8th Sunday of the Year (a)

8th Sunday of the Year.  (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)

                                                7.30 p.m. (Wednesday)

10.00 a.m. (Saturday)

Confessions:                        After 10.00 a.m. Mass on Saturday

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

Died: Joan McPheely,  James Hayes.

Anniv: Henry Livingstone.


Today: As you leave Mass, you will receive a copy of a 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 !

Today: The SCIAF materials for Lent e.g. The Wee Box are available as you leave Mass.  Please help yourself.

Today: A box (which I am not supposed to know about) is available at the back of the Church for contributions to M.C. Tony’s presentation which will take place during the Canon’s Ceilidh.

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.

Sunday: To mark the end of Catholic Education week, we will be joined by members of staff and pupils from St. Augustine’s High School and St. Cuthbert’s Primary School, our official Catholic Schools to raise awareness of Catholic Education.  The theme that has been chosen relates to Pope Francis’ first encyclical ‘Lumen Fidei’ where we are all asked to reflect on how we are Shining the Light of Faith in our daily lives. There will be a retiral collection to support the work of the Catholic Education Service in Scotland. They will be handing out a special leaflet as you leave Mass so please make sure you receive your copy.

Wednesday:                          Ash Wednesday.

The season of Lent begins.

Today is a Day of Fasting and Abstinence, one of only two left in the Church’s year, the other being Good Friday.  The law of fasting applies to all over 18 until the beginning of their 60th year.  The law of abstinence (refraining from eating meat) applies to everyone over the age of 14.

Masses here will be at 9.00 a.m. and 7.30 p.m. and ashes will be distributed at both Masses.

Friday: Annual World Day of Prayer Service in St. Michael’s Church of Scotland in Slateford Road at 2.00 p.m.  All welcome.  Fuller details are on the poster in the porch.

Friday:The Canon’s Ceilidh with live music led by Dave Vernon.  Tickets are on sale now, priced £7.00 and £3.00 (children) which includes Haggis & Neeps. Any profit will go to the Parish Project Fund. It is a Bring Your Own Bottle night.

Friday: Gospel Joy Lectures in Gillis.  This is the first of a weekly series at 7.00 p.m. each week. The speaker for the first session is Sister Helen Costigane SHCJ on ‘Freedom and Joy’.  Fuller details are on the poster in the porch.

Saturday: Young Adult Lenten Retreat for those aged 16 and over in St. John Vianney’s in Gilmerton. It is on the theme ‘Blessed are the Peacemakers.’ Fuller details are on the poster in the porch.


Diary Dates:

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


The Social Group would be glad to hear of any ideas you have for fundraising for the Parish Project or simply to bring parishioners together socially.  With this in mind there is a suggestion box for ideas for events at the back of the Church.  The important thing to remember is that the social group will assist or coordinate events but cannot be expected to run them.  Hopefully if you have an idea you will take on the planning and running of it with friends or parishioners.


Child Protection Mission Statement: In conformity with good practice, the Bishops of Scotland now 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.





‘Find out how much God has given you

And from it take what you need;

The remainder is needed by others.’

(St. Augustine)