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Keeping The Door Open, Edinburgh

Launch party

posted June 2009

On Sunday 31 May, the Solemnity of Pentecost, our Parish launched the most ambitious project in its 80-year history. Keeping the Door Open will ensure the future of the Dominican mission in Edinburgh by building a
new chapel for our growing community.

The Mass brought together the whole Parish for a single celebration at the Convent of Mercy, St Catharine’s.

Fr John Farrell OP, the Provincial of the English Province and former member of St Albert’s Priory, presided and preached at the Mass. He spoke of the unity in the Spirit as a ‘hearth’ from which the love of God pours out in us.

Fr Tim spoke of the task ahead as an opportunity to bring our growing community together. ‘There are many communities surrounding the Chaplaincy: students, alumni, staff and parishioners who feel at home with the Dominicans. At Pentecost we are called to recognise our deeper unity in the Spirit, and this project is a tangible means of expressing this unity.’

Fr Neil, the Provincial Archivist, prepared a fascinating display about the origins and history of the Dominicans in George Square upon their return to Edinburgh in 1931 under the new superior, Fr Edwin Essex OP.

Launch party

The Keeping the Door Open committee had worked extremely hard to prepare for the event. Pledge Packs were presented to parishioners with information about the project,inviting everyone to get involved and providing the means for pledging financial support and skills.

Launch PartyThe upper room in St Catharine's convent was filled with tables of food brought by parishioners. This enabled the Parish to celebrate the launch in great style following the Mass, with committee members on hand to answer questions about the project. Many people took away Pledge Packs to give to friends and family.

Now the project has been launched the Parish is looking forward to building our fundraising momentum over the next few months and extending the sense of unity begun at Pentecost.Together, we can Keep the Door Open.