2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (c)

2nd 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:                        Saturdays – after 10.00 a.m. Mass

                                                By arrangements at other times.

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

Sick: Catherine Wilson, John McPartland, Mary McPheely, Annie O’Donnell, Veronica Allan, Margaret Christie

Died:  Catherine McGhee, Catherine Dobbin

Annniversaries: Paul MacFadyen, Minnie Campbell.

Today: The new readers’ rota is ready for collection from the sacristy.  Please don’t leave collecting  it until the last moment.

Those who were kind enough to offer their services as a reader towards the end of last year are invited to a preparation and practice session on Sunday 3rd February at 3.00 p.m.  Until such time as you have managed along to a session like this regretfully you cannot be added to the rota.

Sunday: The Celebration of Children’s Liturgy resumes after the holiday break.  This is an opportunity for children from P1 – P7 to come together and celebrate the opening prayers and readings of the Mass in a way which is appropriate to their level of understanding.

Sunday: The Tea/Coffee morning with bacon rolls etc takes place in the Hall after 10.00 a.m. Mass.  This week the Vocations Group is in charge.  All are welcome to go round after Mass.

The first monthly draw for the 200 Club will also take place.  Subscriptions must be paid in order to be able to win.

Monday: To mark Holocaust Memorial Day, the Lauriston Jesuit Centre is hosting an evening with Jean Paul Samputu, cultural ambassador for Rwanda and a survivor of the genocide in Rwanda.  It takes place at 7.30 p.m. and fuller details are on the poster in the porch.

Tuesday: ‘Making Sense of the Catholic Faith’ with Father Jack Mahoney S.J., a programme of 12 weekly talks and discussions on basic Christian and Catholic Belief in the Lauriston Jesuit Centre at 7.30 p.m.  This week the topic is ‘Making Sense of the Bible (2).  A fuller list of the topics for January is on the poster in the porch.

Wednesday: Meeting of parents of children who are preparing for Confirmation and First Communion.  It is at 7.00 p.m. in the Church Hall. The main purpose will be to prepare for this liturgy of the next Sunday celebration.  The children need not be present.

Wednesday: Service to mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in St. Margaret’s Chapel at the Gillis Centre at 7.30 p.m.  It is on the theme “What Does God Require of  Us?” The preacher will be the Episcopal Bishop of Edinburgh, the Right Reverend Doctor John A. Ames.  All welcome.

Thursday: The tea/coffee morning in the house takes place after 9.00 a.m. Mass.  All welcome.

Next Sunday: ‘Do This In Memory of Me’ celebration for children who are preparing for Confirmation and First Communion during 10.00 a.m. Mass

Diary Dates:

30th January: Vatican II – Fifty Golden Years Part 3 – a series of four lectures exploring the identity of the Church in the Lauriston Jesuit Centre.  The first session is on Religious Life and begins at 7.30 p.m.  A full outline of the series along with the various speakers is on the notice board in the porch.

3rd February: Practice and Preparation session for new volunteer readers.

4th February:  Meeting of the Parish Pastoral Council of St. Cuthbert’s at 7.00 p.m. in the house.  All councillors please make every effort to attend.

Over the next few weeks, we will begin again convening meetings of those who were kind enough to show an interest volunteering for one or more of the various groups within the Parish through the Parish Census return. The readers meeting is the first one and details are given above. The next phase will include youth, sacristy, pastoral care, hall management and the spiritual life of the parish. This will be followed by the liturgical and the musical life of the Parish.

Two Letters of Thanks have been received from the Scottish Prison Service acknowledging the gifts collected during Advent.  One is from the coordinator of the scheme personally thanking you for the gifts which meant that through the whole scheme 100 children were given gifts.  The other letter is from the Governor of the Prison who says she wants to”take the opportunity to recognise the valuable contribution you make to ensuring that Christmas remains a special time for those children who have to visit the prison.”  The full letters are on the notice board at the back of the Church.  Well done again to everyone involved.

With every best wish and blessing

to you, your families and those

who are dear to you.

Monsignor Tony.