Sacramental Programme 2022
 
There will be a meeting for parents only of the children who will be taking their First Holy Communion soon. The Meeting will be on Thursday, 19th May at 6.30pm in St Peter’s Centre. Please keep the children in your thoughts and prayers.
 
Synod Meetings at St. Bride's
 
Many thanks for those who came along to the latest Synod Meeting at St Bride’s last week. WE came up with really good results and considerations. They will all be sent on to the Synod Office. Special thanks to Phyllis, Ellen and Malcom for keeping us focused.
 
Further information on the Synod 2021 - 2023 and the themes/questions.
 
Christian Aid Week
 
Christian Aid Week begins on 15th May. There will be no house-to-house collections again this year. You can still donate online at www.caweek.org
 
Galloway Diocese Pilgrimage to Carfin Grotto
 
There will be a coach leaving from the three towns at 1pm on 12th June. Mass will be at 4pm with anointing of the sick. Marian procession at 6pm and departure at 6.30pm. The cost is £5 per person. To book your seat call Lorna on 01294 463461 Monday to Friday between 9am and 11am.
 
St. Bride's Teas and Coffees 
 
Tease and coffee are available after Sunday mass in the hall. 
 
St. Bride's Readers
 
Please add your name to the list at the back of the church if you can help out at any point of the week. 
 
Lenten Reflections 2022
 
The Church gives us the liturgical year – complete with memorials, feasts, solemnities, and special seasons – to help us to grow spiritually and to live our Christian lives more fully. This is especially true during Lent. In this season, we willingly join Jesus in His sacrifice. He has given us the dignity to be able to share in His work of redemption, a redemption accomplished through sacrifice and love. That’s what gives meaning to our Lenten observances, penances, and sacrifices. When we make this Lenten journey – a journey of love – we can grow in a life of union with the Beloved of our souls, Jesus. May these Lenten reflections will help us all to grow in love and understanding of the Suffering Servant, Jesus Christ. 
 
Restoration of the Mass Obligation in the Dioceses of Scotland
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, the obligation for Catholics to celebrate Sunday as a Holy Day by gathering together for Mass will be restored from the First Sunday in Lent, Sunday 6th March. Given the easing of restrictions in every other walk of life, the Church looks forward to welcoming Catholics back to Holy Mass. As always, the obligation does not apply to those who are sick and their carers or to those aware of their greater vulnerability to the virus. May the continuing recovery of our country bring new hope to us all especially those who are ill, those who mourn loved ones, those who are apprehensive and those who have sustained us in so many ways throughout the Pandemic. We, the Bishops of Scotland, take this opportunity to thank our clergy and our parish volunteers for all their efforts. May our Lenten journey this year lead us to a renewed appreciation of our Catholic faith, of the celebration of the Eucharist and of the presence of the Risen Christ who is always at our side....Bishop Hugh Gilbert, President, Bishops’ Conference of Scotland
 
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
 
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is available in St Bride’s church every Tuesday at 9.30am and on Fridays at 11.30am. It’s a wonderful chance to sit a while with the Lord and encounter him again in the Real Presence. Why don’t you make an appointment with our Lord and “waste” some time with him! 
 
A Physician’s Open Letter to Fellow-Catholics on COVID-19 Vaccines and Treatments
 
The public debate over COVID vaccines, their efficacy and their morality has been seriously distorted by disinformation, often passed along the internet and social media by well-intended individuals. Gwyneth Spaeder offers answers to some Frequently Asked Questions and presents constructive criticism on the incomplete or incorrect assertions and conclusions we frequently hear. She writes as a physician who has spent the last 20 months working with COVID patients and their families. She also writes specifically as a paediatrician who has watched children lose parents and grandparents, months of education, and sometimes their own health to this virus. And she writes also as a mother who has tried to balance her vocational call as wife and mother with her duty to her patients; to reconcile what she knows to be scientifically valid with her desire to return her family life to normal, and to continue to work with her husband to raise their children in the Catholic faith, using the challenges of this historical moment to emphasise that Catholicism honours both faith and reason.
 
Free Booklet on Christ the King
 
The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe marks the end of the Church’s liturgical year. Pope Pius XI said that the many evils in the world—including secularisation, communism, and atheism —were “due to the fact that the majority of men had thrust Jesus Christ and his holy law out of their lives.” Instead of following the ways of the world, Pope Pius said that Christ should reign as King in every aspect of every Christian’s life. That’s wonderful advice for each one of us. In the 1920s, Pope Pius XI instituted the Feast of Christ the King. The Pope knew that, as Christians, we should make Our Lord preeminent in every aspect of our lives. With these prayers and meditations on Sacred Scripture, we hope you will deepen your relationship with Christ the King. Click here to download Christ the King: Prayers and Meditations
 
COVID Update at St. Bride's
 
We ask you to dress appropriately so we still maintain good ventilation while we are gathered together. Leaving windows and doors open is essential. It is also important that while seated in the Church/Hall we maintain a respectful distance from each other or from one household to another. Thank you for your continued co-operation. Please see the latest COVID UPDATE for information on attending Mass services.
 
Waiting on the Father's Promise: A Novena to the Holy Family
 
Devote some time daily with your family for the next nine days to reflect, read and respond to God in prayer with this novena to the Holy Family.
Please CLICK HERE to get a copy of the Novena.
 
Free Booklet on the Meaning of the Eucharist now available
 
"God works through all these messy human realities and wants to encounter us at every Mass." - The Lord wants to deeply encounter everyone in the Mass and especially in the Eucharist. However, it can be hard for us to recognise his presence. By learning about the deeper meaning behind what Catholics do at Mass, we left the veil between the human and divine. In this excerpt, Dr. Edward Sri (a founding leader of FOCUS and professor at Augustine Institute) discusses what the Mass is and the three ways that every Catholic should know the Eucharist. Learn about the Eucharist as: 
  • the memorial of Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross
  • the real presence of Jesus
  • Holy Communion with Our Lord
Ready to learn more about the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass? Click here to get your FREE copy.
 
Letter to a Suffering Church book from Bishop Barron Now Available
 
Feeling hurt, angry, or demoralised about the sexual abuse crisis plaguing the Catholic Church? Our parish wants to help, and that’s why we’ve made available a  downloadable version of a new book on our Parish websites. It’s titled “Letter to a Suffering Church: A Bishop Speaks on the Sexual Abuse Crisis” by the well-known American Bishop Robert Barron.  We invite you to download your free copy. I think you’ll find it helpful and uplifting. Bishop Barron provides clear insight on the crisis and where we should go from here. So please make sure to take a copy of the book and know that the Parishes of St Bride’s and St Peter’s care deeply about helping you navigate these stormy waters
 
The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit
 
The Novena in honour of the Holy Spirit is the oldest of all Novenas, since it was first made at the direction of our Lord Himself when He sent His apostles back to Jerusalem to await the coming of the Holy Spirit on the first Pentecost. Addressed to the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, it is a powerful plea for the light, strength and love so sorely needed by every Christian, especially in these challenging times. We hope that you will be prompted to ask the Holy Spirit to empower, encourage, and embolden you to follow His lead. We pray the Novena from Ascension Thursday, 13th May until the Solemnity of Pentecost, 23rd May 2021. Come, Holy Spirit!
 
With a Father’s Heart Booklet - now available

In a new Apostolic Letter entitled “With a Father’s Heart”, Pope Francis describes Saint Joseph as a beloved father, a tender and loving father, an obedient father, an accepting father; a father who is creatively courageous, a working father, a father in the shadows. The Letter marks the 150th anniversary of Blessed Pope Pius IX’s declaration of St Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To celebrate the anniversary, Pope Francis has proclaimed a special “Year of St Joseph,” beginning on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception 2020 and extending to the same feast in 2021. The Holy Father wrote “With a Father’s Heart” against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, which, he says, has helped us see more clearly the importance of “ordinary” people who, though far from the limelight, exercise patience and offer hope every day. In this, they resemble Saint Joseph, “the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence,” who nonetheless played “an incomparable role in the history of salvation.” 
 
Support Your Parish If You Can
 
Our Parish Communities of St Bride’s and St Peter’s work tirelessly to share the Good News of Jesus Christ in a culture bent on pushing God to the margins. I am very grateful for all your financial contributions and donations, however, I would ask you that you consider making a Standing Order to aid our critical mission. Also if you pay tax, please consider signing a “Gift Aid Form” - this will not cost you anything, but contributes an extra 25% added to your donation. Both forms are available at the back of Church or from the Parish Office. Another, and relatively new way of giving, is by clicking on the QR Code below. This will take you to the Online Parish Offertory at the Galloway Diocesan Website. There, you can sign up online for either St Bride’s or St Peter’s. As a Catholic Charity, we very much rely on your support to sustain our ministry. Each year, our efforts help many people to come to a closer knowledge of Jesus Christ and to deepen their relationship with him in the Church. Please consider a regular Standing Order and Gift Aid so that we can continue to proclaim Christ in the culture in new and engaging ways. Please have a look at Bishop Nolan’s Appeal Message.
 
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Living in Faith in the age of COVID-19
 
The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland has published a Newsletter, which has emerged from the work of the Pastoral Ministry Working Group. Much of the material has arisen from the Pastoral Ministry survey which the group had invited parishes to complete by the end of July. It is hoped that the contents will prove to be informative and useful to clergy and laypeople.
 
Lenten Meditations 2022
 
 
 
Prayers Christ the King
 
 
Waiting on the Father's Promise: Novena to the Holy Family
 
 
Scottish Catholic Magazine (Sample Edition)
 
 
World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly (Sunday 25th July, 2021)
 
 
Novena to St. Joseph in the Year of St. Joseph
 
  
Meaning of the Eucharist
 
 
Letter to a Suffering Church (from Bishop Barron)
 
 
Gifts of the Holy Spirit
 
 
With a Father's Heart
 
 

Rosary eBook