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.”

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.”

Chrism Mass


The Chrism Mass is a special annual celebration led by the diocesan Bishop with the diocesan clergy.

 

The postponed Chrism Mass is now planned to take place in St Mary’s Cathedral at 12 noon on Thursday 22nd April.

 

Please note that this year the format will differ. Only some clergy will be in attendance and attendance is strictly by invitation only.

Everyone is welcome to watch the celebration via the live stream.

 

Closure of Trinity

Dear Friends,

Once again, I’m sorry to say, we are facing a lockdown.

I’m sure we’ve all heard, or seen, or have had reported to us by now, the First Minister’s changes to the Tier 4 restrictions.

The Bishop has also confirmed and clarified that with immediate effect, Public Worship, including Mass, must cease for the time being. 

It pains all of us, I’m sure, to find ourselves in this situation once again.

Please know that I am still able to make arrangements for the pastoral care of the sick should it be needed.

Please feel free to contact me in the usual way if you need anything.

And please be assured of my prayers for you all during this time.

God Bless,

Fr Emmet