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Start date: August 19, 2020

End date: September 30, 2020

See below information from the Cross and Passion Sisters in Drumalis regarding their online Zoom courses.

I am writing to you from Drumalis Retreat and Conference Centre, Larne, N Ireland, a ministry of the Sisters of the Cross and Passion.

We in Drumalis took the very difficult decision to extend the closure of the house until the Spring of 2021.  As a result, we have made the transition to Zoom  and are planning to deliver many of our courses through that medium.  We have been delighted that, once geography is no longer an issue, we have started to see people from further afield registering for short courses we have delivered over the summer, including some sisters from Nigeria.  

The reason I am writing to you is to ask if you would support the dissemination of information about the various  Zoom courses here through your Ad Clerems and/or through your Communications office.  We would hope in that way to reach both clergy and lay people alike.  

A number of courses will begin in September and October.

Is There Life after Covid?: The Search for Meaning and Values  This public theology course will be delivered over 8 evenings by Dr Johnston McMaster.  Johnston is a Methodist minister and is prominent in the field of public theology in Ireland and internationally.  He combines academic rigour and insight with down to earth practicality and has worked for many years in the area of community peace building in Ireland.  Last September in Versailles he gave the key-note address to the Conference of European Churches on the Paris Peace Treaty and Its Implications before returning to Drumalis to teach on one of our programmes!

The Gospel of John This will be delivered over 8 Saturday mornings, October to May, by Sr Pam Thimmes, a Poor Clare Sister and Professor Emerita in Biblical Studies in the University of Dayton, Ohio.  Like Johnston, Pam combines the academic and the practical in a way which makes her teaching non-threatening and accessible

Growth in Prayer and Reflective Living:  Ignatian Spirituality This will be delivered over 30 Monday evenings, September to June, by the Ignatian Spirituality team in Drumalis and is in collobaration with the Ignatian Spirituality Centre, Glasgow.  Below is a short promo-video about it.

Also please click on link for further information and booking form

Is there Life after Covid 19 (Course by Zoom)




Start date: July 17, 2020

End date: January 29, 2021

We will be livestreaming all our Masses in both churches. You can access this by following this link – .

Public Masses this week will be:

St Mary’s – Tuesday 10am, Saturday Vigil 4.30pm and Sunday 10am

St John’s – Wednesday 10am and Sunday 11.30am


Start date: July 9, 2020

End date: August 31, 2020

The Knights of St Columba, in conjunction with Middlesbrough Diocese, have set up Dial-a-Mass for those who do not have the internet.  For the cost of a local call someone can listen to the Mass which is recorded at 12midday on Sunday, and available on the phone till 11.59 the following Sunday.
To access the Mass phone 01642 130 120.


Start date: June 26, 2020

End date: July 31, 2020

Please click on link below to see statement from Bishop Nolan regarding the postponement of the 2021 Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes.

Lourdes 21 Postponement Statement



Start date: June 22, 2020

End date: December 31, 2020

To book a place at Mass in St Mary’s please phone the parish office 463461 between Monday-Friday 9.30am-2.30pm.  To book a place for Mass in St John’s please phone Teresa Thornton on 07564903401 between Monday-Friday 9.30am-2.30pm.  You will be asked for a contact number in order that Track and Trace can be achieved if necessary.  All Government requirements must be fulfilled with sanitising hands, wearing a face covering and sitting in a designated seat to enable social distancing.  Most of our Masses are being livestreamed and they can be accessed on both parish websites by clicking on the Livestream option. 


Start date: May 27, 2020

End date: May 31, 2021

Pope Francis announced the start of a Laudato Si Year from 24th May 2020 till 24th May 2021.  A special prayer has been written.

LAUDATO SI’ Special Anniversary Year Plans


Start date: April 23, 2020

End date: June 30, 2020

The Vatican has released a free online prayer book to help Catholics seeking divine assistance amid the coronavirus crisis. This is the link  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 EnglishItalianSpanish, 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.


Start date: April 3, 2020

End date: July 31, 2020

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.

Kind regards,

+William Nolan
Bishop of Galloway

The link for the diocese page is:

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. 

St Mary’s:

St John’s





Start date: March 27, 2020

End date: April 30, 2020

The Diocese is launching an initiative to help Foodbanks that are struggling at this time.  The Diocese will give £1000 and is also inviting others to donate by text giving.  (Text FOODAID to 70085 to donate £5).

Please click on link below for video which launches this initiative from Bishop Nolan.




Start date: March 20, 2020

End date: January 4, 2021

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First Reading: Exodus 22:2-26
The Lord said to Moses, ‘Tell the sons of Israel this: “You must not molest the stranger or oppress him, for you lived as strangers in the land of Egypt. You must not be harsh with the widow, or with the orphan; if you are harsh with them, they will surely cry out to me, and be sure I shall hear their cry; my anger will flare and I shall kill you with the sword, your own wives will be widows, your own children orphans. “If you lend money to any of my people, to any poor man among you, you must not play the usurer with him: you must not demand interest from him. “If you take another’s cloak as a pledge, you must give it back to him before sunset. It is all the covering he has; it is the cloak he wraps his body in; what else would he sleep in? If he cries to me, I will listen, for I am full of pity.” The Word of the Lord

R/ I love you, Lord, my strength.

I love you, Lord, my strength, my rock, my fortress, my saviour. My God is the rock where I take refuge; my shield, my mighty help, my stronghold. The Lord is worthy of all praise, when I call I am saved from my foes.

Long life to the Lord, my rock! Praised be the God who saves me, He has given great victories to his king and shown his love for his anointed. R/

Second Reading: I Thessalonians 1:5c-10
You observed the sort of life we lived when we were with you, which was for your instruction, and you were led to become imitators of us, and of the Lord; and it was with the joy of the Holy Spirit that you took to the gospel, in spite of the great opposition all round you. This has made you the great example to all believers in Macedonia and Achaia since it was from you that the word of the Lord started to spread—and not only throughout Macedonia and Achaia, for the news of your faith in God has spread everywhere. We do not need to tell other people about it: other people tell us how we started the work among you, how you broke with idolatry when you were converted to God and became servants of the real, living God; and how you are now waiting for Jesus, his Son, whom he raised from the dead, to come from heaven to save us from the retribution which is coming. The Word of the Lord

Gospel: Matthew 22:34-40
When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees they got together and, to disconcert him, one of them put a question, ‘Master, which is the greatest commandment of the law?’ Jesus said, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second resembles it: You must love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments hang the whole Law, and the Prophets also.’


The first reading from Exodus exhorts the people to be merciful to foreigners seeking refuge. How does your family or parish minister to immigrants or refugees?

Today’s psalm refrain is ‘I love you, Lord, my strength’. How has God given you strength in the life of discipleship?

In his first letter to the Thessalonians, St Paul writes, ‘You were led to become imitators of us and of the Lord’. What saint or person of faith do you hope to imitate?


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.