A bumper update today, as the Scottish Govt start easing lockdown – enjoy phase one safely and we can look forward to phase two!
Parish News: Attached are the Parish newsletter for this weekend (and the previous two Sundays) in case you haven’t seen them.
There is an amazing spiritual reading list for your ‘home’ time.
Also, a request for volunteers (aged 18-70) to join the new church attendants rota – a requirement for the opening of churches for private prayer in Scottish Govt’s Phase 2. Archdiocesan news 1) The Archdiocesan website recently shared news of a postponement to Sept 2021 for the launch of Post-grad courses in Theology and Education at Gillis (Archdiocese HQ in Strathearn Road, Edin). In mid-March, St Mary’s University Twickenham had announced its provision of these courses in association with this archdiocese – very exciting news for the whole of Scotland. Sadly, Covid-19 has caused a delay in the original plans. See here for details
2) The Bishops of Scotland have issued guidelines to be followed when re-opening churches for private prayer.
The latest news from our wonderful parish for you – attached are today’s and last Sunday’s Newsletters, featuring more of Fr Patrick’s moving homilies; updates from the Telephone Apostolate (with capacity for even more recipients of these wee chats during this unnatural isolating period). Please note also that there is now an online method of making donations to the parish – which still incurs costs whilst the churches are closed and there is no weekly offertory collection. This is an exceptionally difficult time financially for many: employees, self-employed, businesses (large & small) and for the charity sector. IF you can, please donate to the parish as you would at Sunday Mass. Thank you to those who are already donating via Standing Order and Gift Aid.
For some inspiring activities, I recommend visiting the Cathedral facebook page. For those who do not use Facebook, the link is below (no sign-on required). Along with Fr Jamie’s daily Mass, there are some short videos from our enterprising RSM Sisters which will make you smile!!.
The Archdiocesan website continues to post fresh & interesting articles online and on Facebook – note that the Bishops of Scotland have created a Covid-19 working group to define how our churches can open safely & responsibly in a phased manner – for discussion with the Scottish Govt.
I hope you and yours are continuing to be safe and healthy.
Please find attached this week’s parish newsletter (link at bottom of this post)
My apologies to the Fey family as their bundle of joyful news has not been included, so I’ll add it here:
“In these trying and often sad times a bit of good news – Paula and I are now proud grandparents!! Emma had a baby boy – Charles (Charlie) David Matthews born on 1 April weighing in at a healthy 8lbs 5oz. Guy and Paula Fey x“
Many congratulations to the entire Fey family (especially Emma!) from all of us.
I would also like to add my personal thanks to those who are actively participating the the Telephone Apostolate within the Parish – whether making or agreeing to receive these friendly calls – these calls are keeping our wee church alive & well in unprecedented times. Thank you!
There continue to be interesting articles on the Archdiocesan website this week. For example, promising signs of collaboration across the Christian churches in Scotland. Worth a look, when you have a minute.
Can be downloaded from the usual place. Note that it can be viewed in place, scrolled and printed from inside most browsers without the need for downloading (there are controls at the bottom of the frame in which the newsletter appears)
Thank you to all who have contributed towards a final donation to Fr Nicklas Maria. After collating all amounts given via Jessie’s box, bank transfer and the proceeds from the BBQ, I am pleased to tell you that we have now made a donation to Fr Nicklas Maria of £3,100. Thank you all for your generosity, such an amount will make a significant difference in his parish in Russia. Please remember to vote for our new parish project to take effect from January. Voting forms can be found at the back of the Church and completed forms can be posted in the box marked in the Parish Rooms. The forms will be reviewed and the votes counted after today.