19th Sunday of the Year (b)

19th Sunday of the Year. (b)

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 10.00 a.m. Mass on a Saturday or by arrangement.


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

Sick: John McPartland, Annie O’Donnell, Veronica Allan, Margaret Christie, Irene Callan, Assunta Santangeli., Monsignor Regan, Monsignor Rae, Father Tony MacDonald.

Died: Peter Ward, Maureen Clark.

Anniv: Alex Donoghue, John O’Rourke


Sunday: There will be no coffee mornings until after the holiday period since there are not enough volunteers to set them up and run them.

Today: The new readers’ and Eucharistic Ministers’ rotas are ready for collection. Please take your copy today since it came into effect last weekend. There are also rotas for those kind enough to clean the altar linen ready to collect.

Saturday is the Solemnity of the Assumption. Since it falls on a Saturday it is not a Holy Day of Obligation. This reflects the practice in Scotland whereby if a Feast, which would normally be a Holy Day of Obligation, falls on a Saturday or a Monday, the feast continues to be celebrated but without the obligation to attend Mass.

Next Saturday/Sunday a sign the holiday season is drawing to a close with the Retiral Collections resuming. This one is for the African Missions and the Holy Places. This is split between the Vatican for use in African countries where the Church needs financial support and the Holy Land where it is used to maintain the Christian sites and support pastoral work with both Christian and non-Christian groups.


Diary Dates:

18th August: Meeting of priests and three representatives of St. John Ogilvie’s, St. Joseph’s, Our Lady’s, and St. Cuthbert’s in St. John Ogilvie’s to begin to prepare for the meeting with the Archbishop which was referred to in the bulletin a few weeks ago concerning the restructuring process within the Archdiocese. No date has been set by him for this meeting nor has a venue. That will be a meeting to which all of you will be welcome once we know the date.

20th September: Annual Margaret Sinclair Pilgrimage will take place in St. Patrick’s in the Cowgate from 2.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m. More details will become available in due course.

New Altar Servers are required to build up the existing band of loyal servers. Boys and girls, especially those who have just been confirmed and made their First Communion, are very welcome to offer their services to the Parish in this way. It would be good to see some of them coming forward. All ages are welcome. Adults also are very welcome to volunteer for this important role in the Parish.  One or two have indicated that they would like to become servers so far. Please collect an information letter from the sacristy after Mass. There is still time to volunteer your services.


Church Cleaning: Due to retirements and other commitments the number of people involved in cleaning the Church has dropped drastically. It means that it will not be possible to clean the church on a weekly basis. It will now be cleaned every second week. In the meantime it would be helpful if you collected your own litter as you leave especially crisps, sweets etc and take it away with you. If you wish to volunteer your services and would like further information please contact Jean O’Rourke on 443.4651

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.


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. This is especially important when a visiting priest is here to celebrate Mass. Please use the ‘post its’ in the sacristy to let me know about any swaps you make.


Welcome Back to the staffs of our schools who return to school on Thursday to prepare for the arrival of the pupils the following week. We pray that the Lord will bless them in their efforts with and for the children entrusted to them.


The Black Bag clothes collection raised a combined total of £291.00 between the two parishes for the Parish Project.   Many thanks to Sharon and her team for sorting this out in the face of all sorts of hassle and to Ben and his team for delivering the collection to Our Lady’s.


With every best wish and blessing

To you, your families

And all those who are dear to you.

Monsignor Tony.