Fri, September 18, 2020


St Roch's

 24th Sunday of the Year A

 12th / 13th September 2020


1st Reading:    Book of Ecclesiasticus 27:30-28:7
Response:                      The Lord is compassion and love,
                                          slow to anger and rich in mercy
2nd Reading:   St. Paul to Romans 14:7-9
Acclamation:                    Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
                              Speak, Lord, your servant is listening:
                                 you have the message of eternal life. 
St. Matthew 18:21-35
Peter went up to Jesus and said, ‘Lord, how often must I forgive my brother if he wrongs me? As often as seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘Not seven, I tell you, but seventy – seven times.
Feast Days:
Monday          14th Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Tuesday          15th Our Lady of Sorrows
Wednesday    16th St. Ninian
Jim McCourt, Iain Cameron Cony Doherty, Michael Johnstone Annie Dunbar,
Birthday remembrance
Eileen McCarran (80)


Masses and Prayers during the week:  
  • Monday: Mass at 10 am.
  • Tuesday: Mass at 10 am.
  • Wednesday: virtual Mass at 10 am
  • Thursday: Mass at 10 am.
  • Friday & Sat: virtual Mass at 10 am.
  • Saturday: Vigil Mass 5.30 pm.
  • Sunday: Mass 9 am and 11.45am.
Please note
  • All are encouraged to wear some form of face covering when coming to Mass.
  •  All to come into the church through the main doors and exit via the side doors.
  • All Masses are ticketed; tickets for the next Mass are available in the church to be picked up as you come for Mass.
St. Roch's web-page & facebook
Mass available via St. Andrew's Cathedral Live Webcam Stream:-
Mass Monday to Friday 1pm & 5:15PM.
St. Mungo's 
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday  12.15pm
Sunday 7pm.
Parish First Communions:
Will take place on Saturday 24th October and November 7th at 11 am.
There is no update yet on Confirmations.
First Minister’s Announcement
The First Minister’s announcement today about tightening some restrictions does not affect gathering for worship in church. We can still gather in accordance with the Guidance that is currently in force, with a maximum of 50 (or 20 for funerals and weddings), subject to social distancing limits.
The reduction of gatherings from eight-in-three-households to six-in-two does affect any gatherings we might have in presbyteries, halls, parishioner’s houses, restaurants/venues, etc. This includes things like parish councils, RCIA, etc. For most of the Archdiocese, however, the local restrictions are still in force which ban any gatherings at home.
Dance Classes
Organised dance classes for under 12s can take place in parish halls. Dance classes for over-12s can only take place if it is non-contact dancing (so some forms of dancing might be allowed, but Scottish country or ballroom dancing would be banned). These classes must follow the Sport Scotland gymnastics guidance, which can be found at this link: This Guidance is very detailed and classes must be sure that they can fulfil it and Risk Assessments to that effect must be produced. They require a minimum of 9 square meters per participant, so it may be that many halls are too small to have viable classes.
This only applies to Dance Classes – parish dances, discos, etc., are still forbidden.
Cases in a Parish 
What happens if someone has been at Mass recently and tests positive? Under the test and protect system if someone tests positive then they must remain in isolation for ten days from symptom onset, or longer if certain symptoms persist.
Following a positive test an individual will be put in touch with the local contact tracing team in order to identify ‘close contacts’. The Bishops’ Conference advisers suspect that attendance in one of our churches, with all of the measures we have in place, will not render other parishioners ‘close contacts’ but that will be a matter for the contact tracing team. The priest/deacon/EMHC who gave Communion to the person who tests positive might count as a close contact. It is very important that anyone who tests positive and has been in church recently should share that information with the contact tracing team.
If a priest has symptoms he must get tested and/or if he is asked to self-isolate, then he must do so, even though that may mean having to close the church (if the access is through the presbytery) and may mean having to rearrange funerals to neighbouring parishes, etc. Obviously these are very difficult steps to take, but they are necessary ones.
Best wishes,
Diocesan Coordinator
September Flourish
The new edition of Flourish is now out in digital format, with a striking question on the front cover.  “I was a stranger and you made me welcome … or did you?
This month’s paper focuses heavily on the upcoming Day of Refugees and Migrants called by the Holy Father and contains the Pope’s easy-to-read letter, inviting us all to do something to help those who find themselves far from home and in difficult circumstances. Also in the new edition: a seminarian’s story of life in the parish during lockdown; coverage of our newest Deacon’s ordination; John Allan on Papal reservations about Medjugorje; Fr Raphael on how new visa rules threaten bonds of faith and friendship, and ideas for meditation using the Pope’s favourite painting. Full edition available to read now at
The Approach of Winter
As winter approaches people have begun asking about heating in church. Normal radiators can be used, but blower systems must not be used whilst the church is occupied. It is permissible to turn blowers on to heat the church before people arrive, as long as they are turned off once the church is opened. During the winter it is not thought necessary to keep doors and windows open, but it is still important to ventilate the church, perhaps by opening them for a time after everyone leaves.
What we are doing is good
The Bishops’ experts recognised how well the Church is doing in making our buildings safe, compared to many other business premises, and that’s down to the hard work of parish priests, parish coordinators, and parish volunteers, so thank you again for that. Know that your efforts are appreciated by the Bishops and their expert advisers.
Food Bank:
Grateful thanks to all who continue to make donations to the food bank. It desperately needed at this time. Thanks also to those who give their time to distribute the food.
The Tablet is available online, to subscribe:-
O Mary, You shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.  We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick Who, at the foot of the Cross, were united with Jesus’ suffering, and persevered in your faith. Protectress of the Roman People,
you know our needs and we know that you will provide so that, as at Cana in Galilee,
joy and celebration may return after this time of trial.  Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the will of the Father and to do what Jesus tells us.  For He took upon Himself our suffering, and burdened Himself with our sorrows to bring us through the Cross to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.
We fly to your protection, O Holy Mother of God; Do not despise our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from every danger, O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.
We fly to your protection, O Holy Mother of God.  In the present tragic situation, when the whole world is prey to suffering and anxiety, we fly to You, Mother of God and our Mother, and seek refuge under Your protection.
Virgin Mary, turn Your merciful eyes towards us amid this coronavirus pandemic.  Comfort those who are distraught and mourn their loved ones who have died and, at times, are buried in a way that grieves them deeply.  Be close to those who are concerned for their loved ones who are sick and who, in order to prevent the spread of the disease, cannot be close to them.  Fill with hope those who are troubled by the uncertainty of the future and the consequences for the economy and employment.
Mother of God and our Mother, pray for us to God, the Father of mercies, that this great suffering may end and that hope and peace may dawn anew.  Plead with Your Divine Son, as You did at Cana, so that the families of the sick and the victims may be comforted, and their hearts be opened to confidence and trust.
Protect those doctors, nurses, health workers and volunteers who are on the frontline of this emergency, and are risking their lives to save others.  Support their heroic effort and grant them strength, generosity and continued health.
Be close to those who assist the sick night and day, and to priests who, in their pastoral concern and fidelity to the Gospel, are trying to help and support everyone.
Blessed Virgin, illumine the minds of men and women engaged in scientific research, that they may find effective solutions to overcome this virus.
Support national leaders, that with wisdom, solicitude and generosity they may come to the aid of those lacking the basic necessities of life and may devise social and economic solutions inspired by far-sightedness and solidarity.
Mary Most Holy, stir our consciences so that the enormous funds invested in developing and stockpiling arms will instead be spent on promoting effective research on how to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future.
Beloved Mother, help us realize that we are all members of one great family and to recognize the bond that unites us, so that, in a spirit of fraternity and solidarity, we can help to alleviate countless situations of poverty and need.  Make us strong in faith, persevering in service, constant in prayer.
Mary, Consolation of the Afflicted, embrace all Your children in distress and pray that God will stretch out His all-powerful hand and free us from this terrible pandemic, so that life can serenely resume its normal course.
To you, Who shine on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope, we entrust ourselves, O Clement, O Loving, O Sweet Virgin Mary.  Amen.
Also available on the Vatican website.
 Prayer to St. Roch
O God, who promised Saint Roch by an angel,
That all who have recourse to him should
Have nothing to fear from illness and disease.
Grant, we beseech you, that through his
Intercession, we may be delivered from all dangers of soul
And body. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen
(Cf. St. Roch’s Prayer book) To be prayed at all parish Masses
Our Father … Hail Mary… Glory be…
Prayer to St. Michael he Archangel
St. Michael Archangel defend us in the day of battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil; may God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen
Fr. Thaddeus Umaru Phone: 0141 552 2945
Parish house address: 311 Roystonhill G21 2HN
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The parish of St. Roch's is a parish of the Archdiocese of Glasgow,
A Designated Religious Charity, Number SC018140

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