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This week in St. Ninian's
Sunday 18th August:
TWENTIETH SUNDAY, YEAR C

“Think of the way he stood such opposition from sinners,
then you will not give up for want of courage.”

First Reading: Jeremiah 38:4-6. 8-10
Today’s Old Testament reading recounts one of the many trials suffered by the prophet Jeremiah in carrying out his mission to speak the word of God to the people of Israel, the chosen people.
Some of the powerful men of Jerusalem approached the King and told him that Jeremiah’s preaching was
“unquestionably disheartening” both the soldiers and the people in the city. “The fellow”, they said, “does not have the welfare of this people at heart so much as its ruin”. King Zedekiah gave them leave to do whatever they liked with Jeremiah, since he was ‘powerless against them’, and they forthwith had Jeremiah thrown into a deep dry well, where it could be expected that he would die of thirst.
One good man however – a foreigner,
“Ebed-melech the Cushite” – went to the king and told him what they had done, and the king gave him permission to “pull the prophet Jeremiah out of the well before he dies”.

Second Reading: Letter to the Hebrews 12:1-4
The writer of the letter to the Hebrews (who was not Saint Paul) encourages his fellow Christians to persevere in their faith, and not give up in the face of trials. He urges them:
“Let us not lose sight of Jesus, who … endured the cross, disregarding the shamefulness of it, and from now on has taken his place at the right of God’s throne. Think of the way he stood such opposition from sinners, then you will not give up for want of courage.”

Gospel Reading: Luke 12:49-53
In the Gospel reading today Our Lord makes it plain to his disciples that the way of the Christian is a way that will inevitably lead to opposition, trials and ‘divisions’ of every sort.
The teaching of Christ is a
“fire” in the world, and its ‘blazing’ is a powerful threat to the status quo. “I have come to bring fire to the earth”, says Jesus, “and how I wish it were blazing already!”.
Our Lord asks:
“Do you suppose I am here to bring peace on earth?”, and answers, “No … but rather division”. Because even in a single small household, it will result in “the father divided against the son, son against father, mother against daughter, daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law, daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”
I suppose we should take from this that the Christian way is not a way of passive non-resistance to everything that’s going on in the world – ‘peace at any price’, but that there are times when peace must be surrendered for the sake of Truth and Right. Jeremiah certainly didn’t have a very ‘peaceful’ existence!

Parish Notices

By Claire-Marie GuirronMASS 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

Visit of Father Jojesh, all the way from India! click here

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 Mass times 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 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.

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 589; 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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