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Justice & Peace NEWS




As the United Nations International Day of Peace is to be observed on September 21st, Justice & Peace Scotland has sent us this brief but profound quotation from the New Testament on which to focus this week:
“ True justice is the harvest reaped by peacemakers from seeds sown in the spirit of peace” James 3:18

FOOD BANK- Many thanks for the generous donations which were very gratefully received by the volunteers at Tranent this week, and which came to 25.2 kilos from our parish. The need continues to be for tinned meat [for example Fray Bentos tinned pies or spam] and cartons of long life milk and fruit juice. 

KNIT & NATTER - The first meeting this week was a resounding success, and by agreement, the future times for the group to come together will be from 1.30 – 3pm. Wool and patterns are provided – as well as coffee and biscuits. School jumpers for the Mission International Charity in Burundi, and baby clothes for refugee families are being created in the cosy atmosphere of the Meeting Room next to our side Chapel.

ELAR - The donation of trousers for refugees in the camps abroad, and the baby items for refugee families were gratefully received this week. We know that a new baby girl is expected this December in East Lothian. A special appeal for a 14 year old Syrian school girl in East Lothian has been received for a laptop. If anyone has one spare, Fiona from ELAR would arrange for its collection. She can be contacted on 07977 443073

POPPIES - We have been provided with a simple knitting pattern for anyone who would like to knit poppies as we approach November 11th. We will be arranging for copies of the knitting pattern as well as a box to be left at the back of the church for parishioners to place their creations. There will also be a collection box so that the poppies can be sold for Charity.

FAIR TRADE - Please continue to support your local Fair Trade shop . We are so lucky to have one nearby. Many fair trade goods can be bought in Prestonpans at the SMALL WORLD SHOP at 9a Orchard Crescent at the following times: TUESDAY, THURSDAY and FRIDAY 10am – 12pm & 2-4pm, and SATURDAY 10am-12 pm


JUSTICE & PEACE SCOTLAND have provided us with a fundamental principle to our Christian Faith to reflect upon this week. The following quotation is from the founder of the Society of Jesus, which was nearly 500 years ago.

   “LOVE OUGHT TO SHOW ITSELF IN DEEDS RATHER THAN IN WORDS”    [Saint Ignatius of Loyola]        

FOOD BANK:The amount gratefully received this week from St Gabriel’s weighed in at 40.6 kg. The appeal continues to be for tinned meat and fish, tinned fruit and veg, tinned soup, long-life milk and fruit juice, please.

ELAR: We have been informed that there are now 12 refugee families settled in East Lothian. Meanwhile, our parish’s donations of clothing for the refugees living in camps abroad is greatly appreciated and will be taken over to them as soon as a container can be paid for.

RECYCLING FIRST :Following the recent AGM attended by one of our Justice & Peace representatives, we were informed that St Gabriel’s church has proved to be the most active of all the parishes involved, in providing donations for people starting their new home. Since April, Recycling First has provided 47 new households with 208 Starter Packs, thanks to the continuing generous donations made.

NAZANIN RATCLIFFE : Further to last week’s appeal, the Justice & Peace noticeboard is displaying information about the campaign to free this young woman from prison in Iran. Her husband has sent an open letter to Zarif, the Iranian Foreign Minister, which can be signed by anyone able to access the following link online: https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/foreign-minister-zarif-richard-ratcliffe-open-letter-nazanin-zaghariratciffe—a8518166.html    

KNIT & NATTER : Don’t forget – the very first meeting of those wishing to knit baby clothes for refugees, and school jumpers for Burundi schoolchildren, will take place in the room next to the side chapel at 1pm Thursday September 13th. We look forward to seeing you!





 The Justice & Peace group meets monthly, normally on a Wednesday at 7:30PM after the evening Mass in the Meeting Room, adjacent to the side chapel. The meetings are informal, lively and we aim to have a different focus event/activity for each month of the year. Come and join us. All Welcome!!

For further information on the J&P Group please keep coming back to this webpage, look at the church notice board or contact J&P Group

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