This May we cannot bring flowers into church for Our Lady so we decided to bring her into the Garden instead. Enjoy looking at these photos of Our Lady’s statue among the flowers and say some prayers, learning as Mary did, to become closer to God. Read more “May is the month of Mary”
Bishop Hugh Gilbert, OSB, has recorded two special messages for the children, catechists & teachers and parents who are preparing for their First Confession & First Communion or Confirmation at this time.
The present global pandemic is having a profound effect on everyone. It presents an enormous challenge to us all. That challenge is survival, survival in all sorts of ways: physically, emotionally, spiritually and financially.
Apart from the very real difficulties of continuing sacramental and pastoral care, the Church also faces serious financial challenges, particularly as long as churches are closed and there are no public liturgies. In order to secure the future financial viability of parishes, a set of Interim Guidelines has been issued to all parishes by the Diocesan Trustees. I think it’s important to share some of the key points and extracts with you all. Read more “Financial Information for Parishioners”
Some of us have been following the lent retreat online until now. These meditations have proven to be even more useful at a time when we are forced to pray alone at home without access to liturgies in church. For those who have internet connections, the team at Glasgow has put together a set of daily meditations in preparation for Pentecost with particular reference to our present situation. Read more “Journey into Freedom – Easter to Pentecost”
Due to the current pandemic more and more of us are shopping online. Did you know that you could also help St Joseph’s at the same time? Next time you shop online use Easyfundraising and help raise some money for St Joseph’s at no extra cost to you – it’s 100% free. All you have to do is start your online shopping first at Easyfundraising and then shop as normal. Read more “Easyfundraising”
The British and Scottish governments decided on Thursday 16th April to extend the current lockdown for at least another 3 weeks. This will have repercussions in our lives in many ways and aspects. One of them is our inability to gather in our churches to celebrate the Eucharist or to administer any sacraments – the only exception is a life-threatening situation. As your priests, we will continue to offer as much pastoral care as we can by providing online services and offering individual prayers for you. I hope that a number of parishioners will also continue keeping in touch with other parishioners, particularly those who are vulnerable and/or alone. We can and we will go through this challenge together.