34th Sunday of the Year – Christ the King (b)

Solemnity of Christ the King.  (b)

Times of Mass and Confession:

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


9.00 a.m. (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)

7.00 p.m. (Tuesday)

10.00 a.m. (Saturday)


After 10.00 a.m. Mass on Saturday.

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, Father Tony MacDonald,

Died: Bertram Tiegso, James Kelly.

Anniv: John McMeeking, Frank Wight, V.J. Joseph, Varkey Varkey.


Today the final retiral collection after Mass for the year takes place with the money going to the Archdiocesan Pastoral Formation Fund. This goes to meet some of the costs incurred at the Gillis Centre in the running of various courses.

Today: There are still copies of the important letter from Archbishop Cushley giving more information about the next stage of the consultation process concerning the restructuring process for the Archdiocese.  Please make sure you receive a copy of this letter as you leave Mass this morning.

Sunday: The Tea/Coffee Morning takes place in the Hall after Mass.  This week the Ladies 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?

Tuesday: The Annual Mass when we remember all our deceased relatives, friends and parishioners will take place at 7.00 p.m.  The Book of Remembrance is at the back of the Church if you wish to add any names to it.

Wednesday: ‘The Year of Mercy’ – a consideration of the document of Pope Francis which prepares for the opening of the Year of Mercy on December 8th.  It will be led by Father James Crampsey in the Lauriston Jesuit Centre at 7.30 p.m.

Saturday: The St. Cuthbert’s Primary School Christmas Fair takes place from 11.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.  A special visitor will be there along with opportunities to spend some of your money.  Details are on the poster in the porch.

Saturday: An opportunity to take Pope Francis’ climate call to the streets of Edinburgh. SCIAF, Justice and Peace and many others will be marching in Edinburgh to call on world leaders to take tough action on climate change. There will be an ecumenical service at 11am at St Albert’s University Chaplaincy in George Square. At 12 noon everyone will gather at the Middle – Meadow Walk, the Meadows to march to Princes St, Gardens beginning at 12.30.You are asked to come wearing your brightest colours. You can also display banners from your parish or group.’

Sunday: The Blessing and Opening of the Edinburgh Christmas Crib in St. Andrew’s Square Gardens at 3.00 p.m.  All welcome.


Diary Dates:

4th December: Haggis & Neeps Ceilidh Night with food provided but bring your own bottle.  Dietary requirements met where possible.  Tickets, priced £8.00 for adults and £3.00 for children are on sale after Mass. Since catering is involved and in order not to waste food, it is necessary to know how many are planning to come along so please get your ticket as soon as possible or at least book it.

This will be the final fundraiser for the Parish Project Fund which currently stands at £13,324.76, and it will be closed as soon as all monies are in.  The total will then be divided between Calum’s Cabin and the Hospice of Hope in Myanmar.

7th December: The first of two sessions on ‘Pope Francis and the Jesuit Legacy’ led by Father James Crampsey in the Lauriston Centre at 7.30 p.m.  The second session will be on 21st December.

9th December:     The last of the series of evenings on the theme  “The Church Here and Now” hosted by the Newman Association. This one is on the topic ‘Parish experiences’ with a panel of lay people and will take place in St. Catharine’s Convent, Lauriston Gardens from 7.30 p.m. – 9.30 p.m. All welcome.


A new readers’ rota is in the process of being compiled.  If you would like to offer your services as a reader you will be welcome.  No previous experience is necessary since practices will be arranged.


Next Week sees the start of Advent.  Each Sunday at 4.00 p.m. there will be a time of reflection, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction in the Church at 4.00 p.m.  Hopefully you will take advantage of this opportunity to stop amidst the business of preparing and spend some time in quiet reflection.

As in past years, we will collect for two charities. Today we will be collecting gifts for the children of prisoners in Saughton Prison.  These are gifts for children up to the age of 12 and, if possible, should be clearly marked with the age and sex of the child.  Often children of prisoners suffer as a result of their mother or father being in prison at this time.

Lists will be at the back of the Church for readers, Eucharistic Ministers, Passkeepers and volunteers to assist at the social events in the Hall after the Christmas Masses, to indicate their availability over the Christmas and New Year period.


With every best wish and blessing

To you, your families

And all those who are dear to you.

Monsignor Tony.