16th Sunday of the Year - Year C

Sunday Parking Charges

Edinburgh City Council is currently discussing the proposal to introduce Sunday parking charges in the city. This move could potentially have a devastating effect on the life and viability of the city centre churches. Specifically, it could have a terrible effect on our Cathedral. If you didn’t fill in a form last week, would you please take a couple of minutes to fill one in today and hand it back before you leave Church. You can also on our website: www.stmaryscathedral.co.uk/sunday-parking

Disabled Parking

On a related issue – the Council is also planning to drastically reduce the amount of Disabled Parking around the Cathedral (to two spaces!). One of their proposals has been that parking might be provided for the disabled in the new car park under the new shopping centre (on a permit basis). If you have a disabled badge and would like to be considered in the future for a Parking Permit (for attending Mass) could you please put your name on the lists at the back of the Church.

Players wanted for Cathedral football team.

For the last five years our team have been competing in the Edinburgh Churches league. The team train on Wednesday nights at 7pm and our games kick off at 10am on Saturdays. If you are over 18 and would like to play 11-a-side, please see the newsletter for who to contact.

List of Volunteers

We have decided to try to build up a database of people who are willing to help out at events at the Cathedral on an occasional basis. If you do not have the time to sit on committees etc. but would be willing to help out from time to time at Cathedral social events or big occasions, could you please put your name and contact details on the forms at the back of the Church. The idea is that, when we have a big event on at the Cathedral and have to have people to help with handing out drinks or setting up the Hall. we would send round an email asking the people on our Volunteers list if they are free and can volunteer for that event. Do please give it a thought – it would really help!

Cathedral Fabric

The floor didn’t get finished last week after all. The contractor has had some problems, but we live in hope that this will be finished soon. More work is being done on the roof of Cathedral House, hence the scaffolding. And we are currently putting a lot of energy into the renewal of our Fire Plan.

God bless you all,

Fr Patrick, Fr Jamie, Sr. Mary Simone and Deacon Peter

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15th Sunday of the Year - Year C

Sunday Parking Charges

Edinburgh City Council is currently discussing the proposal to introduce Sunday parking charges in the city. This move could potentially have a devastating effect on the life and viability of the city centre churches. Specifically, it could have a terrible effect on our Cathedral. If you didn’t fill in a form last week , would you please take a couple of minutes to fill one in today and hand it back before you leave Church. It’s also on our website: www.stmaryscathedral.co.uk/sunday-parking

Disabled Parking

On a related issue – the Council is also planning to drastically reduce the amount of Disabled Parking around the Cathedral (to two spaces!!). One of their proposals has been that parking might be provided for the Disabled in the new car park under the new St. James’ Centre (on a permit basis). If you have a disabled badge and would like to be considered in the future for a Parking Permit (for attending Mass) could you please put your name on the lists at the back of the Church.

List of Volunteers

We have decided to try to build up a database of people who are willing to help out at events at the Cathedral on an occasional basis. If you do not have the time to sit on committees etc. but would be willing to help out from time to time at Cathedral social events or big occasions – could you please put your name and contact details on the forms at the back of the Church. The idea is that, when we have a big event on at the Cathedral and have to have people to help with handing out drinks or setting up the Hall. we would send round an email asking the people on our Volunteers list if they are free and can volunteer for that event. Do please give it a thought – it would really help!

God bless you all,

Fr Patrick, Fr Jamie, Sr. Mary Simone and Deacon Peter

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14th Sunday of the Year – Year C

Sunday Parking Charges

As you know, Edinburgh City Council are currently discussing the proposal to introduce Sunday parking charges in the city. This move could potentially have a devastating effect on the life and viability of the city centre churches. Specifically, it could have a terrible effect on our Cathedral.

The Cathedral Parish Council has been in touch with all four of our local Councillors to express our concerns about this proposal and we have managed to secure meetings with Cllr. Doran (Labour), Cllr. Mowat (Conservative) and Cllr. Rankin (SNP). Unfortunately, Cllr. Miller (Green) would not agree to meet with us (!)

In preparation for these meetings we would like to gather some information from you about the potential impact of the introduction of Sunday Parking Charges. Would you, therefore, please take a couple of minutes to fill in the forms that you have been given as you came in today and hand them back before you leave Church. Alternatively you can find the form on the website: https://www.stmaryscathedral.co.uk/sunday-parking

Cathedral E-Newsletter

Keep up to date with special events in the parish by subscribing to the Cathedral’s e-newsletter. Stay connected to the Cathedral wherever you are simply by signing up at the bottom of any page on the website: www.stmaryscathedral.co.uk.

God bless you all,

Fr Patrick, Fr Jamie, Sr. Mary Simone and Deacon Peter

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Ss. Peter and Paul - Year C

Congratulations to Fr. Patrick Harrigan

Many sincere congratulations to Fr. Patrick who was ordained to the priesthood last Friday. It was a lovely celebration and we were very happy to present Patrick with a cheque from the parish as a sign of our love and appreciation for him. Patrick will have a few weeks holiday now and then will begin his priestly life as a curate in St. Mary’s parish in Stirling. We wish him well and assure him of our prayers for him as he begins this new stage in his life.

 Ss. Peter and Paul

In the year 395, St. Augustine of Hippo said of Ss. Peter and Paul: “Both apostles share the same feast day, for these two were one; and even though they suffered on different days, they were as one. Peter went first, and Paul followed. And so, we celebrate this day made holy for us by the apostles' blood. Let us embrace what they believed, their life, their labors, their sufferings, their preaching, and their confession of faith.”

Peter’s Pence Collection

Peter’s Pence is an annual collection taken up on the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul for those most in need. The offering is a gesture of fraternity with which each member of the faithful can participate in the Pope's action in support of the most needy who turn to the Apostolic See for help. The collection will be taken up today because this year the feast was supplanted by Sunday.

God bless you all,

Fr Patrick, Fr Jamie, Sr. Mary Simone and Deacon Peter

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Corpus Christi - Year C

Corpus Christi – Holy Hour at 4pm Today

In order to celebrate the great feast of Corpus Christi – we will have a special Holy Hour this afternoon at 4pm ending with Benediction at 5pm. Why not come and spend some quiet time in prayer with the Lord?

Deacon Patrick Harrigan’s Ordination to the Priesthood – This Friday

Just a reminder that our own Patrick Harrigan will be ordained to the priesthood this Friday 28th June (the Feast of the Sacred Heart), in the Cathedral at 7pm. All parishioners are invited to the ordination which will be followed by a reception in the Parish Hall. Please put it in your diary. There will be a second collection at the end of Masses today for a presentation for Patrick.

Safeguarding Training – 25th and 26th June

It is important that everyone in a PVG-role complete the Part 1 Safeguarding Training before assuming their new position. To catch up on the backlog of people requiring training there will be training offered on Tuesday 25th June and Wednesday 26th June. Sessions will be held in the Parish Room in St Andrew’s, Ravelston (77 Belford Road, EH4 3DS) at 7pm. To sign up, please contact Chris McCabe on cathedralhouse@stmaryscathedral.co.uk or 0131 556 1798. There will be a maximum of 30 places on each day.

God bless you all,

Fr Patrick, Fr Jamie, Sr. Mary Simone and Deacon Peter

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Holy Trinity - Year C

 “The Courage to Proclaim the Gospel in Difficult Times” – Prof. Janet Smith

Dr Janet Smith, who is Professor of Moral Theology in Detroit, will be speaking at the Gillis Center this Thursday. Book your place by visiting drjanetsmithtalk.eventbrite.co.uk or phoning 0131 623 8900.

Dementia Awareness Session - Wednesday, 19 June at 7pm in the Café

There will be a Dementia Awareness session at the Cathedral on 19th June. It is open to anyone who would like to learn more about the issues experienced by people living with dementia – but places are limited. For more information contact Elizabeth on 553 1510 or Elizabeth@rhandrews.plus.com

Safeguarding Training – 18th, 20th, 25th and 26th June

It is important that everyone in a PVG-role complete the Part 1 Safeguarding Training before assuming their new position. To catch up on the backlog of people requiring training there will be training offered on Tuesday 18th June, Thursday 20th June, Tuesday 25th June and Wednesday 26th June. Sessions will be held in the Parish Room in St Andrew’s, Ravelston (77 Belford Road, EH4 3DS) at 7pm. To sign up, please contact Chris McCabe on cathedralhouse@stmaryscathedral.co.uk or 0131 556 1798. There will be a maximum of 30 places on each day.

God bless you all,

Fr Patrick, Fr Jamie, Sr. Mary Simone and Deacon Peter

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Pentecost - Year C

40 Hours Devotion: Monday-Wednesday This Week

The 40 Hours Devotion begins on Monday this week. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed for adoration from Monday-Wednesday between 8.30am-8pm. Each night there will be a Holy Hour at 7pm for which we are very happy to welcome our guest preachers: Archbishop Cushley (Monday), Father Matthew Carlin (Tuesday) and Father Jonathan Whitworth (Wednesday). The night will conclude with Benediction at 7.45pm. Please do take the opportunity to come along to experience this beautiful devotion and to grow in love of Our Lord in the Eucharist!

“The Courage to Proclaim the Gospel in Difficult Times” – Prof. Janet Smith

Dr Janet Smith, who is Professor of Moral Theology in Detroit, will be speaking at the Gillis Center on Thursday the 20th June. She is a brilliant speaker and it will be a great event. Details on the board.

Young Adults Group Pilgrimage to Melrose Abbey

Next Sunday (16th June), the YAG is planning to make a pilgrimage to Melrose to have Mass in the ruins of the Abbey and to spend some time together before the summer break. To sign up for this trip (which is going to be great!), please email Fr Jamie at frjamie@stmaryscathedral.co.uk.

God bless you all,

Fr Patrick, Fr Jamie, Sr. Mary Simone and Deacon Peter

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Seventh Sunday of Easter - Year C

40 Hours

Please remember that the “40 Hours” at the Cathedral will take place this year on 10th-12th June. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed all day for adoration and each day will finish with a Holy Hour and Benediction at 7pm. We need to have at least two people to watch with the Blessed Sacrament at all times – so please think about when you might be able to spend some time with the Lord and sign up on the sheets at the back.

Parish Baby/Toddler Group Starting Soon!

One of our young parishioners is planning to start a parent/baby group at the Cathedral. The idea is to provide a space for Catholic parents with babies and/or toddlers to meet up and get to know each other! The group will be held in the Cathedral Cafe from 11-12 on the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month. To get up and running the group are looking for donations of: any toys (in good condition) suitable for the age group 0-3, baby mats, plastic pens, pop up playhouses, baby gyms, musical toys, foldable baby walkers, plastic bowls, spoons, cups, folding booster seats. If you could donate any of these or if you want to know more search on Facebook for St Mary's RC Cathedral Parent/Baby group.

Flower Arranger Volunteers Needed

Would you like to help arrange the beautiful flowers in the Cathedral? We are currently looking for more volunteers who would be able to give some of their time on Friday afternoons. Please talk to Valerie Ball or contact the Parish Office for more information.

God bless you all,

Fr Patrick, Fr Jamie, Sr. Mary Simone and Deacon Peter

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Sixth Sunday of Easter - Year C

Thursday is the Feast of the Ascension – Holy Day of Obligation

Please remember that Thursday is a Holy Day of Obligation. That means that all Catholics are obliged to attend Mass on Thursday. Mass times in the Cathedral are 8am, 10am, 12.45pm, 6pm (Polish) and 7.30pm. And in Ravelston Masses are at 9.30am and 6.15pm (Extraordinary Form)

First Holy Communions on Saturday 1st June

Please keep our P4 children in your prayers as they prepare to receive their First Holy Communions on Saturday. Please note that there will be no 10am Mass in the Cathedral or Ravelston next Saturday.

Young Adult’s Group – Tuesday at 7pm

This week we are very happy to welcome Sister Mary Simone who will talk about discerning a vocation to religious life. There will be tea, coffee and cake at 6.45, with the talk beginning at 7pm. We will meet in the Cathedral Café and we look forward to seeing all of you there!

God bless you all,

Fr Patrick, Fr Jamie, Sr. Mary Simone and Deacon Peter

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Fifth Sunday of Easter - Year C

Daily Confessions

From this week onwards, there will be confessions after the 12.45 Mass every day. Please pass it on. 

40 Hours

Please remember that the “40 Hours” at the Cathedral will take place this year on 10th-12th June. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed all day for adoration and each day will finish with a Holy Hour and Benediction at 7pm. We need to have at least two people to watch with the Blessed Sacrament at all times – so please think about when you might be able to spend some time with the Lord and sign up on the sheets at the back.  

“The Eucharist” – Talk by Fr. Jamie – This Monday at 7pm

In preparation for the “40 Hours” Father Jamie will be giving a talk about the “Eucharist as a Supper” in the Parish Rooms in St Andrew’s, Ravelston (77 Belford Road) on Monday at 7pm. This will be a great way to grow in your understanding of the faith. The talk will be followed by soup and sandwiches!

God bless you all,

Fr Patrick, Fr Jamie, Sr. Mary Simone and Deacon Peter

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