Solemnity of Christ the King (c)

34th  Sunday of the Year.  (c)

Solemnity of Christ the King.

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 or 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, Lawrie Malone, Irene Callan.

Anniversaries: Jim Fallon, Anne McTiernan, Marjory McPhillips, Frank Wight,Cissy Brannigan, John McMeeking.

Died:  Donal O’Brien, Mary MacMahon, Gerry Lynch.


Today is the Feast of Christ the King, the last ordinary Sunday of the Church’s liturgical year..  It will be the first Sunday that we gather food for the Fresh Start Food Station project.  There are still copies of the lists of foods needed available as you leave Mass. Please do not bring anything that is not on the list.

Help is needed to transport the materials collected to the Fresh Start base in Harrison.  If you can help,  please sign on the list at the back of the Church.

Today there is a letter from the Bishops of Scotland.  Please make sure you receive a copy as you leave after Mass.

Sunday: Rent-a-Table to raise funds for the Parish Project. This is an opportunity to show off your skills and talents in a different way. It will take place in tandem with the Coffee Morning after Mass. So far there are 11 table holders who need your support. Baking, crafts are all on sale. 

Sunday: There will be an opportunity to reflect and discuss the document issued for the Synod of Bishops scheduled to take place next year with fellow parishioners in the Church Hall at St. Cuthbert’s at 2.00 p.m.  The meeting will finish with Benediction in the Church at 4.00 p.m. marking the end of the Year of Faith. There are still copies of the document available as you leave Mass.

All responses whether individual or group have to be returned to Archbishop Cushley at the Gillis Centre by December 15th

Tuesday: Meeting in the Hall at 7.00 p.m. for the parents of children in P4 who are preparing for Confirmation & First Communion.  I hope every child will be represented.  The children do not need to be present.

Wednesday: Meeting in the hall at 7.00 p.m. for the parents of children in P3 preparing for the celebration of their First Reconciliation.  I hope every child will be represented.  The children do not need to be present.

Thursday: Edinburgh Schools Mass at 11.15 a.m. in the Cathedral.  Pupils from existing P7 and some from S1 will be present.  All welcome.

Friday: Annual Mass for deceased parishioners, relatives and friends of St. Cuthbert’s at 7.00 p.m.  Last year there was some comment that a Sunday afternoon was not necessarily the best time due to peoples’ commitments so for this year it is being tried at a different time and day.  It will be reviewed afterwards.

Saturday: St. Cuthbert’s Primary School Christmas Fair will take place in the school from 11.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.  Fuller details are on the poster in the porch. 

Saturday:  Coffee Morning and Auction at St. Catharine’s Convent in Lauriston Gardens from 10.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.  All proceeds in aid of the Homeless Project based at the Convent.  All welcome.

Next Saturday/Sunday there will be a retiral collection after Mass for the Pastoral Formation Fund which supports the work of the various courses in Gillis.  It should have been taken up today but was deferred for the SCIAF Philippines’ appeal.

Next Saturday/Sunday marks the start of the Advent season. As in past years, we will collect for two charities.  The first two weekends we will be collecting gifts for the children of prisoners in Saughton Prison.  These are gifts for children up to the age of 12 and, if possible, should be clearly marked with the age and sex of the child.  Often children of prisoners suffer as a result of their mother or father being in prison at this time.

Lists will be at the back of the Church for readers, Eucharistic Ministers, Passkeepers and volunteers to assist at the social events in the Hall after the Christmas Masses, to indicate their availability over the Christmas and New Year period.

Next Sunday: There will be a celebration of the Children’s Liturgy during the 10.00 a.m. Mass.  During Advent, the Children’s Liturgy will be celebrated every Sunday along with some practical activities in the Hall after Mass.  The team have come up with lots of exciting ideas for the children so parents please encourage your children to go along and take part.

Next Sunday:  The enrolment Sunday for the children in P4 who are preparing for their Confirmation and First Communion will take place during the 10.00 a.m. Mass

Next Sunday: Nativity Carol Concert to mark the opening of the Advent Season and the Blessing of the Crib in St. Andrew Square Gardens at 5.00 p.m.  All welcome to go along and take part.


The Hall Kitchen is back to normal.  In the course of the work an incredible amount of out of date food sauce and other materials were unearthed.  The general materials have either been returned or binned.  It is essential that other users e.g. coffee morning organisers go round and decide what they want to keep from their stores.  All the group material is still in the side Hall.  Anything left after next Sunday will be considered rubbish and disposed of accordingly.  No loose food should ever be left e.g. cakes and pancakes.  No food out of date should be left.  Anything which really has to be left should be in a sealed container not an open box and above all be kept tidily. Any kitchen equipment or utensils used should be washed thoroughly after use.


With every best wish and blessing to you,

your families

and all those who are dear to you. 

Monsignor Tony.