More Safeguarding

Dear Volunteers;

If you have any PVG forms to return I’ll be at a desk at the back of the parish hall tomorrow and next week but not Sunday 9th Nov.  If you are expecting forms by mail and they haven’t arrived do email me (fionnbar@gmail.com)

When completing forms there are a few common issues tripping folks up

  1. All questions bordered in yellow are MANDATORY.  Leaving blank is not an option!
  2. If you have a passport you MUST include the passport number even if you are not using it for ID purposes
  3. Black pen please and block capitals only.
  4. Don’t forget mother’s maiden name (easily missed)
  5. Passport numbers are causing confusion because the form, rather confusingly, leaves 31 spaces for the passport number and British (but not apparently other) passports have a super-long number on the document.  You want the 9-digit number only.
  6. Driving licences too come in a long and short form.  We want the shorter form which is on the photo card rather than the long string of characters on the counterpart.
  7. For (mostly ladies) who use a married and a maiden name (the latter perhaps for professional purposes) please complete the form using the name which is “official” and which is in the other documents (passport, driving licence, utility bills, bank statement …)

I’m pleased to report that the first tranche of 7 completed and verified PVG forms have now gone off.  43-odd to go!

With thanks for your patience

Fionnbar

Who is my neighbour?

3328722930_a357d05e13_b“Love your neighbour as yourself” the Gospel says (Matthew 22:38). But who is my neighbour? We often respond to that question by saying, “My neighbours are all the people I am living with on this earth, especially the sick, the hungry, the dying, and all who are in need.” But this is not what Jesus says. When Jesus tells the story of the good Samaritan (see Luke 10:29-37) to answer the question “Who is my neighbour?” he ends by asking, “Which… do you think, proved himself a neighbour to the man who fell into the bandits’ hands?” The neighbour, Jesus makes clear, is not the poor man lying on the side of the road, stripped, beaten, and half dead, but the Samaritan who crossed the road, “bandaged his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them,… lifted him onto his own mount and took him to an inn and looked after him.” My neighbour is the one who crosses the road for me!

Bread for the Journey-  Henri N Nouwen

5th Centenary of St Teresa of Avila

Teresa_of_Ávila“A specially designed Teresa 500 exhibition is now touring the UK. Designed to provide a powerful introduction to the life, times and teaching of St Teresa, the exhibition is made up of six free-standing banners. These cover topics such as Teresa’s teaching on prayer, her understanding of the human person, and her relevance for today. Additional leaflets and prayer cards accompany the exhibition. The exhibition will be at St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh from 21st October to 2nd November.”

A message from Fr Sandy

For the last few years I have been happily celebrating the daily Masses in St. Andrew’s, but now, with the parish reorganisation, I feel it is time I stepped back completely and allowed the priests from the Cathedral to fully take over the running of the Parish.  I have been very touched by the number of people who have worried about my health, but that is not a problem.  With the new “regime” I am taking the opportunity of bowing out gracefully. Thank you all for the kindness that has been shown to me over the last few years.  You are always in my thoughts and prayers.

SAFEGUARDING

Just to let you know that those of you who are, or wish to be, volunteers, in the following areas will need to attend a training course as well as complete the various forms that have been given out.

The categories include:

  1. Catechists
  2. Children’s Liturgy
  3. Pre-School Liturgy
  4. Eucharistic Ministers doing home visits
  5. Sacristans
  6. Passkeepers
  7. Nativity Play

The next (and so far only) available course is St. Mary’s Cathedral Hall, Little King Street, Wednesday 12th November 7PM prompt to 9PM.  Please let Alina (of the safeguarding team) know if you are attending by contacting alina@phonecoop.coop or via Cathedral office (556 1798) by Monday 27th October at the latest.

1st Reconciliation

confession-box-300x196We  welcome to mass today the children who are preparing for the sacrament of Reconciliation. Today they will be presented with a cross as a reminder of their baptism. Please keep these children and their families in your prayers.

Next Sunday’s Rota (2nd Nov. 2014)

 

Readers Nancy McDermott

Maureen McGregor

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Alan MacLeod

Chris McCabe

Margaret Guest

Bidding Prayers Dorrian Family
Passkeepers Maureen McGregor
Flowers Teresa Howison
Tea/Coffee Antonio & Maria

Vasquez – Brennan

This weeks feasts

Rubens_apostel_simonSt Simon, Apostle.

Simon is eleventh in the list of the twelve apostles. he is known as Simon the zealot, but nothing else is known about him. his other name of “Simon Cananaeus” simply adapts another hebrew word for “zeal” and has nothing to do with the town of Cana.

 

St Jude, Apostle

402px-Brooklyn_Museum_-_Saint_Thaddeus_or_Saint_Jude_(Saint_Thadée_ou_Saint_Jude)_-_James_Tissot_-_overallJude, also called Thaddaeus, is the apostle who at the last supper asked the Lord why he showed himself only to the disciples and not to the world.  For many centuries he was scarcely venerated because people confused him with Judas Iscariot. He is the the patron saint of lost and hopeless causes.

 

All Saints

On this day the church commemorates all those who have attained the beatific vision in heaven.

Mass Intentions

 

Sunday 30th Sun. Year A Carlos Castro
Monday Monday Week 30 Donors Intention
Tuesday Ss Simon & Jude Donors Intention
Wednesday Wednesday Week 30 Donors Intention
Thursday Thursday Week 29 Donors Intention
Friday Friday Week 29 Margaret Mulhern
Saturday All Saints Cathy Gregg

Sundays

This Sunday (26th October) is the 30th Sunday in Ordinary time.

Next Sunday  (2nd Nov. 2014) is the Commemoration of the faithful departed (All Souls)

SALE OF CHRISTMAS CARDS

AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED – ON SALE SUNDAY 2ND NOVEMBER 2014

Christmas cards will be on sale next Sunday, 2nd November 2014.

Proceeds to go to Aid to the Church In Need.    This is a very well-known and worthwhile charity and giving assistance to Christians, particularly in the Middle East.

The Charity has pontifical support.

 

 

Identity Documents for PVG Form Completion

1024px-No_Bureaucracy_Illustration_CzechThanks to everyone who turned up with their completed application forms today.

There were some queries about the necessary documents and the instructions on the form are indeed not too clear.

If possible, simplest set of supporting documents would seem to be

  1. Current Passport
  2. Driving licence (has both picture and address)
  3. An official letter with your current address on it (bank statement, utility bill, electoral registration correspondence, council tax bill …).  Most folk will have these lying around. Take a couple to be on the safe side.

I won’t make off with your documentation but have to inspect and confirm it myself.  I’m running “clinics” after mass for the next few weeks

Thanks

Fionnbar

HAIR TODAY, GONE TOMORROW!

5898063647_1e50f7d50c_zThe Crummey sisters, in one of our many moments of genetic madness, have decided to donate 15 inches (38 cms) each of our hair to be turned into wigs. We plan to donate the hair to The Little Princess Trust, a charity who make wigs for children in the UK and Ireland who have suffered hair loss through cancer and alopecia.

We also would like to fundraise for Alzheimer Scotland at the same time- a charity that is close to our hearts.

The chop date has been decided- Saturday 25 October 2014 so there is no backing out now. We would be very grateful if you could support the madness of our Crummey Hair Chop.

Thank you very much,Aoife and Ciara Crummey

www.justgiving.com/crummeyhairchop

The Innermost Truth

“I am the Lord and there is no other, there is no God besides me.”

The god that we make of power, the domination of others and the exercise of control over their lives, is a false god.

The god that we make of possessions, the accumulation of wealth far beyond that required for a dignified life, is a false god.

The god that we make of pleasure and comfort, soothing our senses with physical satisfaction and enjoyment, is a false god.

The god that we make of security, lulling us to sleep in the midst of a world filled with chaos and turmoil, is a false god. “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, but give to God what is God’s.” What is God’s is the only place as God, and so we “give the Lord glory and honor. We who belong to God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ know that all the gods of the nations are things of naught,” and so we reject the false gods of power, possessions, pleasure, and security. We place all our hope in the “almighty and ever-living God” who is “our source of power and inspiration.”

“Since it has been entrusted to the Church to reveal the mystery of God, who is the ultimate goal of man, she opens up to man at the same time the meaning of his own existence, that is, the innermost truth about himself. The Church truly knows that only God, whom she serves, meets the deepest longings of the human heart, which is never fully satisfied by what this world has to offer.”

Vatican II, Constitution on the Church in the Modern World (1965) 41

SAFEGUARDING

Just to let you know that those of you who are, or wish to be, volunteers, in the following areas will need to attend a training course as well as complete the various forms that have been given out.

The categories include:

  1. Catechists
  2. Children’s Liturgy
  3. Pre-School Liturgy
  4. Eucharistic Ministers doing home visits
  5. Sacristans
  6. Passkeepers
  7. Nativity Play

The next (and so far only) available course is St. Mary’s Cathedral Hall, Little King Street, Wednesday 12th November 7PM prompt to 9PM.  Please let Alina (of the safeguarding team) know if you are attending by contacting alina@phonecoop.coop or via Cathedral office (556 1798) by Monday 27th October at the latest.

CYSS National Youth Event

CYSS National Youth Event – Theme ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, theirs is the kingdom of Heaven’ (Matt 5:3)

Fri 14th – Sun 16th Nov, Gartmore House, Gartmore, nr Aberfoyle For those aged 14-25 years.

Cost: £60 Spaces are limited so early booking is recommended.

Transport will be arranged if there are sufficient numbers known in advance.

For more information and to sign up for a place, please contact anne.mcevoy@staned.org.uk or call (0131) 6238917

5th Centenary of St Teresa of Avila

Teresa_of_Ávila“A specially designed Teresa 500 exhibition is now touring the UK. Designed to provide a powerful introduction to the life, times and teaching of St Teresa, the exhibition is made up of six free-standing banners. These cover topics such as Teresa’s teaching on prayer, her understanding of the human person, and her relevance for today. Additional leaflets and prayer cards accompany the exhibition. The exhibition will be at St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh from 21st October to 2nd November.”