Caroline Reid joins the mass Sleep out In the Park – Saturday, 9th December

Caroline, our finance officer, has signed up for “a mass sleep out in Princes Street Gardens to end homelessness for good.” She would like to thank everyone who has sponsored her already, but if anyone else would like to, either fill in a sponsor form at the back of the church or in the parish rooms after mass or visit her sponsorship page (http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/caroline-reid-). Thank you!

Christmas Boxes for the Homeless

Shoe Box

Shoe Box

Maureen McGregor is once again appealing for packed Christmas shoe boxes to be given to the young homeless in Edinburgh. The Boxes, which have to be handed in by Sunday 10th December, are for many the only gift they receive and many shed tears of gratitude on receiving them Christmas Day. The boxes wrapped with Christmas paper, lid and box separately, should be suitable for young persons 16 to 25 years old and should be marked for male or female. Please do not include razors, aerosols or money. Warm gloves, socks, soap, toothbrushes, combs, deodorant, notebooks, pens, crosswords, hand cream, plasters and chocolate are all very welcome. A list will be available at the back of church. Call Maureen: 0131 3376346; Mobile:07720783442, or email: mcgregor885@btinternet.com.

PARISH PROJECT UPDATE

You will no doubt be pleased to hear that we now collated all the monies collected during the year to date for Fr Nicklas Maria in Russia, our new ‘Parish Project’. This includes amounts donated via Jessie’s box, donations given via standing order and also a donation recommended by the Parish Council out of proceeds from our summer BBQ. You will no doubt be pleased to hear that, in total, we have £1,100 to donate to Fr Nicklas Maria and have already made arrangements to transfer these monies to him. Fr Nicklas has also been advised of the amounts and is most grateful to our Parish, sending the following message to all parishioners: “In the name of our parish here in Bashkortostan, Russia (which is currently under quite a bit of snow!!) I wish you and yours a blessed Advent, and a wonderful Christmas. God Bless, and please give my warmest greetings to all in Ravelston! I hope to come back and see you all sometime!”

Christmas Boxes for the Homeless

Shoe Box

Shoe Box

Maureen McGregor is once again this year appealing for packed Christmas shoe boxes to be given to the young homeless in Edinburgh. The Boxes, which have to be handed in by Sunday 10th December, are for many young homeless the only gift they will receive and many of them shed tears of gratitude on receiving them on Christmas Day. The boxes wrapped with Christmas paper, lid and box separately, should be suitable for young persons from 16 to 25 years old and should be marked as suitable for male or female. Please do not include razors, aerosols or money. Warm gloves, socks, soap, toothbrushes, combs, deodorant, notebooks, pens, crosswords, hand cream, plasters and chocolate are all very welcome. A list will be available at the back of church. Contact Maureen on: 0131 337 6346; Mobile:07720783442, or email: mcgregor885@btinternet.com.

Syrian Voices Choir

Syrian Children

Syrian Children

Syrian Voices Choir – Concert this Wednesday at 7pm in the Cathedral
‘The Welcoming’ is a charity set up to welcome people who have arrived in Scotland under difficult circumstances. On Wednesday at 7pm, we will jointly host a fundraiser featuring the Syrian Voices Choir, who will sing songs from their homeland. There will also be the opportunity to sample some traditional Syrian food. You can get tickets on the door (£10, £5 conc.) or online at thewelcoming.org/newscotscelebration

Syrian Voices Choir

‘The Welcoming’ is a charity set up to welcome people who have arrived in Scotland under difficult circumstances. On Wednesday 29th November at 7pm, the Cathedral will jointly host a fundraiser featuring the Syrian Voices Choir, who will sing songs from their homeland. There will also be the opportunity to sample some traditional Syrian food. You can get tickets on the door (£10, £5 conc.) or online at thewelcoming.org/newscotscelebration

Christmas Fair – Little Sisters of the Poor

Dear Reverend Fathers and Friends,

If you have space in your newsletter for this Sunday, please could you very kindly mention our Christmas Fair which will be held at St. Joseph’s Care Home, 43 Gilmore Place on 4th November from 1.30pm – entry £1 – free tea and coffee.

Thank you so much.

God Bless you.

With prayerful best wishes,

Sister Marie Claire

Little Sisters of the Poor
St. Joseph’s House
43 Gilmore Place
Edinburgh
EH3 9NG
0131 229 5672

Aged and Infirm Clergy Fund (‘AICF’) Special Collection – Today

Today there is a special collection for the AICF. If you would like to gift aid your donation, special collection envelopes are now available at the back of the church.  If you already use weekly gift aid envelopes, you may prefer to use the AICF collection envelope which is already in your envelope set. Following the generous response to the additional collections taken last year and earlier this year, as well as these donations supporting the current needs of the Aged and Infirm Clergy Fund, some of the donations received will be used to create a new investment fund.  This fund will be added to each year and will be used to build a larger fund over the next 20 to 30 years.  In due course the income from this fund will support the cost of retirement benefits that will need to be provided to priests that are ordained over the coming years, when they retire. Many thanks for your continuing support.