Last Sunday collection: Offertory collection on Sun. 26 Jan. 2013 amounted to £493.30 Thank you so much for your support and help during the year!

Thank you to all parishioners, who support our parish through standing order. Additional collection through standing order gives us a weekly average amount of £300.00. Thank you so much for your support and help!

Volunteers Needed

We need a volunteer to become a helping catechist
After Vee Snodgrass steps down this summer, we will have to reduce our catechetical formation and education if we don’t have another catechist. Elaine, on her own, will not be able to have catechism classes for P. 4 during Advent and Lent at both our Masses; 6pm & 11am. It will be difficult to do the liturgical Rites for P. 3 and P. 4 at both our Sunday Masses and to continue catechetical classes at both Masses during Advent and Lent. Everything else, concerning Children sacramental preparations will be on Elaine’s shoulders.


Head Teacher required for St. Francis Xavier’s Roman Catholic Primary School, Falkirk.
Apply online at

The following Head Teacher vacancies now exist in our Catholic schools. Each post has a closing date of February 2nd 2014 and further details are available on the ‘my job Scotland’ webstite. St. Kentigern’s RC Academy, West Lothian, Our Lady and St. Thomas Primary RC Schools, Stoneyburn and Addiewell, St. Josephs RC Primary School, Whitburn’. Bríd O’Brien.

Archdiocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes July 2014:

Archdiocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes July 2014:
The Annual Mass in celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes will take place in St Cuthbert’s Church, Slateford Road, Edinburgh on Sunday 16 February 2014 at 3.00 pm, followed by refreshments in the Hall. All are welcome, including all past and prospective Pilgrims. Information about this year’s Pilgrimage from 4 to 11 July will be available.

Referendum reflection groups

How can our faith help us in our reflection on the upcoming Independence Referendum? What are our hopes and dreams for our nation, whatever the outcome of the vote? If you would like to take time to reflect on these questions, and support others to do the same, why not train to be a Reflection group leader?

Training for individuals willing to lead the groups is available on:

St David’s/ Mid/East Lothian Deanery  – St Martin’s Tranent, Tuesday 4th February

St Mary’s/ West Lothian Deanery – St Peter’s Livingston, Thursday 6th February

St Margaret’s & St Andrew’s/ Fife deanery – St Marie’s, Kirkcaldy, Tuesday 11th February

St Giles/ Edinburgh – St Albert’s, Edinburgh,Thursday 13th February

St Mungo & St Ninian’s – St Francis Xavier’s, Falkirk, Tuesday 18th February

Falkirk/ Stirling Deanery – St Cuthbert’s/ Borders, Deanery, St Cuthbert’s Melrose, Thursday 20th February

All courses will start at 7.30pm and finish by 9.30pm, unless a local arrangement has been made.

Group leader packs and group materials for these groups will be provided at this time.

Courses are free but must be booked as soon as possible by emailing, or phone 0131 623 8922

 Miss Jacqueline Heron
PA to the Director for Pastoral resources
Pastoral Resources Administrator
 Archdiocese of St. Andrews and Edinburgh
Gillis Centre
100 Strathearn Road
T: 0131 623 8903
F: 0131 623 8947
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Andrews and Edinburgh is a charity registered in Scotland No. SC008540

Ecumenical Lent Study Groups

Hopefully, you received last Sunday a copy of the first notice about Parables and Possessions, the subject for study this year.   Application forms are available after Mass to-day for submission by 21st February. 
Alternatively, an on-line version can be obtained by e-mailing 
This year’s study material can be downloaded from     If this option is not open to you, a photocopy of the material can be supplied for which a charge of £2 is asked.
Further information can be obtained from Helen Hood 447 6469, or Anne Pankhurst 467 2929, or Ian McGregor 337 6346.

Volunteers needed

Sincere thanks to Siun and Marian who have volunteered to maintain the parish Google calendar.

If you hurry there may still be a few volunteering opportunities on the website!

Social media. I’ve set things up so that new material from the website automatically gets posted to Facebook and Twitter.  Apart from that, I’ve not done anything with the parish  Twitter or Facebook accounts. I don’t use these services myself and have limited experience. An experienced Facebooker/Tweeter/Twitterer/ would be of use

Photography. We have some photos on the website but many are kind of generic to Edinburgh/Scotland. It would be nice to have a curated library of high quality photos that we could display on the individual pages and in a gallery off the main site. This calls for skill with a camera and a sense of visual taste rather than IT skills.


Information Needed

The basic page design of the parish website but there are some blank pages which need filling with useful and interesting content:

Parish history. We have a basic page but it could do with a rewrite by someone who knows what they are talking about. I have a cache of scanned photos and documents from the past of the parish that might liven up this part of the site.

  1. The neighbourhood. I don’t live in the Ravelston area so can’t talk about the local amenities.
  2. The church building and grounds. It is a beautiful building and could do with a little write up.
  3. Children. One of the unique features of our parish is that it offers a program of sacramental education which is not tied to a particular school. It would be good to highlight this on the website. It would also be good to have a little bit about the children’s liturgy.

All I need is a few paragraphs of text in the body of an email or in a word document.


Thank you

Thank you to all parishioners, who support our parish through standing order.
Additional collection through standing order gives us a weekly average amount of
£300.00. Thank you so much for your support and help!

Remembering Service

Remembering Service
There will be a Remembering Service in St John’s at 5.00pm on Sunday, 23rd February 2014. The service is for those who have suffered the death of a child from the beginning of pregnancy onwards, whether recently or at an earlier time.

It provides an opportunity to participate in a formal acknowledgement of their grief.

Those who wish to come in love and support are also most welcome. It is hoped that representatives from organisations that provide counselling for stillbirths,
miscarriages, and abortions will be present and available after the service.

“The Beginning Experience”

“The Beginning Experience”
Are holding a weekend for those who find themselves alone through divorce, separation or bereavement. The weekend will take place from 21 st – 23 rd March at St. Mary’s, Kinnoul, Perth. For details contact Ros on 0131 669 0003 or e-mail:

Parables and Possessions

Parables and Possessions
Now that January is almost at an end, we have to start thinking of Lent – and the usual Ecumenical Lent Study Groups. Meetings start in the week beginning 10th March.

This year’s topic is Parables and Possessions – on economics and a right relationship with money. Each session will include a Lent reflection, brief commentary on one of
Jesus’ parables, and discussion questions and prayers.

More info in leaflets after Mass today, and full details with registration forms next

Fair Trade

Fair Trade
Andrew and Rosemary Milligan have received an Achievement Award on behalf of St Andrew’s Church for the sterling work they have put in selling £2698.15 worth of Fair Trade goods during 2013.

This magnificent sum was raised, partly at St Andrew’s, partly at Cargilfield Christmas Fair and partly through their holding open house at home.

They, and all those who contributed, are to be congratulated.

The Certificate of Achievement will be put up in the parish rooms.