First Sunday in Lent - Year C

Parish Outing

As part of our on-going and exciting social events program, the Parish Social Committee have organized a Parish Outing on May 11, 2019. This is the first time in ages that we have organized something like this and will be a wonderful occasion. This outing will be to Scone Palace in Perth. We will set off after 10am Mass (i.e. at 10.30) and travel by coach to the Scone. Once there, we will have a tour of the Palace and lunch, followed by time to explore the grounds, shops and tea room, before returning around 5pm. Tickets, which include the coach, entrance to the Palace and lunch (plus superb clerical company - Ed) are incredibly cheaply priced at £20 for adults and (only) £5 for children. Our numbers are limited, so tickets will be on sale on a first come first served basis at all Masses next weekend. Buy early to avoid disappointment!

Young Adults Group – Blessed Chiara ‘Luce’ Badano - 7.30pm

The Young Adults’ Group meets in the Cathedral Café this Tuesday at the slightly later time of 7.30pm, after Stations of the Cross. This week we are delighted to welcome as our guest speaker Angela Marr, who will talk about Blessed Chiara Luce, a young girl who died in 1990 of a painful bone cancer at the age of just 18. She was beatified in 2010 and is on her way to becoming a saint.

First Confessions – This Thursday at 7pm

Please pray for the children of the parish who will be making the First Confessions on Thursday 14th March at 7pm here in the Cathedral. All are welcome to attend.

God bless you all,

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

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Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year C

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. It is a day of fasting and abstinence which means that all Catholics are obliged to abstain from meat, and all adults between 16 and 65 are obliged to fast. Ashes will be distributed at all Masses which will be at 8am, 10am, 12.45pm, 6pm (Polish) and 7.30pm.

Stations of the Cross

Every week during Lent there will be Stations of the Cross in the Cathedral on Tuesdays at 7pm, and on Fridays after the 12.45pm Mass. Stations in Polish will be on Fridays following Mass at 6pm.

Wee Box, Big Change

This year’s SCIAF Lent appeal focuses on Uganda and the thousands of vulnerable young people who, with your support, are being helped to create a brighter future for themselves. The SCIAF packs will be handed out on today. Please give to SCIAF this Lent, make big changes happen with your WEE BOX.

God bless you all,

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

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Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year C

Parents Meeting before First Reconciliation

Parents Meeting for P3 (First Confession) children on Thursday 7th March at 6.30pm in the Café. First Confessions will be on Thursday 14th March at 7pm in the Cathedral.

Young Adults’ Group – St Oscar Romero

The Young Adults’ Group meets again this Tuesday at 7pm, to find out more about one of the newest saints of the Church, the martyred bishop of San Salvador, St Oscar Romero. Our speaker will be Fr William Pearsall, S.J. the parish priest of Sacred Heart parish here in the city, where a new shrine to St Oscar Romero has recently been opened. Do come along!

First Saturday Devotions – Next Saturday

There will be Devotions to Our Lady of Fatima in the Cathedral on Saturday 2nd March at 9:30am.

God bless you all,

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

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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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