This last week saw the Memorial of. St Teresa of Avila who died in 1582. Teresa of Ávila, born Teresa Sánchez de Cepeda y Ahumada, also called Saint Teresa of Jesus, was a Spanish noblewoman who felt called to convent life in the Catholic Church. A Carmelite nun, prominent Spanish mystic, religious reformer, author, theologian of the contemplative life and of mental prayer, she earned the rare distinction of being declared a Doctor of the Church.
Active during the Catholic Reformation, she reformed the Carmelite Orders of both women and men. The movement she initiated led eventually to the establishment of the Discalced Carmelites. A formal papal decree adopting the split from the old order was issued in 1580. Her written contributions, which include her autobiography, The Life of Teresa of Jesus and her seminal work The Interior Castle, are today an integral part of Spanish Renaissance literature. Together with The Way of Perfection, her works form part of the literary canon of Christian meditation practice, and continue to attract interest from people both within and outside the Catholic Church.
Her last words were: “My Lord, it is time to move on. Well then, may your will be done. O my Lord and my Spouse, the hour that I have longed for has come. It is time to meet one another.”
Let nothing disturb you.
Let nothing make you afraid.
All things are passing.
God alone never changes.
Patience gains all things.
If you have God you will want for nothing.
God alone suffices.
Latest information on the opening of
places of worship under the Covid-19 Restrictions.
For 18 Weeks, from March 22 until July 25th we have been unable to gather as Catholics. Gathering is important as the very word Church means the gathering or assembly. ‘On the first day of the week, when we were assembled to break bread…’ Acts 2:7 From the beginning gathering to celebrate Mass is what makes Church and is what Catholics do and have done since the day Jesus rose from the dead. ‘When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them’ Luke 24:30.
So now tentatively and in strange circumstances we can begin to gather again, listen to the word of God and break bread. In the not too distant future, we will offer praise again but for now that praise must be in the silence of our hearts an offering from our own lives. So, let us use this silence productively; use it for personal prayer offered in the company of other believers. Give thanks because we are Church again and when two or three or fifty are gathered the Lord is present in our midst. Deo Gratias.
For those who are not yet able to join us you too can gather. Gather through YouTube, gather at prayer at 11.00am. Again, while Communion is impaired it is not broken. You will be prayed for at every Mass, as we can Holy Communion will come to you. For those who feel able other quieter times will be set aside and if needed more Masses will be celebrated or services of Holy Communion organised. We will do what can be done that we might, like the early Christians, devote ourselves: ‘to the apostles’ teaching and to community, to the breaking of bread and to prayer’. Act 2 42 Fr Basil
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Our Lady of Loretto and St Michael Parish Finance Appeal
MADE ON BEHALF OF THE PASTORAL COUNCIL AND FINANCE COMMITTEE
As we prepare to reopen the church for private prayer and to comply with Government Health and safety regulations a number of measures have been put in place to allow this to happen. The installation of hand sanitisers, providing wipes, gloves, masks, disinfectants, various other cleaning materials, signage and alternative seating arrangements have all been requirements.
In addition to this I’m sure you will all have been enjoying, and appreciating, the opportunity to take part in the holy Mass being shared on YouTube. In order for this to continue for the foreseeable future and to ensure everyone has the opportunity to access holy mass, additional technical equipment will need to be purchased to ensure we are meeting the GDPR rules.
As you will appreciate this all comes at a cost and with the parish income having reduced by 50% during the pandemic, we would like to appeal to you for a small donation to help cover these additional costs. Donation envelopes will be available in the church house porch if you are passing and can collect one. Envelopes should be returned to the church house.
Alternatively, donations can be made directly to the parish bank account (80-17-68 00242902 – Our Lady of Loretto Musselburgh 2 A/C, using reference APPEAL).
Many thanks in advance for your continued support to help get our church ready to allow us to all be back together soon.
Miriam McHardy (Chair of the Parish Pastoral Council)
Mark Roberts (Chair of the Parish Finance Committee)