These will be produced each day, and can be downloaded here:
The Bishops’ Working Group, tasked with the creation of an Infection Control Protocol to govern the phased reopening of churches for public worship has met for the first time.
Chaired by Sir Harry Burns, Scotland’s former Chief Medical Officer and Professor of Global Public Health at the University of Strathclyde, the group will focus on two parallel work streams: Infection Control and Liturgical Norms.
The drafting of infection control standards will be overseen by Sir Harry Burns and Professor Stephany Biello, Professor of Neuroscience and Biopsychology and Dean for Learning and Teaching in Science and Engineering at the University of Glasgow, who has joined the group.
The creation of new liturgical advice which will govern the celebration of Mass and other sacraments, will be led by Bishop Hugh Gilbert together with Canon Thomas Boyle, Canon Thomas Shields and Fr. Gerry MacGuiness.
Sir Harry said: “I’m very pleased that the Working Group on Infection Control has started to work and delighted to welcome Professor Stephany Biello as a member. Her expertise will be invaluable to the group. We are keenly aware, that the goal of reopening churches will be reached only after careful planning and preparation, always taking account of best infection control practice and in step with Scottish Government guidance.”
“I assure the Catholic community that Scotland’s bishops are determined to draw on best practice from around the world to allow our churches to be opened again in a phased and safe way.”
With lockdown going on for some time, perhaps it’s a good time to introduce an ELECTRONIC BULLETIN or e-bulletin if you prefer!
This can be a way for sharing information throughout the parish.
If you have information you think should be shared with parishioners, then please let us know. Items for inclusion can be sent via email to:
A LITURGICAL REMINDER
Thursday of next week (21 May 2020) is the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. In normal circumstances we would have been marking this as a Holyday of Obligation but this is of course not possible.
NEWS AND UPDATES
It would be great to hear how the various parish groups are managing under lockdown, and it would be a great way for groups to ask for help in their activities. If you have information to share, or requests to make, please email to the parish at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org Here’s a piece on the Parish RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.
Messages and Comments from Families of parishioners whose funerals have taken place during lockdown
From Ann Marini, daughter of Jessie Buchanan.
“I just wanted to thank you for carrying out my mum, Jessie Buchanan,s, funeral. We all agreed it was a lovely service and brought us a lot of comfort. As I said on the day some of mum’s friends from the parish lined her street and many sent mass cards. Before my mum became bedridden St Matthew’s Parish was a big part of her life and in several “instructions” that she had written over the years choosing hymns and such she repeatedly stated that she didn’t want a eulogy but she wanted the priests and parishioners of St Matthew’s thanked, with love and sincerity, for the support and friendship they brought to her life and had asked for a buffet to be organised in the hall after her funeral to show her appreciation.She enjoyed so many parish trips, pilgrimages,happy evening events, morning mass and of course tea in the hall on a Friday”.
RCIA … what have we been doing?
In normal circumstances the team meets with new enquirers every week. At these meetings we reflect on Scripture, Sacraments, Church teaching, Evangelising and any other areas that our enquirers wish to explore eg: Catholic devotions such as Stations of the Cross, and Rosary. We usually visit the church a couple of times and explain the various elements …. sacred vessels, linens and vestments, tabernacle, monstrance etc.
This year we have no new enquirers but the team would continue to meet once a month to deepen our own faith and spiritual life. Our recent Cathecumens and Candidates are welcome to join us at these meetings if they wish to do so
Due to Covid19 these meetings have been suspended. However, many exciting things have still been happening.
** Lewis and Emma had their first baby, a girl Ayda Anne Lewis, who is a policeman, was baptised at the Easter Vigil 2019.
**Just prior to lockdown, Katie who was received at the same time as Lewis, also had a baby girl, a daughter for Katie and Chris and a wee sister for Sean.
When we return to normal in our “ new” church wouldn’t it be wonderful to baptise our “second generation” of little RCIA Parishioners.
** Then there is Susan … she was received into the Church in St. Matthew’s at the Easter Vigil 2018. What an evening that was. ! ! Susan went on holiday after Christmas for a well earned break. While abroad she had a fall that resulted in her needing serious brain surgery. Thank God she is now back home now and recovering slowly. It was a great delight to have her with us at our last meeting.
**Liz, who was already baptised and should have received first communion and confirmation was ill at Easter and unable to come for the Vigil. However, with the Archbishop’s permission, Fr Robert gave her the Sacraments later at a small service later with her personal friends and RCIA friends present. Liz was due to have some badly needed surgery but it was cancelled due to Covid19. She is in our daily prayers and we look forward to the time when she can join us again.
** Liam, who is the youngest member of the team, joined us in his last year at Turnbull High as part of his Caritas Award commitment …… and what a commitment he has made. Liam is now studying Law at Glasgow University but when he has any free time he commits so much to the Church, helping prepare for Easter, Christmas and any others of our big feasts. He was there giving 100% when we, moved from the church in to the hall – and no doubt he will be there when we move back.
Recently Fr. Robert suggested that we, at St. Matthew’s, could maybe become involved in delivering shopping, medication etc to those who couldn’t get out. Alongside our other volunteers for this project he has developed a structure that is secure and that respects all the regulations.
We are all missing our monthly meetings but we are keeping in touch to make sure that everyone is OK. And of course Fr. Robert is still feeding our spirituality with his daily reflections on the Scripture.
Being a member of the RCIA team is a privilege and a great opportunity to benefit from the spirituality of each other. But it is also great fun.
When all this lockdown is over why don’t you think of becoming involved. Have a wee chat with Fr. Robert about it.
Take care and stay safe.
News of the UCM.
Unfortunately, during these unprecedented times the Union of Catholic Mothers are unable to meet once or twice a month , for our meetings or social events.On a typical evening we would come together for prayer and an update on our UCM / Church news . This would usually be followed by a talk from a guest speaker. Our next talk would have been from Fr .Antony Connolly O.P who was going to talk to us about his journey to the priesthood. . Also, we were looking forward to having Anthony Horan give a talk on his work within the Scottish Parliament where he represents the Catholic Church in Scotland and the various issues that he faces; whether its regarding Pro-life, Catholic Education or changes within the family unit- all of which are all very close to the hearts of the UCM members. Our AGM and closing Mass was due to take place later this month with Archbishop Tartaglia, the Branch Chaplains and all the members from across the Archdiocese .However, again we will have to wait until such times that it is possible to do this.Nonetheless, one thing we can continue with is our daily prayers for priests and vocations which we can say anywhere. Its during these times that our Priests and Bishops are very much in need of our prayers and support, as it’s not just the laity who are struggling with our churches being closed and no public Masses . Our Clergy are very limited as to what Pastoral care and priestly duties they can carry out which is challenging for them also. This at a time when they know the laity need them the most but sadly their help is very much restricted. We know that they also long for the day when they can open the church doors and welcome the faithful in.One thing that is unique to the UCM is when ever there are prayers needed within the UCM family, which has sadly been the case over the past few weeks, for various members and their families, you can be assured that within hours Prayers, Rosaries and Masses are being offered up over the Dioceses and this brings great comfort to members. As an organisation, the friendship, support and family feeling is second to none. While the ladies here in Bishopbriggs are missing their usual routine of Mass, coffee and a chat they are keeping in touch with each other and keeping their spirits up ,with full faith that these challenging days will be put behind us. We will continue our prayers for our Parish Community also and look forward to being reunited once again in our new Church.
Karen Smith, National President, UCM
So: who’s next to give us an update on their Parish Group’s Activities, or if nothing is happening just now becasue of COVID, what plans lie ahead when we’re back in business?
NOTICE FROM HOLY CROSS PARISH, CROY
Pope Francis at the Regina Caeli, last Sunday announced: “I have accepted the proposal of the Higher Committee for Human Fraternity that on this coming Thursday, 14th May, believers of all religions should unite spiritually for a day of prayer, fasting, and works of charity, to implore God to help humanity overcome the coronavirus pandemic.”As a response to Pope Francis’ call for “works of charity” on Thursday, there will be a SCIAF Fund Raiser on Thursday, 14th May, at 7pm. Local Artiste David McKendrick will be “playing favourites” from across the decades. This concert will be live- streamed on the Parish Facebook Page of Holy Cross Croy and be accessible via the Website of Holy Cross, Croy. All proceeds to SCIAF. (SCIAF is a Third World Charity which assists without discrimination.)
What’s happening just now in the parish?
Sadly, one of our most frequent activities has been in holding the funerals of parishioners who have died. We are not at present permitted to have funeral Masses in the church, but funerals continue. A list of all whose funerals have taken place, or will soon take place can be found by clicking HERE
It has often been said that nothing is certain, except for taxes. Church goers may feel inclined to add collections to the list!
Many of you have already made arrangements to support the parish financially during these difficult times. We are very grateful to you for doing so. We appreciate that times are very difficult indeed for everyone, but we also have to acknowledge that the parish has to meet its financial obligations as well
Many of you have already made arrangements to support the parish financially during these difficult times. We are very grateful to you for doing so. We appreciate that times are very difficult indeed for everyone, but we also have to acknowledge that the parish has to meet its financial obligations as well, and the various charities depend on collections for their survival.
Appeals and collections can still be processed. Parishioners have continued making online payments to the offertory and building fund collections. Some parishioners have continued to pay using their collection envelopes. Please contact Fr Hill by phone or by email if you wish to discuss ways of contributing.
ARCHBISHOP TARTAGLIA will celebrate Mass will celebrate Mass for our Catholic School Communities on Sunday 10th May 2020 at 12 o’clock 5th Sunday of Easter. All involved in our Catholic Education Communities please use this live streaming link: mcnmedia.tv/camera/st-andr…
PRAYERS FOR OUR PARISHIONERS
~ During this period it is important for us to keep together in prayer, for ourselves and for:-
~ Those who have died, and their families and friends;
~ Those who are ill, and all the very many people who care for them;
~ Those who have to make decisions affecting the country – our political leaders, medics and researchers;
~ Those who are afraid and vulnerable, especially those who are cut off from others.
With churches closed all funerals throughout are currently being limited to cemeteries and crematoria.
It is a long standing Catholic tradition to pray for those who have died, but in these difficult times of isolation, it is easy to miss news of deaths and funeral arrangements, so we will provide an update here during the crisis.
PLEASE NOTE THAT NUMBERS OF MOURNERS AT CEMETERIES AND CREMATORIA ARE STRICTLY LIMITED AT PRESENT – Maximum of 10 for the crematorium and 6 for Cemeteries
NAME DIED DATE/PLACE of FUNERAL
(James) Gordon King 29/3/2020 14/4/20 CADDER CEM.
Clair Lyons 8/4/2020 16/4/20 GLASGOW CREM. 12.45 pm
Federigo Capanni 12/4/2020 20/4/20 CADDER CEM. 1.00 pm
Rose Rule 15/4/ 2020 27/4/20 CADDER CEM. 1.30 pm
Martha Pazikas 25/4/2020 1/5/20 GLASGOW CREM. 11 am
Jessica Buchanan 15/4/ 2020 1/5/20 CADDER CEM. 1.00 pm
Dominic Mackay 22/4/2020 2/5/20 CADDER CEM. 10.30 am
Thomas James Carden 26 April 2020 6/5/20 CADDER CEM. 10.30 am
Marjory McGuigan 29 April 2020 7/5/20 CADDER CEM. 2.00 pm
John McFadyen 7 May 2020 27/5/20 CADDER CEM. 11.15 am
May their souls, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.
“The eleven disciples set out for Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had arranged to meet them. When they saw him they fell down before him, though some hesitated. Jesus came up and spoke to them. He said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations; baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you. And know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.”