Parish – Safeguarding Training 2021 

A message to all our Parish volunteer and potential volunteers 

From Julie Roberts the parish Safeguarding Co-ordinator


Most of our parish volunteers have completed the Induction Training Part 1 but are now due to complete Part 2. 

June 2021

The courses (Part 1 & Part 2) detailed below have now become available online.  Please consider booking onto one of them in anticipation of us returning to our roles in the near future.  Especially important for volunteers of Children’s Liturgy, OLOLYPS, Sacristans and Communion Ministers to make sure you have completed the required training. Also important for anyone thinking of volunteering as the training is now part of the application proces.

Safeguarding Courses (Parts 1 & 2) click <<HERE>> to book your place.

All of these courses are on ZOOM


11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

My Dear Friends,
I hope this find you well and that things are gradually getting back to something like normal for you.  However I was sorry to hear  that nearly all of the classes in our Primary School were at home because of the risk of covid infection.  I ask you to pray for our Primary School, staff, pupil and parents over the coming days. Today’s gospel passage presents us with two parables describing the mystery of the Kingdom of God. 
The first, the Parable of the Seed is unique to Mark’s gospel. It is a parable about growth in the Kingdom of God. – The story is about a farmer who plants seeds and can do nothing about the growth until harvest time.  This story shows that once the seed of the word of God is sown, only time will show how a person’s faith will grow and develop.  The Kingdom of God will continue to grow and spread until the end of time. Even when the farmer sleeps, the Kingdom of God is still growing. Its growth is due to God, not man, and follows its own timetable. St Paul describes the growth of the church in Corinth in a similar way: I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.
Mark shares the next parable, that of the mustard seed, with Matthew and Luke. The mustard seed, the smallest seed grows into a huge plant, so another parable of growth. In this parable, Jesus teaches that although the Kingdom of God started small, with Jesus and the disciples, it would grow and spread across the world to unlimited numbers of followers.
These parables would have offered encouragement to Christians facing persecution in the Roman empire. It would have reassured them that God’s reign was coming to earth, even though it appeared to be small and sometimes invisible. We are at a very different point in history than when these first parables were told and recorded.  Yet they continue to remind us that the Kingdom of God is still present and growing but it may be very different from the institution we know as the Catholic Church.

The India Hospital Appeal

When I received our bank stamen this week I got an enormous surprise to find £1000 added to the account for this appeal. My thanks to the parishioners who were so generous in responding in this way. This now brings out total up to just over £4,000.
With every blessing
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   6th June 2pm
Sun 13th June 2pm
Sat   3rd July 10:45am
Sat  18th July 10:45am
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.
Weddings  in June and July 2021
Frid 18th June 12 Noon
Sat  3rd July 12 Noon
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.
Our next Funeral Mass is on Tuesday 8th July at 10.00am Please pray for the repose of the soul of May Laughlan RIP
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.
Click here for — > Mass Times and the Re-Opening the doors of our Churches 
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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Registration Form
Once completed please return it as requested to one of the addresses at the bottom of the form.


From 26 April the maximum capacity at both weddings and funerals will rise to 50 (it is currently 5 for weddings and 20 for funerals). 
Parish Pastoral Council – Meeting Monthly If you wish anything to be discussed at this meeting then contact the secretary  Click -> Our Lady of Loretto – Parish Office
Request form for Prayers for the Sick –> Form for requesting Prayers for the Sick
Children’s Liturgy –> At Home –Online Resources 
Staying in touch –  Information about the WhatsApp Parish Group
Justice, Peace and Environment
–>Latest News – Pope Francis joins with other World Faith Leaders to ask for the temporary suspension of property rights for Covid -19 vaccines.. 
From the Archdiocese Click here-> News from the Archdiocese and beyond
Delivery of Newsletters
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 so if you should pass by, as part of your Covid Restricted essential daily exercise routine, you may pick one up. You may also print and/or email them from this website.
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
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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