Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph. (c)
Times of Mass and Confession:
Vigil Mass (Saturday) 6.00 p.m. & 10.00 a.m.
9.00 a.m. (Monday, Wednesday, Friday.)
10.00 a.m. (Tuesday)
No Mass or Service on Thursday
10.00 a.m. (Saturday)
After Mass on Saturdays
Please remember the following parishioners, relatives and friends in your prayers:
Sick: Caroline McNeish, Patricia Allison, Elizabeth Brown.
Died: Emma Huckerby.
Anniv: Henry Duffy, Henry McCue.
Today, being the last Sunday of the year provides 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. I sometimes feel that many do not realise just how much work is done behind the scenes and as a result take for granted the efforts made by fellow parishioners. The support and encouragement and willingness of these parishioners, young and old, male and female, are 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. If you are not sure what you could do please ask.
Thank you also for the cards and generous gifts which you have kindly given. They are much appreciated and will be put to good use.
Today: The last few copies of the 2019 Archdiocesan Directory are on sale after Mass, priced £2.50p. Please put any payments into the basket beside the directories.
Today: Please note that there is a basket at the crib for donations to the Archdiocesan Care Fund, a fund which the Archbishop uses to respond to various appeals for assistance he receives throughout the year.
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 Saturday/Sunday is the Feast of the Epiphany and is marked in Scotland as a day of prayer for Justice and Peace. There will be a retiral collection after both Masses to support the work of the National Commission.
19th January: Pax Christi Scotland for our Archdiocese will be introduced at an event in Our Lady of Loretto, Musselburgh by Bruce Kent. Full details of the day and how to register are on the fliers at the back of the Church. Please help yourself.
The 200 Club subscriptions are now due for 2019. If you are an existing member please put your money in an envelope with your name and number clearly marked on the outside. If you would like to join, and we do need some new members, please put your name and ‘new member’ on an envelope and a number will be allocated to you. It costs £12 per year. Prizes are 3 £10 prizes for ten months and in June and December prizes of £200 and £50 each month. If you are paying by cheque please make your cheque payable to St. Cuthbert’s Church.
Please remember, if you are planning to get married either in St. Cuthbert’s, Our Lady’s or if you live in the parish here but wish to be married elsewhere, a minimum period of six months notice must be given to enable proper preparation and completion of necessary documentation. If you have not booked your wedding for this year it is essential you contact me a soon as possible.
Safeguarding Mission Statement: In conformity with good practice, the Bishops of Scotland 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 Christmas Blessing
To you, your families
and those who are dear to you