Summer Mass Times in Rutherglen

 
 

The clergy have been involved in discussions concerning the problems across Scotland finding supply priests for the summer to allow priests to go on holiday. This is due to two things in particular:

  • the number of priests in active ministry being reduced
  • a change in Government policy in refusing to give visas to visiting priests

Because of this, Bishop Toal has asked us to come up with a summer Mass schedule that gives a reduced number of Masses. In Rutherglen (St Columbkille’s and St Anthony’s & St Mark’s) we have decided to reduce the total number of  Masses from 10 to 8. This means that, if necessary, two priests could say all the Masses for the town. This allows for priests going on holidays or falling ill, or supporting other parishes that are struggling.

The Mass times in July and August – beginning on 6th/7th July – will be as follows:

  • Saturdays: 5 pm in St Mark’s; 5.30pm in St Columbkille’s
  • Sundays: 9.30am, 11am & 4pm in St Columbkille’s; 10am St Mark’s; 11.30am & 6pm in St Anthony’s
  • In addition, there will be no 1pm weekday Mass in St Columbkille’s.

Ideally we would have consulted with you about this first, but there is an urgency about it and we had to do it in such a way as to give time to advertise the changes. In September we will revert to the previous Mass schedule and will review the impact of these changes with you.

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