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Mass
Sunday: (Saturday) Vigil Mass at 6.00. Confessions 5.30 or on request
Sunday morning at 10.30

Teas after Mass suspended for the moment but watch this space.
Plants – we plan a plant sale quite soon so if you have plants to offer or unused plant pots to hand in please bring them soon.

Confirmations:  meeting of parents on Monday evening in the church – suitably distancing.

Pastoral Letter from the Bishops of Scotland on the Sixth Anniversary of Laudato Si’ Pentecost 2021

God saw all that he had made and indeed it was very good.[1]

God’s creation is a great gift to all humanity, and humanity itself is an integral part of that creation. We are blessed by having the earth for our common home. It is a place of great beauty, teeming with life of all kinds, a world full of wonderful resources which enable us not only to live but to enhance our way of life. In nature, God’s glory is revealed for all to see.[2] St Francis of Assisi was prominent among the saints in giving praise to God for the wonder of creation.[3]

We have been entrusted by God with the care of the earth,[4] but sadly we have not just used the earth we have abused it. We are destroying the seas, polluting the atmosphere and consuming the abundant but limited resources of this world while neglecting the needs of our poor brothers and sisters and showing no concern for tomorrow.

The earth, our common home, is given to all of humanity and its resources are not just for us to use now but to be preserved and passed on to future generations.[5]

As Christians we thank God for gift of creation, but, because we have taken that gift for granted, when we look at creation as it is now we are conscious of the failings of humanity; we are conscious of the need for what the gospel calls “metanoia”,[6] not just sorrow for the abuse of creation, not just a change of heart, but a change of life and how we live our lives.[7]

A very solid scientific consensus[8] tells us that human activity has brought the earth to a crisis point and that action is needed that is both urgent and deep rooted, particularly due to CO2 emissions. Governments have a responsibility to work together, and with haste, to reduce emissions to a safe level. Governments also need to be concerned about adopting an economic model that no longer embraces consumption and waste, nor neglects the welfare of poorer nations.

But this is not just an issue that we can leave to government to deal with. The COVID pandemic required us to undergo a complete change in our way of life in order to defeat the virus. Likewise a radical and sustained change in our lifestyle is required if the abuse of our planet is to stop and the damage be reversed.

The environmental crisis raises questions about how we live, how we work, how we holiday, how we travel, how the goods we purchase are manufactured and transported to us.

This is an issue of both environmental and social justice.[9] It is not only that we must stop polluting the atmosphere, we need to 

recognise the right of all humanity to the world’s resources.[10] The Christian message, that we are all part of one human family and that we share a common home, means that our earth’s resources must be shared and used for the benefit of all and are not to be claimed as the exclusive property of any people or nation in whose territory these resources happen to be located.[11]

Not just as individuals but also as a Church we must discern what changes we have to make to the way of life we have taken for granted but which we now recognise to be unsustainable.

The dioceses of Scotland are in the process of divesting from fossil fuel investments. The Bishops’ Conference is aiming for carbon neutrality for its agencies, as are the dioceses in as sustainable and timely a way as possible.

We applaud the Catholic schools who have signed up to be Laudato Si’ Schools and we encourage our parishes to join the Eco-Congregation initiative and to examine what practical measures can be undertaken at a local level.

All these efforts are a start, but much more is required if we are to undo the harm caused by generations of neglect and abuse. Scientists tell us that time is limited. All of us must, therefore, work with a sense of urgency to discern what needs to be done and to make the changes required.

God has honoured us by giving humanity the task of being a co-operator in the work of creation.[12] In recent years we have seen in our brothers and sisters throughout the world a growing determination to change the destructive practices of the past. This gives us hope. Like the Creator we look at what God has created and see that it is very good. A sense of gratitude compels us to ensure that human activity enhances and builds up that creation.

That same gratitude prompts us to pray:

We praise you, Lord our God, for the gift of life.
We praise you, for the beauty and diversity of created things.
We praise you, for the rich resources of the earth and seas.
We praise you, for entrusting to humanity the care of our common home.
We praise you, for the opportunity to change our wasteful ways.
We praise you, for your boundless compassion and forgiveness.
We praise you, Lord our God, by our actions, in responding
to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.
We praise you, Lord our God, Father, Son, and Spirit. Amen

 

Mass:

Veni, veni, Sancte Spiritus
Veni Veni ND

Readings

First reading Acts 2:1-1

They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak

When Pentecost day came round, they had all met in one room, when suddenly they heard what sounded like a powerful wind from heaven, the noise of which filled the entire house in which they were sitting; and something appeared to them that seemed like tongues of fire; these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak foreign languages as the Spirit gave them the gift of speech.
  Now there were devout men living in Jerusalem from every nation under heaven, and at this sound they all assembled, each one bewildered to hear these men speaking his own language. They were amazed and astonished. ‘Surely’ they said ‘all these men speaking are Galileans? How does it happen that each of us hears them in his own native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; people from Mesopotamia, Judaea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya round Cyrene; as well as visitors from Rome – Jews and proselytes alike – Cretans and Arabs; we hear them preaching in our own language about the marvels of God.’

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 103(104):1,24,29-31,3

Send forth your spirit Lord! Send your Spirit, renew the earth,
Send forth your Spirit Lord, renew the face of the earth.      

Bless the Lord, my soul!   Lord God, how great you are! How many are your works, O Lord,
The earth is full,  the earth is full, the earth is full of your riches.
Send forth your spirit Lord! Send your Spirit, renew the earth,
Send forth your Spirit Lord, renew the face of the earth.

You take back your spirit, they die,  return to the dust whence they came.,
You send your spirit, create them all, and so you renew,
and so you renew,  renew the face of the earth.
Send forth your spirit Lord! Send your Spirit, renew the earth,
Send forth your Spirit Lord, renew the face of the earth.


Second reading
Galatians 5:16-2

If you are led by the Spirit, no law can touch you

If you are guided by the Spirit you will be in no danger of yielding to self-indulgence, since self-indulgence is the opposite of the Spirit, the Spirit is totally against such a thing, and it is precisely because the two are so opposed that you do not always carry out your good intentions. If you are led by the Spirit, no law can touch you. When self-indulgence is at work the results are obvious: fornication, gross indecency and sexual irresponsibility; idolatry and sorcery; feuds and wrangling, jealousy, bad temper and quarrels; disagreements, factions, envy; drunkenness, orgies and similar things. I warn you now, as I warned you before: those who behave like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. What the Spirit brings is very different: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness and self-control. There can be no law against things like that, of course. You cannot belong to Christ Jesus unless you crucify all self-indulgent passions and desires.   Since the Spirit is our life, let us be directed by the Spirit.

 


Gospel
John 15:26-27,16:12-1

The Spirit of truth will lead you to the complete truth

Jesus said to his disciples:
‘When the Advocate comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father,
the Spirit of truth who issues from the Father, he will be my witness.
And you too will be witnesses,because you have been with me from the outset.
‘I still have many things to say to you but they would be too much for you now.
But when the Spirit of truth comes he will lead you to the complete truth,
since he will not be speaking as from himself but will say only what he has learnt;
and he will tell you of the things to come.
He will glorify me, since all he tells you will be taken from what is mine.
Everything the Father has is mine; that is why I said:
All he tells you will be taken from what is mine.’
Intercessions
For Pope Francis, the Church and all men and women of good will – that the gift of Spirit may so renew us that we may all be able to live with the dignity of the children of God.
Lord, hear us.
For the unity of all of God’s people: that the divisions between Christians may cease and the walls that divide believers may fall, so that the presence and goodness of God in this world may be seen more clearly.        Lord, hear us.

We pray for healing and peace throughout the world especially in Israel, Gaza, Afghanistan and the Yemen, and  that the nations may create and support an effective means of co-operating and supporting each other..     Lord, hear us.We pray also for the sick and the housebound within our families and community,  including Denis McKay,  Sean Fitzgerald, Jack Rae, Catherine Mulrine,  Yvonne Watt, Becky Alexis-Martin, and John Gibson, for those being treated in the local Hospice, and for all who support them.  We pray for those who serve the country in our public services. Lord, hear us

For those who have died recently including Kevin McCudden, Pat Galloway, Scott Charlton, Andrine Mansie, and Isabel Kerr; and for those who mourn.   For those whose anniversary falls about now Eddie and Margaret Murtagh, Patrick Gara, Rosemary Jamieson, May Browne, Anna McNiffe, Stephen McCann, Margaret Buckley, Jean Buckley, and Mary Coyle.   Lord, hear us