Third Sunday of Lent: 20 March 2022
Services for the Week
- SUNDAY: Mass at 10.00 am
- MONDAY: Mass at 10.00 am
- TUESDAY: Lenten Service at 7.00 pm
- WEDNESDAY: First Reconciliation at 7.30 pm
- FRIDAY: Mass at 10.00am
- FRIDAY: Prayer of Consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at 4.00 pm
- SATURDAY: Mass at 10.00 am
- SATURDAY: Vigil Mass at 6.00 pm
- Confessions: On request to Father Forrest
- 40 Hours Devotion: Throughout Sunday, Monday and Tuesday
In your charity, please remember in your prayers, George Hamilton, Bruno Corvi, Josephy Tooey, Canon Portelli, John McCue, John Dawson, May Wojtasinska, Tommy Timms, Catherine Snedden, Angus McDonald and Charles Hickman, and all whose anniversaries occur about this time.
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.
The Offertory Collections last weekend amounted to £397.20 - grateful thanks to all donors. The special collection for Ukraine amounted to £2458.80 which is a magnificent response to SCIAF’s appeal to help deal with an ever worsening situation there.
New books of Gift Aid envelopes are available for collection in the church hall for those who are members of the Gift Aid scheme.
PRAYING FOR PEACE IN UKRAINE
On Friday Pope Francis will consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. At the same time as he does this at the Vatican, he has asked priests around the world to join him in the prayer of consecration. Father Forrest will lead a short service with the prayer of consecration at St Mary's at 4pm this Friday. All are welcome!
Archbishop Bill Nolan, the Archbishop of Glasgow, invites all to join him at George Square in Glasgow from 6.30pm on Friday as he leads a Rosary for peace.
COVID – MESSAGE FROM BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF SCOTLAND
As more Covid restrictions are lifted in Scotland on 21st March, parishes are asked to continue to observe the legal requirement to wear face coverings (except where existing exemptions apply).
In addition, parishes are asked to observe the following principles:
- Please respect the space of fellow parishioners where possible
- Hands should be sanitised on entering and exiting the Church
- Continue to ensure good ventilation
The Bishops thank all parishes, priests and volunteers for all their efforts during the past 2 years and encourage all Catholics to return with confidence to our celebration of Holy Mass and the Sacraments, the source and summit of our faith.
- What about cleaning? Should parishes maintain the rigorous cleaning regimes adopted during the pandemic to date?
Cleaning regimes may revert to pre-pandemic levels of cleaning.
- What about the sign of peace?
The sign of peace may be reintroduced but it should be made clear that some people may not be willing to have physical contact at this time. In which case a bow would be appropriate.
- Can we use confessionals again?
This is not advised given the lack of ventilation.
- Can feet be washed during the Mass of the Lord’s Supper?
A reminder that this week’s Stations of the Cross, followed by a Holy Communion Service, will take place on Tuesday at 7pm instead of Monday evening. All are very welcome to come along!
After two long years the Children’s Liturgy will restart at the 10am Mass on Sunday 24th April 2022 – we look forward to seeing you all back.
PRAYING FOR OUR SICK AND HOUSEBOUND PARISHIONERS
We would like to return to praying weekly for our sick and housebound parishioners at Sunday Masses, and including such prayer requests in our weekly newsletter. To add someone’s name to the list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or speak to any passkeeper. Please get agreement from the person concerned, and don’t forget to let us know if they no longer should be on the list.
EVENT FOR MARRIED COUPLES
A testimony and reflection event for married and engaged couples takes place on Sunday 3 April at 4pm in the Gillis Centre, 100 Strathearn Road, Edinburgh. The testimony comes from Anton and Angela Colella, a Catholic couple from Glasgow, who will discuss the spirituality of marriage and the importance of faith in family life, based on their own experience of 34 years’ marriage. To register and find out more visit bit.ly/ArchEventbrite
LENT – ARCHDIOCESAN STATIONS OF THE CROSS
The Archdiocesan Pro-Life Stations of the Cross takes place online throughout Lent, each Tuesday on Zoom at 7:45pm. It continues on 22 March and will feature a reflection from Deacon Tom McEvoy. Pray with clergy and parishioners from across the Archdiocese for mothers, unborn children and all pro-life intentions. Register at bit.ly/prolifeevents
LENT WITH ST PAUL
The Archdiocese is hosting Lent with St Paul – a Saint’s guide to making the most of Lent. It’s a 30 minute talk at 7:30pm on 21, 28 March and 4 April. Fr Andrew Garden (St David’s, Dalkeith) explores insights and advice from St Paul to help us prepare for Easter. No need to register, watch live on the YouTube Channel of the Archdiocese at bit.ly/ArchYouTube
40 HOURS’ DEVOTION
Each parish in the Archdiocese is hosting 40 hours of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament to help renew our Faith and love of Jesus Christ. From this Sunday, our parish will host this devotion. To keep the church open as much as possible from Sunday to Tuesday, please help us by signing up in the hall. Find out more about Eucharistic Adoration: bit.ly/40HoursPlaylist
The Archdiocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage is back! Demand is expected to be high for this popular and life-enhancing trip so booking now is recommended. It takes place from 8-15 July and will be led by Archbishop Cushley. All the details you need are at www.edinburgh-lourdes.com/lourdes22
THE MARGARET SINCLAIR STORY
The online Premiere of The Margaret Sinclair Story will be broadcast live on Tuesday 29 March at 7.00pm The Story of Venerable Margaret Sinclair, from Edinburgh, is vividly brought to life in this docu-drama. Watch live at https://youtu.be/7LYFhRoRPz8 After the premiere, Rachel (who plays Margaret in the film) and director Stephen Callaghan will host a public Zoom chat from 8:00pm at https://zoom.us/j/96814393754
APOSTLESHIP OF THE SEA SEMINAR
Catholic charity Stella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea) is hosting a webinar about modernisation in the shipping industry. Register at www.stellamaris.org.uk/modernisation to join online on 23 March at 7.30pm to hear how shipping has changed, the impact this is having on seafarers today and the important role Stella Maris has in supporting them.
SCIAF UKRAINE APPEAL
As well as your prayers, please consider supporting SCIAF’s emergency appeal for Ukraine, if you are able. Donations can be made at https://www.sciaf.org.uk/ To find out how the Catholic Church is helping those in Ukraine see https://www.caritas.org/
A PRAYER FOR PEACE IN UKRAINE
O Loving God, your Son, Jesus Christ, came into the world to do your Will and leave us His Peace. Through the intercession and example of our Blessed Mother Mary, Queen of Peace, grant us the wisdom and humility to reflect that peace to the world. Inspire our thoughts, words and deeds to bear witness to your presence in our hearts. May your Holy Spirit fill us with every grace and blessing so that we may pursue what leads to peace for all humanity. Amen