5th Sunday of the Year (b)

5th Sunday of the Year.  (b)

Times of Mass and Confession:

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

Weekday:                             9.00 a.m.   (Monday only)

9.00 a.m.   (Tuesday – Friday)

Liturgy of the Word and Distribution of Holy Communion

10.00 a.m. (Saturday)

Liturgy of the Word and Distribution of Holy Communion

Confessions:                      After 10.00 a.m. Mass on Saturday

Other times by arrangement.

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

Sick: Sally McDermott, Catherine Wilson, Patricia Mechan, John McPartland, Henry Livingstone, Mary McPheely, Annie O’Donnell, Molly Weir, Eileen Kennedy

Anniv: Maeve Maloney, Peter Allan.

Died:  Jean McConnon, Dolina MacKay

Today: The new readers’ rota is ready for collection from the sacristy and comes into effect next weekend.  Please take your copy away with you today.

Sunday: The Coffee Morning takes place in the Hall after Mass today with the Fair Trade Group in charge.  All welcome to go round for bacon rolls etc.

Thursday: The Keep Fit Class takes place in the Hall at 7.00 p.m.  All welcome.

Next Sunday: Annual Mass in honour of Our Lady of Lourdes at 3.00 p.m. in the Church with refreshments afterwards in the Hall.  All are welcome.

Next Sunday: ‘A Remembering Service’ at 5.00 p.m. in St. John’s Corstorphine.  Fuller details are on a poster in the porch.

Diary Dates:

10th March: Lenten Retreat, lasting from 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. and organised by the Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission, on the theme ‘Take of your shoes, for you stand on Holy ground.’  Fuller details and booking contact on the poster in the porch.

6th July: The Archdiocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes leaves Edinburgh Airport.   Booking is now open and forms for hotels can be obtained from the agents – Access Travel, The Hillock,  Astley, Manchester M29 7GW – Telephone 01942.888844.  I have a limited supply in the sacristy.  Booking for the Saint-Frai Centre must be done through the Hospital Booking Secretary, 61 Hailes Gardens, Edinburgh EH13 0JN – Tel 0131.441.1939.  Fuller information is on the notices in the church porch and on the Hospitalité website at www.edinburgh-lourdes.com which is worth a visit if you have access to the web.  Early booking is advised since there are limited places available especially in the Saint Frai centre.

Are you Interested in joining a Pilgrimage to Poland, visiting Krakow, Czestochowa, Auschwitz, among other Christian sites ?  Father Marcin, Parish priest of St. Kentigern’s, is organizing a five day visit in May of  this  year.  Full details are on a poster at the back of the Church. He can also be contacted on 336.4984.

200 Club subscriptions for 2012 are now due.  If you are an existing member, please put your name and number along with your subscription in an envelope and hand it in.  If you wish to join, the cost is £12 per year, preferably payable in one go, although it can be paid in monthly instalments if you wish. Please do not hand in loose cash but always put it in an envelope with your name and number (or new member, if you are joining) clearly marked. There are about 80 places not taken.  This may mean the prizes have to be reduced

Passkeepers required: If you think you could help in this role in the Parish please contact Ben Malone after Mass or myself.  You would be welcome to offer your services for either Mass but in particular the 10.00 a.m. Mass needs some more to spread the load.

Thank you very much to those looking after the house and leading the liturgies in the course of the coming week while I am in Lourdes, representing the Archdiocese, at the International Conference for Pilgrimage Directors, planning and preparing for the 2012 Pilgrimage season.  I will remember you and all your intentions in my prayers at the Grotto.

A Thank You Letter has been received from the Scottish Prison Service for the gifts which were collected during Advent.  In it, it says, ‘Countless numbers of children will continue to benefit from your kindness and generosity.’  There is also a detailed account of how and where the gifts were distributed. The letter is on the notice board at the back of the Church.

With every best wish and blessing

to you, your families

and those who are dear to you

Monsignor Tony.