Fair Trade Fortnight

Fair Trade

Fair Trade

27 February -12 March is Fair Trade Fortnight. There will be stalls after Mass on Sunday 26 February and Sunday 12 March, with an opportunity to order Easter eggs, as well as the usual goodies. Also, we have received a certificate of thanks from the One World Shop for the £1,712.37 worth of goods we sold in 2016 – so nice to know that we have been a worthwhile support to them and their work.

The Meaning of Lent

For those who wish, a CTS Booklet on the Meaning of Lent will be available to collect at the end of Mass. It contains a number of thoughts on the Christian journey during this period, including some ideas for fasting, prayer and almsgiving. Please take a copy – free of charge!

World Day of Prayer Friday 3rd March at 2.30 p.m.

“Am I being fair to you?” This year St Andrew’s, Ravelston is hosting this worldwide service and afternoon tea. The theme of fairness to our fellow men seems very apt at this time of momentous upheaval. Please try and come if at all possible and help to build bridges with other churches. Those who wish to offer help on the day, which would be welcome, please call Maureen McGregor: 077207 83442 or E-mail: mcgregor885@btinternet.com

Rite of Election

Next Sunday at 3pm those from across the Archdiocese who will be received into the Church will take part in the Rite of Election. This is an ancient ritual of welcome which the Church extends to those who are preparing to be baptised or received into full communion with the Church. Although this takes place outside of Mass, it would be a great way of showing our support and welcome to those of the diocese who are making the great step of becoming Catholic.

Young Adults’ Group

Our talks make a return this week. After Mass on Ash Wednesday the Archbishop will give a talk entitled,‘Unfolding the Mystery: What Happens at Mass?’ The talk will follow immediately after the 7pm Mass in the Cathedral. The Archbishop is a liturgist ‘to trade’ and so it promises to be an interesting meditaion on the central mystery of our Faith: the Mass.

Lent…

. . . begins this Wednesday! Lent is that particular time of the year when we are asked to examine ourselves honestly and to make a conscious decision to turn away from the things which keep us from the Lord and reorientate ourselves towards Him. Now is the time to think about how we might want to do that. What will we give up as a token of our sorrow for sin and as a uniting of ourselves to the suffering of Christ? What extra things can we do to get the most out of Lent? Extra time spent in prayer? Mass during the week? A return to confession? A commitment to weekly Stations of the Cross? We will be able to celebrate the glory of the Resurrection most joyfully if we enter as fully as possible into the penitential season of Lent, so let’s not lose this time of particular focus on where we are in our life of following the Lord, and where it is God desires us to be. Stations of the Cross will led by the prayer group each Thursday at 7pm.

Rota for 5th March

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Role, Person(s)
Readers, Fergus Christie/Louise Gardiner
Extraordinary Ministers, Anna Fraser/Margaret Guest/Chris McCabe
Bidding Prayers, Dorrian Family
Passkeeper, Andrew & Rosemary Milligan
Flowers, No Flowers during Lent
Tea/Coffee, Gillian Alexander & Caroline Reid
Cash Counting, Siun & John Whyte
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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.