St John Ogilvie's
A Roman Catholic Parish in the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh

St John Ogilvie's Weekly Bulletin

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Bulletin for Sunday 15 March 2020

Today is the Third Sunday of Lent,Year A

(Prayers & Readings page 158)

"Stories at the Well"

Prayer for Peace - Service postponed: Our Annual Peace Hour Vigil which was to take place on Wednesday 18th March has been postponed due to the current situation with the corona virus. Hopefully we can re-schedule later in the year when the situation settles.

SCIAF: We welcome today Penelope Blackwell a speaker from SCIAF. This affords us an opportunity to learn of the difference we are helping to make in the lives of women and Children in the Congo.

Our annual SCIAF Collection will be taken up as a second collection this weekend.

Sleepover: This year the Sleepover will be Friday 27th March. Sign-up details can be found in the church porch today.

Parish Pastoral Council - Laura Eadie 100th Birthday: Laura’s 100th Birthday falls in Holy Week. As a Parish Community we wish to be part of her celebration. At our recent PPC we decided to have a Parish Celebration on Saturday 18th April 2 – 4pm. We plan an Afternoon Tea for Laura with her friends from St. John Ogilvie’s and her family.

To give us an idea of numbers for catering could you please add your name to the list at the back of the church.

LENT 2020

Stations of the Cross

During Lent we will have Stations of the Cross on the parish website at:

Also during Lent: Prayer around the Cross with Taize Chant, every Thursday during Lent at 7.00 pm.

And ... Lenten Eco Challenge - Re-Cycling: AAs stewards of God's creation you are invited to take part in a Lenten Eco Challenge to try to reduce our carbon footprint. With climate change and the destruction of our environment the time for change in our habits is more vital than ever. This week we ask you to consider RE CYCLING. Every week in the UK we produce enough rubbish to fill Wembley stadium and we put 70 million tonnes of rubbish into landfill. During Lent can we think REDUCE, RE-USE, RE CYCLE. Challenge your supermarket about unnecessary packing. Avoid buying products with unnecessary packaging especially single use plastic which ends up choking our oceans. Consider buying recycled paper items like printer paper, kitchen rolls, toilet tissue. Stop buying bottled water- use tap water. Buy reusable shopping bags, give up plastic bags. Use a sandwich lunchbox not cling film, donate unwanted household goods to Fresh Start. Donate outgrown school uniforms to the school uniform bank. Use the council's kerbside re-cycling service to re-cycle glass, plastic paper and cardboard.

Fair Trade Stall: Total sales at last weekend's Fair Trade Stall amounted to £285.10. Thanks for your support.

Parish Finance Report: The Parish Income/Expenditure Report for 2019 is available today on a separate sheet. This report has been approved by the Parish Pastoral Council, the Parish Finance Committee and the Diocese. We are indebted to Laura Lang for her many hours of voluntary work in the management and recording of our financial situation. Also our gratitude to Charlie McGinley, Maurice Dougan and Alan Wilson who serve on the Finance Committee and manage the Gift Aid for the Parish.

Gender Recognition Bill consultation: The Scottish Government is consulting now on proposed changes to gender recognition legislation. These include removal of the current medical requirements and reducing the age limit for legally changing gender from 18 to 16. The Catholic Church believes that sex or gender cannot be reduced to a mere construct of society that is fluid and changeable. The Catholic Parliamentary Office has produced a briefing paper to help us understand the key issues. It is available online at the Catholic Parliamentary Office website. Please make your voice heard in this consultation which can be completed at The deadline for responses is 17th March.

The Two Popes film (St Catharine's Convent, 4 Lauriston Gardens): Cancelled due to Coronavirus.

Pastoral Letter: Copy of a letter from the Archbishop on Postgraduate courses available at Gillis from September 2020 is available at the back of the church. More details on courses and how to apply next week.

Anniversaries: : Peggy Cavanagh, Anne Wilson, Kathleen O’Kane, Sr Geraldine Kelly, Michael McDonagh, Helen Cairns Lumley, Pat Donnehy, Rose Ann Curran, Margaret Conway, Helen & James Skirving, Martin Heffron, Jeannie O’Neill, Pat Kilpatrick, Ron Ferguson, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, Mary Doyle, Fr. Liam Duffy, O.M.I., Anne Murphy, Andrew Iggulden, Joseph Crere, Alex Paterson, Ellizabeth Steel, Keith Farries and Sr. Sheelagh Stapleton.

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