28th Sunday of the Year (a)

28th Sunday of the Year.  (a)


Times of Mass and Confession:

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

Weekday:                            9.00a.m. (Monday – Wednesday)

Confessions:                        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, Assunta Santangeli.

Died: Father Tom Flynn, Parish Priest of St. Theresa’s East Calder, Catherine Clarke, Bridget Walsh.

Anniv: Josephine Cusick, Kitty McLeod, Margaret Stafford, Robert Stafford, John Pettigrew, Alan Pettigrew.


Sunday: The Coffee Morning will take place after Mass with bacon rolls etc available. This weekend the Noisy Nutters Group will be in charge.   Why not make time to pop round to the Hall and see what is on offer as well as meeting fellow parishioners.

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.

Thursday: I leave very early to travel with a group of pilgrims to travel to Lourdes on the Jumbulance. If you have any petitions you wish taken please hand them in before Wednesday night.  Emergency calls will be handled by Father Tom (449.2372), Father Tony Quinlan at St. John Ogilvie’s (453.5035) or Father George Donaghy at St. Joseph’s (443.3777)  I am grateful to them for providing this support and to the parishioners who will be looking after the house and leading the liturgies on weekdays.

Next Saturday/Sunday is the World Day of Prayer for the Missions. There will be a retiral collection after both Masses for ‘Mission Matters’ the new name for Missio.


Diary Dates:

22nd October: Open Evening in St. Augustine’s High School from 4.30 p.m. –  6.30 p.m.  All are welcome but especially those parents who have children in P6 or P7 and are thinking about which High School their children will transfer to in 2015.  There will be tours of the school along with a presentation from the Head Teacher.

29th October: Meeting of P4 parents of children who are eligible for Confirmation and First Communion in 2015. It is at 7.00 p.m. in the Church Hall.  I hope every child will be represented at this important meeting.  The children need not be present.

10th November: Meeting of existing St. Cuthbert’s Parish Pastoral Council in the house at 7.00 p.m. All councillors please make every effort to be present.

13th November: Meeting of all those who have expressed an interest in becoming a Parish Pastoral Councillor at 7.00 p.m. in the Church Hall. It is an information evening and no commitment is made by coming along.

21st November: ‘Sangstream’, Edinburgh’s Scots folk choir will give a concert in St Cuthbert’s hall at 7.30 p.m. in aid of the Parish Project. The choir, which sings traditional and contemporary Scots songs, has performed throughout the Edinburgh area. It is hoped you will come to support the charity and at the same time have an enjoyable evening hearing their rich sound. The choir has also performed in Italy and Denmark. Tickets and further information will be available soon but in the meantime please put the date in your diary.


Parish Pastoral Council: Over the past joint meetings of the Parish Pastoral Council meetings of St. Cuthbert’s and Our Lady’s, a great deal of discussion has taken place about revitalising the Councils in both Parishes. As a result of people retiring or moving away the number of Councillors has dropped significantly.  The need therefore is to encourage new councillors to come forward.

A strong, vibrant and active Council is going to be vital for the future of both Parishes as Archbishop Cushley’s plans for the future of the Archdiocese emerge over the next weeks and months.

If you are interested please sign on the sheet at the back of the Church. It would be good for a real cross section of the parish to be represented.  The list will remain at the back of the Church until the end of October after which, on 13th November, there will be a meeting for all those who have expressed an interest to hear about what is involved and what could be happening before making a decision as to whether or not you decide to go ahead. Depending on how many names are on the list elections may have to take place.  Putting your name on the list and coming to the meeting does not commit you in any way.


Prayer to the Holy Family for the Synod, composed by the Holy Father.


Jesus, Mary and Joseph, in you we contemplate the splendour of true love, to you we turn with trust.

Holy Family of Nazareth, grant that our families too may be places of communion and prayer, authentic schools of the Gospel and small domestic Churches.

Holy Family of Nazareth, may families never again experience violence, rejection and division: may all who have been hurt or scandalized find ready comfort and healing.

Holy Family of Nazareth, may the Synod of Bishops, taking place in Rome, make us once more mindful of the sacredness and inviolability of the family, and its beauty in God’s plan.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, graciously hear our prayer.



With every best wish and blessing to you,

your families

and all those who are dear to you

Monsignor Tony