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.

National Call to Prayer: Sundays at 7 pm

As we anticipate Easter Sunday, we are deeply conscious that we are approaching the moment in time which is the source of the resurrection hope of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ.

With all God’s people, we shall hear it announced on Easter Sunday morning: ‘The Lord is risen!’ and our response will be: ‘He is risen indeed!’

Alongside this, we are deeply conscious that our society is facing a challenge whose depth and scale we are only truly beginning to comprehend.

The challenge that the disciples faced on the first Easter Sunday was to comprehend the significance of the resurrection of our Lord, and thereafter to bear witness to that in the world of their day.

Our calling is to do the same, by bearing witness through acts of love and compassion.

A Prayer for Easter Sunday, 12 April 2020

Lord, it feels as if we’ve been walking in the Good Friday shadow of the cross;
feeling disorientated, concerned and filled with heartache;
praying for healing for those poorly,
whether government leader or more personally known; and comfort for those bereaved;
expressing thanks for the selfless dedication of NHS staff, those delivering social care,
and everyone ensuring that essential services and supplies are maintained,
in company with those who volunteer.
Lord, as we journey on,
help us now to embrace the dawning Easter joy of the cross;
encountering, like the first disciples,
the transforming wonder of Christ’s resurrection;
accepting, like the first disciples,
that it may take time to comprehend the reality of Easter;
reflecting new life through words and deeds.

Hear us, and journey with us,
in the name of the risen Christ.

Amen.

The statement and prayer is signed by:

Rt. Rev. Colin Sinclair, Moderator of the General Assembly, Church of Scotland

Most Rev. Leo Cushley, Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, Roman Catholic Church

Most Rev. Mark Strange, Primus, on behalf of the College of Bishops, Scottish Episcopal Church

Rev. John Fulton, Moderator, United Free Church of Scotland

Rev. Dr David Pickering, Moderator, United Reformed Church (Scotland)

Rev. Martin Hodson, General Director, Baptist Union of Scotland

Rev. Mark Slaney, District Chair, Methodist Church (Scotland)

Rev. May-Kane Logan, Chair, Congregational Federation in Scotland

Lt. Col. Carol Bailey, Secretary for Scotland, Salvation Army

Adwoa Bittle, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

Rev. Jim Ritchie, District Superintendent, British Isles North District, Church of the Nazarene

Pastor Chris Gbenle, Provincial Pastor, Province of Scotland, Redeemed Christian Church of God

Bishop Francis Alao, Church of God (Scotland)/Minority Ethnic Churches Together in Scotland (MECTIS)

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,

Amen

With my love and prayers,

Graham.

Perth Food Bank – update

The Foodbank is still open, but with reduced hours – we are currently opening on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons (12 noon to 4p.m.)  for the collection of food parcels only.    We are  asking people not to bring donations to the Foodbank, but to use the collection points at the supermarkets instead.


We are working closely with the Council and our referral agencies, many of whom are holding emergency parcels to save  some clients having to come to the Foodbank.   And the Foodbank continues to concentrate on  supporting  those whose reasons for needing a food parcel are financial,  because of lack of money; other community groups we hope are mobilising to help vulnerable people who are self-isolating and cannot get to the shops, which is obviously a different category.  We are not delivering parcels.


It is fair to say that we have been quite challenged in recent weeks, as so many of our volunteers have been unable to continue; however, we do still  have a core group of volunteers as well as our two Coordinators, who are doing a sterling job in sorting out food donations and  packing parcels.   A number of people who find they have more time on their hands at the moment have offered to help, but to be honest, we cannot have a lot of people in the Foodbank  at any one time, especially with the need to physically distance from each other, so we are unable to take up many of these offers.


How can the churches support us?   Firstly, with prayer – for our staff, our volunteers and our clients.  Secondly, the collection boxes at the supermarkets are still there, and we definitely need to keep the donations coming in, since we are obviously in for the long haul.  Please, if you are communicating with your members, let them know that we are still accepting donations.  

You can keep up to date with what we need by visiting the website www.perthkinross.foodbank.org.uk  – at present, we are short of tinned potatoes, instant mashed potatoes, tinned vegetables, tinned tomatoes,  small cereal,  small bags of pasta, small bags of rice  – and of course, toilet rolls! The Foodbank van will be collecting from the supermarkets on a regular basis.


This is the situation today, Tuesday 24th March – – 

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. 

Lent Retreat led by Mary O’Duffin

Based on the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius Loyola but in an accessible and up to date form.

Dunkeld’s Diocese’s RC Religious Education Advisor leads this programme through Lent and into Easter 2020.

All churches are welcome for this scripture-based course.

DAILY PRAYER: A FREE book will be provided for people to pray with each day of Lent. This will include Scripture readings, meditations, pictures and full instructions. (Also available as an APP to download to your phone/tablet).

The series will take place in Thursdays and is hosted in Perth Riverside Church, Bute Drive, Perth, PH1 3BG

27th February; 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th March; and 2nd April and, after a break for Holy Week – for a final session on 14th April 2020

Please email Mary O’Duffin for more information.

Christian Unity Service

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be held on Wednesday 19th February at 7.30pm in St John’s Episcopal Church in Princes Street. The service has been prepared by Christians Together in Malta, and has a focus on “unusual kindness”.

Christmas Celebration

The 15th-century St John’s Kirk, Perth was the beautiful setting for the 2019 Christmas Celebration, watched by viewers of BBC Scotland and BBC One Scotland across midnight into Christmas morning. It was in 1490 that King James IV funded the start of the present building, but there has been worship on this site in the heart of the city of Perth for a thousand years. St John’s remains the focal point for significant city and county services and ceremonies.

Six well-known traditional carols, Once in Royal, Hark the Herald, O Come All Ye Faithful, See in Yonder Manger, As with Gladness and O Little Town of Bethlehem were sung by a large congregation gathered from all over Perthshire, accompanied by Alba Brass.

Other carols were sung by smaller choirs. Jambouree, a mixed children’s and adult choir, performed songs from Scotland and Malawi. Chansons, a Perth-based chamber choir, sang Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day and two other songs. And Caritas, a new choir formed at the suggestion of the Duchess of Cambridge which performs on significant national occasions, sang Torches by Jean Joubert and a new version of Silent Night by Paul Mealor, who has composed for the Cambridges’ wedding and for the Army Wives choir.

The traditional Biblical accounts of the birth of Jesus along with modern meditations were read by 13 pupils from nine Perth primary and senior schools.

The organist was Howard Duthie and the minister, the Rev John Murdoch.