Magister adest, et vocat The Diocese of Dunkeld St Andrew’s Cathedral St. Bride’s, Monifieth St Anne’s, Carnoustie St Thomas’ Arbroath How good it is for us to be here! This is the sentiment in my mind and heart especially each time we gather for the Sunday Eucharist when at the beginning at Mass I look out at you all and welcome to you the holy gathering. But the sentiment is not original to me. How good it is for us to be here is what Saint Peter said to the Lord when Jesus was transfigured in glory on the mountain. Everyone who comes to Mass or who comes before the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament at other times can have the same attitude. How good it is to be here! Unlike on the mountaintop, when his glory was glimpsed, in the Blessed Sacrament his glory is concealed from our eyes so that we may come to him in faith. “He hides his beauty and his glory because he wants us to love him for himself”, says the writer Father Vincent Martin Lucia. The disciples Peter, James and John saw a vision of Moses and Elijah with Jesus, which led Peter to exclaim “How good it is for us to be here”. He continues: “Here he becomes poor in appearance that we may become rich in grace. What happens here is the transfiguration in reverse. For every moment that you spend before the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, Jesus himself transfigures you with his very own glory, making you everlastingly beautiful. Here as at Mount Tabor, Jesus points us in the direction of heaven, while giving us the courage and strength to carry our cross on earth. As the apostles were privileged to be witnesses to his transfiguration, we are especially privileged to be in his Eucharistic presence. There he was transformed in glory to reveal and prove his identity. Here he is transfigured in humility to reveal and prove his infinite love for each of us”. The daily adoration programme in St. Bride's has been a source of great grace for over twenty years. The periods of adoration in other churches offer the same grace. I know that Bishop Stephen dreams of having daily adoration in the Cathedral and making it a city centre venue for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The Bishop will be present for a NIGHTFEVER event of adoration in the Cathedral on Saturday 21 March. Quarant ‘ore, the forty hours adoration, will take place in St. Thomas’, Arbroath from Sunday 22—Tuesday 24 March. Most us know from experience that adoration brings us great graces. However we also know that it costs us something, it costs that most precious gift, our time. Time is that most valuable commodity. Time is the most difficult thing to give away, for our lives are so full, so busy. But the red light of the Blessed Sacrament beckons us consistently. How can we ensure that we leave the legacy of adoration for others who come after us? We do our very best to teach the children at catechism reverence and love for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Often when I call in to St Bride's during the day nowadays there is only one person watching before the Blessed Sacrament, and we have always agreed that for safety and security and indeed for companionship there should be at least two people watching at any given time. I appeal to YOU in this regard. I remember an altar cloth with embroidered words on it on the altar in the chapel at Blairs College, which I looked at most mornings for six years in my most formative years. The words were: Magister adest, et vocat — The Master is here and is calling. I still sense that still, small voice calling, each time I come before the Blessed Sacrament. Perhaps you sense it too? Parish Lenten Retreat Day I would like to invite our parishioners from St. Andrew's Cathedral and from the parishes in Carnoustie, Monifieth and Arbroath to make a little Lenten Pilgrimage/Retreat Day at St. Anne’s Church, Carnoustie on Saturday 15 March — 10am until 3.30pm (not 28 February as in last week’s newsletter). Fuller details to follow. 8 February 2015 5th Sunday of the Year Year of Mark (B) Next Sunday: 6th Sunday of the Year Priests: Father Kevin J Golden 01382 225228 email: [email protected] Postal address: St. Andrew's Cathedral, 150 Nethergate, Dundee DD1 4EA Father Ian Wilson OSA 01241 873013 email: [email protected] Postal address: The Presbytery, 56, Dishlandtown Street, Arbroath, DD11 1QU Father Peter Thomas OFM Cap. 01382 524631 email: [email protected] Postal address: 61, Grangehill Drive Monifieth Website: www.stannescarnoustie.co.uk Diocese of Dunkeld Charity Number SC001810 Sunday Mass Times Vigil Mass on Saturday at 5pm in St. Bride’s, Monifieth Sunday at 9.15am in St Anne’s, Carnoustie 10.45am in St Thomas, Arbroath, 11am in St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Dundee 12.15pm in St Bride’s, Monifieth 6pm in St. Andrew’s Cathedral Sacrament of Reconciliation this week: Monday 6.15pm until 6.45pm in St Thomas’; Wednesday from 6.40 until 6.55pm in St. Anne’s; Friday 12-12.30pm and Saturday 10.30-11.30am in St Andrew's Cathedral; Saturday 4pm - 4.30pm in St. Bride’s. The Liturgy of the Word for Children is celebrated at the Sunday Masses in Arbroath, Carnoustie and Monifieth. Please encourage your children to take part in this celebration of God’s Word geared to them. The Sacrament of Baptism: Parents requesting Baptism for their child are invited to take part in Baptismal Preparation. For further details please contact Father Kevin. Catholic Education Week - Sunday 8 February to Saturday 15 February In a letter to mark this week of prayer for the work of the Church in the field of Catholic Education, Archbishop Tartaglia writes: We need people to come forward to be teachers in Catholic schools. We urge you to see the wonderful opportunities which a career in teaching offers—to help others to develop their talents, to inspire them towards success, to guide them to know and celebrate their faith in Jesus. We urge school students to give serious consideration to teaching as an option when applying for university. We ask university students to consider completing a postgraduate qualification in education so that they can teach in primary or secondary schools. We urge parents, grandparents and teachers to encourage young people to research teaching as a serious career option. A number of our own parishioners have found their vocation in teaching. A number of our young people are also considering teaching as an option for their future. Please pray for them all. The vocation of teaching will be highlighted in the Bidding Prayers this Sunday, and in addition I will offer Mass to mark Catholic Education Week at 10am this Thursday in St. Thomas’ Primary School, Arbroath, Parents, families and parishioners are welcome to attend. A Reminder..... that there will be a meeting of the St. Thomas’ Eucharistic Ministers, Readers & Cantors in St. Thomas’ Church this Sunday 8 February at 10.15am in the Church. Please do your best to attend. Anyone who would like to take part in these ministries please attend too. Thanks. Mass times in St Anne’s and St Bride’s There has been overwhelming support for reverting the Sunday Mass times to 10am in St Anne’s and 11.30am in St Bride’s. This change will take place on the First Sunday of Lent, Sunday 22 February. The Vigil Mass remains at 5pm. Eco-Congregation Update Our tri-parish Eco-Congregation group met last week at St Bride’s. Having already achieved a Bronze award for our three parishes in caring for God’s Creation around us, the group have been informed of a major project called ‘for the love of….’. This is being organised by Eco-Congregation Scotland, SCIAF and Christian groups across the country and will help in our endeavours to look after what has been given to us. The World’s leaders will meet in Paris at the end of 2015 to discuss and agree a new climate change agreement. In a recent publication, the Irish eco-congregation movement ‘Climate change represents a failure in our care of Creation; reported: its implications for people and for other life on earth are profound. Care for Creation is at the heart of the Eco-Congregation movement. “The earth is the Lord’s, and all that is in it, the world, and all who live in it,” declares the psalmist (Psalm24:1). It is God’s Creation, not ours to do with as we please. We are called to be partners with the rest of Creation and co-partners in the ongoing creative and renewing activity of God. In caring for what God has created, we care for ourselves and care for each other, and especially for the poor and vulnerable. In God’s providence and wisdom our flourishing is de-pendent on the flourishing of Creation’. From next Sunday, 15 February, ‘for the love of…’ postcards will be available in all four of our churches. These postcards can be filled in and then sent to the First Minister as a reminder to her and the Scottish Government of all the things we love that God has gifted to us and how the world around us is changing as a result of climate change. For the love of the food on our plates… for the love of our global neighbours, for the love of the Arctic and the Great Barrier Reef…for the love of country walks and Scotland's beautiful seasons…. For the love of our wonderful geology and geography….for the love of God’s Creation made worse by extreme weather events…for the love of countries affected by disappearing rain forests….. Please do think about how climate change is affecting us all and take a minute or two to fill out a postcard. Our Catholic voices need to be heard by the Scottish Government on our concerns about climate change and this initiative is one very simple way of making that happen. This Sunday your priests are also covering SS Leonard and Fergus and St Columba’s parishes for Father Neil Gallagher; last Sunday we covered St Clement’s in Dundee for Father Rogi. Monday 9 February 9am in St Anne’s - Liturgy of Word and Communion 9.45am in St Bride’s 10.30am in Lochleven Home 1pm in St Andrew’s 7pm in St Thomas’ 7pm in St Andrew’s Cathedral (in Lady chapel, downstairs) Tuesday 10 February 9am in St Anne’s 10am in St Thomas’ Wednesday 11 February 10am in St Thomas’ 6pm in St Mary’s Home Thursday 12 February 9.45am in St Bride’s 1pm in St Andrew’s Cathedral 1pm in St Andrew’s Cathedral 7pm in St Anne’s 9am in St Anne’s 9.45am in St Bride’s 10am in St Thomas’ Primary School, Seaton Road Friday 13 February 9am in St Anne’s 9.45am in St Bride’s 1pm in St Andrew’s Cathedral 7pm in St Thomas’ - Anniversary of the Official Opening of St. Thomas’ Church Saturday 14 February 9.30am in St Bride’s 10am in St. Andrew’s Cathedral St Andrew’s Cathedral Offertory & Passkeeping rotas are at the back of the Church. If you would like to be involved in either of these ministries please speak to Kenny or Caroline at the back of the church after Mass or myself. Thanks. Journey of faith.... continues this Wednesday 4 February at 7.30pm in St Anne’s Church Hall, Thomas Street, Carnoustie. All are welcome. This week: The formation of Scripture (Part Two) Our Christian faith has Jewish roots! Come and explore the world of the bible with us. Bring a bible if you have one.....and a friend! Parish Council News A Children’s Liturgy of the Word in St Andrew’s Cathedral? I know Canon Milton RIP had begun to explore the possibility of celebrating Children's Liturgy on Sundays in the Cathedral. If you would be interested in learning more about this ministry either as a parent or potential leader please come to a meeting after the 11am Mass on Sunday 22 February in the Cathedral House. I have asked Chris Boyle, who at my instigation was instrumental in setting up the Children's Liturgy in Arbroath to come and share his experiences with us. The Rite of Enrolment for the Sacraments at St. Bride's will take place this Sunday during the 12.15pm Mass. St. Anne’s Parish Pastoral Council meeting was very well attended a few weeks back. The minutes are available for all on the notice board. Bishop Stephen Robson will come to St. Thomas Church on Sunday 22 February (First in Lent) to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation. One of the agreements at the meeting was that we compile a church directory with the information of all who have responsibilities in the parish, the work they do (v. often unseen and in the background) and also a list of all the keyholders for the Church and their contact details. Can I ask that St Thomas’ Parish Pastoral Council meet with me on Monday 23 February after the 7pm Mass. All parishioners welcome. Please pray for those who are sick: Debbie Macarthur, Jack O’Rourke, Allan Poxon , Jim Ryan, Alex Stuart, Michael McBride, Helen Post, Pauline Murphie, Debbie McArthur, Jim Ryan, Jean Murdoch, John Smith, Marlene Henderson, Gerry Hanlon, Catherine McNally, Father Luke Fong, Margaret Brown, Frank Osborne, Baby Alistair Mearns, Freddie Gray, Mark McCue, Andy Coogan, Ritchie Harper, Isobel Brown, Father Jim Foley, Betty Philbin, Canon Hugh Sreenan, Susan Connolly, James McNair, Helen Blyth, Irene Burton, Riley Johnston, Jessie Smith, Marion Jones, James Roberts, Elma Murray, James Roberts Junior, Owen Hickney, Adam Rennie, Irene Lamb, Margaret Cameron, Margaret Spink, Tom Tait, Bazyl Bubalo, John McCallum, Ina Stuart, Teresa Ritchie, Kim Scott; :those who have died recently: George Allan, Ann Duncan, Annie Lafferty, Ann Duffy, Alex Quinn, Colm Duffy; : those whose anniversaries fall at this time: Arnold Brady, Edwin Hardie, Peggy Quinn, Tom Sweeney, Margaret Quinn, Christina Diamond, Clifford Paine, Martin Chisholm, Elizabeth Mathers, William Pullen, George Cunningham, Colin Lynch, John Mitchell, Eric Simpson, Andrew McKay, May Eddleston, James Dunn, Betty Smith, Helen Dunn, Adam Forsyth, Jeanie Esplin, Janet Tait, Frances Sreenan, Cath Boyle, William Ferrie, Betty Murphy, Alex Small, |Terence Thom, Gerry O'Brien, Joseph Linnen, William Donnachie, John Donnelly, Michael Thomas Niland, Helen Wright, Alexander Ireland, James Pollock. 1pm in St Andrew’s Cathedral Can I ask therefore that everyone who has keys to the church give a note of their name, address, phone numbers to myself or Terry Staddle at their earliest convenience and let us know exactly which keys you have. Many thanks. Kevin St Bride’s Social Evening Saturday 14 March—7pm till late. Food and Entertainment. BYOB. Tickets: Adults £6 and Children £3 Raffle prizes will be gratefully accepted. Tickets from members of the Social Committee or contact Eddie Mahoney 01382532007 or 07759898687. 10am in St. Thomas’ Mass and Social to mark the anniversary of the opening of St. Thomas’ Church on 13 February 1848 will take place this Friday 13 February at 7pm. All welcome. Please come and join us. Refreshments afterwards. Thank you for your generosity in the collection last Sunday of £1051 in St Andrew’s Cathedral, £509 in Arbroath, £806 in Monifieth and £406 in Carnoustie. ———————————————————————————————————————————————————— The Annual Collection for the work of the Church in Catholic Education will be taken next Sunday 15 February at all Masses. A wedding ring has been found in St Bride’s. If you are missing it, please be in touch with Eddie or myself. Altar Servers I would like to appeal to our young people to offer themselves as altar servers. Children who have made their First Holy Communion are welcome, but I would also appeal to our teenagers—boys and girls consider serving at the altar. Parents please encourage your children and teenagers in this ministry. Alan Grieve writes: The generous response to the World Vision appeal by parishioners from all the churches was fantastic and I would like to express my gratitude to everyone who supported me. The £550 raised will enable World Vision to provide 39 coats to refugee children this winter. Can you knit, sew, crochet or craft? If not, would you like to learn or even just join in the chat & company? If you think you'd enjoy such a group, please come along to an initial meeting in St. Anne's Church Hall on Thursday 12 February at 7pm. This is very much an idea for community at the moment with no particular structure or content...all to be decided as suits. If you cannot attend on Thursday but are interested, please email [email protected] or give a note to one of the priests to be passed on.
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