Parish Information and Liturgical Reflection

Our School Prayer

O, St. Andrew, hear us pray.

Sail over the sea to give us faith.

Let us have hope

Let us help one another

O, St. Andrew, hear us pray.

Let us share our kindness

Let us share your miracles

O, let us respect our classmates and teachers

O, St. Andrew hear our prayer,

O, St. Andrew, hear us today.

Amen

By Chloe, P6, 2022

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Parish Information

Our Parish is St Matthew’s Parish (Rosewell, Bonnyrigg and Gorebridge)

Father Olufemi Michael Akintolu is our Parish Administrator (St. Matthew’s RC Church, 36 Carnethie Street, Rosewell, EH24 9AT, 0131 440 2150). 

Weekend Mass Times are as follows:

Saturday Vigil Mass: 6pm, St. Matthew’s Church, Rosewell

Sunday: 9:30am, St. Margaret’s Church, Gorebridge (this Mass has weekly Children’s Liturgy, as well as a weekly coffee bar after Mass, in the church hall).

Sunday 11:30am: Our Lady of Consolation, Bonnyrigg 

Sunday 2:30pm: Nazareth House, Bonnyrigg

For more info re weekday Masses/Confession please click the link below to find this information on the Parish Website. You can also see info on Parish News and Events on their Facebook page.

https://m.facebook.com/stmatthewsparishrosewell/

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Sacramental Information 2023/24

We have started our Sacramental Preparation in school. Mrs Green, Miss Watson and Mrs Briggs prepare the children for their Sacraments. Please keep an eye on our website, Twitter feed and newsletters for all information regarding Sacramental Preparation and key dates for parents/carers.

Reconciliation – Congratulations to seven of our P3 pupils who made their Sacrament of Reconciliation on Sunday 17th December 2023 at St. Matthew’s RC Church, Rosewell. Please keep them in your prayers as they continue through their faith journey.

First Holy Communion – Primary 4 pupils will make their Sacrament of First Holy Communion on: Sunday 28th April 2024 – St. Margaret’s RC Church, Gorebridge, 9:30am; OR Sunday 28th April 2024 – Our Lady of Consolation RC Church, Bonnyrigg, 11:30am. Miss Watson has begun preparing the children for their Sacrament.

Confirmation – Primary 7 pupils will make their Sacrament of Confirmation. This is led by Archbishop Leo Cushley and will take place on Friday 14th June 2024, at St. Matthew’s RC Church, Rosewell. Mrs Briggs has begun preparing the children for this Sacrament. There will be a Confirmation Information meeting for parents on Tuesday 7th May 2024, 7pm in Our Lady of Consolation Church Hall in Bonnyrigg. If you cannot attend this meeting please speak to Father Michael to discuss your child’s readiness to make their Sacrament.

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LAUDATO SI’ SCHOOL 

We will be continuing our promise of being stewards of God’s creation and working towards becoming a Laudato Si’ School. Our goals for this year are: Simple Lifestyle & Fair Economy. Please keep an eye on our website and Twitter feed to see what we get up to.

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POPE FRANCIS FAITH AWARD

This year ten of our Primary 7 pupils will continue to work towards earning their Pope Francis Faith Award. The Pope Francis Faith Award is designed to help children to show ‘signs of love’ in their daily lives and to be active members of their local church. The Faith Award invites young people to use the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and to see how they can bear fruit in their homes, schools and parishes.

Keep keep them in your prayers and keep an eye on our website and Twitter feed to watch their PFFA journey.

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FIRST FRIDAY ADORATION & BENEDICTION 

As part of the parish’s efforts to help us achieve more spirituality, the parish will be having Adoration & Benediction in honour of the Sacred Heart of Jesus every first Friday of the month at 7pm. This will be in rotation in all of their three churches (Gorebridge in April, Rosewell in May, Bonnyrigg in June and so on).

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PASTORAL CARE AT NAZARETH HOUSE, BONNYRIGG

Arrangements have been made to continue with Pastoral care to Nazareth House, as before. Therefore, there will be afternoon Mass every Sunday at 2:30pm, a vigil Mass the day before every Holy Day of Obligation at 6:15pm, and Mass at 11am on every First Friday of the month. These and other spiritual programs at the House will be published in the parish bulletin. All welcome.

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ARCHDIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES

The annual Pilgrimage takes place this year from 5th-12th July 2024. More details can be found at: http://www.edinburghlourde4s.com/lourdes24

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PARISH SOCIAL GROUP

The next Social Group meeting takes place on Tuesday 14th May 2024 at Our Lady of Consolation Church Hall in Bonnyrigg at 7pm. All welcome!

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GARDEN FETE 2024 – PLANNING MEETINGS

Planning for our annual Garden Fete is about to start. Our first meeting will be on Tuesday 30th April 2024 at 7pm, in Our Lady of Consolation Church Hall, Bonnyrigg. This is the biggest event that the parish has and requires many volunteers to ensure its success. ALL WELCOME!

BIG SUMMER RAFFLE

Tickets are now available at the back of each church. Amazing prizes to be won! Please take a bundle to sell to family and friends. £1 per ticket, 10 tickets per book.

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ST. MARGARET’S YOUNG ADVENTURERS

Look for the gnomes in the grounds of St, Margaret’s Church – you can choose a gnome, give it a name and check on it each time you go to Mass.

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BUSY BEES GROUP

The Busy Bees craft group will start again on Thursday 18th April 7pm-9pm in St. Margaret’s Hall, Gorebridge. All welcome!

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MEN’S THURSDAY CLUB

A new Men’s Thursday Club is starting in St. Margaret’s RC Church Hall, Gorebridge on Thursday 18th April, 2pm-4pm. Cards, dominoes, crafts, hobbies, chat etc. All welcome!

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PASSKEEPERS WANTED

Passkeepers are required to go on a rota at St. Matthew’s RC Church, Rosewell for Saturday 6pm Masses. The role involves welcoming people on arrival and giving out hymn books, bulletin etc. If you are available please contact Father Michael. Any help is much appreciated.

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PARISH HEALING SERVICE

In preparation for Pentecost there will be a Parish Healing Service on Friday 17th May 7pm-9pm, in St. Matthew’s RC Church Hall, Rosewell. SAVE THE DATE (more details to follow)!

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CATHOLIC PARISH SUMMIT – 12th-14th JUNE 2024

It is about inspiring Catholics with a vision of a renewed Church that is missionary and apostolic at its core, and equipping them to cast off their parishes into mission – so that they can bring people to Jesus. Who is this for? If you’re involved in parish ministry in any way, this summit is for you. For more information, check this link: https://catholicparishsummit.com/about/

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SYNOD EVENT – SPIRITUAL CONVERSATION

The Archdiocesan Synodal Team invites you to Spiritual Conversation (Exploring the role of the laity), an event taking place at Ss John Cantius & Nicholas, Broxburn on Saturday 4th May, 10:30am-1pm. To read the event guide follow this link: https://archedinburgh.org/wp-content/uploads/Synod-Broxburn-Event-Guide.pdf

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Sunday Gospel and Reflection

Sunday 14th April 2024 -Third Sunday of Easter – Year B

This is the Gospel according to Luke.

The two disciples recounted what had taken place on the way, and how Jesus was made known to them in the breaking of bread. While they were still speaking about this, he stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” But they were startled and terrified and thought that they were seeing a ghost. Then he said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have.” And as he said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed, he asked them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of baked fish; he took it and ate it in front of them. He said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. And he said to them, “Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.”

Reflection

His resurrection breaks down all barriers, removes all divisions – within us, between us and others, between us and God. His true disciples are ambassadors of reconciliation in every age. Who do I need to be reconciled with? Am I a source of unity or division for others? Do others encounter the power of His resurrection through me?

Gospel taken from: https://catholicreadings.org/third-sunday-of-easter-year-b/

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Our Parish Mission Prayer

Holy Spirit be our guide as we journey towards our Father’s house.

Help us to work together so that our time of mission may enrich our parish of Our Lady’s, St. Matthew’s and St. Margaret’s.

With our friends and neighbours in other churches, help us to bear witness in our community to the love of Jesus Christ so that all people will be drawn to him.

Amen