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Next weekend we will welcome Sr Anne Marie Quigg at both Masses for the Annual Mission Appeal. She will be making an appeal on behalf of the Comboni Sisters (Glasgow) There will be a second collection.

 

During this month of The Holy Souls you are invited to write the names of those who died since last November in the Parish Remembrance Book in front of the altar.

 

Catholic Education Week is to be celebrated each year between the Feast of St Margaret on 16 November and the Solemnity of St Andrew on 30 November.  This year Catholic Education Week can take place either from 17 – 23 or 24 – 30 November.  At St Ninian’s it will take place between 17 – 23 November. There will be a collection for the work of the Scottish Catholic Education Service after both Masses this weekend.

 

Weekend Collection: £561.  Very many thanks for your generosity.

 

There will be teas and coffees after Sunday Mass. Please come and join us and have a look at the transformation of the hall! Should anyone like to contribute to the cost of the improvements Fr John will be happy to receive a donation.

 

The November issue of Day by Day is available in the porch at £1.00. 

 

Christmas Cards are now available in front of the window beside the confessional.   You will also find Catholic diaries (don’t forget to buy yours early to avoid disappointment!), Advent calendars, calendars for 2020, candles as well as Mass cards.

 

The PPC met on Wednesday 6 November.  Among items discussed were the progress on the hall refurbishment and forthcoming arrangements for Advent and Christmas. This year it has been decided that there will be a professional entertainer at the Christmas Party on Saturday 14 December. The Nativity Play will take place during Mass on Sunday 22 December.

 

Sacramental Preparation – Children who received the Sacrament of Reconciliation last year are now eligible for First Communion preparation.  We are back to First Communion class this Sunday.   Further details may be obtained from Anne MacDougall on 07754 750788.

 

Confirmation – We have been informed that the date for the Bishop’s visit to confirm our candidates has been changed to SUNDAY 3 MAY.

 

The Emmanuel Community will present ‘Missionary Spirit of Jesus’ – a discussion on the ‘Baptised and Sent’ document of Pope Francis on Saturday 30 November from 10.30am – 1.30pm in St Mary’s Church, Beauly.

 

“Joy to the World”: Marian Reflections for Advent – 4, 11, 14 December at St Columba’s. A series of talks, discussions and meditations on God’s plan for salvation, seen through the eyes of Mary of Nazareth. The programme is as follows:

Wednesday 4 December at 7.00pm: The Annunciation

Wednesday 11 December at 7.00pm: The Visitation

Saturday 11 December, 12 noon-4.00pm: The Nativity

More details to follow. Please spread the word!

 

St Columba’s Next Prize Bingo – Friday 6 December at 7pm.  All welcome.

 

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