It is a tradition that the Fourth Sunday is called Laetare Sunday. The word Laetare means ‘a day for joy’. Given the world crisis because of the Coronavirus, there will be very few if any of us in a joyful mood. But Laetare Sunday does remind us that we are getting closer and closer to Easter and that should raise our spirits. As Christians we have to be people of hope, and our hope comes from a God in whom we can trust, for he is a God that saves his people. So let us continue to pray and ask our heavenly Father to help us resolve this worldwide crisis, sooner rather than later.
As a Parish our church is open for prayer each day of the week from 8:30 to 10:00 with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Morning Prayer and Private Devotion.
Likewise, on Sunday mornings the church will be open for Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Private Prayer between the hours of 8:30 to 9:30 and then again from 10:30 to 12:00 noon.
In the meantime, let us all be particularly aware of the various needs of our neighbours. If you think Fr. Sean or myself can be of some help please do not hesitate to call on us at the Parish House or to ring us on 0131 443 3777 or on my mobile number, which is as follows 07554 329 398.
Also Mrs Pauline Davies, the chairperson of our Parish Council is happy to be contacted should she be able to help. Her telephone numbers are 0131 476 6044 and 07954417226.
There is no disguising the impact this crisis is having on our world, but together we will overcome this terrible event that is affecting to a greater or lesser degree all our lives. Our parish Patron St. Joseph, protected Mary and the child Jesus during many trials, may he also protect all of us.
Blessings........Fr. Ian o.s.a.
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