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  • ST ANDREW’S ST PETER’S ST PHILIP’S ST THERESA’S Admin Office:

    126 Victoria Street 9 Carmondean Centre The Lanthorn Kilronan Park

    Craigshill Deans Kenilworth Rise 41 Main Street

    Livingston Livingston Dedridge, Livingston East Calder

    EH54 5BJ EH54 8PT EH54 6NY EH53 0ES

    T: 01506 432141 T: 01506 438787 T: c/o 01506 880918 T: 01506 880918

    Pastoral Team:

    Fr Kenneth Owens, Fr Simon Hughes, Fr Peter Krakowiak SAC & Fr John Semnanke

    Email: catholic126@gmail.com PPC Email: livingstoneastcalder_ppc@hotmail.com

    Fr Peter Mobile: 07460 676 278 (text only) Email: katolicylivingston@gmail.com

    Facebook: Livingston and East Calder Catholic Parishes

    Website: www.livingstoncatholicparishes.co.uk

    SVDP Contact Numbers:

    St Andrew’s & St Theresa’s: 07342 793611 St Peter’s: 07796 662264 St Philip’s: 07502 031701

    Confession:

    St Andrew’s: Sat 9am & 4.30pm

    St Peter’s: Sat 10am

    St Philip’s: Sat 9am

    St Theresa’s: Sun after 11.30am

    Adoration:

    St Andrew’s: Tue 10am to 11am

    Thu 7pm to 8pm

    Sat 4.30pm to 5pm

    St Peter’s: Sat 10am to 10.30am

    St Philip’s: Sat 9am to 9.15am

    Morning Prayer:

    St Philip’s: Tue, Thu & Sat

    9.15am

    Charismatic Prayer Group

    St Andrew’s: Tue 7.30pm

    SUNDAY 24 NOVEMBER 2019

    Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe - Year C

    In the Gospel today (Luke 23:35-43) we see how the

    inscription over the cross, and all those who witnessed

    the crucifixion (the crowd, the rulers, the soldiers and the

    thieves) unwittingly proclaim the true identity of Jesus.

    The irony is that the titles, which are pronounced in

    mockery, are true: Jesus is both messiah and king.

    Parish office opening hours:

    Mon, Tue, Wed & Thu

    9.30am to 12.30pm

  • Second Collection: Today there will be a second collection taken for Catholic Education.

    Youth Club: Will meet tonight, Sunday 24th, from 6.00pm - 8.00pm in the Lanthorn.

    Congratulations!: To St Margaret’s Academy now celebrating their 25th anniversary. We wish God’s blessing on them for the future.

    Livingstones Prayer Group: Tuesday 26th at 7.30pm in St Andrew’s church. Fr Kenneth will speak on The Beatitudes in Matthew’s Gospel.

    All welcome to the meeting.

    Remember & Reflect: As St Margaret’s Academy celebrate 25 years, a warm invitation is extended to pupils, staff, former and current,

    families, friends and the wider community to gather together to express their gratitude for all who have gone before us and to remember

    them with love and respect. Takes place on Wednesday 27 November at 7.00pm. See poster for more details.

    Social Committee: Will next meet on Wednesday 27th at 7.00pm in St Theresa’s.

    RCIA: Will meet on Thursday 28th at 7.00pm in St Peter’s.

    Martha & Mary Day - Attention all ladies of the cluster! A day’s retreat from the busy preparation for Christmas, a day of Christmas crafts

    in the morning and time in the afternoon for reflection based on Mary visiting Elizabeth. Held in St Peter’s on Saturday 30 November from

    11.00am - 3.30pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits supplied; soup available at lunchtime; please bring a packed lunch. Cost is £5.00 per person and

    the proceeds will go to Fr John’s Ghana Project. Please contact Frances McGuire or Nancy MacGillivary (Tel: 07801 533 104).

    One World Group Peace Service: This year’s service will take place in St Andrew’s on Tuesday 3 December at 7.00pm.

    Men’s Breakfast: This event is open to all men over 18 years and will take place on Saturday 7 December from 7.45am - 9.30am in St

    Peter’s. Cost is £2.50. Guest speaker to be announced nearer the time. If interested, please contact Brian Rolfe (Tel: 07538 153 582 or

    email march2ndjuly19th@gmail.com)

    Thank You: A very special thank you from Fr Matthew in St Martin de Porres in Semana in Malawi to the St Andrew’s Polish community here

    in Livingston. Their generous gift of £2,400 recently arrived just in time for Christmas celebrations for the children at the Mission Parish and

    17 outstations. Thank you for your kindness and generosity.

    PPC Minutes: Are available on the noticeboard for anyone who is interested.

    Next Sunday’s Readings (01.12.19): Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 121; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:37-44

    Recently Deceased: Osemedua Kachikwu, Charles Purdie, Maria Adeline Long, Catherine Edgar Anniversaries (November): Colin Phair,

    Charlie McGillivray, Adelaide Martins, Brian McKenna, Elizabeth Fleming, Ella Conway

    Shared News …

    ST ANDREW’S ...

    Friday 29th: The primary school will join us for Mass on

    Friday morning.

    SSVP Christmas Appeal: We are appealing to you once

    again to support children of less well-off families who

    live among us. Please take a tag from the Giving Tree at

    the rear of the church. Wrapped gifts should be

    returned to any of the Masses in St Andrew’s & St

    Theresa’s on 30 November & 1st, 7th & 8th December.

    If you prefer to donate voucher or cash, we would be

    very grateful.

    Christmas Nativity Cribs: Anyone who would like to buy

    a crib with figures can contact Joe or Jenny McDermott

    (Tel: 779 871) or see them after weekday/Saturday

    night Mass.

    Last Sunday’s Collection: £880.09; Building Fund:

    £231.22; 2020: £100.00; 200 Club: TBC; Sanctuary

    Candle: T Donoghue

    Project Ghana St Peter’s £1,070 Polish Community £873 St Philip’s £623 St Andrew’s £298 St Theresa’s £200 One World Group £350 TOTAL £3,414

    ST PETER’S ...

    SPRED Mass: This morning we will celebrate our SPRED Community

    Family Mass and welcome everyone from the group.

    Rosary Group: Will meet after Mass on Wednesday morning.

    Knit & Natter: Until further notice, will meet at 1.00pm on

    Wednesdays.

    Project Ghana: Any donations for Fr John should be put in an

    envelope marked ‘Project Ghana’ and given directly to Fr Simon.

    Last Sunday’s Collection: £914.95; Church Stall: £85.40; Mission

    Sunday: £64.62

  • Iona an island of

    tranquility and prayer

    It is seldom that I find I have a free weekend in my calendar but towards the end of my convalescence I took the opportunity to go to the island of Iona. Having made the necessary arrangements the night before my departure I was disappointed to see that the weather forecast was four days of rain! However the run to Oban had rain, sun, wind and snow on the hills after Crianlarich. The boat to Mull was most pleasant but the single track drive to Fionnphort is always quite demanding. Arriving mid afternoon the sun was there to greet me. I had had several other visits to Iona but always with groups so it was good to have time and space to enjoy the beauty of the island. I celebrated Mass in the Catholic House of Prayer with other pilgrims on the island.

    I wrote four Advent reflections while in Iona which I shall share with the parishes. I wrote them in four different locations on the island. The White Strand of Monks in the North of the island is a beautiful sandy area looking out to sea. A marvellous celebration of nature and beauty. Martyrs bay is the place pilgrims first see when they arrive having been the site of battles with invaders in the past. The Machair is the common grazing ground and also an 18-hole golf course now. It has a lushness and sense of space.

    The ruggedness of Columba’s bay reminds us all what St Columba first encountered when he arrived in 563. Perhaps you may be encouraged to visit or we could arrange a parish pilgrimage in the future.

    Fr Kenneth

    ST THERESA’S…

    Rosary: The rosary will be recited

    every Monday morning after 9.00am

    Mass. Everyone is welcome.

    SSVP Christmas Appeal: Since St

    Andrew’s and St Theresa’s SSVP

    conferences merged, we are inviting

    St Theresa’s parishioners to

    participate in our appeal. Please see

    more details under St Andrew’s

    news.

    Community Carol Service: Will take

    place on Sunday 22 December at

    6.30pm in the Partnership Centre,

    East Calder. If anyone would like to

    be involved, please contact

    Kirknewton & East Calder Church of

    Scotland (Tel: 357 083).

    Christmas Cards: Are now on sale

    from the stall at the rear of the

    church.

    Last Sunday’s Collection: £453.97;

    Bonus Ball Winner: No 17 Ann

    Higgins

    ST PHILIP’S ...

    Gifts for Christmas: The SVDP Giving

    Tree will be up today and next week.

    Please pick up a tag and return gifts

    by 8 Decemb