Parish Priest: Fr Jeremy Bath

Welcome to the St Machan’s Parish Homepage!

Our Parish is formed of three local church communities: St Dominic’s Torrance, St Machan’s Lennoxtown and St Paul’s Milton of Campsie.

Parish News and Upcoming events

Please pray for our parishoners who are sick/housebound: Mary Ann Dougan, May Fitch, Gillian Kennedy, Jean MacKenzie, Mary McCormack, May McIlroy, Fr Jim Myers, John Turner, Margaret Cameron, Eleanor Gallagher, May Love, Helen McDiarmid, Connor Meechan, Margaret Cassidy, Beth Hughes, Mary McCormack, George Ferrie, Robert Devlin, May McIvor, Isabel Melley, George Smith, Rosemary Devine, Alison McMillan, Celia Sands, Jim Crawford, Irene MacFarlane, Mary Paterson.

Vestry Hour This Coming Fortnight For all general personal enquiries, Tues 16th July, 5pm at St Machan’s Parish House.

Last Sunday Collections: Thank you for your generous stewardship of the parish finances, without which we would not function. £1,399.22.

Saints Days This Week – Thurs 11th July St Benedict – Patron Saint of Europe 5th century founder of the Benedictines. Experienced acute jealousy as a hermit. Wrote his ‘Rule’ at Monte Cassino. He created a model of monastic life that has been copied for centuries. His monasteries became centres of learning, hospitality, agriculture and medicine. He was not a priest and retained his humility

Theme “Welcome”

Not everyone is made to feel welcome in their hometown, or even in their own street… Nowadays we live in potentially a more security conscious culture, where doors are locked, cameras monitor who is there and anyone seen as a stranger is potentially a security risk. However, in the Gospel today, Jesus is no stranger to his hometown of Nazareth, and yet, he is not accepted in his appearance as the Son of God with his apostles.  This experience is a sign of things to come; that wherever the Gospel is proclaimed there will be those who do not accept the ‘good news’; those who are not enlightened in the Holy Spirit. More so, that the ungodly powers and dominions of this world will do anything they can to persuade the crowd not to accept Jesus warmly into their lives. If there is one person to truly welcome into our lives it is Jesus, Son of the Living God.

Reflection ‘’St Paul’s Recognition of Jesus as the Messiah” by Tom Wright

“In my mind’s eye I see Paul, perhaps also surrounded by friends, awaiting the executioner. He too will be praying, and it might well be the prayer of loyalty and love, of Jewish-style loyalty, of Messiah-shaped loyalty, the (One God) of the inaugurated kingdom: for us there is One God (the father, from whom we are all things, and we to him): and One Lord (Jesus the Messiah through whom are all things and we through him) … and you shall love him… This is what made him who he was. This is the reality that burst upon him on the road to Damascus. A new kind of love. He prays the prayer over and over. He prays with it the rhythm of his breathing. His life’s work has been to bear witness, openly and unhindered, to the Kingdom of God and the Lordship of Jesus, and that is what he now does in prayer as the executioner draws his sword… Loving this one God with his heart, mind and strength.”

Shared Parish News

Our Catholic History In Scotland This is the Sunday when a special Mass takes place in the Braes of Glenlivet, up near Dufftown, to remember the Seminary at Scalan where over 90 students were formed for the priesthood from 1760 to 1795c. The Duke of Gordon gave the Church sanctuary and despite repeated efforts by the Hanoverians to destroy the seminary it managed to persevere until Parliament granted religious toleration at the end of the 18th Century.

Forty Hours Adoration With increased tension in the world, it is more important than ever that we pray before Our Blessed Lord for a ceasefire and peace. St Dominic’s Fri 5th July 1-4pm, Sat 6th July 11am – 3pm, Sunday 7th July 10am – 3pm. Please come to absorb the quiet contemplation even for just one hour of your life.

St Dominic’s Is Sweet After a swarming of bees on Tuesday past we have discovered there is a beehive in the cavity of the south facing gable wall. We have been advised to let it run its course till the autumn. A feast of honey has been made by these busy bees.

Blessing of St Dominic’s New South West Window On Sun 21st July at the 9am Mass we will dedicate the new window in memory of Fr Daniel Boyd, a parish priest of St Dominic’s for many years. His zeal for the church and joy at being based in Torrance as their first parish priest is worth marking in this way. God rest his soul.

Forthcoming Funerals

Isobel Forrest Her Requiem Mass is on Mon 15th July at 10am in St Paul’s. Her coffin will be received into the church at 4.30pm on Sun 14th July. Our thoughts and prayers are with all her beloved family and friends.

John Friel R.I.P John died peacefully at Strathcarron Hospice on Sat 29th June. His Requiem Mass will be in St Machan’s church later this month. In the meantime, we keep Gill, his beloved spouse and all the family in our thoughts and prayers. God rest his soul. (His brother was Canon James Friel R.I.P).

Mass Provision Whilst Canon Bath at Lourdes Fr Patrick McAllion, Kiltegan Father, was lined up to cover the Masses in the parish from 8th to 12th July in Canon Bath’s absence. However he now has a family funeral to attend on the 9th/10th July in England. Therefore, there will only be a 9.30am Mass this coming week at St Paul’s on Mon 8th July and a 10am Mass at St Machan’s on Fri 12th July. Normal Mass times resume on Sat 13th July. Thank you for your cooperation.

Emergency Priest Contact In Canon Bath’s absence, should you require to speak with a priest please contact Canon Tartaglia (Holy Family & St Ninian’s, Kirkintilloch) 0141 776 1063 or Fr Deeley (St Patrick’s, Kilsyth) 01236 822 136.

General Amnesty on Hall Keys For both St Machan’s and St Paul’s Hall there is some uncertainty as to who has a set of keys to gain access. For insurance and public safety reasons I need to have an up to date list of all keyholders for each hall. Please record on the sheet in the church sacristy at St Paul’s or at St Machan’s that you are a valid keyholder and your contact details. If you have a key and no longer need in, or have lost it, please let Canon Bath know. Thank you for your cooperation.

Two Week Newsletter Please note that this newsletter covers the period from Sun 7th July to Sun 21st July due to Canon Bath being in Lourdes and parish secretary on annual leave. As there is still a four to six week of Mass intentions, efforts will be made to ask Fr Kabamba to help with the Masses. Please pray for him as he prepares to move to South Queensferry in September.

Care Home Services

Tues 16th July Springvale 11.30am

Wed 17th July Birdston 2pm (TBC)

Wed 24th July Lillyburn 11am

Fri 7th August Whitefield 2pm

The Teaching of The Catechism – Para 1591 ‘The Church’ ‘The whole church is a priestly people. Through Baptism all the faithful share in the priesthood of Christ. This participation is called the ‘common priesthood of the faithful’. Based on this common priesthood and ordered to its service, there exists another participation in the mission of Christ: the ministry conferred by the sacrament of Holy Orders, where the task is to serve in the name and in the person of Christ the Head in the midst of the community.’

Sun 14th July ‘Sea Sunday’ Sea farers can lead hard and dangerous lives. This coming Sea Sunday your gifts and prayers will welcome sea farers and fisherfolk and help them get the support they need. Collection enveloped for Stellamaris in church porch (Apostleship of the Sea) check for an audio appeal.

Answers to Last Weeks Quick Quiz

  1. Who were the Ronettes? 1960;s trio of singers
  2. Who is more popular as a hero, Batman or Spiderman? Spiderman
  3. Shane Warne was famous for what? Cricket
  4. Where does Elon Musk build his Tesla car in Europe? Berlin
  5. Binker & Moses produce what sort of music? Jazz
  6. What is the Rue de Bacque famous for? Miraculous Medal and apparitions to St Catherine Laboure

Quick Summer Quiz

  1. What does P.O.S.H. stand for?
  2. What is the colour of the ‘Ensign’ flag for the merchant vessels in the UK?
  3. Where in Scotland will you find H.M.S. Unicorn?
  4. A Midshipman is a junior what?
  5. ‘Bristol Fashion’ denotes what?
  6. A Fathom is a measure of what?

Last Update: 28/06/2024