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 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.

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

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Sacramental Information 2022/23

We have started our Sacramental Preparation in school. Mrs Green prepares the children for their Sacraments.

Reconciliation – P3 children make their Sacrament of Reconciliation on Sunday 11th December 2022, 5pm at St. Matthew’s Church, Rosewell. Preparation in class began in October.

First Holy Communion – P4 children make their Sacrament of First Holy Communion on Saturday 6th May 2023, 6pm at St. Matthew’s Church, Roswell, OR Sunday 7th May 2023, 9:30am at St. Margaret’s Church, Gorebridge, OR Sunday 7th May 2023, 11:30am at Our Lady’s Church, Bonnyrigg. Preparation will begin in class in January.

Confirmation – P7 children make their Sacrament of Confirmation on Thursday 1st June 2023, 7pm at Sacred Heart Church, Penicuik. Preparation will begin in class in January.

For any parents/carers who wish for their children to make their Sacraments this year, children must be enrolled and parents/carers are to attend all information evenings. Details are as follows:

ENROLMENT MASS: A huge congratulations to three of our Primary 3 pupils who were enrolled for their Sacraments on Sunday 9th October 2022. Please keep them in your prayers as they continue through their faith journey.

RECONCILIATION PARENTAL MEETING: Tues 8th November 2022, 7pm, Our Lady’s Church Hall, Bonnyrigg

HOLY COMMUNION PARENTAL MEETING: Tues 14th March 2023, 7pm, Our Lady’s Church Hall, Bonnyrigg

CONFIRMATION PARENTAL MEETING: Tues 2nd May 2023, 7pm, Our Lady’s Church Hall, Bonnyrigg

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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.

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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.

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PARISH ADVENT VIDEOS

Each year the parish produces videos to help children and their families prepare for the coming of Jesus at Christmas time. There are 4 videos, one for each week of Advent that families should watch and discuss together, as well as making the craft that can be hung on the tree at Mass each weekend. Each video should be watched prior to its corresponding Sunday. Here are the links and crafts for each Sunday of Advent in Year A. Remember to make sure your craft can hang on the tree.

– Week 1 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LL5N1Wb8WHg Make a mirror and write on it something that you do well, i.e. helping others, being kind etc.

– Week 2 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLwvuG4ktE4 Make a candle and write on it how you will follow Jesus this Advent.

– Week 3 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOJ5Ew3GUNI Make a traffic sign and write on it ways in which people can make good choices and live their lives in the right direction.

– Week 4 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCVFfhXY9YQ Make a smiley face and write on it a surprise you have had and how it made you feel.

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MASS TO COMMEMORATE THE CLOSING OF ST. MARGARET’S SCHOOL IN LOANHEAD

There will be a special Mass on Wednesday 23rd November 2022 at 7pm in St. Margaret’s Church, Loanhead to mark the closure of St. Margaret’s RCPS earlier this year. Former pupils, parents, staff and friends of the school are warmly invited. There will be a reception in the church hall afterwards. They are also looking for St. Margaret’s Memorabilia – if you have any old photos, the Education Team at Midlothian Council would like to borrow them for an exhibition as part of the celebratory Mass. Hand in any memorabilia into Loanhead PS reception and they will be returned safely.

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EUCHARISTIC ADORATION 

There will be Eucharistic Adoration led by Archbishop Leo Cushley on 18th December, 8th January, 12th February & 12th March from 6-7pm in St. Margaret’s Chapel, 100 Strathearn Road, Edinburgh, EH9 1BB.

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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 December 2022 in St. Patrick’s Church, 5 South Gray’s Close, Edinburgh.

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SOCIAL GROUP MEETING

The next social group meeting takes place Monday 5th December 2022 at 7:30pm in Our Lady’s Church Hall, Bonnyrigg. All welcome!

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LOVE CHRISTMAS EVENT 27TH NOVEMBER 2022

The parish is holding a LOVE CHRISTMAS event on Sunday 27th November 2022, from 2pm-5pm in Our Lady of Consolation Church grounds and hall. Here people can celebrate the love of Christmas by drinking hot chocolate, eating mince pies and buying items from local craft stalls. Christmas Carols will be played to keep the festive spirit alive. There is also an opportunity for children to come to Santa’s grotto and meet Santa – entry fee is a wrapped gift (labelled age) that can be given to someone who is less fortunate at Christmas Time. We look forward to welcoming you there! You can find more info about the event here: https://facebook.com/events/s/love-christmas-2022/478795924197712/

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CHRISTMAS HAMPERS RAFFLE

Donations of Christmas puddings, cakes, preserves, ham, nibbles, wines, spirits, chocolates, biscuits etc. are now most welcome. They can be left at the back of each Church. Raffle tickets on sale soon.

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PARISH PANTOMIME

St Matthew’s Parish proudly presents JACK AND THE BEANSTALK Christmas Pantomime in partnership with Hopscotch Theatre Productions. The performance takes place on Saturday 10th December, Doors open: 2pm, St Matthew’s RC Church Hall, Rosewell.
Tickets are ON SALE NOW after each mass as follows:
 – Saturday Evenings: St Matthew’s Church Rosewell @ 6:45pm
 – Sunday Mornings: St Margaret’s Gorebridge @ 10:20am, Our Lady’s Bonnyrigg @ 12:20noon
Ticket prices are: Adult £10, Child (up to age of 14) £5, Family Ticket (2ads & 2children) £25
Refreshments Available to Purchase.
Tickets are non-refundable and are on a first come first served basis. No pre-ordering of tickets will be accepted. For more info please click here: https://fb.me/e/3KwPlrVxA
NB: We are also looking for a few volunteers to help clean the stage on 30th November in readiness for the Pantomime. Please contact Mary Stafford, or speak to Father Allan, if you are available to help. Thank you.

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RCIA (RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS)

The Parish are running the RCIA programme this year; please keep their candidate, Jo, in your prayers. The programme is also an opportunity for parishioners to revisit and deepen their understanding of some of the beliefs and practises of Catholicism so please feel free to join them in St. Margaret’s Church Hall, Gorebridge each Friday night at 7:30pm. If you wish to know more, please see Linda Gordon or Father Allan. The Parish will publish the topic to be covered each week, so you can choose which sessions you attend. This coming week, they will be covering “Life of Prayer”.

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VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITY – SISTERS OF THE SACRED HEART

Can you help out in Rosehill (Sr. Rose’s Order)? Do you have spare time in the week when you could have a cup of tea with the sisters or residents, or take them out for a coffee? Playing simple games or chat over a crossword would lighten their day. It would be a great help if you could accompany them to appointments with the dentist and hospital (all expenses paid). If so, please contact the order on 0131 660 6602 and ask to speak to Anne Marie Meikle for more information.

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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.

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Sunday Gospel and Reflection

Sunday 20th November 2022 – The Feast of Christ the King – Year C

This is the Gospel according to Luke.

The rulers sneered at Jesus and said, “He saved others, let him save himself if he is the chosen one, the Christ of God.” Even the soldiers jeered at him. As they approached to offer him wine they called out, “If you are King of the Jews, save yourself.” Above him there was an inscription that read, “This is the King of the Jews.” Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us.” The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply, “Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation? And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” He replied to him, “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

Reflection

Happy Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe!  This is the last Sunday of the Church year which means we focus on the final and glorious things to come!  It also means that next Sunday is already the First Sunday of Advent. When we say Jesus is a king, we mean a few things. First, He is our Shepherd. As our Shepherd He desires to lead us personally as a loving father would. He wants to enter our lives personally, intimately and carefully, never imposing Himself but always offering Himself as our guide. The difficulty with this is that it’s very easy for us to reject this kind of kingship. As King, Jesus desires to lead every aspect of our lives and lead us in all things. He desires to become the absolute ruler and monarch of our souls. He wants us to come to Him for everything and to become dependent upon Him always. But He will not impose this sort of kingship upon us. We must accept it freely and without reservation. Jesus will only govern our lives if we freely surrender ourselves over. When that happens, though, His Kingdom begins to become established within us! And through us in the world. Additionally, Jesus does wish for His Kingdom to begin to be established in our world. First and foremost this takes place when we become His sheep and thus become His instruments to help convert the world. However, as King, He also calls us to establish His Kingdom by seeing to it that His truth and law is respected within civil society. It’s Christ’s authority as King that gives us the authority and duty as Christians to do all we can to fight civil injustices and bring about a respect for every human person. All civil law ultimately gains its authority from Christ alone since He is the one and only Universal King.  But many do not recognize Him as King, so what about them? Should we “impose” God’s law upon those who do not believe? The answer is both yes and no. First, there are some things we cannot impose. For example, we cannot force people to go to Mass each Sunday. This would hinder one’s freedom to enter into this precious gift. We know Jesus requires it of us for the good of our souls, but it must still be embraced freely. However, there are some things that we must “impose” upon others. The protection of the unborn, poor and vulnerable must be “imposed.” The freedom of conscience must be written into our laws. The freedom to practice our faith openly (religious liberty) within any institution must be “imposed” also. And there are many other things we could list here. What’s important to point out is that, at the end of all time, Jesus will be returning to Earth in all His glory and He will then establish His permanent and unending Kingdom. At that time, all people will see God as He is. And His law will become one with “civil” law. Every knee will bend before the great King and all will know the truth. At that time, true justice will reign and every evil will be corrected. What a glorious day that will be! Reflect, today, upon your own embrace of Christ as King. Does He truly govern your life in every way? Do you allow Him to have complete control over your life? When this is done freely and completely, the Kingdom of God is established in your life. Let Him reign so that you can be converted and, through you, others can come to know Him as Lord of all!

Gospel and Reflection taken from: https://catholicreadings.org/jesus-christ-the-king-of-the-universe/