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Sacramental Preparation Classes
Classes for 1st Communion, 1st Confession and Confirmation will begin in October for children who do not attend Catholic Schools. Please register now with Sr Karin if you have not already done so. Classes will take place on Sundays from 10.30-11.15am in St Columba’s

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

Advent 2019

Pray daily; meet weekly
Journey starts Mondays 2.30– 4pm
2nd, 9th, 16th Dec &  6th Jan
St Columba’s GP Room
To participate contact Juliet MacKellaig before 20th Nov at
Cost for resources £10

Our Weekly Newsletter 

You can read our full parish newsletter here: St Columba’s Newsletter 2019-11-04

Vocations Mass
Tomorrow evening, St Columba’s will be the venue for a Vocations Mass and thereafter on the first Monday of the month in St Columba’s at 6.30pm with teas and coffees afterwards in the GP Room. The celebrant will be Fr Andrew Garden. All welcome to come along and pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

Tuesday Club
Tuesday 5th November 2-4pm in St Columba’s Main Hall. Making Pasta Ribbons, Lena Ferbej

Divine Mercy Devotions
Take place every Friday from 3-4pm in the church.

Justice & Peace
Next Meeting will be Monday 4th November at 7.30pm in the Middle Hall.

Edinburgh Newman Circle
Meeting Tuesday 12th November – 9.30pm. ‘Images of God: Do They Help or Hinder Faith?’ presented by Fr Chris Hughes, Head of the Justice & Peace Department, Hexham and Newcastle Diocese.

Catechesis Classes
Will resume on Thursday 7th November.

Youth Group
St Columba’s and St Peter’s Youth Group is on Fridays in the Church Hall 4.30pm. Come along and join in the fun. Sports/Arts & Crafts

St Augustine’s School
Each year St Augustine’s School celebrates its own Mass of Remembrance. This year it will be on Thursday 14th November at 7pm in the school. This year as the school marks its 50th Anniversary, those who have passed away will be remembered, especially those who have a strong connection with St Augustine’s; former pupils and staff, and those connected with them. Please join us for Mass and light refreshments afterwards. For catering purposes, please RSVP to admin@st-augustines, If you would like to provide the names of loved ones with a connection to the school, who have passed away, these will be added to the Book of Remembrance.

Coffees and Teas
Many thanks to members of the four current groups, who provide coffees and teas every week, sometimes swapping or taking on extra weeks so that parishioners always have the opportunity to socialise after 9.30am Mass. ‘The Charitable Coffee Grinders’ (formerly the Men’s Group) is looking for volunteers to assist with coffee service on the second Sunday of the month. Alternatively, if anyone would be willing to add their name to a list of people who could be called on to help out occasionally when any of the groups are short, please speak to John Riederer. All proceeds from teas, coffees and cakes go to various charities. A list of charities/groups that have benefited from your donations will be provided at the beginning of 2020. Many thanks for your continued support.

Nativity Play
This year’s Nativity Play will take place during the Carol Service on Sunday 15th December at 2pm in St Columba’s Hall. If your child would like to take part, please contact Sr Mirjam as soon as possible to register interest. Rehearsals will take place on 1st, 8th and 15th December, 10.30-11.15am

Annual Painting Competition
Competition to design this year’s Christmas card advertising our Christmas Services will take place on Sunday 10th November during coffees and teas. All children under 16 welcome to enter.

Dates for your Diary

The Holy Innocents Mass
Will take place at Gillis on 28th December. The main celebrant will be Archbishop Cushley. Mass at 12 Noon followed by refreshments and get together.

Gene Editing – Designer Babies or Deleting Disease?
The Scottish Council on Human Bio Ethics is running a conference on 16th November 10am-3.45pm, on the subject of Gene Editing. Speakers: Dr David Lawrence, Dr Trevor Stammers and Prof Gerard Magill. Lunch followed by panel discussion. Eric Liddell Centre EH10 4DP. Bookings can be made online or on the door. Fees: Professional £50, Standard £25 Students £5 (includes lunch)

Mary’s Meals Curry Night
Saturday 9th November, St Columba’s Main Hall. Tickets on sale after Mass. Adults £10, Children £5. Cash accepted or cheques made payable to St Columba’s Justice & Peace Group. If you would like to support the event but can’t make it on the night – for a £5 donation your name will automatically be included in the raffle. Wine, lager, and soft drinks available by donation or Bring Your Own Bottle. Also a chance to see some films highlighting the work of Mary’s Meals. A request please for donations for the raffle-anything welcome however small. Please bring along any donations on the night or see a member of the J&P group. There will be an opportunity to dress in an authentic sari on the night (with the help of an expert!) for a donation to Mary’s Meals

Young Adults Group
The sixth talk in the series on The Holy Eucharist will be ‘Adoring the Eucharist Outside of Mass’. Tuesday 5th November at 7.30pm (tea and coffee available from 7pm) in the Cathedral Hall Followed by night prayers and socialising in the pub. 18-35 years welcome.

SPUC Youth Conference
28th February-1st March. There will be buses from Scotland and sponsorship my be available for young people.

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