St Joseph’s

Cowdenbeath Road, Burntisland, KY3 0LJ   01592 872207

Parish Priest:  Fr James G. Tracey

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Fifteenth Sunday of the Year (Year C)

14 July 2019


Services this week:


Saturday 13 July


5.00pm Mass


Helen Rosiejak


Sunday 14 July


10.00am Mass


Hugh McLaughlin


Monday 15 July

(St Bonaventure)


No Mass or Service



Tuesday 16 July


12.45pm Funeral Mass –

               Edith Heneghan




Wednesday 17 July


No Mass or Service                    




Thursday 18 July


No Mass or Service




Friday 19 July


No Mass or Service



Saturday 20 July


5.00pm Mass



Sunday 21 July


10.00am Mass




Confession: Tuesday 6.30pm and on request.


Thank you for your offerings last week.


Teas/Coffee in the Church Hall after Mass on Sunday. All welcome.


Gift Aid: Thank you to those who Gift Aid their Church offerings. We recently received payment from the Inland Revenue of £6931, tax reclaimed from Gift Aided offerings.



Burntisland Foodbank urgently need donations of tinned corned beef. If you can help, please place items in the box in the porch. Thank you.


Knit and Knatter: We are looking for knitters to knit squares which will then be sewn together by the Knit and Knatter group to make blankets for the homeless. The pattern for the squares is available in the foyer and knitted squares can be put in labelled box. Thanking you all in anticipation.


Today’s Liturgy: Parables are never what they seem. They have a clever way of enticing us to figure out what is really going on beneath the surface. One of the real questions in this parable is: Who offers correct worship to God? Jesus spoke about a God who was not concerned with the constraints of the Temple, but who was on the streets. Look at what the Samaritan did for the man on the road: he bound his wounds, he poured oil on them, he took him to an inn. These are all action words. The emphasis in this parable is on action and compassion. The Samaritan is considered to be an outcast, yet Jesus makes him the hero of this story, no doubt causing outrage to those who were listening to Him. The priest and Levite were most likely carrying oil and wine on their person; in the case of the priest, these items were needed for making sacrifices in the Temple. Coincidently these items were also a vital part of a first century first aid kit, needed for cleaning the wounds of the injured man.

     The lawyer is concerned with the limits to ‘love of neighbour.’ But there are no limits, no boundaries, no outsiders in God’s Kingdom. Holiness is not separation from the marginalised, but proximity to them.

Since once again Lord, I have neither bread, nor wine, nor altar, I will raise myself beyond these symbols, up to the pure majesty of the real itself; I will make the whole Earth my altar and on it will offer you all the labours and sufferings of the world.      Teilhard de Chardin          

                                                          (Reflection by Triona Doherty)