From the Archbishop

My Dear People,

As you know, I have spent much of the last two years looking into the question of our parish clusters, to see if there was a way to improve and renew the pastoral life of the diocese. Having listened to literally thousands of you at cluster meetings across the Diocese, having read the cluster reports that were sent to me, and having consulted our clergy in various forums, I now intend to draw this process of consultation to an end by proposing the merger of an important number of our parishes. My proposals will be made public shortly, after I have consulted the Council of Priests in early March.

I am well aware that this has not been an easy time for any of us. Guided, however, by a genuine desire to improve the Christian life and pastoral care of the Diocese with the human and priestly resources at our disposal, I hope to put before you a reasonable compromise of our needs and wishes in the near future.
In general terms, therefore, and to put some minds at ease, I write to you now to let you know that I am minded to merge a significant number of clusters, though by no means all, into single parishes, retaining however most of the church buildings already in use for as long as they are affordable, and indeed wished, by clergy and people alike. The time may well come in the future when not every church or chapel can expect Sunday Mass to be celebrated in it every week, but this is a separate question for us to answer in due course. 

Let me also thank all of you again for sharing your thoughts, opinions and aspirations with me over these last years. It was a great pleasure to have the opportunity to meet with and get to know so many of you during this process. Having glimpsed something of your faith and of your commitment to the Church, I am very encouraged as we move forward towards a new stage in the life of this diocese. Please continue to keep me in your prayers, as I remember you in mine.

Sincerely in Christ,
+Leo Cushley

Cathedral Welcomers for the Festival

Edinburgh Cathedral

Edinburgh Cathedral

The Parish Council at the Cathedral have decided to organise a rota of people to welcome visitors to the Cathedral during the Edinburgh International Festival. For this we need volunteers! The idea is to have two people on duty, in two shifts (morning 10-12.30 and afternoon 1.30-4.30), between Monday 7th August and Saturday 26th August. These two people will man a stall at the entrance to the Cathedral and welcome all those who visit. They will also have information about the Cathedral to hand out. I know it’s the Cathedral, and not Ravelston, but if you had some spare time and think you might be able to help in this important initiative – do have a word with me. I think it’s a great idea and it is a worthy apostolate. There will be training provided for volunteers.

Next Cathedral Coloquium – Monday 6 February

Advance notice that the next Cathedral Coloquium will be given by His Excellency, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations. Archbishop Auza will be in Scotland to celebrate International Interfaith Week, and we are delighted that he has agreed to come to the Cathedral to speak to us about Interfaith Dialogue – a really important theme in our own times. The talk will begin at 7pm and will be followed by drinks and canapés in the Café Camino. Please put the date in your diaries and please pass the word on. It promises to be a stimulating evening.

Next Cathedral Coloquium – Monday 6 February

Advance notice that the next Cathedral Coloquium will be given by His Excellency, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations.

Archbishop Auza will be in Scotland to celebrate International Interfaith Week, and we are delighted that he has agreed to come to the Cathedral to speak to us about Interfaith Dialogue – a really important theme in our own times.

The talk will begin at 7pm and will be followed by drinks and canapés in the Café Camino. Please put the date in your diaries and please pass the word on. It promises to be a stimulating evening.

Mass for Vocations

Dear Reverend Fathers and Friends,

If you have space in your newsletter for this Sunday, I would be so grateful if you could please very kindly mention our Mass for Vocations which will be held on Friday 20th January at 7.30 pm at St. Joseph’s House, 43 Gilmore Place, Edinburgh.

Everyone is most welcome to join us in praying for this special intention.

Thank you.

God Bless you.

With prayerful best wishes,

Sister Mary Bridget

Little Sisters of the Poor
St. Joseph’s House
43 Gilmore Place
Edinburgh
EH3 9NG

George Weigle to Speak at the Cathedral – Tuesday 4th October at 7pm

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The next of our Cathedral Coloquiums will be on Tuesday October 4th when the renown author and Catholic Comentator George Weigel will be speaking at the Cathedral on Converting the Culture: The New Evangelisation and the Future of the West. George Weigle was the official biographer of Pope John Paul II. He is a fascinating thinker and a great speaker who is based in Washington DC. The talk will begin at 7.30 and will be followed by a reception in the Café Camino.

Save the Date!

Advance notice that the next of our Cathedral Coloquiums will be on Tuesday October 4th when the renown author and Catholic Comentator George Weigel will be speaking at the Cathedral on Converting the Culture: The New Evangelisation and the Future of the West. George Weigle was the official biographer of Pope John Paul II. He is a fascinating thinker and a great speaker who is based in Washington DC. I am delighted that he has agreed to come and speak here in Edinburgh and I hope you will put the date in your diaies now and pass the word along to your friends. It will be a great evening!

Canonisation of Blessed Teresa Of Calcutta

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Mother Teresa of Calcutta at a pro-life meeting on July 13, 1986 in Bonn, Germany

A novena to Bl. Teresa of Calcutta will be held on 27th Aug – 4th Sep preceded by Adoration from 6pm at the Convent, 18 Hopetoun St. A thanksgiving Mass will be celebrated at the Cathedral by Archbishop Leo Cushley on 5th Sep at 7pm followed by a reception at Café Camino. All are welcome.

Fr Patrick’s Silver Jubilee – THIS FRIDAY

Fr Patrick’s Silver Jubilee Celebrations will take place in the Cathedral this Friday with Mass at 7pm. The whole parish is invited, and it would be great to see as many of you there to give thanks to God for his service and to celebrate with him. Mass will begin at 7pm, followed by a buffet reception in the hall. We will present to him the proceeds from the second collection last week – thank you very much for your generosity in this regard – and I look forward to seeing you all on Friday.

Canonisation of Blessed Teresa Of Calcutta:

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Mother Teresa of Calcutta at a pro-life meeting on July 13, 1986 in Bonn, Germany

A novena to Bl. Teresa of Calcutta will be held on 27th Aug – 4th Sep preceded by Adoration from 6pm at the Convent, 18 Hopetoun St. A thanksgiving Mass will be celebrated at the Cathedral by Archbishop Leo Cushley on 5th Sep at 7pm followed by a reception at Café Camino. All are welcome.

Safeguarding Training

Brian and Marion (the archdiocesan trainers) have kindly agreed to deliver a safeguarding training session on Wednesday 7th September in the Cathedral Hall from 7-9.

ALL volunteers in regulated roles are urged to attend but those who have not had training since the big changes in 2014 are a particular priority.

Keep an eye on the website for any updates

Fionnbar Lenihan
Parish Safeguarding Coordinator

Safeguarding Training

Brian and Marion (the archdiocesan trainers) have kindly agreed to deliver a safeguarding training session on Wednesday 7th September in the Cathedral Hall from 7-9.

ALL volunteers in regulated roles are urged to attend but those who have not had training since the big changes in 2014 are a particular priority.

Keep an eye on the website for any updates

Fionnbar Lenihan
Parish Safeguarding Coordinator

Online Masters course in Religious Education:

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For current RE teachers interested in becoming RE specialists, or parishioners with a first degree in teaching who are open to teaching RE in our Catholic schools, this is a helpful pathway towards achieving this goal. Available in September; this is the link to the course webpage: http://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/education/standrewsfoundation/news/headline_463423_en.html

The Parishes of St John the Evangelist and St Mary Magdalene

Are seeking an open-hearted and experienced administrator to come and join the pastoral team on a flexible, part-time basis to support our two Parishes. The Administrator will be responsible for the day-to-day administration of the Sister Parishes, working closely with the Parish Priest and the Pastoral Team. Informal enquiries and to receive full details of the role and how to apply are available from Fr. Jock Dalrymple jockdalrymple@postmaster.co.uk T: 0131 669 5447. Closing date for receipt of applications is Monday 4th July with interviews anticipated on Tuesday 12th July 2016.

Safeguarding Training

Brian and Marion (the archdiocesan trainers) have kindly agreed to deliver a safeguarding training session on Wednesday 7th September in the Cathedral Hall from 7-9.

ALL volunteers in regulated roles are urged to attend but those who have not had training since the big changes in 2014 are a particular priority.

Keep an eye on the website for any updates

Fionnbar Lenihan
Parish Safeguarding Coordinator

Online Masters course in Religious Education

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For current RE teachers interested in becoming RE specialists, or parishioners with a first degree in teaching who are open to teaching RE in our Catholic schools, this is a helpful pathway towards achieving this goal. Available in September; this is the link to the course webpage: http://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/education/standrewsfoundation/news/headline_463423_en.html