Synod Update

The Holy Father has convoked a ‘Synod on Synodality’ to be held in 2023.

As part of this, there will be a phase of parish consultations and conversations to be held from mid-January till Pentecost 2022.

When exactly this will happen in Trinity has yet to be agreed.

You can find more information on the whole Synodal process here on the Diocesan Website: Synod 2021-2023

Bishop Hugh has written a letter on Synodality and has asked that we make it available.

It’s a lovely reflection on the whole process and well worth a read. Here is a link to the letter: Pastoral Letter on Synodality

In the meantime, I would commend the whole process to you in your prayers.

Below is a modified version of a prayer, recommended to us by the Church, which has been used at Councils, Synods, and other Church gatherings for centuries which you may find helpful:

 

The Sunday Obligation

The Bishops have issued the following Statment regarding the Sunday Obligation:

“At the beginning of Advent, the Bishops of Scotland looked forward to welcoming the faithful back to Holy Mass and anticipated that the restoration of the Sunday Obligation might be possible as we begin the New Year.

Sadly, there has been a serious worsening of the situation and the restoration of the obligation will be postponed until a more favourable time.

For us Sunday is always a Holy Day and we invite those who are unable to be with us in person to continue to join with us in prayer and spiritual communion either by personal or family prayers or by online celebrations of Mass.

We ask everyone to continue to pray for a speedy end to the Pandemic and for the good health of you and your loved ones in 2022.

We also pray for all those who passed away during 2021 and those who grieve. May Our Lady Health of the Sick pray for us and may Saints Andrew and Margaret protect us.”

Happy Christmas

May God Bless you in this Christmas season, and I wish you every blessing for the year of Our Lord 2022

For a child has been born for us,
    a son given to us;
authority rests upon his shoulders;
    and he is named
Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Is 9:6)

 

 

Christmas At Trinity

The Christmas Mass times are:
The Vigil Mass will be at 8 pm.
The Children’s Liturgy planned for before the Vigil Mass has now been cancelled in light of the latest guidance.
Mass will still begin at 8pm
The Christmas Morning Mass will be at 9 am.
You MUST book if you intend to attend these Masses
The Christmas Vigil has now reached capacity.
There are plenty of spaces available at the Christmas morning Mass.
Here is the booking form for the Morning: Christmas Morning Mass
This year, of course, Christmas Day falls on a Saturday, as such there will be no Vigil Mass on Saturday 25th December.

Light of the North

Here is the latest edition of Light of the North (click on the image to access)

From the Editor:

“Welcome to our summer edition of the Light of the North!

As, God willing, life slowly begins to return to normal after the last year and a half of Covid misery there is, fortunately, no shortage of good news from the Diocese, and some truly inspirational stories:

Glen Reynolds reports on the recent ordinations of Christopher Doig and Malachy Eze to the priesthood;

Lidia Konar interviews a Polish family faced with a life affirming test of faith;

Eileen Grant takes a look at a lesser known Marian devotion, “The Seven Joys of Mary”

and Fr Domenico Zanrè suggests a summer read which has the papal seal of approval!

In addition, Margaret Bradley discovers a blooming successful community garden at St Andrew’s Church, Braemar

and on a more light-hearted note, Canon Peter Barry tells how ten little jacketed bundles of joy were borne into the world at Pluscarden Abbey.”