Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year C

Justice & Peace Talk

On Wednesday 27th February at 7.30 pm in the Café space we are delighted to welcome Fr Basil Clark VE for Justice and Peace in the Archdiocese, David Bradwell from the Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees and Alex Holmes who has worked with refugees in the West Bank and in the Calais refugee camps - 'The Jungle'. The format will be three short presentations followed by a question and answer session. The theme of the evening is Refugees and Migrants and what Catholics can do to support them. Everyone is most welcome. 

Weekend for Those Suffering through Divorce, Separation or Widowhood

The Beginning Experience are holding a weekend for those who find themselves suffering bereavement through divorce, separation or widowhood, from 22nd-24th March at St. Mary’s Monastery, Kinnoull. For details see beginningexpereiencescotland@hotmail.com or contact Catherine on 0131 665 3383. Completed Applications must be returned by 9th March 2019.

Thank You from Bethany Christian Trust

“Thank you very much for your extremely kind donations of £1,358.06 from St Mary’s Metropolitan Cathedral and £758.17 from St Andrew’s, Ravelston towards the work of the Bethany Care Shelter this winter. This tremendous generosity from your Church will help Bethany to continue to run the vital and potentially lifesaving Care Shelter which provides a hot meal, overnight accommodation, friendship and advice every night for many homeless men and women in Edinburgh.”

God bless you all,

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

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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year C

Divine Mercy Devotions – Sunday at 3pm

The Divine Mercy Devotions with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place in the Cathedral this Sunday at 3pm. All are welcome!

Fabric Work in the Cathedral

Just to let you know that we are now waiting for a specialist company to come and assess the dry rot at the back of the Church and find out where the damp is coming from. They will be here at the end of the month. Also, advance notice that, following the flooding last year, the parquet flooring in the sacristy will be repaired on the in the week beginning 18th March. During which time we will not be able to use the sacristy at all.

Automatic External Defibrillator (AED).

An AED is now in the Sacristy. This device can deliver an electric shock to the heart of someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest. It does not replace cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, but it is a vital addition. Members of the SSVP and some passkeepers have been trained on its use and all passkeepers, cleaners and altars servers are now being trained. It is important that everyone is aware that the Cathedral now has this life-saving equipment.

God bless you all,

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

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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year C

“Try Praying” Booklet

You will probably have seen the “Try Praying” advertisement on the side of the buses this year. They refer to a little booklet which has been produced by the Edinburgh Churches and which is aimed at people who don’t have any religious affiliation. We are going to give everyone a copy of the booklet this week after Mass – the idea being that you think of someone you know who might be interested and give it to them. It is a good little booklet, easy to read, and aimed at people who don’t come to Church. Try to think of a suitable person and sow the seed!

Young Adults Group – Tuesday 5th February

This week the Young Adults Group welcome Dorothy Cummings McLean, who will talk about the life of St Edith Stein: philosopher, mystic and Carmelite nun who was killed at Auschwitz for her Jewish heritage and her faith in Christ. Dorothy Cummings McLean is a journalist, blogger and published author who lives in Edinburgh together with her husband. The talk will begin at 7pm in the Cathedral café. All young adults, aged 18-35, are very welcome.

Day for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion – Saturday 23rd February

The Archdiocese have a day for all Eucharistic Ministers on Saturday 23rd February. The day will take place at the Gillis Centre, from 11am to 3pm. To find out more or to book a place contact Anne Lamond: catecheticscommissionbooking@gmail.com

God bless you all,

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

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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year C

 Quiz Night – Friday February 22nd

St. Mary's Cathedral Quiz Night – will be held on Friday, 22 February at 7.30pm in the Cafe!  Why go to the pub for quiz night when you and your friends can join in at the Cathedral?  We will be handing out a superb mystery prize for the winning team at the end of the evening.  Teams can be no larger than 6 people.  Tickets will be sold after all masses and are £5 per person, with children under 16 free!  We will be serving pizza and have a cash bar available for drinks.  Grab your friends and family and start your own team.

 The Cathedral Young Adults Group – This Tuesday

The Cathedral Young Adults group will meet again this Tuesday at 7pm in Cathedral Café. We welcome Joanna Bogle, journalist, broadcaster and author of many books, who will give a talk on the life and witness of St John Paul II. All adults aged 18-35 very welcome.

 Altar Servers’ Training – 16th February

There will be an important training session for all Cathedral altar servers at 3pm on Saturday 16th of February. It is important that all our wonderful altar servers attend this training session. If you, or your children, are interested in becoming an altar server, this would be a great opportunity to begin. For more information, please speak to Fr Patrick or Fr Jamie after Mass.

God bless you all,

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

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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year C

Rite of Illumination – Today at 9am

Today at the 9am Mass we welcome the children of P3 as they continue to prepare for the Sacrament of Confession for the Rite of Illumination. Next week we will welcome the children of P4 for the Rite of the Presentation of the Creed. Please keep them all in your prayers.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – 18th-25th January

We are praying the following prayer at the end of all Masses during this week for the unity of all Christians: Almighty ever-living God, who gather what is scattered and keep together what you have gathered, look kindly on the flock of your Son, that those whom one Baptism has consecrated may be joined together by integrity of faith and united in the bond of charity. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever, Amen.

Ecumenical Prayer Service for Christian Unity on Monday

A service hosted by Edinburgh Churches Together will be held at the Palmerston Place Church, on Monday January 21st at 7.30pm. The preacher is Rev. Colin Sinclair, Moderator Elect of the General Assembly. There will be a reception following the service to which everyone is warmly invited.

God bless you all,

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

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Baptism of the Lord - Year C

Fabric Works on the Cathedral

Just to bring you up to date on Cathedral maintenance: the work on the floor at the back of the Cathedral which was due to be done this week had to stop immediately because dry rot was discovered. This is a major problem and requires immediate attention (especially since it is so close to the organ!). Work is now well underway on the renewal of the CCTV. This work will continue for a number of weeks and will cost £11,000. Meanwhile, long overdue work on the rhones (special cast iron half circular gutters) on the right of the Cathedral sanctuary will begin next week. The scaffolding for this went up this week and this work will cost £9,500. Expensive times for the Cathedral… 

Rite of Illumination – Next Sunday at 9am

Next week we will welcome the children of P3 at the 9am Mass for the Rite of Illumination – as they continue to prepare for the Sacrament of Confession.

Parish Registration Forms

If you have recently moved into the area, or started attending Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral, we would be grateful if you could fill in the following form and hand it in to the Parish Office at 61 York Place. With many thanks in advance for your generosity of spirit.

God bless you all,

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

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Epiphany - Year C

Archdiocesan Directories – 2019

The new edition of the Archdiocesan Directory, an invaluable source of information, are now available and are on sale for only £2.50 each (cheap – ed!). Hurry while stocks last!!

The Cathedral Young Adults Group – New Year begins 22nd January

After a Christmas break, the Young Adults’ Group will resume on Tuesday 22nd of January. We are beginning a new series of discussions focusing on the saints of the modern world. The first talk will be titled, “Do Not Be Afraid to Be Saints: The Call to Holiness in the Twenty-First Century” and will take place at 7pm in Cathedral Café. All adults aged 18-35 very welcome!

Have you been Confirmed?

For many and various reasons, sometimes people never actually get confirmed. If you are an adult who has never been confirmed, the Cathedral will be running a course for you during Lent this year with a view to Confirmation at the Easter Vigil on 20th April. Meetings will take place on Monday nights at 7pm in the Cathedral House. To register, e-mail: cathedralhouse@stmaryscathedral.co.uk

God bless you all,

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

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Fourth Sunday of Advent - Year C

Welcome to Deacon Willie McQuillan

We welcome Deacon Willie McQuillan to the Cathedral for a Christmas placement. Deacon Willie is from Stirling and is in his final year of studies for the priesthood at the Beda College in Rome. I know that you will make him very welcome. 

Last Minute Christmas Present…

The book charting the Cathedral's 200-year history has been reprinted, with a new front cover and a new index!  At £12 it's the perfect stocking filler for Christmas - buy a copy for yourself and each of your relatives from our booksellers in the porch after Sunday Mass!

Or order a copy here and pick it up at the Cathedral.

Confirmation Class for Adults

This Lent, the Cathedral is running a course for any adults who have not yet received the Sacrament of Confirmation. This will take place on Monday nights at 7pm in the Cathedral House. To register, please e-mail cathedralhouse@stmaryscathedral.co.uk.

We wish you and your loved ones a peaceful and truly blessed Christmas!

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

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Third Sunday of Advent - Year C

Sale of Christmas Knitting – After Today’s Masses

As in previous years, two of our faithful parishioners have been knitting all year and will be selling their hand knitted goods with a seasonal theme (all proceeds going towards the Cathedral) after all Masses today. Please stop and have a look and support this excellent initiative.

Advent Meditation in 63 York Place

Experience the joy of God´s transforming and healing presence during traditional Christian meditation. On Friday Dec 21st at 7 p.m. the Christian Meditation group leads meditation in the parish rooms at 63 York Place. Contact: 0771 777 2614; edinburghmeditation@gmail.com. Afterwards you are welcome for refreshments.

Mass with the Archbishop for the Feast of the Holy Innocents

The Holy Innocents Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Cushley on 28 December, 12noon, in St Margaret’s Chapel at the Gillis Centre. Please join us:  free parking is available, and refreshments will also be served. For more information, please contact prolife@staned.org.uk.

St Mary’s Cathedral e-newsletter

Keep up to date with the latest events at the Cathedral by signing up to the e-newsletter on the website, where you will receive regular news of dates for your diary. You can sign up at the bottom of any page on the website: www.stmaryscathedral.co.uk

God bless you all,

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

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Second Sunday of Advent - Year C

Advent Candlelit Mass – Thursday at 7pm

There was a great turnout for our first Candlelit Mass last Thursday. It was a beautiful Mass. If you didn’t make it last week – why not come along this Thursday, bring your children and grandchildren, and pass the word around to your friends.  

Young Adult’s Group - Christmas Carol Service

On Tuesday 11th December there will be a lovely carol service in the Cathedral followed by mulled wine, mince pies etc. in the Café. All young adults (under 35) are very welcome.  

Carol Singing, Saturday 15 December

The Cathedral is organising carol singing at Victoria Manor Care Home on Saturday, 15 December at 2pm. This is a lovely way to spread some Christmas joy and is much appreciated by the residents. All welcome, please call 07943 691517 if you are interested and might be able to come along.

God bless you all,

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

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