SAINT MARGARETS CHURCH HUNTLY
NEWS LETTER FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING 11th March 2001
Parish priest Bishop John Jukes OEM Conv. 30 Chapel Street Huntly .AB54 5BS
Tel & Fax 01466 792435 Email: JJUKESOFMC@cs.comTIMES OF SERVICES: SUNDAY HOLY MASS: 9.45 AM
MON TO WED HOL Y MASS 9.00 AM
THURSDAY & FRIDAY COMMUN ION 9.00 AM
FRIDAY STATIONS 7.00 PM
SATURDAY HOLY MASS 9.00 AM
This has been a busy week for St Margarets Church. We have been acting as hosts to a number of classes from the First and Third years of the Gordon senior school. This was in response to a request from the school authorities who felt that it would help the students awareness that the Christian churches at this time of the year are preparing to celebrate the great events at the end of Jesus Christs life on earth. By using the richness of decoration in St Margarets Church : the large paintings, the Stations of the Cross pictures and the decorations contained in the friezes round the interior, Ann Dean and I were able to remind the students of the happenings in the life of Christ which are the common inheritance of all Christians.
The students were well behaved and very attentive. Once their initial shyness was over they started to pose questions. These indicated their youthful readiness to examine what was for most a new experience and so gain an understanding of our Christian inheritance and the motives which inspire Catholics to sustain so large and lovely a church as St Margarets. Two of the students, Nicola Whyte and Heather MacDonald, came back to the church in the afternoon after school to make some very competent drawings of what they had seen. Catherine Bryce kept a kindly eye on them. At the end of their work I was moved when as part of their work and as an act of thanks for the use of the church they gave me a well executed drawing of the Font. I shall treasure this.
St Margarets Church contains many lessons of the progress of Christs life on earth. We are reminded of His Birth and the happenings which followed it. The Stations of the Cross vividly portray the last desperate hours of His life on earth before His crucifixion. The painting over the Altar shows His ascension to His Father in Heaven in glory. I hope that each time you come into St Margarets Church you will use use the dedication and work of past times to help you focus upon the Lord Jesus who is present as He promised when two or three are gathered in His name. I am sure that He was present in the gatherings of the children from the Gordon school. Yet they have to learn to lead their lives in a world which is often very unheeding of its Saviour Jesus Christ. So keep them in your prayers. Pray too that as Catholics we may continue to offer help to all who seek to know, serve and love Jesus Our Lord.
+John Jukes OEM Conv.