St Joseph’s Church

Cowdenbeath Road,  Burntisland,  Fife KY3 0LJ


Tel:  01592 872207 





Bulletin – Friday 4th June 2021



This week’s Services:


Saturday 5th


5.00pm Vigil Mass


Special Intention


Sunday 6th

(The Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ)


10.00am Mass



People of the Parish



Monday 7th


No Mass



Tuesday 8th


7.00pm Mass


Brian Syme


Wednesday 9th

(St Columba)


10.00am Mass


Mgr Tony Duffy


Thursday 10th


9.30am Adoration

10.00am Mass



John Pew


Friday 11th

(The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus)


10.00am Mass


James Greig


Saturday 12th

(The Immaculate Heart of Mary)


10.00am Mass

5.00pm Vigil Mass 


Jack Robinson

People of the Parish


Sunday 13th

(11th Sunday of the Year)


10.00am Mass



Stella Morrison



Attendance at Mass

Attendance is restricted to our building’s capacity of 45.  No booking is necessary for weekday Mass, but to assure a place at the Saturday Vigil or Sunday morning Mass you should reserve on Eventbrite St Joseph's Church Burntisland Events | Eventbrite     If you are unable to use Eventbrite or are having difficulties, please contact Fr James. 




Parish Email

Please note the change of email address for the parish. There Archdiocese is standardising all parish and priests email addresses.  The new address is:

The current email address will also remain active meantime.


New Appointment

Following the death of Monsignor Tony Duffy the Archbishop has asked me to replace him as the Archdiocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage Director.  This will involve a lot of extra work and meetings, but I have accepted this responsibility knowing that I will get a lot of support. Anyone proficient in French?


200 Club

Congratulations to the winners in the May Draw, drawn by Michael in the Church Hall on Sunday 30th May:

£200 Anne Marie McMorrin (158); £100 John Goodman (87); £50 Anne Lamond (10); £20 Pamela Duffy (108); £20 Colin Barton (165); £20 Mavis Millsop (43).


Plant Sale

Thank you to all who supported the sale of plants last Sunday - £123.20 was raised for Cancer Research.


Scottish Bishops welcome Pope’s call for Synod in 2023

Scotland’s Catholic Bishops have welcomed a call from Pope Francis for a Synod on the theme of Synodality, to be held in 2023. Commenting on the announcement, Bishop Hugh Gilbert, President of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland said; “Last Sunday the Church celebrated the Feast of Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles and our Lady at the very beginning, the birthday, of the Church. We gave thanks for the gifts of the Holy Spirit that first Pentecost but also celebrated the ongoing gifts of the Holy Spirit to the Church. Mindful of these gifts the Bishops of Scotland welcome the initiative of Pope Francis to listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying to the Church, to the People of God, to listen to one another, and to make that Synodal journey together of communion, participation and mission.”


Bishop Gilbert added; “The Pope has called for a very participative process, engaging all the faithful, which will prepare for this Synod. The Bishops of Scotland welcome the Initiative for a Synodal Church: communion, participation and mission. As the principle and foundation of unity in our dioceses, the Bishops look forward to the launch of the Synodal journey, a period of consultation and discernment in our local Churches, on Sunday 17th October of this year, and preparations are now being made for that event. We ask all the faithful to pray for the success of this initiative in the life of the universal and local Church, and above all to open our hearts to the Holy Spirit and listen to the Holy Spirit speaking through all of us in the Body of Christ.”


ACN Benefactors’ Day
Bishop Robson will celebrate Mass to mark Aid to the Church in Need’s benefactors’ day on Thursday, 10 June at 10am. You can watch it on the livestream section at


Open Evening
Do you want to deepen your knowledge of education and the Catholic faith? Are you a teacher, an aspiring school leader or simply intellectually curious? Come to an online open evening (Zoom) to hear about courses from St Mary’s University, Twickenham, which will be taught at the Gillis Centre in Edinburgh this Autumn. It takes place 6-7pm, Wednesday 2 June. Register at For more information about courses visit

Mental Health event
The Archdiocese is hosting an event titled ‘Mental Health and the Pandemic: How can we respond?’. It takes place on Monday 7 June, 7:30-8:30pm and features Fr Tony Lappin and Professor John Crichton (Zoom webinar). Register now at

Reflection for the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ     (Jane Mellett)

In the Gospel today we read that Jesus has returned home and causes quite a commotion on his arrival. Word about this healer and teacher has gotten around, the crowds have gathered, and the religious leaders are not happy. Jesus’ growing popularity has started to upset daily life for his family to the point where ‘they could not eat’. In an effort to protect their son and their brother, Jesus’ family try to explain away his ‘unruly’ behaviour. They tell the crowd and the religious leaders that Jesus does not mean what he says, he has simply ‘gone out of his mind’. In their view, things have gone too far. Jesus was preaching a message that seemed radical to many. He knows that bringing about God’s dream for the world involves speaking out and behaving in ways that are counter cultural. The religious leaders go so far as to say that Jesus was possessed by a demon. It was their way of ‘explaining away’ someone that they could not cope with, someone who was challenging their systems and practices. We can think of those in society today who are ‘explained away’; those whom society wishes would stop speaking out because it is uncomfortable to listen to. Name-calling is often a last resort when institutions or ‘powers’ are disgruntled. The young climate activist, Greta Thunberg, knows this well. Following taunts by Presidents and Fossil Fuel executives towards her, she famously said, ‘When haters go after your looks and differences, it means they have nowhere left to go… and then you know you’re winning.’

     The end of today’s Gospel is troubling as Jesus seems to dismiss his mother, his brothers and sisters. But Jesus’ mission is now wider than his immediate family. It is not that he no longer cares for them, God’s vision and Jesus’ vision for this world are now one. As sometimes happens in life, we have to let go of certain things in order to follow our true path.


A reflection on Corpus Christi by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (now Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI)

What does Corpus Christi mean to me? It does not only bring the liturgy to mind; for me, it is a day on which heaven and earth work together. In my mind’s eye it is the time when spring is turning into summer; the sun is high in the sky, and crops are ripening in field and meadow. The Church’s feasts make present the mystery of Christ, but Jesus Christ was immersed in the faith of the people of Israel and so, arising from this background in Israel’s life, the Christian feasts are also involved with the rhythm of the year, the rhythm of seedtime and harvest. How could it be otherwise in a liturgy which has at its centre the sign of bread, fruit of earth and heaven? Here this fruit of the earth, bread, is privileged to be the bearer of him in whom heaven and earth, God and man have become one. The way the Church’s feasts fit in with the seasons of the year is therefore not an accident. Consequently we must go on to discover the inner rhythm of the Church’s year and see the place Corpus Christi has within it.


First of all, clearly, it grows out of the mystery of Easter and Pentecost: it presupposes the Resurrection and the sending of the Spirit. But it is also in close proximity to the Feast of the Trinity, which reveals the inner logic in the connection between Easter and Pentecost. It is only because God himself is the eternal dialogue of love that he can speak and be spoken to. Only because he himself is relationship can we relate to him; only because he is love can he love and be loved in return. Only because he is threefold can he be the grain of wheat which dies and the bread of eternal life. Ultimately, then, Corpus Christi is an expression of faith in God, in love, in the fact that God is love. All that is said and done on Corpus Christi is in fact a single variation on the theme of love, what it is and what it does. In one of his Corpus Christi hymns Thomas Aquinas puts it beautifully: nec sumptus consumitur - love does not consume: it gives and, in giving, receives. And in giving it is not used up but renews itself. Since Corpus Christi is a confession of faith in love, it is totally appropriate that the day should focus on the mystery of transubstantiation. Love is transubstantiation, transformation. Corpus Christi tells us: Yes, there is such a thing as love, and therefore there is transformation, therefore there is hope. And hope gives us the strength to live and face the world. Perhaps it was good to have experienced doubts about the meaning of celebrating Corpus Christi, for it has led us to the rediscovery of a feast which, today, we need more than ever.


Children’s Liturgy online:  Resources are available on the Archdiocesan Facebook page and also


Intercessions for daily prayer

For the Church, many members but yet one body: that we may grow in unity and love as we manifest Christ’s saving love in the world.

For renewal of our identity: that through our reception of the Body and Blood of Christ, we may be empowered to be the Body of Christ and sustained along our journey until we receive our promised inheritance.

For courage to lay down our lives like Christ: that through our sharing in the Eucharist, we may be strengthened to give ourselves in loving service to all those to whom we are committed and to those who are in need.

For grateful hearts: that we may grow in our awareness of all God’s blessings and make use of all the opportunities that we have to use them.

For strength of spirit: that we may embrace the sufferings and challenges of life with courage and allow God to lead us through them to new life.

For a greater sharing in the Christian mission: that sent forth from the Eucharist, we may extend Christ’s work and compassion into our families, neighbourhoods, and workplaces each day.

For all who are unable to share in the Eucharist, particularly those who are being persecuted for the faith: that the Word of God and the love of fellow Christians may bring them strength and support

For all who are hungry, particularly refugees and those displaced by violence: that God will provide them with food for their bodies and friendship for their spirits.

For all priests: that they may be renewed by Christ, show God’s compassion to those in need, and lead the church in giving praise and thanks to God.

For all ministers of Holy Communion, particularly those who bring communion to the sick: that they will grow ever closer to Christ and be signs of God’s love to those with whom they share the sacrament.

For all who are approaching death: that they may draw strength from the Body and Blood of Christ and find the fulfilment of their faith in Christ at the eternal heavenly banquet.

For the protection of the fresh waters of the earth: that God will guide us in keeping the waters free from chemicals and other pollutants so that the human family and all God's creatures may have safe water for drinking.

For all who are suffering: that God help the unemployed to find work, open resources to the homeless, protect run away children, and free those experiencing abuse.

For Christian Unity: that God will heal the wounds and mistrust between Christians, help them work together for God’s glory, and speed the day when all can share the Body of Christ.

For healing: that God will curtain the Covid virus, restore the sick, break the cycle of violence in our cities, and remove the divisions in the human family.

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.  Amen.


Stay safe and keep well.    Father James