The Relics of Saint Bernadette
 
This September, the relics of St Bernadette will journey on pilgrimage to Scotland, for the very first time, including a stop at Carfin Grotto. This very special, once-in-a-lifetime event will provide an opportunity for people to experience the special gifts and charisms of Lourdes. Throughout the time in Scotland, parishioners will have the opportunity to visit the relics, in addition to joining us for a number of Masses, services, and other events. Tuesday, 27th September 2022.
 
Whithorn Pilgrimage
 
The annual Whithorn Pilgrimage will take place on Sunday 28th August with Mass on the shore at 4pm. St Mary’s and St Johns have booked a coach which will leave St Mary’s at 10.45am then onto St John’s for 11am. Return journey leaving Whithorn at 5.30pm. Anyone who would like to travel with them at a cost of £5/person (to offset costs),  please contact Lorna at St Mary’s (01294 463461) between 10am and 11am, Mon-Fri.
 
Bridie's Blethers - July Edition
 
The July edition of Bridie's Blethers is now available. We hope you enjoy it! 
 
Solution to crosswords in Bridie's Blethers: 
Across: 1 Tub 3 Comfortably 8 Enlist 9 Cut glass 10 Ovens 11 Sumps 13 Merit 15 Longbow 16 Taliban 20 Elfin 21 Rioja 23 Sauna 24 Pompidou 25 Devout 26 Predecessor 27 Tan
Down: 1 Teetotaller 2 Bulletin 3 Casts 4 Factory 5 Togas 6 Brahms 7 Yes 12 Saint Martin of Tours 13 Moose 14 Train 16 Beaufort 19 Coombe 22 Alive 23 Spear 24 Pup
 
Kids Crossword:
Across: 1 Travel agent 7 Ice cube 8 Fun 10 Interfere 12 Leaves 14 Inches 16 Pie 17 Strike 18 Flight 
Down: 1 Triangle 2 American 3 Erupt 4 Ale 5 Elf 6 Tandem 9 Officers 11 Easiest 13 Week 15 Owl 16 Pig
 
St. Bride's SSVP
 
The Village Larder wishes to thank you all for the Coffee donated. There is also a request in this issue of Bridie's Blethers about a scheme to help specific school children in North Ayrshire to prepare for the new school term. I will be at mass on Sunday for anyone wishing to speak to me about it. Thank you, Kate Kelley.
 
CHANA Appeal
 
During the pandemic when we were not able to collect toiletries we were able to give vouchers to the support workers for those who were homeless. We spent £1,150 on vouchers. We are now able to collect toiletries and are appealing for the following. Shampoo, Conditioner, Shower Gel, Soap, Roll on Deodorants for both Males and Females. There will be a box at the back of the church from next weekend where people can deposit their donations. Thank you so much for your continued generosity.
 
Galloway Diocese Synod Summary Now Available
 
In September 2021, a Diocesan Synodal Team was formed, consisting of three lay women, one lay man, and one diocesan priest whose primary role was to provide spiritual direction to the lay team. A period of intense preparation followed as the format of synodal encounters was prayerfully decided on and developed, facilitators for these encounters were identified and trained, and the ten thematic nuclei provided by the Vatican were circulated with short reflective videos to encourage participation across the diocese. The Summary of all the hard work and efforts is now available. You can download the document here. If you need paper copy, please ask in the Sacristy. 
 
Further information on the Synod 2021 - 2023 and the themes/questions.
 
Minutes of Parish Meeting
 
The minutes of the parish meeting on Tuesday 28th June 2022 are now available.
 
St. Bride's Parish Council Meeting
 
On Tuesday 28 June at 7 pm there will be an Open Parish Pastoral Council meeting in St Brides to discuss future events and parish matters. All parishioners are warmly invited to attend. If you have any issue or suggestion that you would like raised during the meeting please contact Phyllis to include in the agenda. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
 
Galloway Diocese News (Summer 2022)
 
The summer edition of the Galloway Diocese News is now available.
 
St Brides 100 Club
 
Subscriptions now due, please put your money in an envelope, with your name on it and hand it to Kate Kelley. Still only £12.
 
Hospital Chaplains
 
The Diocesan Administrator has appointed Father Benjamin Mkeri as hospital chaplain at Ayr Hospital. For Crosshouse Hospital: Fr. Stephen McGrattan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01563 521832 and for Ayr Hospital: Fr. Benjamin Mkeri This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01655 882145.
 
Novena of Prayer for Deacon Kevin Rennie
 
Deacon Kevin Rennie is being ordained a priest for Galloway Diocese on 1st July in St. Teresa’s Church, Dumfries. A Novena of Prayer has been organised by the people and priests of our Diocese. It will run from 23rd June until 1st July itself and will be published on the ‘Galloway Diocese’ Facebook page.
  
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. 
 
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. 
 
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.
 
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.
 
Galloway Diocese New (June 2022)
 
 
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
 
 

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