Feast of the baptism of the Lord (a)

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.  (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

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.

Anniversaries: Pat Duffy., Richard Gaughan, Mary Murray.

Died:  Father George Rodgers (retired), Teresa McGurk, Lilian Smail, Betty Murphy, David McIlwaine, Nora Donaldson, Siolene Freeman.


Today is the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord and marks the end of the Christmas season within the Church.  The crib will be dismantled after Mass.

The collection basket at the crib is for the Archbishop’s Care Fund, a fund which is used to respond to various requests he receives for financial assistance. Today is the last opportunity to make a donation.

Today: The new rota for Eucharistic Ministers is ready for collection in the sacristy.  Please collect your copy before Mass since it came into effect on the 21/22 December.

The collection basket at the crib is for the Archbishop’s Care Fund, a fund which is used to respond to various requests he receives for financial assistance.

Altar Servers, who have not already done so, please come to the sacristy after Mass to collect their gift from Santa.

Sunday: The Coffee Morning after 10.00 a.m. Mass takes place in the Hall with the Noisy Nutters in charge.

The first monthly draw of the 200 Club will take place.  The Subscriptions for 2014 are now due.  If you are an existing member please put your money in an envelope with your number and name on it.  The subscription is £12.00 per annum.  If paying by cheque please make it payable to ‘St. Cuthbert’s Church.’  If you are a new member please put your name and ‘new member’ on the envelope.  There are three £10 prizes for ten months of the year and in June and December prizes of £200 and £50.  Many thanks for your support.

At this point in time there are 91 unallocated numbers so it not really a 200 club it is a 109 club.  If it stays at this level then the prizes given in June and December will have to be reviewed since only 50% of income can be given in prizes.

Tuesday: Meeting of Parish Pastoral Council in the house at 7.00 p.m.  All Councillors please make every effort to attend.  Agenda is in the sacristy for collection after Mass.

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.

Thursday:  Coffee morning has resumed in the house after 9.00 a.m. Mass.  All welcome.

Diary Dates:

20th January: The Lauriston Centre lectures begin again with one entitled ‘Faith Values around Asylum Issues’ led by Louise Zanré who is the Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service U.K and has a wide experience of Refugee work.

The centre is also planning a number of talks on the Referendum.  How does our nation stand on the international stage?  What values go into decisions onf asylum?  All welcome.  Entrance by donation.

23rd January: The Annual Edinburgh Catholic Schools Community Mass will be celebrated in St. Catharine’s Convent in Lauriston Gardens at 7.00 p.m.  All current teaching staff, support staff and retired teachers are welcome to be present.  Refreshments will be served after Mass.

13th February:  How can our faith help us in our reflection on the upcoming Independence Referendum? What are our hopes and dreams for our nation, whatever the outcome of the vote? If you would like to take time to reflect on these questions, and support others to do the same, why not train to be a Reflection group leader?

The Justice & Peace office is offering training for individuals interested in leading reflection groups in parishes to reflect on these questions and more in advance of the Independence Referendum.

Training for individuals willing to lead the groups is available for the St Giles/Edinburgh Deanery at St Albert’s, George Square Edinburgh on Thursday 13th February 2014

All courses will start at 7.30pm and finish by 9.30pm, unless a local arrangement has been made.  Group leader packs and group materials for these groups will be provided at this time.

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


Sister Mary Aelred of St. Catharine’s Convent has written a thank you letter for the gifts which were donated to the Homeless Project.  In it she says ‘Thanks a million to the parishioners at St. Cuthbert’s for the very generous consignment of beautifully wrapped gifts delivered to us for the homeless at Christmas time.  It means so much to us here to have such support from you in our work with the city’s homeless population who seem to be constantly on the increase. We continue to have a daily Morning Prayer Service with the Project Helpers during which we pray for all our generous benefactors.  I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and many blessings in 2014.’


With every best wish and blessing to you,

your families

and all those who are dear to you

Monsignor Tony.