The National Youth Pilgrimage to St Andrews will take place on 31st August for all those between 16-30 years. To book a place, please contact Youth Initiative at YI@staned.org.uk.
Just a reminder that our own Patrick Harrigan will be ordained to the priesthood on Friday 28thJune (the Feast of the Sacred Heart), in the Cathedral at 7pm. All parishioners are invited to the ordination which will be followed by a reception in the Parish Hall. Please put it in your diary.
One of our young parishioners is planning to start a parent/baby group at the Cathedral. The idea is to provide a space for Catholic parents with babies and/or toddlers to meet up and get to know each other! The group will be held in the Cathedral Cafe from 11-12 on the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month. To get up and running the group are looking for donations of: any toys (in good condition) suitable for the age group 0-3, baby mats, plastic pens, pop up playhouses, baby gyms, musical toys, foldable baby walkers, plastic bowls, spoons, cups, folding booster seats. If you could donate any of these or if you want to know more search on Facebook for St Mary’s RC Cathedral Parent/Baby group.
Forms are now available for the annual Summer Camp at Ampleforth Abbey for 9-15-year olds. It takes place from 16-19 July andpromises to be a great few days of fun as well as learning more about the faith. Please speak to Fr Patrick or Fr Jamie for more details.
Next Sunday (16thJune), the YAG is planning to make a pilgrimage to Melrose to have Mass in the ruins of the Abbey and to spend some time together before the summer break. To sign up for this trip (which is going to be great!), please email Fr Jamie at email@example.com.
Dr Janet Smith, who is Professor of Moral Theology in Detroit, will be speaking at the Gillis Center on Thursday the 20thJune. She is a brilliant speaker and it will be a great event. Details on the board.
The Cathedral Fundraising Group will be hosting a lunch concert at the New Club on Monday the 30thSeptember at 12.30pm. Besides a spectacular three course lunch, there will also be a performance by Barbara Dickson and an opportunity to talk to Barbara afterwards. For more information, please see Valerie Ball or Oliver Cookson, or contact the Parish Office. There is only a limited amount of tickets (£45/person) available, so first come, first served!
Due to the high demand for tickets, we have managed to get some more places for our parish trip to Scone Palace on Saturday the 11th of May. If you would like a ticket (priced at £20 for adults and only £5 for children – including lunch!), please contact the Parish Office.
Edinburgh Westerhailes Odeon will be showing an inspirational Christian film “Let There Be Light” on Easter Saturday and again on the Tuesday after Easter. Performance times will be on the Odeon website this Tuesday. Do try and see it! For details www.christianfilms.co.uk
Tonight, the 7th April, the Archbishop will meet with Young Adults at Gillis Centre at 5pm. Please see the poster in the porch for more information.
Next Sunday, the 14thof April, the Archbishop will lead a day for young adults age 16-30 at the Gillis Centre. The event will run from 2-6pm and will include Catechesis, Mass and Fellowship. For more information, please contact Father Nick at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0131 623 8900
This week, the Young Adult’s Group welcomes Father Scott Deeley who will talk about the apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima, Portugal, in 1918. Please join us in the Café at 7pm for a great talk!
There are still a few tickets for the Trip to Scone Palace on Saturday 11thMay. Why not come?
Would you like to meet someone special? Give the next Catholic Speed Dating event a go in Glasgow at 7pm on Saturday 6th April. For information: email@example.com.
Thank you to everyone who have signed up to help with the Children’s Catechism Classes in September! We are also in need of some key-role volunteers for small, but extremely important, tasks in the parish, such as cleaning the church, helping with teas & coffees on Sundays, washing and ironing the Sacred Linens and arranging flowers for the church. The more volunteers we have; the easier it is to job-share. If you would be willing to help, please speak to Fr Jamie or Mary Buchan before or after mass. Thank you – we would love to hear from you!
The Archbishop will say a special mass in the Cathedral to celebrate married couples on Wednesday 1st of May at 7.30pm. All married couples from around the Archdiocese are invited to attend and to renew their wedding vows. The Mass will be followed by a reception in the Cathedral Hall.
Following the Stations of the Cross on Tuesday, the Young Adults’ Group will meet in the Cathedral Café on Tuesday at 7.30pm. This week, Father Ross Campbell, the Catholic Chaplain at Glasgow University, will come and talk about Venerable Nguyen Van Thuan who was imprisoned by the Communist government for 13 years. In prison, the Cardinal lived the most extraordinary life of heroic virtue. It will be a great talk, so do come along!
There are still a few tickets for the Trip to Scone Palace on Saturday 11thMay. Why not come and join us for what will be a lovely community day out!!
This week we welcome the arrival of two new priests to the parish Community. Fr. Jinse is an Indian priest who has come to Edinburgh to minister to the growing Syro-Melabar Community here in the city. He will be living at the Cathedral and helping out during the week while ministering to the Syro-Melabar Catholics at the weekend. Fr. Ephraim is a Nigerian priest who has just completed his Doctorate in Canon Law and is coming to work at our Diocesan Chancery to gain Chancery experience before returning home. He will be working during the week at the Chancery and living at Cathedral House. Both priests will be staying for a few years. I know that you will make them very welcome.
Would you like to meet someone special? Let’s Meet is sort of like speed dating and is a very friendly, relaxed way to meet fellow single Catholics (Aged 21-40). We need good, strong Catholic couples and families for the future of our Church. So please, give the next Catholic Speed Dating event a go in Glasgow at 7pm, Saturday 6th April. To buy a £10 ticket email firstname.lastname@example.org.