16th Sunday of the year 19th July 2009

Services for the week

  • SUNDAY: Mass 10.00 am
  • MONDAY: Mass 10.00 am
  • TUESDAY: Communion Service 10.00 am
  • WEDNESDAY: Communion Service 10.00 am Mass 7.00 pm
  • THURSDAY: Mass 10.00 am
  • FRIDAY: Mass 10.00 am
  • SATURDAY: Mass 10.00 am Vigil Mass 6.00 pm
  • CONFESSIONS : Saturday, after morning Mass and from 5.30 – 5.55 pm
  • ‘Way of the Cross’ Friday, after Mass


Collections: The Offertory collection last weekend realised £411.14 and the second collection, £86.45, making a total of £497.59 Grateful thanks to all contributors.

200 Club: A few numbers are still available! Please see Julia Cameron for details.

In your charity, please remember Mgr. Brennan, Fr John McAllister, Patsy Cadden, Veronica Forrest, David Hogg, George McCallum, Evelyn Stell and all the sick and housebound.

Cardinal Gray, Paddy Duffy and Norman Moffat, whose anniversaries occur about this time.

Thomas Allan, William Howel and May Robinson, who died recently.


Mass Intentions

  • VIGIL: People of the Parish
  • SUNDAY: Helen Ward-Birkby
  • MONDAY: Thomas Allan
  • WEDNESDAY: Edward Cummings
  • THURSDAY: Norman Moffat
  • FRIDAY: William Howel
  • SATURDAY: Paddy Duffy

The St. Vincent de Paul Society

Vincent de Paul was born in 1581 in the village of Pouy near Dax at the foot of the Pyrenees. The family was poor but by no means destitute. Vincent’s father recognised his talents and enrolled him in the Franciscan boarding school at Dax. His proficiency in Latin won him admission to Toulouse University. In September 1600, at the age of nineteen, he was ordained priest. Whilst visiting galley slaves in prison, Vincent decided to organise a Mission for those condemned to the oars. He began going from village to village, preaching and giving missions. In 1625, he established the Congregation of the Mission (known today as the Vincentian Fathers). His mission was "to go all over the earth to inflame people’s hearts to do what the Son of God did".
Dermot Duggan and Francis White (who were sent to the Hebrides in 1651) were amongst the Missionaries who joined him from across Europe. Vincent died in 1660 and was canonised by Pope Clement XII in 1737.

The St. Vincent de Paul Society came to Scotland in 1845, only twelve years after the very first Conference was founded by Frederic Ozanam in Paris.

Scotland, in the ‘hungry forties’ was refuge for Irish immigrants. There was a desperate need to help those poor, unjustly-treated and often sick people, who were trying to eke out a living in Scotland.

The Holy Guild of St Joseph, founded by Bishop James Gillis, had 300 members by 1845. It was from this group that the first Conference of the Society of St Vincent de Paul was established. It met on 25 May 1845, in the rooms of the Guild of St Joseph at 7 Hunter Square, Edinburgh.
Each member promised to receive the sacraments regularly and to recite daily, the Litany of Loretto, (1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, and the Prayer of St Vincent de Paul). Their main task was to visit the homes of the poor and sick – Catholics and non-Catholics alike – pray at their deathbeds and follow the remains to the cemetery. This, more than anything else, impressed the non-Catholics. The members of the Society inspired many by their simple piety and great faith. They also instructed children and adults in the faith and prepared them for their first communion. They aimed to provide night shelter, the supervision of apprentices and an orphanage.

Soon, however, the work became too much to cope with, especially financially. In the parishes of St Mary’s and St Patrick’s, half the collection taken up at the door was given to the Conference. There were soon fifteen honorary members and one aspirant preparing to be taken into the Conference. Other Conferences began to appear as new parishes sprang up. More immigrants were arriving and the city was becoming unhealthier-there was a great deal to be done.

In the last 50 years, we have set up projects to tackle problems which persist in spite of the Welfare State. We pioneered furniture recycling in 1962 and are still involved with this, via our Fife project and partnerships with agencies in Edinburgh and Stirlingshire. Since the late 1980s we have provided a soup kitchen in Edinburgh (co-operating with the Jericho Benedictines). For almost 30 years, thanks to efforts of members throughout the Archdiocese, we have offered caravan holidays in East Lothian and Fife. Conferences recognise that loneliness, loss of mobility and isolation from family, affect people regardless of financial circumstances. Social events like Christmas parties and outings for the elderly in our communities supplement our visiting. We care for people’s spiritual needs by transporting them to our special Masses”.

The St Vincent de Paul Society, here in St Mary’s, meets in the evening of the second Monday of every month at 6:30pm. Our work consists of visiting parishioners at home or in hospital; distributing furniture etc. or simply providing help wherever it is needed.  Often, our members are approached by concerned friends, family or neighbours or sometimes, we just see names in the church newsletter of those we feel may benefit from a friendly visit and chat. Many parishioners have taken the opportunity of a holiday in the caravan at Port Seton. Visits to homes / hospitals usually last about half an hour. (New legislation means that visits must comprise of at least two persons). We need new members to carry on this very worthwhile work! If you are interested or can help in any way, please speak to either Gus McDonald or William Ballantyne. The S.V.P Charity is always looking for new volunteers. No training or transport is required!

Please remember all the good work the S.V.P does and show your appreciation by placing a donation in the St Vincent de Paul box as you leave after Mass today….. and every Sunday!

Thank You.