Recent Special Events in the Parish
OF CARDINAL O'BRIEN
On the Feast of Saint Ninian, 16th September 2009, the Parish celebrated its 40th birthday. We had a wonderful Mass, attended by a huge number of parisioners as well as our Bishop, former Parish Priests and many other priests from the Diocese. The Mayor of Dundee, local MP and MSP and members of the City Council were also present.
After the Mass, we held a celebratory buffet and social event in the local Community Centre, Menzieshill Community Centre, where the ladies of the Social Committee had decorated the large hall, the Grampian Lounge, and prepared a feast for us all. It was a lovely night, and we felt as though we were truly a big, happy family, united in our Faith and in our love for each other. Staff and management at the Community Centre were delighted with the event, as it highlighted the presence of the Church in the area and presented an opportunity for a true 'community' night. We would like to thank them for their help and co-operation in organising and participating in that unforgetable night, and of course a huge thankyou to the Social Committee and all who helped on the night serving wine, teas, snacks, etc., and clearing up afterwards.
Right: the Celebratory Buffet in Menzieshill Community Centre.
August 2009 about 20 parishioners from St. Ninian's went
with Canon McBride our Parish Priest to visit the famous Cave
of Saint Ninian at Whithorn - a small peninsula off the South Western
coast of Scotland where it is believed that Saint Ninian first landed
in Scotland and established his first religious house and Church.
The group went by coach, and stayed overnight in a local hotel before making the crossing to the isle of Whithorn, where Mass was celebrated at Saint Ninian's cave. The weather was not kind to us, but we took it philosophically and "offered it up"!!
Left: Soggy pilgrims arrive at the site of the tented chapel for the Mass at Saint Ninian's cave.
Below: Priests concelebrate the Mass at the Cave. Our own Parish Priest, Canon McBride, is on the far right, in his famous 'Dylan' cap!