Swing with the Spirit: Sacred Jazz with the Schola Cantorum

Join the Schola Cantorum of St Mary's Cathedral this August for an innovative concert of sacred jazz music, featuring Scottish jazz legend Richard Michael, and young jazz pianist Ben Shankland, winner of the BBC Scotland Young Jazz Musician of the Year 2023.
Music will include Bob Chilcot’s 'A Little Jazz Mass' and Richard Michael’s swinging 'Jubilate Deo' and 'Te Deum'.
Save the date for what is sure to be an unforgettable evening!
Check out the full Edinburgh Festival of the Sacred Arts 2024 programme here.
This event is organised by St Mary’s Catholic Cathedral, in partnership with Edinburgh Festival of the Sacred Arts 2024.

What is Man? With Dr Thomas Anderson

Bishop John Keenam, of Paisley Diocese, gives a talk titled What is Man? Faith & Medicine

This talk is at the parish meeting rooms at 63 York Place. Followed by Confessions/Night Prayer and then refreshments. For information, contact Fr Robert Taylor frrobert@stmaryscathedral.co.uk

 

 

What is Man? With Bishop John Keenan

Bishop John Keenan, of Paisley Diocese, gives a talk titled What is Man? Faith & Reason.

This talk is at the parish meeting rooms at 63 York Place. Followed by Confessions/Night Prayer and then refreshments. For information, contact Fr Robert Taylor frrobert@stmaryscathedral.co.uk

 

 

What is Man? With Fr Gerard Hatton

Fr Gerard Hatton, of St Patrick's in Edinburgh, gives a talk titled What is Man? The Problem of Sin.

This talk is at the parish meeting rooms at 63 York Place. Followed by Confessions/Night Prayer and then refreshments. For information, contact Fr Robert Taylor frrobert@stmaryscathedral.co.uk

 

 

St Margaret's Pilgrimage

The annual St Margaret's Pilgrimage is on Sunday 23 June in Dunfermline and culminates with Mass at St Margaret's Church and a blessing with the relic of the saint.

Save the Date! Details to follow soon.

Pathways of Hope

Join us at The Gillis Centre in Edinburgh for Pathways of Hope: Catholic Social Teaching and Poverty.

Register at bit.ly/pathwaysofhopeevent (FREE EVENT)

The aim of the day is to help participants develop:

- A greater awareness of Catholic Social Teaching
- A deeper understanding of the causes, structures and effects of poverty
- A plan to take action on poverty and injustice

There will be talks from Christians Against Poverty Scotland and Justice & Peace Scotland. Doors open from 10:00am for tea/coffee. Please bring packed lunch.

This event is organised by the Archdiocesan Commission for Caritas, Justice & Peace. We look forward to welcoming you. Questions/Queries to Caritas.JP@staned.org.uk

Called to be Saints (Youth Day)

WHAT: A day of inspiration, friendship and prayer for S1-S4 pupils that asks the question 'what does it to be a saint in the modern world?' This will give our young people the opportunity to explore different vocations, discuss the personal call God has for them, and celebrate Holy Mass with the Archbishop. Includes talks from Judith Ralston, television presenter and Sr Catherine Farrelly, from the Sisters of the Gospel of Life. Register your child for this FREE event here.

WHEN: Called to be Saints takes place on Saturday 23 of March (the day before Palm Sunday) from 12noon, finishing by 4:00pm.

WHERE: The Gillis Centre, 100 Strathearn Road, Edinburgh, EH9 1BB. Free parking onsite.

WHO: This event is open to all secondary children S1 - S4.

HOSTS: This Archdicoesan event is led by Fr Robert Taylor (St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh) and Fr Martin Eckersley (St Francis Xavier's, Falkirk).

WHAT ELSE: We will have plenty of nibbles to keep the young people fuelled, but please sensure they bring a packed lunch. Suitable outdoor clothing should also be brought as we plan to have a Palm Sunday procession (weather permitting). If your child requires any medication, please let us know in the consent form that you will find in the registration form, and ensure that medicines are packed and clearly labelled.

QUESTIONS? Contact Fr Robert Taylor at frrobert.taylor@staned.org.uk 

This is going to be a great day and we can't wait to gather our young people together. Spaces are limited so send your forms back ASAP to secure your place! Don't forget to register here.

Yours in Christ,

Fr Robert Taylor & Fr Martin Eckersley

Day of Prayer for those who have suffered abuse

The annual Day of Prayer for those who have suffered abuse is marked each year on the Friday following Ash Wednesday (this year 24 Feb).

Lord Jesus,
we praise you for calling us to the service of others.

We pray for a generosity of spirit
to ensure the vulnerable are protected.

We pray for a compassionate heart
so that we will reach out to those who are wounded by abuse.

We pray for courage and determination
as we seek the safety of everyone in our parish communities.

We dedicate ourselves to this work of service
and pray that you will help us to do your will at all times and in all places. Amen.

Lord Jesus,
we praise you for calling us to the service of others.

We pray for a generosity of spirit
to ensure the vulnerable are protected.

We pray for a compassionate heart
so that we will reach out to those who are wounded by abuse.

We pray for courage and determination
as we seek the safety of everyone in our parish communities.

We dedicate ourselves to this work of service
and pray that you will help us to do your will at all times and in all places. Amen.

Day for Catechists

In this Year of Prayer, we invite parish catechists to join us for a day of workshops, witness and inspiration.

Register here (registration closes Thursday 7 March at 2:00pm).

The role you play in your parish is crucial - from running programmes like RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) and Children's Liturgy, supporting your priest, and answering questions on faith issues from parishioners.

This day will renew your vocation as a catechist, and provide inspiration and tips while letting you meet and chat with fellow catechists from across the Archdiocese. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions in a friendly environment.

In workshops and talks, we will highlight baptismal and sacramental preparation, children's liturgy, lesson plans and resources...and lots more!

There will be a bookstand featuring titles for children & adults.

The Gillis Centre is located at 100 Strathearn Road, Edinburgh, EH9 1BB. There is free parking onsite (including an overspill car park at the back of St Margaret's Chapel).

The day is run by the Catechetics Commission of the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh and we look forward to welcoming you.

Please note: registration for this event closes at 2:00pm on Thursday 7 March.

Schedule*

10:00am Signing in/coffees & teas

10:30am Welcome & Introduction

11.10am Inspirational talk from guest speaker

11.45am Workshops

12.15pm Safeguarding

12.30pm Lunch (provided - sandwiches and fruit)*

1.15pm Workshops

2:00pm Witness

2.15pm Holy Mass

3:00pm Finish

*Times subject to change.

**Please bring a packed lunch if you have food intolerances and or allergies.

Lourdes Pilgrimage 2024

Our Archdiocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place Friday 5 July to Friday 12 July 2024.

Visit the dedicated website for full details, testimonies and more!

"We would love you to join our team of Lady Helpers who support our Assisted Pilgrims in all aspects of their pilgrimage in the Accueil Marie Saint Frai Lourdes. You do need any specific qualifications, just a willingness to share your time, commitment and faith journey. You will work closely with the medical team, Youth for Lourdes and the Bancardiers for an exhilarating, uplifiting experience." - Bernadette Barry, Chief Lady Helper

"Youth for Lourdes is a group of young people from all across the archdiocese. Join us and be part of the team of helpers who support our Assisted Pilgrims. You'll have the time of your life!" - Scott Mackenzie, Youth for Lourdes

"We invite nurses to join our helper team in Lourdes this July. It's an amazing opportunity to use your skills in a different environment supporting our assisted pilgrims. It's so rewarding and a chance to make lifelong friendships and memories." - Claire Banks, Chief Nurse