Third Sunday of Advent - Gaudete - Year B

Final Rorate Candlelit Mass – this Monday at 7pm

The last opportunity to come to one of our lovely Rorate masses will be at 7pm this Monday. If you haven’t made it along yet, please make the effort to come this Monday

Advent Confessions

And the last opportunity to make a good confession before Christmas will be next Saturday. There will be confessions all day next Saturday from 10.30am – 6pm.

Feast of the Holy Innocents – Mass at Gillis with Archbishop Cushley

Thursday 28 December is a special feast and time to pray for unborn children and their mothers. The Archbishop will celebrate a special Mass at 12 noon, at the Gillis Centre and all priests and people warmly invited to attend.  The Mass will be followed by Tea and Coffee.

God bless you and your families this week, Fr Patrick, Fr Nick, Deacon Peter and Sr Mary Cora

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Second Sunday of Advent - Year B

Rorate Candlelit Mass – this Monday at 7pm

There was a wonderful turnout for the first candlelit Mass last Monday. The next will be this Monday. It is a lovely occasion and a great way to prepare spiritually for Christmas. If you haven’t been along yet – why not think about coming this Monday?

Advent Confessions

As you know, all Catholics are encouraged to make a good confession before the Feast of Christmas. In order to make this easy for you we will be hearing confessions ALL DAY EVERY SATURDAY during Advent. Please think about coming to confession and bringing your children and grandchildren.

Christmas Concert – this Tuesday at 7.30pm

By popular demand (sic –ed!), the award-winning Kingdom Brass Band returns to the Cathedral this Tuesday to give another of their famous Christmas Concerts. Last year’s concert really was fantastic, so I’d encourage you to come along on Tuesday at 7.30pm for a wonderful evening of classic Christmas carols and songs.

St Mary’s Primary Nativity Play – this Wednesday at 7pm

St Mary’s Primary School will perform their Nativity Play this Wednesday at 7pm in the Cathedral. From what Fr Nick has seen in school, it’s sure to be a masterpiece, so do feel welcome to come along and support our children and our school.

God bless you and your families this week, Fr Patrick, Fr Nick, Deacon Peter and Sr Mary Cora

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First Sunday of Advent - Year B

Advent 2017

Today marks the beginning of Advent and our preparation for the great feast of Christmas. In the leaflet you have been given you will see the various extra activities we have planned for Advent. Please take a copy away with you and think about how you and your family are going to prepare spiritually for Christmas.

Rorate Candlelit Masses at 7pm Every Monday

It is a “short Advent” this year – so there are only three Mondays in Advent. But on each Monday at 7pm in the Cathedral we will have our special candlelit Masses. These are beautiful occasions and a wonderful way to prepare for Christmas. Why not come, and bring your family and friends?

Advent Confessions

As you know, all Catholics are encouraged to make a good confession before the Feast of Christmas. In order to make this easy for you we will be hearing confessions ALL DAY EVERY SATURDAY during Advent. Please think about coming to confession and bringing your children and grandchildren.

Archbishop’s Youth Initiative – This Friday at 7pm

The Archbishop is launching a new youth initiative for the whole Archdiocese this Advent. On each of the Fridays of Advent, he will gather with the youth of the diocese here at the Cathedral at 7pm to offer catechesis, prayer and social time together.

God bless you and your families this week, Fr Patrick, Fr Nick, Deacon Peter and Sr Mary Cora

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Christ the King - Year A

New Movements Information Day

Today we are hosting an information day for some of the Movements active in the Diocese. Representatives from 7 new movements (New Dawn, The Neo-Catechumenate, Couples for Christ, Faith, Focolare, Comunione & Liberazione & Schoenstatt) will be in the Cathedral Hall all day to showcase their wonderful apostolate in the Church and to answer any questions. Please drop in to see what they are offering.

Syrian Voices Choir – Concert this Wednesday at 7pm

‘The Welcoming’ is a charity set up to welcome people who have arrived in Scotland under difficult circumstances. On Wednesday at 7pm, we will jointly host a fundraiser featuring the Syrian Voices Choir, who will sing songs from their homeland. There will also be the opportunity to sample some traditional Syrian food. You can get tickets on the door (£10, £5 conc.) or online at thewelcoming.org/newscotscelebration

Advent 2017

Next Sunday sees the beginning of Advent and our preparation for the great feast of Christmas. In the leaflet you have been given today you will see the various extra activities we have planned for Advent. Please take a copy away with you and think about how you and your family are going to prepare spiritually for Christmas.

Archbishop’s Youth Initiative

The Archbishop is launching a new youth initiative for the whole Archdiocese this coming Advent. On each of the Fridays of Advent, he will gather with the youth of the diocese here at the Cathedral at 7pm to offer catechesis, prayer and social time together. It promises to be a great new way of meeting Christ and meeting others interested in their faith, so if you’re between 16-29, keep your Fridays in Advent free.

God bless you all this week, Fr Patrick, Fr Nick, Deacon Peter and Sr Mary Cora

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Thirty-Third Sunday - Year A

St. Mary’s Primary at 9am Mass

At 9am Mass today we also welcome the children of St Mary’s Primary School who are taking part in the Pope Francis Faith Award. Part of that reward asks them to offer help in their parishes, and so, once a month, the children will help with passkeeping, reading, singing and music at the 9am Mass.

Proposals for New Road Layout Outside the Cathedral

You may be aware that the Council has proposed a set of plans for Picardy Place which we think will have a devastating effect on the Cathedral.  A copy of the road layout is on the notice board in the porch and available on the website

We are to lose much of the space directly in front of the Cathedral. The statues will be removed; the pedestrianized area and the parking/drop-off area will disappear altogether and will be replaced by a "double bus stop". This will have serious implications for disabled parishioners who rely on cars to get back and forward to the Cathedral.  There will also be nowhere for wedding or funeral corteges to stop outside the Cathedral.  The roundabout will vanish and who knows what might be built right outside our front door in its place. 

Time is short and we must act now before proposals become plans.

I would also urge you to write to write to the Council or to the politicians for the Cathedral area to make your views heard:

Paul Lawrence, Executive Director of Place, Edinburgh District Council, Level 2.6 Waverley Court, 4 East Market St, EH8 8BG
paul.lawrence@edinburgh.gov.uk
Tel: 0131 529 7325

Lesley Macinnes, Convenor of the Transport Committee, City Chambers, High Street, EH1 1Y lesley.macinnes@edinburgh.gov.uk
Tel: 0131 529 4863

Ruth Davidson MSP (Conservative)
Ruth.Davidson.msp@parliament.scot

Deidre Brock MP (SNP)
deidre.brock.mp@parliament.uk

The Council has organised three Public Information Meetings for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week and I would urge you to attend one of them (Monday, 10am-12 at European Rooms, City Chambers; Tuesday 10am-7pm at City Arts Centre, 5th floor; Wednesday, 3-7pm, Broughton St. Mary’s).

Further updates will be available in the newsletter, the porch and at www.stmaryscathedral.co.uk/planning

Young Adults’ Group

Join us this Wednesday for the final talk in our series on the 10 Commandments. Bishop John Keenan, will give a talk on a life of virtue. Bishop John is a great speaker, so please do come along on Wednesday at 7pm.

Syrian Voices Choir – Concert on Wednesday 29th November

‘The Welcoming’ is a charity set up to welcome people who have arrived in Scotland under difficult circumstances. On Wednesday 29th November at 7pm, we will jointly host a fundraiser featuring the Syrian Voices Choir, who will sing songs from their homeland. There will also be the opportunity to sample some traditional Syrian food. You can get tickets on the door (£10, £5 conc.) or online at thewelcoming.org/newscotscelebration

Archbishop’s Youth Initiative

The Archbishop is launching a new youth initiative for the whole Archdiocese this coming Advent. On each of the Fridays of Advent, he will gather with the youth of the diocese here at the Cathedral at 7pm to offer catechesis, prayer and social time together. It promises to be a great new way of meeting Christ and meeting others interested in their faith, so if you’re between 16-29, keep your Fridays in Advent free.

God bless you all this week, Fr Patrick, Fr Nick, Deacon Peter and Sr Mary Cora

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Thirty-Second Sunday - Year A

Parish Ceilidh – Next Saturday at 7.30pm

This is your last chance to get your hands on tickets for the parish ceilidh which takes place on Saturday 18th November at 7.30pm. Tickets are at a bargain price of £10 each or £25 for a family and will be on sale after each Sunday Mass. This gets you not only a live ceilidh band for the night, but also 2 drinks and a light buffet. It is sure to be a great night, so get your tickets before they’re gone!

Syrian Voices Choir

‘The Welcoming’ is a charity set up to welcome people who have arrived in Scotland under difficult circumstances. On Wednesday 29th November at 7pm, we will jointly host a fundraiser featuring the Syrian Voices Choir, who will sing songs from their homeland. There will also be the opportunity to sample some traditional Syrian food. You can get tickets on the door (£10, £5 conc.) or online at thewelcoming.org/newscotscelebration

Pope Francis Faith Award

As part of the Pope Francis Faith Award, which is open to children in P6 and 7, St Mary’s Primary will from now on be helping to organise the 9am Mass once a month during term time. This initiative will begin next week when our Pope Francis Award children will be involved in providing music, readers and other ministries during the 9am Mass.

Advent 2018

In case you hadn’t noticed (!) Advent is once again nearly upon us. So just a reminder that again this year we will be having our special Advent Candlelit Masses every Monday of Advent at 7pm in the Cathedral. Amidst all the business of the pre-Christmas rush, these Masses are an ideal way for you and your families to prepare for Christmas. Please put them in your diaries now and try to keep Monday evenings free for our spiritual preparation.

God bless you and your families this week, Fr Patrick, Fr Nick, Deacon Peter and Sr Mary Cora

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Thirty-First Sunday - Year A

Parish Ceilidh – Family Tickets Now Available!

Tickets will be on sale after each Sunday Mass for the Parish Ceilidh on Saturday 18th November at 7.30pm. Tickets are a bargain-priced £10 or £25 for a family of 4, which not only gets you a live ceilidh band for the night, but also 2 drinks and a light buffet. It is sure to be a great night, so get your tickets before they’re gone!

Syrian Voices Choir

‘The Welcoming’ is a charity set up to welcome people who have arrived in Scotland under difficult circumstances. On Wednesday 29th November at 7pm, we will jointly host a fundraiser featuring the Syrian Voices Choir, who will sing songs from their homeland. There will also be the opportunity to sample some traditional Syrian food. You can get tickets on the door (£10, £5 conc.) or online at thewelcoming.org/newscotscelebration

Young Adults’ Group

The series on the Ten Commandments continues this Wednesday at 7pm in the Cafe. Fr Jonathan Whitworth, a newly-ordained priest of Paisley diocese, will speak on the Church’s vision of sex and love (the sixth commandment). There will be night prayer and a chance to socialise in the pub afterwards. All under-35’s welcome.

God bless you and your families this week! Fr Patrick, Fr Nick, Deacon Peter and Sr Mary Cora

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Thirtieth Sunday - Year A

Solemnity of All Saints

This Wednesday is the Solemnity of All Saints and is a holy day of obligation, which means that we are all obliged to attend Mass. There is an abundance of Masses being celebrated here, so we look forward to seeing you at one of them.

Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls)

All Souls’ Day is a beautiful commemoration in which we have a particular opportunity to pray for our loved ones who have died. November is traditionally the month of the holy souls, so perhaps you might consider having Mass offered for a loved one during this month. Mass intention envelopes are available at the back of the church. Having selected your preferred date and time, you can place a donation inside and either hand it to a priest or put it in the collection plate. Intentions are published in the newsletter.

Parish Ceilidh – Tickets on Sale Now!

Tickets will be on sale after each Sunday Mass for the Parish Ceilidh on Saturday 18th November at 7.30pm. Tickets are a bargain-priced £10 which not only gets you a live ceilidh band for the night, but also 2 drinks and a light buffet. It is sure to be a great night, so get your tickets before they’re gone!

God bless you all this week, Fr Patrick, Fr Nick, Deacon Peter and Sr Mary Cora

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Twenty-Ninth Sunday - Year A

Parish Pilgrimage to Rome

We have had a great deal of interest in the proposed pilgrimage to Rome from 11-15 June to celebrate Patrick Harrigan’s ordination to the diaconate. There will be an information evening for all those interested – even those who didn’t put their name down – on Monday 30th October at 7pm in the hall, where booking forms will be available. If you are unable to be at the meeting but would like a form, please be in touch with Sr Mary Cora at the office.

Young Adults’ Group

The series on the Ten Commandments continues this Wednesday at 7pm in the Cafe. Sr Mary Pierre Jean Wilson, RSM will speak on a detachment from possessions and worldliness (the tenth commandment). There will be night prayer and a chance to socialise in the pub afterwards. All under-35’s welcome.

Marking the 50th Anniversary of the Abortion Act

Friday 27th October marks the 50th Anniversary of the passing of the Abortion Act in Britain. Since then 8 million abortions have taken place in this country. To mark this tragic annniversary we will offer the 12.45 Mass on the 27th for all victims of abortion. The Mass will be followed by a short period of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, finishing at 1.30pm with an Act of Reparation.  

God bless you all this week, Fr Patrick, Fr Nick, Deacon Peter and Sr Mary Cora RSM

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Twenty-Eighth Sunday - Year A

Mass for the Sick

The St Vincent de Paul Society (SVDP) invites parishioners and visitors to a Mass for the Sick on Saturday, 21st October at noon.  This is a beautiful Mass where all are welcome especially those who are ill, and during which the Sacrament of the Sick will be administered.  If you would like to help, or know someone who needs help to attend the Mass, please call 07943 691517.

Young Adults’ Group

The series on the Ten Commandments continues this Wednesday at 7pm in the Café with our very own Fr Nick speaking on the fifth commandment: ‘Honour your Father and Mother: The Family as the Foundation of Society.’ All under-35’s welcome.

Marking the 50th Anniversary of the Abortion Act

Friday 27th October marks the 50th Anniversary of the passing of the Abortion Act in Britain. Since then 8 million abortions have taken place in this country. To mark this tragic annniversary we will offer the 12.45 Mass on the 27th for all victims of abortion. The Mass will be followed by a short period of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, finishing at 1.30pm with an Act of Reparation.  

God bless you all, Fr Patrick, Fr. Nick, Deacon Peter and Sr. Mary Cora

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