16th Sunday of the Year (a)

16th Sunday of the Year. (a)

Times of Mass and Confession:


Vigil Mass (Saturday) 6.00 p.m. & 10.00 a.m.


9.00 a.m. (Monday – Friday)

10.00 a.m. (Saturday)


After Mass on Saturday morning


Please remember the following parishioners, relatives and friends in your prayers:

Sick: John McPartland, Veronica Allan, Irene Callan, Elizabeth Brown, Patricia Allison, Bridget Ferry, Margaret Bowen, Biddy Bonner, Nora Wood.

Anniv: Annie Nelson, Ena McIntyre, John Pilley.


Today: There is a letter from Archbishop Cushley bringing us up to date on how the implementation of the McLellan Commission, which reviewed the safeguarding policy of the Church in Scotland and made several recommendations, has been proceeding. Please make sure you have a copy as you leave Mass.

Today: The new rota for Eucharistic Ministers is ready for collection. Please take your copy today.  Please also note that the changes agreed at the recent meeting have been put in place especially with regard to the make up of the teams.

Today: The new altar servers’ rota is ready for collection. Please collect your copy from the sacristy after Mass today.


Diary Dates:

14th August: Big Hall clean up at 7.00 p.m. If you can help it would be much appreciated.  The more there are the less time it would take.

27th August: Forth Bridge Sponsored Walk to raise funds for the Parish Project. Sponsors fund you for the number of times you cross the bridge or with a single donation.  Plan is to meet at the Church Hall at 1.00 p.m. and make our way to the bridge.  Sponsor forms are available after Mass.  If you can’t manage the walk on 27th it can be done any time.  More details as we go along.

9th – 10th September: Pilgrimage to Iona for young adults (ages 16–29). Come and join us on our journey to visit the island where Saint Columba lived, prayed and evangelised. Meet other young pilgrims from across Scotland, pray with your brothers and sisters, and participate in Holy Mass offered by Archbishop Cushley. Details can be found on the Iona Pilgrimage poster. For more information, and/or to register, contact Sister Mirjam at SrMirjamHugens@staned.org.uk or 0131 662- 923 8908

As the holiday season is now upon us will all Readers, Eucharistic Ministers and Altar Servers please remember to ensure they have arranged cover if they are going to be away.


Holidays:  If you are going away, I hope you have a safe journey and come back refreshed and relaxed.  If you are staying at home, I hope you find some time to relax and take a break from your usual routine. If you are a visitor, you are welcome to our Parish, our city and our country.


Although the discoverers of Antarctica were often close to death by starvation they would never touch the meat of the polar bear even though they possessed the means to kill them. Why ?

Polar bears are only found in the Arctic

Leonardo Da Vinci carried out the following experiment. He held a sphere of very thin fragile glass above a floor of solid stone. When he dropped the sphere it fell 2 metres without breaking.  How ?

He held it 2.5 metres above the floor so it fell two metres without breaking but on hitting the floor it smashed into smithereens !

Sid Lighting always moans that if only people would tell the truth he would sell more of his goods. What does he sell ?

Answer next week !

Amnesty: It is amazing, how over the weeks and months, a significant number of hymn books and Mass cards are ‘borrowed.’ The numbers of copies have diminished by quite a number so if you have any at home please bring them back as soon as possible – no questions asked !

With every best wish and Blessing

To you, your families

and those who are dear to you.

Monsignor Tony.