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You can read our full parish newsletter here: St Columba’s Newsletter 2019-07-21

Supply Priest
Fr Kevin will be on holiday from 19th July – 2nd August. We welcome Fr Kingsley Ekeocha who will be covering the Masses while Fr Kevin is away. Fr Ekeocha is a priest of the Archdiocese of Owerri in Imo State Nigeria. He is studying for his philosophy doctorate in Lublin Poland.

Thank You!
Thank you so much to St Columba’s Parish for the use of the hall and garden for a wonderful summer BBQ to say thank you to our volunteers. Being able to hold thank you events for our volunteers is so important – they are the lifeblood of our charity. The garden was beautiful, everyone had an amazing time and had nothing but praise for the venue. Bethany Biggar, Operations Manager, Edinburgh Food Project.

First Communion and First Confession Classes 2019-2020
Sacramental Preparation Classes will be offered for children who do not attend Catholic Schools See below for registration details. Sacrament of Confirmation Classes are also being offered to children of P7 and over who do not attend Catholic Schools and who live in the area. If there is enough interest, classes will start in October 2019 and will take place on Sundays from 10.30am-11.15am in St Columba’s. Confirmations will take place in May/June 2020. Please register for any of these classes before 1st September. To sign up or for more information, contact Sr Karin on

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

St Vincent de Paul Conference
Next meeting: Monday 22nd July at 7pm in the G.P. Room

Pathways to God
31 days of St Ignatius, an online retreat is returning this July. Join the Jesuits on a journey guided by Spiritual Exercises via a series of 31 daily emails leading up to the Feast of St Ignatius on 31st July. Each week you will look at themes and use prayer and scripture to help you find God in moments of Conversion, Call, Challenge and Consolation. Sign up for daily emails at

Pray for Children in Northern Ireland
100.000 people are alive today in NI because both communities there have supported a pro-life culture. The Abortion Act has never applied to NI for this reason. In the absence of an assembly in NI, the UK Parliament has decided to force abortion into NI. Sadly, both our MP’s Ian Murray and Tommy Sheppard voted for this unconstitutional proposal. Please consider writing to them or If you have NI connections there’s an online petition

Don’t Screen Us Out
In the UK, ninety per cent of babies diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome are aborted. Northern Ireland has a very different approach to how it treats people with Down’s Syndrome. Disability selective abortion for Down’s Syndrome is illegal – there is a culture of accepting and supporting people with disabilities rather than eliminating them. 600+ people from the Down’s Syndrome community, have already signed an open letter to Theresa May ‘Don’t Screen us Out. If you have, or a family member has Down’s’ Syndrome or if you wish to show support for our Down’s Syndrome Community, please sign the letter at

Students Seeking Accommodation
Mena Liu Yao Xin is a 3rd Year Catholic Student from Hong Kong (SS Peter and Paul Parish in Yuen Long) and a member of Christian Life Community (CLC) in Hong Kong. She will be studying at Edinburgh University as an exchange student from September 2019 to January 2020 and is looking for a room in a family home for the
duration of her stay. Mena would like to get involved in parish life and volunteer after Sunday Masses.
Laura is a 32 year old Canadian from the parish of St James in Calgary Alberta who has been accepted to do her Masters of Outdoor Education at Edinburgh University. The 15 month programme begins September 2019. Laura is actively involved in her home parish, especially in music ministry and would like to get involved in parish life while in Edinburgh. She is looking to rent a room in a home that may offer her a quiet space for studying for the
duration of her stay “Quiet tidy and responsible, and happy to help around the house. Enjoys living with children and pets”
If you think either of these students could fit into you home situation, please speak to the newsletter editor for contact details.

Dates for your Diary

Joint Parish Picnic
There will be a family picnic at St Peter’s on Sunday 25th August. Starts at 12.30pm in the field just behind St Peter’s School. Bring your own picnic and rug (and any games that might be suitable for children) Egg & Spoon Race/Toss the Welly etc begins at 1pm. Lots of fun for all the family.

New Fringe Play
‘Crowned with Glory and Honour’ Life is full of drama Drama is full of Life (and death) Crowned with Glory and Honour is a drama that will move you, cause you to think, and even more significantly, ask you to act upon your conclusion. It’s not comfortable. But it is real – and important. An original play by Jerry Averill, exploring
the value of human life and how we determine who is valuable and who is disposable. Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 6th-10th August, Carrubbers Christian Centre, 65 High Street. 6pm each evening. Tickets £5 (£4 concession) Buy online at or call 0131 226 0000.

Care For Our Common Home
Justice and Peace Scotland invites you to a Day of Reflection on Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudati Si. Saturday 21st September 10am-4.30pm, Blythswood Hall, Bath Street, Glasgow, Coffee and Registration from 10am. Cost: £10, lunch provided. Book your place through Eventbrite: (search for Laudati Si Care For Our Common Home). Enquiries 0141 333 0328 email:

St Therese of Lisieux
The relics of St Therese arrive in Scotland next month and will be in our Archdiocese from 7th-9th September. There will be a programme of events to help you make the most of this special visit as well as the chance to venerate her relics. Keep up to date by liking the National Facebook page St Therese of Lisieux – Scotland 2019

The National Youth Pilgrimage to St Andrews
Will take place this year on 31st August for all those between 16 and 30 years of age. To book a place, please contact Youth Initiative at

Divine Mercy Pilgrimage
There will be a Pilgrimage to Poland in June 2020. Details are on the poster at the back of church.

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