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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time: 22 January 2023

Services this week

  • Sunday 22 January 2023 (3rd Sunday of the Year):
    Mass at 10.00am
  • Monday 23 January 2023:
    Holy Communion Service at 10.00am
  • Friday 27 January 2023:
    Holy Communion Service at 10.00am
  • Saturday 28 January 2023 (Feast of St Thomas Aquinas):
    Holy Communion Service at 10.00am
    Vigil Mass at 6.00pm
  • Sunday 29 January 2023 (4th Sunday of the Year):
    Mass at 10.00am

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

Father Forrest and all the sick and the housebound Also George Mitchell, Margaret Buchanan, Isabella McLaughlin, Edward Ryan, Kate Tooey, Peter McGuire, Colleen Malarky, Winnie Potter, Henry McMeechan, James Joynes and Heather Ramsay whose anniversaries occur about this time and Patricia McAllister who died recently.

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The Offertory Collections last weekend amounted to £618.11 including £90 from the Crib and £200 from SVP- grateful thanks to all donors. 

The Letter: A Message for our Earth is a film based on Pope Francis’ encyclical letter Laudato Si’ which he wrote in 2015 about the challenges facing the planet which he described as our common home. On Thursday 2nd February at 7pm, an ecumenical screening of the film will take place at Larbert East parish of the Church of Scotland and will be followed by a Q&A session with Lorna Gold (originally from Falkirk) who features in the film and is president of the international Laudato Si’ Movement.

Falkirk Council is currently seeking opinions on a range of services. While no decisions have been finalised, the council is facing significant pressure on its budget and is running three major consultations which all local residents are very much encouraged to respond to:

  • properties (closes 27 January)
  • budget (closes 2 February)
  • libraries (closes 3 February)

More information can be found on the Council's website at:

A Prayer for Christian Unity: The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is underway and ends on 25 January. This year’s theme is praying for unity amidst injustice.
God of justice, empower us to be agents of your grace and mercy. Bless us with the courage to relinquish our power. Bless us with the humility to stand with the oppressed. Bless us with the integrity to love our neighbours as we ourselves would seek to be loved.

Safeguarding: All volunteers who routinely work with children or vulnerable adults must complete training and apply for a PVG through the parish before beginning in these areas of work. Please contact Callum Timms (call 07817 510 850 or email if this affects you.

Ecumenical Prayer Service for Peace in Ukraine: Archbishop Cushley will join Bishop Kenneth Nowakowski, the Catholic Ukrainian Eparch in the UK, along with other Christian faith leaders for an Ecumenical Prayer Service for Peace in Ukraine on Friday, 24 February, 7:00pm at St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh. Save the date and join Christians in praying for peace.

Remembering Service­: A service for those who have suffered the loss of a child, from the beginning of pregnancy onwards, takes place on Sunday 19 February, 5:00pm at St John the Baptist RC Church, St Ninian’s Road, Corstorphine, Edinburgh. It is a chance to have time in quiet surroundings to fully recognise the loss and to help with healing. Those who wish to come in love and support are also welcome. The service is ecumenical and open to all.

Day for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are invited to a day of reflection and prayer from 11am-3pm on Saturday 4 February. It takes place at the Gillis Centre, 100 Strathearn Road, Edinburgh, EH9 1BB. Light lunch provided, free parking onsite. Register now at

Holy Hour with Archbishop Cushley: Join Archbishop Cushley for Eucharistic Adoration at 6pm on Sunday 12 February at St Margaret’s Chapel at the Gillis Centre, 100 Strathearn Road, Edinburgh, to pray for “insight, courage and joy in our mission,” as part of the Synod 2023. The final Holy Hour will take place at the same time/location on Sunday 12 March.

Female vocations: Join other young Catholic women to chat and explore God's will in five monthly get-togethers in Edinburgh. The first 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 at the same time/venue: 26 Feb, 26 Mar, 30 Apr, 28 May. To register please email

Valentine’s Retreat 2023: This free half-day retreat offers couples a chance to reflect on their love and commitment to each other, to God and to their community. It will be led by Annette and Paul O’Beirne, of Equipes Notre-Dame - Teams of Our Lady. The retreat takes place from 2-5pm on Saturday 11 February at the Gillis Centre, 100 Strathearn Road, Edinburgh, EH9 1BB (free parking onsite). Register at

Choir event: The Knabenchor Bremen will be visiting Edinburgh and performing at the Jesuit Church of the Sacred Heart, Lauriston Street, Edinburgh, on Saturday 28 January at 7pm. Founded in the early 16th century, this boys’ choir is one of the oldest in Europe. The 60-minute programme includes: Byrd, Mass for four voices, Ave verum, Schütz, and Ich ruf zu dir, mein Herr und Gott (Psalm 120). All welcome.

Family Retreats: Craig Lodge in Dalmally has announced dates for its family retreats. These are 3-7 July, 17-21 July and 31-4 July/August For details and to book visit