Cluster Meeting

Cluster Meeting

In the Psalm today (Pentecost) we hear: ‘Send forth your spirit, O Lord, and renew the face of the earth.”

Our upcoming Cluster meeting is the next step in our renewal process as a Cluster.  By the year 2020 we will have 33 priests to cover the whole Archdiocese. Change is unavoidable. What does that mean for us? The Archbishop has asked each Cluster to meet three times this year to discuss exactly that and report back to him.

In our reading St Paul talks about renewal, using the idea of gifts. The Holy Spirit shows Himself in each of our parishes through our different gifts and ministries. This first Cluster meeting is about those gifts. We’ll be asking:

What does each parish offer, in its liturgy, service or community?

How can we make best use of our resources?

What could be shared across the parishes?

What does each parish provide as a stand-alone?

That our Cluster Meeting takes place this week of Pentecost is significant. Please join us this coming Thursday 19th in St Francis Xavier’s church hall at 7pm. Every parishioner from every parish is welcome. Perhaps your idea, the Holy Spirit working through you, is just what we are needing to hear. Please come along, be part of the change.

Happy New Year

We wish all our parishioners a very Blessed and peaceful 2016.

This weekend as we celebrate the feast of the Epiphany we are aske to support the work of the justice and Peace commission. There will be a special collection at all masses this weekend. You can read Bishop Nolan’s Pastoral letter here. Justice Peace LH Dec 2015 (002)-1

You can also visit the webpage of Justice & Peace Scotland by clicking on this link: http://www.justiceandpeacescotland.org.uk/

Christmas Mass Times

Christmas Eve – 24th December 2015

St Mary of the Angels Camelon

Carol Service  7:00pm
Vigil of Christmas 7:30 pm

St Anthony’s, Rumford

Carol Service  8:30 pm
Vigil of Christmas 9:00 pm

St Francis Xavier’s, Falkirk

Carol Service  11:30 pm
Midnight Mass  12:00 am

 

Christmas Day

St Mary of the Angels, Camelon

Christmas Dawn Mass – 9:30am

St Anthony’s, Rumford

Christmas Day mass 11:00 am

St Francis Xavier’s, Falkirk

Family Christmas Day mass 10:00 am
Christmas Day mass 12:00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year of Mercy Prayer

Pope Francis has published a prayer written especially for the Year of Mercy:

Merciful

Lord Jesus Christ,
you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,
and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.
Show us your face and we will be saved.
Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money;
the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things;
made Peter weep after his betrayal,
and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.
Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman:
“If you knew the gift of God!”

You are the visible face of the invisible Father,
of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy:
let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.
You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness
in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error:
let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.

Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing,
so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,
and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor,
proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed,
and restore sight to the blind.

We ask this of you, Lord Jesus, through the intercession of Mary, Mother of
Mercy; you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and
ever.
Amen.

 

Year of Mercy

St Francis Xavier’s has been nominated by the Archbishop as one of the diocesan Sanctuaries for the Year of Mercy.

The church will have a “Holy Door” and there will be various initiatives throughout the year to enable people to experience the love and mercy of God, especially in the sacrament of reconciliation.

The Holy Year begins on December 8th 2015 – The Solemnity of Immaculate Conception.

Merciful

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