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Weekend Collection: £549.    Very many thanks.

There will be a second collection next week for Peter’s Pence.

There are teas and coffees in the hall after Mass. Please come and join us.  

Please take a copy of the Easter edition of “Light of the North” from the porch if you have not already done so.

The SVDP are looking for new members to join them, especially someone who has some basic book-keeping experience.  Please speak to Peter Kelly if you are interested.

The next meeting of the Pastoral Parish Council (PPC) will take place in the Presbytery on Tuesday 27 June at 7pm.  We will welcome our new members, Sylvia Hagley and Trish Hallam.  The most important item on the agenda will be the Summer Fair on Saturday 26 August.  Several kind souls volunteered at the AGM to man stalls, and we have had volunteers willing to man 2 more stalls and a number of offers of items for sale but more help is needed. Fr John has been put in charge of a Pets Corner.  He will welcome any animals from cats to crocodiles and dogs to donkeys but he, like other stall holders, will require help! We would also appreciate other suggestions and help for stalls and games.  Please try to join in.  This will be our only fundraising activity this year and will not be a success without your help.

The 12 Priests of the Deanery were delighted with the catering for their meeting here on 8 June.  We thank those who provided food and those who helped serve and clear up afterwards.  Unfortunately, only one more person responded to the appeal to help form a group of volunteers to take charge of future catering arrangements.  From time to time there are visitors to the parish who require refreshment and it would be good to have a list of people willing to be contacted when the need arises. Again, please let us know if you would help with this by adding your name to the list in the porch.

If you prefer to speak to someone directly on these or other matters just approach any member of the PPC.

Also at the AGM, the Parish Finance Committee proposed that, out of the comfortable balance in St Ninian’s account of £65,000, a goodwill donation of £5,000 be made to St Columba’s parish to help with their very substantial debt to the Diocese and their project of providing a presbytery for their parish priest. This proposal was warmly supported by those present and a cheque has now been sent to Fr Domenico with the prayers and good wishes of this parish.

We have received a letter from Fr Domenico thanking St Ninian’s for our ‘tremendously generous gift’ and assuring us of their prayers.

 The Dominican Sisters and our Catechists work hard throughout the year with our young people who are the future of the Church. Their help is much appreciated. All classes will take a break until after the summer holidays.

Sadly, a number of our hardworking reliable members of the cleaning rota are no longer able to continue their good work for health reasons.  Please consider helping to keep our church bright and welcoming.  You will only be called upon once every six weeks and can do the work when it is convenient to you.  Please call at the sacristy to discuss ways in which you can help.

The ‘Living Faith’ Scripture Course, entitled “From Genesis to Jesus: Unlocking the Bible”.  This informal course will give an overview of the Old and New Testaments and will take the form of visual presentations with discussion and Bible reading. The course begins on Wednesday 21 June, at 7.00pm, in St Columba’s, and lasts for six consecutive Wednesday evenings, until 28 July. All welcome.

Saturday 24 June: Day of Renewal at Stratherrick: “In the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary” from 10.00am onwards. This will include Prayer, procession and Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Highlands and much more.

St Columba’s last Bingo event before the holidays will take place on Friday 30 June.

Street Pastors who provide important support in Inverness will come to speak about their work within the next few weeks.

Jam jars are available from the sacristy for anyone planning to make jam or preserves for the Summer Fair.