5th Sunday of Lent (a)

5th Sunday of Lent.  (a)

  Times of Mass and Confession: Sundays:                               Vigil Mass (Saturday) 6.00 p.m. & 10.00 a.m.  

Weekday:                             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, Mary McPheely, Annie O’Donnell, Veronica Allan, Margaret Christie, Irene Callan, Assunta Santangeli

Anniv: Anne Scott, Patrick Donnachie Snr., Patrick Donnachie Jnr., Patrick Manley, Michael Manley, David Forbes, Ann McHardy.

Died:  Margaret Rafferty

Today: Lists are available after Mass for Readers, Eucharistic Ministers, Passkeepers and volunteers to help in the Hall after the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday Masses to sign.  Please check your diaries for your availability. Altar Servers please come to the sacristy after Mass to sign on the sheet there.

Today: The new boxes of Gift Aid Envelopes come into effect.  If you have not collected yours yet they are available in the sacristy after Mass. All existing envelopes should be destroyed.  Non Gift Aid envelopes are also available. Please make sure you use the next one in sequence.

Today: As you leave Mass, there are still copies of the booklet called ‘Gospel Joy – Reflections for Lent.’  These reflections are based on the Gospel readings of the Sundays of lent and can be used individually or in a group situation.  Hopefully you will find them of use and they are free !

Sunday: The Coffee Morning after 10.00 a.m. Mass takes place in the Hall with the Fair Trade group in charge. Why not pop round to the Hall for bacon rolls etc ?

Tuesday: The Monthly Mass for Vocations will take place in the Little Sisters of the Poor at 7.30 p.m.  All welcome.  Car parking is available.  Refreshments served after Mass.

Friday: Gospel Joy Lectures in Gillis.  This is the fifth and final  of a weekly series at 7.00 p.m. each week.The speaker will be Archbishop Cushley on  ‘Renewing our Gospel Joy.’ Fuller details are on the poster in the porch.

Friday:As part of the joint parish project, there will be a Rich Man, Poor Man Meal  at 7pm in the church hall at St Cuthbert’s. The idea is for us to become more aware of the differences between life in Burma and here at home in Scotland. This could be part of your Lent preparations. Sister Rosemary Kean a Good Shepherd Sister is based in Edinburgh and has been working with the sisters in Burma for the past ten years. She knows the project we are supporting and the sisters working there. As part of the evening she has kindly agreed to come along and give us some first hand information as well as showing  some pictures of Myanmar, as Burma is now known, and of the difficulties which the Burmese people have to cope with, particularly those with HIV/AIDS. Sister Dillon and her team are working to improve the situation every day.   Come, look, listen and learn.  Tickets, priced £5 per adult or £10 for a family ticket are on sale after Mass.

24th April: A Safeguarding Awareness training session for parish volunteers working with children or vulnerable groups will take place in Gillis from 7.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m.  All involved in these areas please make every effort to attend.  If you are not sure if you need to go please ask either Mairi or myself for clarification.

4th – 11th July: The annual Archdiocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 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

Parish Project Fund Raiser: The Best Decorated Easter Egg:  There will be three age groups – 5 and under; 6-11; 12 and over.  Judging will take place in the hall after Mass on Easter Sunday with a prize for each age group – 75p per entry.

Copies of Living Faith for  April – June are now available at the stall price £1.40.

Details of all The Holy Week and Easter Liturgies and Masses are on the newsletter supplement which will be given out at the end of Mass. Please make sure you get your copy as your leave.

With every best wish and blessing to you,

your families

and all those who are dear to you

Monsignor Tony.

O Christ Jesus, when all is darkness

And we feel our weakness and helplessness

Give us Your presence,

Your love and Your strength.

Help us to have perfect trust

In Your protecting love

And strengthening power

So that nothing may frighten or worry us

For, living close to You, we shall see Your hand,

Your purpose, Your will through all things.


(St. Ignatius)


Holy Week.

Times of Masses and Services.

Sunday 13th April  marks the beginning of Holy Week.  On Sunday morning the Palms will be blessed and distributed at the 10.00 a.m. Mass.  Hopefully as many as possible will take as full a part as possible in the various Masses and services.

  Stations of the Cross at 4.00 p.m.  This provides an opportunity for some time to be spent in prayer as part of your Lenten effort.   

Holy Week


Monday 14th April:                Mass at 9.00 a.m.           Service of Reconciliation with opportunity for individual confession, absolution and penance at 7.00 p.m.  There will be at least five priests available, other than myself.  

Tuesday 15th April:                Mass at 9.00 a.m.           Chrism Mass in the Cathedral at 7.00 p.m.  During this Mass, the sacred oils used in the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Ordination and the Sacrament of the Sick are blessed and the priests present renew their ordination promises.  All welcome.  

Wednesday 16th April:           Mass at 9.00 a.m.           Stations of the Cross at 7.00 p.m. in Our Lady’s in Currie at which members from the local Churches will be present. Refreshments will be served in the hall afterwards. 





Thursday 17th April:              Holy Thursday.

No Mass in the Morning.

          Mass of the Last Supper at 7.00 p.m., followed by watching at the Altar of Repose until Night Prayer of the Church at 10.00 p.m.





Friday 18th April:                   Good Friday.                              A Day of Fasting and Abstinence

Solemn Liturgy

with Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion at 3.00 p.m.

          Stations of the Cross &   Veneration of the Cross                   7.00 p.m.

Holy Communion is NOT distributed at this Service

    Saturday 19th April:               No Mass in the Morning.                             

Morning Prayer of the Church at 9.30 a.m.

(In accordance with the ancient tradition of the Church, confessions will not be heard today)

                                          No 6.00 p.m. Vigil Mass       



Vigil of the Resurrection and First Mass of Easter at 8.30 p.m.

Refreshments will be served in the Hall afterwards.

Sunday 20th April:                                                                                   Easter Sunday.

Mass at 10.00 a.m.

Refreshments will be served in the hall afterwards.