week in St. Ninian's
1st December: FIRST
SUNDAY OF ADVENT, YEAR A
house of Jacob, come,
let us walk in the light of the Lord!”
Today is the first
Sunday of the Church’s year, the first of Advent. It is a time
of ‘waiting’, but also of repentance and penance in readiness
for the coming of Jesus into the world.
The season calls us to be ‘ready’ always, for the day will
come for each one of us as individuals, when the Lord will come to call
us home and we will have to give an account of ourselves to him. Today’s
readings show us the way to do this; namely, to ‘walk in the light
of the Lord’ every day.
In every parish the first candle of the Advent wreath will be lit. To
read about the significance of the wreath, CLICK
Reading: Isaiah 2:1-5
The Prophet Isaiah sets forth his vision of the time when all
the nations of the earth will acknowledge the God of Israel as the one
true God; will say,
“Come let us go up to the mountain
of the Lord,
to the Temple of the God of Jacob
that he may teach us his ways
so that we may walk in his paths;
since the Law will go out from Zion,
and the oracle of the Lord from Jerusalem.”
He looks to that distant day when the Lord will “wield
authority over the nations, and adjudicate between many peoples”;
a time of peace on the earth, when “Nation
will not lift sword against nation”
and “there will be no more training
The reading ends with a stirring call to us all, which seems to encapsulate
perfectly how we should to embark upon this wonderful season Advent:
“O house of Jacob, come,
let us walk in the light of the Lord.”
Second Reading: Letter of
St. Paul to the Romans 13:11-14
St. Paul echoes Isaiah’s call, urging us to ‘walk
in the light of the Lord’.
"You know ‘the time’
has now come: you must wake up now: our salvation is even nearer than
it was when we were converted. The night
is almost over, it will be daylight soon. Let us give up all the things
we prefer to do under cover of the dark; let us arm ourselves and appear
in the light. …Let your armour
be the Lord Jesus Christ."
Reading: Matthew 24: 37-44
Today’s gospel reading is also a call to walk in the
Light. Jesus tells his disciples that they need to be ‘awake’
at all times. They cannot presume they have all the time in the world
and can, therefore, indulge their appetites and passions, and postpone
living a good and holy life until later.
He sets before them the example of “Noah’s
day”, when people were all “eating,
drinking, taking wives, taking husbands”,
completely unsuspecting of the disastrous Flood that was about to overtake
them. “So stay awake,”
says Our Lord, “because you do
not know the day when your master is coming.”
And he gives them a second example, that of a ‘householder’
who, if he’d known what time a burglar was going to break in,
would have “stayed awake”
and not allowed him to break in and steal his property.
The reading ends with a stern warning from Our Lord: “You
too must stand ready, because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you
do not expect.”
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
Saturday: 5.15 to 5.40 pm
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& 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.
& 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.
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
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 Father Johney 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 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.
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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