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Justice & Peace NEWS



Wednesday June 20th will be World Refugee Day, which was declared 18 years ago at the United Nations General Assembly. Its purpose is to state that the world supports and stands with refugees. In commemoration of this day Justice & Peace Scotland reminds us of the words of Pope St John Paul :  “If the ‘dream’ of a peaceful world  is shared by all, if the refugees’ and migrants’ contribution is properly evaluated,  then humanity can become more and more of a universal family and our earth a true ‘common home’ “                                                                     Message for World Day of Migrants & Refugees 2004
FOOD BANK - This week St Gabriel’s generous donations weighed in at 26 kilos, which were very much appreciated. The shortage this week continues to be tinned fruit, but in addition, our attention was brought to the problem some families have when they cannot afford to cook, and are therefore reliant on donations of instant foods like cuppa-soup and pot noodles. The question box for any queries about the work of the Food Bank is still at the back of the church. Do look out for our Food bank display and feedback...on the last weekend of June all your questions will be answered by people who actually run the Food Bank who will be in the hall after both masses! 
FAIR TRADE STALL - We are advertising this in advance – so please come along to stock up on these goods which will be on sale in the Church Hall after the Masses during the weekend of Saturday June 30th and July 1st.  Buying Fair Trade chocolate, tea, coffee, biscuits, fancy goods will improve the lives of farmers, producers and their communities. A minimum price is guaranteed for their goods, and a premium paid towards the development of schools and health centres in their communities.

JUSTICE & PEACE GROUP MEETING - We shall be meeting in the side room next to the Chapel this WEDNESDAY JUNE 20th at 7.30 pm to which anyone is very welcome to come.


This week Justice & Peace Scotland are bringing to our attention Pope Paul’s encyclical promulgated in 1964 which, in our archdiocese, appears timely. The members of the 2nd Vatican Council had drafted the document, which stresses the importance of the laity’s function and role in the Church as equals with the clergy and religious:    “The laity, by heir very vocation, seek the kingdom of God by engaging in temporal affairs and by ordering them according to the plan of God. They live in the world, that is, in each and all of the secular professions and occupations. They live in the ordinary circumstances of family and social life, from which the very web of their existence is woven. They are called there by God that by exercising their proper function and led by the spirit of the gospel they may work for the sanctification of the world from within as a leaven.” LUMEN GENTIUM    Paragraph 31
THE FOOD BANK -  has recorded, with grateful thanks, 14.4 kilos of generous donations from St Gabriel’s this week. Items which we have been advised there is a particular shortage of at present are :  TINNED FRUIT, SHAMPOO and DEODERANT.  As mentioned last week, there is a box for your queries and questions about how the Food Bank in East Lothian operates. One of the people working in the warehouse in Tranent will soon be available to answer questions after both weekend Masses, the dates to be arranged. 

KNIT AND NATTER GROUP -   Can you knit? Would you like to use your knitting skills to help those in need . Either meeting in a weekly group for a KNIT & NATTER over a cuppa or as a solo knitter at home...we need your help!  Group knitters can also help beginners who would like to learn. Patterns provided.  Woollen items currently needed include woollen school jumpers for children in Burundi; beanie hats, gloves, scarves& baby clothes to be shared between the charities Mission International and ELAR (East Lothian Aid to Refugees), supporting people in need in Africa, Haiti and in Refugee camps abroad.     

 If you can help, please speak to someone in the Justice & Peace group....Irene,
Gill,  Anita, Angela, Kim & Gerry will be only too happy to help.


 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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