The Scottish Camino: Thinking about winter weekends and the Christmas holidays? Why not try the wonder of the all year Scottish Camino. See www.thewayofstandrews.com for more details.
Between now and 31 December 2017 every donation to Mary’s Meals will be doubled by donors. Donations can be made online at www.marysmeals.org.uk
SPUC Scotland are holding an event to highlight new attempts to decriminalise abortion. The meeting will take place at the Augustine United Church on George IV Bridge on December 12th at 7pm.
Archbishop Cushley will bless the Edinburgh Nativity Scene 3rd December at 3pm in St Andrews Square. It would be great to show support for this little bit of Christianity in the City centre.
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: www.consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk
The Cathedral Parish Council have organised Carol Singing at the Victoria Manor Care Home on 16th Dec and we need lots of volunteers. This is a really lovely way to spread some Christmas joy and is much appreciated by the residents. If you could spare a couple of hours please call 07943 691517 for more details.
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over the next few Sundays, we will be practicing for the Nativity performance to be held on Sunday 17th December at 9.30. All children are welcome to partake. Practices in the Church at 9:30 am.
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 thewelcoming.org/newscotscelebration
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.
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.
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.
|Readers||Marie McQuillan &,Rosemary Milligan|
|Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion||Chris McCabe,Nancy McDermott,George Paluchowski|
|Bidding Prayers||Fey Family|
|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.
Mission Appeal: £442.25.
Welcome… to Natalia Hedi Kemp who will be baptised today.
‘May the angels lead him into Paradise…’ Please pray for the repose of James Mattocks who died this week. James’ Requiem Mass will be celebrated here on Wednesday at 10am.
|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|
We will be practicing for the Nativity performance on Sunday 17th December at 9.30 over the next few Sundays. All children old and young are welcome to partake.