You have come to the website of St Andrew’s Parish, a Roman Catholic faith community in the West of Edinburgh. Mass times are given below and visitors are most welcome.
News and announcements will appear further down the page. Older material is at the bottom and in the monthly archives to the side. The other pages on this site contain information about the parish, both now and in the past.
Public masses suspended (see below for alternative arrangements)
We’re looking for suggestions from parishioners for ways to continue practicing their faith during these troubled times. There are some suggestions below. Further suggestions, amendments etc welcome. The website admin works in the NHS himself so there may be delays in getting material up or replying to emails.
The parish church of St Xavier in Falkirk livestreams mass daily. See here.
Following the latest measures from the Govt to prevent the spread of Corona virus (as announced by Boris Johnson earlier this week), both the Cathedral and St Andrews churches are now CLOSED until such time as these measures are amended. Kindly pass this word on to other parishioners who may have known of the short-lived opening hours arrangement.
These are indeed unprecedented times.
Please remember in your prayers those families and individuals who will be most adversely affected by this pandemic. And a very special prayer for the NHS & care staff upon whom we are all completely dependent.
Might I suggest we each pray the rosary every day at 3pm ?
Stay safe & God Bless! Mary Buchan (for the parish council)
As you probably know, we have received word that the Bishops Conference of Scotland today decided (upon advice from the Scottish Government) to suspend all public Masses across the country. This decision was not taken lightly and will be reviewed as soon as the Government tells us that it is safe for us to congregate for Mass again.
As a consequence, the Archbishop has suspended the public celebration of Holy Mass from tomorrow onwards. This means that tomorrow’s 9am, 12.45 and 6pm Masses for the Feast of St Joseph will be the last public celebrations of Mass in our parish until we hear otherwise.
There will be no further public liturgies in the Cathedral or in St. Andrews Ravelston until we have received more instructions from the Archbishop. It also seems likely that we will not be able to celebrate the Triduum together this year – but this will depend on the instructions we receive from the Government.
So, this means that:
The faithful of the Archdiocese are dispensed from their Sunday obligation to go to Mass until further notice;
The clergy at the Cathedral will celebrate daily Mass privately in the Cathedral House Chapel from now on. We will each remember you all in our Masses;
Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals can go ahead but in the presence of close family only;
There will be confessions at the usual times in our parish: on Weekdays at 1.15pm and on Saturday mornings from 10.30-12noon and on Saturday evenings from 5-6pm;
The sick and the dying will receive the Sacraments when necessary. Just contact the parish office if you need a priest;
As usual, the church will be open every day from 8.00am to 6.30pm. I encourage you all, while we are without the Sacrifice of the Mass, to visit the Blessed Sacrament at the Cathedral to sustain yourselves and your families spiritually;
Since the Cathedral is open, you will still be able to make the Station of the Cross for Lent privately in the Cathedral;
I encourage all families to say the Rosary together on Saturday evening or Sunday at the time when you would usually be gathering for Mass. While we are unable to be together at the altar, we can still be united in our prayers;
If you have a missal or access to the internet, you could read the readings that we would have had at Mass. You can also access Mass on-line;
If possible, try to make a private visit with your family to the church on Sundays so that, even though you will not be able to receive Jesus in Holy Communion, you can pray for a time before Him in the tabernacle;
The newsletter will still be printed and left at the back of the Cathedral each Saturday evening;
The Parish Council are working with me to coordinate a programme of parish outreach to those who are unable to leave their homes and who may need our help. In the meantime, if you need assistance or you know of someone who may need assistance, call the parish office on 0131 556 1798 to let us know.
Finally, as fear and panic seem to gain the upper hand in the minds of many around us, let us remember how often Jesus told his disciples: “Do not be afraid.”
We are Christians and as such we are not afraid – neither of this virus nor of anything else. We trust in God, knowing that he never ceases to care for us and that he will never abandon us. So let us be of good cheer. Let us look out for those around us who may be isolated or need our help. And let us use this time of enforced retreat to deepen in our spiritual lives and to grow closer to the Lord.
Please pray for us, and be absolutely sure of our prayers for you. And if you need a priest do not hesitate to contact us.
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Thank you to all who have contributed towards a final donation to Fr Nicklas Maria. After collating all amounts given via Jessie’s box, bank transfer and the proceeds from the BBQ, I am pleased to tell you that we have now made a donation to Fr Nicklas Maria of £3,100. Thank you all for your generosity, such an amount will make a significant difference in his parish in Russia. Please remember to vote for our new parish project to take effect from January. Voting forms can be found at the back of the Church and completed forms can be posted in the box marked in the Parish Rooms. The forms will be reviewed and the votes counted after today.
The new newsletter format has started this Sun. It’s a bit longer than previously (now about 8 pages!) and covers both St Andrews and the Cathedral. I’ve pasted some of the most important topics that people need to find on a website. You are encouraged to download the full newsletter as a PDF from the usual part of the website