Is taking place on Pentecost Sunday from 9am to 9pm. The Diocese of Galloway has been asked to pray the rosary from 4pm till 5pm. This will be broadcast on Facebook and there is an invitation on the Diocesan Facebook page to anyone who wishes to submit a recording of themselves or their family saying a Hail Mary. Click on links below for more information.
Please click on link below for copy of the Pope’s message, plus a reflection on that message and intercessions prepared by SCMO.
The Church Leaders’ Forum of Scotland has invited all Churches in Scotland to participate in the annual prayer initiative “Thy Kingdom Come”, a global prayer movement that calls on Christians of all denominations to join together in prayer from Ascension to Pentecost. This initiative has been endorsed by His Holiness Pope Francis and will run from 21st to 31st May 2020. Details are available at the website below:
- International Information is available at:
- I understand that many of us continue to participate in Pope Francis’ Call to pray the Holy Rosary daily in response to COVID-19. The letter and prayers are available at:
Vatican News vaticannews.va provides the full text of Pope Francis’ Letter on the Month of May, addressed to all the faithful throughout the world. … Read and download/print at: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-04/letter-on-the-month-of-may-full-text.html
This month we celebrate the fifth anniversary of Laudato Si. To commemorate this anniversary Laudato Si Week runs from 16th to 24th May, with 24th May being a day of prayer. Resources can be found at laudatosiweek.org. A video of Pope Francis inviting us to take part is available on YouTube at https://youtu.be/DHlzOWp8ZQY
Please click on link for prayer http://www.rcayr.org.uk/2020/05/14/laudato-si-prayer-card/
There are Community Support Hubs across North Ayrshire. Their role is to respond to local immediate need arising from COVID-19 including food provision, collecting prescriptions when family/friends cannot do so and supporting people’s wellbeing. Their contact details are noted below.
There are groups of people who are subject to “shielding advice” and they will have received communication about this from the Scottish Government as well as a North Ayrshire leaflet. This outlines some of the specific provision available. People may have particular challenges arising from needing to stay at home and isolated from others for a significant period. They can contact North Ayrshire Council on 01294 310000.
A fantastic number of local people have come forward to volunteer. We are finding appropriate roles for them as we can. If you have opportunities that a volunteer could assist with please get in touch and we will try and match someone up.
We have received a donation of books from a local business, and these are a very welcome resource to help with people’s wellbeing. Arrangements for delivery to someone’s home can be made via contacting the local hub. While we do not want you to create any additional public interactions, if you are currently making deliveries to your members/wider community and would like some books to add to these please get in touch.
This page on our website is regularly updated with local information.
Please see the contact details for the hubs below:
Community Support Hub Arran
Community Support Hub Irvine – Fullarton
Community Support Hub Irvine – Vineburgh
For these areas please phone North Ayrshire Council on 01294 310000 and they will contact local help as required:
- Garnock Valley
- North Coast and Cumbraes
- Three Towns;
- Irvine – Redburn.
The Vatican has released a free online prayer book to help Catholics seeking divine assistance amid the coronavirus crisis. This is the link https://www.vaticannews.va/content/dam/lev/forti-nella-tribolazione/pdf/eng/strong-in-tribulation.-20042020.pdf. The 192-page book is available for download on the website of the Vatican’s publishing house, the Libreria Editrice Vaticana. The publication, which is in PDF format, is available in English, Italian, Spanish, and French. The book, which is called “Strong in the Face of Tribulation: The Church in Communion – a Sure Support in Time of Trial” has an image of the Archangel Michael on its cover.
Thank you to everyone who has been saving money in your SCIAF WEE BOX to help women in the DR Congo. You have been most generous. If you still have your WEE BOX at home please donate before 20th May to ensure it is matched by the UK government. You can donate over the phone on 0141 354 5555, via our website (www.sciaf.org.uk), or you can post your donation to FREEPOST SCIAF. If posting your donation, please include a small note with WEE BOX 2020 written on it so we know it’s for this year’s WEE BOX appeal.
Thank you and God bless.
GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION
The Regulation came into force on Friday 25th May 2018, and gives individuals greater rights and control over the use of their personal information. Your privacy is important to the Parish Communities of St. John’s and St. Mary’s. We use the personal data, provided by you for Pastoral support and the administration of weekly collections. The information is held securely and confidentially in electronic or paper format. We will not share this information with third parties without your prior consent. A fuller Privacy Notice is now available on the Diocesan website. www.gallowaydiocese.org.uk/privacy-policy-and-gdpr