Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year B

Parish Ceilidh – Saturday 17th November

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 go on sale next week after all Masses. It’s a great evening and very popular. Do come along!

Church Cleaning Volunteers

As we hope you’ve noticed, our four cleaning groups have been meeting every week for the past year. Although they have made a big difference, we are seeking to recruit more volunteers. The groups meet on: Monday: 9am–11am; Wednesday: 2pm–4pm; Friday: 10am–12noon; Saturday: 10.30am – 2.30pm. Can you help at any of these sessions? Even if you cannot attend every week or stay the full two hours, helping once or twice per month would be greatly appreciated. If you would like to join one of the groups, or find out more, please contact cathedralhouse@stmaryscathedral.co.uk

Justice and Peace Group – Josh Littlejohn Talk

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.

God bless you all,

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

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Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year B

New Cathedral Choir for the 9:00am Sunday Mass

Michael Ferguson, our Musical Director, with the backing of the Parish Council has decided to launch a  new mixed-ability Cathedral Choir and he needs your help! Starting on Sunday 4th November, our new choir will sing weekly at the 9am Sunday Mass. Rehearsals will take place weekly on Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm. Come along and sing a wide range of liturgical music. Prior choir experience and music reading abilities are helpful, but not necessary! First meeting: Wednesday 31st October, 7-9pm in the Cathedral. Contact Michael, our Director of Music, for more information: DirectorOfMusic@stmaryscathedral.co.uk.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion – 22nd November

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. Likewise, if you know anyone who is unable to get to Mass and would like to receive Communion at home, please fill in a referral sheet available at the back of the church.

Preparing for the Year of Saint Luke

With the start of a new liturgical year upon the first Sunday of Advent we will embark upon Lectionary Cycle C and the Gospel of Saint Luke. To prepare ourselves, there will be a seminar day on the Gospel of Saint Luke on Saturday 17 November at the Gillis Centre from 11am to 3.30pm. The day will consist of a presentation on Saint Luke by Father Andrew Garden as well as directed prayer and a presentation on public reading. The event is open to both clergy and the lay faithful, especially those who are lectors or catechists. Those attending should bring a packed lunch. Please contact Father Daniel Doherty VE at VECatechetics@staned.org.uk to book a place or for more information.

God bless you all,

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

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Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year B

October Devotions – This Evening at 5pm

This afternoon is the first in a series of Rosary Holy Hours for the month of October, from 5pm until 6pm at St Andrew’s, Ravelston. There will a time of quiet prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, followed by a guided meditation on the Joyful mysteries of the Rosary and concluding with Benediction at 6pm. If you find the Rosary difficult or haven’t prayed it in a long time, this could be a great opportunity to give it another try!

 Young Adults’ Group – This Tuesday at 7pm

The next talk in our series on the Creed will be this Tuesday 9th of October in the Cathedral Café at 7pm. Fr David Howell, a recently ordained priest from the Archdiocese of Southwark, will give a talk on the Incarnation titled ‘I Believe in Jesus Christ, Born of the Virgin Mary,’ followed by Night Prayer and the pub. All young adults, 18-35, very welcome.

Aged & Infirm Clergy Fund – Special Collection Today

The Aged and Infirm Clergy Fund (‘AICF’) of the Archdiocese provides support for all of our retired priests with one of the main sources of income for the fund being the amounts received from the Special Collections.  Please remember to pray for those priests who have served us well and be as generous as you can. Gift Aid envelopes are already available at the back of the church. If you are a UK taxpayer, please consider gift aiding your donation by filling in the form on the back of one of these envelopes and using it when putting your donation into the collection basket.  Please note that gift aid relief can only be claimed if the back of the envelope has been completed.  As you know, using the gift aid envelopes in this way will uplift the amount that you give by a further 25% at no additional cost to you. For those of you using weekly envelopes, you may alternatively use the envelope in your set marked for the Aged and Infirm Clergy Fund to ensure that gift aid can be claimed on your donation. Thank you for your support.

God bless you all,

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

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Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year B

Message from Fr. Nick

Dear Friends, I would just like to thank you all for organizing my Farewell “Do” last week. It was lovely to catch up with so many familiar faces who are part of your wonderful parishes. I would like to thank the many people who left gifts and cards for me and also to thank you all for the very generous cheques from both parishes. I am extremely grateful not only for this generosity but also for the many years of support and encouragement that you have given me. I will never forget my time at the Cathedral and St. Andrews. I will pray for you and ask you also to keep me in your prayers. With profound gratitude, Fr. Nick.

Young Adults’ Group – This Tuesday at 7pm

Thanks to everyone who came along to the first of our Young Adults’ talks last week- it was great to see so many new faces. The next talk will be this Tuesday 2nd of October in the Cathedral Café, titled ‘I Believe in God the Father, Maker of Heaven and Earth,’ followed by Night Prayer and the pub! All young adults, 18-35, very welcome!

Advance Notice – Important Polish-Scottish Celebration

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.

God bless you all,

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

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“The Role of the Laity in the Church Today”: Conference

The Archdiocese has organised a special day conference on this important theme on Saturday 6th October at St. Thomas of Aquin’s School. It will begin at 11am and finish at 4pm and the guest speaker is Prof. Helen Alvare who is coming from the USA specially for this event. There has been a huge response to this event but there are still a few places available. If you would like to attend, please contact 0131 623 8902 or email archsecretary@staned.org.uk.

The Role of Women in the Church: Lunchtime Conversation with Helen Alvaré

Helen Alvaré will also lead a lunchtime conversation in the Cathedral Café on Friday 5th October, following the 12:45pm Mass, on the role of women in the Church. A light lunch will be provided, for which donations are gratefully received. Please register interest by calling 0131 623 8900 or emailing Curia.Admin@staned.org.uk.

October: Rosary Holy Hours

The month of October is traditionally dedicated to the prayer of the Rosary, an ancient and beautiful way of meditating on the life of Jesus in the company of Mary, his Mother. Every Sunday evening in October at St Andrew’s, Ravelston, from 5pm until 6pm there will be adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, accompanied by a short meditation and the prayer of the Rosary, concluding with Benediction. Let’s take advantage of this great opportunity to come closer to Jesus, with the help of his Mother! 

God bless you all,

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

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Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year B

Welcome to Fr. Emmanuel Ojeifo

This week Fr. Emmanuel, a priest of the Archdiocese of Abuja in Nigeria, arrived to begin studies at New College, Edinburgh. Fr. Emmanuel will not have any pastoral duties in the parish but he will be helping us out with weekday masses and confessions. I know that you will make him very welcome.

Today is Doughnut Sunday!

Today, after all the morning Masses (9, 10.30am and 12noon), there will be teas, coffees and delicious doughnuts available in the Café. We have invested in a new coffee making machine and so the coffee will be good, and we have entered a deal with a local baker, so the doughnuts will be good too! The cost will be £2 for coffee or tea or soft drinks and a doughnut, or £1 for just tea or coffee.

The Red Mass – Next Sunday at 12 noon.

Just a reminder that next Sunday, 23rd September, at the 12noon Mass we will welcome members of the Judiciary and the Legal Profession to a special Mass celebrated by the Archbishop.

God bless you all,

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

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Fr. Nick's Farewell – 21st September

Fr. Nick’s Farewell “Do” will be on Friday, September 21 at 7pm in the Cathedral Hall. Tickets are on sale after all Masses. As a way of expressing our gratitude for his time here there will be a collection at the end of Mass today and next Sunday for a presentation to be made to Fr. Nick at that event.

Next Sunday is Doughnut Sunday!

Next Sunday, after all the morning Masses (9, 10.30am and 12noon), there will be teas, coffees and delicious doughnuts available in the Café. We have invested in a new coffee making machine and so the coffee will be good, and we have entered a deal with a local baker, so the doughnuts will be good too! The cost will be £2 for coffee or tea or soft drinks and a doughnut, or £1 for just tea or coffee.

October: Rosary Holy Hours

The month of October is traditionally dedicated to the prayer of the Rosary, an ancient and beautiful way of meditating on the life of Jesus in the company of Mary, his Mother. Every Sunday evening in October at St Andrew’s, Ravelston, from 5pm until 6pm there will be adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, accompanied by a short meditation and the prayer of the Rosary, concluding with Benediction. There will also be an opportunity to go to confession to a visiting priest. Let’s take advantage of this great opportunity to come closer to Jesus, with the help of his Mother! 

God bless you all,

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

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Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year B

Bishop Barron’s talk at Usher Hall

We’re getting very excited to welcome the world-famous author, preacher, and theologian, Bishop Robert Barron to the Archdiocese this Thursday 6 September. Bishop Barron will give a talk entitled ‘Proclaiming Christ in Our Culture’ at the Usher Hall at 7:30pm. These tickets are now completely sold out but still in high demand: if you have tickets but are now unable to attend, please hand them into the Cathedral Office so that they can be redistributed.

“Meeting Jesus in the Scriptures” – Monday 10th of September

On Monday 10th September Fr Andrew Garden will give a talk at St Andrew’s, Ravelston on the title: “Meeting Jesus in the Scriptures”. This will be the first of four talks on how to get more from the readings at Sunday Mass. Fr Andrew is an excellent speaker and an expert in Biblical Theology. Talk begins at 7pm, 77 Belford Road, EH4 3DS. Delicious soup, cakes, teas and coffee provided too: nourishment for mind, body and soul!

SVDP Mass for the Sick

On Saturday 8 September at 12:00 noon, the St Vincent de Paul Society have organized a Mass for the sick and housebound of our parish. During the Mass, there will be a special celebration of the Sacrament of the Sick, followed by lunch in the Cathedral Café. Thanks to the SVDP for all the wonderful work they do. To volunteer, please contact cathedralhouse@stmaryscathedral.co.uk.      

God bless you all,

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

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Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year B

Sacramental Preparation for Children

We’re getting ready to begin again our preparations for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation (Primary 3) and First Holy Communion (Primary 4). If you’d like your children to receive these Sacraments, please pick up a registration form in the porch after Mass. There will be an initial (and essential!) parents’ meeting on Wednesday 12th September for parents of P3, and Wednesday 19th September for P4, both at 6.30pm in the Cathedral Café. Please put these dates in your diaries.

Young Adults’ Group

Following an extended summer break, the Young Adults' Group is starting back for a new year in a few weeks' time. The first event will be a wine and cheese party in the Cathedral Café on Tuesday 18th of September at 7pm. The talks will begin the following week: details coming soon. So, if you're aged between 18-35 please come along, meet some great people and (most importantly!) grow in your relationship with Jesus.

Fr. Nick's Farewell

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.

God bless you all,

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

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Would you like to become Catholic?

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) will begin at the Cathedral on 18th September. The group meets every Tuesday from 7.00pm to 8:30pm to learn about the teachings of the Church and to deepen our faith through Biblical studies and prayer. If you would like to sign up or just to receive more information about RCIA, please contact Christine Burns via the Parish Office on cathedralhouse@stmaryscathedral.co.uk

 

2018 Annual Pilgrimage for the Beatification of Venerable Margaret Sinclair

The 2018 Annual Pilgrimage for the Beatification of the Venerable Margaret Sinclair will take place on Sunday 9 September from 2.00 to 6.00pm at St Patrick’s Church, Cowgate, Edinburgh. 2pm – Opening; 3 pm – Film: The Story of Margaret Sinclair, Servant of God; 4.30 pm – Holy Mass.

 

Message from Fr. Binu

My dear friends thank you very much for your support and prayers for me last one year. It was a great year for me to come to Edinburgh to study and I feel privileged to have minister here at the Cathedral and Ravelston. I thank you all, and in very special way Msgr. Patrick Burke, for your fraternal love and care. Many of you asked me to give you may contact details: binupal@gmail.com. Once again thank you all and please keep me in your valuable prayers. Fr. Binu Palakapally IC.

God bless you all,

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

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