2nd Sunday of Easter (b)

2nd Sunday of Easter.  

Times of Mass and Confession:

Sundays:                               Vigil Mass (Saturday) 6.00 p.m. &10.00 a.m.

Weekday:                             9.00 a.m.  (Monday – Friday)

10.00 a.m. (Saturday)

Confessions:                      After 10.00 a.m. Mass on Saturday.

Other times by arrangement.

Please remember the following parishioners, relatives and friends in your prayers:

Sick: Sally McDermott, Catherine Wilson, John McPartland, Mary McPheely, Annie O’Donnell, Molly Weir.

Anniv: Bishop Kevin Rafferty.

Died:  Charlie O’Donnell, Betty McLay, Father David Barr, Parish Priest of St. Margaret’s Dunfermline, Father Graham Turner, Father Patrick Kelly

Today: Altar Servers please come to the sacristy after Mass.

Sunday: The normal Coffee Morning resumes after Mass this morning with the Noisy Nutters in charge.  There are two letters on the notice board at the back of the Church from beneficiaries who received donations from the group as a result of their efforts at the Coffee mornings. Why not pop round after Mass and meet up with fellow parishioners over tea, coffee bacon rolls etc which will be on sale.   The monthly draw for the 200 Club will also be taking place.

Tuesday: Meeting of the Parish Pastoral Council at 7.00 p.m. in the house. The agenda and minutes of the previous meeting are in the sacristy.

Thursday: The tea/coffee and biscuits resume in the house after 9.00 a.m. Mass All welcome.  Many thanks to those who hand in their loose bronze coins and even small silver ones.  These can be handed in to the Card Stall at the weekend and the proceeds go to the Parish Project.

Diary Dates:

28th April:  Annual S.P.U.C. Pro-Life Chain, Lothian Road from 11.00 a.m. until
1.00 p.m.  You are invited to join us in a silent demonstration against
abortion practises. Please meet outside the Usher Hall at 10.45 a.m.  There is also likely to be a priest-led rosary at 10 a.m. in the Sacred Heart church if people would like to attend.  Refreshments are available afterwards for everyone in the Sacred Heart Church Hall afterwards.  Please join us even if only for a short time.

28th April: Annual Christmas (no, that’s not a misprint) Dinner for Senior Citizens of the parish in the hall at 2.00 p.m. It is either the latest one for 2011 or the earliest one for 2012 depending on how you look at it.  Please collect your invitation from the sacristy before or after Mass and return it as quickly as possible for catering purposes.  Please also sign on the relevant sheet.  The invitations will be there this weekend and next weekend and the replies are needed by Monday, 23rd April so please don’t leave it until the last minute. If you attend Mass here on a regular basis and treat this as your Parish you will be welcome.

Over the next few weeks, there is going to be an effort to build an accurate census of the people of the Parish, both those who live within the territorial boundary of the parish, and those who come here to worship and support the life of the parish.  This will enable us to have as accurate a record as possible. The details collected will be confidential and will not be passed on to anyone.

The form, which will be distributed from next week, will also provide an invitation to you to become more involved in the life of the parish.  Fewer and fewer people are actively involved in the life of the Parish other than attending Mass here. More and more is being asked of fewer and fewer, and dare I say it, older parishioners. Many of the groups are now in real danger of closing down due to parishioners moving away or just feeling they have done their bit and it is time for fresh blood to play their part.

I hope there will be an increase of volunteers in all areas of parish life as a result of the initiative being undertaken by the Parish Pastoral Council with my full support and encouragement.

Eucharistic Ministers please be patient about the lack of a new rota.  There are several gaps in the rota which I am trying to fill before issuing a new rota.

With every best wish and blessing

to you, your families and those

who are dear to you

Monsignor Tony.