1st Sunday of Lent (c)

1st Sunday of Lent. (c)

Times of Mass and Confession:


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


9.00 a.m. (Tuesday – Friday)

7.00 p.m. (Wednesday – Lenten Station Mass)

10.00 a.m. (Saturday)


After Mass on Saturday morning.

By arrangement.

           N.B.    No Mass or service on Monday morning.


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

Sick: John McPartland, Veronica Allan, Margaret Christie, Irene Callan, Father Tony MacDonald, Wullie Gray.

Died: Michael MacPhee. Siobhean Saville.

Anniv: Rosaleen Forde, Jim Hayes.


Today: The SCIAF materials are available if you wish to take them after Mass. This year, the Government has again agreed to match funding raised from the Wee Box appeal, pound for pound.

Sunday: The coffee morning takes place after Mass with the Noisy Nutters group in charge. You are all welcome to go round to the Hall after Mass to sample the fare on offer.

Sunday: Rite of Election ceremony at 3.00 p.m. in the Cathedral presided over by Archbishop Cushley. During this ceremony those who are journeying to Baptism and acceptance into full membership of the Church at the Easter Vigil take the next step on their journey.  We have four parishioners who are involved.  All are welcome to attend. (This is not a Mass but a Liturgy of the Word,)

Wednesday: The Lenten Station Mass for the City of Edinburgh will be taking place in St. Cuthbert’s at 7.00 p.m. with Archbishop Cushley as the Principal celebrant. Candidates, from the city parishes, including those from St. Cuthbert’s, will be presented with copies of the Creed as the next step on their journey to the Easter Vigil.

Friday: As part of our Lenten effort and the Jubilee Year of Mercy there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 7.00 p.m. closing with Benediction at 7.45 p.m. Once the Blessed Sacrament has been exposed, I will be available for Confessions until the Benediction time. This pattern will be repeated on different days and at different times until Holy Week so please check the bulletin for more details as we journey through Lent.


Diary Dates:

21st February: A ‘Remembering Service’ for all those who have suffered the loss of a child, from the beginning of pregnancy onwards to have time in quiet surroundings to help with healing will take place in St. John’s Corstorphine at 5.00 p.m.

11th – 13th March: The Beginning Experience’ is hosting a weekend at the Conforti Institute in Coatbridge for those who find themselves single again for whatever reason. Further information is available from Ros on 669.0003 or by email on rcm2524@yahoo.co.uk

8th – 15th 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.


Children’s Liturgy: The children’s liturgy will re-commence after the school holidays (Sunday 28th February) and will continue each week for the remainder of Lent.   This is specifically aimed at children of primary school age, so if this is your child, please do encourage them to attend. Additional copies of the Lenten Calendar, given out last week, are available at the back of the church. It was great to see so many there last week and hopefully there will be as many when it restarts.


Child Protection Mission Statement: In conformity with good practice, the Bishops of Scotland remind you of the Mission Statement. “The Catholic Church in Scotland is concerned with the lives, safety, wholeness and well-being of each individual person within God’s purpose for everyone.  It seeks to safeguard the welfare of people of all ages who are involved in whatever capacity with the Church and its organisations.  As a Church community, we accept that it is the responsibility of all of us, ordained, professed, paid and voluntary members, to work together to prevent the physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect of children, young people and vulnerable adults.”


I will be remembering you and your intentions at the Grotto in Lourdes where I am representing the Archdiocese at the Conference of European Pilgrimage Directors.


With every best wish and Blessing

To you, your families

And all those who are dear to you.

Monsignor Tony.