23rd Sunday of the Year - Year C

The Relics of St Therese of Lisieux

We are delighted to welcome the Relics of St Therese of Lisieux to the Cathedral this weekend. The Archbishop will celebrate Pontifical Mass at 12noon today in honor of St. Therese and then he will again preside at Mass on Monday with school children from all over the city before the Relics depart. If you have a special prayer intention why not bring it to St Therese this afternoon when there will be quiet veneration of the relics from 2pm-5.30pm! Souvenirs and books are available to buy in the Octagon after all Masses, and free prayer cards.

P3 Parents’ Meeting - Thursday 12th September at 6.30pm

This Thursday there will be a short but very important Parents’ Meeting for the children preparing to receive First Confession (P3) this year. The Parents’ Meeting for First Holy Communion (P4) will be on Thursday the 26th September. Both start at 6.30pm in the Cathedral Café.

Children’s Catechism Classes at St Andrew’s, Ravelston

The Sunday catechism classes for children in P1-P7 start today in Ravelston. If your child does not attend a Catholic school and you would like them to attend classes to prepare to receive their First Reconciliation or First Holy Communion, please come along to next week’s class at 9.30am, followed by Mass at 10.30am.

God bless you all,

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

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22nd Sunday of the Year - Year C

Relics of St Thérèse – Next Weekend

The Relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux are coming to the Cathedral next weekend. The Archbishop will lead a Holy Hour of prayer, hymns and reflections at 7.30pm on Saturday 7th and will celebrate the Noon Mass on Sunday 8th. Huge crowds gathered in Motherwell diocese over the past few days to welcome the relics to Scotland, it would be great if she got the same reception in Edinburgh!

Diaconate Ordination - Next Saturday

Also on Saturday, the Archbishop will ordain Eddie White and David Edwardson as deacons for the Archdiocese here in the Cathedral on Saturday the 7th September at 12noon. This is an important moment in the lives of these men and their families, and a great sign of hope for the Church. All are welcome to participate in this joyous occasion!

Mary’s Meals Textile Collection – 29th September

Volunteers from Mary’s Meals will be visiting the Cathedral on the weekend of the 28th & 29th September to collect any of your unwanted textiles. Mary’s Meals works to provide a daily meal in school for some of the world’s poorest children, reaching more than 1.5 million children every school day in 18 countries. You can assist them by donating any unwanted clothing (including belts/bags/shoes) or household textiles (including curtains/bedding/soft toys) – but no duvets or pillows! A few bin bags filled with textiles could generate enough funds to feed a child for an entire school year. Please note: The van will collect textiles after the Sunday morning Masses only!

They will also be selling raffle tickets for their Annual Draw after all the Masses that weekend. Tickets cost £1 each. Thanks in advance for your generous support of this excellent charity!

Social Events

Tickets for lunch with Barbara Dickson on 30th September are selling fast. Tickets for the Cathedral’s first wine-tasting night on 4th October will be on sale next weekend. Find out more on the events page.

God bless you all,

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

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21st Sunday of the Year - Year C

Sacramental Preparation for Children

We’re getting ready to begin our preparations for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation (P3) and First Holy Communion (P4). If you’d like your children to receive these Sacraments, please pick up a registration form after Mass. There will be an initial Parents Meeting on Thursday 12th September for P3 parents, and Thursday 26th September for P4 parents. These are short but essential meetings. Both start at 6.30pm in the Cathedral Café. Please put the dates in your diaries and let other parents of the class know if they are not here.

Are you interested in becoming Catholic? Or do you know someone who is?

The Cathedral’s RCIA group meets on a Tuesday evening from September to May. It is for adults who are interested in understanding more about the Catholic faith, with a view to becoming members of the Church. Those who attend have an opportunity to explore the Catholic faith with others and to meet and talk to Catholics about their beliefs. The group helps give an understanding of the fundamental beliefs of Christianity and the teaching of the Church. It’s a very supportive place for people to come together on a faith journey. Starting on 24th September, the group meets every Tuesday evening from 7.00-8.30pm.  Call the Cathedral Office for more details or to register interest.

Save the Date!

Our ever-innovative Social Committee have organized a Cathedral Wine Tasting!! The evening, on Friday 4th October, will be hosted by Lewis Renton of L’Art du Vin. The theme will be “A Tour of France: All you have ever wanted to know about French wine but were afraid to ask!” Tickets will be £20, limited to 40 people and go on sale the weekend of the 13th September.

God bless you all,

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

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20th Sunday of the Year - Year C

Festival Mass Today

Today at the 12 noon Mass we welcome Cardinal Nichols, the Lord Provost and members of the City Council and Diplomatic Corps, as well as James MacMillan – the renowned composer. We are also delighted that The Sixteen will be singing at this Mass. I know you will make them very welcome.

Disabled Parking

We are currently in discussion with the Council about the provision of Disabled Parking for Mass goers. If you have a disabled badge and you use your car to come to Mass, it is imperative that you fill out one of the forms at the back of the Church and return it to the Cathedral Office as soon as possible.

Catholic Voting Rights on the Education Committee

This Thursday the City of Edinburgh Council will vote on the Green Party motion to remove the right to vote from the Church Representative on the Education Committee. The Church will be making a special deputation before the Council asking them to vote against this motion. There will also be a small peaceful demonstration outside the Council Chamber. If you would like to join this demonstration, please contact Prof. Tom Gallagher at T.G.Gallagher@bradford.ac.uk

God bless you all,

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

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19th Sunday of the Year - Year C

Festival Mass – 18th August

Just a reminder that next week at 12noon we have the Festival Mass. The Lord Provost, members of the City Council and members of the Diplomatic Corps will all be present. And this year we will also welcome Sir James MacMillan who this year celebrates his 60th Birthday. Cardinal Vincent Nichols will preach at the Mass and The Sixteen (an internationally acclaimed choir) will be singing in place of our Choir. It will be a lovely occasion. Come early if you want a seat!

Sunday Parking Charges

Just to let you now that members of the Parish Council and I met with Cllr. MacInnes, the Convener of Transport, and Cllrs. Rankin (SNP) and Doran (Lab) to discuss the Council’s proposal to introduce Sunday Parking charges. It was a pleasant meeting and we had a wide-ranging discussion – however there was no sign at all that the Council would rethink this idea or would give any concessions to us at all. Please, if you have the energy, and you feel strongly about this – please write to your local Councillor and urge him or her to think twice about the effect that this will have on city’s Churches.

Photographer

On Sunday 18th August a photographer will be visiting the Cathedral to take pictures for the website, if you do not wish to be photographed please avoid sitting in the central seating block on this date.

God bless you all,

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

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18th Sunday of the Year - Year C

Welcome to Fr. Frank Condi

You may remember that two years ago Frank Condi, a French seminarian, came to do a summer pastoral placement at the Cathedral. Frank was ordained to the priesthood last month and has asked to return to the Cathedral to offer a “First Mass” here. Next Sunday, therefore, Fr. Frank will be offering the 12noon Mass at the Cathedral and will be giving his first blessing after the Mass. This will be a lovely occasion and I know that you will make Fr. Frank very welcome.

Festival Mass – 18th August

Then – the week after next we will welcome Sir James MacMillan as our special guest at the 12 noon Mass, which is our annual Festival Mass. Cardinal Vincent Nichols will preach at the Mass and The Sixteen (an internationally acclaimed choir) will be singing in place of our Choir. It will be a very special occasion. During this Mass, a photographer will be visiting the Cathedral, if you wish to avoid being photographed, please avoid sitting in the central seating block.

Catholic Voting Rights on the Education Committee

The Catholic Church and others presently have the right in Scotland to sit on local Council Education Committees and to vote on matters affecting our Catholic schools.  On 22 August, the City of Edinburgh Council is to vote on a Green Party motion to remove those voting rights. If this motion is carried it will pose a serious threat to the Church’s capacity to influence decisions regarding Catholic education and Catholic Schools in the City of Edinburgh. I would therefore ask you to contact your local councillors, as a matter of urgency, and urge them to vote against this motion. Write to your councillor soon, a template letter is available on postcards at the back of the Church. The contact details for Edinburgh councillors are here: http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/councillors/ward

God bless you all,

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

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17th Sunday of the Year - Year C

Message from the Archbishop - Catholic Voting Rights

The Catholic Church and others presently have the right in Scotland to sit on local Council Education Committees and to vote on matters affecting our Catholic schools.  On 22 August, the City of Edinburgh Council is to vote on a Green Party motion to remove those voting rights. If this motion is carried it will pose a serious threat to the Church’s capacity to influence decisions regarding Catholic education and Catholic Schools in the City of Edinburgh. I would therefore ask you to contact your local councillors, as a matter of urgency, and urge them to vote against this motion. Write to your councillor soon: to facilitate a numerous response, a template letter will be available on postcards at all Masses next weekend.  With thanks and every blessing, +Leo Cushley

Comings and Goings…

This week we say Goodbye to Fr. Emmanuel who has been with us for a whole year. Fr. Emmanuel has completed his master’s degree at Edinburgh and is returning to Nigeria on Wednesday. We thank him for all his help over the last year and assure him of our prayers for his future ministry. Also, this week we welcome Bobby Taylor, a seminarian from the Scots College in Rome, who will be with us for a summer placement for the next three weeks. And finally, we welcome Fr. Binu back this weekend for a very short visit. I know you will make them both very welcome.

Relics of St Thérèse – 7th – 9th September

The relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux are coming to Scotland this September. The relics will be in the Cathedral from Saturday 7th to Monday 9th September. The Archbishop will lead a Holy Hour of prayer at 7.30pm on the Saturday night and will celebrate the midday Mass on the Sunday. Do take this once in a lifetime opportunity to welcome the saint to the Cathedral! There will also be lots of volunteering opportunities to welcome visitors and help to make the event a success – watch this space! 

God bless you all,

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

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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

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God bless you all,

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

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