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This week in St. Ninian's

“Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him...
and the leprosy left him at once and he was healed.”

First Reading: Leviticus 13: 1 - 2, 44 - 46
In today’s Old Testament reading God gives Moses the Law relating to how lepers are to be treated among the people. When leprosy is suspected by a man he is to present himself to the Priest, and the priest will pronounce him “
He must
“wear his clothing torn and his hair disordered; he must shield his upper lip and cry, ‘Unclean. Unclean’”. He must live “apart” and “outside the camp”. We can see from this what a disaster it would be to be leper. You would be considered filthy and untouchable, and would be condemned to a life cut off from your friends and family for the rest of your days – unless, by some miracle, you were healed… )

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 10: 31 - 11: 1
Saint Paul recognises the importance of not deliberately
“offending” people, but trying to be helpful to everyone at all times. Unfortunately though, even if you’re trying hard not to offend anybody, you find that as a Christian your beliefs just are an ‘offence’ to others. Presumably Paul didn’t mean we should just ‘go with the flow’, and be inoffensive just to please everybody?

Gospel Reading: Mark 1: 40 - 45
Like the Old Testament reading, the gospel today is about leprosy.
“A leper came to Jesus and pleaded on his knees: ‘if you want to’ he said, ‘you can heal me.’ Feeling sorry for him, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him. ‘Of course I want to’ he said. ‘Be healed’. And the leprosy left him at once and he was healed.”
Our Lord then gives him an instruction: “Mind you say nothing to anyone, but go and show yourself to the priest and make the offering for your healing prescribed by Moses as evidence of your recovery”. The ancient Law seems to have been formulated to ensure a sort of 'low key', almost private, notification to the authorities that a healing of leprosy had taken place..
We don't know if the leper did show himself to the priest, but it certainly wasn't all he did. Going well beyond his remit, he went away, and “started talking about if freely and telling the story everywhere”, with the result that Jesus had to change the way he taught. He could no longer go “openly” to the people in the towns, but had to remain "in outside places where nobody lived” – almost as though he had become a leper himself – and the people had to come to him - for “even so, people from all around would come to him.”
It’s a strange gospel reading: we’re moved by Our Lord’s compassion – “Of course I want to”, and filled with wonder at his power to heal – “He stretched out his hand and touched him … and the leprosy left him”. But we’re also warned about the consequences of not doing exactly what God tells us, and thinking we’ve got a better idea.

Parish Notices

By Claire-Marie GuirronFor 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.

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.

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 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.

The total raised from Gift Aid, Oct 2013-Apr 2015 was £7420.87. 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 a member of the SVdeP.
To read more about Gift Aid, click on the button on the Sidebar, or on this link GIFT AID

SICK & 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 (Dundee 660111).

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.

For further information regarding the Dunkeld Youth Service contact Carol A. Gillespie, 01382 204022. Email :

St. Ninian's Primary School Parent Council
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

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.

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:

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

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 – 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 or visit our website at

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.

CATHOLIC 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.

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,

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.

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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