Hope all's well.
A feature in most Catholic churches would be a shrine to St Anthony of Padua.
It's his feast day today. Today we honour his memory and call on him as a saint in heaven to pray for us, intercede for us.
We have our own shrine to St Anthony in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.
One of the symbols of St Anthony which is quite significant is the 'St Anthony bread’, the small collection box for offerings. Usually folk make an offering for prayers answered, or things found.
The St Anthony bread is a way of giving that enables the parish to minister and reachout to the poor, to those in need.
St Anthony is a great miracle worker, a friend of the poor, and he was a gifted preacher.
In his famous sermons, he always kept his message simple
- Give yourself wholly to Christ
- Never forget that Christ loves us wholly in the Eucharist
- Seek God and you will find him.
- Actions speak louder than words; let your words teach and your actions speak.
St Anthony of Padua, pray for us.
We look forward to Deacon Tommy's audio reflection tomorrow for the feast of Corpus Christi.
Remember, tonight's 9@9 novena to the Sacred Heart.
Plus, tomorrow I'll post online information re preparations for the reopening of the church and it’ll begin the start of the big drive / appeal for volunteers.
Here’s hoping the virus will be under control enough for places of worship to get the green light from the Scottish Government on Thursday so that you can, if you wish, pop in to the church for a quiet prayer.
Have a safe and happy Saturday
P.S.It's good to see some bright signs of the church doors reopening. Visit BCOS.org.uk for guidelines which include the compulsory wearing of facemasks, how to enter and leave the church, distancing, receiving communion, baptisms, weddings and funerals.