2018 Parish BBQ

As you will know from last week’s newsletter and from all of the parishioners that attended, this year’s Parish BBQ was a great success. However, not only was it a very successful and enjoyable social occasion, we now know that it was also very successful from a financial perspective. An initial calculation of the net proceeds has calculated these being in the region of twice that of last year. This is due to a great extent to the generosity of our parishioners as well as the efficiency of those organising the event! The Parish Council would like to extend their thanks to those who gave so generously to the BBQ this year. After due consideration, the Parish Council voted to send the proceeds (approximately £1,300) to Fr Nicklas Maria in Russia, being our present nominated Parish Project. The Parish Council would also like to take this opportunity to remind parishioners that if they wish to make any further donations to Fr Nicklas either now or at a later date, there is a labelled box at the back of the church (formerly ‘Jessie’s Box’) for this purpose.

Talent Spotting…

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We are currently looking for anyone with photographic or videoing skills to help in the parish. If you have any skill or experience in these areas and would be willing to donate some time and energy to the parish, please speak to one of us after Mass.

GDPR: Getting Compliant

Just when you thought you’d heard the last of GDPR, our parish is now updating the way we store and use your personal information in line with the latest data protection legislation. This will also give us the opportunity to make sure our records are up to date. We’re beginning with those who volunteer regularly (flower arrangers, readers, extraordinary ministers, tea/coffee, sacristans etc.). If you are on any of these rotas, could you make sure to collect a volunteer form from Marie McQuillan or Fr Jamie before or after Mass? Many thanks for your cooperation and sorry for the hassle!

Youth Day

There will be a Youth Day for those aged 10-15 at the Gillis Centre on Saturday 3rd November from 11am-4pm. This will be an opportunity to spend time with other young Catholics from across the diocese. The day will be a mix of socialising, prayer and talks – please bring a packed lunch. A poster about this is at the back of the Church or contact the Gillis Centre for more details.

October: Rosary Holy Hours

The month of October is traditionally dedicated to the prayer of the Rosary, an ancient and beautiful way of meditating on the life of Jesus in the company of Mary, his Mother. Every Sunday evening in October here at St Andrew’s, from 5pm until 6pm there will be adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, accompanied by a short meditation and the prayer of the Rosary, concluding with Benediction. There will also be an opportunity to go to confession to a visiting priest. Let’s take advantage of this great opportunity to come closer to Jesus, with the help of his Mother!

Young Adults’ Group – This Tuesday

The Young Adults’ Group will reconvene this Tuesday, 18th September, for a wine and cheese evening in the Cathedral Café. The week after, 25th of September will be the first of a series of Tuesday night talks on the Creed, titled ‘I Believe: Believing in an Age of Doubt’. All young adults, 18-35, very welcome!

“Meeting Jesus in the Scriptures” – Monday Night at 7pm at Ravelston

Thanks to the 50 or so people who turned out for our first adult formation talk last week about the Scriptures- but it would have been great to see a few more Ravelston parishioners! This Monday Fr Paul Denney will speak about: “Meeting Jesus in the Old Testament”. The talk begins at 7pm here at St. Andrews. As you know, this is a new initiative- if it’s well-supported, we can do more parish events in the future. Do come and give it a try!

Fr. Nick’s Farewell – This Friday

Fr. Nick’s Farewell “Do” will be on Friday, September 21 at 7pm in the Cathedral Hall. Tickets are on sale after all Masses. As a way of expressing our gratitude for his time here – there will be a collection at the end of Mass today for a presentation to be made to Fr. Nick at that event.

Welcome to Fr. Emmanuel Ojeifo

This week Fr. Emmanuel, a priest of the Archdiocese of Abuja in Nigeria, arrived to begin studies at New College, Edinburgh. Fr. Emmanuel will not have any pastoral duties in the parish, but he will be helping us out with weekday masses and confessions. I know that you will make him very welcome.

Rota for Next Sunday 23rd September

Role

Person(s)

Readers

Teresa Howison, Gerry McCloskey

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Fergus Christie, Phillip Dorrian, Anna Frasier

Bidding Prayers

Dorrian Family

Passkeeper

Fergus Christie

Flowers

Clare McKendrick

Tea/Coffee

Fey Family

Cash Counting

Karla Castro & Sergio Puente

If you are unable to take your turn, please swap with another team member. Extraordinary Ministers: we need only the 1st and 2nd named, if 2 priests concelebrate the mass.

Talent Spotting…

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We are currently looking for anyone with photographic or videoing skills to help in the parish. If you have any skill or experience in these areas and would be willing to donate some time and energy to the parish, please speak to one of us after Mass.

Bishop Barron and Altar Servers Day

Many thanks to all those of you who came out on Thursday to hear Bishop Barron. It was a great occasion and an inspiring evening. Thanks also to all the altar servers from the Cathedral and St Andrew’s who attended the day at Gillis with the Archbishop last weekend. A great day was had by all! The Archbishop launched the St Cuthbert medal for faithful altar serving… more details coming soon!