This year our Festival Mass will be a very significant occasion. We will be celebrating the life and work of Sir James MacMillan, who will be present. Cardinal Vincent Nichols will be the celebrant and The Sixteen, an internationally acclaimed choir, will be singing Palestrina at the Mass. It will be a lovely occasion. Please put it in your diary now!
On the Feast of the Sacred Heart, Friday the 28th June, our own Deacon Patrick Harrigan will be ordained to the priesthood here in the Cathedral.
The Ordination Mass begins at 7pm and will be followed by a reception in the Parish Hall.
All parishioners are warmly invited to attend this very special occasion!
(Photo from the ordinations in 2016)
We want to ensure our Cathedral is welcoming and friendly to everyone. To this end, we have arranged a Dementia Awareness session, facilitated by a Dementia Advisor. Whilst we are encouraging our Cathedral volunteers to come along to this session, it is open to anyone who would like to learn more about the issues experienced by people living with dementia.
The session will be held in the Cathedral Cafe on Wednesday 19th June at 7pm. A maximum of 20 people can attend the session, which will last approx. 90 minutes, followed by questions and answers. At the end of the session, participants will receive a certificate and a badge and all Alzheimer Scotland ask is that you use what you have learned to help those who need it.
If you are interested in attending, please contact the Parish Office at firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place.
40 Hours on 9th, 10th, 11th of June
The Cathedral will hold it’s 40 Hours devotion this year from 9th-11th June. The 40 Hours is a beautiful devotion during which the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed all day, concluding each evening at 7pm with Holy Hour and Benediction.
We will need at least two people to commit to be present in the Church each hour, so that the Blessed Sacrament is not left unattended. This is a lovely time in the parish – please put the dates in your diary and try to participate as much as possible.
Father William Pearsall, S.J. will be the guest at the Young Adults Group (age 18-35) this week, where he will talk about Ignatian discernment and male religious life. There will be tea, coffee and cake at 6.45, with the talk beginning at 7pm. We meet in the Cathedral Café and we look forward to seeing all of you there!
The Young Adults Group meets again tonight after an Easter break. By popular request, the theme for this mini series of talks is discernment. Five speakers will offer some tips and advice based on their own experience of discovering God's will for their lives. Tonight we're delighted to welcome Fr Bernard Mournian, a priest of the Diocese of Motherwell. There will be tea, coffee and cake (it's Easter!) at 6.45, with the talk beginning at 7pm. Looking forward to seeing you all then!
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!
Are you married? Archbishop Leo Cushley cordially invites you and your spouse to join him on 1 May 2019, the Feast of St Joseph the Worker, to celebrate the gift of marriage in the Cathedral at 7.30pm. The Archbishop will offer Mass during which he will impart his blessing upon those married couples present. A celebratory reception will follow in the Café. All who wish to celebrate the gift of marriage are very welcome, especially couples celebrating significant anniversaries this year.
There will be a celebration of the Feast of the Divine Mercy in the Cathedral on Sunday the 28th April at 3-5.30pm.
The celebration will be led by the Cathedral’s Divine Mercy Group and will include Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, opportunity for confession and veneration of the relic of St Faustina, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, praise and worship songs, meditations on excerpts from Sacred Scripture and the Diary of St Faustina and an Act of Entrustment of the world to the Divine Mercy.
All are welcome!
Please join Archbishop Cushley for the celebration of the greatest and most noble of all solemnities. During the Easter Vigil, the Church celebrates the Resurrection of the Lord, praises the goodness of the Lord throughout the history of mankind and receives new members into full communion of the Church and through the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation.
On the afternoon of Good Friday, His Grace Archbishop Leo Cushley will celebrate the Passion of the Lord in St Mary's Cathedral.
The liturgy will consist of the Liturgy of the Word with the Solemn Intercessions for the world, Veneration of the Cross and Distribution of Holy Communion.
All are warmly invited to join this special commemoration of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
First Saturday devotions to Our Lady of Fatima will take place in the Cathedral on Saturday 6th April at 9.30am. The devotions will be followed by Mass, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions.
All are welcome!
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.