Edinburgh Concert Night

Edinburgh Concert Night The Siancio Singers welcome The Capital City Minstrels to St John’s Episcopal Church on Tuesday 5th June at 7:30pm. A joint concert celebrating music from India, Scotland and the world. Tickets (£10 adults, under 16s go free) available from One World Shop, Blackwood Homes and Care or on the door (space permitting). Visit www.sianciosingers.com for more details.

Race for Life

Once again Fiona McDermott is running in aid of Cancer Research and is looking for support from sponsors and will be outside church after Sunday mass with her form for the next few weeks.

Fundraising for Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood (AHC)

Katherine, family and friends are running the Edinburgh 10km on Saturday 26th May for Katherine’s daughter Anya Madeline Behl, 9 months old. She has an extremely rare neurological condition called Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood (1 in a million and the second child in Scotland). There is currently no cure, nor any effective treatment and as it is so rare there are limited funds for research. They are trying to raise awareness and funds for this. The future is uncertain, but you can help. Any donation, large or small, would be greatly appreciated. You can read more about Anya’s condition on their just giving page: https://tinyurl.com/ycgf5t4z

Aged and Infirm Clergy Fund – Second Collection Today

The Aged and Infirm Clergy Fund of the Archdiocese provides support for our 25 retired priests with one of the main sources of income for the fund being the amounts received from the Special Collections. The next collection will be taken up this weekend, 26th/27th May. Please remember to pray for those priests who have served us well and be as generous as you can. Gift Aid envelopes are available at the back of the church. If you are a UK taxpayer, and would like to gift aid your donation, please put your donation into one of these envelopes and complete the details on the back before putting it into the collection basket. For those of you using weekly envelopes, you may alternatively use the envelope in your set that is marked for the Aged and Infirm Clergy Fund for your donation. As I am sure you know, gift aiding your donation will uplift the amount you give by a further 25% at no additional cost to you.

Unused/Unwanted Clothes Appeal

Fr Nicklas Maria from Russia (who is our Parish Project) has requested our help to donate children’s clothes (0-18 years) for his parishioners. You can donate in several ways: leave clothes in the St Andrews parish rooms in the marked box; bring them to Mass on Sunday and leave with Marie McQuillan in the choir; drop them off at 7 Ravelston Dykes anytime (we have a small green shed near the front door and you can leave items there); or contact Marie McQuillan on 01313326028.

SCIAF Wee Boxes

SCIAF Wee Box

SCIAF Wee Box

As you will no doubt be aware, the Government has pledged to match all donations made to SCIAF via their Wee Boxes this year, PROVIDED the monies are received by SCIAF on or before 8th May 2018. To ensure that SCIAF benefit from this, please make sure that you either return your Wee Box (with your details entered on the bottom) and its contents to SCIAF by this date OR leave your Wee Box at the back of the Church after mass today or next Sunday (29 April). Thank you!

Annual Christian Aid Book Sale at St. Andrew’s & St. George’s West 12th-19th May

Second hand bookstore

Second hand bookstore

The highly successful Christian Aid Book Sale, located at St Andrew’s and St George’s West Church on George Street, will begin this year on Saturday12th May and then will be on all week from Monday 14th. There will be a great selection of books and also antiques, collectables, pictures, records, postcards and stamps on sale. All proceeds will go to help the millions who have been forced to abandon their homes, whether through natural disaster or conflict including in Nigeria, Colombia, South Sudan, Bangladesh and Iraq. Last year, Christian Aid reached 1.2 million people affected by emergencies. Do make a visit, pick up a bargain and aid a worthy cause.

Knights of Malta Ball

The Knights of Malta Ball which raises funds for Knights of Malta chari

insignia knights of Malta

insignia knights of Malta

ties take place on 14 April. Visit www.orderofmaltaball.com for more details or contact Rosemary Milligan on 337 1385 or Camilla Smith on 07738472812.

SCIAF Wee Box Appeal

SCIAF Wee Box

SCIAF Wee Box

If you haven’t already done so, please pick up a SCIAF “Wee Box” from the back of the Church on your way out today to help with Lenten almsgiving. The UK Government has pledged to match all donations received through the Wee Box Appeal this year, so please do take one home and fill it up during Lent.

SCIAF Wee Box Appeal

SCIAF Wee Box

SCIAF Wee Box

If you haven’t already done so, please pick up a SCIAF “Wee Box” from the back of the Church on your way out today to help with Lenten almsgiving. The UK Government has pledged to match all donations received through the Wee Box Appeal this year, so please do take one home and fill it up during Lent.

SCIAF Wee Box Appeal

If you haven’t already done so, please pick up a SCIAF “Wee Box” from the back of the Church on your way out today to help with Lenten almsgiving. The UK Government has pledged to match all donations received through the Wee Box Appeal this year, so please do take one home and fill it up during Lent.

Catholic Education Week

Next Sunday is the beginning of Catholic Education Week. This year marks 100 years since the Education Act that saw Catholic Education become part of the state sector. There will be a second collection after all Masses next week for the work of the Scottish Catholic Education Service.

Justice and Peace Sunday

Today is the National Day of Prayer for Justice and Peace Sunday. There will be a second collection at Mass today for the work of Justice and Peace Scotland, a Commission of the Bishops’ Conference of

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!