4th Sunday of Lent (c)

 4th Sunday of Lent.  (c)

Times of Mass and Confession:

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

Weekday:                           9.00 a.m. (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)

9.30 a.m. (Tuesday, funeral Mass)

10.00 a.m. (Saturday)

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: Frances McClean.

Annniversaries: Kenneth Donnelly, David Forbes, Hugh Deery, Charles Mulholland.

Today: If you ordered tickets for the Ceilidh to mark Monsignor Tony’s anniversary celebration these are now available for collection after Mass on payment of the appropriate amount.  There are tickets available even if you did not put your name on the list.  These too will be on sale after Mass, priced £3 for adults and £1 for children who must be at least of P4 age and accompanied by a responsible adult.

There is a box at the back of the Church for donations towards a gift for Monsignor Tony.

Today: There will be a retiral collection for Papal & Episcopal Charities after Mass

Sunday: The Tea/Coffee morning with bacon rolls etc takes place in the Hall after 10.00 a.m. Mass. This week it is in the hands of the Noisy Nutters.  All welcome

Sunday: Marriage Preparation session for those who are preparing for marriage either here in St. Cuthbert’s or elsewhere.  Those who have indicated their intention to marry should have received an invitation direct.  If you have not, please let me know as soon as possible.  Also if you are planning to marry in the course of 2013 and have not notified me please get in touch.  It is a requirement in Church law that a minimum period of six months notice be given.

Sunday: Stations of the Cross and Benediction at 4.00 p.m.  If any group or individuals wish to lead these on subsequent Sundays please let me know.

Tuesday:  Part three 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 the general theme of ‘Making Sense of Catholic Beliefs’ by looking at the basic Christian doctrines as proposed by the Catholic Church.  This session looks at ‘The Church’s Councils.’

Tuesday: Monthly Mass for Vocations will take place in St. Joseph’s in Gilmore Place at 7.30 p.m.  All welcome.  Refreshments will be served afterwards.

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

Thursday: As many volunteers as possible are needed to come along to the Hall at 7.00 p.m. to clean it and prepare it for the forthcoming Ceilidh.  The more who can manage the less time it will take. You will be welcome.

Friday: Celebration Ceilidh in the Hall to mark Monsignor Tony’s 40th anniversary of ordination.  There are still a few tickets left and these will be on sale after Mass.

Next Sunday is the actual anniversary of Monsignor Tony’s ordination forty years ago in the Sacred Heart at Lauriston

Diary Dates:

18th March: Service in the Church at 6.30 p.m. for the children of P3 who will be celebrating their First Reconciliation.  All welcome to come along and support them at this key stage in their journey of faith.

20th March: Lenten Station Mass in the Cathderal at 7.30 p.m.  During this mass those who are journeying towards Baptism and full communion with the Church at Easter will receive their copy of the Creed.  All welcome.

21st March: Meeting of parents of children in P4 who are working towards the celebration of their Confirmation and First Communion.  This is to plan the Palm Sunday ‘Do This in Memory of me’ celebration for Palm Sunday.

25th March: Penitential Service in the Church at 7.00 p.m. during which six priests will be available for individual confession and absolution in prepation for Easter.

5th – 12th July: The Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place. 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.

The latest edition of Living Faith covering the period from April to June is now available at the stall, priced £1.40.

Volunteers needed:  Volunteers are needed to help with activities for  2 hours per week for the Residents in St Josephs House 43 Gilmore Place Edinburgh.  Anyone interested please contact  Mother  Frances  on  0131 229 5672   e-mail  lspedinburgh@aol.com

The St. Andrew’s Children’s Society which provides Adoption & Foster Care in our Archdiocese is looking for Catholic families who could offer short of long term foster care or adoptive homes to a wide range of children in our Archdiocese and beyond who cannot live with their birth families. For further information please contact us at: St. Andrew’sChildren’s Society, 7 John’s Place, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 7EL, Tel. 0131 454 3370 or Email: info@standrews-children.org.uk . website: www.standrews-children.org.uk

Words seem inadequate to say how we feel as the bewildering and sad events of these past few days have unfolded.  The only words which will really help are words of prayer for all those affected in any way. We need to look forward and not back and know that we are loved by a God who suffered, who is with us in our pain, anger, confusion and numbness. Let us turn to him to help us and let us pray for the Cardinals in conclave that they will choose a wise, pastoral and caring Pope to lead us and the whole Church through these turbulent times.

With every best wish and blessing

to you, your families and those

who are dear to you.

Today we remember especially all Mothers

on this their special day

Monsignor Tony.