As part of our on-going and exciting social events program, the Parish Social Committee have organized a Parish Outing on May 11, 2019. This is the first time in ages that we have organized something like this and will be a wonderful occasion. This outing will be to Scone Palace in Perth. We will set off after 10am Mass (i.e. at 10.30) and travel by coach to the Scone. Once there, we will have a tour of the Palace and lunch, followed by time to explore the grounds, shops and tea room, before returning around 5pm. Tickets, which include the coach, entrance to the Palace and lunch (plus superb clerical company - Ed) are incredibly cheaply priced at £20 for adults and (only) £5 for children. Our numbers are limited, so tickets will be on sale on a first come first served basis at all Masses next weekend. Buy early to avoid disappointment!
Young Adults Group – Blessed Giuseppe Puglisi - 7.30pm
The Young Adults’ Group meets in the Cathedral Café this Tuesday at 7.30pm, after Stations of the Cross. This week we welcome back to the Cathedral Fr Nick Welsh, who will speak to us about Blessed Giuseppe Puglisi, a priest from Sicily who was murdered in 1993 after standing up to the Mafia.
The Young Adults’ Group meets in the Cathedral Café this Tuesday at the slightly later time of 7.30pm, after Stations of the Cross. This week we are delighted to welcome as our guest speaker Angela Marr, who will talk about Blessed Chiara Luce, a young girl who died in 1990 of a painful bone cancer at the age of just 18. She was beatified in 2010 and is on her way to becoming a saint.
Wednesday 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 all adults between 16 and 65 are obliged to fast. Ashes will be distributed at all Masses which will be at 8am, 10am, 12.45pm, 6pm (Polish) and 7.30pm.
The Young Adults’ Group meets as usual this Tuesday at 7pm in the Cathedral Café. This week we are delighted to welcome the journalist Mary McGinty, who will talk about St Josemaria Escriva, the Spanish priest and founder of Opus Dei. His message was that everyone, regardless of their state of life, is called to seek holiness through the fulfilment of the ordinary duties of everyday life.
On Wednesday 27th February at 7.30 pm in the Café space we are delighted to welcome Fr Basil Clark VE for Justice and Peace in the Archdiocese, David Bradwell from the Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees and Alex Holmes who has worked with refugees in the West Bank and in the Calais refugee camps - 'The Jungle'. The format will be three short presentations followed by a question and answer session. The theme of the evening is Refugees and Migrants and what Catholics can do to support them. Everyone is most welcome.
The Young Adults’ Group meets again this Tuesday at 7pm, to find out more about one of the newest saints of the Church, the martyred bishop of San Salvador, St Oscar Romero. Our speaker will be Fr William Pearsall, S.J. the parish priest of Sacred Heart parish here in the city, where a new shrine to St Oscar Romero has recently been opened. Do come along!
St. Mary's Cathedral Quiz Night – will be held on Friday, 22 February at 7.30pm in the Cafe! Why go to the pub for quiz night when you and your friends can join in at the Cathedral? We will be handing out a superb mystery prize for the winning team at the end of the evening. Teams can be no larger than 6 people. Tickets will be sold after all masses and are £5 per person, with children under 16 free! We will be serving pizza and have a cash bar available for drinks. Grab your friends and family and start your own team.
This week, we welcome the Missionaries of Charity who will speak to us about their foundress, St Teresa of Calcutta. The talk will begin, as always, at 7pm and be followed by discussion, night prayer and a trip to the pub. All young adults, aged 18-35, are very welcome.
There will be an important training session for all Cathedral altar servers at 3pm on Saturday 16th of February. It is important that all our wonderful altar servers attend this training session. If you, or your children, are interested in becoming an altar server, this would be a great opportunity to begin. For more information, please speak to Fr Patrick or Fr Jamie after Mass.
This week the Young Adults Group welcome Sister Andrea Fraile. Our saint for this week is St Gianna Molla, an Italian doctor who died to save her unborn child. She is a great witness to the sanctity of life, and a model of the pursuit of holiness through work and family life. The talk will begin at 7pm in the Cathedral café. All young adults, aged 18-35, are very welcome.
This week the Young Adults Group welcome Dorothy Cummings McLean, who will talk about the life of St Edith Stein: philosopher, mystic and Carmelite nun who was killed at Auschwitz for her Jewish heritage and her faith in Christ. Dorothy Cummings McLean is a journalist, blogger and published author who lives in Edinburgh together with her husband. The talk will begin at 7pm in the Cathedral café. All young adults, aged 18-35, are very welcome.
The Cathedral Young Adults group will meet again this Tuesday at 7pm in Cathedral Café. We welcome Joanna Bogle, journalist, broadcaster and author of many books, who will give a talk on the life and witness of St John Paul II. All adults aged 18-35 very welcome.
George Weigel, Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Centre (EPPC), is a Catholic theologian and one of America’s leading public intellectuals. He holds EPPC’s William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies.
On Saturday 8 December, we are very pleased to welcome him to the Cathedral to give a talk entitled The Crisis in the Catholic Church; How it happened and what it means for us?.
George Weigel is perhaps best known for his widely translated and internationally acclaimed two-volume biography of Pope St. John Paul II: the New York Times bestseller, Witness to Hope (1999), and its sequel, The End and the Beginning (2010). In 2017, Weigel published a memoir of the experiences that led to his papal biography: Lessons in Hope - My Unexpected Life with St. John Paul II.
He is the author of more than twenty other books, including The Cube and the Cathedral: Europe, America, and Politics Without God (2005); Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st-Century Church (2013); Roman Pilgrimage: The Station Churches (2013); Letters to a Young Catholic (2015);
Among other things, George Weigel is in Scotland to promote his new book, The Fragility of Order: Catholic Reflections on Turbulent Times. He will be signing copies at this event. All are very welcome, please book a ticket here, entry is free:
There will be an important meeting for all Communion Ministers on Thursday 22nd of November at 7.30pm in the Cathedral Café. This evening will offer spiritual formation and practical training for all those taking part in this important work. If you’re unable to attend, please speak to Fr Patrick or Fr Jamie.
On Monday 19th November at 7.30pm in the Cathedral Café, Josh Littlejohn MBE will talk on the subject of Homelessness. Josh, who is the co-founder of Social Bite, organized the world’s biggest sleep-out event in 2017, Sleep In The Park, which raised £4m to reduce homelessness. We are going to have a St Mary's Cathedral Team in this year's Sleep In The Park so come and learn what it's all about.
After the success of last year’s Parish Ceilidh, the social committee have organized another Ceilidh on 17th November. Tickets, priced £10 single or £20 families, including two drinks and finger food, will be on sale after all Masses. It’s a great evening and very popular. Do come along!
At the 12 o’clock Mass on Sunday 4th November the Archbishop, accompanied by various Bishops from Poland, will unveil a Plaque in the Cathedral to mark the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining it’s independence and in thanksgiving for the hospitality shown by the Scottish people to the Polish government and military forces in exile. It will be a lovely event and I hope you will put the date in your diaries and join us to celebrate the deep friendship which exists between our two nations.
‘Stella Maris’ is the name by which many seafarers also know the Apostleship of the Sea. This is because ‘Stella Maris, Star of the Sea’, is an ancient title for Mary, the Mother of God, traditionally used by seafarers and others associated with the sea. Just as seafarers have traditionally depended on the stars for navigation, so they trust in the protection and guidance of Our Lady.
Apostleship of the Sea commemorates the feast of Our Lady Star of the Sea with special Masses for seafarers in the month of September and October. Bishop Stephen Robson, the Bishop of Dunkeld and patron of the Apostleship of the Sea, will celebrate this feast in the Cathedral at 7pm on Monday 24th of September. Mass will be followed by a reception in the Cathedral Cafe.
Please join us to officially say thank you and farewell to Fr. Nick for his time here at the Cathedral. We will be having a reception on Friday, September 21 at 7 PM in the Cathedral Hall. All are welcome to come.
Tickets for the event will be sold after every weekend Mass until September 16. The price is £10/single or £20/family and will include some small nibbles and two drinks.