Sun, September 27, 2020


St Roch's

 26th Sunday of the Year A

 26th / 27th September 2020


1st Reading:   Prophet Ezekiel 18:25-28
 Response:                         Remember your mercy, Lord
2nd Reading: St. Paul to Philippians 2:1-11
 Acclamation:                Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
                           If anyone loves me he will keep my word,
                   and my Father will love him and we shall come to him
                                          Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
St. Matthew: 21:28-32
'A man had two sons. He went and said to the first, 'My boy, you go and work in the vineyard today.' he answered, 'I will  not go',  but afterwards thought better of it and went. The man then went and said the same thing to the second who answered, 'Certainly, sir',  but did not go. Which of the two did the father's will ?'
Feast Days:
Monday          28th St. Wenceslaus
Tuesday          29th Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels
Wednesday    30th St. Jerome
Thursday        1st  St. Therese of the Child Jesus
Friday             2nd Guardian Angels
Sadie Hand, Jayne McGurn, Malcom Pettigrew, Jane Murray.
John Prentice, Bernard Murphy, John Strain.
Birthday remembrance
Sally Auld, Margaret McEntee.
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.
Parish Youth Ministry Training ONLINE!
Are you interested in finding out more about parish-based youth ministry?  You can do so from the comfort of your own home this Oct/Nov by joining RCAG Youth online for various training sessions that cover what a youth night looks like with younger youth and young adults and how to speak to and pray with young people.  There are four sessions but you are free to attend as many as you want.  For more information and to register, check out the PYM Training events on
RCAG Youth schedule 
In our Magazine:
As we near the end of the Season of Creation Marian Pallister, of Justice and Peace, Scotland,  renews the plea for the care of the earth and care of the poor.
From the Catholic Times Chris McDonnell gives a heartfelt reflection on The Psalms read by John Murphy; and from LIfe and Work John R Hume takes a look at Dunfermline Abbey Church with its links to Queen St Margaret, Malcolm Canmore, David 1st  and Robert the Bruce. 
Lunchtime / Teatime slot – 2 hours
12.00 / 18.00 Glasgow Churches Together: Neil Galbraith prays for the emergency services
12.15 / 18.15: An Edited Service from Glasgow Cathedral led by the Rev Mark Johnstone with Andrew Forbes, Malcolm Sim and the Cathedral Choir.
12.30  / 18.30 Chatterbox provides a sparkling half an hour of news and views from around the churches.
1.00 / 19.00: Bellahouston Mass (edited) with Pope Benedict
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.
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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