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Entry Song: I am the vine, you are the branches

3 I am the vine

First reading Acts 9:26-31 

Barnabas explained how the Lord had appeared to Saul on his journey

When Saul got to Jerusalem he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him: they could not believe he was really a disciple. Barnabas, however, took charge of him, introduced him to the apostles, and explained how the Lord had appeared to Saul and spoken to him on his journey, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. Saul now started to go round with them in Jerusalem, preaching fearlessly in the name of the Lord. But after he had spoken to the Hellenists, and argued with them, they became determined to kill him. When the brothers knew, they took him to Caesarea, and sent him off from there to Tarsus.
The churches throughout Judaea, Galilee and Samaria were now left in peace, building themselves up, living in the fear of the Lord, and filled with the consolation of the Holy Spirit.


Psalm 115
Ps 115ND

Second reading 1 John 3:18-24

My children, our love is not to be just words or mere talk, but something real and active;
only by this can we be certain that we are children of the truth and be able to quieten our conscience in his presence,
whatever accusations it may raise against us, because God is greater than our conscience and he knows everything.

My dear people, if we cannot be condemned by our own conscience, we need not be afraid in God’s presence,
and whatever we ask him, we shall receive, because we keep his commandments and live the kind of life that he wants.
His commandments are these: that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and that we love one another as he told us to.
Whoever keeps his commandments lives in God and God lives in him. We know that he lives in us by the Spirit that he has given us.

Gospel John 15:1-

I am the vine, you are the branches

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.
Every branch in me that bears no fruit he cuts away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes to make it bear even more.
You are pruned already, by means of the word that I have spoken to you. Make your home in me, as I make mine in you.
As a branch cannot bear fruit all by itself, but must remain part of the vine, neither can you unless you remain in me.
I am the vine, you are the branches.
Whoever remains in me, with me in him, bears fruit in plenty; for cut off from me you can do nothing.
Anyone who does not remain in me is like a branch that has been thrown away – he withers;
these branches are collected and thrown on the fire, and they are burnt.
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask what you will and you shall get it.
It is to the glory of my Father that you should bear much fruit, and then you will be my disciples.’


For Pope Francis and the church throughout the world:
that we may be generous in our  welcoming of strangers and those who need our support,   Lord, hear us.

That we may show our faith not just by words but by the way we live. Lord, hear us.

Let’s pray for peace, for the comforting of all who are affected by violence or war. Lord, hear us.

Let’s pray for all who are ill or are suffering in any way –   Joseph Hay, Catherine Howie, Joy Black, Tony and Margaret Dougan, Patsy Nichol, Sr Bridie Dowd, Sr Anne, Ellen Hamilton, Jimmy Kennedy, Kathleen Mallon, Molly McGavigan, Teresa Kidd, Margaret McLean, Andrine Mansi, Mary Clunie, Sean Fitzgerald, Ishbel MacMillan, Jack Rae, Anne Judge, Catherine Mulrine, Yvonne Watt, Rae McVey, John Gibson, Eleanor Reid, Heather Francke and Isabel Kerr.    We also pray for the people of India and of Brazil and for a sharing out of the vaccine with poorer countries.    Lord hear us.

For those who have died recently including Andrine Mansi, Sarah Johnstone, Shirley Williams,  Anna Fairlie, Sean Kelly, Prince Philip,  Marie Baird, Elizabeth Briggs, Sr Matthew, Jack Clunie, Hector McLean, Elizabeth O’Callaghan, and Austin Horne, and for all whose anniversary falls at this time. We also pray for the Jewish people who lost their lives or were injured at the accident in Northern Israel the other day.
Lord hear us.



First Confession:  any family with a child to be presented for First Confession should speak to Fr Gerry.

First Communion: any family with a child to be presented for First Communion should speak to Fr Gerry.

Confirmation:  The Vicar General, who is responsible for the Archdiocese until a new Archbishop,  is appointed, has given authority to the parish priests  to administer Confirmation this year.  Any family with a child to be presented for  Confirmation should speak to Fr Gerry.

Trees: Some parishioners will have noticed the work being done re trees at the side of the Church – well done, Bob Currie and his helpers.    Trees have rights! and we gladly abide by the requirements of the City Council.