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Justice & Peace NEWS


This week will see INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY celebrated on MONDAY 10 DECEMBER. Justice & Peace Scotland reminds us of the words of Pope Benedict XVl in his address to the United Nations ten years ago when he said:
“Every state has the primary duty to protect its own population from grave and sustained violation of human rights, as well as from the consequences of humanitarian crises, whether natural or man made.”

FOOD BANK – 28.5 kilos of donations were gratefully received from St Gabriel’s this week. They would appreciate specifically Christmassy food at the moment to fill the ‘jingle bags’ please. There is a list at the back of the Church of the items they will be including.  

FAIR TRADE - Many thanks to everyone who supported the Fair Trade stall in the hall last Saturday and Sunday.  You raised £84.15 to help producers, often small businesses or co- operatives, to get a fair price for their goods. This will help to provide security, education and medical provision for them, their families and their communities. Thank you so much.

KNIT & NATTER GROUP continue to live up to their name till breaking for Christmas on 13th December. Wonderfully knitted jumpers, baby clothes, hats & scarves so needed by refugees in camps or by school children in Africa will continue to be produced in the New Year. 


To commemorate WORLD AIDS DAY which falls on December 1st, JUSTICE & PEACE SCOTLAND has given us the words spoken by Father John Sherringham, the Provincial of the Passionists, on December 4th 2011:   “I have had time to journey with them and reflect with them, on the issues. I find myself now understanding that ‘the name of Jesus is written on the forehead of people who are HIV+’ They bear the wound of suffering, of stigma and often rejection”.

FOOD BANK - Grateful thanks were again given this week when the parish provided them with 43 kg of food. We have placed a list at the back of the church of Christmassy food items which they need to make up into “JINGLE BAGS” 

ELAR - Now that babies are expected in two refugee families in East Lothian the next few months the beautifully knitted baby clothes provided by the KNIT & NATTER group [who meet on Thursdays from 1.30 – 3pm in the side chapel room] were more than welcome. The school jumpers which are being sent to Burundi are much appreciated. The bags of warm clothing will be sent to Belgium for distribution to the refugee camps abroad.

FAIR TRADE - This weekend will see us in the Parish Hall again selling coffee, tea, chocolate etc. and gift items – in time for Christmas. The proceeds will improve the lives of not just the producers, who are guaranteed a minimum price, but in addition a premium is paid towards the development of schools and health centres in their communities.  

The Knit and Natter Group will be back to normal knitting & nattering for a good cause this week. They will meet at 1.30 -3.00 (Thursday) in the Meeting Room. All welcome!


  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. Please see Newsletter for next meeting date. 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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