“It is a lesson we all need – to let alone the things that do not concern us.” (Katharine Drexel)
SAINT OF THE WEEK: Saint Katharine Drexel (1858-1955). She was born in Philadelphia to a rich banking family. In 1891, at the age of 33, she founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, an order dedicated to mission work among Indians and black people. (A survey of the situation in the United States at this time described “250,000 Indians neglected, if not practically abandoned, and over nine million of negroes still struggling through the aftermath of slavery”). She spent her entire life and her entire fortune to this work, opening schools, founding a university, and funding many chapels, convents and monasteries. She died on 3 March 1955, by which time there were more than 500 Sisters teaching in 63 schools throughout the United States. (from Universalis)
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WORLD DAY OF PRAYER, FRIDAY 5th MARCH: Don’t forget this worldwide celebration of prayer organised by Christian women across the world: https://www.rclargsandmillport.com/2021/02/24/world-day-of-prayer-2021/
MR. EDDIE McCARTHY, RIP: I regret to announce the death of Mr. Eddie McCarthy of St. Mary’s parish in Largs. Eddie passed away in Inverclyde Hospital. Our deepest condolences go to his dear wife Margaret and all their family. We assure them of our prayers for Eddie’s eternal rest and for their own consolation and peace. Funeral arrangements are yet to be decided. – Fr. Peter
REVIEW OF LIFE VIDEOS: As announced at Mass recently, and also in the bulletin, I encourage everyone to make a “review of life” during this Lent. I will prepare four short videos, one each for four Tuesdays of Lent (23rd February & 2, 9 & 16 March), proposing four stages in which you might make that review. On Tuesday 23rd March, I will offer a Virtual Penance Service at 7pm, during which we can offer the fruits of our review to the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, praising and thanking him for all the good we have come to see more clearly and asking forgiveness and healing for the bad. The idea is that this little process will help ready us for a more fruitful and prayerful celebration of Easter.
SCIAF AND LENT: I propose that we dedicate the month of March to supporting SCIAF. Please return by 31st March your “wee boxes”, Gift Aid donations or any other donations you wish to give to SCIAF through the parish. If you wish to donate directly to SCIAF, please click on this link: https://www.sciaf.org.uk/donate
MESSAGE OF POPE FRANCIS FOR LENT 2021: “‘Behold we are going up to Jerusalem’ (Matthew 20:18). Lent: a time for renewing of Faith, Hope and Love.” http://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/messages/lent/documents/papa-francesco_20201111_messaggio-quaresima2021.html
ECUMENICAL PRAYER: recited at 7pm across Scotland by all Christian denominations. Prayer for this week: https://www.rclargsandmillport.com/2021/02/27/ecumenical-prayer-28-02-21/
RESOURCES FOR THE YEAR OF SAINT JOSEPH:
NOVENA to Our Lady during the Pandemic: https://www.rclargsandmillport.com/2020/09/19/novena-prayer-to-our-lady-during-the-pandemic/
OUTLINE OF THURSDAY AGAPE TIME (Thursdays from 6.30-8pm): https://www.rclargsandmillport.com/2021/01/16/thursday-agape-time-line/
Keep up to date with all news from the Vatican in English at: https://www.vaticannews.va/en.html
LARGS (live-streamed): Saturday Vigil, 6pm & Sunday 10am; Monday-Saturday: 10am Mass.
MILLPORT (not live-streamed): 12.15pm, Sunday (suspended until further notice).
- St. Mary’s Parish live-streaming via YouTube. Links are below: