Parish News

Third Sunday of Lent: 12 March 2023

Services this week:

  • Sunday 12th March: Mass at 10am
    Third Sunday of Lent
  • Monday 13th March: Holy Communion Service at 10am
    Monday in the third week of Lent
  • Tuesday 14th March: Lenten Service at 7pm
    (Stations of the Cross & Holy Communion Service)
    Tuesday in the third week of Lent
  • Friday 17th March: Holy Communion Service at 10am
    Feast of St Patrick, Bishop & Missionary
  • Saturday 18th March 2023: Holy Communion Service at 10am
    Saturday in the third week of Lent
  • Saturday 18th March 2023: Vigil Mass at 6pm
    Fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare Sunday)
  • Sunday 19th March 2023: Mass at 10am
    Fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare Sunday)

In your charity, please remember in your prayers...

Father Forrest, Jean Blair, Mary Robertson, Gerry Henderson, and all the sick and the housebound. Also, John and Mark Temperley, Mary Clelland, Margaret Maguire, Linda Kilgallon, Catherine Orr, Agnes Carlin, Lawrence Tooey, John Owen Spiers, George Stewart and Canon Hanlon whose anniversaries occur about this time, and Kevin Doak who died recently.

Latest news

The Offertory Collections last weekend amounted to £433.90 including a donation of £25 - grateful thanks to all donors. Today we welcome the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception to make their appeal. 

Special collection: “Next weekend there will be a special collection for Papal & Episcopal Charities (including SCIAF). The money you donate is used to support much needed projects for people in need across the world. We pray for all those involved in charities of the Church, which help those in need across the world. Thank you for your generosity in almsgiving during Lent.” – Archbishop Leo 

The Funeral Mass of Andrew Liddle will take place at 10.30am on Thursday 23rd March. His remains will be received into the church on Wednesday 22nd March at 6pm. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

Parish Pastoral Council: All are warmly invited to attend the next meeting of the PPC! Whether you’ve been involved before or not, and whether you’re new to the parish or you’ve attended St Mary’s for years, your input is much needed! No experience or expertise is required; just an enthusiasm to share ideas and make our parish the best it can be!

The next meeting of the PPC will take place at 7pm this Monday, 13th March, in the church hall. For more information, speak to Callum or email We look forward to seeing you there!

Sacramental Preparation: Thanks to everyone who attended the recent parental information evening for those preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. An information evening will be held for parents/carers of children preparing for First Communion (Primary 4) on Wednesday 3rd May at 7pm. If your child is preparing for these sacraments but does not attend St Mary’s RC Primary School, please email as soon as possible. 

We will celebrate sacraments for our children on the following dates:

  • Sacrament of Reconciliation (First Confessions): Wednesday 22nd March at 7pm
  • Sacrament of Confirmation: Wednesday 19th April at 7pm
  • First Communion: Sunday 4th June at 1pm

Lent talks: Discover Jesus Christ in the Servant Songs of Isaiah with four online talks from the Archdiocese. They are hosted by Fr Jamie McMorrin of St Margaret’s, Davidson’s Mains, and Sr Anna Marie McGuan RSM and continue at 7:30pm on Wednesday 15 and Wednesday 22 March. Register at Catch up on YouTube:

Lent Retreat: A retreat entitled Encountering Jesus will take place at St Kentigern’s Church, Parkgrove Avenue, Barnton, Edinburgh. It is led by Fr Bart Parys, a Divine Word Missionary based in Ireland and it will help you draw closer to Jesus in Lent. Fri 24 Mar 7:30pm - 8:30pm; Sat 25 Mar 10:00am - 3:00pm; Sun 26 Mar 9:30am - 11:00am. No registration required.

Relics of Padre Pio: Relics of Padre Pio are touring Scotland (including his gloves and bloodstained bandages). They visit the Archdiocese on Friday 24 March at 7:00pm in Ss John Cantius & Nicholas Church, West Main Street, Broxburn. There will be Holy Mass and a chance to receive an individual blessing with the relics. A special invitation is extended to the sick and the suffering. Teas/coffee served in church hall afterwards.

Archdiocesan Stations of the Cross: This takes place on Monday 3 April at 7:45pm on Zoom. It is a chance to pray for all pro-life intentions and includes a reflection from Archbishop Leo. Register at

Palm Sunday talk: Archbishop Leo hosts a talk about Palm Sunday on Monday 27 March at 7:30pm. It is for those who want to better understand the background to the liturgy and prepare for the day. Register for this Zoom talk at