Here's a look at just some of the news from across the Archdiocese in an eventful 2020.
-Parishioners from across the Archdiocese came together to attend the annual pro-life Mass at St Margaret’s Chapel in the Gillis Centre, followed by a chance to socialise.
-The Requiem Mass for the Very Rev James Canon Friel, who died aged 86, took place at St Mary’s Church in Haddington, with burial at St Mary’s Cemetery.
-The Very Reverend Nick Welsh, then parish priest at Our Lady & St Andrew in Galashiels, was appointed the Vicar Episcopal for Catholic Education for the Archdiocese.
Education team revamp to benefit schools - Archdiocese of Edinburgh. Congratulations to former St. Modan’s pupil, Fr. Nick Welsh, on his fantastic new appointment ???????? https://t.co/2nbbiikN8A
— St Modan's English, RE and Literacy (@StModanEnglish) January 13, 2020
-Archbishop Leo Cushley headed to Washington as part of a week-long stint at the International Commission of English in the Liturgy (ICEL).
-Professor David Jones was the keynote speaker at an Archdiocesan Bioethics Day held at the Gillis Centre, Edinburgh
1/3 Thanks to academic and author Professor David Jones, who spoke about the Catholic View of Assisted Suicide at our Bioethics Day in Edinburgh on Saturday. pic.twitter.com/buvqwPiw1R
— Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh (@archedinburgh) January 27, 2020
-Archbishop Leo Cushley paid tribute to the role of the Augustinian community at the Annual Day for Religious in Edinburgh.
1/3 Thanks to the religious brothers and sisters who gathered in Edinburgh for our Annual Day for Religious! pic.twitter.com/ueZsjPPjLC
— Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh (@archedinburgh) January 31, 2020
-The first 'Ask Me Anything' event was held by our vocations team and featured Sister Mary Margaret, of the Sisters of Nazareth in Bonnyrigg.
?"What's it like being a religious sister?"
?"Do you get to go to the movies?"
?"Have you ever fallen in love?"
Ask a religious sister ANYTHING at our new Q&A event TONIGHT
— Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh (@archedinburgh) February 3, 2020
-People crammed into the Gillis Centre in Edinburgh for the Archdiocesan Day for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.
Great to see so many at our Day for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. pic.twitter.com/D8ICBMA19l
— Archbishop Leo Cushley (@leocushley) February 8, 2020
-The UK’s leading Catholic university announced it will launch postgraduate courses in Scotland for the first time. St Mary’s University, Twickenham, agreed arrangements with the Archdiocese for a range of subjects to be taught at the Gillis Centre.
We did it (again!) Such an honour to be opening this campus in Scotland with the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh https://t.co/SWxI5vc7gk
— St Mary's Institute of Theology (@StMarysIoT) February 14, 2020
-Archbishop Leo Cushley led the Ash Wednesday service at the Scottish Parliament.
Thanks to everyone who attended the distribution of ashes at the Scottish Parliament this morning. pic.twitter.com/9VqLy2KRyW
— Archbishop Leo Cushley (@leocushley) February 26, 2020
-Tributes were paid to Monsignor Brian Provost Halloran who died suddenly at his home in North Berwick. He was 84.
Last night a much loved priest of our diocese died.
The Very Rev Mgr Brian Halloran, 1935-2020.https://t.co/VIFJ9akREO
— Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh (@archedinburgh) March 2, 2020
-Dr Adrian Treloar and Sister Andrea Fraile spoke at the Archdiocesan mini-symposium on gender theory at the Gillis Centre.
Thanks to Dr Adrian Treloar and Sister Andrea Fraile for speaking at our mini-symposium on gender theory in Edinburgh recently. pic.twitter.com/qNSXy1U2Yc
— Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh (@archedinburgh) March 3, 2020
-Parishioners paid tribute to the positive impact of the Augustinians as the order left St Joseph’s, Broomhouse, after 25 years.
On this solemnity of St Joseph, we bid farewell to the @AugustiniansUK at St Joseph’s, Sighthill.
Thank you for all your work here over the last 25 years. pic.twitter.com/3fMzG37Gsa
— Archbishop Leo Cushley (@leocushley) March 19, 2020
-Archbishop Cushley released this message to parishioners following the suspension of public Mass due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
Following today’s announcement on the temporary suspension of public Mass, here’s my message to Catholics in our Archdiocese. pic.twitter.com/09g86OVgzr
— Archbishop Leo Cushley (@leocushley) March 18, 2020
-Tributes were made to Fr Joe Miller, a priest of St Patrick's Missionary Society, who died peacefully in Strathcarron Hospice, Stirlingshire.
Archbishop Leo Cushley gave an Easter message of hope when he appeared on BBC1 Scotland's Reflections at the Quay.
A message of hope in facing present difficulties with renewed trust in God’s providence.
— Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh (@archedinburgh) April 14, 2020
-Priest School aired on the BBC Scotland channel giving viewers access to life as a seminarian at the Pontifical Scots College in Rome.
Priest School is now on BBC iPlayer.
— Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh (@archedinburgh) April 20, 2020
-Tributes were paid to Sister Mary Steedman RSM (Sisters of Mercy) who passed away peacefully at the Rosehill Care Home in Dalkeith. She was 86 and had cancer.
Sr Mary Steedman RSM died peacefully yesterday (Monday) in Dalkeith. She was 86 and had cancer. Sr Aelred Timmons RSM, said: "She was outgoing and a great Sister of Mercy - she was so committed to the Mercy ministry and a very good person."
Requiescat in pace pic.twitter.com/HQBCGgfSiY
— Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh (@archedinburgh) April 21, 2020
-Fr Chris Heenan of St Margaret's Church in Dunfermline became a social media hit after performing with his accordian on Facebook to lift spirits during lockdown.
— Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh (@archedinburgh) April 28, 2020
-Archbishop Cushley rededicated the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on the Feast of Our Lady of Fátima.
-Tributes were paid to a priest of our diocese who served the poor in Central America. Fr Thomas Greenan died peacefully at St Margaret’s Care Home in Edinburgh. He had been suffering from Alzheimer’s and was 64 years old.
He attended the Scots College in Valladolid, along with Bishop Joseph Toal of @rcmotherwell who said: "When Tommy wanted to do something he gave himself to it 100 per cent." pic.twitter.com/zppx9UTMIU
— Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh (@archedinburgh) May 18, 2020
-St Joseph's in Peebles opened its doors to welcome the local Foodbank who urgently needed a new location due to spiralling demand during the Covid-19 lockdown.
-Sr Aelrid Timmins, of the Sisters of Mercy in Edinburgh, appeared on a BBC religious programme to explain the founding of the Order.
In 1993, the Sisters of Mercy in Edinburgh wanted to help the homeless. But with so few of them, how could it be done? Sr Aelred Timmins of St Catharine's Mercy Centre explains how trust in God's divine providence, inspired by St Catharine, became the catalyst! With @wmartinfair pic.twitter.com/Kzi5cqREYR
— Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh (@archedinburgh) May 20, 2020
-Churches re-opened for private prayer
Churches can reopen from this Monday. pic.twitter.com/kaUwviUt2Q
— Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh (@archedinburgh) June 18, 2020
-Fr Nick Welsh was chosen by the Bishops' Conference of Scotland to be the new vice rector of the Pontifical Scots College in Rome.
-Archbishop Cushley appeared on BBC Radio Scotland to share his thoughts on what the gradual easing of lockdown might mean for Catholic churches in Scotland.
AUDIO: Archbishop Cushley has shared his thoughts on what the gradual easing of lockdown might mean for Catholic churches in Scotland.https://t.co/mXChBTq8Tl
— Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh (@archedinburgh) June 15, 2020
-A Lourdes pilgrim was delighted when her idea to request a plenary indulgence for those attending a virtual pilgrimage in the Archdiocese was granted by the Vatican.
Great news! The Archdiocesan Virtual Lourdes Pilgrimage begins on Friday. https://t.co/LIWneauGDv
— Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh (@archedinburgh) July 8, 2020
-The Archdiocese said farewell to Fr John O’Connor OP, parish priest and superior at St Albert's Chaplaincy at the University of Edinburgh, who was appointed to a new post in Oxford.
— Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh (@archedinburgh) July 21, 2020
-A Midnight Mass at St Mary's Cathedral marked the return of public worship in Edinburgh.
-Family and friends celebrated the ordination of Fr Samuel Burke OP to the Sacred Priesthood at St Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh.
Congratulations to Father Samuel Burke OP, ordained to the Sacred Priesthood today at St Mary's Catholic Cathedral, Edinburgh. ???
— Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh (@archedinburgh) July 25, 2020
-The Archdiocese welcomed two new deacons at St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh - Martin Eckersley and Bobby Taylor.
Congratulations to Bobby Taylor and Martin Eckersley who were ordained deacons today at St Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh! ?? Click link for full pic gallery.https://t.co/57BdMDhQ56
— Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh (@archedinburgh) August 1, 2020
-Sunday Rosary sessions helped inspire parishioners in Queensferry, Dalmeny and Kirkliston to create a cookbook. Over thirty budding chefs got creative to raise funds for St Margaret's Parish.
Find out how the Rosary helped inspire recipes at St Margaret's Church in South Queensferry where parishioners have compiled a cookbook to raise parish funds. https://t.co/iJt6Bqj1B4 pic.twitter.com/JtMGWUETKa
— Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh (@archedinburgh) August 18, 2020
-Tributes were paid to Father Donald McGlynn OCSO, Abbot emeritus of Sancta Maria Abbey, Nunraw in East Lothian, who died aged 86 and who had been a member of the Cistercians for over 65 years.
Father Donald McGlynn RIP
Please keep in your prayers Father Donald McGlynn OCSO, Abbot emeritus of Sancta Maria Abbey, Nunraw, in East Lothian, who died on Thursday evening. He was 86 and had been a member of the Cistercians for over 65 years. pic.twitter.com/54oDV5lwIu
— Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh (@archedinburgh) August 29, 2020
-Holy Mass with Archbishop Cushley was broadcast on national TV. The Catholic Church in Scotland welcomed more religious coverage on the channel during lockdown.
Sunday Mass with Archbishop Cushley is now available to watch on the BBC iPlayer (online).
Many thanks to Rory Lamb (cantor), Tom Wilkinson (organ) and director of music Michael Ferguson of St Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh for the wonderful hymns.https://t.co/03V0IeH5GI pic.twitter.com/ao0PJdHbya
— Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh (@archedinburgh) September 6, 2020
-Tributes were paid to Sr Immaculata Murray RSM who died on 12 September. She was 93.
Archbishop Cushley said: "Sr Immaculata was a lovely, devout and energetic Sister of Mercy. May she rest in peace."
— Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh (@archedinburgh) September 18, 2020
-On the tenth anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI's apostolic journey to the UK, Archbishop Cushley reflected on the historic visit.
-The Archdiocese welcomed three Religious Sisters of Mercy (RSM) to Edinburgh - Sr Edith Mary was appointed Clergy Welfare Co-ordinator (assisting retired clergy) Sr Anna Marie became Catechetics Advisor, while and Sr Miriam Fidelis was appointed to assist at St Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh.
-Tributes were paid to Fr Hugh Purcell who died at St John Vianney’s parish house in Gilmerton, Edinburgh. He was 62 years old.
Tributes have flooded onto our Facebook. May he rest in peace.https://t.co/dmJAA4CRWd
— Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh (@archedinburgh) October 7, 2020
-Fr Andrew Garden hosted a Zoom event on St Mark's Gospel, to help prepare people for a new liturgical year.
You can now watch last night's Zoom event on St Mark's Gospel to help prepare yourself for the new liturgical year. Thanks to Fr Andrew Garden, our Catechetics Commission and everyone who joined us! ?https://t.co/zijbXd5XwW pic.twitter.com/PR5TSWCyWH
— Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh (@archedinburgh) October 20, 2020
-The Religious Sisters of Mercy (RSM) led the Archdiocese in prayer as part of the National Rosary Relay Rally.
— Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh (@archedinburgh) October 31, 2020
-The Archdiocese announced a new Diploma in Catechetics - a year-long course to help people spread the Good News!
? ANNOUNCEMENT ?
Archbishop Cushley invites you to deepen your Catholic Faith with our Diploma in Catechetics.
— Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh (@archedinburgh) October 31, 2020
-Catherine Wylie, of the Catholic Grandparents Association, hosted an event for grandparents' on their mission in the Church and family.
Join for our Zoom event with Catherine Wylie of the Catholic Grandparents Association. She will present a vision of your important ministry in the Church and your families.
— Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh (@archedinburgh) October 22, 2020
-Four areas in the Archdiocese were moved into level four restrictions, reducing Mass attendance from 50 to 20.
Four areas in our diocese will move up to Level 4 restrictions from Friday: Stirling, West Lothian, East Dunbartonshire, North Lanarkshire. This means Mass numbers will be restricted to 20 people in those areas only.
◾️ Archbishop Cushley will update our priests later today. pic.twitter.com/Qukn8RpPdW
— Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh (@archedinburgh) November 17, 2020
-A Great Toy Giveaway appeal saw hundreds of gifts donated to St Francis Xavier's Parish in Falkirk.
-Four priests were renewed in their roles as Vicar Episcopal for the Archdiocese: Frs Basil Clark (Caritas, Justice & Peace), Daniel Doherty (Catechetics), Jeremy Milne (Marriage & Families) and Jeremy Bath (Ecumenism).
-A pro-life Advent Rosary was held over four weeks to pray for the unborn and their mothers and all pro-life intentions.
Join our Advent Rosary for Life to pray for unborn children, their mothers and all Pro-Life intentions. Each Monday throughout Advent.
Tonight - 7:00pm to 7:30pm.https://t.co/iOujvjLqTu
— Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh (@archedinburgh) November 30, 2020
-Level 4 restrictions were lifted for several parts of the Archdiocese, meaning many parishes returned to having a maximum of 50 people at Mass.
COVID19 UPDATE: From this Friday at 6pm, Level 4 restrictions will be lifted. It means all parishes in the Archdiocese can return to having a maximum of 50 people at Mass. pic.twitter.com/cV1nvCjVyq
— Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh (@archedinburgh) December 8, 2020
-A national pastoral letter from Scotland's Catholic Bishops highlighted “reasons for hope, as we live through these difficult times”.
A new Pastoral Letter from @BishopsScotland gives us reasons for hope amidst Covid-19.
➡ Reassurance over C19 Vaccine.
➡ Society "rediscovering" universal human dignity.
➡ Greater appreciation of faith's impact on society.
— Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh (@archedinburgh) December 7, 2020
-Pope Francis proclaimed a Year of St Joseph, from 08 December 2020 to 08 December 2021.
-Archbishop Cushley shared his Christmas message with parishioners, as he reflected on a difficult year for us all.
-Schools across the Archdiocese kept Christ in Christmas to contribute pictures to our Silent Night Christmas video gallery.
For all our videos from this year, visit our YouTube channel.