St Joseph’s Church

Cowdenbeath Road,  Burntisland,  Fife KY3 0LJ


Tel:  01592 872207 





Bulletin – Friday 19th February 2021


Services this week live on Facebook


Sunday 21st

(1st Sunday of Lent) 


Mass available online from Saturday 5.00pm



Tom Perry


Monday 22nd

(Chair of St Peter)


10.00am Mass


People of the Parish


Tuesday 23rd


10.00am Mass


Jean Gorman


Wednesday 24th


10.00am Mass


Beth Evans


Thursday 25th


No Mass   (Family Funeral)




Friday 26th


10.00am Mass


Theresa Forisky


Saturday 27th


10.00 Mass


Margaret McGourty


Sunday 28th

(2nd Sunday of Lent)  


Mass available online from Saturday 5.00pm



Special Intention – Birthday Blessings


Closure of Places of Worship  

Places of Worship in Scotland are closed until at least the beginning of March.


An Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, 

I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. 

I love You above all things, 

and I desire to receive You into my soul. 

Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, 

come at least spiritually into my heart.

I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.

Never permit me to be separated from You.





Today is a Day of Prayer for those who have Suffered Abuse

Please pray for all those affected by abuse in the church and across society using the ‘prayers at home’ document put together by the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland:



MAKE BIG CHANGES HAPPEN WITH YOUR WEE BOX. Thousands of children with disabilities in South Sudan need your help right now. Children with disabilities were already the most vulnerable in society. Now, the coronavirus pandemic has deepened already existing levels of poverty, putting them at greater risk. For more information about SCIAF’s Lent campaign please go to or call 0141 354 5555.


INSPIRE prayer talks

Register now for the Archdiocese’s INSPIRE talk series for Lent. Guest speakers will guide you prayerfully through the season. All talks on Zoom, 7-:7:45pm. 

TALK 2: Songs of the Redemption: The Benedictine Liturgy of the Hours, with Brother Joseph Carron. 7pm, Tue 02 Mar. Register:

TALK 3: Prayer as a Relationship Reflected in St Teresa of Avila, with Sr Sally Rollo. 7pm, Tue 16 March. Register:

TALK 4: Praying the Passion according to St Mark, with Archbishop Leo Cushley. 7pm, Tue 23 March. Register:


Pro Life Stations of the Cross

Every Monday in Lent, please join us to say the Stations of the Cross for Pro-Life intentions.  We’ll pray the Stations with a pro-life theme and then hear a short reflection from a priest of our Archdiocese.   The final speaker, on 29 March, will be Archbishop Cushley. You can register for the event here & events will be held on Zoom:

Events start at 7.45pm and should last about 25 minutes.  


Lent resources

The Archdiocesan Catechetics Commission has produced a range of resources for Lent that will assist adults and children to deepen their understanding of this holy season and aid them in their prayer life. Find them in the resources section at: 


Faith in the Time of Covid

Archbishop Cushley invites you to join the last  of the online talks from distinguished speakers, offering their thoughts and approach to the pandemic. All events will be broadcast on YouTube at as the webinars themselves are sold out: Rt Hon Gordon Brown, 5pm, Sunday 21 February. 


The Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary  

During all of these Lockdowns it has been difficult for all of us to keep in touch and so Schoenstatt Scotland has undertaken the following:  We have produced over 30 E-Retreats both small and more-lengthy, which are available through our website


We now also now have a significant presence on Instagram.  Simply log on to Instagram and key in schoenstattscotlanduk and you will have significant content.  


We also now have our Own YouTube Channel; and finally, from tomorrow we will have a Lenten E-Burst going out daily till Easter Sunday available on Instagram and on our Facebook site.




Reflection for the 1st Sunday of Lent (Jane Mellett)

On this first Sunday of Lent, we are invited to embrace the wilderness. The past year has given us experience of wilderness as our world battled a pandemic. Many people were afraid, isolated, alone, and uncertain of what the future would bring. Humanity was adrift in what seemed like a desert moment. However, wilderness can bring opportunity. It can be a time for deep reflection, where we take stock of what is most important to us, a chance to let go of things that are really not important and focus on where we are being called to be. During this past year, what opportunity did this wilderness offer you? 

Lent is also a time where people give up something, focus on weight loss or getting fit, take on a course, try to better themselves in some way. And these can be good things, but Lent is so much more than that. It is a retreat time, a time to make room for something deeper. It is a spring-cleaning sort of time, an opportunity to ask, ‘what needs clearing out in my life so that I can make more room for God?’ ‘What changes am I being called to embrace?’ Without change we cannot grow, and things fast become stale in our lives. God is always urging us on because God knows just what possibilities there are for each of us. Lent offers us the opportunity to makes space for something new, to let go of that which is keeping us from living life to the full. 

The Gospel today is short, Jesus is sent into the wilderness, into the desert, and we too are invited into a desert time. Deserts are interesting places which can allow us to reflect, give ourselves space. It is true that we might encounter our demons there, but we should not be afraid because as the Gospel tells us clearly today, this is a Spirit-led desert. God is with us. Let us try to embrace this wilderness. How we make use of this time determines what will be. 

‘You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself.’ (Alan Alda


Children’s Liturgy online: 

Resources are available on the Archdiocesan Facebook page and also



We put the alleluias away

and clear out the fridge

as symbols of the de-cluttering

that we desire

in our lives.


For the call to repentance

comes to us today

to be embraced not as a once for all,

but as a discipline to be repeated

time and again.


In high seasons and in low,

in busyness and in quiet,

finding wilderness spaces

allows us to turn again

to the God

whom we lost

in all the distractions that life presents:

the God who looks into our eyes,

tells us we are beloved children

and then reveals a work

that only we can do.


God calls us to trek through the wilderness

in preparation

for striding through life

focused on God’s mission.


Intercessions for daily prayer  (Joe Milner)

For the Church: that the Spirit may lead us during this Lenten season to a fuller living of the Gospel, steadfast faithfulness to our baptismal commitment, and generous service to those in need

For healing of the divisions within the human family: that God’s covenant to preserve humanity will inspire us toward greater cooperation with all peoples as we strive to overcome disease, malnourishment, violence, and racism

For the grace of humility: that we may acknowledge all the good that God does for us and around us, and recognize our accomplishments as gifts from God

For grace to resist temptation: that God will help us recognize the hollowness of the fruits of temptation and help us to live faithfully as the daughters and sons whom God has made us to be

For all who are facing “wild beasts”: that we may know God’s presence and strength as we face selfishness, bullying, addictions, and all the actions which destroy life

For true repentance: that we will allow God’s grace to turn our hearts around and enable us to put on the mind of Christ each day

For renewal of prayer: that God will guide us to quiet places where we can listen to God and share our struggles and fears honestly

For sincerity in our fasting: that our Lenten disciplines will help us make room for God in our lives and increase our compassion for others

For all who are called to the Easter Sacraments: that they may continue to open their hearts to God and be drawn ever closer to Christ

For all who are held unjustly: that God will free captives and heal their wounded bodies and spirits

For all with the Covid virus: that God will heal them, give strength to their caregivers, and guide public health officials in promoting safe practices and effective vaccine distribution

For the leaders of every nation: that God will help them to share their knowledge and resources with people and countries that are burdened by poverty and natural disasters

For greater care for all living beings: that inspired by God’s covenant with every living creature, we may be good stewards of the eco-systems that support life in all its forms on earth

For all students and teachers: that God will guide the educational process, help everyone to grow, and keep everyone safe

For all who are suffering: that those exposed to the cold may find warmth, those seeking work may discover new opportunities, those burdened by isolation may experience support, and those who are recovering from natural disasters may receive the strength and resources that they need

200 Club: Renewal Reminder

If you already pay by monthly standing order then you don't need to do anything. If you are an annual payer then we need to receive your payment of £60 per number by the end of February as the new 200 Club year begins in March. It would be really helpful in these difficult times if you could pay by one of the following means as soon as it is practical for you to do so:


1.     Paying by standing order is our preferred method of payment – either £60 annually in February each year or £5 monthly from 1st March. If you do set up a new standing order please also send an email to us at to advise that you have done that with a note of the date the payment was made. Please also include your name and address in the email so we can match the payment to you.

2.     Pay £60 per number into the 200 Club bank account using internet banking and send an email to us at to advise that you have done that with a note of the date the payment was made. Please also include your name and address in the email so we can match the payment to you.

(The next most favoured method of payment to save us making regular visits to the bank just now).

3.     Pay £60 per number in cash and put this through the letterbox of the Parish House in an envelope and Fr James will keep it safe for us. Please include your name and address and contact details on a slip of paper with the cash. Ideally send an email to us at to advise that’s what you have done.

4.     Post a cheque made payable to St. Joseph’s 200 Club to Dunearn House, Burntisland, Fife, KY3 0AH (£60 per number). Please include your name and address and contact details on a slip of paper with the cheque.


For one off bank payments and new standing orders the bank details (TSB) are:

St. Joseph’s 200 Club   Sort Code: 87-68-92    Account No: 79232360


Thanks once again for the crucial support you are giving the Parish in these exceptional times.

Wayne & Ruth Gray



Stay safe and keep well.    Father James