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Bulletin - 28th February 2021

2nd Sunday Lent (B)

Due to the present Lock down there will not be any public Masses in
St. Columba’s or St. James’ in accordance with Government guidelines
Live Streaming of Mass
Vigil: 4.30pm & 11am
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 10am.
daily catholic Holy Mass live online church broadcast  is a link that lists masses celebrated throughout the world.
Fr. John and Fr. Vincent will be offering a series of 6 Reflections during Lent the first took place on Thursday 18th February. The remaining 5 reflection/talks will take place on the first 5 Tuesdays of Lent. They will presented at 7pm. Instructions on how to watch these talks will be posted on the website.
On the Fridays of Lent Fr. John will pray the Stations of the Cross at 7pm. This will be live streamed.
Peter Tierney, Denis Clancy, Denise Clancy, Angela (McGeown) Giles, Pat Semple, Stephen Morgan, Deacon Martin Doherty,  John Boyle, Frances Mackie, Wilma McManus, Carol McFarlane, Jean Murdoch, Anne Hughes, Leanna Biagi, Catherine Gallagher, Molly McGavigan, Breda Strain, Abbie Mullan, Brenda Shearer, Joan Kelly, Carol Ann Johnston, Francis Doherty, Jim Malley, Tom Bowles, Roger Roberts
Recently Decease:
John McGinnis, Erica Firth, Sharen Breslin, Richard Pach
Mary McDonnell, Moira O’Connor, William Toland, Maggie Oliver, Veronica Connor, Annie McNulty, Andrew Henry, Kevin Henry, Margaret Callaghan, Mary & Anthony McLaughlin, Patricia Higgins
Lenten Lectures:
Fr. Kenny Campbell is offering a series of Lenten Lectures on “Jesus of Nazareth".
I would highly recommend these lectures which take place each Monday of Lent at 7pm.
Please go to
Where God is with Us
“I can’t help it that in all things God gives witness to himself”
Presented by: Sr Anne-Marie Bos, O.Carm., : 7 March, 2021 at 4pm  for more details
St. Benedict’s School Cluster: Food, Toiletries and Cash: A great Way to give Alms in Lent
Saint Conval’s Parish Linwood is providing 100 meals to local families every fortnight through their Hall kitchen and generous volunteer caterers. They are now embarking on a Lenten Alms Project to provide dinners for local families. They have already collected enough to get them half way through Lent and hope your donations get them all the way. You can leave your parcels in the parish house porch or post donations through the doorway. 
Online Marriage Counselling available during Covid 19 Crisis
Our diocese has a Counselling Service for Catholics Married in the Catholic Church with our dedicated Catholic Marriage Counsellor.  If you are concerned about your relationship and feel you are both unable to reach a conclusion alone, it is likely that you will benefit from marriage counselling.  The counsellor is there to maintain a neutral, non-judgmental position. For information or advice please email in confidence
Dear friends, in recent weeks you may have heard something of the grave news from Tigray in northern Ethiopia. An armed conflict between the federal and regional governments has escalated into a shocking humanitarian crisis. We are hearing harrowing reports of tens of thousands of families displaced from their homes and that as many as 4.5 million people are without access to basic food, medical and sanitary supplies across the region! We have been working in Tigray for many years where our trusted partners the Daughters of Charity normally serve over 24,000 children Mary’s Meals. We are now working with the Daughters of Charity to respond to this crisis and provide support to children and families affected by this crisis. As people of faith we are asking you to partner with us by holding the people of Tigray and the emergency work we are doing there in your prayers. To find out more about this appeal please visit Thank you.
Beware Protect Scotland App Scams
If you are contacted by NHS (test and protect) it will be by phone on a single national telephone number 0800 030 8012.  Scammers are contacting the public advising them that they have been in near contact with someone who has tested positive with Coronavirus and must get a test and self- isolate.  They then ask for payments for various services.  If the call is not from the above number please ignore it.
"Lent is a time for believing, for welcoming God into our lives and allowing Him to ‘make his dwelling’ among us", the Pope writes in his Lenten message for 2021. “In our Lenten journey towards Easter, let us remember the One who ‘humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross’”.
These words from the Pope’s message not only refer to the memorial dimension of remembrance, but also invite us to live, even today, a favorable time to renew faith, hope and charity. All are called to grow "in the realization that, in Jesus Christ, we are witnesses of new times, in which God is ‘making all things new’".
Throughout his pontificate, Pope Francis has often described the meaning of the journey that leads to Easter. "During the Season of Lent", he said Sunday 21 February at the Angelus, "the Holy Spirit drives us too, like Jesus, into the desert. It is not…a physical place, but rather an existential dimension in which we can be silent and listen to the word of God”

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