We are looking for volunteers to help as the different phases of lockdown are released.
There are 2 key roles – one is to participate in the Welcome Ministry as a steward initially when the church is open for private prayer and then when we restart celebrating Mass.
The second is to help with church cleaning. This is a crucial role to ensure that the church continues to be a safe environment in which we can all worship once again. We intend to have the church deep cleaned on a regular basis but we also need the level of cleanliness to be maintained between services.
If you are interested in helping and are over 16 years of age and in good health please contact Paul Toland on [email protected]
Please keep watching the website www.ctkg.org for updates and follow us on our Facebook page – Christ the King Parish, Glasgow.
If you know any parishioners who may be interested but do not use or have access to the internet please spread the word!
Everyone about to start this role should view the online safeguarding training session which will be provided on the Scottish Catholic Safeguarding Service website. Those who cannot access the training should email SCSS to request a paper copy.
For further information on Safeguarding please visit Safeguarding section of our parish website .
A number of parishioners have asked if there is a way for them to continue making contributions to the first or second collections during this (at present unlimited) time of closure.
There is a good number of ‘Gift Aid’ parishioners who pay through the credit transfer system and there are others who pay through the envelope system and there are those who pay through the collecting bags at mass.
If you normally pay through your bank by credit transfer your contributions will continue unless amended by yourself. If you normally pay by envelope or by collection at mass and would like to continue making contributions you could give instructions to your bank to make payments.
There are fixed costs and variable costs associated with running the parish and parishioners can be assured that every effort will be made to minimise the variable costs but the fixed costs will not disappear and we would very much appreciate your help in dealing with these costs during the upcoming unknown times of this virus. All contributions would be gratefully received.
If you would like to join with other parishioners in continuing their contributions please let me know of your intentions so that we can ensure that credits received are allocated to the correct accounts.
Kind regards and keep safe,
Tel. No 0141-637-3023
E-mail [email protected]
Pray as You Go Jesuit Missionaries
www.prayasyougo.org.uk App available for smart phones
Pray As You Go is a short daily prayer session lasting approximately ten to twelve minutes. The format includes a piece of music, a reading from the readings of the day and a short prayerful reflection based on the chosen reading.
It particularly appeals to me because it’s related to one of the readings of the day, it allows me to experience different types of spiritual music and I like the idea that I’m connected to others who are meditating on the same reflection. However, the Jesuit site also offers a number of other resources including reflections on the rosary, lectio divina and personal retreats.
In response to our current period of uncertainty Pray as You Stay was launched on Monday 23rd March as a prayer support for us during these very difficult and challenging times.
To access other Jesuit resources including ‘United in prayer – be near Jesus at home,’ copy this link into your search engine: https://www.pathwaystogod.org/
Lenten Reflections from John’s gospel Redemptorist Publications
Father Denis McBride is described as ‘a renowned priest, lecturer and author.’ You may be familiar with his books already as we have a number of them in the prayer group library. We also used pictures from his book ‘Stations of the Cross then and now,’ for our Lenten Reflection Evening in 2018.
The Lenten reflections include an introductory video which compares John’s narrative to the other three gospels. The three Lenten Narratives reflect on:
- The Woman of Samaria
- The Man Born Blind
- The Raising of Lazarus
How to access: www.rpbooks.co.uk or google: Redemptorist Publications
Click on the red rectangle which says
Scroll down to the heading: Three Lenten Narratives from the Gospel of John. Clicking on the picture of Father Denis will take you to all of the videos or click on the ‘watch now’ box to watch straight away.
Mass on line
I know many of you have already accessed mass and other online services via the Archdiocese of Glasgow website: www.rcag.org.uk
Vatican Services can be accessed via Vatican’s YouTube channel
I chose to watch Sunday mass and exposition there this week. I found the service very intimate and was left with the feeling that I personally had attended mass with Pope Francis and a very small group of others. The translator was excellent and led exposition beautifully, in my opinion.
Redemptorist Publications are also providing access to Father Denis McBride’s Sunday mass from Saturday noon. www.rpbooks.co.uk
National Novena to Our Lady of Knock www.knockshrine.ie or google Knock
Parish Church Live Stream
Knock is conducting a National Novena to Our Lady of Knock from 17-25 March. Novena intentions: Praying for a swift end to the Coronavirus, the protection of all people against it, all who are ill at this time and all medical and civil authorities.
Two sessions daily: 12 noon: Angelus, Mass and
7.30pm: Mass and Novena prayers followed by Eucharistic blessing
Apparition Chapel Live Stream
The Apparition Chapel, the site of the apparition at Knock in 1879 is also accessible on livestream and provides access to the ‘sacred silence of the site.’ It creates a still, tranquil and prayerful atmosphere.
Light a Candle
Candles can be purchased online (suggested donation 2 Euros). Candles will be lighted and placed at the apparition site on your behalf.
—————————————————————————————————————-Resources for Catholics
The Tablet Catholic Newsweekly
The Tablet has constructed a very long list of resources which are available on line at this time. www.thetablet.co.uk/ or google: The Tablet
Scroll down and click on the heading under the picture of Pope Francis. ‘Isolated but not alone: resources for Catholics.’
Pray as You Go provides artist and album information for all of their music. I’ve found it a good resource for exploring new music. While I’ve downloaded the specific songs and tunes I’ve wanted from iTunes, I’d assume they’ll also be available through Spotify or the details provided should help you to purchase an album.
Artists whose music I’ve shared at our prayer ministry and reflection evenings include:
Eric Nordhoff Soaking – Your Great Name and Quietime
Salt of the Sound And on Earth Peace, Dwell Among Us, In Prayer, Lent Vol 1, Waiting for the Dawn
Karen Money Secret Things
Noirin Ni Riain Vox De Nube (The Beatitudes)
Taize Laudete Omnes Genti, Laudate: Music of Taize
I know many of us already read Father Ronald Rolheiser’s column in the Scottish Catholic Observer. His weekly column, as well as archived columns, may be accessed at www.ronrolheiser.com or google: Father Ronald Rolheiser
He has provided an excellent column this week reflecting on how we may grow through this time. You can also sign up for a twice weekly e-newsletter to twice weekly receive a reflection from his archives.
There are many books we could consider recommending just now. If I had to choose just one, my recommendation would be the late Father Daniel O’Leary’s ‘Travelling Light.’ I think this book requires dedicated time to read and reflect on the daily two page ‘breather’ before participating in the suggested reflection. Perhaps we have the time for this just now.
This poem was penned by a Capuchin Franciscan brother in Ireland. If you are unable to access it using the above link, google: Youtube Radio London, Yes, there is fear.
Worth a listen to if you haven’t heard it already!
May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord let his face shine on you and be gracious to you.
May the Lord uncover his face to you and bring you peace. (Numbers 6:24-27)
My dear brothers and sisters,
You will by now have heard the news that public Masses will not be celebrated in the Archdiocese of Glasgow for an indefinite period after today, the Feast of St Joseph, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
St Joseph is the Patron of the Universal Church and we ask for his prayers at this time.
The decision to suspend Masses was for me most distressing. Heartbreaking, I would say. In the end, however, I could not avoid it. I know that you will be very sad. It is really hard to contemplate weeks and months without Mass.
I said in my homily last Sunday that, whatever happened, the Church would not abandon you. I repeat that pledge to you now. So here are some ways in which you can sustain your life in Christ and in the Church.
• During this time without Mass, every parish Church is unfortunately closed
• If you want Confession ask the priest .
• Again, if you need the Anointing of the Sick, just phone your priest.
• You can say the Rosary at any time and call on the intercession of the Blessed Mother.
• Mass is streamed live from St Andrew’s Cathedral every day. Some parish churches have the same facility.
• Try to follow Holy Week and the Passion of Jesus from your home. I know it’s almost unthinkable that we cannot kiss the Cross on Good Friday and go to Mass on Easter Sunday, but we can still celebrate the Sacred Triduum and Easter in our homes by following Mass on television or live screening. We may also be able to see the Holy Father give us his blessing on Easter Sunday.
• Keep in touch with us through consulting the Archdiocese of Glasgow website and Facebook pages. There will be regular updates on our response to the pandemic. We would really love to hear from you there too.
During Lent we are called to follow Jesus more faithfully. We never imagined that our Lenten penance would be that we would have to do without Mass. We never imagined that Our Lenten fast would be a fast from the bread of life in the Holy Eucharist. So our Lent will continue into Easter as we wait with patience until we can be satisfied once more with Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
I do not know how long this pandemic is going to last. I do not know how long we will have to be without public Mass. Soon we will be at Easter. “Christ is truly risen, Alleluia”, is the acclamation. We continue to put our trust in Jesus as we confront these strange and unprecedented days.
I give you my word that I will reinstate public Masses as soon as we are told it is safe to do so. In the meantime, let us pray for each other. Keep safe. Keep well.
May God bless you all.
Yours devotedly in Christ
Archbishop of Glasgow
Feast of St Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church