“That night I asked the Mother of God what was to become of me. Then she came to me holding two crowns, one white, the other red. She asked me if I was willing to accept either of these crowns. The white one meant that I should persevere in purity and the red that I should become a martyr. I said that I would accept them both” (St. Maximilian Kolbe).
FEAST OF THE WEEK, ST. MAXIMILIAN KOLBE (1894-1941) – On Friday 14th August, the Church commemorates Maximilian Kolbe, venerated as Saint Maximilian Kolbe, who was a Polish Catholic priest and Conventual Franciscan friar who volunteered to die in place of a stranger in the German death camp of Auschwitz, located in German-occupied Poland during World War II. He had been active in promoting the veneration of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, founding and supervising the monastery of Niepokalanów near Warsaw, operating an amateur-radio station, and founding or running several other organizations and publications.
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APPEAL: BEIRUT EXPLOSION: I invite everyone to respond as generously as possible to the appeal I would like to make to help the poor folk of Beirut who have been devastated by the massive explosion that took place there a few days ago. My proposal would be to keep the appeal going for three weeks (9th, 16th & 23rd August) since that would allow different people who come to Mass across that period to make their contributions. Sanitised Gift Aid envelopes will be made available for those who wish. Please just ask a steward if you want one. You will need to bring your own pen to fill out your details on the envelope once you are seated in your assigned place. Your ordinary collection contributions should be made as you enter the church; the Beirut collection will be an exit collection. If anyone prefers to make a contribution via the bank, please phone the parish secretary, on 01475 740019, ext. 7. I suggest you ask the bank just to name your contribution “Beirut.” Contributions can also be popped into an envelope and put through the letterbox of the parish house. I will join the amounts received from both parishes into one lump sum.
PLEASE NOTE ALL MASS ATTENDERS FOR SAINT MARY’S IN LARGS:
- WHEN TO BOOK. Bookings for Mass on Saturday-Sunday will be accepted only at the times stipulated: i.e. beginning on the prior Wednesday to Friday from 11am-1pm and from 6-7pm. Any attempts to book before the Wednesday will not be taken into account. This is to ensure that everyone has an equal chance to make a booking. Leave a message with your name and number if the phone is engaged when you call. This will ensure your place in the queue.
- HOW TO BOOK: Bookings must be made by telephoning this phone number: 07398 109094. Emails and text messages will not be accepted.
- ATTENDANCE: You must attend only the Mass for which you have booked. You cannot swap with someone else unless you have first asked via the telephone number just mentioned. Nor can you decide on your own to go to a different Mass. The reason for this strict policy is to ensure that we have an accurate list of who attends what Mass for the purposes of test and trace.
- WHERE YOU LIVE. Priority will be given to those who are parishioners in the canonical sense of the term, i.e. those whose homes are within the territory of the parish (Largs, Fairlie & Skelmorlie). If any places are left, they will be assigned to non-parishioners on a first come, first served basis.
- FAIR SPREAD: If you are a parishioner and you are too late to receive a place at Mass on a given weekend, your name will be given priority for the subsequent weekend. This priority is not afforded to non-parishioners.
- ENTRANCE to the church will be from 20 minutes before Mass begins. Everyone should be seated by 5 minutes before Mass begins. Please remember that you cannot be admitted to the church if you have not booked a place as described above and if you do not have a face-mask.
- NO ADMISSION will be given to the church after Mass begins: that is 6pm for the Sunday Vigil Mass and 10am for the Sunday Morning Mass.
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LARGS (live-streamed): Saturday Vigil, 6pm & Sunday 10am; Monday-Saturday: 10am Mass.
MILLPORT (not live-streamed): 12.15pm, Sunday.
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