St Joseph’s

Cowdenbeath Road, Burntisland, KY3 0LJ   01592 872207

Parish Priest:  Fr James G. Tracey

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Fourth Sunday of Lent (Year B)

11th March 2018



Services this week:


Saturday 10 March


5.00pm Vigil Mass


People of the Parish


Sunday 11 March


10.00am Mass


David McCann


Monday 12 March


No Mass




Tuesday 13 March


7.00pm Mass


Manus Forisky


Wednesday 14 March


10.00am Mass


Peter Devine


Thursday 15 March


9.30am Adoration

10.00am Mass





Friday 16 March


10.00am Mass

7.00pm Stations of the Cross


Colin McLaren


Saturday 17 March

(St Patrick)


10.00am Mass

5.00pm Vigil Mass


Mary Higney

People of the Parish


Sunday 18 March


10.00am Mass


Special Intention


Confessions: Tuesday 6.30pm and on request.


Thank you for your offerings last week: Offertory £245; Building Fund £115.  Attendance:  110. Money Counters this week – Team 3.


Teas/Coffee in the Church Hall after Thursday Mass and Sunday 10.00am Mass. All are welcome.


Special Collection today for Sunday for Papal & Episcopal Charities (including SCIAF). Please give with your usual generosity.


Stations of the Cross will be celebrated on the Fridays of Lent at 7.00pm.


SSVP St Patrick’s Night with light supper, Irish music, bingo and quiz. Friday 16th March, 7.30pm-11pm. BYOB. Tickets (£5) on sale after Mass.


Thank you once again to all who worked so hard last weekend to clear the snow from the car park. 


Burntisland Churches Together Palm Sunday Walk: The traditional Palm Sunday walk will take place in Sunday 25th March, We will begin this year at Kirkton Churchyard, where there will be a short service to celebrate the completion of extensive construction work. After the service we will continue with the walk from Kirkton to Salvation Army Hall to Parish Church to Erskine Church to St Serf’s Church to St Joseph’s, where there will be a short service in the Church. 


Penitential Celebration in preparation for Easter on Tuesday 20th March at 7pm.  There will be at least one other priest here for the Service.


Today’s Liturgy: Today, the ‘middle’ Sunday of Lent, is known as Laetare Sunday. The name comes from the opening words of the entrance antiphon of the Mass, ‘Laetare Jerusalem’ or ‘Rejoice, O Jerusalem’. We tend not to think of Lent as a time to rejoice, but a few small signs of joy are permitted at Mass today, such as the use of flowers on the altar and rose-coloured vestments for the priest instead of the Lenten purple. The shadow of the cross still looms large, but we look forward with hope to Easter, when light will conquer the darkness.

     We are offered an opportunity today to pause and reflect on our Lenten journey. Listen to the words of St Paul: ‘You are God’s work of art, created in Christ Jesus to live the good life as from the beginning he had meant us to live it.’ Many of our efforts during Lent are aimed at improving ourselves, being more generous with our time or resources, more patient, more attentive to the needs of others – living as true followers of Jesus. What changes do I need to make to be ‘God’s work of art’?

     And in John’s Gospel we hear: ‘The [person] who lives by the truth comes out into the light, so that it may be plainly seen that what he does is done in God.’ One question we might ask this Lent is: Am I living a truthful life? Am I honest in my dealings with others, trying always to choose what is right and just, or are there things I think or do in secret that are unkind or dishonest? How might I step out into the light this Lent? (Reflection by Triona Doherty)





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