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Marriages & Baptisms
In the first instance please introduce yourself to a priest or member of the clergy after Sunday Mass and discuss with them.  Baptisms require  4 months’ notice and Marriages 1 Year’s notice in writing to Parish Priest

Weekly Homilies

Listen again to the weekly homilies from Fr Douglas and Deacon Smith

Lent 2020

Some excellent resources are now available on the St Peter’s website to support the Lenten journey: 

Our Weekly Newsletter 

You can read our full parish newsletter here: St Columba’s Newsletter 2020-04-05

Fr Kevin writes:
At the heart of Holy Week are the Last Supper, which we celebrate on Maundy Thursday (Maundy from “mandatum” meaning commandment, which recalls the new commandment Jesus gives us: to love on each other as Jesus has loved us), and the Passion of the Lord on Good Friday. To prepare for this, I encourage you to look at the Children’s Guide to Holy Week which is available on our parish website It is aimed at children so very useful for families, but even adults could learn, or be reminded of, things by looking through it day by day as Holy Week progresses. The Last Supper and the Passion of the Cross are really one event. When Jesus, on Thursday night, says to his apostles “This is my Body which will be given up for you” and “This is the Chalice of my Blood … which will be poured out for you.” Those words are an empty promise unless Jesus actually gives his body and pours out his blood on the hill of Calvary. But, equally that sacrifice is “given up for you” and “poured out for you” most intimately because we receive it when Mass is celebrated for us and, as the Lord commanded we “Do this in memory of me.” Therefore, although you cannot attend the Mass on Thursday evening, I encourage you to make Thursday evening the heart of the week ahead. If you are with you family, celebrate a meal together. Explain to your children that this is a special meal; have them lay the table with your best plates; have them decorate napkins (felt tips on kitchen roll); Say grace and pray together; eat together and celebrate together the love of our Lord which binds you, and us all, as a family, as God’s family. If you find yourself alone on Thursday night, though that might be difficult, it is chance to enter into the experience of Gethsemane. It is only by wrestling in prayer that Our Lord, in his humanity, is able to say “Father, if you will, remove this cup from me, and yet not my will but yours be done.” You can choose to be alone, or you can choose to put yourself with the Lord in the Garden of Olives.

PALM SUNDAY Virtual Coffee Morning
For any St Columba’s parishioners who would like to meet up for a Sunday morning coffee and a chat, please join us via Zoom on your computer or phone. We will meet at 11.00 on Sunday morning so that you can watch the Mass from St Francis Xavier in Falkirk first and get yourself settled with coffee and cake. To join in, please put the following link into the browser of your computer or phone
Or put the meeting ID. 922-094-618 into the app, if you already have it. For security reasons, you will also need the password: 792645 Thanks to Steph for organising!

For Children: Holy Week Resources
Excellent day by day resources for your children can be downloaded here:
Holy Week Day by DayNotes for parents&carers& catechistsStations of the Cross Mission Children

Postal copies of this newsletter?
Sr Karin is sending hard copies to those who are not online. If you know anyone who would like to receive a postal copy email Sister:

Spiritual Communion when we can’t get to Mass
If at any time we can’t go to Mass, we can still unite ourselves to the Eucharist through making a spiritual Communion (this doesn’t have to be during an online Mass, you can make a act of spiritual communion anytime). By making an Act of Spiritual Communion, we express our faith in Christ’s Real Presence in the Eucharist and ask him to unite himself with us. Here is the Act of Spiritual Communion written by St. Alphonsus de Liguori:
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

Pope Francis: Extraordinary moment of prayer
Full text of The Holy Father’s ‘Urbi et Orbi’ address is here: 2020 04 05 Pope Francis

Could you give to St Columba’s by standing order?
This is a big help to the parish in the current situation. A standing order also saves you remembering cash and there’s no envelopes to worry about.
Bank details: Sort Code: 83-06-08, Account Number: 10402355

Daily Mass and Reflections online
Several parishes are now broadcasting daily Mass or short Reflections including:
8am: Morning Reflection: different priests and religious (including our own Sr Mirjam) offer a short reflection to start your day
10am: St Barbara’s Whitburn
5.15pm: St Albert’s Chaplaincy

St Francis Xavier, Falkirk has Mass every day, at 10:00am. Their Facebook page has a live stream of the Church so you can pay a ‘virtual visit’ any time
Eternal Word Television Network and on YouTube EWTN has nightly news from a Catholic perspective, children’s programmes and lots of interesting Catholic content.
Mass is available every day at
Ordinariate Mass Fr Len Black is saying Mass according to the Ordinariate Rite each day and putting it online:
EWTN is available on Sky channel 588 as well as Roku and Amazon Fire TV
The Catholic App is now prioritising online Masses and covers every church in our Archdiocese. Available for Android and iPhone. //

When Mass cannot be celebrated publicly
Archbishop Cushley reminds us that “although we cannot go to Mass on Sunday at the moment, we are nevertheless obliged, as Christians, to keep the Sabbath holy” Even when the Mass is not available or we are confined to home or hospital, we can still bring ourselves, and our hopes and fears, before the Lord, asking for his strength and consolation. Some extra information is included with this Newsletter, thanks to Sr Karin!

Going into Hospital?
Don’t forget to let the hospital know that you’re a Catholic. For the Royal Infirmary leave a message at the Chaplaincy Centre for the Revd Duncan McLaren. This means you’ll be on the lists of patients to whom Eucharistic Ministers bring Holy Communion

If you have a WEE BOX you can send offerings to SCIAF at 7 West Nile St, Glasgow G1 2PR

Edinburgh Foodbank Project
Instead of donating groceries at Mass you can donate money and order food deliveries direct to the warehouse:

Events coming up at The Gillis Centre:
(Book online or call 0131 623 8900)

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