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Sunday 29th June 2014

PERSONAL GROWTH - a reflection by John Vanier

In the course of my experience at L'Arche I have discovered four principles necessary for human growth and good accompaniment The principle of reality; To embrace things as they really are, and not to be constantly angry with them but rather to see what is positive in them. Not to be attached to preconceived ideas and especially not to prejudices and theories. To recognise in ourselves the blind spots and the defence mechanism that stop us from seing reality, and lead us to deny it. To love and live the present moment in the reality that is given.

The principle of growth: life is moving,evolving. There are things that we cannot do today because of our limitatiions, our youth, our fears. But tomorrow, or with time, new strength will grow up in us. We are in the process of changing, others are changing too. we must know how to wait patiently. we must know how to befriend time.

Finally the principle of nourishment and the principle of finality the purpose of all human growth is openness to others, to God, to the world, to discover our common humanity; to work for a world where there is more communion and compassion between human beings. But each person needs to choose the right means to be well nourished in order to achieve this end. We must make good choices.

Sunday 22nd June 2014

The parishioners of St Mary Magdalenes offer our congratulations to Father Tabone today as he celebrates the 40th anniversary of his ordination. We wish him many more happy years of retirement in his home in Gozo.

Sunday 18th MAY 2014 Referendum Reflection Groups

Jim Roarty writes:
"We plan for the five weeks course to have two discussion groups. One will be held at 35 Morton Street on Monday 2nd June at 2.30pm the other at 38 Cliftom Mews, 43 Baileyfield Road on Wednesday 5th June at 7.30pm. If you plan to attend pleases put your name on the list at the back of the church. If youw would like transport to get there and back please contact Jim Roarty 0131 669 0896 / Jim Roarty@talktalk.net. P.S The meetings only last an hour (promise!).

Father Jock writes (Sunday 4th May 2014)

Prayer For Friends by Mary Bell

Dear Lord Jesus, friendship is a great treasure which we are inclined to take fro granted How often do we realise the true worth of friendship? Only when they are no longer around? The discilples on the road to Emmaus did not recognise you at first. As we rush headlong through our busy lives help us to see our friends with new eyes and to appreciate them for what they really are. Help us to see beyond the superficial. Let us not be hurt by supposed slights. Let us imagine ourselves in their shoes sometimes and understand their point of view. Let us notice our friends' problems and not always be preoccupied with our own. Lord, make me a true friend, always there when needed. Help me to put other people first and to tell them how much I value their friendship. Let me be generous and give more of my time. Amen

"The best rule of friendship is to keep your heart a little softer than your head."
Laurence J. Peter - educator

FATHER JOCK WRITES from our Church bulletins

Sunday 30th March 2014


Many people get burned out,perhaps unconsciously, some part of then is rejecting the need to relax and find a harmonious rhythm in life for themselves. In their over-activity they are fleeing from something, sometimes because of deep unconscious guilt. Maybe they do not really want to put down roots in the community and stay for the long haul. They may be too attached to their function or to controlling or to appear perfect. They have not yet learned how to live; they are nor yet free inside themselves; they have not yet discovered the wisdom of the present monent, which can frequently mean saying 'no' to people.

Jean Vanier, Community and Growth p177

SUNDAY 23rd March 2014 TODAY

I wish you a day of ordinary miracles. A fresh pot of tea you didn't have to make yourself An unexpected phone call from an old friend. Green traffic lights on your way to work or shops I wish you a day of little things to rejoice in it A good sing along song on the radio. Your keys right where you look. I wish you a day of PEACE, HAPPINESS and JOY

FROM OUR SUNDAY BULLETINS Sunday 12th January 2014

COMMUNITY Health is Measureable: The health of a community can be measured by the quality of its welcome of the unexpected visitor or of someone who is poor, by the joy and simpplicity of relationships between its members, by its creativity in response to the cry of the poor.

Jean Vanier, Community and Growth, p.155

Sunday 26th January 2014

Giving Life: People who are old or sick and offer themselves to God can become the most precious members of a community - lightning conductors of grace. There is a mystery in the secret strength of those whose bodies are broken, who seem to do nothing all day, but remain in the presence of God. Their immobility obliges them to keep their minds and hearts fixed on the essential, on the source of life itself. Their suffering and agony bears fruit: They give life.

Jean Vanier, Community and Growth, p.155

Sunday 2nd February 2014


When you were born our hearts were so full of happiness that there was no room in us for words. When you were growing our hearts were so fiull of care for you that we spoke soothingly and sometimes sharply, fearful for your safety, but always in the deepest places in our hearts we spoke lovingly.

Today, as we watch you move forward with your friends we marvel at all you have done and all that you have become. Our spirits sing praise to God for the gift that is you. And though our hearts have stretched to love others, yet, there is a place within us that is yours, and only yours always.

For the light you have shone on us, for the life you have called us to, for the special gift of God you are now, and will ever be, Thank You.

Sunday 23rd February 2014

SHARING I am struck by how sharing our weaknesses and difficulties is more nourishing to others than sharing our qualities and successes. There is a fundamental tendency to become discouraged in community. We either believe that others are better than we are, or they don't have to cope with the same problems.

The discovery that we are all in the same boat and all have the same fears and weariness can help us to continue. People are nourished by humility because humility is truth

Jean Vanier, Community and Growth, p.185

Sunday 23rd February 2014

The Friend

A real friend to whom we can say exactly what we feel, knowing that we will be listened to, encouraged and confirmed in love and tenderness is a n essential resource. When friendship encourages fidelity it is the most beautiful thing of all. On the dark days we need the refuge of friendship

John Vanier: Community and Growth p183.

Please pray for the reposeof the soul of Margaret Cheyne who died recently Please pray for Sick Parishioners - St Mary Magdalene's: Irene Duncan, Bill Cheyne, Andrew Banks, Sylvia Berry, Tony Matrundala, Liz Davis, Rose McKay, Mary and James Muir, Jude Ferguson, Denis Davidson, Isobel Phillips, Elvira Tanchuk and Mary Robertson

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From main road to church
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Car park in church grounds
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The Altar in the Main Chapel
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First Holy Communion 2005
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Calum with Father Hennessy
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left to right Alesandra, Calum and Rachel
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Our three communicants after Mass
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left to right Gemma with Anna and Father Hennessy cutting the cake - Communion 2007
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First Holy Communion Day in St. Mary Magdalene´s 2016

Today was a special day in our parish. Eleven children - ten girls and one boy - made their First Holy Communion. Their smiles say it all! After Mass we had a celebration in the hall not only for the children but for the parish too.
We are delighted that we have so many children and that we now have several altar servers every Sunday.

  Holy Communion St Mary Magdalenes
First Holy Communion Day in St. Mary Magdalene's 2017
  Holy Communion St Mary Magdalenes
June 4th 2017

Today was another special day in our parish. This year, on June 4th 2017, 10 children made their First Holy Communion - two girls and eight boys. After Mass we had a celebration in the hall not only for the children but for the parish too.

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Altar in the chapel
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Coat of Arms - Large Crusader Cross and four small crosses
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the interior of the main chapel
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The crib at the main altar
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The Day Chapel (used for weekday Masses)
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some of the Stations of The Cross
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Station 14
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The Risen Christ
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40th anniversary of our parish 2001

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of our parish 2001 Our first Parish Priest, Fr. L. Glancey and our present Parish Priest, Fr. T. Hennessy

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Father Lawrence Glancey as Parish Priest in the 1960´s
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