Sermon for 29th Sunday

‘Gott mit uns’ - ‘God is with us’ was reportedly inscribed on the belts of the German soldiers invading Poland in 1939, according to my late grandmother’s stories. The genocidal occupation followed, highlighted by one of the most infamous death camps in Oswiecim, better known by its German name Auschwitz. The ‘Gott mit uns’ ideology comes to my mind when I watch the news footage from Middle Eastern battlefields and hear people proclaiming ‘Allahu akbar’ - ‘God is the greatest’ - while firing RPGs or heavy machine guns at their opponents. The black flag of Isis, the so-called Islamic State, was raised in the name of God, however twisted their interpretation of the Koran is. Yet before we get smug, it’s worth remembering that as a nation we had our share of cruelty committed in the name of the Christian God in the Scottish and British religious wars. The ‘Gott mit uns’ attitude seems to be at the heart of...
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Confirmation & Teenage Catechesis

Are you in Primary 7 or Secondary School student looking for the next step in your faith journey? Well, you’re in luck! This year, we’re kicking off a new programme to help our young people prepare to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation or as a great way to refresh and rekindle the faith in those who have already been confirmed. As a parish community, we'd like to invite young people to weekly meetings based on the programme CHOSEN - a modern and attractive study of our faith. Students will have the opportunity to form relationships with a small group of their peers while growing in faith and formation as they journey toward Confirmation or continue on their faith journey. CHOSEN is a comprehensive learning experience centred around video, discussion and prayer in a fun, interactive manner.      Important Information: Our meetings will start on Monday 4th November and will take place every Monday at 17:30 in St Joseph's Parish Hall with the Sacrament of...
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Cashless Donations

As more and more people use cashless forms of payment, we have decided to offer such capability in our church. Its purpose is to make more convenient making donations to our parish without searching frantically for a cash machine nearby or your pockets or wallets for spare change. Please note that Cashless Donations can only be made BEFORE or AFTER Sunday Mass. We don’t offer it during offertory collection. How to make donations: The terminal is manned by appointed personnel (operator). Please note they are volunteers. Tell the operator the amount you wish to donate to the parish. The operator will set the amount and show you the screen to double-check the amount is right. Having confirmed the amount, you will be asked to touch the terminal with your contactless cards or device (smartphone, smartwatch etc.) or to put your card into the terminal and type in your PIN. The operator will offer you the option to receive a receipt by text...
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