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.
By Chloe, P6, 2022
Our Parish is St Matthew’s Parish (Rosewell, Bonnyrigg and Gorebridge)
Father Allan Ocdenaria is our Parish Priest (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
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.
Sacramental Information 2022/23
We have started our Sacramental Preparation in school. Mrs Green prepares the children for their Sacraments.
Reconciliation – Congratulations to our P3 and P4 pupils who made their Sacrament of First Reconciliation on Sunday 11th December 2022 in St. Matthew’s Church, Rosewell. Please continue to keep them in your prayers as they continue through their faith journey.
First Holy Communion – Congratulations to our P4 and P5 pupils who made their Sacrament of First Holy Communion on Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th May 2023. Please continue to keep them in your prayers as they continue through their faith journey.
Confirmation – P7 children make their Sacrament of Confirmation on Thursday 1st June 2023, 7pm at St. Matthew’s RC Church, Rosewell. Pupils have started to prepare for this Sacrament in class.
FILIPINO COMMUNITY – MUSIC GROUP AND BRUNCH
On the second Sunday of each month, the Filipino community will provide the music at Mass and serve Filipino brunch in the hall afterwards. This will be in Our Lady of Consolation Church and Hall in Bonnyrigg. Thanks to Eleanor and friends for preparing the food. Please show your support by attending.
*The Filipino Community will provide the music at Mass in Our Lady of Consolation Church on Sunday 4th June 2023, 11:30am, but there will be no brunch afterwards. The next Filipino Brunch will take place in Our Lady of Consolation Church Hall in Bonnyrigg at 12:30pm on Sunday 9th July 2023*
The community of St. Andrew’s RC Primary school is dedicated to meeting it’s Laudato Si’ goals, ‘Responding to the cry of the earth’ and ‘Responding to the cry of the poor’. Throughout the Lenten period St. Andrew’s collected money for SCIAF’s WEE BOX appeal. We set a target of £30 and raised a whopping £90.12! Thanks to everyone who donated to our appeal.
Due to unforeseen circumstances the next Children’s Masses scheduled to take place on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May 2023 have been cancelled. The next Children’s Masses will take place after the school summer holidays. Please keep an eye on our website and Twitter page nearer the time for more information.
LAUDATO SI’ SCHOOL
On Friday 7th October 2022, the whole school came together to have their Prayer Commitment Service, where we made a promise to become a Laudato Si’ School. Laudato Si Schools Scotland aims to meet the Holy Father’s goal of creating an ‘Ecological Education’ within schools. It is an invitation to all schools to respond to the call to be stewards of God’s creation. The Holy Father challenges us to do this in his encyclical.
Keep an eye on our website and Twitter feed to watch our Laudato Si’ journey.
THE LETTER – A MESSAGE FOR OUR EARTH FROM POPE FRANCIS
Follow the link to watch the film: https://www.theletterfilm.org/watch/
In 2015, Pope Francis wrote Laudato Si’ (The Letter); an encyclical letter about the environmental crisis to every single person in the world. A few years later, four voices that have gone unheard in global conversations have been invited to an unprecedented dialogue with the Pope. Hailing from Senegal, the Amazon, India and Hawai’i, they bring perspective and solutions from the poor, the indigenous, the youth, and wildlife into a conversation with Pope Francis himself. This documentary follows their journey to Rome and the extraordinary experiences that took place there and is packed with powerfully moving personal stories alongside the latest information about the planetary crisis and the toll it’s taking on nature and people.
POPE FRANCIS FAITH AWARD
This year ten of our Primary 6 pupils have put themselves forward for the 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.
SOCIAL GROUP MEETING
Social Group Meetings have been postponed until after the Garden Fete.
The Annual Garden Fete, due to take place on Sunday 3rd September 2023, is fast approaching. This is one of our most successful fundraising events and takes a lot of manpower and planning/organising. The next Garden Fete meeting will take place on Tuesday 13th June 2023 at 7pm in Our Lady’s Church Hall, Bonnyrigg. All welcome!
This is an initiative which has been successfully run by other churches to encourage young people to come into church premises where they are warmly welcomed and get a toastie, crisps and a drink for £1. Rev Louise Purden from Bonnyrigg Parish Church recently spoke about it to the Parish Pastoral Council asking if our Parish would like to be involved as Bonnyirgg church hall is directly across from Lasswade High School. If you are interested and would like to get involved please contact Maria Thomson on 07947148242.
Due to health issues, the parish has lost some of their volunteers increasing the burden on those remaining. Please consider joining the rota and sharing the responsibility. Many hands make light work. If you are able to volunteer please contact the school office and ask to speak to Miss Stewart in the first instance.
MEN OF MOTOWN TRIBUTE NIGHT
A date for your diary – the Parish is holding a Motown Tribute Night on Saturday 11th November 2023 in St. Matthew’s RC Church Hall, Rosewell. Please keep an eye on the website for more info.
The three part series on Prayer is available on Youtube and can be found here:
Week 1 – VOCAL PRAYER https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULDD6m6z7zM
Week 2 – MEDITATIVE PRAYER https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39uWiNPzkaM
Week 3 – CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pU18HSe9_vI
SYNOD NEWS FROM PRAGUE
Sr Anna Marie McGuan RSM shares her experience of being part of the Scottish delegation to the Synod in Prague last week. Click here to view: https://youtu.be/GXYxP0Ja8Zc
AFRICAN AND CARIBBEAN MASS
This Mass takes place on the first Sunday of each month at 1pm. The next Mass will be on Sunday 4th June 2023 in St. Cuthbert’s RC Church, Slateford Road, Edinburgh.
THE CATECHISM IN A YEAR PODCAST WITH FR. MIKE SCHMITZ
In ‘The Catechism in a Year’ podcast, Fr. Mike Schmitz guides you through the entire Catechism of the Catholic Church in 365 episodes. To listen, follow the link: https://www.youtube.com/@TheCatechismInAYear/about
ST. MARGARET’S PILGRIMAGE 2023 DUNFERMLINE
This Pilgrimage will take place on 18th June 2023 from 12:30pm-3:30pm. This is a free event. For more information please visit: https://archedinburgh.org/event/st-margarets-pilgrimage-2023/
FOODS AND TOILETRIES FOR THOSE IN NEED
Donations of non-perishable foodstuffs, cleaning materials and toiletries can be left in the porch of each church after each weekend Mass and will be taken by volunteers to the foodbank and to other organisations collecting for people who need our help and support.
Sunday Gospel and Reflection
Sunday 28th May 2023 – Seventh Sunday of Easter – Year A
This is the Gospel according to John.
It was late that Sunday evening, and the disciples were gathered together behind locked doors, because they were afraid of the Jewish authorities. Then Jesus came and stood among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. After saying this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy at seeing the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father sent me, so I send you.” Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive people’s sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”
Today is Pentecost Sunday. This is the day that God sent to us a helper after Jesus returned to our Heavenly Father. The helper is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is our advocate in all our times of hardships and comfort. He will keep reminding us of everything that Jesus taught us while He was here on earth. He will also be providing good counsel always when we fall into temptations. Jesus, today, is sending the Holy Spirit to us and at the same time sending us forth to the world to proclaim the Good News. He knows that it will not be an easy task to proclaim the Gospel to the world. The world is full of evil and persecutions. The Holy Spirit will be with us to strengthen our faith and hope when face turbulence from the evil one. Our clergy are today being given the powers to help us in penance. Jesus has advanced the powers of absolution to our Bishops and Priests. Let us seize this golden opportunity and always go to confession as often as possible without fear of being scorned by others.
Gospel and Reflection taken from: https://catholicreadings.org/receive-the-holy-spirit/
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.