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Ann Dockrell


My name is Jean.

Our oldest parishioner - Ann Dockrell is housebound and because mornings are particularly difficult for her she can no longer attend Sunday Mass with us. She is 96 years old, lives alone and has limited mobility and many other difficulties. She misses attending Mass very much ( even wonders if she is not trying hard enough – which is not the case). Visiting Ann is a privilege and I always come away humbled. She has raised a large family most of whom are not in Edinburgh. Her daughter ,Helen, does live nearby and is a great help to her mother and without whom it may not be possible for Ann to have the level of independence she values so much. She is a well educated highly intelligent artistic woman . In-spite of lack of mobility but with Helen's help she attends an art class, one afternoon per fortnight. She produces excellent little pieces of work.

In the years I have known Ann I have never heard her complain. She tells me regularly that she has so much to be thankful for and that she is grateful for all that is done for her. She specially appreciates that fact that Eileen and Peggy take Holy Communion to her and I have never heard her criticise anyone. She is interested in everything and everyone and pushes aside all our concerns and questions about her health and problems. She loves having people call to see her.

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Our questions asked

1. What are our ideas, thoughts, or stories, past and present.
2. What do we like or dislike about St. Mary Magdalene´s?
3. What would we change?
4. What have we to offer?
5. What brought you to St. Mary Magdalene´s?
6. Which parishioners, past or present have impressed or do impress us now and why?
7. What stories, anecdotes, memories or events have we to share with each other?

Jean´s answers are

I have been a parishioner here since 1995 and St Mary Magdalene´s means a lot to me. I have always found it to be a friendly, welcoming parish where people care for their parish and for one another. Everyone is included and we also reach out to the wider community. Father Tabone told me once that in his two and a half years as Parish Priest here he had never heard any parishioner bad-mouth another parishioner. That, I think, is a wonderful tribute.

I would change the heating system. The fan is really annoying. It is noisy and very loud yet when the fan is switched off the church is cold. Central heating from radiators would be much more comfortable.

Everyone has something to offer no matter how small. We all have different talents and strengths and there is a place of value for us all. To mention just a few - Smeone has to open and close the church, we neeed readers, Eucharistic Ministers to take Holy Communion to the housebound, people to make the tea/coffee, to provide the music for our services and so on. The founder priest when the parish had no premises and no money was Father Lawrence Glancey and he set the tone by encouraging all the members to become involved in some way. There were no elected groups. Membership was open at all times to all so everyone could have a voice. That has never changed and I hope it never will.

For many years I was a parishoner in St. John´s and when we moved house we came into the catchment area of St. Mary Magdalene´s.


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Father Jock Dalrymple
0131 669 5447

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