The wonderful Baptism of Kevin Tobechukwu Victor Abugwu today at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral.
On Sunday the 15th of August we will observe the feast day of St Mary the Virgin. This is also the day that we will celebrate our own Patronal Festival here at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Carden Place, Aberdeen.
We have been promoting this occasion in our weekly newsletters, not only as an important day in our liturgical calendar, but also as an opportunity to encourage everyone, to consider making a financial gift towards the ongoing maintenance of our iconic and beautiful ‘Tartan Kirkie’.
Our Vestry have been working hard towards keeping the momentum going with respect to the phased work that was delayed because of the pandemic, and we would like to see this work continue to its conclusion.
I am sure you are all aware of the many applications we have completed regarding grant funding and to date we have had a very good success rate. However, we need to ensure that we keep on top of what we as a Church and Congregation have started, and by this, I mean that by making a commitment to see the phased work completed, we can hopefully see less need for major and expensive maintenance in the future.
Therefore, as your Rector, and on behalf of St Mary’s Vestry Committee, I reinforce this appeal outlined above and I hope that you will give it your serious consideration.
Any budding poets out there? Or are you a poet and you don’t know it? Whichever you are please enter our Poem Competition, support St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral and have fun at the same time.
The competition rules are:
- Anyone who wishes to enter the competition should submit their poem(s) via the St Mary’s email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The subject of your poems is entirely up to you and need not be necessarily church related.
- The poem should be all your own work.
- As a guide your poem maybe two verses and between 4 to 6 lines per verse. Deviation from the suggested format is permissible.
- There is no limit to the number of poems that can be submitted by each entrant, but the Vestry of St Mary’s has the right to decide which poems are published.
- Poems will be published on the St Mary’s website with a number and title. Each entrant will be deemed to grant St Mary’s Vestry a royalty free non-exclusive licence to publish the material.
- The entry fee for each poem submitted is £2 and you can enter as many poems as you like. Payments can be made direct to St Mary’s bank account, or by cheque made payable to St Mary’s Episcopal Church, Carden Place, Aberdeen or via the PayPal donation facility on our website.
- The closing date is set as 17th October (Harvest Sunday).
- The best three poems will be selected by the Vestry of St Mary’s.
It is the desire of the St Mary’s Vestry to install a Peace/Therapeutic Garden within the west end of the parking area at the front of the Church.
It is envisaged that this garden will comprise of strategically placed raised flower/herb beds and some ground level planting, set within an area of multi-coloured sandstone paving. The paved area would be designed to be complementary to St Mary’s in both style and colours. We also intend to add two more benches to increase seating capability.
We hope that by re-developing this area, it will not only look more presentable, but it will also enhance our outreach to the local community and further afield, thereby sending out a message that St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral is a welcoming Church, open to all.
We are currently in the application process for grant funding from the Provincial Recovery and Renewal fund, which, if successful, we anticipate will go some way to funding this project.
In accordance with Canon 35 (3) of the Scottish Episcopal Church Code of Canons:
‘OF THE STRUCTURE, FURNITURE AND MONUMENTS OF CHURCHES, AND THE DUE CARE THEREOF’
I am compelled to circulate the intentions of the Vestry of St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral to the congregation therein. This is to comply with the requirement for any comments or suggestions to be made and considered by the Vestry Committee, before a formal application under the said canon is submitted to the Diocesan Buildings Committee. This consultation period will last for 4 weeks from the date of this document, after which any amendments necessary will be made and the application to the Diocese will be sent.
I would ask that you give this matter your serious consideration. The profile of St Mary’s Church has been raised significantly due to the recent status of Pro-Cathedral, this gives us the opportunity to enhance our offering in the community with long lasting impact.
Reverend Canon Terry Taggart
It’s time to reveal the winners of the St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral photograph competition. Many thanks to Bishop Anne Dyer for taking on the difficult task of selecting the best photographs from a really fabulous collection of entries.
The winner in the Under 18 category is Elizabeth Mills with entry number 62 entitled “Sunset in Cults”.
In the open category the winning entries are:
- In first place entry number 4 “Sun on the water” by David Rose
- In second place entry number 22 “A lunchtime walk” by Kevin McKinnon
- In third place entry number 67 “Mither Tap” by Dr Martin Mills
Many thanks to all the entrants for the great photographs and for the very welcome donations.
Fr Terry Taggart