The Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord (b)

The Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord.  (b)

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 Saturdays

By arrangement


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

Sick: John McPartland, Annie O’Donnell, Veronica Allan, Margaret Christie, Irene Callan, Assunta Santangeli, Madison Mulligan


Anniv: Betty Murphy, William McDonald, Henry McCue.


Today 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. There is also a letter from Bishop Moran, Bishop President of the National Justice and Peace Commission.

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

Today: The last few Archdiocesan Directories for 2015 are on sale at the back of the Church, priced £2.00.  Please put the money in the basket beside the Directories and not in the paper money basket.


Diary Dates:

18th January:   Mass for Migrants and Refugees at 3.00 p.m. in the Cathedral, celebrated by Archbishop Cushley, to celebrate the contribution of migrants and refugees to our archdiocese, on the Church’s annual World Day for Migrants and Refugees. This year Pope Francis’ theme is: Church without frontiers, Mother to all.’

All are very welcome. If you would like to be involved, or to attend the reception afterwards, please email for further information./

27th January: An information evening on an initiative called ‘Safe Families for Children’ is being held in the Hall from 7.30 p.m. – 8.30 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help in this initiative which is being launched in Wester Hailes. It aims to provide some degree of support for children whose parents are facing a difficult time. More information is available from Alan Gray the coordinator on 603.8430 or by email at Fuller details are also on the poster in the porch.

21st February: This may seem a long way off but it is hoped to hold a Race Night to add funds to the Parish Project Fund. The first stage will be to get ‘horse owners’ and lists will be available very soon to give the opportunity to become an owner. More details will be given in due course but keep the date free and come along.

10th – 17th July: The annual Archdiocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes, led by Archbishop Cushley,  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  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


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 first 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 Archbishop reveals his plans for the future within the next few weeks, the parish will necessarily have to evolve.  As a result there will a need for parishioners or more to become involved and committed.  If you are not sure what you could do please ask.  I know that your offer will be welcomed.

A Thank You letter has been received from Sister Aelred at St. Catharine’s for the gifts you donated for the homeless.  She says “ I write to thank you for the very generous consignment of Christmas gifts for the homeless which will be given to our guests at their Christmas Dinner.  It means so much to us here at St. Catharine’s Homeless Project to have such support from you in our work within the City’s Homeless population which constantly seems to be on the increase. We continue to have a daily Morning Prayer Service with the Project Helpers at which we pray for all our Benefactors.  I wish you all a very happy Christmas and many blessings in the New Year.”

With every best wish and

blessing for 2015 to you,

your families and

all those who are dear to you.

Monsignor Tony