3rd Sunday of Lent (b)

3rd Sunday of Lent.  (b)

Times of Mass and Confession:

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


9.00 a.m. (Monday – Friday)

10.00 a.m. (Saturday)

Confessions:                        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:  Marie Morrison, Andy Payne, Biee Crolla, Luigi and Maria Crolla.

Anniv: Henry Livingstone, Kenneth Donnelly.


Today: The new boxes of Gift Aid Envelopes are available in the sacristy after Mass.  They come into effect on 12th April after which all existing envelopes should be destroyed.  Non gift aid envelopes will be available from next weekend.

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

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: The Coffee Morning takes place after 10.00 a.m. in the Hall with teas, coffees, bacon rolls etc on sale. The Vocations 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.

Tuesday: 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.

Wednesday: 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.

Next Saturday/Sunday: Retiral collection at both Masses for Papal & Episcopal Charities which includes SCIAF. The amount collected is split with 75% going to SCIAF and 25% being retained in the Archdiocese for the Archbishop to use in responding to local requests for financial assistance which he receives.

Diary Dates:

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

19th April: The 50’s and 60’s dance night is fast approaching, and there’s nothing worse than showing up to a shindig without the right moves. So shimmy on down to the church hall at 2.00 p.m. to learn how to Swing Dance like a professional. All ages and dance backgrounds welcome; blue suede shoes not required. For more information contact Victoria Stephens on 0131 443 9778.

25th April: Advance warning ! 50’s & 60s Dance Night in the Church Hall with live music. All proceeds will be going to the Parish Project Fund. It will be a BYOB and nibbles night and tickets will be on sale soon. Please put the date in your diary and come along.


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. 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 this coming Friday 13th March.


Very many thanks indeed to all who came along to the recent Race Night. 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. A further donation of £20 was received making the grand total £1004.75. 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