Welcome to

St Isidore's Catholic Church

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“God is light; In him there is no darkness...”  

[1 John 1:5]

CELEBRATION OF PUBLIC WORSHIP during

COVID-19 pandemic

 

St Isidore's and St Mary Magdalene's have RE-OPENED for the celebration of Holy Mass.

 

Unfortunately we need to limit numbers to comply with current COVID-19 safety protocols, so to book your place at St Isidore's please contact our Parish COVID Coordinator. There is no need to reserve a place at St Mary Magdalene's.

If you are unable to attend Mass, it is our intention to stream a recorded Mass for Sundays only from our YouTube channel, and our Facebook Group on Sunday evenings.

 

Daily Mass and devotions will be available via a livestream service from our sister parish at St Mary’s in Lanark. These will be shared on our Facebook page.

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Upcoming Events

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Mass - Fifth Sunday of Easter

5PM

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Week Day Mass & Devotions

Check newsletter for details

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Weekday Mass (with Rosary at 10am)

10:30AM

St Mary Magdalene's

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Rosary (please see FB group for details)

7PM

ZOOM

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Weekday Mass

10:30AM

St Isidore's

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Mass - Sixth Sunday of Easter

9 AM

St Mary Magdalene's

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Mass - Sixth Sunday of Easter

12NOON

St Isidore's

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Reflection for Sunday

The readings for today are: First Reading – Acts 9:26-31; Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 21(22):26-28,30-32; Second Reading – 1 John 3:18-24; Gospel – John 15:1-8

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning!

 

The Word of God, even on this Fifth Sunday of Easter, continues to indicate to us the way and the conditions to be a community of the Risen Lord. Last Sunday the relationship between the believer and Jesus the Good Shepherd was highlighted. Today the Gospel offers us the moment in which Jesus introduces himself as the true vine and invites us to abide in him so as to bear much fruit (cf. Jn 15:1-8). The vine is a plant whose branches form the whole; and the branches are only fruitful insofar as they are joined with the vine. This relationship is the secret of Christian life and John the Evangelist expresses this with the word ‘abide’, which is repeated seven times in today’s passage. “Abide in me”, says the Lord; abide in the Lord.

 

It means abiding in the Lord in order to find the courage to step outside of ourselves, from our comfort zone, from our limited and protected spaces, in order to cast ourselves into the open sea of the needs of others and to give a wide range to our Christian witness in the world. This courage to step outside ourselves and to advance the needs of others is born from faith in the Risen Lord and from the certainty that his Spirit accompanies our history. One of the ripest fruits that springs from communion with Christ is, in fact, the commitment to charity for our neighbour, loving brothers and sisters with self-sacrifice, to the point of the final consequences, as Jesus loved us. The dynamism of believers’ charity is not the result of strategies; it is not born of external stresses, of social or ideological concerns, but rather, it is born from the encounter with Jesus and from abiding in Jesus. For us he is the vine whose sap — that is, ‘life’ — we absorb, in order to convey into society a different way of living and self-spending which places the least in first place.

 

When we are intimate with the Lord, as the vine and branches are intimate and joined, we are able to bear the fruits of new life, of mercy, of justice and peace, derived from the Lord’s Resurrection. It is what the Saints did, those who lived Christian life in fullness and lived the witness of charity, because they were true branches of the vine of the Lord. But “to be holy does not require being a bishop, a priest or a religious…. We are all called to be holy by living our lives with love and by bearing witness in everything we do, wherever we find ourselves” (Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate, 14). We are all called to be holy; we must be holy with this richness we have received from the Risen Lord. Every activity — work and rest, family and social life, exercising political, cultural and economic responsibilities — every activity, whether small or great, if lived in union with Jesus and with the attitude of love and of service, is an occasion to live Baptism and Gospel holiness to the fullest.

 

May Mary, Queen of Saints and example of perfect communion with her Divine Son, help us. May she teach us to abide in Jesus, as branches in the vine, and to never distance ourselves from his love. Indeed, we can achieve nothing without him, because our life is the living Christ, present in the Church and in the world.

- Pope Francis, Regina Caeli, Fifth Sunday of Easter, 29th April 2018 - 

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