Holy Week

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord.  (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)

No morning Mass   (Thursday – Saturday)

Holy Week Liturgies – see below

Confessions:                        See below.

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, Mary Pike.

Died: Dan Meenan, Mary Roche, Ruaridh McKay, Mr. Neil, Aontonietta La Greca Verdolira

Annniversaries: Anne McHardy, Michael Manley, Stephen Manley

Today marks, the start of Holy Week. Palms will be blessed and distributed at the 10.00 a.m. Mass on Sunday.

Today: The new packs of envelopes for those who gift aid their offertory collection will be available in the sacristy after Mass.  They come into effect on 7th April i.e. the Sunday after Easter Sunday, after which none of the old ones should be used.  Please collect your new set from the sacristy.

Do you pay income tax ?  Would you consider gift aiding your contribution if you do not already do so ?  Last year the parish benefitted by £8239.04 in the tax refunded from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.  You don’t need to give any more than you give already.  Why not think about it and then get the necessary form before the new tax year begins.

Envelopes will also be available for those who wish to use them but do not Gift Aid their contributions.  Please come to the sacristy after Mass if you want to collect a set.

Sunday: Stations of the Cross and Benediction at 4.00 p.m.  If any group or individuals wish to lead these on subsequent Sundays please let me know. Members of the local Churches will be present so I hope there will be a good response from parishioners to welcome them.

Monday: Penitential Service in the Church at 7.00 p.m. during which five priests will be available for individual confession and absolution in preparation for Easter.


                  Mass of the Chrism in the Cathedral at 7.00 p.m.

(During this Mass the oils used throughout the year in the Church’s Liturgy are blessed and the priests of the Diocese renew their priestly promises.  All welcome).

Wednesday:  Part three of the series of talks by Father Jack Mahoney S.J. in the Jesuit Centre at Lauriston at 7.30 p.m.  The next four sessions will focus on the general theme of ‘Making Sense of Catholic Beliefs’ by looking at the basic Christian doctrines as proposed by the Catholic Church.  The theme for this session is ‘God as Trinitarian Community’

Thursday: Holy Thursday.  No Mass at 9.00 a.m.

Mass of the Last Supper at 7.00 p.m. followed by watching at the Altar of Repose until Night Prayer of the Church at 10.00 p.m.

Friday:Good Friday.

(A Day of Fasting and Abstinence)

No Mass at 9.00 a.m.

Solemn Liturgy               3.00 p.m.

(Liturgy of the Word, Prayers of Intercession, Veneration of the Cross and  Distribution of Holy Communion)

Stations of the Cross & Veneration of the Cross        7.00 p.m.

Holy Communion is NOT distributed at this Service.

Saturday: Holy Saturday.
No Mass at 10.00 a.m.

(In accordance with the ancient tradition of the Church, confessions will not be heard today)

Public Praying of the Prayer of the Church at 9.30 a.m.

NO Vigil Mass at 6.00 p.m.

 Easter Vigil & First Mass of Easter                                    8.30 p.m.

Refreshments will be served in the Hall afterwards.

Next Sunday:                                       Easter Sunday.

Mass at 10.00 a.m.

Refreshments will be served in the hall afterwards.

Thank You seems very inadequate following on the celebrations of last weekend.  I was completely overwhelmed and humbled by the very kind words and cards you sent to me to mark the 40th anniversary of my ordination.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for them and for the very generous gifts in money and in kind which you also gave. The paintings of the Grassmarket which were part of the Parish gift are hanging in the front room of the house at the moment.  They are stunning. The promise of prayers and the Masses that have been offered are also very much appreciated since without them I could not manage to carry out my ministry with you and for you. Thank you to all who were involved in any way in the planning and carrying out of the Ceilidh, the Presentation and the beautiful refreshments and cakes after Mass last Sunday

It has been a privilege to work with you and for you in these years here in St. Cuthbert’s, in Our Lady’s and in the other Parishes where I have served. It has been a privilege to share the happy times along with the sad times of you and your families.  It could not have happened without the prayers, love and support of so many people over these years.  Please pray with me and for me that I will be able to continue to do so in the years that lie ahead.

With every best wish and blessing

to you, your families and all those who are dear to you.

Monsignor Tony.