Message from Mary Buchan (and Newsletter)

Dear All 

This Easter Week has flown by!

I hope you and yours are continuing to be safe and healthy.

Please find attached this week’s parish newsletter (link at bottom of this post)

My apologies to the Fey family as their bundle of joyful news has not been included, so I’ll add it here:

“In these trying and often sad times a bit of good news – Paula and I are now proud grandparents!! Emma had a baby boy – Charles (Charlie) David Matthews born on 1 April weighing in at a healthy 8lbs 5oz. Guy and Paula Fey x

Many congratulations to the entire Fey family (especially Emma!) from all of us.

I would also like to add my personal thanks to those who are actively participating the the Telephone Apostolate within the Parish – whether making or agreeing to receive these friendly calls – these calls are keeping our wee church alive & well in unprecedented times. Thank you!

There continue to be interesting articles on the Archdiocesan website this week. For example, promising signs of collaboration across the Christian churches in Scotland. Worth a look, when you have a minute.

God Bless,
Mary B

Easter Newsletter & Gift

Dear All

I hope that you are keeping safe and well – especially those in the NHS & essential support work.

How are you coping with the Easter Triduum online? There are some very moving services available as recordings on our Cathedral and Archdiocesan websites as well as further afield, both nationally and globally.

Please find attached the Parish Newsletter for Easter – with apologies to those who have already signed-up for their own copy direct from the Parish Office.

Fr Patrick has included a thought-provoking homily; Deacon Peter has provided an update on the Telephone Apostolate.

Fr. Patrick also highlighted the loss to the diocese of the “regular” plate income. Can we therefore ask parishioners to “step up to the plate” in a virtual sense and sign up for a regular standing order (with gift aid if appropriate).

Have a Happy & Holy Easter!

Please stay safe,

Mary B

Holy Week information from Mary Buchan

Dear All

In addition to the Archdiocesan Holy Week Services, which were stated in my earlier email, please note the Cathedral’s Holy Week Services below.

These start imminently (7pm) with a Homily from Fr Patrick, which will be available from the Cathedral website

https://www.stmaryscathedral.co.uk/lent-schedule

Louise – please forward to the Ravelston Rota list – thank you (I have tried to eliminate duplicates from the email lists).

Have a Happy & Holy Easter

God Bless

Mary B

Cathedral Holy Week Services:

Homily: Holy Thursday, 7pm

Homily: Good Friday, 3pm

Homily: Holy Saturday, 8pm

Easter Sunday Mass from the Cathedral: 9am

Telephone Apostolate

Dear All,

The parish is intending to launch a ‘telephone apostolate’ to help those who need sone support and we are looking for volunteers.  We intend giving help by setting up a buddy system where  volunteer befrienders would be paired with one or two befriendees.  

Your commitment: Regular telephone calls would take place whereby befrienders would call and “check-in” on their befriendee’s wellbeing. Other than enjoying a positive “natter”, conversations could also include asking if they are eating well and staying hydrated, have enough food etc and we will work in partnership with SSVP. 

If you are interested in helping the please reply to Peter Traynor and you will get more details. 

Ideally we want to keep a database of helpers.  To make sure we conform with GPPR rule can you please just confirm that you are willing to go on a database to help out. 

Best wishes,
Chris McCabe