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.



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


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.

Deeply Devoted

This event will throw light on the background and efficacy of the prayers and practices in bringing us closer to God and helping us to live a life of holiness.

From the Holy Rosary, to Eucharistic Adoration, to the simple act of lighting a candle for a loved one, the Catholic tradition is rich in devotional practices.

The main speaker is Fr Kevin Douglas, who will speak on Devotions in the morning. We will also hear from Deacon Paul Brady of Glasgow Archdiocese.

Register here for this FREE event.

The event takes place on Saturday 27 April 2024 at The Gillis Centre, 100 Strathearn Road, Edinburgh, EH9 1BB (map below).




10:30am: Doors open/ tea & coffee

11:00am: Unpacking Catholic Devotions, with Fr Kevin Douglas

11:45am: Choice of sessions led by Catechetical Commission members:

1. Delving into the Divine Mercy: origins and practice of this beautiful and increasingly popular devotion.

2. A Saint for all Seasons: exploring devotion to saints - and how to find the one for you.

12:30pm: Lunch (light lunch provided).*


1:15pm: Talk and Q&A session led by Deacon Paul Brady on Sacramentals: exploring why Catholics use candles, statues, prayer cards, holy medals, rituals and lots more.

2:00pm: There’s Something about Mary: exploring Marian devotion.

2:30pm: Guided devotional prayer in St Margaret’s Chapel: The Divine Mercy followed by a decade of the Rosary and Marian prayers.

3:00pm: End.

This a free event, open to all. There is free parking onsite.

*Free lunch provided (small sandwiches and fruit). If you have food allergies/intolerances please being a packed lunch.

Deeply Devoted is organised by the Catechetics Commission of the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh. Queries: please email Christine Clark at

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.


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.

ARISE - retreat for young adults

The ARISE retreat on Saturday 24 February is for 16-35 year olds across Scotland to gather for a day of faith, fun and friendship at St Albert’s Chaplaincy, George Square, Edinburgh.

The day includes Mass, Adoration, talks, small group discussion, opportunities for Confession and much more. Tickets are £15 which includes lunch & dinner, along with the whole day’s programme.

Register at

Run in collaboration between Youth 2000 and the University of Edinburgh Catholic Students’

Valentine's Retreat

This mini-retreat is an ideal way for couples to spend time together in quiet reflection and prayer, in thanksgiving to God for each other and all the positive things that spring from your relationship.

Register here.

We’ll provide some inspiring stories and practical advice from our own background and what we’ve learned over the years through delivering catechesis about and for the family and from working with families.

We hope it will help you look afresh in appreciation of each other ahead of Valentine’s Day in the relaxed and friendly environment of St Kentigern’s Parish in Edinburgh. We look forward to welcoming you.

- Stephen & Martha Milne

*Please note, there will be a crèche available for children of primary school age and older.

About Stephen and Martha Milne

Stephen and Martha were married in 1989 in Baltimore, USA. They have six grown up children, four grandchildren and another on the way. They currently reside in Dalmally, Argyll and Bute, recently joining the Craig Lodge Family House of Prayer Community.

Stephen is a retired English teacher and taught in schools in Kent, London and Lincolnshire. He taught at the Maryvale Institute in Birmingham for several years as an Associate Lecturer on the MA for Catholic Pastoral Studies programme, running a course on Marriage and Family in the teaching of the Church. He has a BA (Hons) in Developmental Psychology University of Sussex, an MA in English Literature and Language from King’s College London, and a PhD from the University of Nottingham.

Martha spent nine years as a primary school teacher at The Lamb of God Community School in Baltimore, Maryland. She is the Director of the Machine Quilter Company Ltd and currently runs social media for the Juki Sewing Machine Corporation Europe.

The couple have been involved in helping organise and run family retreats at Craig Lodge Family House of Prayer Community in the last year.

She has a B.S. in Speech and Language Pathology M.Ed Literacy (Dyslexia), Catechesis Certificate from Maryvale Institute

The Valentine's Retreat is a free event organised by the Marriage & Families Commission of the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh. It takes place at St Kentigern's Church, 26-28 Parkgrove Ave, Edinburgh EH4 7QR.  The registration address is The event includes talks, time for coples to talk, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Guided prayer with readings and prayers relevant to the vocation of marriage. Doors open from 1:30pm. Questions? Contact

Archdiocesan Youth Day!

A day of faith and fun for p4-7s on Saturday 25 November.

Join us as we unpack Jesus the King of the Universe and explore how we can prepare to meet our King this Christmas.

Games, talks, sweets, confessions, Mass and more! 10:30am to 3:30pm at the Gillis Centre, 100 Strathearn Road, Edinburgh. Speak to your parish priest to register.

Here is the consent form for parents (Word document) to give to the parish priest.

Question? Contact you parish priest or email Fr Martin Eckersley at  

Reflection Day for Diploma in Catechetics Students

A day for students taking our Diploma in Catechetics to get together to pray and learn more about the Catholic faith in a relaxed informal setting. Time to be confirmed.

Festival Mass at St Mary's Cathedral

We look forward to welcoming His Excellency Archbishop Miguel Maury Buendía, Apostolic Nuncio for Great Britain, to the Annual Festival Mass at St Mary's Catholic Cathedral, Edinburgh at midday. He'll be joined by dignitaries from across the city. (The Apostolic Nunciature is the diplomatic office of the Holy See in Great Britain.) 


Called & Gifted Workshop

This workshop will help you identify your charisms (spiritual gifts) and begin to discern God’s call through the Called and Gifted Workshop.

Register here.

You have received gifts in Baptism and Confirmation through which God intends His love to reach others.

You will learn:
• The five steps of discerning the charisms that God has given you, and how they can change your life.
• How discerning your charisms can change the world and help spread the Gospel.
• How discerning and using our charisms together can help transform and renew our parishes.

The workshop will also look at the fascinating ancient teachings of the Church on how the charisms of the Holy Spirit work in your life and in the life of your parish community. We will delve into the signs and characteristics of the most common charisms of the Holy Spirit. Come and discover these charisms in you!

The event is on from 9:00am to 3:30pm with lunch included from midday to 1:00pm. The cost is £25 and includes materials, online access, and lunch (midday to 1pm).

This event is hosted by the Archdiocesan Catechetics Commission in collaboration with the Catherine of Siena Institute. Free parking onsite.

Queries? Email

Valentine's Retreat

Valentine’s Day is a special opportunity to celebrate our married life, to open our hearts to each other, to respond with affection and joy.

Mid-February is a cold time of year, when we need to spread warmth. Our half-day retreat offers us a perfect opportunity to rekindle the embers of our romance and affection for each other and will look at how couples may respond warmly to each other, to God and to their community, with joy each day.

During the afternoon we will pray, we will listen, we will talk as couples, and try some couple discussion exercises in private.

We will have the opportunity to take home a particular question to consider at home in the evening, along with a recommended format. So, keep the evening free!

The retreat will be led by Annette and Paul O’Beirne, who will share some of the stories and tools that they have gathered over their 42 years together. They met in Aberdeen and now live on the south coast of England.

They have international responsibility in an organisation - Equipes Notre-Dame or Teams of Our Lady– which supports married couples and priests in their vocations. Register at