Father Nick’s Farewell

Father Nick Welsh

Father Nick Welsh

Fr. Nick’s farewell “Do" went very well and we were able to present him with an extremely generous cheque thanks to your kindness. It is clear that the people of both parishes greatly appreciated Fr. Nick’s ministry in this parish and we wish him well as he moves on to serve the people of Galashiels.

Youth Day

There will be a Youth Day for those aged 10-15 at the Gillis Centre on Saturday 3rd November from llam-4pm. This will be an opportunity to spend time with other young Catholics from across the diocese. The day will be a mix of socialising, prayer and talks – please bring a packed lunch. A poster about this is at the back of the Church or contact the Gillis Centre for more details.

2018 Parish BBQ

As you will know from last week’s newsletter and from all of the parishioners that attended, this year’s Parish BBQ was a great success. However, not only was it a very successful and enjoyable social occasion, we now know that it was also very successful from a financial perspective. An initial calculation of the net proceeds has calculated these being in the region of twice that of last year. This is due to a great extent to the generosity of our parishioners as well as the efficiency of those organising the event! The Parish Council would like to extend their thanks to those who gave so generously to the BBQ this year. After due consideration, the Parish Council voted to send the proceeds (approximately £1,300) to Fr Nicklas Maria in Russia, being our present nominated Parish Project. The Parish Council would also like to take this opportunity to remind parishioners that if they wish to make any further donations to Fr Nicklas either now or at a later date, there is a labelled box at the back of the church (formerly ‘Jessie’s Box’) for this purpose.

Youth Day

There will be a Youth Day for those aged 10-15 at the Gillis Centre on Saturday 3rd November from 11am-4pm. This will be an opportunity to spend time with other young Catholics from across the diocese. The day will be a mix of socialising, prayer and talks – please bring a packed lunch. A poster about this is at the back of the Church or contact the Gillis Centre for more details.

Young Adults’ Group – This Tuesday

The Young Adults’ Group will reconvene this Tuesday, 18th September, for a wine and cheese evening in the Cathedral Café. The week after, 25th of September will be the first of a series of Tuesday night talks on the Creed, titled ‘I Believe: Believing in an Age of Doubt’. All young adults, 18-35, very welcome!

Fr. Nick’s Farewell – This Friday

Fr. Nick’s Farewell “Do” will be on Friday, September 21 at 7pm in the Cathedral Hall. Tickets are on sale after all Masses. As a way of expressing our gratitude for his time here – there will be a collection at the end of Mass today for a presentation to be made to Fr. Nick at that event.

Youth Day

There will be a Youth Day for those aged 10-15 at the Gillis Centre on Saturday 3rd November from 11am-4pm. This will be an opportunity to spend time with other young Catholics from across the diocese. The day will be a mix of socialising, prayer and talks – please bring a packed lunch. A poster about this is at the back of the Church or contact the Gillis Centre for more details.

Young Adults’ Group

The Young Adults’ Group will reconvene on the 18th of September for a wine and cheese evening in the Cathedral Café. The week after, Tuesday 25th of September will be the first of a series of Tuesday night talks on the Creed, titled ‘I Believe: Believing in an Age of Doubt’. All young adults, 18-35, very welcome!

Thank you!

Very carnivorous barbecue!

Many thanks to everyone who helped with the Parish BBQ last Sunday – especially the organisers Maria and Michael. Particular thanks must go to the chefs, including Sister Mary Pierre, who cooked all the delicious burgers and sausages, everyone who made the salads and all the wonderful people who manned the stalls and drinks and dessert tables. Many thanks to Maureen for providing the desserts, Mairi Angela for organising the BBQ food and Stephen for donating use of the bouncy castle. Special thanks also to Sister Mary Simone for organising the games. It was a great day!!

Fr. Nick’s Farewell

Please join us to officially say thank you and farewell to Fr. Nick for his time here at the Cathedral. We will be having a reception on Friday, September 21 at 7 PM in the Hall. Tickets for the event will be sold after every weekend Mass. The price is £10/single or £20/family. Should be a great night!

Bishop Barron’s talk at Usher Hall

We’re getting very excited to welcome the world-famous author, preacher, and theologian, Bishop Robert Barron to the Archdiocese this Thursday 6 September. Bishop Barron will give a talk entitled ‘Proclaiming Christ in Our Culture’ at the Usher Hall at 7:30pm. These tickets are now completely sold out but still in high demand: if you have tickets but are now unable to attend, please hand them into the Cathedral Office so that they can be redistributed. 

Parish Bible Study – Mondays in September

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In September, the parish will be launching a new Bible study, focused on the readings for Sunday Mass. This will take place on Monday evenings, from 7pm – 8.30pm, in the Parish Room here at Ravelston. The first talk will take place on Monday 10th of September. Do save these dates and invite your friends

The Parish BBQ

The Parish BBQ will, as you know, take place in the grounds of St. Andrew’s Ravelston on Sunday 2nd September at 1.30pm. We will have various stalls (bric-a-brac, cake stall, tombola etc) and a bouncy castle for the children. Donations for the bric-a-brac stall can be left in the box at the back of the church after mass.

Maureen McGregor & Pat Hernandez are on the prowl for all you wonderful bakers out there and would welcome all donations for their stall on Sunday 2nd September. They will be selling cakes, jams, chutney and sweets. If you don’t want to bake, perhaps you could donate either sugar, flour, butter or eggs and they will do the baking? Any queries contact Maureen on 0131 337 6346 /mobile: 07720783442 email: mcgregor885@btinternet.com.

There will also be a bottle tombola for which any donations (wine, oil, etc.) will be gratefully received. If you wish to volunteer to help with any stall, please contact Maria or Michael after Sunday mass or via email: maria.dewar@blueyonder.co.uk; michaelmcnd@hotmail.co.uk Tickets £10 per family or £5 per individual are on sale after mass. 

Faith Summertime Youth Camp

Forms are now available for the annual Summer Camp at Ampleforth Abbey from 16-19 July for our 9 to 15 year olds. It promises to be a great few days of fun as well as learning more about the faith. The price of £160 includes transport to Ampleforth, full board and all activities. See Fr Patrick or Fr Jamie for more details.

Parish BBQ – volunteers needed

We are looking for volunteers to join the organising committee of the Parish BBQ as well as volunteers to run the various stalls and volunteers to help with cooking the food on the BBQ. If you are willing to help, please contact Maria or Michael after Sunday mass or via email: maria.dewar@blueyonder.co.uk or michaelmcnd@hotmail.co.uk

A Note of Thanks from Sr. Mary Cora

“To dear friends and acquaintances at St. Andrew’s and the Cathedral,
a heartfelt thank you for all the kindness and friendship extended to me while we were together. Your generous words and gifts at my departure continue to remind me to pray for you and your intentions. In Christ, Sr. Mary Cora, RSM.”