat. Please support us in keeping everyone safe and ensuring the church remains a safe place and open to everyone. 
COVID-19 General Update 
The Government has provided clarifications/updates about certain issues
  • Visiting the Sick
Clergy visiting the sick are not restricted as to how many they can visit in one day – you can visit as many as need visited. This helps ensure that the sick and housebound get the pastoral care that they need, but it also means that it is absolutely essential that we observe social distancing, face coverings, and hand hygiene when doing so, for if we do not observe these requirements we risk spreading the virus amongst some of the most vulnerable in our communities… We have been advised that we should not however be undertaking merely routine visits to the sick at this fragile stage in the pandemic but only visiting those who really need visited.
  • Hospitals/Care Homes
The clergy are now allowed to visit care homes, and like hospitals this should not be affected by the local restrictions but may be affected by individual homes/units/wards having higher restrictions. This allows for individual visits to residents but not yet for communal activities.
  • Carrying Coffins
Whilst generally speaking the family cannot carry the coffin and this task should be carried out by the Funeral Directors, there may be some very limited circumstances in which the family can be permitted to do this, such as the pallbearers all being from the same household. Whether this is possible will depend on the Funeral Directors carrying out a case-by-case risk assessment.
  • Outdoor Worship
 Although this is not exactly the season to be contemplating it, the Government has clarified that up to 200 people can gather for outdoor worship, subject to 2m social distancing between households and the collection of names and numbers for track and trace. Normally everyone must be seated, but there is an exemption for acts of worship whereby standing is allowed..
Introductions to the Sunday Readings
First reading: Isaiah 45:1, 4-6
The great exile in Babylon—587-539 BC —was catastrophic for the Israelites. When it did eventually come to an end and it was possible to return to Judea and Jerusalem, the ruler who made all this happen was a foreigner, Cyrus of Persia. Not surprisingly, he was remembered with the deepest gratitude. In our reading, God appoints Cyrus as the historical agent of his will.
Responsorial Psalm 96(95)
Psalm 96 (95) is a great hymn of praise. It is very suitable because it seems to inhabit the same theological and linguistic world as Second Isaiah.
Second reading: Philippians 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5
We begin reading today from the earliest surviving Christian writing, the first letter to the Thessalonians. At the time of writing, the Thessalonians were undergoing harassment and persecution. In his opening prayer, Paul reflects on their fabulous reaction to his proclamation of the Gospel
Gospel: Matthew 22:15-21
Some supposed admirers try to trip up Jesus and he very neatly trips them up in return. However, there is more to the scene than clever verbal battles.
Please pray for:
… the sick and Housebound of our parish
Emily Rowan           Kathleen Kilmartin   Sarah Folan


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