“Three things are necessary for the salvation of man: to know what he ought to believe; to know what he ought to desire; and to know what he ought to do.” (St. Thomas Aquinas)
SAINT OF THE WEEK: Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274). He was born of a noble family in southern Italy, and was educated by the Benedictines. In the normal course of events he would have joined that order and taken up a position suitable to his rank; but he decided to become a Dominican instead. His family were so scandalised by this disreputable plan that they kidnapped him and kept him prisoner for over a year; but he was more obstinate than they were, and he had his way at last. He studied in Paris and in Cologne under the great philosopher St Albert the Great. It was a time of great philosophical ferment. The writings of Aristotle, the greatest philosopher of the ancient world, had been newly rediscovered, and were becoming available to people in the West for the first time in a thousand years. Many feared that Aristotelianism was flatly contradictory to Christianity, and the teaching of Aristotle was banned in many universities at this time – the fact that Aristotle’s works were coming to the West from mostly Muslim sources did nothing to help matters. Into this chaos Thomas brought simple, straightforward sense. Truth cannot contradict truth: if Aristotle (the great, infallible pagan philosopher) appears to contradict Christianity (which we know by faith to be true), then either Aristotle is wrong or the contradiction is in fact illusory. And so Thomas studied, and taught, and argued, and eventually the simple, common-sense philosophy that he worked out brought an end to the controversy. Out of his work came many writings on philosophy and theology, including the Summa Theologiae, a standard textbook for many centuries and still an irreplaceable resource today. Out of his depth of learning came, also, the dazzling poetry of the liturgy for Corpus Christi. And out of his sanctity came the day when, celebrating Mass, he had a vision that, he said, made all his writings seem like so much straw; and he wrote no more. (from Universalis)
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ECUMENICAL PRAYER: recited at 7pm across Scotland by all Christian denominations. Prayer for this week: https://www.rclargsandmillport.com/2021/01/24/ecumenical-prayer-24-01-21/
MISS ELIZABETH MACKIE, RIP: I am sorry to announce the death of Miss Elizabeth Mackie of Spalding Avenue, one of our oldest and staunchest Largs parishioners, who passed away peacefully at home this past Tuesday, 19th January, at the young age of 104. May the good Lord reward her for her faithful life of commitment to Him and His Church. I am sure the angels will be singing at her arrival. Her funeral is being arranged privately by her relatives. – Fr. Peter
MR. MALCOLM HEATON, RIP: I regret to announce the death of Malcolm Heaton, beloved husband of Nancy Heaton of St. Mary’s parish, who passed away peacefully yesterday, 21st January. We extend our sincerest sympathies and condolences to Nancy and her sons, and assure them of our prayers for Malcolm’s eternal rest and for the family’s consolation and peace. Mr. Heaton will be buried from St. Columba’s Episcopal Church. – Fr. Peter
CUMBRAE AND LARGS CHURCHES TOGETHER: Virtual Service of Prayer to mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Here is the link to the prayer service:
MRS. LOREDANA FONTANA, RIP: I regret to announce the death of Mrs. Fontana, of St. Mary’s Parish in Largs, who passed away peacefully this past Monday, 18th January 2021, aged 85. On behalf of the whole parish, I offer our sincerest condolences to her sons, Alessandro and Riccardo, and assure them of our prayers for the eternal repose of their dear mother. The funeral service will take place on Wednesday 27th January at the Clyde and Garnock Valley Crematorium. – Fr. Peter
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: