16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

My dear brothers and sisters,
Good afternoon,
It an extremely beautiful day and I hope none of you are at your computer but out enjoying the summer.  Having said that I am sitting at my computer but not for long.
We are now allowed to open up more places for Mass and so It can’t belong before I am able to reduce the number of Masses/Services being celebrated.  Once the obligation to come to Sunday mass returns of course we will be unable to have the Services of the Word with Holy Communion conducted by Deacon Gordon.  However we are not there yet and I have Cover for both myself and Deacon Gordon to have time away in August and September.
So we can be more flexible and with people on holiday then that is even greater than before.  If therefore you wish to change your current Mass time then simply let me know.
I am meeting with the Musselburgh PPC this coming week and am consulting in Tranent about the way forward as we begin to amalgamate Mass times will still keeping good social distance.
Anyway that’s me – I am off back to the gardening life.
Best wishes
Fr Basil
Blessed Sacraments
Baptisms             Tricia Nicolson Co-ordinator.
There are also number of baptisms coming up and again we shall need parishioners as ‘welcomers’ recording who is present and to co-ordinate sanitizing etc.
Sun  25th July 2pm
Sun   8th Aug   2pm
Sun 22nd Aug  2pm
Sun 29th Aug   2pm
As you know, in normal times I celebrate 2 or 3 baptisms together. Now of course we can’t do that so each has to be celebrated in individual family groups. A good deal more work for myself and the therefore a greater need for teams to assist.  If you can please choose a date or dates when you can help and then let me know.  Guidance will be given on the day please come along a half hour before the service.
Funerals              Cathy Flynn co-ordinator
With number attending now up to 50 people we need to re-establish or Funeral Teams again helping in the same way as the Baptism teams.
So I am not short of work but can’t do it all on my own – remembering that I also have St Martin’s!  However this is all signs of life returning and for that I give a heartfelt prayer of thanksgiving.
With best wishes:
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Fr Basil

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The year of St Joseph Husband of Mary

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, and defend us from every evil. Amen.



‘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 & unite myself entirely to You; never permit me to be separated from You.


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.
Children under 5 are not included in the building capacity.
Children between 5 and 12 have now to be included in the capacity count.
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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 
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Our Lady of Loretto and St Michael Parish Finance Appeal
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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. 
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