The latest news from our wonderful parish for you – attached are today’s and last Sunday’s Newsletters, featuring more of Fr Patrick’s moving homilies; updates from the Telephone Apostolate (with capacity for even more recipients of these wee chats during this unnatural isolating period). Please note also that there is now an online method of making donations to the parish – which still incurs costs whilst the churches are closed and there is no weekly offertory collection. This is an exceptionally difficult time financially for many: employees, self-employed, businesses (large & small) and for the charity sector. IF you can, please donate to the parish as you would at Sunday Mass. Thank you to those who are already donating via Standing Order and Gift Aid.
For some inspiring activities, I recommend visiting the Cathedral facebook page. For those who do not use Facebook, the link is below (no sign-on required). Along with Fr Jamie’s daily Mass, there are some short videos from our enterprising RSM Sisters which will make you smile!!.
The Archdiocesan website continues to post fresh & interesting articles online and on Facebook – note that the Bishops of Scotland have created a Covid-19 working group to define how our churches can open safely & responsibly in a phased manner – for discussion with the Scottish Govt.
Don’t forget our request from Pope Francis for the daily rosary and his two special Marian prayers during this month of May, dedicated as always to our Blessed Mother.
Please take care and be sensible.
This Easter Week has flown by!
I hope you and yours are continuing to be safe and healthy.
Please find attached this week’s parish newsletter (link at bottom of this post)
My apologies to the Fey family as their bundle of joyful news has not been included, so I’ll add it here:
“In these trying and often sad times a bit of good news – Paula and I are now proud grandparents!! Emma had a baby boy – Charles (Charlie) David Matthews born on 1 April weighing in at a healthy 8lbs 5oz. Guy and Paula Fey x“
Many congratulations to the entire Fey family (especially Emma!) from all of us.
I would also like to add my personal thanks to those who are actively participating the the Telephone Apostolate within the Parish – whether making or agreeing to receive these friendly calls – these calls are keeping our wee church alive & well in unprecedented times. Thank you!
There continue to be interesting articles on the Archdiocesan website this week. For example, promising signs of collaboration across the Christian churches in Scotland. Worth a look, when you have a minute.
I hope that you are keeping safe and well – especially those in the NHS & essential support work.
How are you coping with the Easter Triduum online? There are some very moving services available as recordings on our Cathedral and Archdiocesan websites as well as further afield, both nationally and globally.
Please find attached the Parish Newsletter for Easter – with apologies to those who have already signed-up for their own copy direct from the Parish Office.
Fr Patrick has included a thought-provoking homily; Deacon Peter has provided an update on the Telephone Apostolate.
Fr. Patrick also highlighted the loss to the diocese of the “regular” plate income. Can we therefore ask parishioners to “step up to the plate” in a virtual sense and sign up for a regular standing order (with gift aid if appropriate).
Have a Happy & Holy Easter!
Please stay safe,
In addition to the Archdiocesan Holy Week Services, which were stated in my earlier email, please note the Cathedral’s Holy Week Services below.
These start imminently (7pm) with a Homily from Fr Patrick, which will be available from the Cathedral website
Louise – please forward to the Ravelston Rota list – thank you (I have tried to eliminate duplicates from the email lists).
Have a Happy & Holy Easter
Cathedral Holy Week Services:
Homily: Holy Thursday, 7pm
Homily: Good Friday, 3pm
Homily: Holy Saturday, 8pm
Easter Sunday Mass from the Cathedral: 9am
Please see attached download (MS Word format)
The parish is intending to launch a ‘telephone apostolate’ to help those who need sone support and we are looking for volunteers. We intend giving help by setting up a buddy system where volunteer befrienders would be paired with one or two befriendees.
Your commitment: Regular telephone calls would take place whereby befrienders would call and “check-in” on their befriendee’s wellbeing. Other than enjoying a positive “natter”, conversations could also include asking if they are eating well and staying hydrated, have enough food etc and we will work in partnership with SSVP.
If you are interested in helping the please reply to Peter Traynor and you will get more details.
Ideally we want to keep a database of helpers. To make sure we conform with GPPR rule can you please just confirm that you are willing to go on a database to help out.
This is a Microsoft Word (.docx) document. Best downloaded rather than viewed online
Again, another resource for children, this time a day-by-day timetable for Holy Week. Please download from this link. It’s a PDF file this time.
Please find below a help sheet for parents and carers. It is in Microsoft Word (.docx) format and is best downloaded rather than viewed online.
Please see below a children’s activity relating to the stations of the cross. It is in Microsoft Word (.docx) format. It is best downloaded rather than viewed online
We’re looking for suggestions from parishioners for ways to continue practicing their faith during these troubled times. There are some suggestions below. Further suggestions, amendments etc welcome. The website admin works in the NHS himself so there may be delays in getting material up or replying to emails.
The parish church of St Xavier in Falkirk livestreams mass daily. See here.
This is an Irish website (hosted in Tuvalu) which has links to a number of churches offering streaming services.
There’s an online rosary resource here based out of a US church
Suggested daily readings: https://dailygospel.org/AM/gospel/2020-03-22
A Daily Spiritual Routine
3pm Divine Chaplet
8pm daily reading
If there is sufficient demand and time we could look at more ambitious projects like embedding videoconferencing in the website (once offspring enlisted in the task)
Following the latest measures from the Govt to prevent the spread of Corona virus (as announced by Boris Johnson earlier this week), both the Cathedral and St Andrews churches are now CLOSED until such time as these measures are amended.
Kindly pass this word on to other parishioners who may have known of the short-lived opening hours arrangement.
These are indeed unprecedented times.
Please remember in your prayers those families and individuals who will be most adversely affected by this pandemic. And a very special prayer for the NHS & care staff upon whom we are all completely dependent.
Might I suggest we each pray the rosary every day at 3pm ?
Stay safe & God Bless!
Mary Buchan (for the parish council)