Take part in our Day for Readers event

Do you read the Word of God at Mass in your parish?

We invite you to our Day for Readers at The Gillis Centre, 100 Strathearn Road, Edinburgh, from 11am – 3pm on Saturday 8 October (registration open from 10:30am). Register here by midday on Wednesday 5 October.

We will reflect on the Gospel of St John, in sessions led by scripture scholar Fr Andrew Garden of St David's Parish in Dalkeith. We will also have practical sessions to offer tips and guidance on public speaking.

You don't have to be a reader at Mass to take part - we welcome those who simply want to come along to hear more about St John's Gospel.

The day concludes with Mass in St Margaret's Chapel at 2:15pm. A light lunch and refreshments will be available - please register by midday on Wednesday for catering purposes.

We hope you can join us!

This event is organised by the Archdiocese's Commission for Catechetics. Free parking available onsite. 

WATCH: Archbishop supports Bible project for kids

A brilliant daily Bible resource for families with young children is being supported by Archbishop Cushley during the Covid19 lockdown.

Aid to the Church in Need Scotland (ACN) is posting a chapter a day from its Bible 'God Speaks to his Children' along with a reflection from a range of Catholic voices and a suggested activity. It's part of the ACN Child's Bible Project, launched this week.

Today (Tuesday) Archbishop Cushley reads and reflects on Chapter 2 of the Book of Genesis (see below. Full video at bottom).


Lorraine McMahon, from ACN Scotland, said: "These daily resources will, we hope, be helpful to all those working to teach children from home during the Covid-19 lockdown and will also be useful in primary classrooms once schools have reopened."

God Speaks to his Children contains 99 chapters of paraphrased stories from the Old and New Testaments. It was first produced in 1979 and the charity has distributed more than 50 million copies to children all over the world.

ACN is a Pontifical Foundation of the Catholic Church, supporting the Catholic faithful and other Christians where they are persecuted, oppressed or in pastoral need.

Find out more about the Child's Bible Project here.

Get inspired at Scripture Reflection Day

Father Andrew Garden is inviting parishioners across the Archdiocese to prepare for a new liturgical year at an event next month.

Scripture Reflection Day at the Gillis Centre in Edinburgh will discover how the evangelist St Matthew deepens our understanding of Jesus and His Church.

Fr Garden, priest for St David's, Dalkeith and St Luke's, Mayfield, said: "We held a similar event last year looking at St Luke's Gospel and those who come along always find it helpful and seem to get a lot of encouragement from it.

This event is also open to Parish readers, with former English teacher Margaret Magill giving guidance on improving public reading of holy scripture at Mass.

The day will conclude with Holy Mass in St Margaret's Chapel at 3pm

Scripture Reflection Day, 10:45 for 11am start, Saturday 16th November, Gillis Centre, 100 Strathearn Road, Edinburgh, EH9 1BB. Book your place on Eventbrite or call 0131 623 8900.