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This week in St. Ninian's

Please see the THE LATEST UPDATE from Father Johney ON MEASURES RELATING TO CORONA VIRUS, CLICK HERE

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Sunday 9th August: NINETEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR A

First Reading: First Book of Kings 19:9, 11-13
God commanded the prophet Elijah (900 - 850 BC) to go up the holy mountain (Horeb), where he was to spend the night in a lonely cave. God appeared to Elijah there, in the following way:
First,
“there came a mighty wind, so strong it tore the mountains and shattered the rocks before the Lord.” But “the Lord was not in the wind.” Then there was an earthquake, “but the Lord was not in the earthquake”. Then there was some sort of manifestation of Fire – “but the Lord was not in the fire”.
Finally, there came “the sound of a gentle breeze” – or, in the traditional texts, “a still small voice” – and when Elijah heard this, “he covered his face with his cloak” – that is, he recognised the presence of God in that stillness and calm.

Second Reading: Letter of St. Paul to the Romans 9: 1-5
This passage from Saint Paul describes the agony Paul feels when he thinks about the Jewish people who have rejected the gospel, rejected the Messiah whom their ancestors were promised, and for whom they have waited so long.
“My sorrow is so great, my mental anguish so endless, I would willingly be condemned and be cut off from Christ if it could help my brothers of Israel, my own flesh and blood… They are descended from the patriarchs and from their flesh and blood came Christ who is above all, God for ever blessed!”

Gospel Reading: Matthew 14: 22-33
Today’s gospel is an inspiration to us in those times when we feel that the ‘little boat’ of our life is being tossed about on stormy seas and we’re helpless against the power of the storm …
Having sent away the crowd, Jesus went up into the hills to pray alone. It was well into the night now, and the disciples were out on Lake Galilee, crossing back to the other shore in a boat, when a frightening storm blew up: “the boat, far out on the lake, was battling with a heavy sea, for there was a headwind”.
Around four o’clock in the morning,* Jesus walked out to them across the lake, and the disciples were terrified at the sight. “‘It is a ghost’ they said, and cried out in fear.” Then Jesus called back to them, what he calls to us so often in the midst of some crisis or other: “Courage! It is I! Do not be afraid.”
Peter called out – ‘if it’s really you, Lord, tell me to come to you on the water’, and Jesus said “Come” – so Peter threw himself into the sea and began walking towards Jesus, but then he “felt the force of the wind” and “took fright” - suddenly thinking to himself, ‘What am I doing? - I can’t do this.. people can’t walk on water’, and he “began to sink”. Then he cried out, “Lord! Save me!” And immediately, “Jesus put out his hand.. and held him.”
‘Man of Little faith,’ he said, ‘why did you doubt?’”
They got into the boat and immediately “the wind dropped” – all was calm again.

*The Jews divided the night into four 'watches'; the first was from six o'clock in the evening till nine; the second from nine to twelve; the third from twelve till three; and the fourth from three till six.

Parish Notices

Please see the latest update from Father Johney on measures relating to Corona Virus, CLICK HERE

The following are Mass Times in normal times:

MASS TIMES AT SAINT NINIAN'S

Saturday Vigil: 6.00 pm (Vigil Mass fulfils the Sunday obligation)
Sunday Mass: 9.30am
Weekday Masses: Mon, Wed & Fri:10.00am

CONFESSIONS: Saturday: 5.15 to 5.40 pm

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SICK & HOUSEBOUND: If you know of any parishioner who is sick or housebound and may want a visit from Father Raphael, or would like to have Holy Communion brought to them at home, please let Father know.

HOSPITAL chaplaincy Please note the change in contacts for requesting a priest to visit a person in hospital. Fr Ninian Doohan has advised of new telephone numbers to contact the Hospital Chaplain: 07821 624124, or 01382 660111 to page him. Please alert him when someone requires Pastoral Care while in any of the hospitals.

WANTED! READERS & EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS - Please consider taking a more active part in the Liturgy as a reader. Readers are currently in short supply, especially for our Saturday Vigil Mass. If you would like to participate as a reader please add your name to the sheets at the back of the church or speak to Canon, Theresa or May. Thank you. New rotas are now available in the porch.

SERRA MASSES FOR VOCATIONS
Serra Masses will be held at 7pm in Lawside Convent on the last Tuesday of each monthSee poster in porch. Our need for vocations to the priesthood and to consecrated life has never been so critical and we should all pray fervently that the Lord will send us the Priests and Religious who are so necessary to preserve our Church in these difficult times.

Are you interested in the Priesthood? - If you would like more information about the priesthood, please contact the Director of Vocations, Father Jim Walls at St. Stephen's, 8 Bank Street Blairgowrie: tel:01250 872171, or email: jimwalls@btinternet.com

THE PERMANENT DIACONATE
The Church is in great need of vocations to the permanent diaconate. If you are a man over 30yrs old - married or single, please consider whether you may be being called to offer yourself in service to the Church as a Deacon. To read more about the permanent Diaconate, click on the link DEACONS

DUNDEE LATIN MASS
"The Extraordinary Form of the Mass, the Traditional Latin Mass, began to be offered once more in St Joseph’s Lawside Convent Dundee on the fourth Sunday of Lent, March 15th 2015. The Lord Bishop of Dunkeld invited Father John Emerson (of the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter) to re-establish this liturgical apostolate at the request of the lay faithful of the diocese." For further information about Masses, which now take place in Saint Pius X, Balerno Street, Dundee, please visit the website, at https://dundeelatinmass.com/

CHILDREN'S LITURGY
There is a 'Little Church' for children every Sunday Morning. Children rejoin the people at the Offertory procession, having been out for a while learning about the readings of the day in their own way.
We are still looking for at least one volunteer to help with supervising, assisting the liturgists in the activities. This would mean taking a turn about once a month. Please see Mgr. if you can help. Thanks a lot!

ST. NINIAN'S PRIMARY SCHOOL
St. Ninian's Primary School Parent Council

If you would like to get in touch with the School's Parent Council for any reason, their email address is stninians@dundeeparentcouncil.org

CAKE & CANDY:
The Cake & Candy table at our Sunday Mass is in great need of helpers to sell our cakes
. If you feel you are able to give a few minutes once a month, please contact Helen Scroggie. Your help will be greatly appreciated.

DUNDEE FOOD BANK:
Many thanks for your donations. This is an ongoing project in the parish and there are boxes at theback of the Church, and lists of foods this charity needs posted on the notice board. Your donations also would be most gratefully received.

EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network)
Have you discovered EWTN yet?! - the TV network for Catholics. Traditional Catholic programmes for all ages. Fascinating interviews, wonderful children's programmes, live Mass, Rosary, Papal audiences, etc. etc. Visit the EWTN website by clicking HERE.
You can get EWTN If you have Sky t.v., or a Freesat box for either Sky or BBC on the 'Religion' tab, number 588; and you can watch it live on your computer as it goes out on the TV channel.

A messge from the SVdeP Conference in the Cathedral
Dear Parishioners, The Saint Vincent de Paul Society runs a club for kids with additional needs. We meet every Thursday from 18:30 to 20:30 at the Kingspark School Dundee. At the moment we are in need of more volunteers to run the club safely. If you think you can help, please contact us at ozana.club@gmail.com or 07575702739.

Nightfever in St Andrew’s Cathedral: Vigil Mass of Sunday at 5.30 pm followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, finishing with Night Prayer and Benediction at 10.30 pm. All are invited to spend some time during the evening in prayer and Adoration. Please take a leaflet from the back of the Church.

Taizé Prayer and Praise
Message from James Murphie:
"TAIZÉ PRAYER SERVICE, First Thursday of each month at 7pm in St Joseph's Chapel, 42 Wilkie's Lane, Dundee - an hour of Taizé chant, music, Adoration and prayer - next service is Thursday 3rd September 2015. All very welcome.
See Poster in the Church porch.

200 CLUB
Anyone who would like to join the 200 Club would be most welcome. Please see poster in porch.

GIFT AID
Thank you to all who participate in the scheme. There are still some envelopes in the sacristy. Please collect your supply for the year. If anyone wants to join the gift aid scheme, please give a note of your name and telephone number to Father Raphael.
To read more about Gift Aid, click on the button on the Sidebar, or on this link GIFT AID

KEEP FIT sessions: Over 50s exercise to music. Thursdays 2.00 p.m. in the Hall, followed by tea and a natter. All proceeds go to the Building Fund. Come along and enjoy the fun!

Church Flowers: The flowers are always beautiful, and donations would be very welcome to help in their purchase. There are tins at the back of the Church.

DUNKELD YOUTH SERVICE
For further information regarding the Dunkeld Youth Service contact Carol A. Gillespie, 01382 204022. Email : youth.office@dunkelddiocese.org.uk

Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults:
Those volunteers whose ministries require them to be members of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups scheme are reminded that they are required to attend an awareness session annually. All those who work with vulnerable groups and are not yet members of the PVG scheme must complete the process by the end of June.

THE PERMANENT DIACONATE
The Church is in great need of vocations to the permanent diaconate. If you are a man over 30yrs old - married or single, please consider whether you may be being called to offer yourself in service to the Church as a Deacon. To read more about the permanent Diaconate, click on the link DEACONS

Knights of Saint Columba: Are you ready to SERVE GOD by SERVING OTHERS? For further information please call Martin on 07976 027 346. Martin Gardner

PARISHIONER VOLUNTEERS
All volunteers in active ministry within the Parish are reminded that they are obligated to attend a Safeguarding Awareness Session at least once every 18 months.
Any volunteers needing to become PVG Scheme members can do so at these sessions. See Father Johney for details.

FAMILY PLANNING LEAFLET
Family Planning – God’s Way – Nature’s Way. The Billings Ovulation Method® of Natural Family Planning is 99% effective in avoiding pregnancy with no side effects. This method is also very helpful for couples having difficulty conceiving and is a natural alternative to IVF.
For an information pack or details of a tutor in your area, please contact Fertility Care Scotland Central Office on 0141 352 7930; e-mail info@fertilitycare.org.uk or visit our website at www.fertilitycare.org.uk

ST. NINIAN INSTITUTE
Please see leaflets at the back of the Church relating to courses to be run this year by the St Ninian Institute. To learn more about the Institute, visit their website at
www.stninianinstitute.ac.uk/

LOST PROPERTY
There is a lot of ‘lost property’ at the back of the Church: if anyone has lost gloves etc, please take them, as anything unclaimed in the next few weeks will be taken to a charity shop.

CATHOLIC EDUCATION The syllabus for Catholic Education in our Primary Schools is available for your information. Please speak to Father Raphael for further information on this important topic. The education of our children in the Faith is important for us all, not just for the children and parents themselves. They are the future of the Catholic Faith in our Country.

SENIOR CITIZENS CLUB: With much regret, the Club has had to close for the meantime. Lack of numbers, illness and heavy personal responsibilities have resulted in there being no-one able to take over the running of the Club. We hope very much to restart at some time in the future, but unfortunately at present the club will no longer meet on Mondays at 2.00 pm in the Hall.

THE CHURCH'S STAND ON MARRIAGE: In response to recent proposals put forward by the Scottish parliament regarding Marriage Laws in Scotland, the Bishops of Scotland issued a statement on what the Catholic Church teaches about marriage, and why. You can read their statement, and others relating to different issues, on the Bishops of Scotland website, http://www.bpsconfscot.com/

DON'T FORGET! - we have a selection of Catholic newspapers at the back of the church every week.

BOOK SALES: As we have a large number of books at present; could future donations be given to the SCIAF coffee morning or Welburn for the time being. Thank you.

USED POSTAGE STAMPS - please remember your used postage stamps for the Little Sisters at Wellburn.

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