6th Sunday of Easter (c)


6th  Sunday of Easter.  ( c)

Times of Mass and Confession:


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


9.00 a.m. (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday

9.30 a.m. (Thursday – Holy Day of Obligation)

7.30 p.m. (Thursday – Holy Day of Obligation)

10.00 a.m. (Saturday)


After 10.00 a.m. Mass on Saturday


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

Sick: John McPartland, Veronica Allan, Irene Callan, Father Tony MacDonald, Wullie Gray, Antonio Arcielo.

Died: Margaret Gilfillan, James Kavanagh.

Anniv: Robert & Margaret Stafford.


Today: On Sunday 3rd April in St Peter’s Square the Holy Father spoke about the terrible situation in Ukraine and asked for all Catholic Churches in Europe to take up a collection to help alleviate the suffering there.  The Holy Father asked that the collection be taken up on 24th April, the 5th Sunday of Easter but due to late notification to us we could not do it then. It will be taken up at the end of Mass today. There is a letter giving more detail being given out as you leave Mass.

Today: If you have not already done so, please collect a copy of the booklet ‘Cluster Parishes Together Handbook.’ This is the booklet which will be used in the next stage of the debate and discussion on the way forward for the Archdiocese.  Please read it carefully.  In due course meeting dates and venues will be notified.

Sunday: The Coffee Morning will take place in the Hall after Mass, organised by the Fair Trade Group.  Bacon rolls etc will be available.

Monday: Meeting of the Parish Fabric and Finance Committee at 7.00 p.m. in the house.

Thursday:        The Solemnity of the Ascension

                        A Holy Day of Obligation.

Masses here will be at 9.30 a.m. and 7.30 p.m.

Next Saturday/Sunday with apologies to Our Lady: I forgot to mention last weekend that we would be following the tradition of bringing flowers to put in the Shrine at the back of the Church during May. We will start collecting next weekend.


Diary Dates:

12th May: Meeting for parents of children preparing for Confirmation and First Communion at 7.00 p.m. in the Church Hall. Every child being presented should be represented but the children do not need to be present.

24th May: The Sacrament of Confirmation will be administered by Archbishop Cushley on the children from St. Cuthbert’s, Our Lady’s, St. Joseph’s, St. John Ogilvie’s and St. Mary’s Ratho all of whom have been preparing over these past weeks. The ceremony is here at 7.00 p.m. and all are welcome.

12th June:   The annual summer pilgrimage in honour of St Margaret of Scotland will take place in Dunfermline. From 10.00 a.m.  pilgrims can explore the many historic sites associated with our national patroness. Pilgrim guides will be on hand. At 3.00 p.m.  a grand procession of St Margaret’s relics will make its way through the town concluding with Holy Mass at 4.00 p.m.  in St Margaret’s Memorial Church celebrated by the Archbishop. All are very welcome. It should be a great family day out! For more information please contact the Parish Priest, Father Chris Heenan at st.margaretdunfermline@gmail.com

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.

16th – 23rd November: The Archbishop will lead a pilgrimage to Rome for the Year of Mercy.  The pilgrimage will coincide with the ceremonies led by the Pope for the closing of the Holy Door and it will be a unique time to visit the Eternal City. The cost is £620.00 plus flights plus single room supplement. This includes half board, airport transfers, 2 full day trips and 1 half day trip. Contact Alba tours to book or for details (annemariecairns@yahoo.co.uk or tel. 01698 242941).

Volunteeers needed (1): Spred – Special Religious Development – is a spiritual programme existing to nourish and nurture faith in children and adults with a learning disability. At present there are 13 groups throughout the Archdiocese with a maximum of 8 adult volunteers in each group with 6 learning disabled.  We are

hoping to be able to start a new children’s group in the SPRED Centre at 26 George Square Lane next September. However we very much need people to come forward as volunteers to do the necessary training.

The training consists of 8 two hour sessions before the volunteer would be ready to join a group; either the new group or an established group in Edinburgh, Falkirk or Bannockburn – depending on where you stay. The training would take place in George Square usually on a Saturday from 10.00-3.00 when we could cover two sessions in the course of the day but this can be discussed and perhaps done in evenings. Volunteers need no qualifications or experience just a big heart and the willingness to share their life and faith experiences. If you think this is something you might be interested in, please contact Emma Robertson on 07707811595 or by email at Emma.Robertson@staned.org.uk


Volunteeers needed (2): The Little Sisters of the Poor are looking for Volunteers to help with Residents’ activities e.g. entertainments, Walks in the gardens etc If you can spare some time please contact Sister Rosaline at St. Joseph’s, 43 Gilmore Place  on 229.5672


With every best wish and blessing

to you, your families

and all those who are dear to you.

Monsignor Tony.