To my dear parishioners…

My dear parishioners, as we continue in these uncertain times be sure that Our Blessed Lord and His Church are here for you, that you are remembered in prayer and in Holy Mass.

I appreciate that some of you may have serious concerns about your health or the health of your loved ones and for those reasons have decided to continue to isolate. Many more of you, I imagine, are able to get on with life albeit in a rather restricted fashion.

Your faith in Jesus Christ is of great importance to you, I know, and your longing to be united with Him in the Sacraments. Whilst there may still be hesitation and caution, I encourage you with careful consideration and prudence to join us for Holy Mass, to come into the Eucharistic Presence of Our Saviour which is something we can only truly experience in person. Nothing is comparable to the real experience of the Real Presence, and whilst we should indeed be praying at home, keeping the Lord’s Day holy, and observing the precepts of our holy Faith, the celebration of Holy Mass remains the pinnacle of our worshipping life.

Some people, I understand, are concerned that they may be “taking others’ places” at Holy Mass, and remain hesitant about booking to come to Mass frequently – please don’t worry about this – as I’ve said to a number of people, I’d rather have the problem of asking people to perhaps let someone come who hasn’t been able than have a church that is half empty. Thanks be to God between 70-80% of our regular parishioners have been returning to Holy Mass, which I think is great given the circumstances.

If you haven’t been coming so far, and are well enough, please take that step to do so. Our team of cleaners and stewards are doing their very best to make sure that our churches are up to standard and that regulations for hygiene and social-distancing are scrupulously maintained. We believe that Church is a very safe place to be.

If you have been coming back, keep coming and encourage others to do so, sometimes after a while of not coming it can be difficult to return, perhaps you can reassure those who haven’t been coming that although things are slightly different it’s well worth being back, and that once you get over the few differences in our celebration of the Sacred Liturgy that it’s a joy to be able to come together again and worship the Lord as He asks us to.

I am extremely grateful to helpers and volunteers and to all who work so hard in the background to make sure that our Liturgy can be celebrated, and so that we can have dignified celebrations of marriage, funeral Masses, and so on – it couldn’t be done without your generous help… So, on behalf of all of the parishioners who benefit from your assistance, and from me, I thank you sincerely.

God bless you and your loved ones with peace, joy, and good health, and may He strengthen your faith and trust in Him.

In Christ,

Fr. Martin

Bookings for Holy Mass – Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th October and Wednesday 21st to Sunday 25th October inclusive…

Mass times available:

Saturday 17th October at 4.00p.m. in St. Matthew’s, Auchtermuchty

Sunday 18th October at 9.00a.m. in St. Matthew’s, Auchtermuchty

Sunday 18th October at 11.00a.m. in St. James’, Kinross

Sunday 18th October at 3.00p.m. in St. James’, Kinross

Wednesday 21st October at 10.00a.m. in St. James’, Kinross

Thursday 22nd October at 7.00p.m. in St. James’, Kinross

Friday 23rd October at 3.00p.m. in St. James’, Kinross

Saturday 24th October at 4.00p.m. in St. Matthew’s, Auchtermuchty

Sunday 25th October at 9.00a.m. in St. Matthew’s, Auchtermuchty

Sunday 25th October at 11.00a.m. in St. James’, Kinross

Sunday 25th October at 3.00p.m. in St. James’, Kinross

Please reserve places only by landline (01577 863329) or by e-mail (Fr.MartinPletts@gmail.com) or by text or call on mobile (07540534480). Please wait for confirmation within 24 hours of your request, if you do not book you are not guaranteed a place, so please book well in advance to avoid disappointment. God bless you, Fr. Martin

November Lists – Holy Souls

A number of parishioners have asked me already about lists for the Holy Souls for the month of November when traditionally our Masses are offered for the faithful departed and especially for our own beloved family members. Whilst Holy Souls Lists will not be available to collect from the church because of the current restrictions you can either print off the attached sheet or simply create your own list on a piece of paper. Please place your list of beloved dead whom you wish to be remembered in the Masses during November, along with a stipend for the Masses, in an envelope (marked Holy Souls) and put it through the door of the house at St. James’ (5 High Street). If you wish to hand them in when you attend Holy Mass you may also do that, please remembering to mark any envelope with Holy Souls so that they can be distinguished from the ordinary weekly parish collection. God bless you, Fr. Martin

Safeguarding Statement

Diocese of Dunkeld 

Statement to the Diocese on Safeguarding 

October 2020

In May 2018, the Bishops of Scotland published the document ‘In God’s Image’ as an “Instruction on Safeguarding for implementation in all Catholic canonical jurisdictions in Scotland and by all other groups and organisations in Scotland subject to a legitimate canonical authority of the Catholic Church”.

For the public, and for Catholic faith communities in particular, it was written to explain how the Catholic Church in Scotland makes every effort to protect from all forms of harm and abuse those children and adults who are vulnerable or at risk.

For the past two years, the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Group, have been responsible for the compliance and implementation of these new national Safeguarding standards in the Diocese and each parish. These standards, and the vigilance of those involved in the life of the parish, help us to ensure that everyone will be safe when they come to Mass and when they take part in any parish groups or activities.  

As a diocese, we seek to uphold the highest safeguarding standards in our relationships with people of all ages who are involved in whatever capacity within the Church and its organisations.

Normally, this annual statement would be delivered in parishes during the period of Lent. As we are all aware, our time at church over the past few months has been greatly affected by the Covid19 Pandemic. Despite this, many of our volunteers throughout the Diocese have continued to provide support where possible within our parish communities. 

At present, we have over 800 volunteers who are registered to perform roles working directly with children or adults who are vulnerable or at risk. The roles that they perform include Children’s Liturgy Leaders, Catechists, Eucharistic Ministers who administer Communion to housebound or sick, The Society of St Vincent de Paul, The Legion of Mary or those who volunteer at the annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes. 

All volunteers within the Diocese must complete what is known as the ‘safe recruitment process’ which includes being accepted for membership of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme (known as PVG) – a legal requirement for all those who work with young people and vulnerable adults – and attendance at mandatory Safeguarding Induction Training sessions.

Each parish also has a designated Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinator, who along with the parish priest manages the safeguarding requirements of the parish. The role of the Parish Safeguarding Coordinator is seen as a vital role in ensuring that best practice in safeguarding is implemented and followed in our parish communities in line with those standards set out in ‘In God’s Image’.

Throughout our Parish Communities, we welcome and fully appreciate the contributions made by all those who volunteer and offer their time, expertise, and skills.  Within our Diocese, we must accept that it is the responsibility of all of us to work together to protect children, young people and vulnerable adults from abuse or harm.

In addition to the Safeguarding Advisory Group, the Safeguarding Advisor and Safeguarding Officer look to provide guidance on all areas of best practice in safeguarding as well as the co-ordination of resources and training available to parishes and volunteers. 

Every year, the Catholic Church in Scotland collects important information about Parishes, dioceses, religious congregations, and Catholic organisations through completion of a detailed audit. This audit is designed to measure compliance with the safeguarding standards set out in ‘In God’s Image’. 

The audit is intended to provide a transparent view of how effectively the Church is embracing a culture of safeguarding that respects, protects and nurtures the dignity of all people, keeps them safe and is compliant with legislation. Effective auditing and planning should be a continuous commitment which underpins the development of good safeguarding practice.

The Bishops Conference of Scotland established the Independent Review Group (IRG) in response to the McLellan Commission (2015). The IRG was given the remit to focus on the implementation of the recommendations of the McClellan Commission and review the safeguarding work of the 2 Archdiocese and 6 Diocese of Scotland. Each Diocese is now in the process of being randomly audited over a four-year period conducted by Social Care Institute for Excellence. The Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh and the Diocese of Galloway diocese were audited first in 2019 and will be followed by the Diocese’ of Aberdeen and Motherwell in 2020. The second annual report of the IRG was also published in June 2020 and can be accessed via the Diocese website. 

All these elements contribute greatly to promoting a safer culture and building good safeguarding practice in our parishes and community. We hope that anyone considering becoming a parish volunteer will be encouraged by this information.  

As part of our commitment to Safeguarding, it is vitally important that we remember those who have been harmed or abused either by a member of the Church, by members of their family or by any other person.  We ask that you keep in your prayers all survivors of abuse as we pray for their healing and comfort.

Safeguarding in our parishes, remains a very important part of our community’s commitment to caring for each other and for others.  I, along with each priest of the Diocese, as well as the Diocesan Safeguarding Team are grateful for all the hard work done by our Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinators and our parish volunteers.  The dedication and motivation of the people in our parishes, continues to raise awareness of Safeguarding and highlights our shared responsibility in delivering a duty of care to all who engage with our parish community.

+Stephen Robson

Bishop of Dunkeld On behalf of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Group 

Future Mass Bookings…

Dear Parishioners I hope you are all keeping well, as I explained in my last posting I am currently on holiday and will be until Wednesday 7th October inclusive. Kindly Fr. Ian Evans will be supplying for the previously detailed and already booked Masses (3rd & 4th October). I will begin to take bookings for Masses from Tuesday 6th October. Please do not contact me for bookings before then as I will be unable to arrange them for you. I list the day and the times below only to facilitate your advanced planning. Please contact me from Tuesday 6th October onwards. Prompt booking is always advised in order to secure a place, and please remember that your booking is only assured once you have received confirmation from me. Thank you for your co-operation in these strange times. God bless you all!

Thursday 8th October, Holy Mass in St. James’ at 10.00a.m.

Friday 9th October, Holy Mass in St. James’ at 3.00p.m.

Saturday 10th October, Holy Mass in St. Matthew’s at 4.00p.m.

Sunday 11th October, Holy Mass in St. Matthew’s at 9.00a.m.

Sunday 11th October, Holy Mass in St. James’ at 11.00a.m.

Sunday 11th October, Holy Mass in St. James’ at 3.00p.m.

Monday 12th October, Holy Mass in St. James’ at 10.00a.m.

Tuesday 13th October, Holy Mass in St. James’ at 10.00a.m.

Wednesday 14th October, Holy Mass in St. James’ at 10.00a.m.

Thursday 15th October, Holy Mass in St. James’ at 7.00p.m.

Friday 16th October, Holy Mass in St. James’ at 10.00a.m.