Could anyone who wants to volunteer in a regulated role please collect a pack of forms from the parish rooms. If you have a pack please arrange to meet Paula or Fionnbar to go through the checks and have your form passed on. Fionnbar can be contacted through the website or in person, Paula in person.
Fr. Nick will again be collecting names of potential new altar servers today after Mass. Any child who has made their First Communion is eligible for this – and any gentle encouragement from supportive parents would be gratefully received. Once we have collected names, Fr. Nick will organise some training sessions.
There is an evening of remembrance for Holocaust Memorial Day to be held on Thursday 28th January at Firrhill High School, 9 Oxgangs Road, EH14 1DP. The programme starts at 7pm and includes a testimony from Zigi Shipper, and Auschwitz survivor. The event is free and unticketed, but if you plan to be there please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
As you probably know, the Archbishop is currently touring the Archdiocese meeting parishioners in their proposed new cluster groups – in order to explain his vision for the future of the Archdiocese and to consult with the faithful. Here at St. Andrew’s, our proposed cluster is with the Cathedral, Holy Cross and St. Margaret Mary’s and the Archbishop will be coming to meet you, the parishioners of these parishes, on Saturday 19th March at 11am in the Cathedral Hall. The meeting will last about an hour and a half and will be an important moment for us as a parish community. Please put the date in your diaries and please try to come along.
Then at 9am Mass next Sunday 31st January we will be welcoming the P4’s for the Rite of the Presentation of the Creed.
Please note that this Sunday at the 9am Mass we are welcoming all our P3 children who are preparing for their first confessions, together with their parents and families, for the Rite of Illumination.
We have had a tremendous response for the Parish Pilgrimage to Rome from 5-12 June 2016. There are still some places available, but anyone wishing to come needs to fill in an application for as soon as possible and return it to Alba Tours before 31st January. I think that this will be a wonderful opportunity not only to visit Rome – but for us to grow together as a community of faith. Forms are available from Fr. Nick or the parish office.
Just to remind all of our younger parishioners (i.e. all who are under 35!) that our very successful Young Adults Group begins meeting again this Tuesday 26th January at 7pm in the Café Camino. The talk this week will be given by Fr. William Massie and is entitled “‘All things were created through him and for him…’ – The Universe made for Christ”, and will be followed, as ever, by drinks!
At the beginning of this week of prayer for Christian Unity, I am delighted to tell you that the next of our Cathedral Colloquiums will be led by Dr Angus Morrison, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. Dr. Morrison has very graciously accepted our invitation to visit the cathedral and will be speaking at 7pm on Thursday 4th February in the Cathedral Hall. The title of his presentation is: “Faith and Science: Time to Grasp the Nettle”. I do hope that as many of you as possible will make the effort to come along and welcome the Moderator. The talk will be followed, as always, by drinks and canapes in the Café Camino.
Please pray for the soul of Bishop Ian Murray, priest of this Archdiocese and until recently priest resident in the Cathedral parish, who died peacefully on Friday having been strengthened by the Last Rites of Holy Mother Church. As soon as we know the funeral arrangements I will pass them on to you.
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.
Collection for 17th January: £306.80. Many thanks.
Just a reminder to all those young parishioners under 35, that our Young Adults Group will commence again on Tuesday Jan 26 at 7pm in the Cathedral Hall as usual. The theme this session is ‘The Call of God…Discovering our Vocation as Christians.’
This year in our Sunday readings we will be following the Gospel of Luke. So, in order to help us understand the Gospel a bit better, I have asked Fr. Michael McMahon to come to the Cathedral to speak to us about Luke on Thursday 21st Jan. Fr. Michael taught scripture at Scotus College for many years and is a much sought after speaker and retreat giver. The meeting will be at 7pm (as usual) in the Cathedral Parish Hall and will be followed by drinks and canapes.
I would like to make another plea for any unwanted vintage/second hand tables, chairs or side boards that you might have lying around and would be willing to donate to the café at the cathedral. If you have any such items which you are prepared to donate – could you please speak to Mireille or me or call Kay at the parish office. The café will be closed for a face-lift for the next three weeks; if you are in town after 1st Febraury, do pop in and enjoy the new décor and exciting menu.
We are also in need of some new Altar Servers and I have, therefore, asked Fr. Nick to recruit some of our excellent young people for this task! Any child who has made their First Communion is eligible for this – and any gentle encouragement from supportive parents would be gratefully received. If your child is interested could you please speak to either me or Fr. Nick or phone Kay at the Parish Office. Once we have collected names, Fr. Nick will organise some training sessions.