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.” Click here to download the Booklet.
 
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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Pastoral Letter from the Scottish Bishops for the forthcoming Scottish Parliament Election

Here is a Pastoral Letter from the Scottish Bishops for the forthcoming Scottish Parliament Election, to be held on 6th May. 

The Letter will be made available to parishioners at Masses this coming weekend.
 
This election presents us with an opportunity to play our part in putting human life and the inviolable dignity of the human person at the centre of Scotland’s political discourse. As Catholics we have a duty: to share the Gospel and to help form the public conscience on key moral issues. It is a duty of both faith and citizenship. 

This election is an opportunity to be the effective witness our Baptism calls us to be.  

The new parliament and government will be tasked with leading the recovery from the damage wrought by the current health crisis and to tackle the significant impact it has had on many aspects of life including health care, mental health and wellbeing, religious freedom, and care for the poor. It must also build on the positives arising from the Pandemic, including caring for the most vulnerable, and a renewed sense of respect for human life, human dignity, and the value of community. 

COVID 19 Update: Our churches are reopening - Booking for Mass
 
Due to the Scottish Government restricting the number of people attending church to a limit of 50. You are required to book if you would like to attend Mass. Bookings will be taken from Monday 22nd March. Please try to call only during booking times below.
 
To book for St. Bride’s call Phyllis Howie on 07843 602745 or 01294 822320, 7pm – 9pm.
To book for St. Peter’s call the Parish Office on 01294 464063, Monday to Friday, 9am – 11.30am.
 
Please see the COVID UPDATE for the latest information on Mass services affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.
 
Easter Message for Bishop Nolan
 
The celebration of Easter is a celebration of hope, a celebration of light conquering darkness, a celebration of life triumphing over death, a celebration of the grace of God overcoming human frailty and sin. This year in particular at Easter we have the hope that the lockdown is coming to an end, that the vaccine is defeating the virus, and that the fear of being infected by covid is now fading away. Our lives have all been affected by the experiences of this past year. As we emerge from lockdown we recognise that we have been changed by the isolation from our families and friends, by the death of loved ones and the inability to mourn them properly, and by the financial uncertainty of perhaps losing our job or our source of income. Apart from covid, of course, there may be other problems we face in life. We just remembered in Holy Week the sufferings of Jesus as he carried his cross. We too have our cross to carry, we too suffer our Calvary. But Jesus, who suffered and died, rose to new life. There is hope even in time of suffering and trial, there is hope even in death. The resurrection Jesus gives us that hope. Just as light overcomes darkness so also the grace of God overcomes all human frailty, failure and sin. No matter what troubles we face in life may our celebration of Easter give us hope.
 
Rosary In Time of a Pandemic
 
The Rosary eBook aims at helping the faithful to contemplate the Gospel with Mary, our Mother, in the light of a world in crisis generated by COVID-19 and open our hearts to the hope of the Good News of Jesus-Christ. You will find real testimonies from people affected by the pandemic, in several ways. The writers, members of Vatican COVID-19 Commission, intended to guide the prayer by linking some of the painful and struggling stories of people from all over the world with the contemplation of the different mysteries of the Rosary.
    
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.
 
With a Father's Heart
 
 

Rosary eBook

 
 
 
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