Please note, and pass on if needs be, that there is no 7.30pm Mass this Sunday at the Cathedral.
The celebration of the Feast in the Cathedral will start at 3pm on Sunday, 8th April. There will be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and an opportunity for confession. Please come along.
As you know, at the Easter Vigil we received six people into the Church: Ross, Morag, Jennifer, Lesley, Jamie and Tracey – and we confirmed a further 18 adults. This is the end of a long journey of faith for them. I know that you will make them very welcome as they make this step and I ask you to keep them all in your prayers as the get used to being part of our Christian community.
On behalf of all the clergy and the whole team I would like to wish you all a truly Happy and Holy Easter. It has been a great Lent – with consistently high turn outs for Stations of the Cross and Confessions and so I would also like to thank you for participating so well and so wholeheartedly throughout Lent this year. I would also like to thank all those of you who have worked so hard to make all the services of the Sacred Triduum so beautiful and so memorable: the servers, the cleaners, the flower team, the passkeepers, the RCIA team and of course our wonderful choir led by Marian. Thank you all for all you do for the Church. We wish you all a Blessed Easter.
|Day||Time||Holy Day||Mass Intention|
|Sunday 1st April||10:30am||Easter Sunday||Mary Montgomery (RIP)|
|Sunday 1st April||12:00 noon||Extraordinary Form||N/A|
|Friday 6th April||09:30am||N/A||Patrick & Eileen O’Driscoll|
Ministers of Holy Communion
|Philip Dorrian, Anna Fraser, Margaret
|Passkeeper||Andrew & Rosemary Milligan|
|Siun & John Whyte|
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.
Faith Summertime. The dates for the Junior Youth Camp at Ampleforth are 16 – 19 July. More updates and forms for booking will follow soon. Save the date.
The Knights of Malta Ball which raises funds for Knights of Malta charities take place on 14 April. Visit www.orderofmaltaball.com for more details or contact Rosemary Milligan on 337 1385 or Camilla Smith on 07738472812.
First Confessions – Rescheduled First confessions will now be celebrated on Thursday 19th April at 7pm. If this presents any problems, please speak to Fr Patrick or Fr Nick.
40 Days for Life are organizing a vigil to pray for an end to abortion at Forth Valley Royal Infirmary, Larbert during Lent For more information, contact Patricia Maclennan on 0131 441 3262.
Why not see the best of Scottish scenery and take a day out for pilgrimage to historic Rosslyn Chapel, or do part of St Margaret’s Way, the great pilgrimage route from Edinburgh to St Andrews? For details on the “Little Camino” please visit www.thewayofstandrews.com
Our recent safeguarding audit highlighted a need for more volunteers to do training. Mr Coyne will have already been in touch about this. Chris McCabe is the co-coordinator for this training and he is keen to help us address our training backlog. He has booked the following dates: Monday 26th March at 7 pm and Tuesday 17th April at 7 pm. The venue is the parish rooms. Can you contact Chris directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to say if you are able to make one of the sessions.
The Feast of Divine Mercy on Sunday 8th April at 3pm in the Cathedral
The celebration of the Feast here in the Cathedral will start at 3pm on Sunday, 8th April. There will be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and an opportunity for confession. Please come along.
Catholics of the British Isles are organising a massive prayer circle on Sunday 29 April which they hope will stretch the length of the British coast. The Rosary on the Coast initiative will pray for Our Lady to arouse a renewal of the Christian faith in Britain, for an end of the scourge of abortion, and to bring peace to all nations. For more information see www.rosaryonthecoast.co.uk/copy-of-resources-1. The Confraternity of St Ninian (many of whose members attend the FSSP Mass here on Sundays) has arranged to participate in this national event with a rosary site at Granton Breakwater at 3PM. Beforehand there will be a devotional walk from Ravelston to the coast with hymns and prayers, beginning at the church at 1:45pm. If you would like to join them for this pilgrimage, either walking from St Andrew’s or meeting the group at Granton in time for the Rosary there, you would be very welcome. Afterwards there is a direct 47 bus back to Orchard Brae. For more information please contact Mark Hamid by e-mailing email@example.com.
The series concludes this Wednesday at 7pm in the hall with a talk by Sr Anna Christi of the Nashville Dominican Sisters. Sister will speak on the vocation to religious life, and its contribution to the Church. The sisters are young, dynamic and enthusiastic nuns and passionate about their way of life, so it promises to be a great end to a great series. All under-35s welcome.
All those of you who signed up for Gift Aid …
Please pick up your new sets of envelopes for 2018 which are at the back of the Church.
There are Stations here at Ravelston every Thursday evening at 7pm led by the prayer group.
At the Easter Vigil we will receive six people into the Church: Ross, Morag, Jennifer, Lesley, Jaimie and Tracey. This is the end of a long journey of faith for them and I ask you to keep them all in your prayers this week as they prepare to make this important step in their lives.
Today we begin the most sacred week of the Church’s year as we commemorate the events which lead to Christ’s death before celebrating with great joy his Resurrection. I would encourage you to come to as many of the services as possible this week, especially the Chrism Mass, where the priests of the Archdiocese will join the Archbishop to renew their priestly promises, and also the beautiful liturgies of the Triduum. Holy Thursday and the Easter Vigil will be celebrated in the Cathedral and Good Friday and Easter Sunday will be celebrated here in Ravelston. Please do consider coming along to these beautiful and ancient celebrations of the Passion and Resurrection of the Lord.