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!”

The Parish Barbeque

This great event will take place on Sunday 27th August at 1.30pm. Tickets are on sale today after Mass at the bargain price of £5 each or £10 per family. We would also like to run a tombola as well as have a raffle and so would be grateful for donations of items for these – please contact Michael McNaught-Davis for details (michaelmcnd@hotmail.co.uk) or if you have any queries or suggestions.

Make your Gifts Matter…

SCIAF’s Real Gifts make great presents for friends and family while helping people in poverty to build a brighter future. See the new catalogue (at the back of the Church) for gifts to suit every budget, from everyday items like school books and chickens to some unusual but life-changing presents like a mobile medical centre or a birth certificate. Visit www.sciaf.org.uk/realgifts or call 0141 354 5555 to find out more.

The Return of the Parish Barbeque

This great event, absent from our lives for three years, is now back by popular demand. Do make sure that Sunday 27th August at 1.30pm is in you diary for a great afternoon. Tickets on sale today after Mass at the bargain price of £5 each or £10 per family. We would also like to run a tombola as well as have a raffle and so would be grateful for donations of items for these – please contact Michael McNaught-Davis for details (michaelmcnd@hotmail.co.uk) or if you have any queries or suggestions.

Pilgrimage Walk

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The Benedictine Monks of Pluscarden Abbey near Elgin are embarking on the next phase of the stunning rebuilding of their 13th Century mediaeval Abbey.  The latest phase consists of the construction of a £10 million retreat centre specifically for female retreatants along the south cloister.  This wall also include a purpose built unit for disabled retreatants and their carers.  To help fund this the Abbey have organised a 1230 mile sponsored pilgrimage walk.  St Andrew’s parishioner Phil Godfrey will be participating in a 120 mile section over 6 days (July 24th – 30th).   He hopes to raise as much money as possible to augment the £1230 participation fee (and assuage the inevitable blisters).  You can donate via his just giving page at: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/phil-godfrey

The Return of the Parish Barbeque

This great event, absent from our lives for three years, is now back by popular demand. Do make sure that Sunday 27th August at 1.30pm is in you diary for a great afternoon. Tickets on sale from mid-July after Mass at the bargain price of £5 each or £10 per family. We would also like to run a tombola as well as have a raffle and so would be grateful for donations of items for these – please contact Michael McNaught-Davis for details (michaelmcnd@hotmail.co.uk) or if you have any queries or suggestions.

Make your Gifts Matter…

SCIAF’s Real Gifts make great presents for friends and family while helping people in poverty to build a brighter future. See the new catalogue (at the back of the Church) for gifts to suit every budget, from everyday items like school books and chickens to some unusual but life-changing presents like a mobile medical centre or a birth certificate. Visit www.sciaf.org.uk/realgifts or call 0141 354 5555 to find out more.