Parish Advent Appeal…

It may seem a little premature but in order to be properly organised in these unusual times I would like to introduce to you this year’s Advent Appeal. (If you are unable to make your donation in person and would like someone to collect it from you respecting, of course, social-distancing, please call Wilma on: 07711296934)

This year I would ask you kindly if you can support one or some of the following projects:

The Toy Project – Donations of hard (not soft, because of hygiene issues) toys for Primary School aged children. Toys should not be wrapped in Christmas paper, but left plain for ease of appropriate distribution to children. The sooner donations of toys can be handed in the better, as they will then need to be transported and left for a while (because of the Covid situation) before they can then be given to the children’s families. The closing date for us being able to accept toys is Sunday 13th December 2020. Toys can be handed in after any of the Masses or members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul will be available on Wednesday morning from 10.30a.m. until 12 noon, or on Sunday afternoon from 3.30p.m. to 5.00p.m. Toys should be left at the church hall in St. James’, or at the back of the church in St. Matthew’s, Auchtermuchty.

Vouchers for the Missionaries of Charity (Mother Teresa’s Nuns in Dundee) – The Missionaries of Charity in Dundee have an important apostolate ministering to the needy and the deprived, offering them spiritual comfort and practical charitable support where they have the means to do so. Our hope is that either as an individual or as a family you would like to buy one or several vouchers in any of the following denominations: £5.00, £10.00, £20.00, or £30.00. The vouchers will be on sale from the parish and your donation will go to buy supermarket vouchers of the same amount which will then be available to be given to individuals or families in particular need who have been identified by the Sisters. Hopefully this will provide some well needed support for struggling individuals and families especially over the Christmas period and during this continuing crisis. The vouchers can be purchased after Mass, or at the same times mentioned above in regard to the handing in of toys at the church hall.

General Donations for the work of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul – The SSVP does sterling work for the needy in our area, they receive great support from parishioners and have been active, even in these difficult times, in supporting those who are struggling. Should you simply wish to give a donation to their general work these donations should be posted through the letterbox at the Presbytery (5 High Street) in an envelope marked “SSVP Donation” or can be handed in to Fr. Martin after Holy Mass, again in an envelope marked in the same way.

God bless you, thank you for your generosity, and your kind response to the needs of those less fortunate. With every blessing and good wish,

Fr. Martin Pletts

Mass Times for the coming week… 18th to 22nd November inclusive.

(Bookings will only be accepted from Sunday 15th November, please do not attempt to make a booking before this. Can I also gently remind those who intend going to Holy Mass in St. Matthew’s of the necessity of making a booking as well).

Please remember to book Masses for the weekend well in advance so as to avoid disappointment. If you are able please book to come to Mass during the week to allow those who are only able to come on Saturday/Sunday to do so. God bless you, Fr. Martin

Wednesday 18th November – Holy Mass in St. James’ at 10.00a.m.

Thursday 19th November – Adoration & Holy Rosary at 3.00p.m.

Thursday 19th November – Holy Mass in St. James’ at 7.00p.m.

Friday 20th November – Adoration & Holy Rosary at 10.00a.m.

Friday 20th November – Holy Mass in St. James’ at 3.00p.m.

Saturday 21st November – Holy Mass in St. Matthew’s at 3.00p.m.

Sunday 22nd November – Holy Mass in St. Matthew’s at 9.00a.m.

(I will be reviewing the provision of the 9.00a.m. Sunday Mass in St. Matthew’s given the generally very poor attendance)

Sunday 22nd November – Holy Mass in St. James’ at 11.00a.m.

Sunday 22nd November – Holy Mass in St. James’ at 3.00p.m.

Mass at Kilgraston School is currently only for those resident in the school itself.

Confessions available half an hour before Mass, with the exception of before the 11.00a.m. Mass on Sunday in St. James’, and also available after Holy Mass.

Mass Times, etc. for the week beginning Monday 9th November…

Please remember that the Sacrament of Confession is available half-an-hour before Mass or after Mass, with the exception of before the 11.00a.m. Mass on Sunday. Please inform me, if you can, of your intention to come to Confession when you are making a booking for Holy Mass, or give me a call to arrange a time. Thank you, Fr. Martin

Although I am now advertising these times I will not take bookings for the following until Sunday 8th November (this is merely to facilitate your planning).

Monday 9th November – Holy Mass at 10.00a.m. in St. James’

Tuesday 10th November – Holy Mass at 10.00a.m. in St. James’

Wednesday 11th November – Holy Mass at 10.00a.m. in St. James’

Thursday 12th November – Holy Rosary and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 3.00p.m. in St. James’

Thursday 12th November – Holy Mass at 7.00p.m. in St. James’

Friday 13th November – Holy Rosary and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 10.00a.m. in St. James’

Friday 13th November – Holy Mass at 3.00p.m. in St. James’

Saturday 14th November – Holy Mass at 3.00p.m. in St. Matthew’s

Sunday 15th November – Holy Mass at 9.00a.m. in St. Matthew’s

Sunday 15th November – Holy Mass at 11.00a.m. in St. James’

Sunday 15th November – Holy Mass at 3.00p.m. in St. James’

Mass at Kilgraston School is restricted to the school community

Praying for the Holy Souls in Purgatory…

One thing that struck me when I became a Catholic, almost thirty years ago now, was the general attitude that Catholics had towards funerals. What I mean by this is that for me, as an unchurched person, funerals were always and exclusively the domain of close family members and good friends – at least this was my perception. To me it would have constituted an intrusion for anyone outside of that intimate circle to invade such a solemn and private occasion.

My eyes were opened to a far more beautiful approach when I became a Catholic. What I have experienced since becoming part of the Church is the fact that we are all intimately connected as a family of faith. Like any family we have our ups and our downs and like any family we tend to be there for each other in times of crisis or difficulty. Sometimes we can see each other far enough, but always, underlying however the relationships are at the time, there is a sense of deep connection and of being in this together, being together on the pilgrimage of faith and the journey towards eternal life.

I was heartened having become a Catholic to see “the regulars” at funerals at weekday Mass, there to pray either for a well-known parishioner, someone who had been part of the fabric of the church community, and also there when it was someone who had had only tenuous links with the Church, perhaps only ever having been baptized into the Faith. As a priest I always find it encouraging to see “the regulars” there at funerals, not only for the moral support that it provides me at what can be a delicate and sometimes stressful time, but more importantly because it demonstrates a sense of real love, a sense of charity, a sense of “we’re in this together.” “This” being the goal of getting to Heaven, the work of saving our souls – and how encouraging it is to see parishioners praying for the faithful departed, attending Holy Mass, perhaps offering even their Holy Communion for the repose of the deceased’s soul.

There’s no sense in the Catholic way of seeing things that we can’t be there at another’s funeral because we didn’t know them well enough, or that we weren’t close enough to them. I think, rather, that we try to see in the person who has died a true brother or sister in faith and one whose journey to God we can assist with the offering of our prayers and requests we make to have Holy Mass for the repose of their souls. We have an inherent intimacy with them through Baptism, through our Holy Faith, through the real sense that we are indeed real spiritual relatives.

We’re told in Sacred Scripture, in Second Maccabees, that it is a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, one in which we take account of the resurrection. The Church urges us this month in particular to recognise the real family and faith bonds that we have with the faithful departed and to do our best to remember them, to pray for them, and to have Holy Mass offered for them. This is charity – not forgetting those who are out of our physical sight and who need our help, but being there for them, and doing what we can (with the help of God’s grace) to alleviate the sufferings that they endure in Purgatory. Despite the restrictions that are upon us at the moment, let me encourage you to come to Holy Mass to pray for our beloved dead, to inscribe their names on our November Lists, to offer your own private prayers for them – especially the Holy Rosary, to visit a cemetery and pray for the dead there, and to offer your own personal penances and sacrifices on behalf of the Holy Souls. They are an important albeit invisible part of our family, but a part with whom we hope to be re-united in the glory of Heaven. Think how elated they will be to welcome us into the celestial realm having themselves been speeded on to glory with the support of our prayers and fraternal love. God bless you, Fr. Martin

SSVP Christmas Cards

St Vincent De Paul Christmas Cards.

We have available some Christmas cards for St Vincent De Paul. Those Parishioners wishing to purchase them should contact Wilma Carragher on 01577 862622. These were packaged last year and come in packs of 10 for £5. The money raised will go to support SSVP locally.

God bless,

Bob Corrieri.