Parish News

1st Sunday of Advent: 27th November 2022

Services this week

Sunday    1st Sunday of Advent    Mass    10.00am

Monday         Holy Communion Service    10.00am

Tuesday  Reception of the Remains of Julie Cameron      4.00pm

Wednesday  Funeral Mass for Julie Cameron                    1.00pm

Wednesday  St Andrew’s Day Celebration         7.00pm

Friday   Holy Communion Service                     10.00am

Saturday  St Francis Xavier  Holy Communion Service  10.00am

Vigil Mass                                                           6.00pm

Sunday  2nd Sunday of Advent          Mass      10.00am


In your charity, please remember in your prayers Father Forrest and Father John McAllister, and all the sick and the housebound Also Isabel Savage, Helen Maguire, John McGill, Monsignor Brennan, Marion McCarthy, Agnes Rintoul, Peter Croxford, Elizabeth Hamilton, Christopher Gray and David Burns. whose anniversaries occur about this time. Also, Julie Cameron who died  recently.

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The Offertory Collections last weekend amounted to (516.12 Including £76 for the special collection and a donation of £60) - grateful thanks to all donors.

Dates for your diary:

To mark the month of November, dedicated to praying for the Holy Souls and remembering all those who have died, we will gather in prayer on the following occasions:

Today at 11am, following Sunday Mass - prayers in New Carriden Cemetery (a short time of prayer for the Holy Souls buried in New Carriden Cemetery). 

Our annual St Andrew’s Day celebration is also returning following the pandemic:

30 Nov at 7pm in the church - St Andrew’s Day celebration (a time of prayer and music followed by a fish supper in the church hall - tickets are now on sale in the hall for £3 each). 

A raffle will be held during the evening and donations for it will be welcomed.

SVP News - Help for the Housebound – as we resume our activities after Covid, we will restart our Christmas gift voucher scheme for the housebound. In case we miss anyone by mistake, do let us know anyone in this position with their address.

St Mary’s Primary School - St Mary's Primary school will be holding a Christmas Fayre on Friday 9th Dec from 6-8pm at the school. There will be a number of local businesses that have taken stalls on the evening and kids will get the opportunity to meet Santa! We look forward to seeing everyone on the night.

Entering Advent - Mark the beginning of Advent with an online talk titled ‘Entering Advent with Isaiah’ with Fr Jamie McMorrin, of St Margaret’s in Davidson’s Mains, Edinburgh. It takes place on Zoom, Monday 28 November at 7:30pm-8:30pm. Register now at

Let Us Pray - Rediscover prayer as we await anew the gift of life in Jesus. Sr Anna Marie McGuan RSM leads this series of three 30 minute online talks on different forms of prayers - vocal, meditative, contemplative - on Monday 5, 12, and 19 December at 7:30pm on Zoom. No registration required, just use the following link on the night to join any of the talks:

Advent Rosary for Life - Join people from across the Archdiocese to pray for unborn children, their mothers and all pro-life intentions. Includes a reflection from a priest of the Archdiocese each week. Begins Wednesday 30 November and continues on each Wednesday in Advent, 7:45pm – 8:20pm. Register at event)

Light from Light: choral music for Advent by candlelight - This December be uplifted with a candlelit Advent music concert from the Schola Cantorum of St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh. They will sing at the following churches: St Francis Xavier's in Falkirk on Wednesday 7 December; St Patrick's in Kilsyth on Saturday 10 December; St Margaret's in Dunfermline on Friday 16 December. All concerts 8pm. Pay at the door on the night or get your £5 ticket (family ticket £10) at

Advent reflections - Reflect on the meaning of Advent with two special online talks from Canon Hugh White of Bathgate. They are available to watch now on the Archdiocesan YouTube channel at and

Vacancy – administrator The Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh is seeking to appoint an Administrator. The position is full time (Mon-Fri) and the annual wage is £21,000 per annum. Full details at To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter to by Friday 2 December.

Catholic Education - Make sure Catholic voices are heard in the national discussion on the future of education in Scotland! Submit your response to the Scottish Government’s 10-question survey at

Bookshop [open Saturday 26 Nov, 1pm] - St Pauls Bookshop is open at St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh. It has a wide range of Christian books as well as gift items. Find your perfect stocking filler there! Opening hours are 10:00am to 5:30pm, including weekends (closed Mondays).

Female vocations - Thinking about a vocation to the religious life? Join other young Catholic women to chat and explore God's will in five monthly get-togethers in Edinburgh. Led by Sr Mirjam Hugens FSO, the first one takes place on Sunday 29 January, 4-7pm at St Columba’s, 9 Upper Gray Street. It is a chance to pray, share and discuss in a relaxed environment, and refreshments will be served. The series continues on the last Sunday of each month at the same time/venue: 26 Feb, 26 Mar, 30 Apr, 28 May. To register or find out more, please email

St Andrew’s Day - Celebrate the feast day of our National Patron at St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh. There will be adoration on Tuesday 29 November from 7pm which will conclude with Evening Prayer and Benediction at 8pm. Then on Wednesday 30 November, Archbishop Leo Cushley will celebrate Mass at 12:45pm. It was Andrew who, famously, brought Peter to Jesus – this feast day is your opportunity in a special way – to go to Jesus, through Andrew.

Catechetics: Explore the richness and depth of the Catholic faith with the Diploma in Catechetics course from the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh. Join an online session each Thursday with a range of guest speakers, guided reading, one-to-one support, retreats and supplementary courses on Zoom and YouTube. The Diploma in Catechetics lasts one year, begins on 12 January 2023 and costs £200 (concessions available). Registration and info at Questions? Email