1st Sunday of Advent (c)

1st Sunday of Advent.  (c)

Times of Mass and Confession:


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


9.00 a.m. (Monday – Thursday)

9.30 a.m. (Friday, with school children present)

10.00 a.m. (Saturday)


After 10.00 a.m. Mass on Saturday.

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, Father Tony MacDonald,

Died: Eileen Sweeney, Rose Gallagher, May Gallagher, Jude Payner.

Anniv: Jim Fallon, Anne McTiernan, Cathal McTiernan, Marjory McPhillips, P.I. Joeseph, Marjory Blyth.


Advent begins today.  Please note that the readings at the Vigil & Sunday Mass now come from Year C and from year 2 for weekdays. As in past years, we will collect for two charities. Today we will be collecting gifts for the children of prisoners in Saughton Prison.  These are gifts for children up to the age of 12 and, if possible, should be clearly marked with the age and sex of the child.  Often children of prisoners suffer as a result of their mother or father being in prison at this time.

Lists will be at the back of the Church for readers, Eucharistic Ministers, Passkeepers and volunteers to assist at the social events in the Hall after the Christmas Masses, to indicate their availability over the Christmas and New Year period.

Today: New rotas are ready for Altar Servers, Readers, Eucharistic Ministers.  They come into effect next weekend so please collect your copy from the sacristy today.

Sunday: The Tea/Coffee Morning takes place in the Hall after Mass.  This week the Vocations Group will be in charge.  Why not pop round after Mass for teas/coffee bacon rolls etc and also the chance to meet fellow parishioners?

Sunday: The Children’s Liturgy team have kindly agreed to lead this on each Sunday during the Advent season.  Please encourage your children to go.  It is for children from P1 – P7

Sunday: The Blessing and Opening of the Edinburgh Christmas Crib in St. Andrew’s Square Gardens at 3.00 p.m.  All welcome.

Sunday: There will be a time of reflection, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction in the Church at 4.00 p.m.  Hopefully you will take advantage of this opportunity to stop amidst the business of preparing and spend some time in quiet reflection.

Friday: Haggis & Neeps Ceilidh Night with food provided but bring your own bottle. Dietary requirements met where possible.  Tickets, priced £8.00 for adults and £3.00 for children are on sale after Mass. Since catering is involved and in order not to waste food, it is necessary to know how many are planning to come along so please get your ticket as soon as possible or at least book it.

The Hall is being set up on Wednesday night at 7.00 p.m. so if you would like to help you would be very welcome.

This will be the final fundraiser for the Parish Project Fund which currently stands at £13,324.76, and it will be closed as soon as all monies are in.  The total will then be divided between Calum’s Cabin and the Hospice of Hope in Myanmar.


Diary Dates:

7th December: The first of two sessions on ‘Pope Francis and the Jesuit Legacy’ led by Father James Crampsey in the Lauriston Centre at 7.30 p.m.  The second session will be on 21st December.

8th December: Meeting for parents of children currently preparing for First Reconciliation at 6.30 p.m. in the Church Hall.  Please make every effort to ensure that each child is represented but they do not need to be present.

8th December: Meeting for parents of children currently preparing for Confirmation & First Communion at 7.30 p.m. in the Church Hall.  Please make every effort to ensure that each child is represented but they do not need to be present.

9th December:     The last of the series of evenings on the theme  “The Church Here and Now” hosted by the Newman Association. This one is on the topic ‘Parish experiences’ with a panel of lay people and will take place in St. Catharine’s Convent, Lauriston Gardens from 7.30 p.m. – 9.30 p.m. All welcome.

13th December: Archbishop Cushley will be celebrating Solemn Vespers and Benediction at 4.00 p.m. in the Cathedral.  All are welcome to attend. He will also be formally opening the Holy Door of the Jubilee Year of Mercy following the opening of the Holy Door at St. Peter’s in the Vatican by the Holy Father to mark the start of the Jubilee Year on 8th December.

‘Lighten the Load’ this Advent by taking the opportunity to go to confession.  There is a poster in the porch with the dates and times of the various Penitential Services in the local Parishes including the one here in Our Lady’s on Wednesday 9th December and in St. Cuthbert’s on Monday 14th December. Some of the time during the services of reflection will also provide an opportunity should you wish to take advantage

With every best wish and blessing

To you, your families

And all those who are dear to you.

Monsignor Tony.