Parish Baby/Toddler Group Starting Soon!

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.

“Faith Summertime”

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.

Lunch Concert with Barbara Dickson

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!

Key-Role Volunteers Needed

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!

Young Adults Group Tuesday at 7.30pm – Cardinal Van Thuan 

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! 

Welcome to Fr. Jinse and Fr. Ephraim!


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. 

Catholic Speed Dating

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