23rd Sunday of the Year (b)


23nd 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 – Thursday)

9.30 a.m. (Friday, with school children present to celebrate the deferred feast of St. Cuthbert)

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,. Monsignor Rae, Father Tony MacDonald.

Died: Valerie Allison


Sunday:The Tea/Coffee Mornings restart in the Hall after Mass. This week the Fairtrade 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.

Wednesday: Laudato Sì – Another opportunity to study the letter on the environment by Pope Francis on three evenings in September two chapters each evening from 7.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. The Green Group at Lauriston invites you to get to grips with Pope Francis’ challenging and inspiring text, during three informal ecumenical discussion evenings. We welcome the Eco­Congregation Scotland Environmental Chaplain, the Church of Scotland Climate Change Officer, and the other moderators, and look forward to working through this important document with you! Please contact Sarah at greeningourstreet@gmail.com to register and for further details.

Sunday: There will be National Gathering at Carfin to pray for the success of the forthcoming Synod on the Family in Rome. Bishop Toal of Motherwell will be the main celebrant and preacher at the Mass at 3.00 p.m.. There will also be the opportunity to visit the recently re-opened shrines within the Grotto. If enough were interested it might be possible to organise a bus in conjunction with Our Lady’s but it would need someone to look into costs etc. Any volunteers ?

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

Next Sunday: Archbishop Cushley will be leading a Youth pilgrimage from St. Mary’s in Haddington beginning at 11.45 a.m. and finishing with Mass in Nunraw at 2.45 p.m. If you are interested in going you need to register or if you require further information please contact Irene Furlong at Irene.furlong@staned.org.uk.


Diary Dates:

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.

24th September: Annual Edinburgh Catholic Teachers’ Mass for staffs, teaching and support, along with retired staff members. It is at St. Catharine’s Convent at 7.00 p.m. with refreshments following on. All are welcome.

3rd October: Conference on ‘Vocation & Mission ‘today’ of family in the Church’. It begins with Mass at 12.30 p.m. in the Sacred Heart, celebrated by Archbishop Cushley who will then give the key note speech in the Lauriston Centre. This is in anticipation of the Synod on the Family being held in Rome in October. There will be other speakers, discussions and times for prayer along with information about family life organisations. It is scheduled to finish at 4.30 p.m. Fuller details are on the poster in the porch.

9th – 11th October: The Beginning Experience are holding a residential weekend for those who find themselves alone again through widowhood, separation or divorce. Fuller details are on the poster in the porch.

22nd July – 3rd August 2016: The World Youth Day takes place in Krakow in Poland. The Archdiocese has a limited number of places (35) available for young adults. Full details are on the poster in the porch.


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. If you wish to volunteer for a future Servers’ Rota please let me know. I need to know by next Sunday so that practices can start.


Job Vacancies at Gillis (2) are advertised on posters in the porch. One is for a Night Supervisor and the other is for a Caretaker/Gardner.


Monsignor Regan’s Funeral Arrangements are as follows:

His remains will be received in to the Cathedral at 4.00 p.m. on Sunday 6th. The funeral Mass will be at 12 noon again in the Cathedral on Monday 7th September followed by burial in Mount Vernon at the Priests’ Circle. May he rest in peace.


Many thanks to those who came along and helped in the cleaning of the Hall. Their efforts were much appreciated. It is important that all Hall users make sure they tidy up after they use the Hall, the kitchen and the toilets.. It was amazing what was found and a lot of it was due to people leaving things for others to do.

With every best wish and blessing

To you, your families

And all those who are dear to you.

Monsignor Tony.