4th Sunday in Ordinary Time (c)

4th Sunday of the Year.  (c)

Times of Mass and Confession:

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

Weekday           n.b.          9.00 a.m. (Monday – Tuesday)

                          n.b.         9.00 a.m.   (Wednesday – Friday – Liturgy of the Word and Distribution of Holy Communion)

n.b.         No Mass or service on Saturday morning.

Confessions:                        Saturdays – after 10.00 a.m. Mass

By arrangement 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, Mary Pike.

Died:  Peter Kilgour, Siegrid Pauly

Annniversaries: Agnes Murphy, Christina O’Rourke

Today is Catholic Education Sunday and marks the start of Catholic Week.  The theme this year is ‘Opening Minds and Hearts to God.’  This theme reflects the words of Pope Benedict when he introduced the Year of Faith when he said “What the world is in particular need of today is the credible witness of people enlightened in mind and heart by the word of the Lord, and capable of opening the minds and hearts of many to the desire for God and for true life, life without end.

There will be a retiral collection next Sunday at both Masses for the work of the Scottish Catholic Education Service which is the official arm of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland in all matters relating to Catholic Education. It provides support, resources and advice to the Bishops, to schools and to parishes across Scotland.

Today: 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 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: During Mass, Sarah Callaghan and Patricia McLenaghan, who are preparing to become full members of the Church at Easter, take the next step on their journey with the commissioning for the Rite of Election which takes place in the Cathedral on the first Sunday of Lent.  Please continue to support them in your prayers.

Sunday: The Tea/Coffee morning with bacon rolls etc takes place in the Hall after 10.00 a.m. Mass.  This week the Fair Trade Group is in charge.

Monday:  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.

Monday: Part two of the series of talks by Father Jack Mahoney S.J. in the Jesuit Centre at Lauriston at 7.30 p.m.  The next four sessions will focus on looking at the Bible, the Church and the Sacraments as providing the grounds for Christian and Catholic identity.  It begins with ‘The role and shape of the Christian Community.’

Wednesday: Vatican II – Fifty Golden Years Part 3 – a series of four lectures exploring the identity of the Church in the Lauriston Jesuit Centre.  The second session is on ‘Lumen Gentium’ and the Laity. It 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.

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

Diary Dates:

12th February: Meeting at 7.00 p.m. in the house for those who expressed an interest in setting up something for youth in the Parish in last year’s census forms.  Even if you didn’t sign on the sheet you are still welcome to come along.

14th February: Due to it being St. Valentine’s Day,(how could I have not remembered) the meeting of the Parish Finance & Fabric Committee in the house at 7.00 p.m. has been postponed.  A new date will be given in next Sunday’s bulletin.

16th February: Meeting in the house at 7.00 p.m. for those who expressed an interest in looking after things in the sacristy before and after the weekend Masses and during the week.  Even if you didn’t sign on the sheet you are still welcome to come along.

17th February: Annual Mass in honour of Our Lady of Lourdes will take place at 3.00 p.m. in the Church.  Refreshments will be served in the Hall afterwards.  All welcome.

17th February: A ‘Remembering Service’ will be held in St. John’s Corstorphine at 5.00 p.m.  It provides an opportunity for all those who have suffered the loss of a child, from the beginning of pregnancy onwards, together with those who wish to come in love and support, to have a quiet time to reflect and pray and find help with healing and may help those who feel they have not had the opportunity to acknowledge and grieve for their loss.

22nd – 24th March: The Beginning Experience is holding a weekend for those who find themselves alone again through divorce, separation or bereavement.  It will take place in St. Mary’s Kinnoull.  Fuller details from Ros on 669.0003 or via email at rcm2524@yahoo.co.uk

5th – 12th July: The Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place.  This year it will be led for the first time by Bishop Robson.  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

Thank you to those who are looking after the house and leading the weekday liturgies while I am in Lourdes at the meeting of Pilgrimage Directors.  I will be remembering you and your intentions at the Grotto. In case of emergency, Father Tom can be contacted on 449.2372, Fr. Tony Quinlan O.M.I. on 453.5035. 

With every best wish and blessing

to you, your families and those

who are dear to you.

Monsignor Tony.