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Advent 2018

Prepare for the journey towards Christmas with prayer. Suggested links on Advent Meditations from the excellent St Peter’s website available here:
//www.stpetersrcchurchedinburgh.org.uk/prayer-skills/advent-meditations/

Weekly Homilies

Listen again to the weekly homilies from Fr Douglas and Deacon Smith
//www.stpetersrcchurchedinburgh.org.uk/fr-douglas-sunday-homilies/

Our Weekly Newsletter 

You can read our full parish newsletter here: St Columba’s Newsletter 2018-12-09

Gift Aid
Thank you to everyone who has signed up for gift aid on their church donations – it’s greatly appreciated. We have experienced a delay in getting a gift aid box installed at the back of church for new applications. If you would like to sign up in the meantime, please pop your application into an envelope marked for the attention of Peter Clee and hand to any of the pass-keepers on duty at the back of church. It’s never too late to sign up – and if you do, the church receives an extra 25p for every £1 you donate. Paying by standing order means you don’t have to remember cash for the collection and it’s easier for the church as there’s less cash to count. There are gift aid forms (two forms stapled together) and an explanatory leaflet at the back of church

Faith, Hope, Love
The second in the series of Advent Talks for young adults presented by Archbishop Cushley will take place this evening from 5-7pm and the final talk will be next Sunday 16th December. Talk/Questions/Exposition/Confession/Night Prayer & Benediction. Evening ends with pizza and refreshments. Gillis Centre, 100 Strathearn Road EH9 1BB. adventtalks2018@gmail.com

Nativity Play
Our second rehearsal for the parish nativity play will take place this morning 10.30am11.30am in the middle hall. If your child has signed up, please make sure they come along to rehearsals so they can polish their acting skills for the big day!

Christmas Card Delivery
Please sign up to deliver cards within your nearby streets. It doesn’t take as long as you think to pop 50 cards through doors. If every family could commit to delivering a batch, this would ensure that all the cards are delivered this year. Perhaps you could make it a fun game with children (who can deliver their bundle fastest?) or why not make it an extra activity while walking the dog!

Please Don’t Feed the Mice
Would all groups that use the halls, GP Room and kitchens, please make sure that all leftover food is taken home or stored in plastic containers. The mice appear to be partying in the evenings!

Food bank collection
Sunday 9th is our extra food bank collection day to help make Christmas a little easier for families that may be struggling at this time of year. The basket will be at the back of Church after both Masses today. Non perishable items only. Please see the list at the back of church for suggested donations.

RCIA
The last meeting of the year will be tomorrow, 10th December at 7.30pm in St Peter’s Parish Room. We will resume on Monday 14th January

First Holy Communion Preparation
Today, Sunday 9th – Change of Venue Please note that the First Communion Preparation Class with Sr Karin. will now be in the GP Room at 10.30am

Service of Reconciliation
There will be an extra two priests hearing confessions in St Peter’s Church on Thursday 13th December from 7-8.30pm.

Our Lady Of Guadalupe
The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is on Wednesday 12th December. There will be Rosary and a Hymn at the image on Tuesday 11th in St Columba’s after 10am Mass and following the Rosary (approx. 10.30am start)

Newington Churches Together
Carols in Nicolson Square. The Salvation Army band will lead the Carol Singing this afternoon in Nicolson Square at 12.45pm. Please bring along some mince pies or sweeties to share!

St Vincent de Paul Conference
Next meeting: Monday 10th December at 7pm in the G.P. Room

St Columba’s Carol Party & Nativity Play
Come along next week and support the efforts of all the team members who have put together the Carol Party and Play. Mince pies and mulled wine on offer along with some of the best acting in South Edinburgh! Sunday16th Dec 2pm in the Main Hall

Edinburgh Newman Association
Continues its series of talks on Tuesday 11th December, Mayfield Salisbury Church, 7.30pm. Fr Jim Lawlor, Parish Priest from the Archdiocese of Glasgow. ’For See the Winter is Over’ The Advent Herald of Hope and Life. All warmly welcome. A donation is requested to cover costs.

Date For Your Diary – Annual Retreat
Saturday 26th Jan, 1.30-4.30pm in St Columba’s Church, led by Fr Kevin

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