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.
The Assumption is, as you know, our Patronal Feast here at the Cathedral. We will celebrate the feast as usual with a Pontifical Mass (i.e. with the Archbishop) at 12.45pm, but this year we will also celebrate with a short organ Recital by our new Organist Simon Leach after the 7pm evening Mass. The Recital will be entitled “In Praise of Mary” and will feature music dedicated to Our Lady over the centuries. It will be followed by a Champagne Reception (sic!) in the Café.
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?