St Joseph’s Church

Cowdenbeath Road,  Burntisland,  Fife KY3 0LJ


Tel:  01592 872207 






Bulletin – Friday 20th November 2020



Services this week – In Church and on Facebook Live feed


Saturday 21st


5.00pm Mass




Sunday 22nd

(Christ the King)


10.00am Mass


Steven Allenby


Monday 23rd





Tuesday 24th

(St Andrew Dung Lac & Companions)  


7.00pm Mass


James McAuley


Wednesday 25th


10.00am Mass


Pascoal Fernandez


Thursday 26th


9.30am Adoration

10.00am Mass



Special Intention


Friday 27th


10.00am Mass


Thomas Tracey


Saturday 28th


10.00am Mass

5.00pm Mass


James Tracey

Pat McQuade


Sunday 29th

(First Sunday of Advent)


10.00am Mass


Bridget & Tom Doyle




Attendance at Mass:

To assure a place for the Saturday Vigil or Sunday morning Mass please use Eventbrite: If you wish to come along without using Eventbrite and places are available you will be very welcome.   For those who did not wish to come into Church building there is the possibility of following Mass in your car (live via Facebook) and coming to the Fire Door to receive Holy Communion.




Amazon Shopping  

Please remember, when shopping at Amazon, to access their site through the link on the parish website – or use the link below. The parish gets a small reward based on what you spend.


Diploma in Catechetics 

Want to know more about the Archdiocese’s Diploma in Catechetics? Join a 30min Zoom event at 7:30pm on Tuesday 24 November. Just use this link to take part: (or Meeting ID: 868 5768 1064 ). This is a great opportunity to increase your knowledge of our Catholic Faith. Alternatively, for more info email:


Advent Talk - Zoom

Save the date: Archbishop Leo will give an Advent talk titled ‘Unwrapping Christmas’ on Zoom on Sunday 29 November at 7pm. The event is open to all.  Registration details will be shared soon. 


Education Sunday – theme for 2020

During this Catholic Education Week we are asked to reflect on how we recognise Jesus Christ as the Way, the Truth and the Life in our homes, schools and parishes.


Pastoral Letter from Archbishop Tartaglia

My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Each year around this time, we celebrate Catholic Education Week.  During this week we:

  • celebrate the God-given talents and achievements of our young people;
  • acknowledge the hard work and faith witness of the staff in our schools;
  • mark the unique contribution that Catholic Education makes to our families, our parishes and to wider Scottish society; and reflect on the mission of the Catholic school for the future.

This year, the theme of Catholic Education Week is Jesus Christ: the Way, the Truth and the Life. This theme reflects the vision and aim of Catholic education that Catholic schools, centred on the person of Jesus Christ, help and accompany young people to discover and to follow the Christian vocation to live responsibly with and for others in accordance with the message of Christ and so to build up and transform society for the better.

This is a message to which our young people readily respond, as can be seen by the high levels of participation in the Pope Francis Faith award and the Caritas programme.

This has been a strange year for our schools. Few of us will remember in our lifetimes a period so characterised by uncertainty, disruption and even fear. Everything that formed the fabric and pattern of our lives has felt the impact of the restrictions caused by the pandemic. Families have been unable to meet and support one another at the time when that support was most needed. People have been unable to share the joy of family celebrations, and have been denied the opportunity to come together to mourn. Our young people were separated from their friends and teachers, and their learning and exams were interrupted. Our churches have also suffered, with parish communities unable to gather for many weeks. Even now, our numbers are limited, and we long to see a time when everyone will be able to join together again and sing our hymns of praise.

It is precisely in times such as these that we search for direction and certainty, and the theme of this year’s Catholic Education Week reminds us where it can be found.  In recognising Jesus as the Way, we need no longer worry about which direction we take, and where that will lead; in following Jesus’ teaching and example, we will inevitably come to the Father. At a time where it can be difficult to discern what is genuine, we find in Jesus a Truth to which we can hold firm. It is in living in relationship with God that we find the fullness of life for which God created us, and the promise of eternal life.

The Charter for Catholic Schools, which outlines ten characteristics of a Catholic school, proposes a rich vision of Catholic education that emphasises the Church’s mission to transform society through the love, service and justice we find in the life of Jesus, and reminds our pupils and teachers that they are a part of the Church in action. These characteristics do not happen by accident. Acknowledging Jesus Christ as the Way, the Truth and the Life is intrinsic to Catholic education and, along with liturgy, prayer and learning, is a central and defining mark of the Catholic school as an educational community of faith.

I encourage you then to give thanks for Catholic Education and to pray for its ongoing success. I ask you to support the work of the Scottish Catholic Education Service and all that it does on behalf of our Church, our young people and our families to promote the positive contribution of Catholic schools in Scotland. I encourage you all to speak out positively on behalf Catholic Education, sharing the good news that Catholic schools remain good for Scotland.


Yours devotedly in Christ,


X Philip Tartaglia,

Archbishop of Glasgow


Appeal for teachers

If you would like further information on becoming a teacher in our Catholic schools, please contact the Scottish Catholic Education Service:


Christmas Cards

The Church Stall now has a variety of Christmas Cards available for sale. Thanks for your support.


Reflection for the Solemnity of Christ the King (Jane Mellett)

Today’s gospel leaves us in no doubt as to what Jesus expects of his followers. It is a gospel of contrasts. It begins with a scene of judgement, with Jesus in the role of king, sitting on the throne of glory. It would have been a familiar image to the people of the time, who were expecting a great Messianic king. In the time of Jesus, kings were powerful rulers, and some were tyrants. We know from earlier in Matthew’s Gospel that kings like Herod were capable of brutal acts. It is an image that remains familiar to us today, thanks to popular fairytales, movies and TV shows – the all-powerful ruler sitting on their throne, passing judgement on their subjects.

     But the king that Jesus talks about here turns these images upside down. He is not focused on riches or power, or inciting terror or fear. Instead, he is a fair judge, a shepherd who knows his flock. He invites all those who have acted with justice and generosity to take their place in his kingdom. He is in solidarity with the ‘least’ of his people – a king whose main concern is those who are hungry, displaced, sick or imprisoned. He refers to them as ‘brothers’.

     Jesus’ kingdom is centred around charity, compassion and forgiveness. He expects us to treat everyone we encounter with welcome. There are simple acts of kindness we can carry out each day. Such love for others is love for God: ‘In so far as you did this to the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me.’

‘In the evening of life, we shall be judged on love.’      St John of the Cross


Children’s Liturgy online: 

Resources are available on the Archdiocesan Facebook page and also



Reflection – Sheep and Goats

Sheep and goats —

are they really so different?

How can we tell?

How would we know?

And which are we?


Will we find ourselves

on the right side or the left?

With the blessed

or the cursed?

What separates us

and how would we fare?


A cup of cold water,

a scrap of food,

some hand-me-downs

we can spare;

these separate us,

sheep from goats.


Offering friendship,

or a visit to the sick;

for these trifles,

God calls us blessed,

by these trifles

God separates the sheep from the goats.


Intercessions for daily prayer

For the Church: that we may recognize Christ in one another and honour the dignity of each person whom God has called to life

For all leaders of Christian communities: that they may be shepherds like Jesus who gather the lost, bind up the injured, and encourage the weak so that all may know the fullness of life

For the grace to live in the Spirit of Jesus: that we may be willing to take the first step in helping others without expectation of their response or a benefit for ourselves

For dynamic faith: that in times of chaos and confusion, we may be confident that Christ will defeat all evils, including death, and lead us to the fullness of life with God

For the suffering, forgotten, and marginalized in society: that God will shepherd them, heal their wounds, lead them to fuller and more fruitful lives

For all who work to relieve the suffering of others, particularly relief workers and parish volunteers: that they may show God’s compassionate care and be strengthened by God’s Spirit each day

For world leaders: that their hearts may comprehend the depth of human suffering that exists and urgently strive to address the needs for food, clean water, safety, and healthcare for the human family

For all who have experienced violence or abuse: that God will heal their spirits, free them from fear and help them to live life fully

For all who are sick, particularly those with covid-19: that God will heal them, give strength to those who care for them, and preserve the human family from suffering and death

For a new appreciation of creation: that we may have gratitude for the beauties of creation and strive to preserve God’s handiwork for the good of all the human family

For all who are away from home and loved ones, particularly members of the military and relief workers: that God will preserve them from harm, give them strength for their service, and lead them home safely

For an end to prejudice and discrimination: that we may be inspired by the lives of Black Catholic leaders and call forth a renewed dedication to Catholic Social Principles

For all who have died: that they may be welcomed into eternal life and share in the joy of God’s presence forever


 Have a good week. Keep yourself and others safe. God bless. Father James


Your Blessings Not Your Troubles 2 Digital Art by M K Miller