The Faculty of Advocates Christmas carol concert raises funds for Edinburgh City Mission which ministers to the homeless. Entry is free. Tickets from Queens Hall for 17 December, 6.30 pm. Visit http://www.thequeenshall.net/whats-on/shows/the-faculty=of-advocates-christmas-concert-2017.
Thinking about winter weekends and the Christmas holidays? Why not try the wonder of the all year Scottish Camino. See www.thewayofstandrews.com for more details.
Between now and 31 December 2017 every donation to Mary’s Meals will be doubled by donors. Donations can be made online at www.marysmeals.org.uk
Music, stories and songs of a traditional Irish Christmas will be featured by the Irish Youth Choir at St. Catherine’s Convent of Mercy, 4 Lauriston Gardens, Friday 8th December, 7:30 pm. All are invited!
SPUC Scotland are holding an event to highlight new attempts to decriminalise abortion. The meeting will take place at the Augustine United Church on George IV Bridge on December 12th at 7pm.
The way to express your opinions about the future of Picardy Place is now through the so called “Consultation Hub” which is online. The campaign closes on 15 December, parishioners need to write to re-assert our central concerns, namely assurance that funeral and wedding corteges have access to the Cathedral steps and, perhaps more importantly, a commitment that sufficient disabled parking spaces be provided around the Cathedral. There is a new threat in the form of a proposed taxi rank in Little King Street people can lodge a fresh complaint about. The cycling and taxi rank lobbies are very vocal and we should be too. You can find the proposed road layout, the address for the consultation hub and the addresses of Lesley MacInnes and the Councillors on the Transport and Environment Committee at our website address which is www.stmaryscatheral.co.uk/planning.
The Cathedral is organising carol singing at Victoria Manor Care Home on Saturday, 16 December at 2pm. This is a lovely way to spread some Christmas joy and is much appreciated by the residents. All welcome, please call 07943 691517 if interested.
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!
Maureen McGregor is once again appealing for packed Christmas shoe boxes to be given to the young homeless in Edinburgh. The Boxes, which have to be handed in by Sunday 10th December, are for many the only gift they receive and many shed tears of gratitude on receiving them Christmas Day. The boxes wrapped with Christmas paper, lid and box separately, should be suitable for young persons 16 to 25 years old and should be marked for male or female. Please do not include razors, aerosols or money. Warm gloves, socks, soap, toothbrushes, combs, deodorant, notebooks, pens, crosswords, hand cream, plasters and chocolate are all very welcome. A list will be available at the back of church. Call Maureen: 0131 3376346; Mobile:07720783442, or email: email@example.com.
The Archbishop is launching a new youth initiative for the whole Archdiocese this Advent. On each of the Fridays of Advent, he will gather with the youth of the diocese at the Cathedral at 7pm to offer catechesis, prayer and social time together.
Sundays, we will be practicing for the Nativity performance to be held on Sunday 17th December at 9.30. All children are welcome to partake. Practices in the Church at 9:30 am.
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!”
As you know, all Catholics are encouraged to make a good confession before the Feast of Christmas. In order to make this easy for you we will be hearing confessions in the Cathedral ALL DAY EVERY SATURDAY (10.30 to 6 pm) during Advent. Please think about coming to confession and bringing your children and grandchildren.
To help you prepare spiritually, we are offering small booklets after Masses called “Walk with Me” with a meditation for each day of Advent. They are beautifully prepared and priced at £1.
Advent is our time of preparation for the great feast of Christmas. It is a “short Advent” this year – so there are only three Thursdays in Advent. But on each Thursday at 7pm we will have our special candlelit Masses. These are beautiful occasions and a wonderful way to prepare for Christmas. Why not come, and bring your family and friends?
Maureen & Ian McGregor and family would like to express their warmest thanks to Father Patrick and the many parishioners who joined in our Diamond Wedding Mass and celebration on St Andrew’s night to make it a truly memorable occasion. Our thanks also to our friends who showered us with many generous gifts and blessings.
|Readers||Catherine & Finn Stewart|
|Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion||Margaret Guest, Chris McCabe & Nancy McDermott|
|Bidding Prayers||Fergus Christie|
|Flowers||Robbie Clarke & Annabel Heward|
|Cash Counting||Anne Ellis & Sheila Hannah|
If you are unable to take your turn, please swap with another team member. Extraordinary Ministers: only 1st and 2nd named, if 2 priests saying Mass.
|Mass Day||Mass Time||Holy Day||Mass Intention|
|Sunday 10th Dec||10:30am||Second Sunday of Advent||Bill Grant|
|Sunday 10th Dec||12 noon||Extraordinary Form||NA|
|Thurs 14th Dec||7pm||Rorate Mass||Maureen & Ian McGregor|
|Fri 15th Dec||09:30am||NA||Wynn Family|
The Scottish Camino: Thinking about winter weekends and the Christmas holidays? Why not try the wonder of the all year Scottish Camino. See www.thewayofstandrews.com for more details.