October- November 2017

Dear Friends,

In the last edition of the magazine I mentioned that Steven and I had intended to walk from St Andrews to Iona in October on behalf of the UCAN Appeal at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. Unfortunately due to several unmitigated factors it was decided to be more expedient to postpone this event until next May. This will of course give us more opportunity to plan better ahead and also to increase the awareness of the General Public in this charitable effort. At time of writing the weather also has not been good so perhaps it was better to have delayed.

In last month's magazine we also learned of the conversations about the future of the Church in the City Centre. At St Margret's we do follow the Catholic Liturgical tradition and as a particular offering of our distinctive style I thought that we might develop something here on the 2 nd Saturday of the month at 12.00 noon. On the 14 th of October there will be a Rosary and on the 11 th of November Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction. Please do try and come along to this and please do bring someone else. It is our particular offering to the life of prayer in our City Centre Charges.

The Pilgrimage to Rome was a great experience and it was good to have been in familiar sanctuaries again but also to have had the opportunity to visit new venues. Rome really is the ‘Eternal City' and it never ceases to excite the imagination. I found it particularly moving to have celebrated Mass in St Sebastian's above the catacombs. As well as seeing so many of Caravaggio's paintings it was particularly moving to have been outside the Palace where the Stuarts lived and also to be in SS Apostoli, the Church where they worshipped.

Harvest Thanksgiving falls on the 1 st of October. We will be collecting consumables for the Cyrenians and Lois, one of their number, will address the congregation at Parish Mass.

On Sunday the 8 th of October we will remember the sesquicentenary of the coming to the Gallowgate of Fr John Comper and the Sisterhood of St Margaret to found a Mission in Ferguson's Court in 1867. It was in 1870 that the present Church Nave and Sanctuary were erected. We have a lot to thank God for and also for all that has been achieved over the past 150 years. Fr John Comper was a man of great vision and theological insight and one who had an incredible compassion for humanity, for the poor and underprivileged in the East End of this City. He set the tenor of this place. As well as Parish Mass we will be having a Parish Buffet on that day and also Sung Evensong and Benediction in the afternoon at 3 pm. I have invited the congregation of St John's Crown Terrace to join us for these celebrations. We both share in the legacy of Fr John Comper as St Margaret's was founded from St John's.

St Luke's Day on the 18 th also sees the ‘50 th ' Anniversary of Sister Columba's profession in SSM. There will be, at her request, a Said Mass at 7.00pm. On the 8 th of October we will remember 150 years of the Convent and 50 years of Sister Columba.

I have tonight just returned with Andy Garden from the Aberdeen-in-Bloom Competition and I am delighted to tell you that we held on to 2 nd place! I am very grateful to Andy for all his help and support in the Church Garden. Personally I thought that we had excelled ourselves this year. The Lord Provost, who had been at the Gallowgate Festival, was particularly complimentary of our efforts. I have a plan for next year we will do better!

The Gallowgate Festival has been I think the best to date. The atmosphere in and around the Church was good with lots of visitors. In addition we made in excess of £5000. My thanks and appreciation to all of your for all your hard work and effort. Next year is the 25 th !

With all sincere good wishes,

As Aye, Fr. Emsley