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You can read our full parish newsletter here: St Columba’s Newsletter 2018-10-14

Thank You!
For the generous donations to the Food Bank last week. The next collection will be Sunday 4th November.

Canonisation of Pope Paul VI and Oscar Romero
On Sunday 14th October, EWTN ( will air the Canonisation of Pope Paul VI, Oscar Romero and five other Blesseds. Sacred Heart Church will officially dedicate a new shrine to Oscar Romero today at 10.45am Mass. The shrine will be home to a relic of the new saint. The Archdiocese will celebrate the event at 4.30pm Mass in St Patrick’s, Cowgate.

Painting Competition
On Sunday 14th October we will have our annual “Christmas Card Painting Competition” today after 9.30am Mass. (a little earlier than usual due to time scales for printing and distributing!) We are looking for a Christmas Nativity Scene, for the front of St Columba’s card which will be distributed to all houses in the area, with times of our Christmas Services. A table will be set up in the main hall. Open to children of all ages.

Please Note
The 10am Mass in St Columba’s on Tuesday 16th, will be the funeral Mass for Colin Tindale and his mother Helen Tindale. Please remember Colin and Helen, and their family in your prayers.

Tuesday Club
Next meeting will be Tuesday16th October 2pm in the main hall. Bermuda and Christian Values, Stephanie Mitchell

Sacramental Preparation Classes
The next class for First Holy Communion and the first of the Confession Preparation Classes will take place on 28th October after 9.30am Mass at St Columba’s.

Praying the Rosary in October
This notice is a little late but perhaps we could continue into November to make up for the missing days. The Holy Father has invited the faithful of all the world, to pray the Rosary every day during the Marion month of October, to join in communion and penitence, as the people of God, in asking Our Lady, and St Michael the Archangel to protect the Church from the devil, who always seeks to separate us from God and from each other. He has asked that we conclude the recitation of the Rosary with the ancient invocation “Sub Tuum Praesidium” followed by the prayer to St Michael that he protect us and help us in the struggle against evil. Sub tuum praesidium confugimus, Sancta Dei Genetrix. Nostras deprecationes ne despicias in necessitatibus, sed a periculis cunctis libera nos semper, Virgo gloriosa et benedicta. Amen. – We fly to thy patronage, O holy Mother of God; despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.

Please pray
For our Seminarians in Rome especially Alessio Marchetti and Matthew Meade who have asked for our prayers as they begin their first year of studies.

Cathedral Young Adults Group
The series of talks on the Creed continues with ‘I Believe in Jesus Christ, Crucified & Risen from the Dead’ presented by Fr Michael Kane – this Tuesday, 16th October at 7pm in the Cathedral Café (18-35 year olds). Night Prayer and socialising afterwards. More info on the Young Adults Facebook page:

Young People’s Vocation Event 
2nd-4th November at the Conforti Institute, Coatbridge. ‘Be Transformed; Be who you were meant to be.’ A conference for young people from the ages of 18-35 who want to discern their vocation whether it’s priesthood, single, or married life. Are you interested? Do you know someone who thinks they might have a vocation to religious life? The aim of the conference is to try to ask young people to look at three main things: Faith, staying grounded & rooted, and how to live that life within our individual vocation. We hope to show how the love of God can be used for the good of the world, the Church and themselves. Places can be reserved (funding may be available) from Sr Roseann Reddy on 0781 693 7777 or

The Cardinal Winning Initiative – Ladies Event
The event will consist of evening or afternoon tea. Your group will have a table in our tea room for your two hour allotted slot. There will be a few short presentations on the work of the Initiative and look at future plans. You will then have an opportunity to take a tour of the building and find out how a crisis pregnancy centre operates. You will then have plenty of time to pick up some pre-Christmas bargains at our stalls selling craft goods, handbags and other gifts. Book a two hour slot on either Friday 16th November (evening) Saturday 17th (afternoon or evening or Sunday 18th (afternoon or evening) Tickets £15. There are some booking forms at the back of church. If you are interested, please book early as there are only 50 places available for each time slot. Tickets will be allocated on a first come basis. The centre is easy to reach by public transport. Please speak to Catriona Atkin for information on how to get there.


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