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This week in St. Ninian's
10th December: SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT, YEAR B

“A voice cries in the wilderness,
‘Prepare a way for the Lord. Make a straight highway for our God
across the desert!”

First Reading: Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11
“Speak to the heart of Jerusalem
and call to her
that her time of service is ended,
that her sin is atoned for …
A voice cries in the wilderness, ‘Prepare a way for the Lord.
Make a straight highway for our God
across the desert…

Go up on a high mountain,
joyful messenger to Zion.
Shout with a loud voice,
joyful messenger to Jerusalem …
say to the towns of Judah, ‘Here is your God!’.

Second Reading: Second letter of St. Peter 3:8-14
“You should be living holy and saintly lives while you wait and long for the Day of God to come, when the sky will dissolve in flames and the elements melt in the heat.
What we are waiting for is what he promised: the new heavens and new earth, the place where righteousness will be at home…
do your best to live lives without spot or stain so that he will find you at peace.

Gospel Readng: Mark 1:1-8
Today’s gospel reading is the opening of St. Mark’s gospel. It begins with a reference back to Isaiah’s prophecy concerning the ‘precursor’, the messenger who will prepare the people for the coming of the Messiah, and goes on to say that John the Baptist is the messenger who fulfils that prophecy.
“It is written in the book of the prophet Isaiah:
Look I am going to send my messenger before you:
He will prepare your way.
A voice cries in the wilderness:
Prepare a way for the Lord,
make straight his paths.”

St. Mark now identifies John the Baptist as the fulfilment of this prophecy:
“And so it was that John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.”
Mark tells us that John “wore a garment of camel-skin, and lived on locusts and wild honey”. In his preaching he declared:
‘Someone is following me, someone who is more powerful than I, and I am not fit to kneel down and undo the strap of his sandals.
I have baptised you with water, but he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit
.’”

Parish Notices

By Claire-Marie GuirronFor the latest bulletin from Saint Ninian's,
CLICK HERE


CHILDREN'S LITURGY
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!

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.

WELLBURN
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.

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 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
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.

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

ST. NINIAN'S PRIMARY SCHOOL
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 stninians@dundeeparentcouncil.org

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 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

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 Mgr.McBride 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 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, http://www.bpsconfscot.com/

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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