4th Sunday of Lent (c)

4th Sunday of Lent. (c)

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.

Other opportunities – see below.


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

Sick: John McPartland, Veronica Allan, Margaret Christie, Irene Callan, Father Tony MacDonald, Wullie Gray.

Died:  Margaret Lowrie, Corinne Lynch.

Anniv: Patrick Donnachie Snr., Patrick Donnachie Jnr., Kenneth Donnelly.


Today there will be a retiral collection 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 Bishop Toal, writing in his capacity as Bishop President of SCIAF.

Today: Would the last remaining readers please collect their new rotas from the sacristy after Mass ? They come into effect this weekend so it is important that you find out if you are on duty.

Today: Lists are at the back of the Church for Readers, Eucharistic Minsters, Passkeepers, and Servers to indicate their availability for the Holy Week Liturgies. Please indicate this as soon as possible so that the rotas can be drawn up soon.

Today: The Archdiocesan Catholic Directory for 2016 has finally arrived and is on sale, priced £2.00, at the back of the Church. Please put the money in the basket beside the directories and not in the paper money basket.

Today: As mentioned last weekend there is the opportunity to leave foodstuffs for the Fair Trade base.

Sunday: The coffee morning takes place after Mass with the Fair Trade group in charge. You are all welcome to go round to the Hall after Mass to sample the fare on offer.

Sunday: The children’s liturgy has recommenced during the 10.00 a.m. Mass and will continue each week for the remainder of Lent.   This is specifically aimed at children of primary school age, so if this is your child, please do encourage them to attend. Additional copies of the Lenten Calendar, given out last week, are available at the back of the church. It was great to see so many more there recently and hopefully there will be as many now that it is restarting.

Sunday: This week in place of the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament of the first two weeks of Lent, our Lenten effort and the Jubilee Year of Mercy will reflect on the Stations of the Cross and Benediction at 4.00 p.m. with the opportunity for confession afterwards. If any individual or group would like to lead the reflections at Stations please let me know so that it can be planned.

Wednesday: The next meeting of the Edinburgh Newman Circle takes place when Professor Karen Kilby, Bede Professor of Catholic Theology at Durham University will talk about Love and Suffering. The meeting will take place as usual in St. Catharine’s Convent, 7.30 to 9.00p.m. All are warmly welcome to come along

Friday: The Beginning Experience’ is hosting a weekend at the Conforti Institute in Coatbridge for those who find themselves single again for whatever reason. Further information is available from Ros on 669.0003 or by email on rcm2524@yahoo.co.uk


Diary Dates:

16th March: The boys and girls who have been preparing for their First Reconciliation will celebrate the sacrament at 6.30 p.m. in St. Cuthbert’s.   After they have been to confession I will be available for any adults who wish to avail themselves of the opportunity.

21st March: The traditional Penitential Service will take place 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 and also as part of our efforts for the Jubilee Year of Mercy.  All welcome

8th – 15th July: The annual Archdiocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes, led by Archbishop Cushley, will take place. Booking is now open and I have some forms and information if you are interested. I have a limited supply in the sacristy. You can also contact the travel agents direct at Tangney Tours, Pilgrim House, Station Court, Borough Green, Kent TN15 8AF (Tel. 01732.886666 or email to info@tangney-tours.com).  Booking for the Saint-Frai Centre must be done through the Hospital Booking Secretary, 61 Hailes Gardens, Edinburgh EH13 0JN – Tel 0131.441.1939.  Early booking is advised since there are limited places available especially in the Saint Frai centre.


The Little Sisters of the Poor would like to re-launch their Luncheon Club at St Joseph’s House for the over 65s   They would require volunteers  a)   drivers to bring and take home L C members: to    assist with meals;  parishioners who might like to take up the opportunity of the lunch club membership. For further information please contact Sr Mary Bridget on 0131. 229. 5672


With every best wish and Blessing

To you, your families

And all those who are dear to you.

Monsignor Tony.