Feast of the Holy Family (c)

Feast of the Holy Family.  (c)

 Times of Mass and Confession:

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

Weekday:                             9.00 a.m. (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)

10.00 a.m.  (Tuesday

Confessions:                        Saturdays – after 10.00 a.m. Mass

By arrangements at other times.

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

Sick: Catherine Wilson, John McPartland, Mary McPheely, Annie O’Donnell, Veronica Allan, Margaret Christie

Died:  Owen Docherty, Cassie Haughey, Father Ted McSherry O.M.I from St. Mary Star of the Sea.

Anniv: Henry Duffy, Henry McCue, Maureen Ferguson.

Tuesday:                     Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

                                                World Day of Prayer for Peace

                                                New Year’s Day

                                                Mass at 10.00 a.m.

Although today is not a Holy day of Obligation it is an appropriate day to come to Mass and ask God’s blessings on the New Year just begun.

Next Sunday is the Solemnity of the Epiphany of Our Lord. It is kept, in Scotland, as a day of Prayer for Justice and Peace in the world.  A retiral collection for the work of Justice and Peace will be taken up.

A Letter of Thanks has been received from ‘Mary’s Meals’, one of the beneficiaries of the Parish Project.  Magnus Macfarlane-Barrow, the Chief Executive says “Gifts such as yours means that Mary’s meals can supply over 700000 nutritional school meals each day in places of learning in 16 countries. Your generosity has meant that many children worldwide have the chance to grow up with more optimism, confidence and security than they had previously.” The full letter is on the notice board at the back of the Church.

The Stall has copies of the ‘Living Faith’ booklet available, priced £1.40.  Please put the money in the little basket beside the booklets.

The Archdiocesan Directory for 2013 is also available, priced £2.00.  Again please put the money in the basket for these books.

Catholic Newspaper buyers please note that there is not a new issue this weekend.  Last weekend’s was a double issue with the prices having been increased accordingly.

“Becoming Confident Catholics:”  In Lent 2013 there will be an  opportunity to share our faith in small groups using an  Archdiocesan Resource called Becoming Confident Catholics. This is a series of five sessions for Lent  (Yes, I know we are still in the Christmas season) but Lent begins on 13th February so in January there will be evening sessions available to train people who might be willing to lead small groups.

These sessions are taking place on the following dates and venues:

17th January in SS. John Cantius & Nicholas BROXBURN

21st January  in the Gillis Centre EDINBURGH

24th January  in St Francis Xavier’s FALKIRK

Sessions will begin promptly at 7pm and end at 8.30pm Registration is required for these sessions via Patricia Carroll at Gillis or  patrcia.carroll@staned.org.uk’ Please let me know whether you intend going.


Thank you very much indeed for the many cards and gifts which I received over the Christmas period.  They are very much appreciated and will be put to good use.

This last Sunday of the year is also an opportunity for me to thank all those who, in so many different ways, keep St. Cuthbert’s working as a Parish.  Sometimes it is done in public and obvious, at other times, it is unobtrusive and behind the scenes. Sometimes it is frustrating, taken for granted and unappreciated. The support and encouragement and willingness of these parishioners, young and old, male and female, is an invaluable and essential support for me as Parish Priest.  In fact I would go further and say without them, the Parish could not continue to function and I know for certain that I could not.  As the parish evolves, there is always room for more to become involved and committed. As the New Year begins we will be taking up again some of the areas identified in the recent census. If you are not sure what you could do please ask.  I know that your offer will be welcome.

With every best wish and blessing

For the New Year of 2013

to you, your families and those

who are dear to you.

Monsignor Tony.