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Last updated: 18th May 2020

The church is closed during this period of the Coronavirus. I realise there is a shutdown from the Government to “Stay at Home”, which is so important to observe. However, if you are out for your exercise, shopping or medicines please take the time to say the rosary or find a few prayers to thank God was what is around us in nature. Please pray for our medical staff – but also the staff in our shops, chemists, the council workers bin and postal people, as well as the many volunteers, home helpers reaching out to our elderly & housebound and all our front line services who keep our country going.
Fr Stephen

Dial a Mass
We are trialling a Dial-a-Mass here at St Joseph’s.
The Number to call to hear Fr Stephen’s Mass is
0141 473 4869
Please share this number with friends and neighbours who haven’t got internet access

Live-streamed Mass
Please check our facebook and twitter for the latest links.
Times of Holy Week and Sacred Triduum Masses/services from Rome.

Help & Support
If anyone is isolating or you know of anyone vulnerable needing support please contact Helen Dougall 07926-527550 who is co-ordinating volunteers to bring shopping/ medicines in Eaglesham & Waterfoot or Eleanor in Giffnock eleanortaylormaxwell@gmail.com

Confessions
Please phone Fr Stephen who is available to hear confessions if requested on a one to one in the house. 0141 644 2640

Sick Visits
If you are sick or housebound and require a visit from Fr Stephen, please contact him at the chapel house and leave your contact details. 0141 644 2640

Collections & Standing Orders
Some parishioners have inquired if they could set up Standing Orders for the Parish or the Diocese in the light of the loss of our public Sunday Masses and Collections. We are aware that this is an anxious time for all our people, who are concerned for themselves, the well-being of their loved ones and the security of their families’ livelihoods. These forms are for those who are able in the circumstances.
https://www.rcdop.org.uk/gift-aid-and-standing-order-forms
Blessings Father Stephen

Prayers
Angel of God, our guardian dear, to whom God’s love commits us here, ever this day, be at our side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen

A statement from the Catholic Bishops of Scotland
“The outbreak of Covid 19 virus in Scotland demands from all of us a response which recognises the serious threat to all people, especially the elderly and those with underlying illnesses, and our duty of care to them. Having given due consideration to the words of the First Minister last evening, we, the Bishops of Scotland, agree that our churches should be closed during this period of national emergency for the common good. There will be no celebrations of baptism or marriage but we will continue to offer prayers for those who have died and for their families who mourn their passing. The Church is not only a building but the people of God at prayer wherever they may find themselves. We encourage all Catholics and all people of faith to pray unceasingly in their homes for our nation at this time in particular for our political leaders, our health care professionals and all those suffering from the virus. May this lived Lenten experience lead us to new life and healing at Easter.”