Solemnity of Pentecost - Year B

And so, farewell…

Sadly, for us, I have to let you know that the Archbishop this week appointed Fr. Nick to be the next Parish Priest of Galashiels in the Borders. This appointment will take effect during the week beginning 28th May and so next weekend will be Fr. Nick’s last weekend with us. He has had a good innings here at the Cathedral – having been here for nearly four years – and he has been a wonderful presence in this community building up many aspects of the life of the Cathedral and carrying the burden of the parish for much of his time here. I know that you will want to express you thanks to Fr. Nick and so I propose that we organise a Parish Social after a few weeks when we will invite him back and make a presentation. Fr. Nick is not here this weekend because he is supplying in Stirling (following the death of Fr. Began) but will be here next week to bid farewell. In his place the Archbishop has appointed Fr. Jaimie McMorrin – who is an excellent young priest only two years ordained and who has been working in Falkirk since his ordination. Fr. Jaimie’s first weekend will be the 2nd/3rd June.

Parish Restructuring

There is an important letter from the Archbishop to be read out at the end of all Masses today. In this letter the Archbishop proposes that the Cathedral Parish of St. Mary’s should be merged with St. Andrew’s Parish in Ravelston. As we already cover St. Andrews (and have done for some years) this is more or less a formalization of what is actually the present situation. Copies of the letter are available at the back of the Church, and there are also copies of a note concerning the financial organisation of the amalgamated parish – according to which the finances of both parishes will be merged in the future while each parish will maintain its own bank balances and debts from the past. This is a technical reorganisation which is sensible, and which will slightly simplify things for us. It will also encourage and enable us to work more closely together but, apart from that, (in my opinion)will have little discernible effect.

May Procession – Next Saturday – 2.30pm

The lovely Annual May Procession, organised by the Missionaries of Charity, will take place next Saturday, 26th May. It will begin at the Convent at 18 Hopetoun Crescent at 2:30pm and will process to the Cathedral. This is a beautiful and traditional devotion. Why not join in next Saturday?

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

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Seventh Sunday of Easter - Year B

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

The SVDP at the Cathedral is one of the oldest and most active groups in our Parish. It runs a series of events throughout the year for the elderly and it also reaches out to those who are in any kind of need. A number of new members have recently joined but we still need more new members to expand the scope of the Society. Please prayerfully consider if you might be able to help. Would you join the SVDP? There will be members in the Octagon after each Mass this Sunday. Please – speak to them if you might be able to help at all.

New Organist

I am delighted to inform you that we have appointed a new Organist. We had a very strong short-list of candidates but in the end the panel appointed Simon Leach – currently Organist at the Holy Name in Manchester. Simon is an outstanding organist with an international reputation and we are delighted that he has accepted the post. Simon will take up his duties on the weekend of 8/9 September. In the meantime, our excellent stand in organist John Reilly will continue to play for us – for which we are extremely grateful.

Faith Summertime Youth Camp

Forms are now available for the annual Summer Camp at Ampleforth Abbey from 16-19 July for our 9 to 15 year olds. It promises to be a great few days of fun as well as learning more about the faith. The price of £160 includes transport to Ampleforth, full board, all activities and entrance to Flamingo Land Theme Park. See Fr Patrick or Fr Nick for more details.

God bless you and your families this week, Fr Patrick, Fr Nick and Deacon Peter.

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Sixth Sunday of Easter - Year B

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

The SVDP at the Cathedral is one of the oldest and most active groups in our Parish. It runs a series of events throughout the year for the elderly and it also reaches out to those who are in any kind of need. A number of new members have recently joined but we still need more new members to expand the scope of the Society. Please prayerfully consider if you might be able to help. Would you join the SVDP? There will be members in the Octagon after each Mass this Sunday. Please – speak to them if you might be able to help at all.

New Organist

I am delighted to inform you that we have appointed a new Organist. We had a very strong short-list of candidates but in the end the panel appointed Simon Leach – currently Organist at the Holy Name in Manchester. Simon is an outstanding organist with an international reputation and we are delighted that he has accepted the post. Simon will take up his duties on the weekend of 8/9 September. In the meantime, our excellent stand in organist John Reilly will continue to play for us – for which we are extremely grateful.

May Procession – Saturday 26th May – 2.30pm

The Annual May Procession will begin at 18 Hopetoun Crescent at 2:30pm, and will process to the Cathedral.

Cathedral Italian Evening

There will be an Italian evening at the Cathedral on Friday 25th May 2018 at 7-7:30pm. Monica Toll and her opera friends will be providing an evening of entertainment, including a lovely Italian meal and complementary drinks on arrival. This event is incredibly popular, if you would like a ticket please contact Kate 07540973365.

Wishing you all a good week, Fr Patrick, Fr Nick and Deacon Peter

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Fifth Sunday of Easter - Year B

Faith Summertime Youth Camp

Forms are now available for the annual Summer Camp at Ampleforth Abbey from 16-19 July for our 9 to 15 year olds. It promises to be a great few days of fun as well as learning more about the faith. The price of £160 includes transport to Ampleforth, full board, all activities and entrance to Flamingo Land Theme Park. See Fr Patrick or Fr Nick for more details.

Justice and Peace Group

The Cathedral’s Justice and Peace Group are looking for more members. Our group exists to raise awareness and promote initiatives related to social justice, international peace and human rights. Previous priorities and achievements of the Group include progress on reducing homelessness, accessibility to the Cathedral, actions on people trafficking and a statement on our role toward refugees. The group meets every 2 months and the next meeting will be on Wednesday 23 May in the evening. If you would like to be involved please contact Paul Henderson (paul.henderson95@yahoo.co.uk) or via the Cathedral office.

Society of St Vincent de Paul

The Cathedral’s branch of the Society of St Vincent de Paul is one of the great assets of this parish which does so much to help those in need. But the society itself is in need of your help! In order to maintain and grow the program of events and other work which the society does, like visiting the elderly in their homes and providing financial assistance to those in need, it needs new members. If you would be interested, please speak to the members who are in the porch waiting to answer your questions, alternatively, email: ssvpedinburgh@gmail.com

Cathedral Building Update

Having finally sorted out the flat roofs at the side of the cathedral, we are now in the position to repair and re-plaster the ceiling in the Sacristy and this work will be done this week. Then, next week work will be done on the Confessionals to sound proof them – something that has needed attention for a long time.

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

Faith Summertime Youth Camp

Forms are now available for the annual Summer Camp at Ampleforth Abbey from 16-19 July for our 9 to 15 year olds. It promises to be a great few days of fun as well as learning more about the faith. The price of £160 includes transport to Ampleforth, full board, all activities and entrance to Flamingo Land Theme Park. See Fr Patrick or Fr Nick for more details.

Justice and Peace Group

The Cathedral’s Justice and Peace Group are looking for more members. Our group exists to raise awareness and promote initiatives related to social justice, international peace and human rights. Previous priorities and achievements of the Group include progress on reducing homelessness, accessibility to the Cathedral, actions on people trafficking and a statement on our role toward refugees. The group meets every 2 months and the next meeting will be on Wednesday 23 May in the evening. If you would like to be involved please contact Paul Henderson (paul.henderson95@yahoo.co.uk) or via the Cathedral office.

Society of St Vincent de Paul

The Cathedral’s branch of the Society of St Vincent de Paul is one of the great assets of this parish which does so much to help those in need. But the society itself is in need of your help! In order to maintain and grow the program of events and other work which the society does, like visiting the elderly in their homes and providing financial assistance to those in need, it needs new members. If you would be interested, please speak to the members who are in the porch waiting to answer your questions, alternatively, email: ssvpedinburgh@gmail.com

Cathedral Building Update

Having finally sorted out the flat roofs at the side of the cathedral, we are now in the position to repair and re-plaster the ceiling in the Sacristy and this work will be done this week. Then, next week work will be done on the Confessionals to sound proof them – something that has needed attention for a long time.

God bless you and your families this week, Fr Patrick, Fr Nick and Deacon Peter.

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Fourth Sunday of Easter - Year B

Annual Pro-Life Chain – 28th April

Organised by SPUC Scotland, the annual pro-life chain will take place on Saturday 28th April along Lothian Road from 11:00am to 1:00pm. And for those interested, the Rosary with Archbishop Cushley will be held separately beforehand at Sacred Heart Church on Lauriston Street from 10:00am. All are warmly invited to attend!

Society of St Vincent de Paul

The Cathedral’s branch of the Society of St Vincent de Paul is one of the great assets of this parish which does so much to help those in need. But the society itself is in need of your help! In order to maintain and grow the program of events and other work which the society does, like visiting the elderly in their homes and providing financial assistance to those in need, it needs new members. If you would be interested, please speak to the members who are in the porch waiting to answer your questions, alternatively, email: ssvpedinburgh@gmail.com

Cathedral Building Update

Having finally sorted out the flat roofs at the side of the cathedral, we are now in the position to repair and re-plaster the ceiling in the Sacristy and this work will be done this week. Then, next week work will be done on the Confessionals to sound proof them – something that has needed attention for a long time.

Organist

Just to let you know that we have had a very good response to our advertisements for a new Organist. We have whittled them down to a short-list of 4 and we will be interviewing and auditioning for our new Organist on Friday – so do please say a prayer that we make the right choice.

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

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Third Sunday of Easter - Year B

White Flower Appeal at All Masses

Today we welcome in a special way John Deighan, who will be making the annual White Flower Appeal at all the Masses. John was for many years the Parliamentary Officer of the Bishops Conference of Scotland and has recently taken over as the Director of SPUC Scotland. He will be updating us on important new challenges facing the pro-life movement in this country and will be appealing for your help spiritually and practically. I know you will make him very welcome.

Bishop Robert Barron coming to Edinburgh

A night not to be missed! The popular author, speaker and theologian Bishop Barren will be speaking in Scotland for the first time on Thursday 6 September at the Usher Hall on Lothian Road. His Word on Fire ministry reaches millions around the world. His presentation will begin at 7:30pm and will address the issue of “Proclaiming Christ in our Culture”.  There will be a parish group going to hear Bishop Barron – if you would like to come along please sign up on the list at the back of the Church and we will then order the tickets priced £10 (£6 concessions).

Month’s Mind Mass for Cardinal O’Brien this Thursday at 12.45

Archbishop Cushley will celebrate Mass for the repose of the soul of the late Cardinal O’Brien. All are welcome.

Rosary on the Coast

Catholics of the British Isles are organizing a massive prayer circle which they hope will stretch the length of the British coast. The Rosary on the Coast initiative will pray for Our Lady to arouse a renewal of the Christian faith in Britain, for an end to abortion, and to bring peace to all nations. For more information see www.rosaryonthecoast.co.uk/copy-of-resources-1

First Confessions – this Thursday at 7pm

Please pray for our P3 children who, this week, will make their first confessions here at the Cathedral.

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

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Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy) - Year B

Celebrating the Feast of Divine Mercy

Today at 3pm we celebrate the Feast of Divine Mercy in the Cathedral with a beautiful service of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, music and meditations from the writings of St Faustina. Confessions will be available throughout the service, so if you didn’t manage to get along before Easter, perhaps this might be your opportunity.

Society of St Vincent de Paul

The Cathedral’s branch of the Society of St Vincent de Paul is one of the great assets of this parish which does so much to help those in need. But the society itself is in need of your help! In order to maintain and grow the program of events and other work which the society does, like visiting the elderly in their homes and providing financial assistance to those in need, it needs new members. If you would be interested in living out your baptismal calling in this way, please speak to the members of the society who are in the porch waiting to answer your questions, alternatively, email: ssvpedinburgh@gmail.com

Month’s Mind Mass for Cardinal O’Brien

Archbishop Cushley will celebrate a Month’s Mind Mass for the repose of the soul of the late Cardinal O’Brien on Thursday 19 April at 12.45pm. All are welcome.

God bless you all this week, Fr Patrick, Fr Nick, Deacon Peter

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Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord - Year B

Happy Easter!

On behalf of all the Cathedral clergy and the whole team I would like to wish you all a truly Happy and Holy Easter. It has been a great Lent – with consistently high turn outs for Stations of the Cross and Confessions and so I would also like to thank you for participating so well and so wholeheartedly throughout Lent this year. I would also like to thank all those of you who have worked so hard to make all the services of the Sacred Triduum so beautiful and so memorable: the servers, the cleaners, the flower team, the passkeepers, the RCIA team and of course our wonderful choir led by Michael Ferguson and our organist John Reilly. Thank you all for all you do for the Cathedral. We wish you all a Blessed Easter.

RCIA

As you know, at the Easter Vigil we received six people into the Church: Ross, Morag, Jennifer, Lesley, Jamie and Tracey – and we confirmed a further 18 adults. This is the end of a long journey of faith for them. I know that you will make them very welcome as they make this step and I ask you to keep them all in your prayers as the get used to being part of our Christian community.

The Feast of Divine Mercy – next Sunday 8th April at 3pm

The celebration of the Feast here in the Cathedral will start at 3pm on Sunday, 8th April. There will be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and an opportunity for confession. Please come along.

Wishing you all a joyful celebration of the Resurrection! Fr Patrick, Fr Nick, Deacon Peter

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Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord - Year B

Keith Patrick Cardinal O’Brien RIP

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Cardinal O’Brien, Archbishop Emeritus of this Archdiocese, who died on Monday. After discussions between the family of the Cardinal and the Holy See, the funeral arrangements for the late Cardinal are as follows: The Requiem Mass will take place at the Church of St Michael, Westmoreland Road, Newcastle on Thursday 5 April at 1.00pm. As requested by the Holy See, the main celebrant and homilist will be His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster. The family have asked that donations be sent to the SCIAF Lenten Campaign in lieu of flowers. The interment of the body of the late Cardinal O’Brien will then take place at Mount Vernon Cemetery, Edinburgh on 6 April at 1.00pm The Cardinal’s body will be laid to rest in the grave of his mother and father. This was in accordance with wishes expressed by Cardinal O’Brien himself. The Archbishop will offer a Month’s Mind Mass here at the Cathedral at 12.45pm on 19 April.

Holy Week and the Easter Triduum

Today we begin the most sacred week of the Church’s year as we commemorate the events which lead to Christ’s death before celebrating with great joy his Resurrection. I would encourage you to come to as many of the services as possible this week, especially the Chrism Mass, where the priests of the Archdiocese will join the Archbishop to renew their priestly promises, and also the beautiful liturgies of the Triduum which will be accompanied by our wonderful choir and organ. The highlight of the Church’s year is, of course, the Easter Vigil. Please do consider coming along to this beautiful and ancient celebration of the Resurrection.

RCIA

At the Easter Vigil we will receive six people into the Church: Ross, Morag, Jennifer, Lesley, Jaimie and Tracey. This is the end of a long journey of faith for them and I ask you to keep them all in your prayers this week as they prepare to make this important step in their lives

Young Adults’ Group – This Wednesday

The series concludes this Wednesday at 7pm in the hall with a talk by Sr Anna Christi of the Nashville Dominican Sisters. Sister will speak on the vocation to religious life, and its contribution to the Church. The sisters are young, dynamic and enthusiastic nuns and passionate about their way of life, so it promises to be a great end to a great series. All under-35s welcome.

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

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Cardinal Keith Patrick O'Brien, RIP

Funeral Arrangements for Archbishop Emeritus Keith Patrick Cardinal O’Brien RIP

The Requiem Mass of Cardinal Keith Patrick O’Brien RIP will take place at the Church of St Michael, Westmoreland Road, Newcastle on Thursday 5 April at 1.00pm. As requested by the Holy See, the main celebrant and homilist will be His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster. Donations to SCIAF’s Lenten campaign in lieu of flowers please.

The internment of the body of the late Cardinal O’Brien will then take place at Mount Vernon Cemetery, Edinburgh on 6 April at 1.00pm The Cardinal’s body will be laid to rest in the grave of his mother and father. This was in accordance with wishes expressed by Cardinal O’Brien himself.