week in St. Ninian's
Sunday 24th March: THIRD
SUNDAY OF LENT, YEAR C
man who thinks he is safe must be careful that he does not fall.”
Reading: Exodus 3:1-8. 13-15
Today’s Old Testament reading records Moses’ encounter
with God in the burning bush.
Moses was working as a shepherd for his father-in-law Jethro, and in
a lonely place on the steppes of Mount Horeb he saw at a distance what
appeared to be a ‘bush blazing, but not being burnt up’.
He approached the place to see what it was, and now “God
called to him from the middle of the bush”, telling him
“Come no nearer”. “Take off
your shoes” God said, “for
the place on which you stand is holy ground”.
Then God revealed to Moses his plan to liberate the Israelites from
their slavery in Egypt, and commissioned Moses to be his messenger to
them. Moses was afraid that they would not receive him, and asked God
by what Name he should call him, so as to identify himself as God’s
messenger to the Jewish people. God replied, “I
Am that I Am”. … “The
Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac,
and the God of Jacob. This is my name for all time; by this name I shall
be invoked for all generations to come.”
Second Reading: First Letter to
the Corinthians 10:1-6.10-12
Paul reminds the Christians at Corinth of the marvellous way
in which Moses led the Israelites out of captivity in Egypt and on towards
their promised land. The people, he says, “were
all baptised into Moses”; “all ate the same spiritual food
and all drank the same spiritual drink”,
i.e. water from “the spiritual
rock that followed them”, the “rock”
that was Christ. Despite all this, however, “most
of them failed to please God” and
died in the wilderness.
He tells us this is a warning to us: “it
was written down to be a lesson for us who are living at the end of
the age”. The reading ends with a
rather ominous warning against complacency: “The
man who thinks he is safe must be careful that he does not fall”.
Reading: Luke 13:1-9
Today’s gospel reading is also a warning
against complacency. People came and reported to Jesus that several
of their nation – certain “Galileans” –
had been slaughtered by the Romans at the very moment when they were
making a sacrifice to God. Our Lord assured them that those Galileans
“were no greater sinners than any
other Galileans”, and warned them,
“unless you repent you will all
perish as they did.”
He then went on to tell the parable of the fig tree which “a
man … planted in his vineyard”.
For three years he came “looking
for fruit on it but found none”, and
finally said to his gardener, “Cut
it down: why should it be taking up the ground?”.
But the gardener pleaded with him: “leave
it one more year and give me time to dig round it and manure it: it
may bear fruit next year”, but “if
not, then you can cut it down.”
The season of Lent
is surely a good time for us to ‘dig around’ in
the roots of our own lives? – uncomfortable as the process may
be. . .
TIMES AT SAINT NINIAN'S
6.00 pm (Vigil Mass fulfils the Sunday obligation)
Sunday Mass: 9.30am
Weekday Masses: Mon, Wed & Fri:10.00am
Saturday: 5.15 to 5.40 pm
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& 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.
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.
& 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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 email@example.com
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.
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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
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
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
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
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.
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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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;
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
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/
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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