Condolences to Tom Corrigan on the death of his wife, Maureen this week;
And to John McGowan on the death of his father, John McGowan this week also;
And to Sandra Manson on the death of her father, Alex Scullion, a former parishioner, who also died this week.


Dear all,

As announced earlier this week by the First Minister, there are a few changes to the rules. Sorry for the delay in getting these to you, but although the Government announced them on Tuesday they only finished updating the details on their website today.

Social Distancing

Depending on the data closer to the time, the Government intends to reduce social distancing indoors to 1m on 19th July and abolish it on 9th August. Obviously these are big steps for getting our churches back to normal, and hopefully we can begin planning for altering our seating arrangements to accommodate more people. Remember though not to actually do it until these dates are confirmed closer to the times.


 From Monday 28th June the person (such as the father of the bride) accompanying either of the couple down the aisle does not need to wear a face covering whilst doing so (remember that the couple do not need to wear face coverings at weddings). Although its not entirely clear, this does seem to apply to only one person for each spouse, and so the bridesmaids, page boys, etc. would still need to wear face coverings (unless otherwise exempt).


From Monday 28th June, families can once again carry coffins into/out of church and lower coffins into the grave, if the funeral directors and/or burial staff are content for that to happen and if you are content that it is safe. Everyone carrying the coffin must wear a face covering (unless exempt) and be encouraged to sanitise hands before and after doing so.

Positive Tests

We’ve had a couple of parishes in touch recently about positive tests in the congregation. If you get a positive test in a parish, and you’re happy that the rules have all been followed, then you do not need to do anything other than supply the track-and-trace list to the NHS if requested. If you realise that the rules have not been followed then obviously be honest about this with the NHS and follow any instructions – but let’s not get ourselves into that situation! Keep being careful and hopefully by August things will be returning to normal.

With best wishes

Canon Paul Gargaro

Diocesan Coordinator



Flourish is now Scotland’s only Catholic newspaper and the new edition is out this weekend … free!

The June paper is packed with interesting articles – don’t miss the late Monsignor Gaetano Rossi’s wartime diary and read all about the ordination of two new deacons for Glasgow this month.
Fr Jim Lawlor goes on a spiritual staycation in the Western Isles, Fr Joe Sullivan writes about the challenges of streaming Mass via internet and Fr Tom Kilbride has some great insights into the Mass readings this month.
The front page story reveals for the first time the facade of a Cathedral for Glasgow that was never built …

Pick up your copy this weekend, and feel free to take a few copies for those who can’t manage to Mass.

PS. the online edition is here 




First reading
Wisdom 1:13-15,2:23-24 ©

God takes no pleasure in the extinction of the living

Death was not God’s doing,
he takes no pleasure in the extinction of the living.
To be – for this he created all;
the world’s created things have health in them,
in them no fatal poison can be found,
and Hades holds no power on earth;
for virtue is undying.
Yet God did make man imperishable,
he made him in the image of his own nature;
it was the devil’s envy that brought death into the world,
as those who are his partners will discover.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 29(30):2,4-6,11-13 ©
I will praise you, Lord, you have rescued me.
I will praise you, Lord, you have rescued me
  and have not let my enemies rejoice over me.
O Lord, you have raised my soul from the dead,
  restored me to life from those who sink into the grave.
I will praise you, Lord, you have rescued me.
Sing psalms to the Lord, you who love him,
  give thanks to his holy name.
His anger lasts a moment; his favour all through life.
  At night there are tears, but joy comes with dawn.
I will praise you, Lord, you have rescued me.
The Lord listened and had pity.
  The Lord came to my help.
For me you have changed my mourning into dancing:
  O Lord my God, I will thank you for ever.
I will praise you, Lord, you have rescued me.

Second reading
2 Corinthians 8:7,9,13-15 ©

The Lord Jesus became poor for your sake, to make you rich

You always have the most of everything – of faith, of eloquence, of understanding, of keenness for any cause, and the biggest share of our affection – so we expect you to put the most into this work of mercy too. Remember how generous the Lord Jesus was: he was rich, but he became poor for your sake, to make you rich out of his poverty. This does not mean that to give relief to others you ought to make things difficult for yourselves: it is a question of balancing what happens to be your surplus now against their present need, and one day they may have something to spare that will supply your own need. That is how we strike a balance: as scripture says: The man who gathered much had none too much, the man who gathered little did not go short.


Gospel Mark 5:21-43 ©

Little girl, I tell you to get up

When Jesus had crossed in the boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered round him and he stayed by the lakeside. Then one of the synagogue officials came up, Jairus by name, and seeing him, fell at his feet and pleaded with him earnestly, saying, ‘My little daughter is desperately sick. Do come and lay your hands on her to make her better and save her life.’ Jesus went with him and a large crowd followed him; they were pressing all round him.
  Now there was a woman who had suffered from a haemorrhage for twelve years; after long and painful treatment under various doctors, she spent all she had without being any the better for it, in fact, she was getting worse. She had heard about Jesus, and she came up behind him through the crowd and touched his cloak. ‘If I can touch even his clothes,’ she had told herself ‘I shall be well again.’ And the source of the bleeding dried up instantly, and she felt in herself that she was cured of her complaint. Immediately aware that power had gone out from him, Jesus turned round in the crowd and said, ‘Who touched my clothes?’ His disciples said to him, ‘You see how the crowd is pressing round you and yet you say, “Who touched me?”’ But he continued to look all round to see who had done it. Then the woman came forward, frightened and trembling because she knew what had happened to her, and she fell at his feet and told him the whole truth. ‘My daughter,’ he said ‘your faith has restored you to health; go in peace and be free from your complaint.’
  While he was still speaking some people arrived from the house of the synagogue official to say, ‘Your daughter is dead: why put the Master to any further trouble?’ But Jesus had overheard this remark of theirs and he said to the official, ‘Do not be afraid; only have faith.’ And he allowed no one to go with him except Peter and James and John the brother of James. So they came to the official’s house and Jesus noticed all the commotion, with people weeping and wailing unrestrainedly. He went in and said to them, ‘Why all this commotion and crying? The child is not dead, but asleep.’ But they laughed at him. So he turned them all out and, taking with him the child’s father and mother and his own companions, he went into the place where the child lay. And taking the child by the hand he said to her, ‘Talitha, kum!’ which means, ‘Little girl, I tell you to get up.’ The little girl got up at once and began to walk about, for she was twelve years old. At this they were overcome with astonishment, and he ordered them strictly not to let anyone know about it, and told them to give her something to eat.


Let’s pray that we, who so often have received so much, will work at being as generous as we can to those in need.    Lord, hear us

Let’s pray for peace throughout the world, especially in the Holy Land and the Middle East, that those whose lives are affected by violence, war or neglect may be given comfort and support.   Lord, hear us

Let’s pray for healing for those who are ill or anxious:
including, Frances Spiers, Frances Taite, Scott Henderson, Margaret Fleming,  Linda Strang, Denis McKay, Jim Kennedy, Sean Fitzgerald, Mary Clunie, Alec and Catherine Howie, Jack Rae, Catherine Mulrine, Yvonne Watt, Rae McVey, John Gibson, Becky Alexis-Martin, for Violetta and all those being treated in the local Hospice,
Lord, hear us

We pray for those who have died recently including including Alec Scullion, Maureen Corrigan, John McGowan, Alec Scullion, Rita Martin, Isabel Kerr, Desmond O’Brien, Anne Farrell, Ian McGuire, Kevin McCudden, Pat Galloway, and Alex McCann.

We pray also for those who are in mourning, and For those whose anniversary falls about now
including Charles Conroy, James Hargan, May Browne, Anna McNiffe, Stephen McCann, Margaret Buckley, Jean Buckley, Hugh Wallace, and Mary Coyle.
Lord, hear us