Proposals for New Road Layout Outside the Cathedral – Just for Information

If you wrote to our any of our elected representatives or went to any of the consultation events you will know that the Council have slightly adapted their plans. However, our central concerns remain unresolved, namely an assurance that funeral and wedding corteges can have access to the Cathedral steps and, perhaps more importantly, a commitment that sufficient disabled parking spaces will be provided around the Cathedral. Once again if you wish to write to express you opinions the most effective way is to visit this site online:

Archbishop’s Youth Initiative

The Archbishop is launching a new youth initiative for the whole Archdiocese this coming Advent. On each of the Fridays of Advent, he will gather with the youth of the diocese here at the Cathedral at 7pm to offer catechesis, prayer and social time together. It promises to be a great new way of meeting Christ and meeting others interested in their faith, so if you’re between 16-29, keep your Fridays in Advent free.

New Movements Information Day at the Cathedral

Today the Cathedral is hosting an information day for some of the Movements active in the Diocese. Representatives from 7 new movements (New Dawn, The Neo-Catechumenate, Couples for Christ, Faith, Focolare, Comunione & Liberazione & Schoenstatt) will be in the Cathedral Hall all day to showcase their wonderful apostolate in the Church and to answer any questions.

Christmas Boxes for the Homeless

Shoe Box

Shoe Box

Maureen McGregor is once again this year appealing for packed Christmas shoe boxes to be given to the young homeless in Edinburgh. The Boxes, which have to be handed in by Sunday 10th December, are for many young homeless the only gift they will receive and many of them shed tears of gratitude on receiving them on Christmas Day. The boxes wrapped with Christmas paper, lid and box separately, should be suitable for young persons from 16 to 25 years old and should be marked as suitable for male or female. Please do not include razors, aerosols or money. Warm gloves, socks, soap, toothbrushes, combs, deodorant, notebooks, pens, crosswords, hand cream, plasters and chocolate are all very welcome. A list will be available at the back of church. Contact Maureen on: 0131 337 6346; Mobile:07720783442, or email:

Syrian Voices Choir

Syrian Children

Syrian Children

Syrian Voices Choir – Concert this Wednesday at 7pm in the Cathedral
‘The Welcoming’ is a charity set up to welcome people who have arrived in Scotland under difficult circumstances. On Wednesday at 7pm, we will jointly host a fundraiser featuring the Syrian Voices Choir, who will sing songs from their homeland. There will also be the opportunity to sample some traditional Syrian food. You can get tickets on the door (£10, £5 conc.) or online at

St. Andrews Day – this Thursday

St Andrew

St Andrew

Just a reminder that Thursday is our national feast day and also our patronal feast here in Ravelston. The Archbishop will celebrate the 12.45 Mass at the Cathedral. And then at 7pm here in Ravelston we will have a double celebration of St. Andrew and also of Ian and Maureen McGregor who will be celebrating their 60th Wedding Anniversary. To celebrate these 3 very important people (sic – ed!) we will have a champagne reception in the Hall, and Ian and Maureen would like to invite you all to join them. It will be lovely occasion and I hope you will be able to come.

Advent Reading!

To help you prepare spiritually, next week we will be giving out small booklets called “Walk with Me” with a meditation for each day of Advent. They are beautifully prepared and will be on sale, priced only £1, after Mass next weekend. A great way to pray your way through Advent.

Advent 2017

Next Sunday sees the beginning of Advent and our preparation for the great feast of Christmas. In the leaflet you have been given today you will see the various extra activities we have planned for Advent. Please take a copy away with you and think about how you and your family are going to prepare spiritually for Christmas.

Rota for 3rd December 2017

Role Person(s)
Readers Marie McQuillan &,Rosemary Milligan
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Chris McCabe,Nancy McDermott,George Paluchowski
Bidding Prayers Fey Family
Passkeeper Michael McNaught-Davis
Flowers Maggie McCloskey
Tea/Coffee Gillian Alexander & Caroline Reid
Cash Counting Siun & John Whyte

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.

Mass Days, Times, Holy Days & Mass Intentions

Day Time Holy Day Mass Intention
Sunday 26th 10:30am Christ the King Daniel & Herman Garcia, RIP
Sunday 26th 12:00 noon Extraordinary Form NA
Wednesday 29th 10:00 Requiem Mass James Mattocks, RIP
Thursday 30th 7pm Solemnity of St Andrew Ian and Maureen McGregor, Sp. Int
Friday 17th 9:30am Bill and Mary Grant