After the great success of our Welcoming Initiative during the Festival last year, we need new “welcomers” and we will collect names before and after Sunday Masses in July. If you think you could possibly help, please give your name, or speak to one of the priests, or contact the parish office. In addition, there will be a short meeting for all those involved on Saturday 28th July at 12noon. This was a great undertaking last year – please do help again this year if you can.
Today the Church prays for all those who live and work at sea. The Apostleship of the Sea is the Church's maritime welfare agency which supports seafarers both practically and spiritually through its international network of chaplains and volunteers. Without your help it cannot continue its work, today, one of our parishioners will speak after Mass on the Apostolate of the Sea's mission, involving companionship, spiritual help and sometimes looking out for human trafficking on ships that dock on our shores.
Twenty-five parishioners will travel to Rome this week to attend the ordination to the Diaconate of our parishioner Patrick Harrigan on Wednesday.
Please keep Patrick in your prayers as he prepares to make this important step in his life and say a prayer for us that we will travel then and back safely. We will remember the parish in our prayers at the Holy places in Rome.
The lovely Annual May Procession, organised by the Missionaries of Charity, will take place next Saturday, 26th May. It will begin at the Convent at 18 Hopetoun Crescent at 2:30pm and will process to the Cathedral. This is a beautiful and traditional devotion. Why not join in next Saturday?
We gather in darkness as we celebrate the Light of the Lord's Resurrection entering into our lives. We remember how God has continually saved His people through countless generations culminating in the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead.
After the Mass of the Lord's Supper the Blessed Sacrament will be taken to our special altar of repose before whom the faithful may spend time in quiet prayer.
The SVDP will be holding their very popular annual Music Afternoon next Saturday in the Parish Hall. If you know anyone who would like to attend, please speak to the SVDP volunteers at the back of the Church.
Also, if you would like to become involved in the work of the SVDP please think about it – because we are in need of a few more members in order to continue the excellent work that it does in the parish.
The final talk in the Archbishop’s Lenten series takes place this Friday at 7pm in the hall.
The Archbishop invites all young people (16-35) from across the Archdiocese to explore the Passion according to St Mark. Night prayer and pizza afterwards.
The Archbishop has invited all young adults (aged between 16-35) from across the Archdiocese to join him on Friday 9 March (and Friday 23 March) to help get the most out of Lent.
Around 100 young people from our Archdiocese came along to the last meeting, to explore the three pillars of Lent. This week, the Archbishops wants to ‘delve into Holy Week’ so that we might enter into it more deeply this year.
As if that’s not enough, there’s free pizza and the chance to meet other young Catholics from across the Archdiocese. Friday, 7pm, in the Cathedral Hall.
The Archbishop is inviting all young adults (aged between 16-35) to join him in the Cathedral Hall at 7pm on the Fridays of Lent. The first meeting on Friday 23rd February here at the Cathedral. If you are a young adult please think about coming and bringing your friends.
This year we will have Stations of the Cross every Tuesday evening at 7pm and every Friday immediately following the 12.45pm Mass.
The Stations are a beautiful devotion - please think about making the commitment to come every week. If you have children, why not think about introducing them to this lovely form of prayer this Lent?
The Young Adults' Group got off to a great start this week with around 40 of our young people gathering to grow in their faith and their friendships. This Wednesday Fr Michael John Galbraith will talk on the "Priesthood in the Life of the Church".
Ash Wednesday mass is at 7pm, and the talk will follow in the hall immediately afterwards.
Ash Wednesday and marks the beginning of Lent. It is a day of fasting and abstinence, which means that all Catholics are obliged to abstain from meat and those aged between 18 and 65 are obliged to fast.
Ashes will be distributed at all Masses:
12:45pm (celebrated by the Archbishop);
6pm - Polish;
The first talk of the Young Adults' Group will take place on Wednesday 7th February at 7pm in the Hall.
The winter/spring series will explore the nature of the Church and all the many different things which make the Church to be the living body of Christ. All under-35s welcome.
The 28th January - 3rd February is Catholic Education Week. This year marks 100 years since the Education Act that saw Catholic Education become part of the state sector.
On Sunday, 4th February, the children of St. Mary’s Primary will lead the liturgy at 9am Mass.
The St Vincent de Paul Society (SSVP) will hold their annual Burns 'Afternoon' for senior citizens of the parish on Saturday, 27th January.
Please contact SSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend or to help on the day, or even if you know someone who needs SSVP's help.