St Joseph’s Church

Cowdenbeath Road,  Burntisland,  Fife KY3 0LJ


Parish Priest: Canon James G. Tracey            Tel:  01592 872207 





Bulletin – 13th May 2022


This week’s Services:


Saturday 14th


10.00am Mass

5.00pm Mass


Harry Coyle

Mary Gallacher


Sunday 15th  

(5th Sunday of Easter)


10.00am Mass



Aileen Taylor


Monday 16th


No Mass



Tuesday 17th


No Mass



Wednesday 18th


No Mass



Thursday 19th


No Mass



Friday 20th


No Mass




Saturday 21st  



5.00pm Vigil Mass




Sunday 22nd

(6th Sunday of Easter)


10.00am Mass




Teas and Coffees will be served in the Church Hall after Mass on Sunday.


Please note there will be no Mass Monday - Friday.


SCIAF Wee Boxes should be returned as soon as possible.


Plant, Craft and Bake Sale

There will be a plant, craft and bake sale with a Tombola on Saturday 21st May from 2-4pm at St Joseph’s in aid of the church and Fife Carers Centre. Any donations would be most welcome and we are looking for a volunteer who can help out. For more information contact Claire Chue Hong on 07738 689827



St Andrew’s High School  -  Solemnity of the Ascension  -  Thursday 26th May 

We are piloting a new system for celebrating Holydays of Obligation in the High School.  Pupils can sign up in advance to attend the School Mass, using a QR code.  The process is very straightforward—Just scan the code on your phone and then enter your name and class.  Pupils will find the QR code on their class RE Teams page.  If anyone has difficulty using the QR code, please advise your RE Teacher.  They’ll add you to the list of Mass participants.


Christian Aid Coffee Morning

Saturday 21st May, 10 am - 12 noon in Parish Church hall.  Tickets £2.00 from Chapter & Verse or pay at the door.  Come and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and help HUNGER into HOPE this Christian Aid week


Open Evening (online) - MA in Applied Catholic Theology
Find out all about the MA in Applied Catholic Theology offered by St Mary’s University at its Gillis Centre Campus at an online open evening this Tuesday 17 May, 6-7pm. Register at

Mass for Married/Engaged Couples
Archbishop Leo will celebrate a Mass for Married & Engaged Couples on Wednesday 18 May at 7pm at St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh. All married and engaged couples are welcome.

Job vacancy: Bookshop Manager
A full-time Bookshop Manager is sought to setup and manage the St Paul’s Bookshop at St Mary’s Catholic Cathedral, Edinburgh. Salary: £20,384. Full job description at To apply, please submit your CV and a covering letter outlining your relevant experience and suitability for the role to by 5pm, Friday 27 May.

World Meeting of Families
This is a big event taking place in Rome 26-29 June to celebrate the role of the family in the Church and wider society. Pope Francis has written about the importance of   his encyclical Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love). Want to know more? The Archdiocese has posted three talks on its YouTube channel. View the playlist at


New Dawn event
New Dawn in Scotland host a day-long spiritual event at St Mary’s Church, Upper Bridge Street, Stirling on Saturday 21 May. It includes Holy Mass, Confessions, Testimonies, Workshops, a healing service and more. No registration required, just turn up on the day. More details at

National Prayer Breakfast
Join Archbishop Cushley and Christians from across Scotland at the National Prayer Breakfast on Wednesday 1 June at Prestonfield House, Edinburgh. Tickets available at

Meditation on Sunday’s Gospel

How can we love one another as Christ has loved us? Paul the Apostle tells us that "God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us" (Romans 5:5). Jesus poured out his Holy Spirit on his disciples at Pentecost and he pours out his Spirit today on all who believe in him. If we yield our hearts to Jesus and submit to his will for us, then the Holy Spirit will purify all that is unloving, unkind, and unforgiving in us. The Lord wants to transform our minds so we can understand his word of truth and life which has power to set us free from ignorance, unbelief, deception, and prejudice.

This is the power that overcomes the world - the triumphant cross of Christ which breaks the destructive forces of sin, hatred, and division. And we share in the power of Christ's victory by embracing the cross which the Lord Jesus sets before each one of us. What is the cross that I must take up daily in order to follow the Lord Jesus? When my will crosses with God's will, then his will must be done. The cross of Christ sets us free to live no longer for ourselves but for Christ and his kingdom of peace, joy, and righteousness (moral goodness). Our calling and privilege is to serve as Christ has served and to love and he has loved. That is the way we share in the glory of our heavenly Father who gave us his beloved Son who laid down his life for each one of us.

The distinctive mark of every disciple and follower of Jesus Christ is love - a love that is ready to forgive and forget past injuries, to heal and restore rather than inflict revenge and injury. The cross of Jesus is the only way to pardon, peace, forgiveness, and reconciliation. Every other way will fail or fall short of the glory and victory which Jesus Christ has won for us through his death and resurrection. If we embrace his love and truth and allow his Holy Spirit to purify and transform our hearts and minds, then we will find the inner freedom, joy, and strength we need to love without measure, to forgive without limit, and to serve without reward - save that of knowing we are serving the One who wants to be united with us in an unbreakable bond of peace and joy forever.

(Copyright © 2022 Servants of the Word, source:, author Don Schwager.)


Intercessions for daily prayer

For the Church: that we may be known as disciples of Jesus by the love and care that we show one another

For the grace of insight: that we may recognize all that God is doing in our lives, our faith community, and the world around us so that we may cooperate in bringing forth the reign of God in our time and place

For the grace to love as God has loved us: that we may have the courage to lay down our lives in service of one another and for those who are most in need

For freedom of mind and heart: that God will free us from old attachments and help us follow the movement of the Spirit into new relationships and new forms of service

For the renewal of community life: that God will guide us in deepening our relationships, encouraging one another along life’s journey, and caring for one another as we face hardships

For those who strive to manifest a New Heavens and a New Earth: that God will inspire those working to end injustice and poverty, assist the elderly and homebound, and be a source of hope for all who are suffering

For all who are caught in human trafficking: that God will free them from bondage, help someone to recognize their need, and restore them to loved ones

For all who have been displaced by war, famine, or natural disasters: that God will protect them from harm, touch the hearts of many to reach out and assist them, and lead them to places of safety

For all couples preparing for marriage: that they may appreciate the gift that they are to one another and form a partnership of life for the good of each other

For peace: that God will turn minds and hearts from violence, open new ways for dialogue about wounds and grievances, and help all who are burdened with anger to find healthy ways to express it


I am off this week to Arundel to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Sr Margaret Mary, a Poor Clare Sister and friend. Please keep her in prayer as she celebrates this wonderful occasion.    Stay safe and well.    Father James