4th Sunday of Lent (b)

4th 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.


Anniv: Hugh Deery, Charles Mulholland, Catherine McCue, Paddy Donnachie.


Today: 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. There is also a letter from Archbishop Cushley encouraging you to support S.C.I.A.F. in this, their 50th anniversary year.

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.  There are sets even for those who use standing orders to make their contribution.  Non gift aid envelopes will be available from next weekend.

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 Noisy Nutters 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.


Diary Dates:

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

22nd March: The annual Romero lecture will take place in the Sacred Heart, Lauriston at 6.00 p.m. It will be followed by Mass at 8.00 p.m. This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Archbishop’s death and following the recent announcement, his martyrdom has been confirmed. The speaker is Fr. Brian Pierce O.P. who lecture is entitled ‘He heard their voice: Archbishop Romero – Mystic and Prophet.’ All welcome Fuller details on the poster in the porch.

25th March: An illustrated talk on Mercy in World War 1 -Discover how the war was experienced by the Sisters of Mercy and their efforts on the home front, and the work of Catholic military chaplains at  7.30 p.m. in St Catharine’s Convent, 4 Lauriston Gardens. For more information see poster on notice board.

26th March: Penitential Service in Our Lady’s in Currie at 7.00 p.m. There will be three priests available for individual confession and absolution as part of our Lenten journey towards Easter.

27th March: The young people from Our Lady’s  who are travelling to Lourdes have managed to book the Balerno Village Screen (bet some of you didn’t know there was one) for a showing of Jesus Christ Superstar (PG) at 7.30 p.m.  Admission is free but there will be an opportunity to give generously to their fund raising efforts.  Although it is free tickets must be pre booked at siobheannsaville@hotmail.com or http://goo.gl/5nyoZe or scan the bar code on the poster on the the notice board at the back of the Church.

28th March: The Justice & Peace Commission has organised a Lenten retreat in St. Catharine’s Convent from 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. on the theme ‘Discipleship.’ All welcome; fuller details are on the poster in the porch.

30th March: Penitential Service in St. Cuthbert’s at 7.00 p.m.  There will be five or six priests available for individual confession and absolution as part of our Lenten journey towards Easter.

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.


With every best wish and

blessing to you, your families and

all those who are dear to you especially Mothers

on this Mothering Sunday

            Monsignor Tony.