Due to a serious safeguarding concern being raised, the Archdiocese of Glasgow has removed Fr Neil McGarrity, Parish Priest of St Thomas Parish and administrator of St Bernadette’s Parish, from public ministry while inquiries are ongoing. The pastoral care of these parishes will be entrusted to another priest until the situation is resolved. The Archdiocese is cooperating fully with Police Scotland in their inquiries.
It is the clear policy of the Archdiocese that any concerns raised regarding children, young people and vulnerable adults will always be treated with the utmost care and concern. The Church has a mandatory policy of reporting to the statutory agencies and this procedure has been followed in this case.
Anyone concerned about any aspect of safeguarding issues should contact our Safeguarding Adviser, Caterina O’Connor by email caterina.o’email@example.com or by mobile 07539893396.
The Re-opening of St Thomas’s and St Bernadette’s
From this coming Sunday (The Feast of Sts Peter and Paul, 28 June) both parishes will re-open for private prayer and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at the following times:
St Thomas’s: Sundays 10am–12 noon
St Bernadette’s: Sundays 11am–1.00pm & Wednesdays 11am–1.00pm
St Thomas’s will also be open on Friday 3 July to mark the parish feast day of St Thomas the Apostle from 5.00-7.00pm
Following Archdiocesan guidelines everyone entering the church must have a face covering of some type (whether a mask or a scarf). Hand sanitiser will be made available on entering and exiting the church.
Hopefully in the coming weeks we will be able to open other days during the week but this is dependent on volunteers to help as ushers and cleaners. If you want to help, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
Mass Cards & Donation Envelopes
If you wish to have a Mass said for the repose of someone’s soul, for a month’s mind, Anniversary or Mass Bouquet you can pick up cards and intention envelopes on the front door of the Church house. Just fill in the Intention envelope with the relevant details and pop it through the door with your stipend. You can also find Gift Aid envelopes. If you’re not registered for Gift Aid in either parish and if you’re a tax payer you can still donate through Gift Aid by putting your donation in the envelope and filling out the relevant details. If you wish to register for Gift Aid in either parish, please email the Parish Secretary at email@example.com.
To help keep in touch with you during this time and to give us a more direct way to update you about church opening and service times as we move through the various phases of the lockdown being lifted I’d like to see everyone registered in both parishes. We are distributing a paper form to this end but if you wish to register online you can do so here:
Month of the Sacred Heart
A leaflet has been produced with the Litany of the Sacred Heart which will be distributed throughout both parishes over the next couple of days (if you haven’t received a copy please email and we’ll see you get one).
The month of the Sacred Heart gives us an opportunity to re?ect and support each other in prayer. I hope you are all well and safe. I am very well, thank the Good Lord and have still been offering Mass for you daily and remembering each of you in my daily ‘hour of adoration, rosary and novenas’. It has been a dif?cult time for everyone and like me I am sure you have encountered the madness, stupidity and even spite that seems to accompany this wretched virus. Consequently, I am inviting you to pray the Litany with me from the safety of your own homes, every Friday evening in June at 7.00pm. Hopefully, we will be able to open the Church soon for prayer, but until then it’s best to follow guidelines and keep people safe. If anyone would like prayer intentions or Masses, please feel free to telephone/email/mail them to me. In the meantime, please be assured of my love, care, and concern for you and know I am with you in prayer.
Both our parishes were due a visit from Mary’s Meals to make their annual appeal around this time. Given circumstances this of course isn’t possible. The founder of Mary’s Meals, Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow has made a special video message for all the parishes they are unable to personally visit at the moment. If you have a moment you can watch two short films Mary’s Meals have made about their work: Child 31 – The Story of Mary’s Meals (youtube) and Generation Hope (youtube). They’ve also made a children’s activity pack available, based on the story of Mary’s Meals. You can find it here (PDF).
Pope Francis at the Regina Caeli, last Sunday announced: ‘I have accepted the proposal of the Higher Committee for Human Fraternity that on this coming Thursday, 14th May, believers of all religions should unite spiritually for a day of prayer, fasting, and works of charity, to implore God to help humanity overcome the coronavirus pandemic.’
As a response to Pope Francis’ call for “works of charity” on Thursday, there will be a SCIAF Fund Raiser on Thursday, 14th May, at 7pm. Local Artiste David McKendrick will be “playing favourites” from across the decades. This concert will be live- streamed on the Parish Facebook Page of Holy Cross Croy and be accessible via the Website of Holy Cross, Croy. All proceeds to SCIAF.
An Easter Greeting from Archbishop Tartaglia
As I cannot this day enjoy the happiness of assisting at the holy Mysteries, O my God, I transport myself in spirit at the foot of Thine altar. I unite with the Church, which by the hands of the priest, offers Thee Thine adorable Son in the Holy Sacrifice.
I offer myself with Him, by Him, and in His Name.
I adore, I praise, and I thank Thee, imploring Thy mercy,
invoking Thine assistance, and presenting Thee the homage I owe Thee as my Creator, the love due to Thee as my Savior.
Apply to my soul, I beseech Thee, O merciful Jesus, Thine infinite merits; Apply them also to those for whom I particularly wish to pray.
I desire to communicate spiritually, that Thy Blood may purify, Thy Flesh strengthen, and Thy Spirit sanctify me.
May I never forget that Thou, my divine Redeemer, hast died for me; may I die to all that is not Thee, that hereafter I may live eternally with Thee.
If you have an iPad, iPhone or Android device the Magnificat app is currently available free of charge. It has readings and meditations for every day. Download here for Android, and here for iOS (iPhone and iPad).
Please join me in praying for a way through this pandemic, remembering the fragile, vulnerable and the sick. Structure, balance and routine will help us all along with daily exercise, but let’s not forget our spiritual need to connect with God and to be spiritually engaged with one another. This will be crucial in the days and weeks ahead.
Those of you who have already signed up to Gift Aid, feel free to bank your Gift Aid using online banking if you’re not able to drop your envelope off. If you wish to donate online, use the account details below. Alternatively. Bring your collection money or Gift Aid envelope and place in the baskets provided. I have also made available envelopes for your donations for those not currently signed up to Gift Aid. If you’re a taxpayer, please use one of these envelopes and fill in the details. The parish can claim some of the tax back in the same way as we do with those who’ve formally signed up to the scheme. If you want to donate regularly via Gift Aid please email firstname.lastname@example.org and the parish secretary can send you a form and fill you in on the details. We will need to sustain our financial support, or we may end up in a difficult place.
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Welcome to the home on the web of St Thomas’s, Riddrie and St Bernadette’s, Carntyne. In addition to our Mass Schedule and Weekly Bulletin you can read about St Thomas’s history and look at a selection of images of our parish life in the Gallery. See also our Reflections page.