COVID Update at St. Bride's
 
As we prepare for the winter ahead, 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.
 
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
 
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is available on Tuesdays at 9.30am, and Fridays at 11.30am. Spend some time with the Lord in prayer and give our heart to Him again.
 
Sycamore Course
 
How can I find true happiness? What is the meaning of Life? Does God Exist? A group of us spent an hour on Monday night in the Church Hall, spending time with friends to discuss what we had seen on the video clips, introducing Sycamore. The laughter and chatter around the room was infectious. The joy of being able to share and enjoy the company was the best thing since COVID19. Why not come along next Monday 18th at 7.30, bring a friend or two, we guarantee you will enjoy it (or your money back, just joking)
 
More information on the Sycamore course is available here.
 
We Now Have QR Codes in Our Church
 
St Peter’s and St Bride’s have now QR Codes in the entrance porches. This helps to register your name as you come to Mass. If you have a mobile phone you just photograph with a QR Code app, it takes you to the app and then you register. Easy!
 
St Bride's Sunday Teas
 
Tea and coffee will be served after Mass on Sunday 5 September and every following Sunday.
 
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
 
New Scottish Catholic Magazine
 
2021 is the first year in almost a century and a half Catholics in Scotland have been without a national publication. It’s a loss that’s left a void because our community needs a voice. A voice we can believe, that cuts through the gossip and the arguments so we can speak to one another and understand what we as Catholics are living through.

The Scottish Catholic Observer did that. We still need it. Welcome to the launch of a new publication called The Scottish Catholic this autumn. The pandemic has shown that there is a real hunger among Scottish Catholics to engage with their faith in new ways, and this magazine will do that.

Click here for a sample edition. The new venture has the backing of the Bishops of Scotland, including Bishop Nolan of our own diocese. Already parishes up and down the country have signed up to take the magazine which will come out every two weeks at the very reasonable price of £2 from October. Have a look at the sample Magazine and if Parishioners like it, we can get a list to sign up in Church. £4 a month for two issues.
 
Galloway Diocese News now available
 
The summer edition of the Galloway Diocese News is now available. This edition contains an article about the ordination of Deacon Kevin Rennie.
 
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.
 
Or scan QR Code:
 
 
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.
 
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
 
 
Galloway Diocese News (Pentecost 2021)
 
 
Meaning of the Eucharist
 
 
Letter to a Suffering Church (from Bishop Barron)
 
 
Gifts of the Holy Spirit
 
 
With a Father's Heart
 
 

Rosary eBook

 
 
 
Galloway Diocese News