Corpus Christi - Year C

Corpus Christi – Holy Hour at 4pm Today

In order to celebrate the great feast of Corpus Christi – we will have a special Holy Hour this afternoon at 4pm ending with Benediction at 5pm. Why not come and spend some quiet time in prayer with the Lord?

Deacon Patrick Harrigan’s Ordination to the Priesthood – This Friday

Just a reminder that our own Patrick Harrigan will be ordained to the priesthood this Friday 28th June (the Feast of the Sacred Heart), in the Cathedral at 7pm. All parishioners are invited to the ordination which will be followed by a reception in the Parish Hall. Please put it in your diary. There will be a second collection at the end of Masses today for a presentation for Patrick.

Safeguarding Training – 25th and 26th June

It is important that everyone in a PVG-role complete the Part 1 Safeguarding Training before assuming their new position. To catch up on the backlog of people requiring training there will be training offered on Tuesday 25th June and Wednesday 26th June. Sessions will be held in the Parish Room in St Andrew’s, Ravelston (77 Belford Road, EH4 3DS) at 7pm. To sign up, please contact Chris McCabe on cathedralhouse@stmaryscathedral.co.uk or 0131 556 1798. There will be a maximum of 30 places on each day.

God bless you all,

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

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Holy Trinity - Year C

 “The Courage to Proclaim the Gospel in Difficult Times” – Prof. Janet Smith

Dr Janet Smith, who is Professor of Moral Theology in Detroit, will be speaking at the Gillis Center this Thursday. Book your place by visiting drjanetsmithtalk.eventbrite.co.uk or phoning 0131 623 8900.

Dementia Awareness Session - Wednesday, 19 June at 7pm in the Café

There will be a Dementia Awareness session at the Cathedral on 19th June. It is open to anyone who would like to learn more about the issues experienced by people living with dementia – but places are limited. For more information contact Elizabeth on 553 1510 or Elizabeth@rhandrews.plus.com

Safeguarding Training – 18th, 20th, 25th and 26th June

It is important that everyone in a PVG-role complete the Part 1 Safeguarding Training before assuming their new position. To catch up on the backlog of people requiring training there will be training offered on Tuesday 18th June, Thursday 20th June, Tuesday 25th June and Wednesday 26th June. Sessions will be held in the Parish Room in St Andrew’s, Ravelston (77 Belford Road, EH4 3DS) at 7pm. To sign up, please contact Chris McCabe on cathedralhouse@stmaryscathedral.co.uk or 0131 556 1798. There will be a maximum of 30 places on each day.

God bless you all,

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

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Pentecost - Year C

40 Hours Devotion: Monday-Wednesday This Week

The 40 Hours Devotion begins on Monday this week. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed for adoration from Monday-Wednesday between 8.30am-8pm. Each night there will be a Holy Hour at 7pm for which we are very happy to welcome our guest preachers: Archbishop Cushley (Monday), Father Matthew Carlin (Tuesday) and Father Jonathan Whitworth (Wednesday). The night will conclude with Benediction at 7.45pm. Please do take the opportunity to come along to experience this beautiful devotion and to grow in love of Our Lord in the Eucharist!

“The Courage to Proclaim the Gospel in Difficult Times” – Prof. Janet Smith

Dr Janet Smith, who is Professor of Moral Theology in Detroit, will be speaking at the Gillis Center on Thursday the 20th June. She is a brilliant speaker and it will be a great event. Details on the board.

Young Adults Group Pilgrimage to Melrose Abbey

Next Sunday (16th June), the YAG is planning to make a pilgrimage to Melrose to have Mass in the ruins of the Abbey and to spend some time together before the summer break. To sign up for this trip (which is going to be great!), please email Fr Jamie at frjamie@stmaryscathedral.co.uk.

God bless you all,

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

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Seventh Sunday of Easter - Year C

40 Hours

Please remember that the “40 Hours” at the Cathedral will take place this year on 10th-12th June. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed all day for adoration and each day will finish with a Holy Hour and Benediction at 7pm. We need to have at least two people to watch with the Blessed Sacrament at all times – so please think about when you might be able to spend some time with the Lord and sign up on the sheets at the back.

Parish Baby/Toddler Group Starting Soon!

One of our young parishioners is planning to start a parent/baby group at the Cathedral. The idea is to provide a space for Catholic parents with babies and/or toddlers to meet up and get to know each other! The group will be held in the Cathedral Cafe from 11-12 on the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month. To get up and running the group are looking for donations of: any toys (in good condition) suitable for the age group 0-3, baby mats, plastic pens, pop up playhouses, baby gyms, musical toys, foldable baby walkers, plastic bowls, spoons, cups, folding booster seats. If you could donate any of these or if you want to know more search on Facebook for St Mary's RC Cathedral Parent/Baby group.

Flower Arranger Volunteers Needed

Would you like to help arrange the beautiful flowers in the Cathedral? We are currently looking for more volunteers who would be able to give some of their time on Friday afternoons. Please talk to Valerie Ball or contact the Parish Office for more information.

God bless you all,

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

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Sixth Sunday of Easter - Year C

Thursday is the Feast of the Ascension – Holy Day of Obligation

Please remember that Thursday is a Holy Day of Obligation. That means that all Catholics are obliged to attend Mass on Thursday. Mass times in the Cathedral are 8am, 10am, 12.45pm, 6pm (Polish) and 7.30pm. And in Ravelston Masses are at 9.30am and 6.15pm (Extraordinary Form)

First Holy Communions on Saturday 1st June

Please keep our P4 children in your prayers as they prepare to receive their First Holy Communions on Saturday. Please note that there will be no 10am Mass in the Cathedral or Ravelston next Saturday.

Young Adult’s Group – Tuesday at 7pm

This week we are very happy to welcome Sister Mary Simone who will talk about discerning a vocation to religious life. There will be tea, coffee and cake at 6.45, with the talk beginning at 7pm. We will meet in the Cathedral Café and we look forward to seeing all of you there!

God bless you all,

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

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Fifth Sunday of Easter - Year C

Daily Confessions

From this week onwards, there will be confessions after the 12.45 Mass every day. Please pass it on. 

40 Hours

Please remember that the “40 Hours” at the Cathedral will take place this year on 10th-12th June. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed all day for adoration and each day will finish with a Holy Hour and Benediction at 7pm. We need to have at least two people to watch with the Blessed Sacrament at all times – so please think about when you might be able to spend some time with the Lord and sign up on the sheets at the back.  

“The Eucharist” – Talk by Fr. Jamie – This Monday at 7pm

In preparation for the “40 Hours” Father Jamie will be giving a talk about the “Eucharist as a Supper” in the Parish Rooms in St Andrew’s, Ravelston (77 Belford Road) on Monday at 7pm. This will be a great way to grow in your understanding of the faith. The talk will be followed by soup and sandwiches!

God bless you all,

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

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Fourth Sunday of Easter - Year C

Changes to the Weekly Schedule

While we have a number of visiting priests here, I have decided to expand our weekly schedule to include daily confessions at in the Cathedral after the 12.45pm Mass and daily Mass at Ravelston at 9.30am. This new schedule will start next Monday, 20th May.

Today is World Day for Prayer for Vocations

Today the Church celebrates Good Shepherd Sunday, when we are encouraged to pray for vocations to the priesthood and the religious life. Let us pray that many more young people will respond to the call of the Lord by dedicating their lives to the service of the Gospel.

Meeting About Sunday Parking Charges – Today at 2.30pm

Two years ago, you may remember, Edinburgh City Council put forward proposals to introduce all day parking restrictions on Sundays in the city centre. Such proposal would have had a disastrous impact on City Centre Churches and so all the Churches got together and successfully campaigned to get the proposals dropped. Unfortunately, the Council has now re-introduced proposals for Sunday parking charges and restrictions. A meeting has been called of all the city centre churches to discuss this issue and address what action needs to be taken by the churches working together. The meeting will take place at the Lauriston Hall at 2.30pm today.

God bless you all,

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

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Third Sunday of Easter - Year C

40 Hours Devotion – 10th-12th June

Please remember to put in your diaries that “40 Hours” at the Cathedral will take place this year on 10th-12th June. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed all day for adoration and each day will finish with a Holy Hour and Benediction at 7pm. This is a lovely devotion and something to bring your children and grandchildren to experience.

Talks on the Eucharist

In preparation for the “40 Hours” we will have a series of talks on the Eucharist on 20th and 27th May and 3rd June which will explore the Church’s teaching on the Eucharist. Each talk will begin at 7pm at the Parish Rooms in St. Andrew’s Ravelston and will be followed by soup and sandwiches.

Interested in helping fellow parishioners attend Mass?

The SVDP is looking for volunteers to take housebound or disabled parishioners to Mass. You would be part of a Rota with Cathedral conference members and other volunteers. Please contact Nicola on 07943 691517 if interested or email ssvpedinburgh@gmail.com. You don’t have to join the SSVP conference to do this, but you would of course be very welcome if you wanted to!

God bless you all,

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

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Second Sunday of Easter - Year C

Divine Mercy Devotions – Today at 3pm

There will be a celebration of the Feast of the Divine Mercy today in the Cathedral at 3-5.30pm. The celebration will be led by the Cathedral’s Divine Mercy Group and will include Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Confessions and Divine Mercy devotions. All are welcome!

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 £165 includes transport to Ampleforth, full board, all activities and entrance to Flamingo Land Theme Park. Speak to Fr Jamie for more details.

Scone Palace Trip – Some Places Still Available!

Due to the high demand for tickets, we have managed to get some more places for our parish trip to Scone Palace on Saturday the 11th of May. If you would like a ticket (priced at £20 for adults and only £5 for children – including lunch!), please contact the Parish Office at cathedralhouse@stmaryscathedral.co.uk.

God bless you all,

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

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Easter Sunday -Year C

Thank you…

I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who helped to make the Sacred Triduum so lovely this year, especially the choir, the alter servers, the pass keepers and the Flower Arrangers. Special mention goes particularly to Fr. Jamie and Wojtek for organizing and choreographing everything so beautifully. Thank you also to all of you for participating so whole-heartedly in all the services. I wish you and your loved ones a happy and a peaceful Easter.

Lunch Concert with Barbara Dickson

The Cathedral Fundraising Group will be hosting a lunch concert at the New Club on Monday the 30th September at 12.30pm. Besides a spectacular three course lunch, there will also be a performance by Barbara Dickson and an opportunity to talk to Barbara afterwards. For more information, please see Valerie Ball or Oliver Cookson, or contact the Parish Office. There is only a limited amount of tickets (£45/person) available, so first come, first served!

Scone Palace Trip – Some Places Still Available!

Due to the high demand for tickets, we have managed to get some more places for our parish trip to Scone Palace on Saturday the 11th of May. If you would like a ticket (priced at £20 for adults and only £5 for children – including lunch!), please contact the Parish Office at cathedralhouse@stmaryscathedral.co.uk.

God bless you all,

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

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