Jan 2021 Information

Covid 19 

Tier 4 Restrictions – Places of Worship.

Funerals: 

Funerals including Requiem Masses in Church, are permitted with a maximum number of 20 people.

Weddings 

Curently Weddings are permitted with a maximum number of 5 people. 

Future WeddingsAre you planning to marry this year? You should give you parish priest at least six months’ notice before the date of your wedding. Marriage preparation course dates are now available for the Archdiocese. Find them at Pastoral Governance – Marriage/Families or email [email protected]

Baptisms

 Baptisms will have to be rescheduled and I will be in contact with those who had baptisms planned over the next few weeks.

The essential work of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society in St Martin’s and Caritas in Musselburgh carries on thanks to your generosity. Again, anyone in need of help shouldn’t hesitate to get in contact.

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Fri 15th Jan 2021

Dear Friends,

I have attached this weeks newsletter and am sending it out early as I have the parish accounts for 2020 to prepare for submission to the Archdiocese and a Dental appointment.  Given the choice I am off to the dentist which only shows how much a hate doing accounts.

No doubt you will hear more from me later but in sending this I trust you are all well.

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 if you are able to deliver any and you can print and/or email them from this website.

With best wishes

Fr Basil

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Remember that Sunday Mass is recorded and posted on You Tube from 11.00am each Sunday.

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Details of the What’s App Parish Group

The aim of the WhatsApp Parish Group is to provide opportunity to parishioners to maintain contact with each other as a Community Group throughout this Covid Pandemec. The messages in the WhatsApp Parish Group are not available to the general public. It works in two ways. First you are included in all Group messages so you will receive texts from every one who sends a text to the group. this incudes Fr Basil, Parish Pastoral Council, Justice and Peace etc and of course parishioners. Second should you choose to, you can text to the Group. You might rather send or receive private texts with individuals that you know well.  All these options are available. by text.

This has been a fantastic group for those who have been shielding and can not go out. A great way to receive news and receive information about what is going on in the Parish.

If you would like to join the WhatsApp Parish Group please email:-

Click here for email address – send your name and phone number and ask to be added.

If you don’t have WhatsApp on your Smartphone and would kike to know more about it Click here –> Whats App Beginners Step by Step Guide.  

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Parish Pastoral Council – Thursday  14th 7.30pm. Every Thursday until 11th February.

If you wish anything to be discussed at this meeting then contact the secretary  Andrew Nicolson on [email protected]

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 

This takes place from 18-25 January. Resources are available at
 https://ctbi.org.uk/week-of-prayer-for-christian-unity-2021/

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Sacramental Talks 

Rediscover the power of the Sacraments in a new online talk titled Fire & Water, covering confirmation and baptism. Sign up for your deanery area by emailing [email protected].
All talks on Zoom.
Mid/East Lothian & Borders: Mon 18 Jan 2:00pm
Edinburgh: Mon 18 Jan 7:30pm
Falkirk & Stirling Mon 25 Jan 7:30pm.

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I think we should be praying for the USA. When the worlds most powerful country is in turmoil it affects us all.

A prayer for peace

Great God, who has told us
“Vengeance is mine,”
save us from ourselves,
save us from the vengeance in our hearts
and the acid in our souls.

Save us from our desire to hurt as we have been hurt,
to punish as we have been punished,
to terrorize as we have been terrorized.

Give us the strength it takes
to listen rather than to judge,
to trust rather than to fear,
to try again and again
to make peace even when peace eludes us.

We ask, O God, for the grace
to be our best selves.
We ask for the vision
to be builders of the human community
rather than its destroyers.
We ask for the humility as a people
to understand the fears and hopes of other peoples.

We ask for the love it takes
to bequeath to the children of the world to come
m
ore than the failures of our own making.
We ask for the heart it takes
to care for all the peoples
[in Washington D.C. and around our nation tonight]
as well as for ourselves.

Give us the depth of soul, O God,
to constrain our might,
to resist the temptations of power
to refuse to attack the attackable,
to understand
that vengeance begets violence,
and to bring peace—not war—wherever we go.

For You, O God, have been merciful to us.
For You, O God, have been patient with us.
For You, O God, have been gracious to us.
And so may we be merciful
and patient
and gracious
and trusting
with these others whom you also love.

This we ask through Jesus,
the one without vengeance in his heart.
This we ask forever and ever.
Amen.

adapted from Sister Joan Chittister, Benedictine Sisters of Erie

With my prayers for you and yours.

Fr Basil

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Act of Spiritual Communion

‘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.

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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

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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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