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Newsletter 20-09-20

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Diary events by date:

‘Day for Life’ 2nd collection
Jun 17 all-day
Graduation Mass & Garden Party
Jun 27 @ 7:00 pm

Graduation Mass and Garden Party in St James’ on Wednesday 27 June, 7pm onwards.  Do put the date in your diary and invite your family and friends.

2018 New Dawn in Scotland
Jul 2 – Jul 6 all-day

The 2018 New Dawn in Scotland Catholic Pilgrimage Conference will take place from 2-6 July at Madras College, Kilrymont Road, St Andrews KY16 8DE. For full details contact the New Dawn Scotland office on tel: (0131) 447 6153 or visit the website:

Youth for Lourdes
Jul 6 – Jul 13 all-day

Youth for Lourdes

The Archdiocesan Youth for Lourdes group are hosting an information afternoon in February for any young people interested in this year’s Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh’s Pilgrimage to Lourdes, 6-13 July 2018.  Holy Mass will be offered in honour of Our Lady of Lourdes on Sunday 18 February, 3pm in St Cuthbert’s, Slateford Road, Edinburgh.  Following Mass, there will be a meeting for anyone interested in travelling with the Youth for Lourdes group on pilgrimage this year.  Refreshments will be served.  All very welcome.  Please refer to the poster at the back of the church for more information.  You can also  email or call Kris Thomas on 07747 867003.

First Saturday Devotions
Jul 7 @ 9:30 am

The next First Saturday of 2018 falls on 7 July.  First Saturday devotions will begin with Mass at 9.30am in St James’, followed by Confessions and will continue with Rosary and Meditations at Christ the King, Pittenweem.  Please join us in honouring Our Lady of Fatima’s prayer request for the salvation of souls in these troubled times.  If you need transport to Pittenweem, please contact either Mary Corr: (01334) 870746 or Debby Harris: 07931 891011.

Joint Parish Pilgrimage – Holy Land 10-19 July 2018
Jul 10 @ 9:50 am – Jul 19 @ 10:50 am

Joint Parish Pilgrimage – Holy Land 10-19 July 2018

This will be fabulous, spiritual trip of a lifetime to the places associated with Our Blessed Lord’s birth, ministry, death and resurrection. We will be visiting Nazareth, sailing on the sea of Galilee, have the opportunity to renew your wedding vows at Cana, ascend Mount Tabor, renew our baptismal vows at the river Jordan, float in the Dead Sea, find room at the Inn in Bethlehem(!), pray at the Mount of Olives and participate in the Way of the Cross in Jerusalem, and many other things besides. Holy Mass and prayers will be celebrated each day at these holy sites. Led by Fr Galbraith & Fr Łukasz.


Faith Summer Session
Jul 30 – Aug 3 all-day

Fr Galbraith will be attending this conference for young Catholics aged 15-30.  It is a five day conference based in Woldingham School (Surrey) which provides an excellent balance of social, spiritual and catechetical activities.  There is also plenty of recreational time.  There Mass and morning/evening prayer each day, time for confessions and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.  The theme of the conference this year is: ‘The Human Vocation to Love’ and guest speakers include Bishop Philip Egan and Bishop John Keenan.  If you are interested in going, please speak to Fr Galbraith and pick up a flier at the back of the church.

Bishop Robert Barron Comes to Edinburgh!
Sep 6 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The internationally renowned Catholic Evangelist, Bishop Robert Barron, will be coming to Edinburgh this September 6th (7:30-9:30pm in the Usher Hall) to speak to the people of the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh on the topic of ‘Proclaiming Christ in Our Culture’.  Bishop Barron is founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries ( and is well known for his ‘Catholicism’ series of DVDs on the Catholic faith.  He is undoubtedly one of the greatest Catholic speakers of our day and it should be a fantastic event for anyone who loves the faith and wants to grow in the knowledge and love of God.  We will be organising a bus from our parishes to attend this event.  Please sign up on the sheets at the back of our churches if you are interested.  We need to know numbers asap as demand will be high for this event.  Cost: £10 (£6 concession). The bus will probably leave around 5:30pm travelling via Pittenweem.

Tickets are now sold out for this event. Thank you to all those who have handed in payment for their tickets.  If you are still to pay, could you please do so asap as the payment deadline has now passed.

Please note, if you put your name down but are now unable to attend, please make the parish office aware, as we have keen parishioners on our reserve list.

PPC Meeting and AGM
Sep 13 @ 7:00 pm

The next PPC Meeting (and the AGM) will take place on Thursday, 13 September, 7pm, at St James’ hall. All welcome.

Meeting for parishioners of Christ the King
Sep 20 @ 7:30 pm

As discussed at our PPC AGM, Fr Galbraith would like to have an meeting with our parishioners from the parish of Christ the King to discuss the way forward in the light of the closure of CTK church.  The proposed date is this Thursday 20 September at 7.30pm in CTK parish room.