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Information For New ‘Welcome Ministry Volunteers’

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 . 

Collection Contributions

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,

Joe Byers

Parish Accountant

Tel. No 0141-637-3023

E-mail   [email protected]

Spiritual Resources

Pray as You Go                                                                              Jesuit Missionaries                                            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:


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:   or google:  Redemptorist Publications

Rectangle: Rounded Corners: RP response to COVID 19

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: 

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.    


National Novena to Our Lady of Knock           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 Novena prayers
7.00pm: Rosary
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. 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:

Artist                                                  Albums

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 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.


From BBC Radio London .. Yes there is fear yes there is …

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)

Keep safe