4th Sunday of the Year (c)

4th Sunday of the Year. (c)

Times of Mass and Confession:


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


9.00 a.m. (Monday – Thursday)

9.30 a.m. (with school children present)

10.00 a.m. (Saturday)


After 10.00 a.m. Mass on Saturday.

By arrangement.


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: Bishop Ian Murray, retired Bishop of Argyll and the Isles and priest of this Archdiocese, Manus Sweeney.

Anniv: John McParlane, Ellen Sweeney, Eleodoro Lumanglass, Agnes Murphy.


Today marks the start of Catholic Education Week when we are asked to remember and celebrate the importance of educating children and young people in faith and to reflect on how we are ‘Proclaiming the Joy of the Gospel’ in our homes, schools and parishes. There will be a letter given out after Mass and a retiral collection for the work of the Scottish Catholic Education Service will take place next Sunday.

Sunday: Enrolment ceremony for the children preparing for the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Holy Communion will take place during 10.00 a.m. Mass.

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

Next Sunday: Annual Mass to mark the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes will take place at 3.00 p.m. in the Church with refreshments in the Hall afterwards. All are welcome.

Next Weekend the monthly food collection for Fresh Start is due after Mass. Please do not bring items at other times.


Diary Dates:

8th February: Workshop on how to apply for teaching – Glasgow University will host an event for all S5 and S6 students, and others, who would like to apply for Catholic teaching. This will take place at the Gillis Centre on the 8th February from 10am to 2pm, with lunch provided. If you are interested please contact Mr John Boyle as soon as possible to register at this email: John.Boyle@glasgow.ac.uk.

9th February: Meeting of Parish Pastoral Council in the house at 7.00 p.m.

14th February: Rite of Election ceremony at 3.00 p.m. in the Cathedral presided over by Archbishop Cushley. During this ceremony those who are journeying to Baptism and acceptance into full membership of the Church at the Easter Vigil take the next step on their journey.  We have four parishioners who are involved.  All are welcome to attend. (This is not a Mass but a Liturgy of the Word,)

17th February: The Lenten Station Mass for the City of Edinburgh will be taking place in St. Cuthbert’s at 7.00 p.m. with Archbishop Cushley as the Principal celebrant. Candidates, from the city parishes, including those from St. Cuthbert’s, will be presented with copies of the Creed as the next step on their journey to the Easter Vigil.

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.


‘Day by Day’ and ‘Living Faith booklets for January are now ready for collection and sale at the stall. If you have ordered one please collect it today.


200 Club subscriptions for 2016 are now due. If you wish to renew your subscription please put your name and number on an envelope with you subscription.  It costs £12.00 for the year’s membership. If you are taking out a subscription for the first time simply write new member on the envelope containing your money.

The numbers have dropped considerably due to the deaths of members, members, moving away and others not paying their subscription for whatever reason. As it stands, there are 79 numbers unallocated. If it continues at this level the prize money will have to be reduced to comply with legal requirements.  We need 12 new members and all existing members to renew their subscription to be legal.


Child Protection Mission Statement: In conformity with good practice, the Bishops of Scotland remind you of the Mission Statement. “The Catholic Church in Scotland is concerned with the lives, safety, wholeness and well-being of each individual person within God’s purpose for everyone.  It seeks to safeguard the welfare of people of all ages who are involved in whatever capacity with the Church and its organisations.  As a Church community, we accept that it is the responsibility of all of us, ordained, professed, paid and voluntary members, to work together to prevent the physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect of children, young people and vulnerable adults.”


With every best wish and Blessing

To you, your families

And all those who are dear to you.

Monsignor Tony.