7th week of the Year (a)

7th Sunday of the Year. (a)

Times of Mass and Confession:


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


9.00 a.m. (Monday – Friday)

No Mass or Service on Saturday morning


After Mass on Saturday morning.


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

Sick: John McPartland, Veronica Allan, Irene Callan, Elizabeth Brown, Patricia Allison, Bridget Ferry.

Died: Father Piotr Czerwonka (recent administrator of St. John’s Corstorphine),

Jimmy Barbour, retired Head Teacher of St. Thomas’

Anniv: Amanda Somerville, Lexie Chisholm, Jim Hayes.


Sunday: The Coffee morning will take place in the hall after Mass with the Vocations group in charge. All welcome to go round and sample the bacon rolls etc.

The monthly draw for the 200 club will also take place

Sunday: ‘Remembering Service’ in St John the Baptist’s Church, Corstorphine, at 5.00 p.m. The service is for those who have suffered the death of a child from the beginning of pregnancy onwards, whether recently or at an earlier time. It provides an opportunity to participate in a formal acknowledgement of their grief. Those who wish to come in love and support are also most welcome. The service is ecumenical and open to all.

Monday: The second of two reflections given by Father Jim Crampsey S.J. under the title: “The Sermon on the Mount – Reformation: Revolution.” These talks will look at significant sections of the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7, including the Beatitudes and the antitheses, and not forgetting the Lord’s Prayer. Can Jesus be seen as a reformer or a revolutionary in his teaching? 2017 is the five hundredth anniversary of the Reformation and the centenary of the Russian revolution. The venue is the Lauriston Centre at the Sacred Heart in Lauriston and it lasts from 7.30 p.m. – 9.00 p.m

Friday: The monthly Mass for Vocations to the Priesthood and the Religious Life will be celebrated in the Little Sisters in Gilmore Place at 7.30 p.m. All welcome to attend.  Refreshments will be served afterwards.

Saturday:  40 Days for Life – Praying for the end of abortion – Opening event in the Cathedral Hall from 3.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m. with Mary Doogan, Scottish midwife, and other pro-life speakers.  This will kick off the 40 Days for Life Prayer Vigil starting on March 1st (Ash Wednesday) and continuing on everyday from 8.00 a.m.  until 8.00 p.m. until April 9th Palm Sunday.

Next Saturday/Sunday: Due to the mid term break, Catholic Education Sunday was deferred by the local cluster schools. It will take place next weekend and there will be a retiral collection for the work of the Catholic Education Commission


Diary Dates:

12th March: Do you know someone who suffers from Dementia/Alzheimer’s illness? Do you know someone who cares for a relative or friend ?  If so then you will be welcome to a workshop to learn more about this illness and its impact and also to see what we can do to help in any way.  The workshop will take place in St. Cuthbert’s Hall at 2.00 p.m.

15th March: A safeguarding training session will take place in the Church Hall at 7.30 p.m. led by one the training team from the Archdiocese. This is an essential requirement for all parishioners who are members of the PVG scheme or who are in the process of joining it. If you have any concerns please ask Mairi Allen, the parish safe guarding coordinator or myself.

7th – 14th 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.


Lent Reading Groups 2017: This year the Pastoral Resources Team is recommending the CTS publication ‘Do You Love Me?’ for Lenten reading. Those who ordered copies can collect them from the Sacristy after Mass today.

A new readers’ rota is in the process of being prepared. If you would like to offer your services please contact Mary Mulligan or myself after Mass.  It is hoped to have a readers’ meeting in the course of Lent.


With every best wish and Blessing

To you, your families

and those who are dear to you

Monsignor Tony