As part of its involvement in the wider Justice and Peace community, our Parish Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Group participates in local and national events. The members of the Group also encourage other Parishioners to participate through bringing to their attention the various events and campaigns in which J&P bodies are active.
The main way that these events and other activities are brought to the attention of the Parish is through the weekly Parish Bulletin and via the J&P notice board at the back of the church. Our Parish J&P Group members also keep Parishioners up to date with what is happening on the J&P front through discussions after Mass and at other times.
But we thought Parishioners might find it helpful to have an additional source of J&P information via the Parish website.
JPIC Group: The Justice Peace & Integrity of Creation Group invite you to consider joining the group. New members are required and would be very welcome. If you are interested or would like to find out more about the group please speak to either Fr. Tony or Trish Muirhead.
Christmas Fair Trade Stall: Thanks for your tremendous support at the Fair Trade stall last weekend (3/4 December 2016). Sales amounted to £307.00.
The Fair Trade Raffle was drawn after the 11.00 am Mass on Sunday 18 December 2016.
• 1st. Prize Christmas Hamper was won by Pat Sweeney;
• 2nd Prize of chocolates went to Bingo supporter Cillia.
Thanks for your support, proceeds of £270.00 goes to homeless charity of Fresh Start.
Fair Trade Fortnight 27 February–12 March 2017: Due to unexpected circumstances, the Fair Trade Stall planned during Fair Trade fortnight will have to be postponed for the time being. However during Fair Trade fortnight you are asked to consider if the choice of the food on your table or your tea/coffee break feeds exploitation or not. Many farmers in countries such as Malawi, Kenya and Cote d'Ivoire all contribute to the tea, coffee and cocoa we enjoy here in the UK yet many are still living in poverty and are unable to feed, educate and provide medical care for their families. It's a big deal, and by choosing to buy Fair Trade goods you can help eradicate exploitation and poverty. Feel good about the cuppa you enjoy!
Watch this space for further information about the next Fair Trade Stall.
Homeless Sunday 22nd January 2017: Special Liturgy at Masses on Homeless Sunday 22nd January 2017 will include Bidding and Homeless Prayers. Children’s Liturgy Group are being invited to take part in the Liturgy during Mass. After Masses that day, tea/coffee and scones with jam & butter will be available for £1.00/donation with the proceeds going to Scottish Churches Action on Housing.
Update: Thanks to everyone who supported our Tea and Scones sale last weekend. A cheque for £183.15 has been sent to The Scottish Churches Action Group. Thanks for your very generous support.
Fresh Start Appeal - 12 February 2017: Thanks for your most generous response to the "Fresh Start" appeal last weekend (11/12 February). Your donations will help families who have come to Wester Hailes to make a new beginning.Your support is much appreciated.
Annual Harvest Mass: The Annual harvest Mass was held on the weekend of 24/25 September 2016. The theme for the liturgy was "Followers of Jesus, Caring for Creation" A big thank you to our parishioners who brought their fresh vegetables and fruit and to those who donated tinned food. All the fresh produce was given to the Homelessness Project at Srs of Mercy Lauriston and the tinned food will be held at the Chapel House for people from the area who come to the church seeking practical help.
Thank you too to the children of Murrayburn School who provided artwork in keeping with the harvest theme. Children from school visited the church on Monday to view their artwork and to reflect on Harvest Time.
And finally, thank you to those who helped prepare and deliver the liturgy for the 3 Masses.
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