St Joseph’s

Cowdenbeath Road, Burntisland, KY3 0LJ   01592 872207

Parish Priest:  Fr James G. Tracey

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5th Sunday of the Year (Year A)

9th February 2020



Services this week:


Saturday 8th   


5.00pm Mass


James Boyle


Sunday 9th  


10.00am Mass


Virginia Burke


Monday 10th

(St Scholastica)


No Service



Tuesday 11th


7.00pm Mass


Mary Williams


Wednesday 12th


10.00am Mass

5.30pm Reception of Body


Special Intention


Thursday 13th


10.00am Funeral Mass


Giovanni Paoli


Friday 14th

(St Cyril & St Methodius)


9.30am Mass


Eileen Widdecombe


Saturday 15th  


10.00am Mass

5.00pm Mass


Alexander & Mary McKillop

Eddie Pinkman


Sunday 16th


10.00am Mass


People of the Parish


Confession: On request.


Thank you for your offerings last week: Offertory  £410; Building Fund  £200; Teas £70; Papers £15. Contributions by Standing Order £297. Attendance 179.


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

Parishioner Pilgrimage to Lindisfarne:  You are iaiknvited to join a Parish Pilgrimage to Lindisfarne, Holy Island, Northumbria, on Thursday 14th May.  The Coach will depart at 9.30am from the Church.  Mass at 1.00pm  followed by a short talk on the significance of Holy Island. Depart Holy Island  around 5.00 pm. Meal in Dunbar 6.00pm, Home 9.00pm. Cost £30.00 per head, including 3 course meal. Payment can be made at £10.00 per month Feb, March, April. Deposit of £10 must be made in February to secure a place. Please enter name, number in your party and contact details on the sheet in the Church.  ONLY 10 PLACES LEFT!


Fiona McElhinney is taking part in Alzheimer Research UK's 'Cycling Down Dementia' fundraiser. For more information, or to make a donation, please go to:


Gender mini-symposium: The Marriage & Family Commission has organised a mini-symposium on the issue of gender, entitled ‘Male and Female He Created Them’.  It will take place at 7-9pm on Friday 28th February at Our Lady & St Ninian’s, Bannockburn, and at 2-5pm on Saturday 29th February at the Gillis Centre, 100 Strathearn Road, Edinburgh. The speakers are Dr Adrian Treloar of the Catholic Medical Association and Sr Andrea Fraile of the Sisters of the Gospel of Life. Free event. Register on Eventbrite or on the Archdiocesan Facebook page. Alternatively, call 0131 623 8900.


Today’s Liturgy:

Following upon the teaching of the Beatitudes, Jesus uses the now familiar metaphors of salt and light to describe the life of discipleship. We take salt and light for granted in our society, but these commodities were more precious in ancient cultures. Just as now, salt was used in Jesus’ time for flavouring, as a preservative, and as a healing agent. Similarly, the widespread use of electricity in the modern world makes us less aware of the value and importance of light in our lives.  Still, our familiarity with this passage from Matthew’s Gospel speaks well to the abiding power of the imagery that Jesus presented. Jesus’ call to be salt for the earth and light for the world powerfully states our mission as Church and as Christians. Our commitment to social justice flows from the exhortation that Jesus gives us in today’s Gospel. Some of the activities that this commitment leads us to are given more concrete expression as the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. When we feed the hungry, clothe the naked, console those who mourn, and so on, we show ourselves to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. When we do these things with the community of faith, the Church, we are indeed acting as “a city set on a mountain” that cannot be hidden!