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.

Venerable Margaret sincliar Pilgrimage

The Annual Margaret Sinclair Pilgrimage is a time of prayer, stillness and reflection to ask for her intercession and that she may be Scotland's next 'blessed'.

Save the date - schedule to follow.

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

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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

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

Easter Triduum at St Mary's Cathedral

The Sacred Triduum begins on Thursday. While Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday are not holy days of obligation, all are encouraged to attend these special liturgies in preparation for Easter.

On Holy Thursday, the Mass of the Lord’s Supper is at 7:00pm with Archbishop Cushley, and is followed by a procession with the Blessed Sacrament to the Altar of Repose, with watching until Night Prayer at 11:00pm.

Good Friday is a day of fasting and abstinence which means that all Catholics are obliged to abstain from meat, and all adults between 16 and 65 are obliged to fast. The Passion Liturgy will be held at 3:00pm by Archbishop Cushley. For those who cannot attend, there will be Stations of the Cross at 7:00pm.

On Holy Saturday His Grace will celebrate the Easter Vigil Mass at 7:00pm and 19 catechumens and candidates will be received into Full Communion with the Catholic Church at this Mass.


Thursday 28 March | 7:00pm Mass of the Lord's Supper.

Friday 29 March | 3:00pm The Passion Liturgy.

Saturday 30 March | 7:00pm Holy Saturday at the Tomb of Christ.

Sunday 31 March | Noon Easter Sunday of the Ressurection of the Lord.

For more details of services and Masses over Easter at St Mary's Cathedral please visit:

TALK: Sir James MacMillan at St Mary's Cathedral

Join Sir James MacMillan, one of the world’s most successful living composers and Scotland’s best known Catholic musician, for a unique talk hosted by Friends of St Mary's Cathedral.

Sir James will explore how chant, as the music of Faith, has influenced the history of music.

Sir James MacMillan: Chant, the music of Faith and its influence on the history of music is a rare opportunity to hear insights from the Cathedral's Patron of Music, and one of the world’s most acclaimed classical music composers.

The event is FREE. Register here:

Chrism Mass

The Chrism Mass takes place at St Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh on Tuesday 26 March at 7:00pm.
Archbishop Cushley will consecrate/bless the holy oils that will be given to parishes and clergy will renew their priestly promises to serve God & His people.
No registration required.
Clergy only can let the Cathedral know they are coming at this link:

The Passion in St John's Gospel (Webinar)

Join Monsignor Patrick Burke, from St Mary’s Cathedral, to meditate on the Passion of Christ as written in the Gospel of St John.

This Zoom event is at 6:00pm on Palm Sunday (24 March). Join us and start Holy Week in a spirit of reflection.  

Register at here.

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.

Pathways of Hope

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

Register at (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