Thursday 19th March 2020
Today we celebrate the Solemn Feast of St Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church. This feast marks the final Public Mass and the end of other Services in our Church until further notice. We propose to keep the prayer life of our parish active during this time of crisis for all of us.
The Bishops of Scotland have asked us all to mark this Sunday, 22nd March, Mothers’ Day, as a National Day of Prayer. We are invited to pray the Rosary in our homes at 12 noon on Sunday, seeking the powerful intercession of Our Blessed Lady for our country and for our world in this time of need.
Each day during this crisis, we will hold a private Holy Hour during which we will pray the Rosary at 7.00pm. Please join us in your homes by praying the Rosary at 7.00pm. This will be an opportunity for us to pray for those suffering from the coronavirus, for those worried and anxious about their health at this time, for those who have died and for those working for a vaccine and a cure for this pandemic.
We will also celebrate a Private Mass each day at which we will pray for the specific intention of the Mass and also include all of us currently affected by this health crisis.
As we celebrate our daily Masses and pray the Rosary and the Divine Office, we will also remember the patients and staff at Hairmyres Hospital, Kilbryde Hospice, Abbey Lodge Care Home and Westwood House Care Home.
We will also recite the Divine Office together every day (Morning & Evening Prayer) for the needs and intentions of our parishioners, especially those worried or anxious about making ends meet in these increasingly difficult times.
We also recognise that many of our parishioners will want to go to Confession (The Sacrament of Reconciliation) in this Season of Lent. Please call us on 01355 224511 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements for Confession. If you are symptom free of the virus, you can call at the Parish House at any time for Confession.
We will be resident at the Parish House throughout this time. If we can help you at any time, please don’t hesitate to call us. We will be on call for Hairmyres Hospital throughout this health crisis and we will respond to any emergency calls. It is better to ask for us through the hospital switchboard on 01355 585000. Similarly, if any of our sick and housebound parishioners require the ministry of the priest, call us without hesitation. We are here to look after the spiritual and pastoral needs of our people. We are at your service.
You can keep up to date with us through the Parish Bulletin, uploaded to the website every Saturday afternoon. Copies of the Parish Bulletin will be available in the church porch every Sunday morning. You can also keep up to date on our Facebook page.
Finally, you can visit our church every day for private prayers between the hours of 8.00am and 6.00pm.
Our Lady of Lourdes, in East Kilbride, a Roman Catholic parish in the Diocese of Motherwell, welcomes you to our website.
The parish was founded in 1958 with the church being solemnly opened on Sunday 6th September 1964 by the Archbishop of Glasgow, James Donald Scanlan. We hope this website highlights the dynamic community we are in the service of the Lord. “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labour in vain”.
Served from Our Lady of Lourdes
Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School
St. Louise Primary School
St. Andrew’s & St. Bride’s Secondary School
Abbey Lodge Care Home
Archibald Kelly Court Sheltered Housing
Canberra House Care Home
Strathcona House Sheltered Housing
Westwood House Care Home