Parish News from Mary Buchan

Dear All

The latest news from our wonderful parish for you – attached are today’s and last Sunday’s Newsletters, featuring more of Fr Patrick’s moving homilies; updates from the Telephone Apostolate (with capacity for even more recipients of these wee chats during this unnatural isolating period). Please note also that there is now an online method of making donations to the parish – which still incurs costs whilst the churches are closed and there is no weekly offertory collection. This is an exceptionally difficult time financially for many: employees, self-employed, businesses (large & small) and for the charity sector. IF you can, please donate to the parish as you would at Sunday Mass. Thank you to those who are already donating via Standing Order and Gift Aid.

For some inspiring activities, I recommend visiting the Cathedral facebook page. For those who do not use Facebook, the link is below (no sign-on required). Along with Fr Jamie’s daily Mass, there are some short videos from our enterprising RSM Sisters which will make you smile!!.

https://www.facebook.com/edinburghcathedral/

The Archdiocesan website continues to post fresh & interesting articles online and on Facebook – note that the Bishops of Scotland have created a Covid-19 working group to define how our churches can open safely & responsibly in a phased manner – for discussion with the Scottish Govt.

https://archedinburgh.org/news-events/

Don’t forget our request from Pope Francis for the daily rosary and his two special Marian prayers during this month of May, dedicated as always to our Blessed Mother.

Please take care and be sensible.

God Bless,
Mary B

Some Updates from Mary Buchan

  1. Check out the cathedral website for some lovely articles.
  2. Father Jamie continues with his daily mass from Cathedral house (As he films 12:45 Mass, today’s Mass is available from around 1:30pm) here: https://www.stmaryscathedral.co.uk/filming
  3. Sunday Mass at the Cathedral is available on the same link
  4. Fr Patrick is excelling himself with his weekly Homily in the Newsletter – not to be missed! His Holy Week homilies are still available on the Cathedral website.
  5. Attached is a copy of last Sunday’s newsletter for those who have not yet seen it (see below)
  6. There are many really beautiful pastoral resources available from the Archdiocesan website – for all the family. Matt Meade, our Communications Director is clearly working hard to keep this site fresh and interesting.
  7. Sunday Mass with the Archbishop; Also Sunday Mass in Polish and in the Syro Malabar rite.
  8. A lovely feature by our own Sr Mary Simone RSM on St Catherine of Siena for her feast day earlier this week
  9. Did you know there are links from the Archdiocesan website to access some really moving videos (on Facebook & Youtube)?
  10. The documentary called “Priests School” is available on BBC IPlayer. This follows Scottish seminarians whilst in Scots College Rome. There appear to be a few Celtic FC hopefuls in there…….. You will recognise our seminarian Martin, who assists Fr Jamie in his daily masses from Cathedral House.
  11. Pope Francis has asked us all to recite the Rosary daily with him through this month of May, traditionally dedicated to Our Blessed Mother. He has provided two special Marian prayers (for this time of pandemic) to be said after our daily rosary. These are available from the Archdiocesan website. Attached is a document with these special prayers for ease of printing off a copy to keep with your rosary (see below)
  12. 3) There are some beautiful childrens colouring-in books available on the Pauline Books & Media website, which I can highly recommend. The Rosary is one of them. The link is here if you are interested: https://www.paulineuk.org/browse?Keywords=colouring%20books&page=2

    Please stay safe & take care.
    God Bless
    Mary B