24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
My Dear Bothers and Sisters.
Preparing and celebrating for 2 funerals, a wedding and First Holy Communion in St Martin’s doesn’t leave much time for the usual things like the newsletter etc.
Anyway here they are.
Along with the readings etc is a poster mentioning the new journey outlined for the Catholic Church by the Pope Francis. So more material is offered below and we as parishes and a deanery will fully involve ourselves in the journey. 10 ways are indicated for your/our participation.
That and getting ready to go off to Poland on a 2 week language and culture course – culture includes food so not all work!
For a Synodal Church Communion,
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
* Speaking Out
* 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
SlowlyMass returns to normal.
Musselburgh this weekend
Saturday Morning Mass will no longer be a Sunday Mass but a Mass of the Day
The Vigil returns to 6.00pm and Masses on Sunday will be at 9.00am and 11.30am.
If you are already registered for Track and Trace then all you need to do is turn up at Mass and give your name and indicate that the mass you are attending will be your normal Mass. For the !!.30 we will simply amalgamate the lists from 10.30 and 12.00 unless you tell us other wise.
You are no longer restricted. If registered you a free to attend any Mass of your choice. It’s helpful (for NHS Scotland Trace and Protect) however if you maintain a usual Mass where your name will be on the list.
Tranent next weekend.
Because of First Holy Communion next weekend Tranent’s Mass times will change on the weekend 18/19 Sept.
The rules as above. People who attend the 11.30 Mass are free to chose by simply turning up at 5.00pm or 10.00am and indicating that is the Mass of their choice.
Sunday Mass time table from the weekend 18th/19th September
5.00pm Vigil Tranent (Short Mass with no music)
6.00pm Vigil Musselburgh
9.00am Mass Musselburgh (Short Mass with no music)
10.00am Mass Tranent
11.30 Mass Musselburgh (by mid October we hope to restart Children’s Liturgy)
Sunday Mass, from both parishes, will continue to be recorded or live streamed and available to the sick and housebound.
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
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.
Two dates for your diary for events being held during the Season of Creation:
The Annual Justice and Peace Mass Monday 6th September at 7.30pm at St Columba’s, Upper Grey Street, Edinburgh.
Climate Crisis and Refugees a zoom event on Sunday afternoon 12th September organised by the Laudato Si and Refugee and Asylum Seekers groups of the Commission.
A Prayer For Our Earth: As you know, we hope to have as many prayer services across Scotland as we can to pray for the success of COP26 in Scotland. The prayer service resource is available on the website here A Prayer For Our Earth Service Booklet.pdf (justiceandpeacescotland.org.uk) There is under a month now until the start of the Season of Creation which runs from the 1st Sept – 4th Oct and approx. 87 days to the start of COP itself. I’d like to note in our diary space on the website of the date and location of as many of these services as I can, so please be in touch and let me know if you are planning a service where you are.
First Holy Communions
First Holy Communion – Primary 5 Sunday 3rd October at 1.00pm
Like many things these have been disrupted due to Covid 19. First Holy Communion is therefore a few months later than we would normally have. Please pray for those who are to receive it. Can I also ask for your prayers for children in P3 and P4 that we return to something like normal in this new session?
The year of St Joseph Husband of Mary