St Joseph’s

Cowdenbeath Road, Burntisland, KY3 0LJ   01592 872207

Parish Priest:  Fr James G. Tracey

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Nineteenth Sunday of the Year (Year C)

11 August 2019


Services this week:


Saturday 10 August


5.00pm Mass


People of the Parish


Sunday 11 August


10.00am Mass

Special Intention – Wood Family


Monday 12 August


No Mass or Service



Tuesday 13 August


7.00pm Mass


Hugh Dargan


Wednesday 14 August

(St Maximilian Kolbe)


10.00am Mass                    


Special Intention – Patricia Gilhooley


Thursday 15 August

(The Assumption of the BVM)


9.30am Exposition

10.00am Mass

7.00pm Mass



Kevin Tyler


Friday 16 August


10.00am Mass


Vhairi Harding


Saturday 17 August


10.00am Mass

5.00pm Mass


Frank Miller

People of the Parish


Sunday 18 August


10.00am Mass

Special Intention – Charles O’Connor



Confession: Tuesday 6.30pm and on request.


Thank you for your offerings last week:  Offertory £495; Building Fund £200;  Teas £50; Papers £10; Candles £190. Contributions by Standing Order £296.  Attendance 182.


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

Thursday is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and is a Holyday of Obligation. Mass will be celebrated at 10.00am and 7.00pm.


Special Collection next Sunday for African Missions and Holy Places.


Thinking of becoming Catholic? An RCIA programme starts in St Margaret’s Church, Dunfermline,  on Monday September 2nd 7pm- 8.30pm, and on each Monday thereafter. For each participant an online form can be completed at Alternatively contact George Toal at


Laudato Si – Care for our Common Home:  Day of reflection on Pope Francis’ Encyclical on the environment, Saturday 31 August, Gillis Centre, Strathearn Road, Edinburgh, 11.00am-3.30pm. See poster and flyers for further information.


Today’s Liturgy: Nowadays, many houses have security systems. We can have our homes monitored, 24 hours a day, to make sure they are safe. The really advanced systems even allow us to tap into the cameras from our mobile phones. We don’t have to stay awake all night in case someone tries to burgle our home – the system takes care of everything. There are so many technologies available whose focus is to help us be prepared for all eventualities; we have apps for everything from predicting the weather to alerting us to traffic delays.

     There are no such luxuries in the parables. The men who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding feast cannot afford to sleep. They won’t receive an alert to their phone when their master arrives home. They have no option but to wait up. In the short parable of the householder and the burglar, Jesus again emphasises the importance of ‘standing ready.’

     Of course, Jesus is not really talking about watchmen and burglars, or being physically prepared; he is talking, rather, about spiritual alertness. It might seem morbid, but ask yourself this: if you were to die tonight, would you be ready? Your answer might tell you something about the areas of your life that need work. Another way in which we can be ‘ever-ready’ is to be open to the Holy Spirit. When our hearts are alert and open, we are more likely to see God’s goodness in those we meet, and be ready to welcome his grace into our lives.

     We could not imagine being without our gadgets and apps and all of the things that make our lives easier. Valuable though they are, there is something more valuable – indeed priceless – at stake.

                                                                                        (Triona Doherty)