St Vincent de Paul
The Parish of St Vincent de Paul is located in East Kilbride and is part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Motherwell.
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With the increase in numbers able to attend each Mass to 90 we no longer need the Saturday morning Masses to be celebrated as Sunday Masses. Saturday Mass will go back to our original time of 9.30 and will be the Mass of Saturday. There will be no 12 noon Mass on Saturdays. Saturday at 6pm will be the Vigil Mass of Sunday . This will start from tomorrow 5th June.
Hello again everyone. thankfully I seem to be getting better although still have no voice which is obviously a problem.
I wanted to add a note to say that in the light of recent guidelines we have looked at what we can fit into the church with a 2m separation now that the arbitrary 50 limit has been raised.
Given the way people have been booking family groups mostly rather than single individuals we have come to the conclusion that we can fit considerably more people in.
To give you an idea of what I mean if everyone one came as an individual (alone with no one else in their bubble attending) we can fit 3 per row with social distancing.
Similarly if a family of 4 or even 5 booked we can fit all of them have a 2m gap and perhaps fit another couple
– so 2 bubbles one of 5 and one of 2 with a 2m gap for a total of 7 people in the same row that could only take 3 individuals.
Obviously this will mean we need to continue to be strict on the face-coverings, hand sanitizers and restricting moving round the church. The only toilet available will continue to be the disabled one and we that for emergencies only. Unfortunately congregational singing is still not allowed.
With all that said I have increased the number of available tickets on Eventbrite for Sunday masses to a total on 90.
If this becomes a problem we will of course keep it under review but it is good to be able to open up for significantly more people. As always tickets can be booked at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/holy-week-and-beyond-services-tickets-145936450853
This does mean we will need to make sure we allocate seats efficiently and in the worse case if 90 individuals come use the hall and the side chapel as overflows but, looking at how families groups have been coming over the last year I think we may be able to avoid these overflow measures but we will keep the option open.
God Bless and I hope to see and perhaps even talk to you all soon.
It seems weird to only be able to communicate this way, I still have no voice ☹️ I have further tests at Hairmyres this weekend which will hopefully help.
With the first minister’s announcement today we have to with great regret once more close the church for public masses and private prayer with the exception of funerals. This will take apply from today.
Letter to the Faithful from Bishop Toal
The Bishop’s Conference of Scotland Pastoral Ministry Working Group has been giving some consideration to various ways of facilitating access to online resources to support those who are unable to attend their local parish church during these times. The Being Catholic website some resources that can be used in different pastoral settings: prayers and devotions, catechesis talks and a youth section.
The Holy Father has proclaimed a “Year of Saint Joseph” from today, 8 December 2020, to 8 December 2021.
Each year, in June, the Diocese holds its annual Finance and General Purposes Meeting, to which representatives from the Finance Committees of all the parishes in the Diocese are invited.
About our Parish
St. Vincent de Paul was born to a poor peasant family in the French village of Pouy on April 24, 1581. His first formal education was provided by the Franciscans. He did so well, he was hired to tutor the children of a nearby wealthy family. He used the monies he earned teaching to continue his formal studies at the University of Toulose where he studied theology.
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