week in St. Ninian's
21st January: THIRD SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME, YEAR B
“The Kingdom of God is at hand.
Repent, and believe the Good News!”
Reading: Jonah 3:1-5. 10
Today’s Old Testament reading is a drastic condensation
of the story of Jonah. The background is that Jonah was charged by God
with the task of preaching Repentance to the people of Nineveh, a city
so great it took “three days
to cross it”. Jonah tried to escape
his commission by taking ship, but the ship hit storms and the sailors
concluded they were harbouring a murderer or something in the person
of Jonah and chucked him overboard, where he got swallowed by a whale
and spent a very unpleasant three days “in
the belly of the whale”, until it
spewed him out on land again. Only then did he realise he couldn’t
get out of his God-given task. So off he went, journeying through the
great city, proclaiming, “Only
forty days more and Nineveh is going to be destroyed”.
Amazingly, the people believed him; they took his dire prophecy seriously,
and “proclaimed a fast and put
on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least”.
God saw their efforts to ‘renounce their evil behaviour’,
and “did not inflict on them
the disaster which he had threatened”.
Jonah was mightily cheesed off with this – no doubt humiliated
by the failure of his ‘fire & brimstone’ prophecy to
materialise – and went out into the desert to die. If you want
to know how the story ends, you’ll have to read it yourself!
Second Reading: First Corinthians,
“Brothers: our time is growing short.
…those who have to deal with the world should not become engrossed
in it. I say this because the world as we know it is passing away.”
Paul, like Jonah, preaches the end of the world and the necessity of
renouncing our evil behaviour, of guarding ourselves from becoming enmeshed
in the ‘cares and pleasures’ of the world.
Readng: Mark 1:14-20
The gospel today gives us a record of the earliest public teaching of
Our Lord, a call to Repentance. Not long after his baptism in the Jordan,
when John the Baptist had been arrested, Jesus “went
into Galilee”. His message was stark:
“The time has come. The Kingdom of God
is at hand. Repent, and believe the Good News.”
In the second part of the reading, we have the call of Simon, Andrew,
James and John.
They were all fishermen; and Jesus, walking along the shore, called
them to become “fishers of men.”
Like the people of Nineveh, their response was immediate and
dramatic. “At once they left their nets
and followed him.”
The world is full of ‘nets’,
of one kind or another, no?
the latest bulletin from Saint Ninian's,
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!
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.
Wellburn Mass times: please see notice in the porch.
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as it goes out on the TV channel.
DUNDEE FOOD BANK:
Many thanks for your donations. This
is an ongoing project in the parish and there are boxes at the back of
the Church, and lists of foods this charity needs posted on the notice
board. Your donations also would be most gratefully received.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Anyone who would like to join the 200 Club would be most welcome. Please
see poster in porch.
The total raised from Gift Aid, Oct 2013-Apr 2015 was £7420.87.
Thank you to all who participate in the
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 a member
of the SVdeP.
To read more about Gift Aid, click on the button on the Sidebar, or on
this link GIFT AID
& HOUSEBOUND: Please click on the link
to this week's BULLETIN to see our list of
sick and housebound in need of your prayers this week.
If you know of any parishioner who is housebound, please contact a member
of the St Vincent de Paul Society to arrange Holy Communion.
NINEWELLS HOSPITAL - Hospital Chaplain, Canon
Aldo Angelosanto can be contacted
on Dundee 611282 or on the main hospital switchboard
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!
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 : email@example.com
ST. NINIAN'S PRIMARY SCHOOL
St. Ninian's Primary School Parent
For information from the Parent Council, details of previous meetings,
agendas, etc., please click the link PARENT
COUNCIL. If you would like to get in touch with the School's
Parent Council for any reason, their email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Protection of Children and Vulnerable
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.
SERRA MASSES FOR VOCATIONS
Serra Masses will be held at 7pm in
Lawside Convent on the last Tuesday of each month – See
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
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: email@example.com
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.
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 Mgr.McBride for details.
FAMILY PLANNING LEAFLET
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contact Fertility Care Scotland Central Office on 0141 352 7930;
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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
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.
EDUCATION The syllabus for
Catholic Education in our Primary Schools is available for your information.
Please speak to Monsignor McBride 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.
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.
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/
& 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.
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
USED POSTAGE STAMPS - please remember
your used postage stamps for the Little Sisters at Wellburn.
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