Fair Trade Stall – Thank You!

910px-Fair_Trade_coffee_NorwayThank you to everyone who supported the Fair Trade Stall on 25 October. On a Sunday when there was a very real call on parishioners’ generosity from Fr Maria, we still managed to sell £184 worth of goods and have more than £21 to pass on to Fr David in Zambia.  We will return with a Christmas stall on 22 November.  If anyone needs dried fruit, sugar, etc for baking before then, please let Rosemary know.
Many thanks,
Rosemary Milligan


Dear Friends,

Fr Peter Scally has requested that information about a new role in the parish is widely circulated in the Archdiocese.

Here is a suggested Newsletter insert:


This is a full-time role of 35 hours per week for a suitably qualified person.

The focus of the role is Adult faith Formation, Sacramental Preparation, Communications and Supporting pastoral provision for Youth.

If you are interested in this role  and want a full information pack please contact the Parish Priest Fr Peter Scally as soon as possible atpscally@lauriston.org.uk


Many thanks and best wishes,


Pastoral Resources

Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh

0131 623 8942


Christian Meditation

Christian Meditation

If you would like to find out more about Meditation you might want to go along to the Meditation Group at Sacred Heart Lauriston which meets every Wednesday at 7pm. Call Maciej for more information: 0771 7772614.

RCIA meetings

RCIA meetings for those thinking of becoming Catholic, or who would simply like to know more about the Catholic Faith, take place every Tuesday evening from 7.30pm to 9.00pm in the parish rooms at 63 York Place. The meetings are open to all non-Catholics who are interested.

Save the Date!

Please note that Archbishop Cushley will be leading and preaching at special Advent Vespers in the Cathedral every Sunday of Advent at 4pm. These will be lovely occasions and a perfect way to prepare spiritually for Christmas.

Letter from America!

Peter Clepper, the American man who had a heart attack at Mass in Ravelston a few weeks ago, has written a lovely letter to thank all of you who acted so swiftly to help him and who visited him once he was stable at the Royal. He wrote: “While people are always ready to attribute good things to good fortune – it seems to me that some things in life are blessings or the result of God’s grace. My encounter with the parish of Ravelston is one of these later.” Thank you all so much for your kindness to this visitor.

World Youth Day – 2016

Please remember that Fr. Nick is organising a Group to attend World Youth Day in Krakow next year. This trip is open to all young people aged between 18-30. The dates are 24 July-5 August 2016 and the whole cost will be around £600 including flights and accommodation. This will be a great trip and places are limited – so if you are interested please speak to Fr. Nick or myself soon.

Cathedral Youth Forum – This Tuesday

The Young Adults Group will meet again this Tuesday at 7pm in the Café Camino. The speaker this week is Fr. Stephen Dingley who is Professor of Fundamental Theology at St. John’s Seminary Wonersh and who is coming all the way from London to speak on “God’s Revelation – Can We Believe It?” The meeting begins at 7pm. If you are under 35 – why not come along?

Aid to the Church in Need Christmas Cards

Christmas cards, Advent Calendars and children’s Christmas books will be on sale in the Parish Rooms after Mass on Sunday 15th November. These items which are sold in aid of the charity Aid to the Church in Need are really great quality and support a charity which seeks to help our persecuted Christian brothers and sisters in the Middle East and elsewhere.

Welcome to Fr. Nikolas Maria

Fr. Nikolas Maria is an American missionary priest currently working in Russia. He is a member of the Family of Mary (a relatively new Religious Congregation) and had the very distinct advantage of having been taught by me at the Gregorian University in Rome (hence deep theological insight – Ed!). He is visiting Edinburgh this weekend and so I have asked him to preach at Ravelston this morning and to explain a little about his work and his parish in Russia. The second collection today will be for Fr. Nikolas and his apostolic work. I know that you will make him very welcome.

Rota for 1st November 2015

Role, Person(s)
Readers, Catherine & Finn Stewart,
Extraordinary Ministers, Margaret Guest/Chris McCabe/Anna Fraser
Bidding Prayers, Fey Family
Passkeepers, Michael McNaught-Davis
Flowers, Teresa Howison
Tea/Coffee, Nancy & Fiona McDermott
Cash Counting, Karla & Sergio Castro

If you are unable to take your turn, please swap with another team member . Eucharist Ministers: only 1st and 2nd named, if 2 priests saying Mass.

Mass Intentions

Day, Time, Holy Day, Mass Intention
Sunday 25th, 10:30m, — ,Robert Scullion RIP
Sunday 25th, 12 noon (old rite), —, —
Monday 26th, 09:30am, —, —
Wed 28th, 09:30, SS Simon & Jude, —
Fri 30th, 09:30, —, —

Carlingford Choir

St Catharines Convent are hosting the Carlingford Choir for a concert on Friday 30th October 2015 in their chapel at Lauriston Place. It is a fundraiser for their Homeless project and entry is £5. This includes a drinks reception after the concert sponsored by the Irish Consulate. It starts at 7.30 pm.

Contact Laura Cooper for further information