Parish Information and Liturgical Reflection

Parish Information

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

Father Allan Ocdenaria is our Parish Priest

Weekend Mass Times are as follows:

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

Sunday: 9:30am, St. Margaret’s Church, Gorebridge

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

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Sacramental Information 2021/2022

We are now beginning our Sacramental Preparation in School.

Reconciliation – P3 will make their Reconciliation in St. Matthew’s Church, Rosewell, on Sun 12th December 2021 at 5pm. Mrs Green will prepare them for their Sacrament.

First Holy Communion – P4 will make this Sacrament on the 7th or 8th May 2022. Mrs Green will prepare the children after the Christmas break. More info to follow.

Confirmation – P7 will make this Sacrament on Thursday 9th June 2022 in St. Matthew’s Church, Rosewell. Archbishop Leo Cushley will lead the Mass. Mrs Green will prepare the children after the Christmas break. More info to follow.


Catholic Education Week 2021 – 23rd November-30th November 2021 – Celebrating and Worshipping 

During this time, the whole school came together to celebrate Catholic Education Week. We had Scottish themed cooking and dancing to celebrate St. Andrew, we engaged in Liturgical Reflections for the beginning of Advent, and we participated in lots of celebratory singing – have a look at our Twitter page to see what we got up to.


Love Christmas Event – 28th November 2021

The Parish held their Annual Love Christmas Event. At this event children were able to meet Santa, and give a gift to someone who is less fortunate

A big thanks to all those who came along to support the event – including our own Parent Council. The parish have been able to donate 15 SACKS full of toys to different charities and organisations.

Look out for this same event next year – it’s one that’s not to be missed!


Advent Preparation: Parish Videos 

Every year the Parish wants to highlight the importance of preparing for the coming of Jesus at Christmas time. Each week the children of the parish are to watch the Parish Advent videos, reflect on them with their families and create the crafts discussed in the videos. You should watch each video before each Sunday of Advent, and have the craft prepared for coming to Mass so that you can hang it on the tree. Please see below the links and crafts for all four weeks of Advent this year:

Year C, Week 1 – Make a mirror that can hang on the tree. Write on it what you do well to help other people.

Year C, Week 2 – Make a woolly hat and write on it how you will put things right for Christmas.

Year C, Week 3 – Create a hand print and write on it how you can help someone who is less fortunate this Christmas.

Year C, Week 4 – Make a heart and write on it how you will spread the good news.


SYNOD 2021-2023: For a synodal Church: communion, participation and mission

Parish Synod Meeting

The synodal journey involves dioceses around the world in a phase of listening. In our Archdiocese, to ensure we hear everyone’s voice, we are holding parish meetings to encourage spiritual conversations to take place.

Although optional, we encourage all parishioners and parents/carers of St. Andrew’s Primary School to come along to one of our three meetings.

MEETING 1: St. Matthew’s Rosewell, Parish House – 15th January 2022, 4pm-5:30pm.

MEETING 2: St. Margaret’s Church Hall, Gorebridge – 16th January 2022, 10:30am-12:30pm

MEETING 3: Our Lady of Consolation Church Hall – 16th January 2022, 12:30pm-2:30pm

The meeting will begin with some light refreshments before discussing the points highlighted to us from the diocese.

You can find more information here:


Memorial Mass – Remembering and Celebrating the Lives Lost During the Pandemic

A Message from our Parish of St. Matthew’s:

During the pandemic many of us had to say goodbye to loved ones.

We recognise that this time was made more challenging by not being able to celebrate their life in the way we would have hoped, due to the restrictions of the pandemic.

We invite everyone who has lost loved ones during the pandemic, for any reason, to come along to our Memorial Mass, remembering and celebrating their lives.

The Mass will take place in St. Matthew’s RC Church in Roswell, followed by refreshments in the church hall. The Mass takes place on Wednesday 29th December 2021, 7pm, in St. Matthew’s Church, Rosewell.

We look forward to welcoming you and your families to celebrate the lives of our friends, family and loved ones.

You can find out more following this link:


Sunday Gospel and Reflection

Sunday, 5th December 2021 – Second Sunday of Advent – Year C

This is the Gospel according to Luke.

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the desert. John went throughout the whole region of the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah: A voice of one crying out in the desert: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths. Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill shall be made low. The winding roads shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth, and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”


On this, the Second Sunday of Advent, we are given the person of St. John the Baptist to ponder. What a gift he is! Jesus Himself stated that “among those born of women there has been none greater than John the Baptist” (Matthew 11:11). What a compliment!

What is it that made John so great? We can point to two things in particular. The first has to do with his calling and the second has to do with his virtue.

First of all, John was great because he was the transition from the Old Testament Prophets to the New Testament. He was the bridge that prepared for the new life to come. His unique mission makes him truly great.

But John was great not only because of his unique calling, he was also great because of the virtue he had in his life. And it is this gift that is worth pondering for our own inspiration more than any other.

The particular virtue that John had was that of humility.  He saw himself as nothing other than a “voice of one crying out in the desert.” And the Word he spoke was Jesus.

John acknowledged that he was not even worthy to stoop down and untie the sandal straps of Jesus (Mark 1:7). He was praised by many and followed by many and yet he continuously said of Jesus that “He must increase and I must decrease” (John 3:30).

John was not in it for praise and honour; rather, his mission was to point everyone to the Saviour of the world.  He could have sought the honour and praise of many and he would have certainly received it. They may have even made him king.

But John was more than willing to fulfil his mission and then submit himself to the cruel sword of his executioner. His humility was such that he was focused only on Jesus and desired only to point to Him.

Reflect, today, upon this humility in your own life. Do you tend to point to yourself or to Christ? Do you seek the praise of others or do you humbly point all praise and glory to God? Humility is the path that St. John the Baptist took and it’s the path we must strive for each and every day.

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