The Infection Protocols and Liturgical Norms approved by the Scottish Government, and a Pastoral Ministry Route Map are published on the BCOS website.
Please click on link below
A beautiful new Mary’s Meals film featuring Gerard Butler is released this week.
Love Reaches Everywhere takes you on a heart-warming journey to Liberia and Haiti with the Hollywood star and our founder Magnus. Join them to witness the life-changing work you make possible. This 30-minute film will be released on our website on Thursday – you can watch the trailer now.
In these uncertain times, it is more important than ever that we keep our promise to the little ones who eat Mary’s Meals. Love Reaches Everywhere (filmed before the Covid-19 pandemic) shows exactly the difference our nutritious meals make to hungry
The latest edition of the Galloway Diocese News has now been published. Because we cannot distribute it to parishioners it is a digital version only and is available to read or download by clicking link below.
Features include the photographs of the Confirmations in February, help from Father Martin on praying alone, a collection of Pope Francis’ thoughts and Bishop Nolan looking forward to a new normal – and you can watch and listen to Bishop Nolan and Father Willian through a video link. In addition, this edition is illustrated throughout with some of the lovely drawings sent by primary children to the Cathedral and other churches. We hope you enjoy this special edition.
Pope Francis announced the start of a Laudato Si Year from 24th May 2020 till 24th May 2021. A special prayer has been written.
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.
The diocese have published Emergency Norms (here) for those who are critically ill or dying during the Covid-19 Pandemic. These norms include what members of the faithful should do in the case of Anointing of the Sick or The Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Has set up an emergency fund to help those affected by the coronavirus throughout the world. Please use the link below from Missio promoting the fund.
Don’t worry if you are not able to support your parish financially at this time. Maybe you are having to get by on a reduced income, maybe you are anxious about losing your job. Many people are. In these difficult circumstances you should not feel obliged to give what you do not have.
The diocese, though, has set up a facility online for those who are able to give and who are not already contributing by standing order.
Use the link below, or scan the QR code, to access the page on the diocesan website where you can contribute to your parish by credit/debit card. You can also gift aid your donation.
The most important thing at the moment is not for us to give in the collection but to pray for one another, particularly for all those who are suffering and whose lives have been badly affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
May we support each other by our prayers.
Bishop of Galloway
The link for the diocese page is: http://www.gallowaydiocese.org.uk/parish-collections
Our specific links for St Mary’s and John’s can be found by clicking on either rcsaltcoats or rcstevenston link and follow below the instructions.
You can also use the QR codes In the same way as web links.
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