St Joseph’s

Cowdenbeath Road, Burntisland, KY3 0LJ   01592 872207

Parish Priest:  Fr James G. Tracey

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9th September 2018  -  23rd Sunday of the Year  (Year B)       



Services this week:



Saturday 8 September


5.00pm Vigil Mass


People of the Parish



Sunday 9 September


10.00am Mass


Peter Holt



Monday 10 September


No Mass or Service





Tuesday 11 September


7.00pm Mass

De Luca & Tartaglia Families



Wednesday 12 September


10.00am Mass


Special Intention



Thursday 13 September

(St John Chrysostom)


9.30am Exposition

10.00am Mass  



Jean & David McCann



Friday 14 September

(Exaltation of the Holy Cross)


10.00am Mass


Bill Strawn



Saturday 15 September

(Our Lady of Sorrows)


10.00am Mass

5.00pm Vigil Mass


Special Intention

People of the Parish



Sunday 16 September


10.00am Mass




Confession: Tuesday 6.30pm and on request.


Thank you for your offerings last week: Offertory £319; Spiritans (Holy Ghost Fathers) £730; Teas £80; Papers £15.  Attendance 162.  Money Counters this week: Team 2.


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


The Spiritans (Holy Ghost Fathers): Many thanks for your generosity last week – the collection raised £730.


Next Sunday the second collection will be for the Archdiocesan Aged and Infirm Clergy Fund, which provides a modest pension for our 25 retired priests. There is a letter from the Archbishop today, outlining the very serious situation the Archdiocese is facing, with the annual collection now covering less than half the total sum required each year. Please give generously, Gift Aid your offering if you are able (special envelopes available today), and consider setting up a Standing Order. Legacies in wills might also be considered. Thank you.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             


An evening of entertainment with Gary Copeland: Saturday 22nd September 7pm-11pm in the Church Hall. £8 incl. chip butty. BYOB.


SSVP Pilgrimage to Carfin: Saturday 29th September. Bus departs St Joseph’s car park at 11.00am. Please put your name on the list in the porch.


Season of Creation runs until 4th October, the feast of St Francis of Assisi. This is an ecumenical season dedicated to prayer for the protection of Creation and the promotion of sustainable lifestyles. (You can find out more at


Today’s Gospel: In today’s gospel Jesus heals a man who was deaf and who had a speech impediment, unable to hear or speak God’s word of truth. Jesus says ephphatha, which means ‘be opened!’ Immediately this man was healed.

During this Season of Creation we are all urged to listen to the cry of the earth. Scientists are now telling us that unless drastic action is taken we will lose the battle against the environmental destruction which this world is faced with. The worldwide heatwave and drought which we experienced this summer is one example of how our planet is under pressure. Yet change is possible. All it takes is one good person to restore hope. As followers of Christ we have a duty to lead the way in caring for God’s beautiful creation. What prevents us from hearing these messages? We can be cynical and say that the issue is too big, that it is up to governments to sort out. Ephphatha! We start where we are and do what we can. This week can you encourage your family to make small changes in the home such as ensuring all waste is correctly recycled, composting, encouraging one another to use public transport or walk/cycle when possible? A very simple action is to reduce the use of plastic by buying a reusable water bottle or coffee cup which removes so much waste from landfills and sends a powerful message. We begin with the small actions and encourage others to do the same. Ephphatha! Let us all be open to this call to care for our common home.    (Jane Mellett)


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