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Lent 2019

The St Peter’s website has some excellent material to support us on our journey through Lent this year.  It is available here:

Weekly Homilies

Listen again to the weekly homilies from Fr Douglas and Deacon Smith

Our Weekly Newsletter 

You can read our full parish newsletter here: St Columba’s Newsletter 2019-03-24

Please note
Monday 1st April, Mass will be at 6pm (not an April fool joke!) From 6.45pm there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament during which the children of our R.E. class will have their First Confession. Rosary will be prayed during that time and will end with Benediction around 7.15pm. Followed by a get together of the children and their parents in the GP Room.

Sacramental Preparation Classes
The next classes for those children preparing for First Holy Communion and Confession will be Sunday 31st March. (Parents can join us in the main hall and enjoy
coffee and cake for Mother’s Day!)

St Vincent de Paul Conference
Next meeting: Monday 25th March at 7pm in the G.P. Room

Divine Mercy Devotions
Take place every Friday from 2-4pm in the Middle Hall.

Tuesday Club
This week – Childhood Poetry Reading with Marjorie Gill 2pm in the main hall.

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

Stations of the Cross
Stations of the Cross in St Columba’s will be led by Deacon John followed by distribution of Holy Communion at 9.30am every Monday during Lent.
Other opportunities for Stations of the Cross:
St Peter’s After 10am Mass on Fridays
The Cathedral Tuesdays at 7pm and Fridays after the 12.45pm Mass

A Carbon Fast for Lent 
In his encyclical Laudato Si, Pope Francis reminds us that as Christians we are called to care for all of creation. Perhaps you could use some of the following ideas to ‘carbon fast’ for the remainder of Lent: Buy a re-usable coffee cup. The UK throws away 2.5 billion cups every year. Less than 1 per cent are recycled. Don’t use the car one day a week, or maybe look into car sharing. Turn off the standby button on the TV & Computer. In the UK around £235 million is wasted through leaving computers on. Plan meals in advance and only buy what you need – put what you save in your SCIAF Wee Box! Scottish households throw away 630,000 tonnes of food waste every year. Use a sandwich box instead of cling film. Buy re-usable bags and give up plastic. Plastic bags take hundreds of years to decompose in landfill. If you have a garden, why not grow some of your own vegetables? Kids love the experience too.

Lent – Walking Together with Jesus
Each weekday during Lent, The Ignatian Spirituality Centre with the Jesuit Ministries are offering Bible readings, art and other materials to aid your prayer during Lent. To sign up for daily emails please visit, Contact for books

Could You Watch One Hour With Me?
Rosary and Prayers from 11am-12 noon every day from Ash Wednesday to Palm Sunday. near the Chalmers Street Abortion Clinic, Lauriston. Contact Patricia, 07851 195 043 or just turn up to pray for those in need of our assistance.

Easter Eggs Once
Again this year we are asking for donations of small cream eggs or similar size for the Newington Churches Together Walk of Witness on Good Friday. There will be a basket at the back of church from now until Maundy Thursday. The eggs will be distributed along the route of the walk. It’s a great way to spread the message to children who may not know why eggs are given at Easter.

Thank You
Tickets, donations, and raffle money for the Mary’s Meals Curry evening raised the grand total of £862.50. The Justice & Peace Group wish to thank everyone who contributed to a very successful evening.

Clarification – Mass Intentions
As stated last week, we need consent from individuals who are sick, in order to publish or announce their name. If you have received consent to add someone’s name to the newsletter, please make this clear when you are requesting a Mass. Otherwise it will be mentioned as a special intention. If you have no consent, please leave your details and you will be contacted to inform you which Mass will be offered for your intention. Of course we are still able to pray for and mention by name, our deceased family members and friends.

Cathedral Young Adults Group
The Saints of the Modern World series continues with a talk on Servant of God, Fr Willie Doyle S.J., presented by Fr Ninian Doohan on Tuesday 26th March in the Cathedral Hall at 7pm. For young adults (age 16-35). Followed by night prayer and then socialising in the pub!

Lenten Talks for Young Adults
The second in the series of talks for young adults “On the Way: Walking with Jesus and His Disciples towards Jerusalem” will be today, 5-7pm at the Gillis Centre. The evening will consist of a talk by Archbishop Cushley, Q&A, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Benediction and Confession, and will conclude with social time and pizza. The final talk will be on 7th April. Palm Sunday celebration 14th April, more information will follow

Cake and Music
St Catharine’s Convent Homeless Project serves up to 200 people a day a home cooked breakfast and evening meal, Monday-Friday during term time. The Sisters receive no funding; every penny is donated or fundraised. Come along to the convent – 4 Lauriston Gardens, this Mother’s Day March 31st for a one hour concert of beautiful music followed by seriously good cake! The young performers, some of whom are considering a career in music, are offering their talent free  of charge. Don’t miss it – entrance by donations.

Dates for your Diary
Archdiocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes
Takes place this year from 5th-12th July. More information at

New Dawn Scotland
The annual pilgrimage conference takes place this year at Madras College, St Andrews from 8th-12th July. The Rosary Procession and open air Mass in the Cathedral grounds will be on Thursday 11th July.

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