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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Twenty-Seventh Sunday - Year A

Welcome to Sr Mary Cora, RSM

We are very happy to welcome to the parish Sr Mary Cora, our new parish sister. Sister arrived from the States on Monday and has been settling into the parish this past week. I know that you will make sister very welcome as you see her around the parish.

The Young Adults’ Group

The Young Adults’ Group continues to meet each Wednesday at 7pm in the café. This series explores the 10 Commandments and this week Fr Phil Cunnah, from the Diocese of Middlesborough, will be speaking about the place of Sunday in our week and in our relationship with God. There will be the opportunity to socialise in the pub afterwards – all under 35s welcome.

Passkeepers Needed

There is an urgent need for more passkeepers at all Sunday Masses (including the Vigil on Saturday evening). Passkeeping is an important ministry in the life of the parish, welcoming visitors and helping the smooth-running of liturgies. Parish council members will be in the porch after all Masses next Sunday to take details of anyone who would be interested in volunteering and answer questions.  Please do consider volunteering some of your time to this important work.

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

Twenty-Sixth Sunday - Year A

Enrolment Mass at 9am

Today at the 9am Mass we welcome in a special way the children of P3 and P4 who are preparing for the reception of the Sacraments this year, together with their parents and families. Please keep the children especially in your prayers as they begin this important year in their lives.

The Red Mass at 12 noon

Then at 12 noon we welcome members of the legal profession to the annual Red Mass in which we ask for God’s assistance for all those who administer the justice sytem in our country. The Mass will be celebrated by His Excellency, Archbishop Edward Adams, Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain who is on his first visit to Edinburgh since his appointment.

The Young Adults’ Group at 7.30pm this Wednesday

This Wednesday the Group will meet at the slightly later time of 7.30pm for a Holy Hour in the Cathedral. The Service will be led by Fr. Patrick and there will be an opportunity for confessions during the Hour. Afterwards we will head to the pub as usual. All under-35’s are very welcome.

Farewell to Sr Mary Julian and Welcome to Sr. Mary Cora

As you know, after a year working here in the Parish, Sr. Mary Julian will leave us this Friday to return to Australia to take up an academic post as a Lecturer in Philosophy. Her short sojorn here with us has been a great blessing for the parish and we wish her well as she begins this new stage of her life. We will miss her very much and hope that one day she will at least return to visit us again. On Tuesday, Sr. Mary Cora will arrive to take over from Sr. Mary Julian. I know that you will all make her very welcome.

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God bless you all,

Fr Patrick, Fr Nick, Deacon Peter, and (for the last time) Sr. Mary Julian

Twenty-Fifth Sunday - Year A

Young Adults' Group

 Around 40 young people gathered on Wednesday for the first talk in the new series on the 10 Commandments. This Wednesday at 7pm in the café the series continues with Fr Matthew Carlin, a recently-ordained priest of the Diocese of Paisley, speaking on “‘I am the Lord your God…’ The One God, Living and True.” It promises to be a great evening with an opportunity to ask questions, pray night prayer together and socialise in the pub. All under-35s welcome. See Fr Nick for more details.

RCIA

If you have been thinking about becoming Catholic for a long time, or even a short time, this might be the time for you to start of process of becoming a Catholic. The course begins this Tuesday, so if you are interested, please be in touch with Sr Mary Julian at cathedralhouse@stmaryscathedral.co.uk to register.

STELLA MARIS MASS

Bishop Stephen Robson, Bishop Promoter for the Apostleship of the Sea in Scotland, will celebrate Mass here in the Cathedral for the Apostleship and the seafarers it seeks to help.  This is the inaugural Stella Maris Mass in Edinburgh so we hope as many as possible will attend.

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God bless you all,

Fr Patrick, Fr Nick, Deacon Peter, and Sr. Mary Julian

Twenty-Fourth Sunday - Year A

Young Adults Group 

The Young Adults’ Group starts again this week at 7pm in the café. Fr Jamie McMorrin from the Falkirk parishes will talk on how happiness and fulfilment are to be found in living as best we can God’s Commandments. After the talk there will be the opportunity to pray together, followed by some refreshments in the pub. It’s a great way to learn more about the our faith, come closer to Christ, and make new friends; so put the date in your diary. All under-35s welcome. See Fr Nick for more details.

Diaconate Ordinations

Revv. Patrick Carrigan and Gerard Sheridan will be ordained to the Permanent Diaconate in the Cathedral on Saturday. Let's keep them in our prayers! 

RCIA

If you are interested in becoming Catholic, or know someone who is, please contact the Cathedral Office to sign up for the RCIA programme which begins on 26th September.

Red Mass Passkeepers

Help is needed to welcome guests and ensure the smooth-running of the Red Mass. Any current passkeeper who is willing to help at the this Mass at 12 noon on 1 October, in addition to their usual Sunday Mass, please contact the passkeepers.

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God bless you all,

Fr Patrick, Fr Nick, Deacon Peter, and Sr. Mary Julian

Twenty-Third Sunday - Year A

Welcome

We welcome Fr Binu Palakapally, I.C., who arrives in the Cathedral this week. Fr Binu will be studying for the next year at the University of Edinburgh for a Masters in Science and Religion. He will be helping with Masses on Sundays and during the week. Please give him your usual warm welcome.

RCIA

If you are interested in becoming Catholic, or know someone who is, please contact the Cathedral Office to sign up for the RCIA programme which begins on 26th September.

Diaconate Ordinations

Patrick Carrigan and Gerard Sheridan will be ordained to the Permanent Diaconate Saturday 16th September in the Cathedral. It would be lovely to see as many Cathedral parishoners as possible here on the day to pray with these men and show our support for them as they begin this new ministry. In the meantime, let’s keep them in our prayers.

 

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God bless you all,

Fr Patrick, Fr Nick, Deacon Peter, and Sr. Mary Julian

Twenty-Second Sunday - Year A

The Annual Festival Mass

His Grace the Archbishop will celebrate the 12noon Mass in thanksgiving for the Edinburgh International Festival. He will be joined by the Lord Provost and members of the City Council and the Edinburgh Consular Staff. All are most welcome.

About Becoming Catholic

If you are interested in becoming Catholic, or know someone who is, please contact the Cathedral Office to sign up for the RCIA programme which begins 26th September. 

Leith Street Closure

For information, Leith Street in Edinburgh will close to all traffic on 2 September 2017. The road is expected to be closed until Summer 2018 to allow for the redevelopment of the St James Centre. Check the Lothian Buses website for more information.

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God bless you all,

Fr Patrick, Fr Nick, Deacon Peter, and Sr. Mary Julian

Twenty-First Sunday - Year A

Advance Notice

The Festival Mass will be on Sunday 3rd  September and the Annual Red Mass will be on Sunday 1st October - both at 12 noon, add the dates to your diary here

A warm Welcome! 

We welcome Fr Alberto Frigerio, a priest of the Diocese of Milan, who is here to study for a Masters in Neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh over the coming academic year and will be resident at the Cathedral during this time. Please give him your usual warm welcome!

 

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God bless you all,

Fr Patrick, Fr Nick, Deacon Peter, and Sr. Mary Julian

Twentieth Sunday - Year A

a big thank you 

. . . to all who helped to prepare and organise the parish social for our Patronal Feastday last Tuesday. The Mass was lovely, with simply beautiful music provided by Simon and his choir, and it was great to see so many of you at the reception in the Hall afterwards. It was a wonderful evening! 

Volunteers for teas and coffees 

Thank you also to those who signed up last week to serve tea and coffee after Mass. However, we still need more volunteers! If you think you might be able to volunteer a bit of time on a Sunday morning, please sign up on the forms at the back of the Church. Obviously, if we get enough volunteers then each team would only be involved every now and again. Many hands make light work . . . 

Carfin pilgrimage 3 september

On Sunday 3 September, Scotland will be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at the National Pilgrimage in honour of Our Lady of Fatima. A coach will leave our Cathedral at 12.15pm. If anyone is interested in buying tickets (only £10!) or would like more details, please speak with Godwin or Mary in the Legion of Mary or contact the Cathedral Office. 

God bless you all,

Fr Patrick, Fr Nick, Deacon Peter, and Sr. Mary Julian

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Nineteenth Sunday - Year A

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

On the Patronal Feast Day of St Mary's Cathedral, which is also a Holy Day of Obligation, Mass times will be as follows:

8.00am  
10.00am  Polish
12:45pm  
6.00pm Polish
7.00pm  

There will be a Patronal Feast Day Reception in the Hall after evening Mass.

Volunteers Required - Tea and Coffee

The Parish Council has stepped in to provide tea and coffee after the Sunday Masses in the Parish hall. Last weekend was a great success and was well attended after all the Sunday morning Masses. We would like to continue to offer this service but need your help! If you think you can become part of a regular team of volunteers, please contact Deacon Peter who is arranging a rota at Deacon@stmaryscathedral.co.uk

Cathedral Fatima Group 

The Fatima Group will join the Rosary Group on the 13th of each month at 12 noon in the Lady Aisle, until November, to pray the Rosary. Since the 13th of August falls on a Sunday, the Rosary group will pray on Monday. 

The Catholic App

“The Catholic App” helps you to find Mass & Confession with a single tap. It is now publicly available for Android smartphones here http://bit.ly/2tZBQtr (or type “Catholic App Musemantik” in Google Play) or sign up for the iPhone version here http://eepurl.com/cLbyov which is coming soon.

God bless you all,

Fr Patrick, Fr Nick, Deacon Peter, and Sr. Mary Julian

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