Why is this years COP (COP26) so important.
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28th Sunday in Ordinary Time


Good morning,
There are a number of item’s which have come in from the Archbishop which I should bring to your attention. Before that however can I remind you that this weekend we celebrate harvest Thanksgiving. If you are able please bring along tinned or dried food to Mass this weekend which will be delivered to the Food Bank. My thanks to those of you who have already brought things along and to Marie Hall for organising the flowers and initial display.
Children’s Liturgy
Starts up again next weekend. Please pray for our Children’s Liturgy Leaders and for our families with young people.  Protocols are being put in place to ensure proper health and safety measure are in place. To begin with the CL will take place in the Community Hall.
Children’s Liturgy –> At Home –Online Resources 


Synod Mass
Archbishop Leo will mark the beginning of the 2021-2023 synodal process with the celebration of Mass at 3pm on Sunday 17 October at St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh. All are welcome to come and pray for the success of the Synod journey. Find out more about the Synod at www.synod.va I will attend this Mass next Sunday as it is essential that we show interest.  If you are able to make it then, of course you may count it as your Sunday Mass!  The whole process leading up to this event and to the Synod itself is intended to be a way of listening to one another in order to hear the voice of the Lord.
Dementia: Hope on a Difficult Journey
An event for those supporting friends or family with dementia will be held at the Gillis Centre, Strathearn Road, Edinburgh, from 2-4pm on Saturday 6 November. A talk will be led by Dr Adrian Treloar, and there will be a chance to share experiences before a time of prayer in St Margaret’s Chapel, onsite. Light refreshments will be served. The event is organised by the Archdiocesan Marriage & Families Commission. Register at bit.ly/DementiaEvent2021
White Mass
A White Mass for doctors, nurses and all healthcare workers in Scotland in gratitude for their service throughout the Covid pandemic takes place at St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh, at midday on Sunday 17 October. All welcome.
Shakespeare: A Catholic Perspective
Explore the Bard’s plays in this weekly webinar series titled Shakespeare: A Catholic Perspective. The sessions look at six of his best known works, with insights on human nature from St Thomas Aquinas. The series is organised by the Archdiocesan Catechetics Commission and the final session is this Monday11 October at 7:30pm. Register at bit.ly/ShakespeareWebinar
The Catholic Church in Scotland is creating a new safeguarding agency. The Scottish Catholic Safeguarding Standards Agency (SCSSA) will operate entirely independently of the Church. Find out more at www.bcos.org.uk
Deanery Business
Over the next few weeks I have a certain amount of Deanery business to undertake in the Border. It’s not hard work nut it is timeconsuming.
This coming week:
Monday to Hawick to say farewell to Fr George who leaves for the USA.  A Meeting with Fr James Cadman who takes over from Fr George and for whom this is his first parish.
The week after:
A visit to Jedburgh and Kelso followed by a visit to Galashiels.
Congrarulations to Canon Joe McMullan who has been elected Provost of the Cathedral Chapter following the retiral of Canon Hugh White.
Sacramental Preparation
I am in discussion with the head teachers of both of our primary schools to establish dates for the various sacraments to be celebrated in 2022. Confirmations are on Tuesday 6th June and so ideally I would wish to have both sets of First Holy Communions celebrated before the Edinburgh marathon on the May 29th. We must aslo encourage families back to Mass, therefor Children’s Liturgy is an essential component of that.  I hope to provide you with various dates in the next couple of weeks.
All the very best
Fr Basil
For a Synodal Church Communion,

Participation Mission

Sometimes old words fine new prominence in the life of the Church. So, it is with the old word Synod normally a gathering of bishops. In October 2023 the Holy Father has called such a synod where bishops will gather with him to discuss how we form Church. Synodality is therefore the theme.
“Synodality,” literally means “walking together,” and encompasses communion, participation, and mission. Papal biographer, Austen Ivereigh, defines synodality as “a method and process of discussion and participation in which the whole people of God can listen to the Holy Spirit and take part in the life and mission of the Church.”. There is more to come…
Ahead of the action in our Archdiocese in October, the General Secretariat for the Synod has published the Preparatory Document, along with a Vademecum (or handbook) to indicate the guiding principles that will direct the path of the Synod on Synodality.
It is intended to facilitate the first phase of listening and consultation of the People of God in the particular Churches, which will take place from October 2021 to April 2022.
The preparatory document indicates ten ways that “articulate different facets of ‘lived synodality’”:
* The Journeying Companions
* Listening
* Speaking Out
* Celebrating
* Co-responsible in the Mission
* Dialogue in Church and Society
* With the Other Christian Denominations
* Authority and Participation
* Discerning and Deciding
* Forming Ourselves in Synodality
 We stand before You, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in Your name.
With You alone to guide us, make Yourself at home in our hearts;
Teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it.
We are weak and sinful; do not let us promote disorder.
Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path nor partiality influence our actions.
Let us find in You our unity so that we may journey together to eternal life and not stray from the way of truth and what is right. All this we ask of You, who are at work in every place and time, in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever. Amen
Fr Basil
SlowlyMass returns to normal please check the Newsletter for details of Mass Times at Tranent and Musselburgh. Sunday Mass, from both parishes, will continue to be recorded or live streamed and available to the sick and housebound. 
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Hall Hire
Our parish halls are slowly opening to organised groups, who are able to provide the appropriate risk assessment for their activity. The group leaders are responsible for Covid safety etc.
Our halls are not yet open to private hire for parties etc. This simply because we cannot manage Trace and Protect, Hygiene etc. As we do not have any paid Hall Keeper in attendance this is unlikely to change in the near future.  As I keep saying, if a local bar of club gets it wrong then that may make a footnote in the papers.  If the Catholic Church get’s it wrong then banner headlines not to mention the hefty fines imposed unless we have demonstrated due caution and clear Covid management.


The Season of Creation – COP26

COP26?  No idea what you’re talking about!

You will see, attached, material from Fintan Hurley from our justice and peace/ eco group. In it you will find a simple explanation about what COP26 is. I draw your attention to the appropriate paragraph – slightly modified here.
You may have heard of the big annual climate conference COP26 happening in Glasgow in early November and wondered what it was about. You may even have heard that the Pope is planning to attend.  COP is shorthand for Conference of the Parties, i.e. a conference of governments of nearly 200 member states of the United Nations who have signed up to a Framework for dealing with Climate Change. This is the 26th annual meeting (and so is called COP26) and it is a particularly important one because the planet is in a worse state than expected and current plans to deal with that are not nearly strong enough.
You will also see that I have attached (with Fintan’s article) an advert for a ZOOM meeting on the effects of the Climate Crises and its impact on refugees.  At this meeting I have asked Dr Mike Minitor to speak a little about the scientific evidence for the climate crises and secondly Agatha Kia Kai to speak on the experience of refugees as they entre the UK.

The Season of Creation approaches and here is a link to J&P Scotland offering a prayer material. We shall use this service October.

Justice and Peace and the Season of Creation

A Prayer For Our Earth Service Booklet.pdf (justiceandpeacescotland.org.uk)
This new resource has been produced  to help parishes during the Season of Creation
Produced by Rab Burnett, working with Scottish “Laudato Si Animators and Eco Groups” it includes, for each Sunday (5 Sep to 3rd October) an Introduction with a particular focus linked to the readings, a Penitential Rite, Bidding Prayers and relevant Quotations.
The Season of Creation is an ideal time to help our parishes to make the transition so that seeing and responding to the crises of the Earth is not a small-group’s interest,   one issue among others, but a fundamental a part of our calling as Catholics.
Please do share this resource widely with priests, liturgy planners.

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.


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