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
Tel: 0131 529 7325
Lesley Macinnes, Convenor of the Transport Committee, City Chambers, High Street, EH1 1Y email@example.com
Tel: 0131 529 4863
Ruth Davidson MSP (Conservative)
Deidre Brock MP (SNP)
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