Charity registration No. SC002876
Sunday January 8th. 2012
Change of date for Justice and peace Collection to January 22nd. :
This year, with Christmas falling on a Sunday, it has caused a certain amount
of confusion. On the feast of the Epiphany, which is this Sunday, a collection
should be taken up for the Commission for Justice and Peace. This will now
be taken up in a fortnight’s time. because of the collection for the Bulletin. I
am grateful to the Bishop for explaining how this collection is distributed, as
previously we thought it went entirely to the Justice and Peace Commission.
In all honesty, none of us know what the Justice and Peace Commission
actually does, and how the money donated by the parishes is spent on various
causes, for over the years we have never received a report about their
activities or a financial statement, so parishioners until now did not know that
the contributions are actually divided among other good causes.
The following statement from the bishop is most helpful:
"The special collection on The Feast of the Epiphany, Sunday 8th January, the Church's Day of Prayer for Justice and
Peace, supports the Diocese's contribution to various Commissions of the Bishops' Conference of Scotland, in
particular the Commission for Justice and Peace, and also the Commission for Pastoral and Social Care, which
includes the National Office for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults, as well as the Scottish Catholic
InterDiocesan Tribunal. All of these make a vital contribution to the Church's mission in Scotland in the areas of
Justice and Peace and your generous support will be most welcome.
The feast of the Epiphany is also a day on which we pray for peace in the world and that justice will prevail. There is so much greed
and lust for power among nations that innocent people are deprived of their dignity and human rights. We remember especially our
missionary priests, religious and lay volunteers, women and men, who bring the love of Christ to the neglected and underprivileged at
the risk of their own lives which can be in constant danger.
at the dnger to their own lives.