Wednesday 15 August is the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Holy day of Obligation


Weekend Collection:  £561.  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 August issue of Day by Day is available in the porch at the price of £1.

The Summer edition of ‘Light of the North’ is now also available.  Donations for this are kept by the parish.


Children’s Liturgy – during the school holidays there will be no children’s liturgy downstairs to give our hardworking volunteers a rest.


Baptismal Certificates – It is important that Baptismal and other Sacramental certificates are collected from the sacristy as soon as possible.  Please call in at your earliest convenience.


Don’t be Afraid of Being Holy – Explore the key ideas in Pope Francis’ new document on the ‘Call to Holiness in Today’s World’, The group will meet on Wednesdays  8, 22, 29 August, and 5 September from 7.00pm in St Columba’s,  Culloden,  If you would like to take part, please speak to/ e-mail Fr. Domenico, to give him an idea of interested numbers. Please note that the text is available for free online!


National Pilgrimage to Carfin in honour of St John Ogilvie on Sunday 2 September at 3pm.  Please see notice in porch.


Salvation Army Choir – 7.30pm Saturday 15 September in St Andrew’s Cathedral  Please see the notice in the porch.


The Pastoral Parish Council met on Tuesday 24 July.  Laura Adamu was elected as Chair and Trish Hallam re-elected as Secretary.  The post of Vice-Chair was left to the next meeting.  Recent and future improvements to the church were discussed.  A shortlist of two curtain materials was decided on.   Once larger samples of these two  are available, a final choice will be made.  It was decided to seek a new window cleaner who will clean  inside as well as outside.  The matter of the refurbishment of the Hall will be discussed at the Fabric Committee which will meet on 7 August.


The 2018 Annual Pilgrimage to pray for the Beatification of the Venerable Margaret Sinclair will take place on Sunday 9 September from 2.00 to 6.00pm at St Patrick’s Church, Cowgate, Edinburgh. 2pm – Opening; 3pm – Film: The Story of Margaret Sinclair, Servant of God; 4.30 pm – Holy Mass. Refreshments available. 


New Little Chamber Organ – rescued from Fraserburgh church and repaired by Fr John.  Built by an unknown organ builder in Aberdeenshire in the 1860’s from earlier material (probably from the 1840’s).   The keyboard and chest were extended to five octaves in 1931.  It will be put into playable order during the next few months and the small new computer organ will be removed.


Little Donkey Also to be removed in the reorganisation downstairs is our donkey. Can you give a home to this poor, homeless pet? No spending on food or grooming is required. Only shelter is needed.


Gift Aid:  We have been informed that an amount of £7654.84, was transferred to our parish account on the 13 July 2018.   This is the gift aid refund for St Ninian’s for the tax year 2017-18.  Very many thanks to all those who Gift Aid their donations.


St Joseph’s Deanery Choir Matthew McVey has asked us to invite you to join the newly reborn choir on Wednesday 22nd August. Rehearsals will take place on Wednesdays at 7pm in St Mary’s, Nairn. It would be great if we could have a good, strong choir to participate in Deanery events, like our pilgrimages. See the notice in the porch for details.


Very many thanks to Alison Francis who amongst her multiple tasks over many years has ensured that cleaning materials and other essential items never run out.  Now Anita Parker has kindly offered to fulfil this task.  Would all cleaners, Sunday refreshment makers and anyone else noticing stock getting low please add the required items to the list in the cleaners’ cupboard beside the fire escape door downstairs to ensure that we do not run out.

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