Mill Hill Missionaries

Fr Matt and Fr Gerry were overwhelmed by the welcome they received in our parishes last weekend and commented how lucky we were to live and serve in such wonderful communities. Thank you! They were also extremely grateful for the generous donations they received to support their work. If you were caught unawares by the second collection (apologies!), they will be glad to receive cheques payable to Mill Hill Missionaries and sent to 30 Lourdes Avenue, Cardonald, Glasgow, G52 3QU. Many thanks!

Extras

Pilgrimage and St Andrew, the patron of Scotland? Check out the revival of ancient pilgrimage trails from Edinburgh and all over Scotland to St Andrews. Join us on Twitter and Facebook (www.thewayofstandrew.com).

Memories of Nunraw? Do you have any memories of staying at Nunraw Abbey? Why not share them with
‘Friends of Nunraw Abbey’ on their Facebook page.

There will be a Second Collection for the Apostleship of the Sea this week.
Fr Patrick, Fr Jamie and Deacon Peter.

Adventures of a Vatican Astronomer

The Jesuits at Lauriston have drawn my attention to the fact that Guy Consolmagno SJ of the Vatican Observatory will be speaking at Lauriston Hall on Thursday 19 July at 7:30pm and will share some of his adventures and reflect on the larger meaning of our common experience as scientists – not only what we do, but why we do it. Admission by donation (suggested donation £5).

Appeal for Repairs in Mount Vernon Roadways

The roadways in the Cemetery of Mount Vernon are in major need of repair works. The total cost for renewing all roadways within the Cemetery is £58,000. The diocese is appealing for any donations towards this worthy cause. Donations should be sent to the Manager of Mount Vernon based at the Archdiocesan Office, 100 Strathearn Road,
Edinburgh EH9 1BB. Many thanks.

Sea Sunday 2018

Today the Church prays for all those who live and work at sea. The Apostleship of the Sea is the Church's maritime welfare agency which supports seafarers both practically and spiritually through its network of chaplains and volunteers. Without your help it cannot continue its work. There will be a retiral collection and a volunteer with donation envelopes will be at the back.
Thank you.

Appeal for Repairs in Mount Vernon Roadways

The roadways in the Cemetery of Mount Vernon are in major need of repair works. The total cost for renewing all roadways within the Cemetery is £58,000. We appeal to your generosity and hope that Lair Holders, Relatives and Friends of Mount Vernon will fully support the efforts being made for improvements at the Cemetery. Once work is complete (envisaged taking around 2 weeks) it will totally transform the appearance of the Cemetery. Donations should be sent to the Manager of Mount Vernon based at the Archdiocesan Office, 100 Strathearn Road, Edinburgh EH9 1BB. Many thanks.

GIFT AID ENVELOPES – 2018/19 TAX YEAR

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I am pleased to tell you that gift aid envelope sets are now available for the new tax year. For those of you who are already registered for gift aid and currently using weekly envelopes, a box for 2018/19 should now be at the back of the Church for you to collect as you leave after mass today.

If you are not already using gift aid envelopes, but would like to start, please either speak to Caroline Reid after mass, or email finance@stmaryscathedral.co.uk to request a set.

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.

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!

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!”