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You can read our full parish newsletter here: St Columba’s Newsletter 2019-09-15 

Aged & Infirm Clergy Fund
The Aged & Infirm Clergy Fund of the Archdiocese provides the living costs and housing for our 24 retired priests. The special collections are one of the main sources of income for the fund. In 2018, the special collections, donations and investment income was £204,129, increased by legacies of £85,000. The cost of providing the retirement allowances and housing was £363,153. In order to continue to pay allowances to the next generation of Priests as they retire, we need a bigger fund and new ideas and support to raise it, which are being actively worked on. To pay the current allowances requires annual income of around £370,000 (as at 2018). In order to match these allowances with income, the 2019 special collections need to raise twice as much as they did in 2018.Please do consider what you can give to this collection . Please do also consider including a bequest to the AICF in your will. (The bequest should be to “the Aged and Infirm Clergy Fund of the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh” (Charity No SC008540) and qualifies as a charitable bequest for Inheritance Tax purposes). Our Priests retire at age 75, so they work longer than most other occupations. We all have a joint commitment to support them as they reach old age and are no longer supported by an individual parish. Many thanks for your support.

Pause for Hope
Sunday 15th September at 3pm, Sacred Heart Church, Lauriston. An Ecumenical service for all affected by cancer. Organised by Pause for Hope, a Christian cancer charity. Please join us if you have been, or a loved one has been affected by cancer.

Sacramental Preparation Classes
If your child does not attend Catholic School and you are interested in preparation classes for the Sacraments of First Holy Communion, Confession and Confirmation, please sign up before 1st September. Contact Sr Karin on , Classes will begin in October and will take place on Sundays from 10.30am-11.15am.

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

Parish Council
The next PPC meeting will be on Monday 16th September at 7.30pm in the GP Room.

Two Hearts Prayer Group
The next meeting will be on Thursday 5th September at 2pm in the GP Room.

Will begin on Monday 23rd September at 7.30pm in St Peter’s Parish Room. Anyone with an interest in learning more about the Catholic faith, particularly those thinking about Baptism or full communion, will be made most welcome. We have a good team of parishioners who help with discussions and are willing to share their faith.

Day for Altar Servers
Saturday 21st September 11am-3pm at Gillis Centre. All altar servers in the Archdiocese are invited. Please bring comfortable clothes, packed lunch and the robes you normally wear for serving at Mass. Activities, testimonies and games. The day will conclude with Mass. Register with Eventbrite.

Bethany Care Shelter
In Gorgie Road is looking for a team of 6-8 volunteers who can prepare and serve a hot twocourse meal for homeless people from 23rd September. This can be a one off or for several nights. Any parish groups that can help please contact Ruth Longmuir on 0131 561 8930 or 07973 280 481

Dates for your Diary

The Lauriston Jesuit Centre
Will host a series of talks in September exploring Laudato Si – Caring For Our Common Home. Thursdays 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th at 7.30pm. Please see details of the talks and speakers on the printout at the back of church. Entry by donation.

Day For Music
Saturday 14th September, Gillis Centre. Primarily for those who play/sing at Mass but everyone with an interest in church music is welcome. Hosted by Michael Fergusson, Director of Music at the Cathedral and James Greechan, a talented young organist who leads the music at St Patrick’s in Kilsyth. There’s a video on the Archdiocesan website previewing the day. Free event but please register with Eventbrite (search “living church music”) or call 0131 623 8900

Newman Association-Edinburgh Circle Meeting
Tuesday 24th September, 7.30-9.30pm, Mayfield Salisbury Church. “Different Lives in History: The Catholic Irish in Scotland and the USA” Professor Tom Devine, Historian and Author. A donation is requested to cover costs.

Catholic Schools Community Mass
Promoting Gospel Values Concelebrated by Mgr. Tony Duffy. An Open invitation to all staff past and present who have supported Catholic Education in Edinburgh. 6.30pm Thursday 27th September, St Catharine’s Convent of Mercy, Lauriston Place, Edinburgh EH3 9HH. A chance to meet up with friends and former colleagues. Tea and Coffee will be available after Mass.

SCES Saturday 21st September
The annual Scottish Catholic Education Service Parents’ gathering will take place in St Francis Xavier’s Primary School, Falkirk, 9.30am-3pm. Keynote speaker will be Dr Lorna Gold, author of the book “Climate Generation: Awakening our Children’s Future” Families are welcome and there will be special workshops and activities for children. Lunch will be provided. Free event but booking is essential. Register at

Refugees World Day of Migrants and Refugees
Will be on 29th September. Details to follow

Murder Mystery Evening
Are you age 20-40? Our events are a great place to meet fellow young Catholics. Back by popular demand is our famous Murder Mystery Night. Saturday 5th October, 7pm, St Aloysius Church Hall, Glasgow, G3 6RE. Last year several people travelled from Edinburgh and a great time was had by all. Email: to buy a £10 ticket or join our mailing list to find out about future events if you can’t make this one.

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