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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The Garden Fete

The Annual Church Garden was a great success; many thanks to those who came along to support this event, and to those who bought/sold raffle tickets.

The fete made over £7,000 which will go towards supporting the Church and Parish.

Keep an eye on our website for more information on future parish events.


Archbishop announces launch of 40 hour’s Devotion

Archbishop Cushley is to relaunch the “simple and beautiful tradition” of 40 hours’ Devotion this Advent.

It will see each parish in the Archdiocese have 40 hours of exposition of the Blessed Sacrament so people can come together to pray in silence before the Lord.

In a pastoral letter (read out in all churches on Sunday 6 June), he said the launch was “to foster a rediscovery of the great gift of Christ’s abiding presence in the Eucharist,” particularly after a time when churches were closed due to the pandemic.

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Sunday Gospel and Reflection

Sunday, 12th September 2021 – 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B

This is the Gospel according to Mark.

Jesus and his disciples set out for the villages of Caesarea Philippi. Along the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” They said in reply, “John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others one of the prophets.” And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter said to him in reply, “You are the Christ.” Then he warned them not to tell anyone about him. He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and rise after three days. He spoke this openly. Then Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. At this he turned around and, looking at his disciples, rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.” He summoned the crowd with his disciples and said to them, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the gospel will save it.”


On 6th August we celebrated the feast of The Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ on the high mountain. The transfiguration was preceded by several events where Jesus started seeing that the faith of His disciples had started to dwindle. One of the events that made the disciples to have doubts if Jesus was the Messiah they had been waiting for was this one we are going to ponder today.

Jesus had gone to the region of Caesarea Philippi and he asked his disciples who do people say He was. They gave Him the answer and when He asked them who do they think He is, Simon Peter said: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Upon saying this Jesus bestowed on Him the mantle to lead the Church.

Immediately after giving Peter the Keys to Heaven, He started saying that He will be persecuted and Killed by elders and scribes. This was a shocker to the disciples because, in their human thinking, they thought that the Messiah could not be killed or even die.

They knew that Jesus had all the powers on earth to avoid that death. So when Jesus said that He must die then they started having the doubts about Jesus being the real Messiah. Their faith in Jesus started dwindling.

When Jesus, Peter, James and John descended from the mountain, they met the other disciples trying to drive out a demon out of a boy, but they were unable. Jesus told them that they were unable to drive it out because their faith in Him had started to fade.

So, what is the main point of this long account of the immediate context of the transfiguration of Jesus? This is the point! At this point in time, Jesus had already done almost three years of His 312 years public ministry. Now Jesus was preparing for His passion, death and resurrection, events that had to (must) happen.

Events that had been prophesied before by the prophets. Events that would culminate in our salvation. Then here was Peter trying to tell Jesus that He would never let happen, what has already been planned in Heaven. Jesus got upset and told him to get behind Him, Satan because what He was saying was not in tandem with what was already planned in Heaven.

This dwindling of faith, especially by Peter, had to be restored during The Transfiguration especially when the voice of God came from the cloud and said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” The trio became witnesses of Jesus in His Heavenly manifestation.

Let us therefore have an unwavering faith in Jesus because we are lucky to know that He is indeed the messiah who came to save us from our sins.

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