Parish – Safeguarding Training 2021 

A message to all our Parish volunteer and potential volunteers 

From Julie Roberts the parish Safeguarding Co-ordinator


Most of our parish volunteers have completed the Induction Training Part 1 but are now due to complete Part 2. 

The courses (Part 1 & Part 2) detailed below have now become available online.  Please consider booking onto one of them in anticipation of us returning to our roles in the near future.  Especially important for volunteers of Children’s Liturgy, OLOLYPS, Sacristans and Communion Ministers to make sure you have completed the required training. Also important for anyone thinking of volunteering as the training is now part of the application proces.

Safeguarding Courses (Parts 1 & 2) click <<HERE>> to book your place.


Easter 2021

My thanks to Jimmy Thomson for this phot0 of the Church decorated for Easter.

My brothers and sisters
On the third Sunday of Easter, we continue to hear Gospel accounts of Jesus’ appearances to his disciples following his Resurrection (NB We are still in Easter Day). Today’s reading, taken from the Gospel of Luke, follows immediately after the report of Jesus’ appearance to his disciples on the road to Emmaus. This is the event being recounted by the disciples in the opening verse of today’s Gospel.
The echoes of last Sunday’s reading taken from St John are so clear that it is reasonably assumed that they were both using a common source.  We might also assume that the stories of Jesus’ resurrection appearances circulated amongst the little communities of believers, taking shape, and being written down to be remembered, long before the gospels themselves were written.
Consistently in these remembrances, Jesus greets his disciples with the words, “Peace be with you.” Think of the circumstances. The disciples have witnessed the death of someone they loved, and they now fear for their own lives as well. Peace is what they need more than anything else. Jesus often connects this greeting of peace with another gift—forgiveness. In today’s Gospel, this connection is made in the final verses. Peace is a gift from God that follows on from our repentance, a peace that the world cannot give. A gift we are to share with others through our witness to the wonder of Jesus’ death and resurrection.

Yours in Christ

Fr Basil


‘My Jesus, I Believe that You are in the Blessed Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I long for You in my soul.
Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
Although You have already come, I embrace You and unite myself entirely to You;
never permit me to be separated from You.’

Prayer to Saint Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church

Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. To you God entrusted his only Son; in you Mary placed her trust; with you Christ became man. Blessed Joseph, to us too, show yourself a father and guide us in the path of life. Obtain for us grace, mercy and courage, & defend us from every evil.



Changes to the covid restrictions

The 50-capacity restriction on places of worship in Scotland is being changed from Monday 26 April. Capacity will be determined by the size of your church, with the continued requirement of 2 metre physical distancing. Registering the attendees at each Mass and the other mitigations of face coverings, hand sanitiser and one-way systems etc. will still be necessary. It means bigger churches will be able to welcome more people to Mass, which is very good news. Places of worship will be expected to undertake a building assessment to determine capacity. In both Musselburgh and Tranent this will make only a marginal difference in terms of individuals but with family groups we may be able to fit in a few more people at each Sunday Mass.

From 26 April the maximum capacity at both weddings and funerals will rise to 50 (it is currently 5 for weddings and 20 for funerals). 

Children under 12
Children under 5 are not included in the building capacity. Children between 5 and 12 have now to be included in the capacity count.

The obligation to attend Mass remains suspended at this time and you can still take part in Mass Mass & Stations from Tranent and Musselburgh anytime click–>

Parish Communities YouTube channel

Click here for — > Mass Times and the Re-Opening the doors of our Churches 

Register for Mass

If you have not been to Mass since before Christmas you will now have to register again. The only Mass where we have a reasonable number of places is Saturday at 10.00am.  Please note that we have Mass at 10.00am on Wednesdays and Fridays and even if you are unable to make it at the weekends this at least allows you a weekly act of public worship.


Parish Pastoral Council – Meeting Monthly
If you wish anything to be discussed at this meeting then contact the secretary  Andrew Nicolson
Click -> Our Lady of Loretto – Parish Office

Children’s Liturgy –> At Home –Online Resources 

Staying in touch –  Information about the WhatsApp Parish Group

Justice, Peace and Environment
–>Latest News – Pope Francis call to lay down weapons of mass dedtruction.


–>Latest Information re- Laudate Si

Saturday 24 April – Practical responses to Laudato Si’ , 10 – 11:30.

Laudato Si’ calls us to hear and respond to the cries of the earth and the poor. We will share experience in making practical responses, such as in daily choices (for example to do with food shopping, heating,…),and through creative ideas like community gardens.  We will  focus on  personal, community and parish life.

Further information and registration:

This is an event from the Caritas, Justice and Peace Commission of the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh


Extermintating Poverty OR  the Poor

The true story of how a Scottish doctor took on Marie Stopes 100 years ago, and why this matters today. This webinar will inform and inspire those who take up the pro-life fight today.

It takes place at 7:45pm on Monday 26th April.

Register here –> Exterminating Poverty Or The Poor,


Delivery of Newsletters

Once more we need you to distribute newsletters and stay in touch with one another. Please help by printing and passing information on as you can.  Who knows how long this present situation is going to last so we need to be supportive of one another. .
Newsletters are available in the house porch so if you should pass by, as part of your Covid Restricted essential daily exercise routine, you may pick one up. You may also print and/or email them from this website.


Our Lady of Loretto and St Michael Parish Finance Appeal

Please click this Secure Link if you wish to make a donation to the Parish of Our Lady of Loretto and St Michael the Archangel


Plans for the Modernisation of the Loretto Community Hall

Below are the proposals for modernisation of the kitchen and you are invited to offer up ideas once you have had a look at the proposals. 
Click here to see Draft Proposals for changes to Loretto Community Hall – Kitchen Facilities

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