An Evening of Summer Music with the Schola Cantorum

Join the Schola Cantorum for a concert of summer choral music. The performance will feature Vivaldi's famous Gloria in D, accompanied by chamber orchestra. The evening will conclude with a drinks reception in the Octagon. Register here.

Workshop: Called to Care, Not to Kill

The Assisted Dying Bill could be law in Scotland soon.

The bill’s proposer, Liam McArthur MSP, claims he has sufficient MSPs to vote for it.

Following the Bishops of Scotland recent Pastoral Letter, can you help your parish by contributing to a short life campaign network?

All you need is a genuine concern about the issue and willingness to work with others, involvement in previous church activity is not essential.

By the end of this workshop you'll be able to engage with, and inform others, in plain language, about key concerns arising from Liam McArthur’s bill.

The workshop will provide you with information and materials to support conversations around these key concerns.

This initiative will be supported by the Campaign Against Assisted Dying group (CAAD), who have experience in such development work, in conjunction with the Archdiocesan Pro-Life Office.

CAAD will provide materials to support engagement and information sharing.

In addition to planning and publicity material, they also provide ongoing advice and support.

Diploma in Catechetics - live class in Edinburgh

We welcome students from the Diploma in Catechetics to this live class at The Gillis Centre, 100 Strathearn Road, Edinburgh, EH9 1BB,  7:00pm on Thursday 6 June 2024. Free parking onsite.

Registration and refreshments (tea & coffee) from 7pm. Live class from 7:30pm to 8:30pm.

Students can register for this event here and we also welcome guests of students to attend (please reflect this when filling in 'Number attending').

Conference: The Future of Care in Scotland

The conference will discuss the implications of changing the law in Scotland to permit assisted dying.

It will take place in The Renfield Centre, opposite The Kings Theatre, 260 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4JP.

Tickets are free. Book on Eventbrite or call 07388 347 910.

Speakers Dr Gillian Wright. Former palliative care doctor in Glasgow who now works as a researcher in medical ethics for the Scottish Council for Human Bioethics. Gillian also works for Care not Killing as the Director of their campaign Our Duty of Care which brings together health care professionals opposed to the introduction of assisted suicide and euthanasia.

Dr Gordon MacDonald. CEO care not killing. He has been extensively involved over the years on opposing Assisted Dying when it has come before Parliament on previous occasions.

Dennis Canavan. Member of Parliament for West Stirlingshire (1974-83) then Falkirk West (1983-2000 then Member of the Scottish Parliament for Falkirk West (1999 - 2007). “My children died in dignity and I beg to differ from those who assert that the option of assisted suicide is necessary to ensure dignity in death.”

Marianne Scobie. Deputy CEO Disability Alliance Marianne has been a disabled person since early childhood. Marianne was a founder member of GDA before joining the team in 2010 and is now Depute CEO. Marianne serves on a range of Glasgow City Council, Scottish Government and Social Security Scotland advisory groups.

Conference: The Future of Care in Scotland is an event organised by the Campaign Against Assisted Dying.

Day of Recollection with the Order of Malta

A Day of Recollection will take place on Saturday 1st June 2024  from 11:00am to 4:30pm at Kilgraston School, Bridge of Earn, Perthshire.

Organised by the Order of Malta, the day will include Mass and spiritual talks led by Fr Malcolm Hutchison of the Diocese of Dunkeld, and is open to all of the Order’s friends and supporters.

Ordained to the priesthood in 2022, Fr Malcolm returned to Scotland following studies at the Pontifical Scots College, Rome, in 2023, when he was appointed as assistant priest in the parish of Ss Peter and Paul, Dundee. 

 Tea and coffee will be provided; however, attendees are asked to provide their own lunch, and to contribute £15 to cover expenses.  

 For further information, please contact Mark Hamid on 07944 190454 or at scotland.secretary@orderofmalta.org.uk.

Alternatively, please register via https://forms.gle/scqzf9LxP9TnvReK8

Treasuring the Gift: Scripture Reflection Day

The translation of the Bible that we hear at Mass is changing this Advent.

This day of prayer, study and discussion is a good opportunity to reflect together on what a gift the word of God is for the Church.

So if you want to learn more about the Bible and discover and share practical tips to treasure it even more - this is the day for you. Register for this free event here.

This event will begin with Mass at 10:00am in St Margaret's Chapel at The Gillis Centre.

'Then there will be prayer, study and discussion, featuring talks from invited speakers and a panel of testimonies from lay people from across the Archdiocese.'

We will conclude with Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction in the Chapel at 2:30pm.

A light lunch will be provided and there is free parking onsite.

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Schedule

10:00am:Holy Mass (optional) in St Margaret's Chapel.

10.30am: Teas/Coffee, sign ins, Gillis Centre main hall

11.00am: Welcome from Fr Jamie McMorrin. The translation of the Bible we hear at Mass is about to change. Change is never easy, but this is an opportunity for us to appreciate anew the gift that the Bible is and help us to engage with it more deeply, both at Mass and in our everyday lives.

11:10am: Session 1: What is the Bible?

11:45am: Session 2: Treasuring the Bible in Personal Prayer

12:30pm: Lunch break (light lunch provided)

1:00pm: Session 3: Treasuring the Bible at Mass. Looking at the lectionary, the cycle of readings. How can we engage with the readings more fruitfully? What is the relationship between the Word of God proclaimed in the readings and the Word of God made flesh in the Eucharist?

1:30pm: Session 4: Panel Discussion and Lay Testimonies

2:30pm: Eucharistic Adoration in St Margaret's Chapel

2:45pm: Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

3.00pm: End

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Treasuring the Gift - Sacred Scripture Reflection Day takes place at The Gillis Centre, 100 Strathearn Road, Edinburgh, EH9 1BB, on Saturday 8 June 2024. The event is organised by the Catechetics Commission of the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh. Register here.

Laudato Si Week: 19-26 May

Laudato Si' week runs from the 19- 26 May with the theme Seeds of Hope.

It began as a way to celebrate the first anniversary of Pope Francis’ papal encyclical letter, Laudato Si’: On Care For Our Common Home.

Since then, the annual celebration has become a way for all Catholics to unite and rejoice in the progress made in bringing Laudato Si’ to life and to commit ourselves to further prayer and action for our common home.

This Laudato Si’ Week website states: "Let us be seeds of hope in our lives and our world, rooted in faith and love."

Laudate Deum, the 2023 apostolic exhortation by Pope Francis, is a reminder about the urgency of the Laudato Si’ message.

A webinar titled 'Imagining a Christian Response to the Climate Crisis', organised by Laudato Si´Animators Scotland, takes place at 7.00-8.30pm on Thursday 23 May. Register here.

Find out more and download the celebration guide at laudatosiweek.org

Pentecost Healing Service

Pentecost Healing Service, led by Fr Frankie Mulgrew at St Matthew's, 36 Carnethie Street, Rosewell, EH24 9AT on Friday 17 May at 7:00pm. Come and experience the healing power of Jesus.

Event organised by New Dawn in Scotland Ministries.

MA Applied Catholic Theology - Webinar

Everything you need to know about the forthcoming MA in Applied Catholic Theology Course at St Mary's University's Scottish campus in Edinburgh.

- Testimonials from students
- Meet the course leaders
- How to access funding
- Q&A

Register at https://bit.ly/theologywebinar

The Archdiocese can confirm that SAAS funding is available from April for all Scottish students taking the MA in Applied Catholic Theology course 2024/25.

The course is offered by St Mary’s University in partnership with the Archdiocese at the Gillis Centre in Edinburgh.

To register/enquire visit https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/applied-catholic-theology.

Synod: Spiritual Conversation

The Archdiocesan Synodal Team invites you to Spiritual Conversation, an event taking place at Ss John Cantius & Nicholas, Broxburn, on Saturday 4 May

Event schedule

1030: Holy Mass

1110: Synod 2024: Where are we now?

1125: Meet Fr John Deighan & the Synod team

1140: Spiritual conversation in groups

1240: Sharing the fruits (feedback)

1300: End

The conversation

The overall theme of our Spiritual Conversation will be The Role of the Laity in the Context of Our Archdiocese.

To help us explore this theme, we have formulated four questions, drawing on A Synodal Church in Mission, the synthesis document of the October 2023 Synod. We recommend downloading the event guide which has all the information you need.

Here are the questions:

(1) “In their immense variety, the charisms of the laity represent distinct gifts to the Church from the Holy Spirit that must be called forth, recognized, and fully appreciated” (from A Synodal Church in Mission). To what extent are we already doing this? How could we do it more effectively at parish and diocesan level?

(2) The Synthesis proposes an expansion of existing lay ministries (such as the ministries of lector and acolyte) as well as the creation of new ones (such as a ministry assigned to married couples to support marriage and family life, and a ministry of “listening and accompanying”). In the context of our Archdiocese, would this be an effective way of calling forth and recognizing the charisms of the laity?

(3) Are we doing enough to equip our lay people to be confident witnesses to Christ in today’s world? If not, what more could be done?

(4) The Synthesis proposes that the role of women in the Church be expanded, especially with regard to decision-making (although it does not open up the possibility of female priests). To what extent has this already happened in our Archdiocese? To what extent do we still have work to do?

The Format

In the first round of discussion, each person will have an initial two minutes in their group to offer their views on any of the above questions. That’s a short time, so we recommend you pick one question to focus on.

In any event, your two minutes will be more beneficial to those who are listening if you have an idea of what you want to say in advance. Therefore, prior to this event please prayerfully reflect on the questions. Then come along and speak from the heart!

When considering what you want to say, please remember that the scope of the Conversation is limited to our Archdiocese.

Prepare

The reading material in the event guide will to help you prepare. 

So please take time ahead of the event for prayerful reading and reflection.

In this way, our Spiritual Conversation will be (a) as informed as possible and (b) infused with prayer.

Spiritual Conversation will be explained to you at the event, however you may wish to read about how it works here.

We look forward to seeing you!

Spiritual Conversation is a synodal event organised by the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh. It takes place on Saturday 4 May 2024 at Ss John Cantius & Nicholas, 34 West Main Street, Broxburn. Register here. Event guide here.