23rd Sunday of the Year (c)

23rd  Sunday of the Year.  (c)

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

or by arrangement at other times.


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

Sick: John McPartland, Mary McPheely, Annie O’Donnell, Veronica Allan, Margaret Christie, Rita Allison, Lawrie Malone, Father Dennis Cormican O.M.I., Lillian Kane, Peter Crossan.

Died: Giovanni Costa.

Day of  Prayer for Peace in the Middle East

Pope Francis has made an urgent appeal for prayers for peace for the people of Syria.  He asks that individually and as a community we make time to pray for all those affected by the violence which has erupted in that country with such devastating loss of life.  He also asks we remember the refugees who have been forced to leave their own homes and families.  He is holding a Vigil of Prayer for all these intentions in St. Peter’s.

Sunday is the Feast of the Birthday of Our Lady, one of whose titles is Our Lady Queen of Peace.  I suggest that, even at this short notice, we have a period of silent prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament to pray as the Pope has requested.  This will take place on Sunday 8th from 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. finishing with Benediction.  I hope that as many as possible will come and take part in this period of prayer for some of the time if not all.

The Bishops of Scotland have also asked that we show support for the refugees by having a collection at all Masses next weekend which would be sent to SCIAF immediately.  They, in turn, would use the money through their partners, called Caritas, who are already working in the area to put it to the best possible use in terms of basic humanitarian needs being met e.g. water, medical and  food.


Today: We continue to pray especially for our new Archbishop elect Leo Cushley appointed as successor to Cardinal O’Brien as our Archbishop. We pray for him as he prepares to take over the leadership of the Archdiocese.  May the Lord grant him courage, compassion and wisdom in the days ahead.

SundayThe full coffee morning takes place in the Hall after Mass with the Vocations Group in charge.   All welcome to pop round for bacon rolls etc and spend some time before you head home.

Sunday: The annual Margaret Sinclair Pilgrimage will take place at St. Patrick’s in the Cowgate, beginning with a Holy Hour at 2.30 p.m. followed by Mass at 4.00 p.m. with Bishop Robson being the main celebrant and preacher.

Sunday: The annual National Pilgrimage to Carfin takes place, this year in honour of St. Columba.  Mass begins at 3.00 p.m., with Bishop Toal from Argyll and the Isles, being the preacher.  All welcome to attend.  Fuller details are on the poster in the porch.

Tuesday: The monthly Mass for Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life will take place in the Little Sisters of the Poor, Gilmore Place at 7.30 p.m.  Refreshments served afterwards.  Car parking is available.  All welcome.

Thursday: The Coffee and Teas have resumed after the 9.00 a.m. Mass.  All welcome to come through to the house straight after Mass.

Saturday: ‘Why does the Pope have an Astronomer’ a lecture by Brother Guy Consolmagno S.J. who works at the Vatican Observatory.  It is at 7.30 p.m. in the Lauriston Jesuit Centre.  Fuller details are on the poster in the porch.


Diary Dates:

21st September: The Episcopal Ordination of Archbishop elect Leo Cushley as Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh at 11.00 a.m. in the Cathedral.  The Parish has been allocated four tickets for the Mass and reception afterwards at Gillis.  The fairest way to allocate these is by ballot so there is a list at the back of the Church on which you can put your name and contact details.  Please put your name down only if you are certain you will be free to go.  The Mass will last around 2½ – 3 hours. You are welcome to go along without a ticket but it is unlikely you would be able to be inside the Cathedral. The ticket is not transferable and in the event of you not being able to attend it should be returned to Monsignor Tony for re-allocation. The names will be drawn after Mass today.


Prayer to be said at the end of Mass for Archbishop elect Leo Cushley in the days running up to his Episcopal Ordination.


Lord our God

You have called Leo your servant

as bishop and pastor of your Church

in St Andrews and Edinburgh.

May he keep watch over the whole flock

to which the Holy Spirit has appointed him as shepherd,

preaching the word of God with unfailing patience and sound teaching

so that with faith and love he protects the bride of God, his holy Church.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen

With every best wish and blessing to you,

your families

and all those who are dear to you.

Monsignor Tony.