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Perth Peace March

Setting off from St John’s RC Church, Melville Street, around 300 people took park in a March of Peace in Perth on Saturday 19th March, a day which marks the Feast of the Solemnity of St Joseph in churches around the world. 

Representatives of other churches joined, supported by Perth Action for Churches Together, were joined by Provost Denis Melloy and Councillors Alasdair Baillie and Willie Wilson. 

One of the organisers, from among Perth’s Polish Community, said, “It was good to see so many people taking part, both Scottish and Polish and many other too. We started with Holy Mass, celebrated by Fr Bogdan Palka SDS, in St John the Baptist Church, Melville Street, at 11am. Following a period of quiet Adoration in front of the Blessed Sacrament, our prayerful Procession for World Peace and Peace in the Families set off from St John’s, following a chosen route through the city centre.”

“At the head of the procession, four pole bearers held aloft a statue of the Blessed Virgin. It was a reminder Pope Francis’s declaration that he will consecrate the people of Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”

Pope Francis announced he would consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on 25 March 2022 at Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome. A consecration ceremony is also scheduled in Fatima, Portugal by the Papal almoner, Cardinal Konrad Krajewski. Accordingly, the Pontiff cordially invited all the Catholic Bishops to join him along at the same designated time within their own respective Cathedrals.

Along the route the marchers recited the Rosary and other prayers along the way.

Prayer Vigil for Ukraine

Pastor, Eder Goncalves has a special message concerning a prayer vigil for  the Ukrainian people to be held on Monday night (7th) at Perth Baptist Church, 14 Almond View, Perth, PH1 1QQ.

Ukraine appeals

Dear All

As we all watch with horror what is happening in Europe, you might be interested in the appeal which the Polish Scouts in Perth have launched. 

I have only just become aware of it, or I would have shared this earlier in time for this morning’s services.  I have taken the attached poster off their Facebook page (ZHP Perth) – if you are able to share it more widely, then  please do so. There is a van ready to leave on Wednesday – I suspect that will not be the only journey made.

I understand that the Red Cross has also launched an appeal for monetary donations https://donate.redcross.org.uk/appeal/ukraine-crisis-appeal

The Lady Chapel at St Ninian’s Cathedral is open all week, should you wish to light a candle and pray.

The Kirk of St John’s will also be open every day this week from 10 – 4p.m., for folk to remember the people of Ukraine, and say a prayer for them.  (There are also Gospel readings from 12 – 1, then ten minutes of prayers.)

Keep praying!


With best wishes
Marjorie Clark

Perth Amnesty Group – Fundraising

Perth-Amnesty-Group-Fundraising-Challenge-2021

The Perth Group has a fundraising challenge called ‘The 9 Four Thousanders’. That is 4 Munros in the Aviemore Area and 5 in the Fort William Area. The mountains can be climbed anytime between June and September by individuals or groups.Full details of the challenge are available on the Amnesty International Perth Group Website and in the attached document. ‘Armchair Walkers’ can make a donation via our ‘Just Giving’ page as indicated above. All funds raised will be donated to AIUK Charitable Trust.

Free to a good home…

Gateway Community Church has several Scripture Union Holiday Club materials that have been well used but are no longer needed. If there is a church linked with PACT that would like them then we would be happy to deliver any or all of them to you. 

Most, possibly all, are no longer for sale from Scripture Union, but the Scripture Union website does have downloadable resources to go along with these materials.  Available individually or all together.

The resources include:

Pyramid Rock Champions Challenge
Rocky’s Plaice
Streetwise
Waste Watchers
Mission Rescue
Take Away
Awesome!
Fit for a King
Target Challenge
High Five!
Rocky Road


If you’re interested please contact Nicholas Morris at morris.nicholasj@gmail.com or 07749 877107.

Women's Voices

Women’s Voices in Climate Action

To mark International Women’s Day we are hosting an event for women of all faiths and beliefs with keynote speakers Zarina Ahmad, Climate Change Communicator and Fiona Buchanan, Campaigns and Advocacy Coordinator at Christian Aid. The event will take place on Zoom on Wednesday 10th March from 10am – 11.15am. To sign up please fill in the Google form at https://tinyurl.com/mrmjn7av

Please feel free to circulate the posters to women that you think might be interested in attending. Both PDF and jpeg versions are attached.

International Café on Zoom

International Café restarts

After almost a year, and no clear idea of when we can resume meeting face to face, the organising group for the International Cafe have decided to experiment with taking the cafe online.

We would like to invite you to join us via Zoom on: 
Monday March 8th, from 7- 8pm.  Bring your own refreshments.


This will, of course, be a different experience but we hope to organise it so that small groups can chat together for some of the time.


If you think you might be interested in joining please let me know by email and I will ensure that you receive the Zoom link.

Amanda Brown

January – news in brief

(a)  The recipe book produced by Scone and St Martin’s Church has gone into a reprint, and there are always new recipes appearing on their website – worth a look!

(b)   The Jambouree Cabaret Singers are hosting a virtual Burns Supper, this coming Sunday 24th  at 7p.m. to which all are welcome.  The link to tune in is: www.jambouree.co.uk/burnsnight   Have your whisky, Iron Bru or wine ready to toast The Bard!

(c)  Quaker meeting this Friday 22nd at midday to mark the coming into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear weapons – see separate e-mail for details.

(d)  Marcia Mackenzie passes on the regrets of the World Day of Prayer group who are unable to provide a live service this year on 1st Friday in March.  If anyone would like to have a copy of the service book please contact her on mackenziem70@gmail.com.  There will be an on-line service; details to follow.

(e)  Sarah Lawson renewed her appeal for new Board members for Harbour Counselling Service – please alert members of your faith community who might be approached.  I have attached their appeal again to this e-mail.

(f) Fraser Hunter told us that Skinnergate is getting busier;  the mental health toll of the pandemic is becoming ever more obvious and he requests prayer for all involved.      

(g)  Marjorie explained that the Foodbank is currently very well off for food, and in fact space is at a premium for storing it. Instead, please consider donating toiletries, washing powder, washing up liquid or even face masks – all non-food items which people  still have to buy. The Foodbank is becoming very busy.

(h)  Similarly, Wilma Coleman said that the Giraffe Foodshare in Mill Street is meeting a real need with 28 people there on Monday – some come just for the chat and socialising.   

(i)  Neil Stewart reported that after 26 years, the North Church’s “Open Door” has closed for the last time, though he is confident something else will appear in its place.    Rev Grant Mclauchlan has indicated that he will be leaving Tulloch Net at the end of June, and  his replacement is being sought.  (We send best wishes to Grant for his future.)

(j)  Kathryn Howe thanked everyone who supported the Salvation Army appeal at Christmas time. They  continue to have their Drop In facility.  Their Furniture Project is relocating to the James Barclay building in the Glasgow Road.  And they have successfully recruited a Community Manager for Perth.

Carol Service

We are sorry that the PACT annual Carol service was unable to go ahead this year, but we are happy to share the recent Jambouree Choir concert. The Jambouree Choir is directed by Edna Auld, organist at St Leonard- in-the-Fields, and this year’s concert comes from the grounds of St Mary’s Monastery.  Enjoy!

R2020 concert – recorded outdoors at S Mary’s, Kinnoull – with contributions from some well-known old friends
2019 – What a difference a year has made