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ST. NINIANS CHURCH, Dickson Avenue, Dundee DD2 4DA
Tel 01382 669966

http://www.stniniandundee.org.uk   Scottish Charity No: SC001910

ST. NINIANS CHURCH,
Dickson Avenue,
Dundee DD2 4DA
Tel 01382 669966
Scottish Charity No: SC00191
E-MAIL: stninians@dunkelddiocese.org.uk
WEBSITE: http://www.stniniandundee.org.uk

24th May 2020
SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER – YEAR A

There will be no public Masses in the parish until further notice.

FOR LIVE COVERAGE OF MASSES IN THE EASTER SEASON CELEBRATED BY BISHOP STEPHEN, SEE https://www.dunkelddiocese.co.uk/livestream-mass/

Father Johney has posted a number of updates to the current information: for details, please click:

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The Bishops of Scotland have issued a directive to all Catholic Parishes in response to government demands that we all avoid large-scale gatherings. The following is a word from Father Johney with the text of the Bishops' letter.

ST NINIAN’S RC CHURCH, DICKSON AVENUE,
DUNDEE, DD2 4DA

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

I would like to present the summary of the Statement from the Bishop’s Conference of Scotland:

In this time of trial, we, the Bishops of Scotland, wish to send you a word of reassurance and encouragement. As your bishops and with our priests and deacons, we assure you of our continuing commitment to your spiritual, pastoral and sacramental needs.

We have taken the difficult decision respecting the prudential judgement of each bishop to suspend Holy Mass in public for the time being from Thursday 19th March.

Priests will continue to celebrate Holy Mass in private with the particular intention of praying for those suffering from Covid-19 and those who care for them.

Our Churches will remain open for personal prayer and we would encourage priests to welcome individuals who seek consolation and encouragement from the Lord.

Priests will be available for the reception of the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick and Holy Communion as and when they are needed especially for the sick and housebound.

For the celebration of baptisms, funeral Masses and weddings we would ask that only close family are invited.

We encourage you where possible to access the live streaming of Holy Mass from the many parishes. Bishop Stephen is looking for the possibility of streaming Mass live from St Joseph’s Convent chapel on the Diocesan website www.dunkelddiocese.org.uk. In addition, those who have SKY TV or those with the appropriate satellite connections can participate in Mass daily, and in a whole lot more from the EWTN Network. EWTN can also be accessed through the EWTN website, phone, iPad and tablet APS.

Our celebration of Holy Week and the Sacred Triduum may indeed be curtailed by this government advice and we will seek means of celebrating those most important three days of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil online so that they may be accessible in your own home. The Holy Father, Pope Francis will be celebrating the Sacred Triduum online from St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and that celebration will unite us in prayer with all Catholics throughout the world.

Please send your donations to SCIAF or making them on-line to the SCIAF Wee Box Appeal at www.sciaf.org.uk. Or handover to the church.

Let us continue our prayers by daily readings from the Bible, reciting Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy, making Stations of the Cross etc.,

We shall entrust all, especially those already afflicted by the virus and all health care professionals, to the care of Our Lady of Lourdes, Health of the Sick.

Let’s get united in prayer to our God.

Fr. Johney Raphael CST
Parish Priest


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