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You can read our full parish newsletter here: St Columba’s Newsletter 2018-08-19

St Vincent de Paul Conference
Next meeting Monday 20th August, 7pm, GP Room

Faith Behind Bars
If you missed last Tuesday’s 40 minute documentary on BBC1 about the work of the chaplains in HMP Edinburgh, you can still watch it on iplayer (or ask a computer savvy member of the family to set it up on their laptop for you!) Many of you will remember Fr Vasyl Kren from his brief time at St Columba’s, before taking up the post of Catholic Chaplain to the prison. The documentary entitled ‘Faith Behind Bars’ shows Father Kren working alongside his Protestant and Muslim counterparts within the prison walls, and presents a very positive picture of the vital work of prison chaplains.

The Role of the Laity in the Church Today
A Conference at Gillis Centre, Saturday 6th October 2018, 11am-4pm. Open to all. Tickets are free but there will be a collection at the end of the day towards costs. Guest Speaker Professor Helen Alvaré will talk on Empowerment of Catholic Laity in the 21st Century. Fergal and Carmen Martin will present Vatican II’s Vision of the Lay Apostolate. If you would like to attend the conference please register with Sr Mirjam Hugens, email her on

National Pilgrimage to Carfin in honour of St John Ogilvie
The Bishop’s Conference of Scotland is sponsoring a national pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes at Carfin in honour of St John Ogilvie on Sunday 2nd September. Mass will be at 3pm. The principal celebrant will be Archbishop Philip Tartaglia. Bishop Stephen Robson will give the Homily.

Fundraising Ceilidh
Saturday 8th September, 7.30-10.30pm, St. Columba‘s Hall One of our young parishioners, Claire Denvir, 15, has been selected to attend the World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia in July, 2019. Part of her fundraising will also help pay for Scouts from developing countries to attend. Over 16s only, £5 each, BYOB! Why not get some friends together for a great night out and support a good cause? Please contact Gillian/Paul in advance for tickets: or 07890631429 Donations for the raffle gratefully received!

First Confessions and First Holy Communions
Sacramental preparation classes with Sr Karin will begin at the end of September for children in non-Catholic schools who are due to make their First Confession
and First Holy Communion in 2019. Please contact Sr Karin to register:

L’Arche Edinburgh
L’Arche is a community for people with and without disabilities based on the vision of Jean Vanier. We are currently looking for people who are interested in community life. There are many ways to be involved, from living in the community, working full-time, part-time or casual relief work as well as a variety of volunteering opportunities. If you think you might be interested or would like to find out more, please check out our website or contact

World Meeting of Families
Please keep this event in your prayers: Dublin, Ireland has been chosen by Pope Francis to host the World meeting of Families from 21st-26th August, guided by the theme “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World”. This major international event brings together families from around the world celebrate, pray and reflect on the importance of marriage and the family as the cornerstone of our lives, of society and of the Church. Please pray for a renewed respect for the sacrament of marriage.

September Dates for your Diary
1st – Altar Servers Day
15th – Day for Children’s Liturgy Readers
19th – Senior Citizens’ Parish Outing
More details to follow nearer the time


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