St Joseph’s

Cowdenbeath Road, Burntisland, KY3 0LJ   01592 872207

Parish Priest:  Fr James G. Tracey

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Fourth Sunday of Easter (Year B)


22nd April 2018



Services this week:



Saturday 21 April


5.00pm Vigil Mass


People of the Parish



Sunday 22 April


10.00am Mass


Gerard Cooney



Monday 23 April


No Mass or Service





Tuesday 24 April


7.00pm Mass


John Patrick Reid



Wednesday 25 April

(St Mark)


10.00am Mass


Special Intention



Thursday 26 April

9.30am Exposition

10.00am Mass


Bryan Slater



Friday 27 April


10.00am Mass


Canon Bernard MacDonald



Saturday 28 April


10.00am Mass

5.00pm Vigil Mass


Maureen Divers

People of the Parish



Sunday 29 April


10.00am Mass


Beati Fresle Fugmann


Confession: Tuesday 6.30pm and on request.


Thank you for your offerings last week: Offertory £385; Building Fund £180; Teas £70; Papers £10; SCIAF Wee Boxes £323.92. Attendance 160.  Money Counters this week – Team 1.


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


This is World Day of Prayer for Vocations. The second collection is for the Ecclesiastical Students’ Fund, which helps fund the training of priests.


National Novena for Vocations: If you would like to join in a Novena of readings, prayers and reflections commencing today, Good Shepherd Sunday, please take one of the small booklets which are available in the porch.


Bishop Robert Barron of Los Angeles, an acclaimed Catholic author, speaker and theologian, will be speaking at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh on Thursday 6th September on the topic of “Proclaiming Christ in our Culture.” Tickets cost £10 (concessions £6). The Archbishop is hoping for an enthusiastic response. If you would like a ticket, please add your name to the list in the porch.


Andrew Marshall’s Ordination will be celebrated in St Andrew’s Cathedral, Dundee, on Thursday 28th June at 7.00pm.  There will be a bus for those wishing to attend, leaving at 5.15pm. If you would like to travel on the bus, please put your name on the list in the porch.


Rosary on the Coast: Next Sunday 29th April, 3pm, praying for the renewal of the faith, a greater recognition of the sanctity of human life and for peace in the world. Please meet at the beach car park adjacent to the Beacon Leisure Centre at 2.45pm.


Today’s Liturgy: In Jesus’ time, being a shepherd was not a pleasant job. Sheep became easily lost and the shepherd’s job was to guide them back to safety. There were many dangers and the sheep were totally dependent on the shepherd. Shepherds would round up their sheep in the evening and guide them into their pen. But it had no gate so the shepherd would have to lie across the space in case the sheep were attacked in the night. The shepherds literally laid down their lives for their flock. John compares the sacrifice of the shepherd to the ‘hired hand’ who is not really committed to the flock. He does what he has to but flees at the first sign of trouble.

     This Good Shepherd Sunday, the gospel describes Jesus as the ‘genuine’ Shepherd who wants a personal relationship with each one of us and who would lay down his life for us. The gospel emphasises the importance of relationship as the shepherd knows his flock and cares for them. They ‘follow him’ and it is not a Facebook or Twitter type of following, rather it is a genuine relationship. Everyone matters to the Good Shepherd, regardless of their situations. We are told ‘I know my own and my own know me’. We are called today to follow Jesus in a more personal, more intimate way. Even when we stray off the path and get lost, it is then – especially – that the Good Shepherd comes looking for us.                                        (Reflection by Jane Mellett)



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