Weekly Bulletin

St Kizito Charity:

Next weekend 18th-19th September after each Mass the St Kizito Charity will have a “Cake Sale” fund-raising event to raise money for the Mulajje Parish in Uganda which is still being negatively affected by the difficult COVID situation. See here attached the latest St Kizito Charity Newsletter which details how your generous donations helped people in Uganda fighting starvation during the pandemic. StKizitoNewsletterSep2021

The special collection for Retired and Sick Priests of the Diocese made over the past weekend amounted to £247

An appeal is regularly made once a year for one of the religious Congregations and their apostolate. This year, on the weekend of the 25th and 26th September, we will be having our appeal and collection in aid of the work of the White Fathers

ZOOM sessions: We will be continuing our ZOOM sessions on Thursday 16th Sept from 7pm to 8.15pm.The following is a list of some of the topics that will be covered:

a) Jesus’ Jewish Influences – A selection of a few of this excellent series of half hour lectures by Jodi Magness will be viewed.

b) Bishop Robert Barron (1. Intentional discipleship; 2. The centrality of Christ 3. Why being good is not enough 4. on prayer 5. Does it matter what you believe?….)

c) The Eucharist: (1. Dr Scott Hahn: Understanding the Eucharist (3 video clips); 2. Bishop Robert Barron on the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.)

d) Jesus and the Gospels: An excellent series of lectures by Professor Luke Timothy Johnson

CITIZENS ADVICE SCOTLAND – EU SETTLEMENT SCHEME When the UK left the EU,  freedom of movement between countries ceased and all EU, EEA or Swiss citizens living in the UK before 1st January 2021 were required to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme before 30th June 2021 to allow them to continue to live, work and study in the UK.

Citizens Advice Scotland is very concerned that there are many people, particularly older people who have lived in this country for many years, and young children who have not made an application.  It is still possible to make a late application and the Citizens Advice network in Scotland is there to help.  They can offer free, confidential and impartial advice and support from a team of specialist advisers and solicitors. Anyone who needs support can call their national helpline specific to EU citizens on 0800 916 9847.

  They have a main concern in that there are many older people, particularly those that came to live here shortly after the Second World War, that do not realise that they too need to apply.  Many of them will not have any documentation and some will struggle with the bureaucracy involved in making an application as it is an online process.  They emphasise that they are here to help with free, confidential and impartial advice and support.

Reconciliation and First Holy Communion:   English: In August 2021 we are now planning to start a combined Reconciliation and First Holy Communion course for P4 children (or older) who would like to receive their First Holy Communion. If your child has not received the First Holy Communion and is starting P4 in August 2021 (or older), then please contact Luca Pavesi: chiaraeluca2004@yahoo.it or call on 07583356290.    

Polish: W sierpniu 2021 planujemy rozpocząć przygotowanie do spowiedzi i Pierwszej Komunii Świętej dla dzieci z czwartej klasy i starszych które chciałyby przyjąć Pierwsza Komunie Św. Jeżeli Państwa dziecko zacznie czwarta klasę w sierpniu 2021 lub jest starsze i jeszcze nie otrzymało sakramentu Pierwszej Komunii Św prosimy o kontakt z Luca Pavesi: chiaraeluca2004@yahoo.it or call on 07583356290.

Welcome to our summer edition of the Light of the North!    https://bit.ly/LightofthenorthSummerIssue-47-2021    (Go to Page 4: Confirmations at Inverurie ; P9 Inverurie Youth Group)  

For Catholic news from all parts of the world I recommend the Vatican News Website: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/

Transgender and transgender ideology has been in the news recently. It is a subject that needs to be reflected on by all, especially by parents with children. Looking up the following on Youtube will stimulate reflection:

Science, the Transgender Phenomenon, and the Young | Abigail Shrier

Reconnecting with parishioners for Mass: Now that our society is opening up after such a long time of isolation due to the pandemic I would like to encourage those parishioners who have so far been reluctant to come for Mass to think seriously about doing so. We have here a very safe set up in the hall – social distancing, very good ventilation, hand and chair sanitizing. All who attend are still expected to wear a mask. We all need to join the community in prayer and we need the blessing of receiving the Lord in Communion – something we cannot do over the Internet!.

Religious Freedom in the World Report 2021   

https://acnuk.org/our-campaigns/religious-freedom-in-the-world-report-2021/

ACN’s The Religious Freedom in the World Report 2021 found that violations of religious freedom occur in almost one third of the world’s countries (62 out of 196), many of them the most populous nations such as China, India and Pakistan. It has also found that, over the past two years, oppression against vulnerable faith communities has increased in all but one of the 26 countries listed.

The new online version of the Light of the North! https://bit.ly/3cE3l4g 

The new online version of the magazine also makes it easy if you want to share it with friends, or if you want to place it on your Facebook page. Perhaps you know someone who would prefer to read a hard copy of the Magazine then why not download and print off a copy for them?
And now, just click on the following link and please do help us to distribute the magazine as widely as possible: https://bit.ly/3cE3l4g 

Links to some online retreats:

Online Retreat in Everyday Life (creighton.edu)

About the Retreats | Loyola Press

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Some other Bishop Barron video clips:

The Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist // Bishop Barron at 2020 Religious Education Congress – YouTube

Bishop Barron on Not Dumbing Down the Faith: Answers to Young People’s Pressing Religious Questions – YouTube

You Must Rethink Your Spiritual Life — Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon – YouTube

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Various websites that you might find helpful:

  • For parishioners who are seeking to deepen their spiritual life I invite you to check out the following Jesuit websites:

https://www.ignatianspirituality.com

Online Masses

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Diocesan Priesthood: thinking about Diocesan Priesthood in 2021?  The RC Church in Scotland is now inviting enquiries from those considering applying for seminary.  For more information please contact: Fr. Mark Impson, Vocations Director, on 01569 762433 or by email at mark.impson@rcda.scot 

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Year of St Joseph: Pope Francis has dedicated the coming year to St Joseph. The following is the link to the Apostolic Letter for the occasion:

Apostolic Letter Patris Corde of the Holy Father Francis on the 150th Anniversary of the proclamation of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church (8 December 2020) | Francis (vatican.va)

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The following is a link that can be used to check for live-streamed Masses in Scotland,

https://rcpolitics.org/list-of-live-streaming-sunday-masses/

For world-wide daily catholic Holy Mass live online: mass-online.org

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