1st Sunday of Advent (b)
Times of Mass and Confession:
Vigil Mass (Saturday) 6.00 p.m. & 10.00 a.m.
9.00 a.m. (Tuesday – Friday)
7.00 p.m. (Monday)
10.00 a.m. (Saturday)
After Mass on Saturday morning.
Please remember the following parishioners, relatives and friends in your prayers:
Sick: John McPartland, Veronica Allan, Irene Callan, Elizabeth Brown, Patricia Allison, Bridget Ferry, Margaret Bowen, Biddy Bonner, Nora Wood, Eddie Mulligan.
Anniv: Luke Delaney, Jim Fallon, Margaret Fitzgerald, John Collins, Jess Wight, George Bruce.
Died: Sheila Keppie, Mario de Marco
Today is the First Sunday of Advent. Please note that the Sunday readings now come from year B and the weekday readings come from year 1.
The Advent Wreath will be blessed. If you would like to light the candles as the week’s progress please let me know.
The Advent Tree is in place along with the baskets of tags from which you can choose a task you would undertake in the course of the week.
We will be gathering gifts for the children of prisoners for the first two Sundays and then for the homeless of the city. These will be distributed via the St. Catharine’s Convent Homeless project.
The children’s Liturgy team has also kindly agreed to celebrate the Children’s Liturgy during Mass on each Sunday of Advent. They have put a lot of effort into their planning so please encourage your children to take part. It is for children from P1 – P7.
Today: The new Altar Servers’ Rota is ready for collection. It comes into effect this weekend so please collect your copy today from the sacristy.
The new readers’ rota is also ready for collection. This comes into effect this weekend so please make sure you collect your copy from the sacristy today.
Today: Lists are at the back of the Church on which Readers, Eucharistic Ministers, Passkeepers, people willing to help with the social activities in the Hall after Mass are asked to sign up. There is a separate list for Altar Servers in the Sacristy.
Sunday: The Coffee Morning in the Hall will be organised by the Fair Trade Group this week. All are welcome to the Hall after Mass.
Sunday: The Blessing of the Edinburgh Nativity scene will take place in the gardens at St. Andrew Square Gardens at 3.00 p.m. The service will be led by Archbishop Cushley. All welcome.
Sunday: Advent Holy Hour with Exposition and Benediction from 4.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m. An opportunity to pause and reflect
Monday: Meeting of St. Cuthbert’s Parish Pastoral Council at 7.30 p.m. in the house. Please note the slight adjustment in the starting time to allow for the evening Mass at 7.00 p.m. as part of our Advent journey.
Tuesday: Meeting for the parents of the children preparing for First Reconciliation at 6.30 p.m. in the Church. Each child should be represented but the children do not need to be present.
Tuesday: Meeting for the parents of the children preparing for First Communion at 7.30 p.m. in the Church. Each child should be represented but the children do not need to be present.
11th December: : Mass for Vocations, celebrated by Father Peter Kelly in St. Joseph’s in Gilmore Place. It is at 7.30 p.m. Refreshments will be served afterwards. All welcome.
11th December: As part of our Advent preparation Canon Dick Holuka S.T.L., M.A. will give an introductory reflection and answer questions on St. Mark’s Gospel which is the Gospel to be used in the new liturgical year which begins on the first Sunday of Advent. It is in the Church Hall at 7.00 p.m. All welcome.
13th December: Penitential Service in Our Lady’s at 7.00 p.m. There will be three priests available to give you the opportunity of coming to confession as part of your Advent preparation.
14th December: Annual Christmas celebration with Carol Service and Concert in St. Augustine’s High School. All welcome.
18th December: Penitential Service in St. Cuthbert’s at 7.00 p.m. There will be six priests available to give you the opportunity of coming to confession as part of your Advent preparation.
Parish Project Update: Following on the Table stall which raised £633.85 and a coffee morning in Our Lady’s which raised £20.71 the current total is now £3940.62. Many thanks go to those who organised and those who supported these events. There are unclaimed raffle prizes available for collection in the sacristy.
Archbishop’s Youth Initiative: The Archbishop is launching a new youth initiative for the whole Archdiocese this coming Advent. On each of the Fridays of Advent, he will gather with the youth of the diocese at the Cathedral at 7.00 p.m. to offer catechesis, prayer and social time together. It promises to be a great new way of meeting Christ and meeting others interested in their faith, so if you’re between 16-29, keep your Fridays in Advent free.
With every best wish and Blessing
To you, your families
and those who are dear to you