1st Sunday of Lent (a)

1st Sunday of Lent.  (a)

Times of Mass and Confession:

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

Weekday:                             9.00 a.m (Monday – Friday)

10.00 a.m. (Saturday)

Confessions:                        After 10.00 a.m. Mass on Saturday and by arrangement


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

Sick: John McPartland, Mary McPheely, Annie O’Donnell, Veronica Allan, Margaret Christie, Irene Callan, Assunta Santangeli

Died:    John Fox, Jim McEvoy, Ann Paton

Anniv: Kenneth Donnelly, Hugh Deery


Today: As you leave Mass, there are still copies of the booklet called ‘Gospel Joy – Reflections for Lent.’  These reflections are based on the Gospel readings of the Sundays of lent and can be used individually or in a group situation.  Hopefully you will find them of use and they are free !

Today: The SCIAF materials for Lent e.g. The Wee Box are available as you leave Mass.  There are still some packs left. Please help yourself.

Sunday: The Coffee Morning after 10.00 a.m. Mass takes place in the Hall with the Noisy Nutters Group in charge. Why not pop round to the Hall for bacon rolls etc ?

Tuesday: The Monthly Mass for Vocations will take place in the Little Sisters of the Poor at 7.30 p.m.  All welcome.  Car parking is available.  Refreshments served after Mass.

Friday: Gospel Joy Lectures in Gillis.  This is the second of a weekly series at 7.00 p.m. each week. The speaker for the second session is Father John Farrell O.P.  on ‘Proclaiming Gospel Joy’.  Fuller details are on the poster in the porch.

Saturday: Please remember Scott Tennant and Nicola Malone who are being married in the Church at 2.00 p.m.  May the Lord bless them throughout the days of their marriage.

Saturday:  A contextual bible study led by Br Stephen Smyth, General Secretary of ACTS from 11.30-6pm, ending with a Vigil Mass.The day will be held at St. Catharine’s Convent, Lauriston, Edinburgh. Tea & coffee will be provided but please bring a packed lunch. Cost £15 (£10 unwaged). Places must be booked at miriam.mchardy@staned.org.uk, or 0131 623 8922.


11th April:As part of the joint parish project, there will be a Rich Man, Poor Man Meal on Friday 11th April at 7pm in the church hall at St Cuthbert’s. The idea is for us to become more aware of the differences between life in Burma and here at home in Scotland. This could be part of your Lent preparations. Tickets will be available from the weekend of 15th/16th March. In the meantime please put the date in your diary.  Further information will follow in the weeks to come, so watch this space……..”

24th April: A Safeguarding Awareness training session for parish volunteers working with children or vulnerable groups will take place in Gillis from 7.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m.  All involved in these areas please make every effort to attend.  If you are not sure if you need to go please ask either Mairi or myself for clarification.

4th – 11th July: The annual Archdiocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place.  Booking is now open and I have some forms and information if you are interested. I have a limited supply in the sacristy. You can also contact the travel agents direct at Tangney Tours, Pilgrim House, Station Court, Borough Green, Kent TN15 8AF (Tel. 01732.886666 or email to info@tangney-tours.com).  Booking for the Saint-Frai Centre must be done through the Hospital Booking Secretary, 61 Hailes Gardens, Edinburgh EH13 0JN – Tel 0131.441.1939.  Early booking is advised since there are limited places available especially in the Saint Frai centre


The Social Group would be glad to hear of any ideas you have for fundraising for the Parish Project or simply to bring parishioners together socially.  With this in mind there is a suggestion box for ideas for events at the back of the Church.  The important thing to remember is that the social group will assist or coordinate events but cannot be expected to run them.  Hopefully if you have an idea you will take on the planning and running of it with friends or parishioners.


With every best wish and blessing to you,

your families

and all those who are dear to you

Monsignor Tony.


‘Tell the children about God and His Saints.

During the holy time of Lent,

Speak to them of their suffering Saviour.

During Paschal  time, of his glorious Resurrection.

During Christmas time, of His Birth.

You will see what a profound impression it will make on the minds of your children.’

(St. John Vianney)