The annual Archdiocesan Lourdes Day will take place on Sunday 26 May at the Gillis Centre between 3pm and 5pm. The event aims to recreate the spirit of Lourdes within the Archdiocese and will consist of a Marian procession, Solemn Benediction and the Blessing of the Sick.
Two years ago, you may remember, Edinburgh City Council put forward proposals to introduce all day parking restrictions on Sundays in the city center. Such proposal would have had a disastrous impact on City Center Churches and so all the Churches got together and successfully campaigned to get the proposals dropped. Unfortunately, the Council has now re-introduced proposals for Sunday parking charges and restrictions. A meeting has been called of all the city center churches to discuss this issue and address what action needs to be taken by the churches working together. The meeting will take place at the Lauriston Hall at 2.30pm on Sunday 12th May. Please think about going to this meeting. For more information on this or on what you can do, please contact Alan Cran: firstname.lastname@example.org
Forms are now available for the annual Summer Camp at Ampleforth Abbey from 16-19 July for our 9 to 15-year old’s. It promises to be a great few days of fun as well as learning more about the faith. The price of £165 includes transport to Ampleforth, full board, all activities and entrance to Flamingo Land Theme Park. Please speak to Fr Patrick or Fr Jamie for more details.
The Missionaries of Charity’s annual May Procession will begin at the Convent at 18 Hopetoun Crescent at 2pm on Saturday the 18th of May. The procession will end at the Cathedral where there will be a time of prayer and a short talk on Our Lady. All are welcome to join!
This Tuesday the Young Adult’s Group will finally meet again after an Easter Break! For the next four weeks, the talks will be about discernment and vocation. Our first speaker is Fr Bernard Mournian, who will lead the discussion at the Cathedral Café at 7pm. It will be a great talk, please do come along!
On the 30th September at 12.30pm in this unique setting hear guest speaker Barbara talking about her life in music (this is not a concert as stated in the previous newsletter). Tickets £45 from Oliver Cookson, Valerie Ball or the Cathedral Office. Numbers are limited to 45, so first come, first served!
In preparation for the “40 Hours” we will have a series of talks on the Eucharist on 20th and 27th May and 3rd June which will explore the Church’s teaching on the Eucharist. Each talk will begin at 7pm at the Parish Rooms in St. Andrew’s Ravelston and will be followed by soup and sandwiches.
Please remember to put in your diaries that “40 Hours” at the Cathedral will take place this year on 10th-12th June. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed all day for adoration and each day will finish with a Holy Hour and Benediction at 7pm. This is a lovely devotion and something to bring your children and grandchildren to experience.
Today the Church celebrates Good Shepherd Sunday, when we are encouraged to pray for vocations to the priesthood and the religious life. Let us pray that many more young people will respond to the call of the Lord by dedicating their lives to the service of the Gospel.
While we have a number of visiting priests here, I have decided to expand our weekly schedule to include daily confessions at in the Cathedral after the 12.45pm Mass and daily Mass at Ravelston at 9.30am. This new schedule will start next Monday, 20th May.
After Mass on Sunday the 19th May, Robbie Clarke, Mairi-Angela Foster and Kate Jones are organising a bacon rolls morning (vegetarian option available) to raise money for the AHC Foundation (Alternative Hemiplegia of Childhood). In our parish community we have a child, Anya Behl, who has this illness. We hope you will come along and support this initiative.
If you have been collecting for SCIAF in a Wee Box this year, you can either send the money directly to SCIAF (using the details on the box) or bring it to Mass for us to count and send in for you.
If you would like the parish to send in your monies for you, please leave your Wee Box at the back of the church on or before the 12th May 2019. Don’t forget to fill in the gift aid details on the base of the Wee Box to maximise your donation!
We are trying to compile a comprehensive list of all the sick and housebound in the Parish in order to ensure that they are visited on a regular basis. If you know of, or are currently visiting, any Catholic in the parish who is housebound can you please ensure that we have the name and address of that person. Also, if you know of any Catholic in the parish who is sick and housebound and who does not receive regular visitations from the parish can you please (with their permission) let us know their contact details. The idea will be to set up regular monthly vitiations by the clergy to all those who are housebound in the parish. Thank you for your help with this.
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!
St Andrews Ravelston is a parish of the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh and is a Charity registered in Scotland - number SC008540