17th Ordinary Sunday: “Pick up the pieces left over, so that nothing gets wasted” (Jn 6:12)
FIRST WORLD DAY FOR GRANDPARENTS AND THE ELDERLY: 25th JULY 2021
“The Lord is aware of all that we have been through in this time. He is close to those who felt isolated and alone, feelings that became more acute during the pandemic. Tradition has it that Saint Joachim, the grandfather of Jesus, felt estranged from those around him because he had no children; his life, like that of his wife Anne, was considered useless. So the Lord sent an angel to console him. While he mused sadly outside the city gates, a messenger from the Lord appeared to him and said, “Joachim, Joachim! The Lord has heard your insistent prayer”. Giotto, in one of his celebrated frescoes, seems to set the scene at night, one of those many sleepless nights, filled with memories, worries and longings to which many of us have come to be accustomed.
Even at the darkest moments, as in these months of pandemic, the Lord continues to send angels to console our loneliness and to remind us: “I am with you always”. He says this to you, and he says it to me. That is the meaning of this Day, which I wanted to celebrate for the first time in this particular year, as a long period of isolation ends and social life slowly resumes. May every grandfather, every grandmother, every older person, especially those among us who are most alone, receive the visit of an angel!” (from Pope Francis’ Message for the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly)
PARISHES’ COVID MEASURES: UPDATE – Please read very carefully this statement from Fr. Peter, valid for both our parishes. You will also find it in the parish bulletin for 25th July 2021: https://www.rclargsandmillport.com/2021/07/22/parish-covid-measures-update/
WORLD DAY FOR THE ELDERLY AND FOR GRANDPARENTS: Pope Francis has instituted an annual day to celebrate and pray for the Elderly and Grandparents to be held on the 4th Sunday of July every year, which this year is Sunday 25th July. I will focus the Sunday Mass on this important theme, another expression of the Church’s pro-life outlook and message. Here is a link to the Vatican News article which explains this new celebration and also to the Pope’s first message for it. It is very much worth the read! https://www.rclargsandmillport.com/2021/07/01/world-day-for-the-elderly-and-grandparents-sunday-25th-july-2021/
Here is the link to all the resources for this World Day: http://www.laityfamilylife.va/content/laityfamilylife/en/amoris-laetitia/pastoral-resources-world-day-for-grandparents-and-the-elderly21.html
RESOURCES FOR THE YEAR DEDICATED TO “AMORIS LAETITIA”, THE DOCUMENT OF Pope Francis ON MARRIAGE AND THE FAMILY: http://www.laityfamilylife.va/content/laityfamilylife/en/amoris-laetitia.html
BOOKING FOR MASS AT SAINT MARY’S: For details on how to book, please click on this link: https://www.rclargsandmillport.com/2021/05/10/booking-mass-at-st-marys-largs/
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-Friday: 10am Mass.
MILLPORT (live-streamed): 12.15pm, Sunday.