Last Fair Trade stall before Christmas!

910px-Fair_Trade_coffee_NorwayThis Sunday, 29 November, we will be holding the last Fair Trade stall before Christmas.  There will be gifts, Advent calendars, wrapping paper, Christmas cards, decorations, stocking fillers and masses of Christmas food.  95% of the takings is returned to the One World shop and thence to give a fair price to the original producers of the goods.  We are allowed to keep 5% and we send this, plus any donations, to Fr David Cullen to help his work in Zambia.  Thank you for your support.

Year of Mercy Vigil Mass (via Laura Cooper)

To celebrate the launch of the Year of Mercy that starts on 8th Dec 2015 there will a vigil mass on Saturday 12th Dec at 6.30 pm at St Catherine’s Convent Lauriston . Archbishop Leo Cushley will be celebrating the mass and it will be followed by refreshments. The Sisters of Mercy would like to extend an invitation to all to celebrate with them. This Year of Mercy holds particular significance as they seek the beatification of Catherine Macauley their founder.


Also, just advanced notice that I am putting together another action-packed programme of talks and discussions for the parish beginning on Thursday 21 Jan 2016 with Fr. Michael McMahon, who is a renowned Scripture Scholar and who will be speaking on the Gospel of Luke (in preparation for the Year of Luke). These events will almost always be on Thursdays at the Cathedral – so keep your Thursdays free!

Save the Dates!

Just to let you know that, due to pressure of other engagements, the Archbishop decided not to go ahead with the planned Vespers on the Sundays of Advent at the Cathedral. He will however be leading the ceremony of the opening of the Door of Mercy on 13th December.

The Big Clean-Up – HELP NEEDED

The Parish Council has decided that the church and hall are in a bit of a need of a spring clean. Despite it being very much winter we would like volunteers to help with some basic cleaning of the church and hall on Saturday 28th November from 2pm-4pm, and Sunday 29th November from 2pm-4pm. Many hands make light work, they say, so if you can come on either of those days, your help would be much appreciated. There’s a sign-up sheet at the back of the church.


Christmas Shoe Box Appeal



Just in case you missed last week’s announcement, we will be collecting Christmas shoe boxes on Sunday 13th December.   We will distribute gift-filled shoeboxes to young homeless people in Edinburgh who are supported by the Rock Trust, or who use the emergency accommodation at the hostel in Grove Street. Please cover the shoebox in festive paper and put in it unwrapped everyday items suitable for a young man or woman of 16 to 25 years. Items such as sweets, socks, gloves, scarf, puzzle book, pen, pocket torch, small change purse, hairbrush, shower gel (no razors or aerosols). Please label the box as suitable for male or female. Your box can be brought to church any Sunday between now and 13th December. They will be collected and kept safe until that day. Further information from Maureen or Ian McGregor at 337 6346.


Welcome to Fr. Dominic Rolls

Fr. Dominic Rolls, a priest of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton (and an old friend of mine from University) who is recovering from cancer will be arriving on the end of the week. Fr. Dominic is on loan from his Diocese for a period of three years and will be staying at the Cathedral and helping us with Confessions and Masses while he recuperates. I know that you will make him very welcome.


Confessions During Advent

confession-box-300x196One of the best ways to prepare for Christmas is, of course, to make a good confession – especially if you have not been for some time. In order to help everyone go to confession before Christmas we will be hearing confessions in the Cathedral all day on the Saturdays of Advent (5th, 12th and 19th December) from 10.30am- 6pm. There will be confessions in English throughout the day and in Polish from 2pm-6pm.

Advent 2015

Christmas is almost upon us and next Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent! During Advent we will be preparing for the great feast in a number of important ways – all of which are explained in the leaflet which you will have been handed today. I am asking you to read the leaflet and prayerfully consider how you and your family will get ready spiritually for Christmas this year. After many years as a priest I am more convinced than ever that if we are generous in Advent and prepare well – then we have a much happier family Christmas. So please take the leaflet and please think about coming to the special Advent Masses.

Welcome to Children of P.4

This week we welcome in a special way the children of P4 who are being confirmed and making their First Holy Communion this year. They are here with their parents for the Rite of the Presentation of the Gospel. We keep them especially in our prayers as they make this important step.

ROTA for 29 November 2015

Role, Person(s)
Readers, Catriona MacKinnon & Gerry McCloskey
Extraordinary Ministers, Nancy McDermott/George Paluchowski/Freda Alexander
Bidding Prayers, Freda Alexander
Passkeepers, Robbie Clarke
Flowers, May Macdonald & Maureen McGregor
Tea/Coffee, Milligan Family
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.


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 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.