Return of the Celebration of Mass in St. Matthew’s Parish

Frieze of St, Matthew, the evangelist – our patron Saint – by Benno Schotz.

You may have heard by now that Mass can be celebrated in our churches from 15 July.

Scottish First Minister gave the go-ahead for the celebration of Mass in our parishes, subject to the limitation in numbers required by social distancing. We will celebrate our first Mass on Wednesday at 11.00 am, since this was the time we set over the past two weeks for visits to the church .

Unfortunately, requirements of social distancing will mean that at any one time the maximum numbers of people that out temporary church can accommodate is 20, so we will need to introduce a system to allow as many people as possible access to Mass.

There are procedures which must be followed,and which are designed to keep us within the requirements of social distancing and within the law.

Here’s how it will work for us (although we may need to make adjustments).

Maximum number of people who can be admitted to the hall for Mass is 20.

a. EVERYONE MUST WEAR A FACE COVERING/MASK

b. On arrival, everyone will be required to ‘sign in’, by supplying their name, address and a method of contact. This is in case someone who has been to Mass displays signs of having Covid-19. The authorities would then need to contact everyone present in the building for possible testing, so please come early to allow time to sign in.

c. Once 20 people are admitted, there can be no more on that day. However, if you add your name below the 20 cut-off point, you will have first option for the following day day. This applies to Sundays as well as weekday – remember: you are already dispensed from the usual obligation to attend Sunday Mass.

d. As is happening at present present, you will be directed by stewards to to where you can sanitise your hands, and then escorted to a seat.

e. For your information, there will be no Mass books or hymn books (singing is not permitted at all at this stage). When we gain access to the church itself we should have the facility to project Mass responses etc onto the rear wall of the sanctuary.

f. As noted above, Mass (Wednesday- Saturday this week) will be at 11.00 am. On the following week we will revert to 10.00 am daily Mass, Monday to Saturday.

g. Sunday Masses , beginning on Sunday 19 JUly, will be at 9.00 am and 11.00am. We need time after each Mass to close the church and clean all benches and surfaces – including floors.

FINALLY – WE NEED MANY VOLUNTEERS TO HELP US TO OPEN THE CHURCH AND PROVIDE MASS EACH DAY.

STEWARDS NEED TO BE 18 YEARS OLD OR MORE; CLEANERS, 16 YEARS OLD OR MORE. SAFEGUARDING PROCEDURES REQUIRE THAT EVERY VOLUNTEER IS GIVEN CLEARANCE TO WORK FOR THE CHURCH. IN EACH PARISH, THE PARISH PRIEST SIGNS THE RELEVANT DOCUMENTATION FOR YOU.

Canon Robert J. Hill

PREPARING FOR THE REOPENING OF OUR CHURCH

YOUR PARISH NEEDS YOU!!!

We’ve reopened St. MATTHEW’S Church (well…the temporary church in the Hall!) for private prayer

  • ☐ 
  • On Monday 13 July, between 11 am and 12 noon there will be the opportunity for private prayer in the temporary church with prayer slots of 20 minutes maximum, i.e. at 11.00; 11.20′ and 11.40 am. THESE PERIODS OF PRIVATE PRAYER WILL THEREAFTER BE REPLACED BY MASS, BEGINNING ON WEDNESDAY 15 JULY at 11.00am
  • The following conditions for private prayer and public worship will continue to apply
  • ☐ We have in place social distancing measures (2 metres, in case you’ve forgotten), and clearly marked areas for people to sit or kneel .
  • We are most grateful to those who have volunteered to be stewards (­at least 16 years old) to direct people to their seats, and direct them on how to leave the building. Can you offer some time for this too? Please let us know as soon as possible.
  • ☐Stewards will clean seats after people leave . WE ALREADY HAVE SANITISER, GEL, AND DISPOSABLE PROTECTIVE GLOVES. AT NO TIME WOULD STEWARDS BE ABLE TO COME CLOSER THAN 2 METRES TO ANY OTHER PERSON.
  • These are the basic requirements. Could you help with any of this?An hour per week on a day that suits you would be a great help! Please let Fr Hill know as soon as possible, or just ask for more information. If you personally can’t help with this, but can think of someone who might, contact Fr. Hill who will contact them. Don’t worry; I won’t tell them who gave me their names!
  • FINALLY, we need teams of cleaners as before to clean the church once a week.
  • Canon Robert J. Hill, Parish Priest, St. Matthew’s
  • THE PROVISION OF PRIVATE PRAYER, EVEN ON A LIMITED SCALE, DEPENDS ON SUFFICIENT VOLUNTEERS. If you can help – or if you want more information, please get in touch.

Email: stmatthew@rcag.org.uk

tel. 0141 772 1619

See websitewww.saintmatthews.scot

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On Monday 22 June churches will be open for private prayer during restricted times. Times can be found above:

In line with Scottish Government advice churches are invited to open for private prayer in Phase 2 of the 4 Phase route map for moving out of lockdown. Progress to Phase 2 will be confirmed by the First Minister on Thursday 18th June and will be subject to specific virus control factors being met.

In anticipation of the situation allowing our parish church to be opened for private prayer then it is planned to open the church (i.e. the hall) on three mornings (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) for a period of 1 hour from 11am to 12 noon, although each individual will be admitted for 15 minutes maximum. This is to allow as many people as possible to have access to the church, and for safety reasons as well. The scientists suggest that being in any place for under 15 minutes means a far less chance of contracting the virus – or to put it another way, being in a places for more than 15 minute carries a greater risk of contracting it. In order to achieve this we need to ensure full compliance with current government guidance on social distancing, hygiene/infection control and safeguarding regulations and to seek new volunteers to assist in a ‘stewarding’ role who would be part of a new form of Welcome Ministry.

The 2 metre social distancing requirement will mean that the church will only be able to accommodate a maximum of 20 people at any one time and therefore all pews not for use will be clearly marked and taped off. All visitors will be welcomed by a new volunteer ‘steward’ who will be responsible for ensuring that;

  • visitors wear a facemask, either their own or given a single use mask for their visit.
  • visitors sanitise their hands on entry and exit.
  • visitors will need to limit their stay to no more than 15 minutes.
  • all pews used are cleaned after each visitor leaves.

The one exception to these arrangements is that that the front row pews on each side of the church will be for the use of family groups only. Members of a single family may occupy these pews during their visits. Only one family may occupy these pews at a time

The stewarding role therefore is vital to the success of being able to give our parishioners the opportunity to come to church again at the times and frequency as noted above, and so the more volunteers who are willing to take on this role the more opportunities for private prayer in the church can be offered. Volunteers would be asked to give just an hour of their time on each of the days that the church would be opened and would be given full instructions/training on how to carry out their Ministry along with all the necessary PPE equipment.

If you wish to apply for this essential role then you need to be 18 or over and have no underlying health conditions that require shielding or have any long-term health condition that requires an annual flu vaccination. To apply please complete either Volunteer Form A or Volunteer Form B whichever is appropriate to you and return to Canon Hill.

PREPARING FOR THE OPENING OF OUR CHURCH

In line with Scottish Government advice churches are invited to open for private prayer in Phase 2 of the 4 Phase route map for moving out of lockdown. Progress to Phase 2 will be confirmed by the First Minister on Thursday 18th June and will be subject to specific virus control factors being met.

In anticipation of the situation allowing our parish church to be opened for private prayer then it is planned to open the church (i.e. the hall) on three mornings for a period of 2 hours from 11am to 1pm each week. In order to achieve this we need to ensure full compliance with current government guidance on social distancing, hygiene/infection control and safeguarding regulations and to seek new volunteers to assist in a ‘stewarding’ role who would be part of a new form of Welcome Ministry.

The 2 metre social distancing requirement will mean that the church will only be able to accommodate a maximum of 20 people at any one time and therefore all pews not for use will be clearly marked and taped off. All visitors will be welcomed by a new volunteer ‘steward’ who will be responsible for ensuring that;

  • visitors wear a facemask, either their own or given a single use mask for their visit.
  • visitors sanitise their hands on entry and exit.
  • visitors will need to limit their stay to no more than 15 minutes.
  • all pews used are cleaned after each visitor use.

The one exception to these arrangements is that that the front row pews on each side of the church will be for the use of family groups only. Members of a single family may occupy these pews during their visits. Only one family may occupy these pews at a time

The stewarding role therefore is vital to the success of being able to give our parishioners the opportunity to come to church again at the times and frequency as noted above, and so the more volunteers who are willing to take on this role the more opportunities for private prayer in the church can be offered. Volunteers would be asked to give just an hour of their time on each of the days that the church would be opened and would be given full instructions/training on how to carry out their Ministry along with all the necessary PPE equipment.

If you wish to apply for this essential role then you need to be 18 or under 70 years of age and have no underlying health conditions that require shielding or have any long-term health condition that requires an annual flu vaccination. To apply please complete either Volunteer Form A or Volunteer Form B whichever is appropriate to you and return to Canon Hill.

Recordings of reflections on each day’s Mass Readings by Fr. Robert Hill

(Please note that for easier navigation, older files have been deleted, and latest files are at the top of the page)

Sunday 12 July 2020 Week 15 Year A
Saturday 11 July 2020 Feast, St. Benedict
Friday 10 July 2020 Week 14 Year 2 A
Thursday 9 July 2020 Feast – Our Lady of Aberdeen
Wednesday 8 July 2020 Week 14 Year 2 A
Tuesday 7 July 2020 Week 14 Year 2_A
Monday 6 July 2020 Week 14 Year 2 A
Sunday 5 July 2020 Week 14 Year A
Saturday 4 July 2020 Week 13 Year 2 A
Friday 3 July 2020 Feast, St. Thomas, Apostle
Thursday 2 July 2020 Week 13 Year 2 A
Wednesday 1 July 2020 Week 13 Year 2 A
Tuesday 30 June 2020 Week 13 Year 2 A
Monday 29 June 2020 Week 13 Year 2 A
SUNDAY 28 JUNE 2020 SOLEMNITY OF STS. PETER & PAUL

St Matthew’s Parish e-bulletin

With lockdown going on for some time, perhaps it’s a good time to introduce an ELECTRONIC BULLETIN or e-bulletin if you prefer!

Sunday 28 June 2020 – Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul

This important and very ancient Solemnity of the Catholic Church is normally celebrated on 29 June, but when this date falls on a Saturday or Monday, the Feast is celebrated on the Sunday. This is to avoid confusion as to whether Vigil or Evening Masses for the Feast belong to the Sunday or the Feast Day.

These two great apostolic figures were martyred – Peter, some time between 64-68 AD, by crucifixion upside down , according to a tradition cited by St Jerome because he said that he was unworthy to share the same kind of death as his Saviour and Lord. Paul was martyred by being beheaded, possibly between 62 and 64 AD. This was a privilege he could receive as a Roman Citizen.

THE BIG STORY THIS WEEK!

St. MATTHEW’S Church (well…the temporary church in the Hall!) is open for private prayer

☐ Our church/hall will now be open for periods of private prayer.

On Mondays. Wednesday and Fridays, between 11 am and 12 noon there will be the opportunity for private prayer in the temporary church with prayer slots of 20 minutes maximum, i.e. at 11.00; 11.20 and 11.40 am

☐ We have in place social distancing measures (2 metres, in case you’ve forgotten), and clearly marked areas for people to sit or kneel .

We are most grateful to those who have volunteered to be stewards (­at least 16 years old) to direct people to their seats, and direct them on how to leave the building. Can you offer some time for this too? Please let us know as soon as possible.

☐Stewards will clean seats after people leave . WE ALREADY HAVE SANITISER, GEL, AND DISPOSABLE PROTECTIVE GLOVES. AT NO TIME WOULD STEWARDS BE ABLE TO COME CLOSER THAN 2 METRES TO ANY OTHER PERSON.

These are the basic requirements. Could you help with any of this?An hour per week on a day that suits you would be a great help! Please let Fr Hill know as soon as possible, or just ask for more information. If you personally can’t help with this, but can think of someone who might, contact Fr. Hill who will contact them. Don’t worry; I won’t tell them who gave me their names!

FINALLY, we need teams of cleaners as before to clean the church once a week.

Canon Robert J. Hill, Parish Priest, St. Matthew’sTHE PROVISION OF PRIVATE PRAYER, EVEN ON A LIMITED SCALE, DEPENDS ON SUFFICIENT VOLUNTEERS. If you can help – or if you want more information – please get in touch.

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:

stmatthew@rcag.org.uk

News from the SVDP Conference – June 2020.

Our conference members, like everyone else, are beginning to emerge a little from lockdown. We have started up our meetings on a fortnightly basis using Zoom and have been keeping in touch with regular communications on WhatsApp.

First of all, we would like to thank you all for your usual wonderful response to our Lenten appeal which was cut short by lockdown. As the Ozanam Centre closed a couple of weeks before that we had to find another recipient for the toiletries. We heard that the St Augustine’s foodbank was short of these items at a time when everyone was looking for them, so managed to deliver everything over there just before lockdown started.

Some of you will know that, in February, we had been helping a young man in Bishopbriggs who had been homeless to furnish his new house and make it a home for him. We managed to get everything in place by early March, which was fortunate as he is now shielding for medical reasons and cannot go out. A number of parishioners helped out by donating items of furniture and other household goods for him. Our thanks to all of them for their kindness. I ask that we all remember him in our prayers.

A few of our members helped with the Matthew’s Messages project in the areas near their homes, as required. They had a few people coming back to them, but no one needed specific help although they were grateful for the approach. We are keeping in touch with them in case anything changes.

Please remember that we around and willing to help if we can where needed. We can’t do our normal visits, but can talk on the phone if anyone just wants to chat. We can also help with shopping, short term financial difficulties or anything else which might be causing worry at this time. We can be contacted by phone on 07519188138.

Please everyone stay safe. Hopefully it won’t be too long before we can meet again in person.  

Pat McBride

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.

email your thoughts, plans, appeals to one of the parish email addresses: stmatthew@rcag.org.uk or st.matthews.bishopbriggs@gmail.com

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?

What’s happening just now in the parish?

LOCKDOWN

We’ve become familiar with lock down and its effects on our churches. As yet, there is no clear indication when we will be able to resume the use of churches, but preparatory work is being carried out to see how churches can come back into use.

At best, it will be some weeks before we see plans being made to re-open churches. Social distancing means that our buildings will not be used to anything like their full capacity. With the need for 2 metres between people, this would mean that we could only use every second pew, and that it may be that each pew may only hold 2 people! So, it seems that if and when churches can re-open, it will be first for private prayer. There will also be a need to ensure social distancing is in operation everywhere in the church. This certainly means no stopping to chat on the way out!

These notes are published here simply to alert everyone to the challenges that lie ahead if we are to have the use of churches again. We must be prepared to comply with the government’s regulations at all times; otherwise we may find our churches closed again very quickly. Together, though, we can make this work! Watch this space for more details

Parish Funerals

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

PARISH COLLECTIONS

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.

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.

St. Matthew’s Funerals during Covid-19 lockdown

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 26/4/2020 6/5/20 CADDER CEM. 10.30 am

Marjory McGuigan 29/4/2020 7/5/20 CADDER CEM. 2.00 pm

John McFadyen 7/5/2020 27/5/20 CADDER CEM. 11.15 am

Peter Vezza 29/5/2020 9/6/2020 CADDER CEM. 11.15 am

Hugh Mulqueen 23/5/2020 19/6/2020 DALDOWIE CREM 11.45 am

Francis Callaghan 26/5/2020 10/5/2020 GLASGOW CREM. 12 noon

May their souls, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

The Ascension of the Lord – Thursday 21 May 2020

Gospel
Matthew 28:16-20
“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.”