Next Sunday is the World Day of Prayer for the Missions.  There will be a retiring collection at both Masses.

Weekend Collection:  £578.    Very many thanks.

There are teas and coffees in the hall after Mass.  Please come and join us especially if you are a visitor.


The October issue of Day by Day is available in the porch at the price £1.


Wanted!!  Boys and girls who have made their First Holy Communion and are of primary or secondary school age who would be willing to join our team of Altar Servers are invited to speak to Fr John or chief Altar Server Ellen for further information.


The Pastoral Parish Council Meeting met on Tuesday 2 October.  Among items discussed were the lifting and fitting of the new sanctuary carpet, date for the Summer Fair 2019, decoration of the Hall and removal of extra toys, chairs etc., arrangements for Advent and Christmas.  Vice Chair – Hilary MacDonald was elected to this position.  Deanery Lunch on Thursday 13 December – help needed with catering – please speak to Moira Chalmers.


The Memorial Mass of the Canonisation of St John Ogilvie  will be at 6.30pm on Wednesday 17 October at St Thomas’s, Keith.   The celebration will be led by Fr Colin Stewart.  All most warmly invited.


The Holy Mass:  Gift of Christ – a Saturday workshop including:  History and Development of the Mass, a scriptural Walk Through the Mass and more!  Saturday 20 October at St Columba’s, Culloden from 11 am onwards.  All welcome from post-Confirmation candidates and teenagers to the ‘young at heart’.



Letter from Bishop Hugh: The Bishops of Scotland have confirmed that the holy Days of Obligation in Scotland are:

All Sundays;  The Nativity of Our Lord;  The Ascension of the Lord;  St Peter and St Paul;  The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and All Saints. The Saturday Vigil Mass fulfils the obligation for Sunday Mass.


Encounter Christ Retreats for Young Single Catholic Women – the Dominican Sisters invite Catholic women between the ages of 18-35 to a peaceful and refreshing weekend away with Christ.  The retreat is held on the weekends of 2-4 November and 22-24 March 2019 at Greyfriars Convent, Elgin.  To sign up please contact Sister Mary Gianna OP at op@rcda.scot .  There is a £30 suggested donation.


Ogilvie Centre Formation Events

Two retreats take place in November – Retreat for Busy Women 9 – 11 November 6pm Friday to 2pm Sunday.

Men’s Retreat – 23 – 25 November – both at Kilcoy Castle, Muir of Ord.

Please see the programme of events 2018-2019 on the poster in the porch.  For further information or reservations contact Sr. Anna Christi at Ogilvie@rcda.scot


Bequest from Canon Bernard MacDonald:  The Parish has been fortunate to be remembered in Canon Bernard’s will and is grateful for his kindnesss. He had very fond memories of his time at St Ninian’s and at his request his funeral was held here. The £2,000 will be used to help pay for the new carpet and curtain to improve the appearance of our Sanctuary - he would have approved and will be remembered for his thoughtfulness.


Readers:  Two readers are required for each of the weekend Masses.  If you are interested in becoming a reader please speak to Fr John or a member of the Sacristy team to discuss this.  You would be very welcome to have a trial run outwith the Service.


ST COLUMBA’S PRIZE BINGO: every first Friday until December.


Olive Grove: Volunteer/s urgently needed for happy, busy café @ Crown. Ideally able to cover alternate Tuesday afternoons but flexible re any other times offered. Contact Liz Gray - 01463 239936

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