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St Mary Magdalene’s mourns the death of their parish priest

St Mary Magdalene’s, Glenearn Road, Perth

Canon Mulholland, St John’s RC Church, Perth, writes – “It is with a heavy heart that I share with you the sad news of the death of Monsignor Charles Hendry, parish priest of St Mary Magdalene’s, Craigie. Many words will be used in the coming days to describe his ministry. The memories we treasure, of a parish priest and pastor and teacher, of a friend and colleague and mentor, will form I am sure, a tribute to someone who gave so much to so many.”

“Everything Monsignor did as a priest – every Holy Mass celebrated, every sermon preached, every baby baptised, every couple married, every sick person anointed, every lonely person visited, every child affirmed and taught, every parishioner supported and upheld, every hospital ward attended, every deathbed sat beside, every soul commended to God, every mourning family comforted – every one of these things is nothing other than the love of God lived out in our world and in our lives, lived out in the ministry of the church which is the body of Christ, and through the Sacred order of the priesthood to which Monsignor Hendry was called sixty-five years ago.”

“As we celebrate God’s love in the life of our departed brother, we are marking the end of a life. But we are also celebrating the end of a life, not end in the sense of termination, but end in the sense of purpose or goal. Monsignor’s life was directed by, and directed towards, the love of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Easter faith which he proclaimed sustains and assures us that if there is an end of things, it is only the end, the goal, of the love which will not be contained and bursts the realms of emptiness and death.”

“I commend his grieving family and his sweet soul to your prayers.”

Although a Dundonian, baptised and brought up in the St Andrew’s Cathedral parish in Dundee, Mgr Hendry has served 45 of his 65 years as a priest in Perth, first at St John the Baptist’s and latterly as parish priest in St Mary Magdalene’s.

A message from PACT’s Convenor

Dear Friends,

Just wanted to let you all know that I’m thinking and praying about you, the community of PACT, your family and friends over this unknown and uncertain times. I hope you are all keeping safe and well. It certainly has changed lots to our lives, yet at the heart of everything remains love, the love for each other and above all the love and peace of Christ. May this be your experience in the days and weeks that lie ahead. Please know that you are being thought of and prayed for today and may you feel and know that love deep within you.

The doors of the house where the disciples met were locked (John 20.19).

Ever present God,
be with us in our isolation,
be close to us in our distancing,
be healing in our sickness,
be joy in our sadness,
be light in our darkness,
be wisdom in our confusion,
be all that is familiar when all is unfamiliar,
that when the doors reopen
may we with the zeal of Pentecost
inhabit our communities
and speak of your goodness
to an emerging world,
For Jesus’ sake,


With my love and prayers,


In brief – March 2020

World Day of Prayer services on Friday 6th March, at the Salvation Army at 11a.m. and Congregational Church at 7pm.

Friday 6th March, at the Baptist Church Tearfund’s  Ruth Valerio (author of our Lent book) will be speaking about her book “Saying yes to Life” – 7.30pm.

A reminder that the Methodist Church is hosting Lent lunches every Thursday during Lent – 12 – 1.30pm., and St John’s Episcopal Church has services at 7p.m. on Wednesday evenings, with meditative “dwelling in Scripture” followed by Compline. 

On Thursday evenings at 6.30pm. in Riverside Church, Mary O’Duffin, RE Advisor for the RC Diocese of Dunkeld, is hosting sessions on prayer.

Inspiration Orchestra has two concerts in St Matthew’s, on Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th March at 7.30pm.

Our Lady of Lourdes  Church are putting on the play “The Servant King”  on Thursday 2nd April at 7pm. – all welcome.   ( A new car park is helping the parking situation!)

Saturday 4th April, at 2pm. Andrew Forbes, current organist at Glasgow Cathedral, is giving an organ recital in St John’s Kirk;  tickets £10, with all proceeds going to Christian Aid.

During Holy Week (Monday 6th – Friday 10th April) St Matthew’s is hosting  15 minute morning reflections, followed by fellowship breakfast.

PACT Good Friday Walk of Witness leaves St John’s Kirk at 10.30am on Friday 10th April.;  this  year it is being led by Rev Alan Anderson from the Methodists.   Easter Dawn service on Sunday 12th April at 7am. at Quarrymill, followed by breakfast in Scone Burnside Church Hall – the service this year will be led by Andrew and Kathryn Howe from the Salvation Army.

St John’s Episcopal Church hosts a Buggy Club for mothers and toddlers every Tuesday morning.  Numbers are currently low – please advertise and let young mums know about this opportunity.

Saturday 6th June –coffee morning at St Leonard’s in the Fields, which will include a display about the work of Crossreach (Church of Scotland’s Social Care) as it celebrates its 150th anniversary. 

Kinnoull Church  said farewell last Sunday  to its probationer minister Andrew Kimmitt – his contribution has been appreciated and we wish him well for his future in the church.

PACT AGM will be held on Tuesday 26th May at 7.30p.m. at Scone Church Burnside Hall. 

New leaders for Perth’s Salvation Army

Andrew and Kathryn Howe are the new leaders of Perth Salvation Army. They took up our new responsibilities on the 12th of September and report that they have thoroughly enjoyed these initial days of experiencing the ministry of Perth Salvation Army in the Fair City. 

They arrive in Perth from Buckhaven, where they have been serving for the last three years, where they shared actively with the churches and Christian/community organisations across Levenmouth working together to build God’s Kingdom in our communities, making a real difference in many different ways. 

Andrew says, “We found our work and relationships with our friends from across the church to be very fulfilling and therefore are very keen on joining you and working alongside you as you build God’s Kingdom here in Perth. We very much look forward to meeting you in the days ahead, and being involved in PACT and whatever other initiatives come along.”

Scone welcomes its new minister

Rev Maudeen MacDougall will be inducted as the new minister of Scone and St Martin churches on Wednesday 27 February 2019 at Scone New Church at 7 pm. This will be followed by refreshments in the halls. She will be ‘preached into’ her new charge at Scone Old on Sunday 3 March 2019 at 10.45am This will be followed by refreshments.

PACT Collection goes to four worthy charities

The Carol service collection amounted to over £1400.  After expenses, we are able to give £300 each to CATH, Starter Packs, The Harbour Counselling Service and Mary’s Meals.  We also thank St John’s, Melville Street, for their warm hospitality,  Rev Steven Canon Mulholland for his homily, and Michael Ellacott and Susan Cassidy for the music which enhanced the service.

Congratulations also to Susan on receiving  the Papal medal in recognition of her service and commitment over the years. 

Redemptorists Mission at St John’s RC Church

In the days before the start of Holy Week, parishioners at St John’s RC Church, Perth, will take part in a Parish Mission entitled, ‘Come Back to Me’, to be led by Fr Gerry Mulligan and Fr Ronald McAinsh from St Mary’s Monastery in the city. It begins by recalling the ‘Gift of Baptism’ and then focuses on Mercy, Healing, the Eucharist, Family Life and Prayer – with talks being given at 7-8pm, in St John’s Melville Street, each evening from Monday 19th to Friday 23rd March.

Fr Gerry is Rector at Kinnoull and Fr Ronnie, Provincial Superior in the UK and Zimbabwe, is a native of the city where his ministry spans over 50 years.

A warm welcome has been extended to all parishioners, but also to all those who may feel that they have lost the practice of their faith and to members of neighbouring parishes and other local churches too.

Fun Days at the Methodist Church

The Methodist Church has held two Fun Days to coincide with schools’ in-service days, running from 8.30 – 3.30pm to which they invited local children, with lots of different activities.

The first one in November attracted about half a dozen, the most recent one in February had 25; parents and children alike really appreciated this venture.