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SUNDAY † BULLETIN 17th March 2019 • 2nd Sunday of Lent • Year C

Readings at Mass - 1st Sunday of Lent - Year C Entrance Antiphon Of you my heart has spoken, Seek his face. It is your face, O Lord, that I seek; hide not your face from me.

Collect O God, who have commanded us to listen to your beloved Son, be pleased, we pray, to nourish us inwardly by your word, that, with spiritual sight made pure, we may rejoice to behold your glory. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

First reading Genesis 15:5-12,17-18 Taking Abram outside, the Lord said, ‘Look up to heaven and count the stars if you can. Such will be your descendants.’ Abram put his faith in the Lord, who counted this as making him justified. ‘I am the Lord’ he said to him ‘who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldaeans to make you heir to this land.’ ‘My Lord,’ Abram replied ‘how am I to know that I shall inherit it?’ He said to him, ‘Get me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove and a young pigeon.’ He brought him all these, cut them in half and put half on one side and half facing it on the other; but the birds he did not cut in half. Birds of prey came down on the carcases but Abram drove them off. When the sun had set and darkness had fallen, there appeared a smoking furnace and a firebrand that went between the halves. That day the Lord made a Covenant with Abram in these terms: ‘To your descendants I give this land, from the wadi of Egypt to the Great River.’

Psalm Psalm 26:1,7-9,13-14 The Lord is my light and my help. The Lord is my light and my help; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; before whom shall I shrink? R.

Philippians 3:17-4:1 My brothers, be united in following my rule of life. Take as your models everybody who is already doing this and study them as you used to study us. I have told you often, and I repeat it today with tears, there are many who are behaving as the enemies of the cross of Christ. They are destined to be lost. They make foods into their god and they are proudest of something they ought to think shameful; the things they think important are earthly things. For us, our homeland is in heaven, and from heaven comes the saviour we are waiting for, the Lord Jesus Christ, and he will transfigure these wretched bodies of ours into copies of his glorious body. He will do that by the same power with which he can subdue the whole universe. So then, my brothers and dear friends, do not give way but remain faithful in the Lord. I miss you very much, dear friends; you are my joy and my crown.

Gospel Luke 9:28-36 Jesus took with him Peter and John and James and went up the mountain to pray. As he prayed, the aspect of his face was changed and his clothing became brilliant as lightning. Suddenly there were two men there talking to him; they were Moses and Elijah appearing in glory, and they were speaking of his passing which he was to accomplish in Jerusalem. Peter and his companions were heavy with sleep, but they kept awake and saw his glory and the two men standing with him. As these were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, ‘Master, it is wonderful for us to be here; so let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’ – He did not know what he was saying. As he spoke, a cloud came and covered them with shadow; and when they went into the cloud the disciples were afraid. And a voice came from the cloud saying, ‘This is my Son, the Chosen One. Listen to him.’ And after the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. The disciples kept silence and, at that time, told no one what they had seen.

Mt 17: 5 This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.

I am sure I shall see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living. Hope in him, hold firm and take heart. Hope in the Lord! R.

Take up: Mindfulness

Lent 2019: A time to give up bad habits and adopt good ones Originally a Christian tradition, Lent has long been associated with fasting. In recent years, this tradition has morphed into the giving up of something indulgent but not necessary, for example, chocolate. Lately, however, taking something up instead of giving something up has become a trend, moulding Lent into a more positive and fulfilling way to bring in the spring. Here are four examples of things to give up and things to take up this Lent: Give up: Social Media Recently, after a period of being glued to my phone, I decided to go off social media for a week. These days, we are seemingly chained to our online presence. Social media perpetuates the expectation that we are instantly contactable and can cause productivity to drastically decrease. Taking a break from the constraints and pressures that go with social media is such a refreshing experience and one which fits well with Lent, a period which sees mounting deadlines, endless library days and the horrors of summer exams.

Entrance Hymn


Be still, for the presence of the Lord



Longing for light



Be not afraid

Marian Antiphon


Ave Regina Caelorum

Give up: Meat



Immortal, invisible, God only wise

The environment is an issue which should be a concern for everyone. The meat industry is one of the biggest

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polluters on the planet and if we were all to cut down on our meat consumption, greenhouse gas emissions could be drastically reduced. Giving up meat is not just good for the environment, it is also great for both your health and your bank balance. With so many wonderful vegetarian and vegan options now on offer, why not try 40 days meat-free.

Mt17:5 Glory and praise to you, O Christ! From the bright cloud the Father’s voice was heard: ‘This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.’ Glory and praise to you, O Christ!

Sunday 11.15am Mass It is your face, O Lord, that I seek; hide not your face. Dismiss not your servant in anger; you have been my help. R.

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Gospel Acclamation

Communion Antiphon O Lord, hear my voice when I call; have mercy and answer. Of you my heart has spoken: ‘Seek his face.’ R.

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Second reading

Cf. Ps 26: 8-9

A popular movement that has gained traction in recent years, mindfulness is a brilliant way of de-stressing during this intense period in the academic year. There are a whole host of resources online, including YouTube videos or apps for your phone. Being mindful of things does not just have to remain on a personal level either, it can extend into your relationships, your work and again your attitude to the environment. Taking up a new skill such as is a great way of diverting your attention elsewhere for a short time, helping you to feel refreshed and providing a well-needed break from work. Take up: a regular sleep pattern It can never be overstated how important sleep is. Students are notorious for their lack of a succinct sleeping pattern with all-nighters or weekday nights out a traditional facet of the student experience. However, ensuring that you go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day is of vital importance, not just to your productivity but to your health as well. Sleep deprivation affects the body in a number of different ways. According to the NHS, a lack of sleep puts you at a higher risk of heart disease or type two diabetes. So, why not try and push yourself into a better sleep pattern this lent. Not only will it increase your chance of getting better grades, it will increase your positivity levels too! With much of the narrative surrounding Lent focusing upon removing something from your life perhaps it is time for a change. Take a bit more time to focus on yourself this spring and bring in the Easter holidays feeling refreshed rather than deprived. Source: Megan Kenyon, The Student Newspaper

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We preached on giving in October 2018 and as a result the number of Standing Orders went up by 31%, compared to the average of the previous 8 months. Although income has increased because of this, operating costs remain high and scope for reduction in costs is limited. £-35,289.87

Please consider increasing your giving by £1 per week. If everyone did this it would bring us closer to breaking even.

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Head Sacristan: Jacqueline Armstrong Readers:

Thanksgiving Tojo & Shelji

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Fridays 7pm to 9pm Main Hall A youth group for teens aged 14-17 Meet for fellowship, food, games, talks, music, fun and more! Come join us!

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Fridays 7pm to 9pm Upper Hall A youth group for teens aged 11-13 Meet for fellowship, food, games, talks, music, fun and more! Come join us! Faith & Fun on Saturdays Youth group for P2’s to P7’s In the Main Hall from 12.30pm to 2pm every Saturday afternoon. For more details and to register online please see our website. KEEP MOVING IN 2019 Wednesdays, Main Hall 10-11am. Exercises to improve your balance and muscle control and make you feel good! The class is fun and friendly. We finish with hot drink & biscuits!

SVdeP Polish Collection 3/3/19......£ 4.94 Polish Collection 10/03/19..............................£ 7.99 Donation J...........................£20.00 Box Collections..................£253.93 TOTAL................................£286.86 Spend on food.....................£77.75 Thanks to all our benefactors for their help.

SENIOR CLUB Wednesday the 20th March @ 2pm. Moira will be coming to give us some poetry and stories about how people from other countries live. All are welcome. FLOWER DONATIONS Please note that there will be no flower donations in the Lenten season. GIFT AID ENQUIRIES For all enquiries concerning Gift Aid, please contact Peter Simpson at: CATHEDRAL 200 CLUB Help maintain our cathedral building by subscribing £5 a month to the 200 Club. Each month there are 4 prizes of £50. Club Organiser: Irvine Long

Baby & Toddler Group For parents with young children. All ages welcome. Main Hall from 13.00-15.00pm Contact: Yi-pei Chou 0745 5479 479 Gospel Choir Lower Hall at 7pm Contact: music@cathedral-abdn,org

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Credo Community Meeting Polish charismatic prayer group. Main Hall at 7.30pm . Contact: Damian Gloc 07939418178

Starts on Friday 26th April The Marriage Course is a series of seven sessions, designed to help couples invest in their relationship and build a strong marriage. Each session includes a two-course dinner, as well as childcare. Recommended donation £50. Contact: Marta & Michal Wachucik on For more information & to register, see the Cathedral website. CHILDREN’S CHOIR Rehearsals are held in the Lower Hall, 6.00pm to 8.00pm each Thursday during school term time. Contact: email: Tel: 01224 939127 CATHEDRAL CHOIR Join us this Lent/Easter season for a new programme of music. Rehearsals are on Thursdays at 7pm in the clergy house, and in the upper hall before the 11:15am Sunday Mass. If you are interested, speak to a member of the choir or email: TOGETHER, WE CAN END POVERTY By giving, reflecting and acting with SCIAF during Lent, our Cathedral parish is helping people like Lydia from Uganda to work their way out of poverty. By supporting SCIAF this Lent, we can ensure this vital work continues.

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St Mary’s Deanery Station Masses 2019



22 March

Sacred Heart Torry

29th March

St. Columba’s Bridge of Don


5 April

Our Lady of Aberdeen Kincorth

12th April

St. Joseph’s Woodside

PLUSCARDEN ABBEY COMMUNITY Invite young people (18-30) to celebrate the Liturgy of Holy Week with them, from Wed. of Holy Week until Easter (April 17-23). Registration and request for accommodation should be made to the Guestmaster, Fr Giles Conacher at PLUSCARDEN PENTECOST LECTURES This year the Pluscarden Pentecost Lectures will be held from 11th-13th June, in the common room at St. Scholastica’s Guesthouse, Pluscarden Abbey, near Elgin, Moray. This year’s lecturer will be Fr. Martin Boland, Administrator of Brentwood Cathedral, on the topic of “Beauty will save the World”. All are welcome to attend the lectures, free of charge, but if accommodation is required, early booking is advised.

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Legion of Mary Lower Hall from 6pm to 7.30pm Contact: Nogie Osula African Choir For Africans and anyone else. Upper Hall from 6.00- 8.00pm Contact: Patricia Malikebu 07891 714 549

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ABERDEEN DIOCESAN CHOIR Aberdeen Diocesan Choir Rehearsal Main Hall, Tuesdays 7.30—9.00pm, contact: Paula Silvester: ABERDEEN DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE 12 – 17 July 2019 Aberdeen to Padua & Ravenna Led by Bishop Hugh Gilbert O.S.B. Two nights in Ravenna & 3 nights in Padua. Half board app. £950 pp dependent on flights & numbers. Single supplement (maximum of 12 in each place) £120. Reserve a place at Diocesan office: 01224 319154 or ST. COLUMBA'S CULLODEN PILGRIMAGE TO OBERAMMERGAU 2020 25 pilgrims from St. Columba's Culloden are travelling to Southern Germany and Austria in July 2020 to attend the world-famous Oberammergau Passion Play. There are a few remaining places. The cost is £1,600. Includes return flight from Edinburgh to Munich, airport transfers, seven night’s half-board accommodation (2 nights in Oberammergau), and a full pilgrimage excursion programme, with guides and top-grade tickets to the Passion Play itself. Please note that the only accommodation available is in shared rooms. Please get in touch with McCabe Pilgrimages: 020 8675 6828 or

Magnificat Prayer Group 7.30pm in the Lower Hall after Mass. Contact: Stella Maria Onuoha 0744 9951 415 St. Vincent de Paul Feeding the homeless Contact: Evelyn Murray


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