4th Sunday of Easter (a)

4th Sunday of Easter. (a)

Times of Mass and Confession:


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


9.00 a.m. (Monday – Friday)

10.00 a.m. (Saturday)


After Mass on Saturday morning.


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

Sick: John McPartland, Veronica Allan, Irene Callan, Elizabeth Brown, Patricia Allison, Bridget Ferry, Pat Carlin, Margaret Bowen, Biddy Bonner.

Today:  If you wish, over the weekends of May, you would be welcome to bring either a single flower or a bunch of flowers which would be gathered at the start of Mass and then taken to the statue of Our Lady. Hopefully this would build up into a great shrine of flowers symbolising our devotion to Our Lady.

Today: All Altar Servers please come to the sacristy after Mass to collect an important letter.

Today is kept as the World day of Prayer for Vocations. There will be a retiral collection at both Masses to help support the students currently studying for the priesthood. There are five from our Archdiocese currently at various stages of their studies.  Please remember them in your prayers.

Sunday: The Fair Trade group is in charge of the Coffee morning in the Hall after Mass. All welcome to go round and sample the fares on offer.

Monday: Mass for Vocations in St. Joseph’s in Gilmore Place. It is at 7.30 p.m.  Refreshments will be served afterwards.  All welcome.

Thursday: Celebration of Confirmation in the Church at 7.00 p.m. Archbishop Cushley will be here to confirm the children from St. Cuthbert’s, St. John Ogilvie and St. Joseph’s.  Please remember to pray for those being confirmed (around 70 of them).  Parishioners are welcome.


Diary Dates:

16th May: Meeting for all readers and also for anyone interested in joining the team of readers who play such a key part in the celebration of our Liturgies. It is at 7.00 p.m. in the Church. Please make every effort to attend this important meeting.

17th May: Newman Association 75th Anniversary Lecture. The Edinburgh Circle celebrates 75 years of the Newman Association with a special lecture by Sir James MacMillan. The subject is “Music, Modernity, the continual search for the Sacred, and the place that Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius has in it.” It takes place in Mayfield Salisbury Church, 18,West Mayfield, Edinburgh EH91QT at 7.30 pm.  All are warmly welcome to attend.

21st May:   Meeting for all Eucharistic Ministers at 2.30 p.m. in the Church. It will be followed by May Devotions and Benediction at 4.00 p.m. Please make every effort to attend this meeting.

11th June: Annual Pilgrimage to Dunfermline in honour of St. Margaret.  Pilgrims can arrive from 10.00 a.m. onwards to explore the historic sites associated with St Margaret. Guided tours will be available. A covered picnic area will also be available in the town’s Pittencrieff Park.  The procession of the saint’s relics through the streets of Dunfermline will start at 2.15 p.m. led by the Dunfermline District & Scottish Transport Regiment Pipe Band.  Mass will then be celebrated in St. Margaret’s Church at 3.00 p.m. with Archbishop Cushley as the main celebrant followed by individual/family blessings with the relic.

Help Needed: Would you like to support couples as they prepare for married life? Are you friendly and able to put others at their ease, and good at getting other people to talk about themselves? There are a few places still available for either individuals or married couples on the Prepare/Enrich facilitators training. As part of their marriage preparation, engaged couples in the Archdiocese take part in Prepare/Enrich, a well-researched and recommended relationship programme. Prepare/Enrich uses an on line questionnaire to enable the couple to look closely at their relationship, especially how they communicate, make decisions and manage conflict. The couple then meet with a trained facilitator who helps them get the most from the experience.  The next facilitator’s training takes place on Sunday 11th June 2017 from 10am till 4pm at Gillis Centre 100 Strathearn Road, Edinburgh. For further details by email please contact Sally McElroy sally.mcelroy@staned.org.uk or by phone on 0797.914.2905.


With every best wish and Blessing

To you, your families

and those who are dear to you

Monsignor Tony.