2nd Sunday of Lent (b)

2nd Sunday of Lent.  (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)

10.00 a.m. (Saturday)


After 10.00 a.m. Mass on Saturday and 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., Frances Brown.

Died:  Julia Cassidy, Justina Ileme.

Anniv: Peggy & Bernard Gilligan.


Today the new altar servers’ rotas are ready for collection.  Please take your copy today since they come into effect next weekend and also include the Holy Week Liturgies.

Today is the first weekend of the month so there will be the opportunity to bring contributions along for the Fresh Start food base in Harrison Gardens.

Today: SCIAF materials for use during the Lenten Season are available as you leave Mass. This includes the ‘Wee Box’ which has an added importance this year since the U.K. Government has agreed to match what is collected £1 for £1 by May 17th.  This only applies to Wee Box money and not to the collection taken later in Lent.

Sunday: Rite of Light ceremony during 10.00 a.m. Mass for children who are preparing to celebrate their First Reconciliation.

Sunday: We welcome staff and pupil representatives from St. Augustine’s High School and St. Cuthbert’s Primary School to remind us of the importance and the role of Catholic Education for our children.  They will be handing out leaflets at the end of mass.  Please make sure you collect a copy.

Sunday: The Coffee Morning takes place after 10.00 a.m. in the Hall with teas, coffees, bacon rolls etc on sale. The Fair Trade Group will be in charge of it this weekend.

Sunday: Stations of the Cross & Benediction at 4.00 p.m. in the Church. If any individuals or groups would like to lead the reflections please let me know.

Wednesday: Lenten Station Mass for the St. Giles City Deanery will be celebrated by Archbishop Cushley in St. Mary’s, Star of the Sea at 7.00 p.m.  During this Mass the presentation of the creed to those involved in the R.C.I.A journey will take place.  All welcome.

Friday: The Annual World Day of Prayer Service will take place at 2.00 p.m. in Gorgie Parish Church.  All are welcome to go along to this service which this year has been organized by the people of the Bahamas on the theme “Jesus said to them, ‘Do you know what I have done to you ?’


Diary Dates:

10th March: Meeting with parents of children preparing for Confirmation & First Communion at 7.00 p.m. in the Church Hall.  Each child should be represented if at all possible but the children themselves do not need to be present.

11th March: The Archdiocesan Justice and Peace commission has organised a Lenten Lecture on ‘Human Trafficking: Reflections on a Catholic Response’ in the Gillis Centre at 7.00 p.m.  Fuller details are on the poster in the porch.

18th March: Service of Reconciliation for children celebrating their First Reconciliation.  This will be in the Church at 7.00 p.m.

20th March: The Beginning Experience is holding a residential weekend for those who find themselves alone again through bereavement, separation or divorce. It will take place at the Conforti Centre in Coatbridge.  Further details are available from Ros on 0131.669.0003 or email rcm2524@yahoo.co.uk.

10th – 17th 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.

As always, it is hoped to take a group of young people to Lourdes to help and work with the sick pilgrims from around our Archdiocese.  This year the all inclusive cost for the Youth section is £689.  For more information, email youthforlourdes@hotmail.co.uk or give Kris a call on 07747867003.


The Holy See has asked for a second consultation on marriage and the family before the forthcoming synod ‘The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and Contemporary World’ (4 – 25 October 2015).  The questionnaire for the synod is available on the front page of the Archdiocesan website. Please publicise the consultation as widely as possible in your parishes. Each respondent to the consultation can save, complete and return the form by email attachment. Respondents can be individuals or parishes or groups. If respondents do not have access to email or the internet, they should call the Gillis Centre on 0131 623 8912 and a hard copy will be arranged. Mrs Sally McElroy sally.mcelroy@staned.org.uk is also available for help and advice on the consultation. We have only recently received the questionnaire and the Holy See has asked for the collated results from all of the Dioceses in the country to be returned to Rome by 15 April. Therefore, the closing date for submissions from our own Archdiocese is Friday 13 March 2015.


Very many thanks indeed to all who came along to the Race Night last weekend.  The sale of horses, the betting, the sale of hamburgers and some very generous donations and sponsorship raised the incredible amount of £984.75 for the Parish Project. Given the small number who actually came along on the night this is an amazing sum of money.


 With every best wish and

blessing to you, your families and

all those who are dear to you

Monsignor Tony