A Roman Catholic Parish in the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh
Parish Bulletin
15 October 2017
Today is the 28th Sunday, Year A
"Dressing for the Party"
(Prayers & Readings Page 140)

Three Vital Activities – Jean Vannier: There are three activities that are absolutely vital in the creation of a community:-

  1. The first is eating together around the same table;
  2. The second is praying together;
  3. And the third is celebrating together. By celebrating I mean to laugh, to fool around, to have fun, to give thanks together for life. When we are laughing together with belly laughs we are all the same.

Jean Vanier was awarded the £3 million Templeton Prize which is an annual award made for "an exceptional contribution to affirming life's spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works". The award was made for Jean Vanier’s insights and contribution to the lives of disabled people - founder of the worldwide Larch Communities. The above quotation which describes the outcome of his work is the best reflection on today’s readings.

Children’s Liturgy 11am Mass – P1 children upward: This is a reminder that the Children’s Liturgy at 11am Mass is for children in Primary 1 upward. This is due to restricted room and for the safety and comfort of the children.

November Mass for deceased: The November Mass for your deceased relatives and friends will be celebrated on Friday November 17th. If you wish to light a candle in memory of your dear departed please write the name of your departed and the name of the person to light the candle on the sheet on the church notice board.

World Day of Prayer for the Missions: Mission Sunday is the old "Propagation of the Faith" you may remember from your school days, when you paid a penny or a halfpenny every month. This is now replaced by an annual collection in all churches in the world. Pope Francis writes:-

"Being Christian is living and witnessing to Faith in Prayer, in works of charity, in promoting Justice, in doing good. The whole of our life must pass through the narrow door which is Christ."

The second collection next Sunday is for the Missions.

Oblate Advent Retreat – 8th – 10th December: Advent Retreat for Oblate Parishioners and Friends to be held in Oblate Retreat Centre, Wistaston Hall, Crewe from Friday 8th Dec 6pm – Sunday 10th Dec 2pm.

"Shout with a Loud Voice, Joyful Messenger"

Presented by Fr Brian Maher OMI and Sr Catherine Lavery HFB. Cost £99, to book a place, email: kirk.oblate.partners@googlemail.com or see poster at the back of the church for more details.

Eucharistic Ministers Rota: Available at the back of the church, your name is highlighted on your copy. Also, a few Readers Rotas remain on the table under the notice board awaiting collection.

CMS Race Night: Saturday, 28th October, St Mary’s Star of the Sea. Leith. 7.30pm. Tickets, £5 includes light supper, are available from Kathy Barclay, 0131 554 2482. To Sponsor Horses £3 contact Kathy Barclay (Parish Administrator).

Sr Aelred – Homeless Project: "I write to thank you and all the members of St. John Ogilvie’s most sincerely for the wonderful Harvest Fayre which was delivered to us for the Homeless Project." (See letter on the Justice & Peace notice board.)

JPIC: At their meeting last Tuesday our Parish Justice & Peace group expressed their thanks to those who came to the Oscar Romero Film, special appreciation to John Rafferty in his role as projectionist.

Anniversaries: Wattie Robb, Pedro Duffy, Gabriel Donald, Raymond Dunlop, Ewen McLeod, Michael Gallagher, Anne Manners, John Cleghorn, Kenneth Davidson, Jim Blaney, Charles Flynn, Catherine Doherty, Mary Martinez, John Murphy, Robert Dickson, Daryl McLaughlin, Drew Hornig, Ann Patterson, John Connolly, Annie Scott, Jean Rafferty, Helen Hunter, William Priest, James Clark and Steven Curran.

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