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ASH WEDNESDAY:  Wednesday 14th February.



Sacrament of reconciliation: The primary three's at Saint Andrews are preparing for their sacrament of reconciliation over the coming weeks.  Please keep them in your prayers.  


Parish Building Fund:  I appreciate the difficulties many of us are facing in making ends meet at a time of high inflation and rising prices. However, if you feel you’re in a position to support the regeneration of the parish by making a monthly contribution towards a building fund your donation would be greatly appreciated.  I’ve ordered packs of special collection envelopes and monthly collections will begin from March.  Historically, the Catholic population of the Whinhall / Burnfoot area is over 2,000, and, while most of those no longer practice I’m hopeful a significant number still recognises the importance of maintaining a church presence here for the benefit of everyone locally.  The money raised would be spent initially bringing the exterior of the church up to standard then we’d move on to the hall.  Please think about anyone you know who might be willing and able to help and we'll send them an envelope. 


Parish Committees:  Next Year is the 75th anniversary of the parish.  I’d like to set up a group to make plans for events to mark the occasion properly.  Please come forward if you’d like to help.  I’m also looking to set up a social committee for more general activities.


Rosary for Eddie Reilly:  Tuesday 6.30pm in the Co-op Funeral parlour.

Saint Patrick’s Dance:  Saturday 9th March.  Tickets on sale.  £10 including light supper.  B.Y.O.B.


Pioneer Short-term pledge for Lent and annual pilgrimage to Knock.  Details at the back.


Prize Bingo:  April Prize Bingo.  Donations can be left in the church porch. 


Beginning Experience:  The loss of a loved one through separation, divorce or death is one of life’s most traumatic experiences.  It can result in unbearable feelings of grief and loneliness.  The Beginning Experience team would like to help.  A weekend away for a lifetime of change.  St Mary’s, Kinnoull, Perth, 5-7 April.  Call Louise 07926 571004.


Stations of the cross:  Of all the devotional exercises we can do during Lent Stations of the cross are (IMHO) the very best.  They help us enter into the passion of Our Lord and appreciate the magnitude of his love for us.  I’d like everyone in the parish to have an opportunity to pray the Stations this year so there’ll be three opportunities throughout the week.  Thursday evening at 7pm (for the workers), Friday mornings before mass, and Sunday mornings at 10.20pm (if you arrive during stations please go to your seats quietly).  The Pope Francis Faith awards children of Primary 6&7 are preparing to lead Stations later on in Lent. 

Additional Mass:  For the duration of Lent there’ll be an extra mass on Monday evenings at 7.00pm.

SCIAF Wee Box Appeal 2024:  The focus of this year’s Wee Box Appeal is Rwanda. 

My Lent Day by Day:  Includes the daily scripture readings for the season of Lent.  60p. Children’s edition also available. 40p.

Surrender Novena:  A wonderful Novena by Father Dolindo Ruotolo.  Me and my mum have been praying this Novena and both of us agree it’s been tremendously helpful.  So much so we’ve been praying it continuously.  Free copies available.  You won’t regret it.


MUSIC CLUB:  Wednesday evenings from 6 pm.  Musicians sharing their talents and knowledge.  It isn't necessary to already have or play an instrument.  The love of music and companionship is enough.  Please contact James on 07772436704 or  Open to all.  

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