1st Sunday of Lent (a)

1st Sunday of Lent. (a)

Times of Mass and Confession:


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


9.00 a.m. (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday)

7.00 p.m. (Wednesday) – note time change

10.00 a.m. (Saturday)

Confessions:                 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.

Anniv: John McParlane, Ellen Sweeney, Michael McGowan, Dan Meenan, Margaret Meenan.


Saturday: As part of their preparation for celebrating their First Reconciliation, the boys and girls of P3 will be taking part in a Ceremony of Light during the 6.00 p.m. Mass.

Next Saturday/Sunday a speaker from Aid to the Church in Need will speak about the work this important organisation carried out. He will be asking for your prayers and also your financial support by way of a retiral collection.

Today: The SCIAF materials for their Lenten campaign, including the Wee Box, are available as you leave Mass.

Today: The new readers’ rota is ready for collection from the sacristy after Mass. It comes into effect this weekend so please do not put off collecting your copy in case you are on.

Sunday: The Coffee morning will take place in the hall after Mass with the Fair Trade group in charge. All welcome to go round and sample the bacon rolls etc.

Wednesday: Please note that there is no Mass in the morning but it is at 7.00 p.m. to give those who cannot manage to mass during the day an opportunity to come to Mass on a weekday during Lent.

Thursday: Lent 2017 Retreat Experience – An experience of visual contemplation exploring the Lenten Johan nine Gospels, led by Patricia Carroll, Director of Pastoral Resources will be taking place in the Sacred Heart Church Large Hall, 28 Lauriston Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9DJ from 7.00 p.m. 9.00 p.m.. To book a place on the retreat please contact Andrew Cassiday on email at pastoral@lauriston.org.uk or call 0131 229 9821. Free Retreat, Donations welcome.

Next Saturday: As part of their preparation for celebrating their Confirmation and First Holy Communion the boys and girls of P4 will be taking part in a Ceremony of Enrolment and Presentation of the Gospel during the 6.00 p.m. Mass.

Next Sunday: Do you know someone who suffers from Dementia/Alzheimer’s illness? Do you know someone who cares for a relative or friend ?  If so then you will be welcome to a workshop to learn more about this illness and its impact and also to see what we can do to help in any way.  The workshop will take place in St. Cuthbert’s Hall at 2.00 p.m.

Diary Dates:

15th March: A safeguarding training session will take place in the Church Hall at 7.30 p.m. led by one the training team from the Archdiocese. This is an essential requirement for all parishioners who are members of the PVG scheme or who are in the process of joining it. If you have any concerns please ask Mairi Allen, the parish safe guarding coordinator or myself.

19th March: Fundraising Afternoon Tea between 2.00 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. in St Cuthbert’s Church Hall in aid of Cancer Research And Make a Wish Foundation. Tickets priced, £10.00, are available from contact people mentioned on the poster at the back of the Church.

31st March – 2nd April: The Beginning Experience are holding a residential weekend for those who find themselves alone through divorce, separation or bereavement. If interested please contact Ros on 0131.669.0003 or by email at rcm2524@scotland.co.uk

7th – 14th July: The annual Archdiocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes, led by Archbishop Cushley, 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 Parish Accounts for the year ending 31st December 2016 along with a comparison with those of 2014 and 2015 are on the notice board at the back of the Church.  If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask me.


The Noisy Nutters group who run the coffee morning on the second Sunday of each month have received letters of thanks from the charities who were beneficiaries of the money they raised. These are on display at the back of the Church. Many thanks for your support.


With every best wish and Blessing

To you, your families

and those who are dear to you

Monsignor Tony