WATCH: Lent reflection from Canon Hugh White

Here is this week's Lent reflection from Canon Hugh White, who discusses the forthcoming Sunday Gospel.

Questions for reflection: 1 . How do you typically feel when someone points out one of your faults? How do you react? 2. What has been a ‘ mountaintop’ experience for you? How did you encounter God in that experience? 3. What helps you to go deeper into yourself and appreciate the ‘Godness' that is there?
Canon Hugh's reflections are uploaded each Monday in Lent on our YouTube channel.
Canon Hugh White is a retired priest of the Archdiocese based in Bathgate.

MONDAY: Join our online Stations of the Cross

Join people from across the Archdiocese to pray the Stations of the Cross each Monday in Lent.

The first one is tonight (Monday 19 February) at 7:45pm and concludes with a reflection from our guest Fr Francis Ututo SMMM, preiest at St Cuthbert's & Our Lady's in Edinburgh. Click here to register.

We will be praying for the unborn, their mothers and all pro-life intentions.

This online event lasts around 30 minutes and concludes with a brief reflection Includes brief reflection from a member of the clergy each week.

Next week we welcome Sr Roseann Reddy from the Sisters of the Gospel of Life (Glasgow).

Contributors for the remaining weeks are Fr Jonathan Whitworth, of St Thomas the Apostle Parish, Neilston (Paisley Diocese), Fr James Cadman (St Mary & St David, Hawick) Fr Michael Carrie, St Mungo's, Alloa, and St Serf's Valleyfield (Dunkeld Diocese) and Archbishop Leo Cushley.

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.

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  https://www.youth2000.org/events/Edinburgh

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

Music Day for parish musicians & singers

Come and join us on Saturday (27 January) for a day filled with joyful singing and melodious tunes at The Gillis Centre.

Our Music Day takes place at 10:30am and concludes with a music-filled Mass at 2:00pm.

The day is completely free. Register here.

Your expert guides for the event are:

  • Michael Ferguson, Director of Music at St Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh.
  • James Greechan, Choral Director for the Diocese of Motherwell.

Michael said: "The annual Music Day is a unique opportunity for those involved in parish music-making across the Archdiocese to come together to share their experiences, to learn new music, and to deepen their knowledge and skills.

"It's also open to those who are simply interested in finding out more about church music. Everyone is welcome, regardless of experience!"

If you play an instrument you can bring it along (eg acoustic guitar, woodwind, strings).

There is free limited parking onsite. Light lunch provided (sandwiches and fruit (veg options for sandwiches available). Please bring packed lunch if you have food allergies/intolerancies). Sign-in from 10:00am on the day.

We look forward to welcoming you!

Music Day, Saturday 27 January 10:30am at The Gillis Centre, 100 Strathearn Road, Edinburgh, EH9 1BB. Free event. Register here. Event organised by the Archdiocesan Commission for Catechetics.

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 bit.ly/valretreat. 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 matthew.meade@staned.org.uk

GALLERY: Highlights from across the year

We take a look back at 2023 with a selection of photo highlights. Have a good New Year when it comes!

January: On New Year's Day (Feast of Mary, the Holy Mother of God) Archbishop Cushley celebrated Mass at the home of the Missionaries of Charity in Hopetoun Crescent, Edinburgh. From left: Sr Leajose, Archbishop Leo, Sr Gracie, Sr Mercy & Sr Premila.

January: A joy-filled afternoon at the graduation ceremony for the Diploma in Catechetics. Course leader Sr Anna Marie McGuan receives a  hug from a graduate.

February: Archbishop Cushley distributes ashes as part of an Ash Wednesday service for MSPs and staff at the Scottish Parliament.

February: Praying for peace in Ukraine at St Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh. Archbishop Cushley said: "This is about coming to the house of God, asking him to grant us a peace that we are unable it seems to give ourselves, to do that with humility."

March: We welcomed our international priests to The Gillis Centre in Edinburgh today. It was a chance to catch-up with our Curia team, share information, enjoy lunch and pray together. We thank them and all clergy in the Archdiocese for their dedication and service.

March: A joyful celebration at St John Ogilvie's RC Church in Wester Hailes as Archbishop Cushley joined Fr Anthony Quinlan OMI, fellow clergy and parishioners to celebrate the parish feast day and Golden Jubilee (50 years)!

April: Fr Aidan Cannon (left of Archbishop) marked his 50th anniversary of priestly ordination and was joined by clergy, family and friends at St Mary & St David in Hawick.

April: The Holy Chrism Mass at St Mary's Cathedral. Archbishop Cushley blessed the holy oils that will be used in sacraments in parishes across the Archdiocese and many clergy gathered to renew their priestly promises.

April: People gathered in Edinburgh for the annual Pro-Life Chain in Lothian Road. It's a peaceful, public act of witness for the unborn. Prior to the event Archbishop Cushley led the Rosary at Sacred Heart Church to pray for unborn children, their mothers and all pro-life intentions.

May: St Margaret was celebrated in Dunfermline by senior political figures from Hungary. A gift was presented to the church from the community of her birthplace of Mecseknádasd. Pictured is Árpád János Potápi, State Secretary for Hungarian communities abroad (centre) with Katalin Szili, Chief Adviser to the Hungarian Prime Minister and Fr Syriac Palakudiyil.

May: Archbishop Cushley continued visiting parishes across the Archdiocese for Confirmations, including St Cuthbert's Church in Slateford. Clergy pictured from left: Fr Tony Quinlan OMI, Fr Shinto Karimattathil SSP, Fr Baji Puthiyaparambil SSP, Archbishop Leo Cushley and Fr Francis Ututo SMMM.

June: Paul Henderson (left) and Peter Shankland were ordained as Deaconsby Archbishop Leo Cushley at the Papal Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls in Rome on Wednesday 14 June 2023. They are expected to be ordained to the priesthood in 2024.

June: Married and engaged couples took part in our Celebration of Marriage Mass at St Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh.

June: Archbishop Cushley lays flowers at the Shrine of St Margaret at Dunfermline Abbey as part of the St Margaret's Pilgrimage.

June: Children praying at St Francis Xavier's in Falkirk as part of the annual Corpus Christi procession through the town centre.

July: Archbishop Cushley blessed a new atrium at St Theresa's Church in East Calder. The catechesis space is where young chidren can have a fun, hands-on experience of learning about prayer and liturgy from specially trained catechists.

July: People from across the Archdiocese had a lovely time on our annual pilgrimage to Lourdes. During the pilgrimage Archbishop Cushley congratulated Gary Rutherford for his 30 years as an altar server.

July: Canon Hugh White, who today celebrated the 60th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood at Mass in St Mary's, Bathgate. In his homily he said it had been a "privilege and joy to live by the gospel and preach the gospel".

August: Archbishop Cushley with Annalisa, Sofia, Olivia and Andre of St Albert's Chaplaincy (Edinburgh University) at the World Youth Day Ceilidh in Lisbon.

August: His Excellency Archbishop Miguel Maury Buendía, the Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, had his first official visit to Scotland as the Pope’s ambassador to the Court of St James’s at the Festival Mass in St Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh.

September: Douglas Robertson receives a hug from a fellow deacon after being ordained by Archbishop Cushley at St Michael's in Linlithgow.

September: Celia Sweeney is presented with a bouquet of flowers from Fr John McFadden OMI at St Mary's Star of the Sea in Leith. Her husband Michael Sweeney was posthumously awarded the Archdiocesan medal for 25 years' dedicated service at the altar. Pat Campanile also received the award on behalf of her late husband Douglas for his 70 years' dedicated service at the altar.

September: Pope Francis welcomed Archbishop Cushley and Fr Mark Cassidy, rector of the Pontifical Scots College, Rome to the Vatican for an informal meeting which included discussions on a new location for the Scots' College.

September: Altar servers from across the Archdiocese enjoyed a day of games, training and prayer at The Gillis Centre. Archbishop Cushley is pictured with Fr Martin Eckersley of St Francis Xavier's in Falkirk and servers. The certificates show they have become members of the Guild of St Cuthbert.

October: Students on our Diploma in Catechetics course attended a Day of Reflection at The Gillis Centre in Edinburgh.

October: Holy Mass was celebrated recently to mark the official opening of a new Catholic High School in Winchburgh, West Lothian. Sinclair Academy is named after Venerable Margaret Sinclair, who is revered for her life of holiness.

October: Lawrence Curran, Molly Wade and Cathy Regan of Our Lady & St Bridget's in West Calder received the Archdiocesan medal from Archbishop Cushley at Our Lady & St Bridget's in West Calder. The medal was awarded for their long service and dedication to the Parish in various roles over many years. From left: Lawrence Curran, Molly Wade, Archbishop Cushley, Cathy Regan and Fr Marcin Motyka.

November: Richard Steinbach received the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal. The award is given to those who have shown distinguished service to the Church and the papacy and is the highest medal that the Pope can award to a layperson. He was awarded the medal for his dedication to the Society of St Vincent de Paul over the years, in which he served as President for the Archdiocese.

November: A fun and faith-filled day at our youth event at The Gillis Centre in Edinburgh which helped children prepare for Christmas.

Archbishop Cushley and The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland released a joint Christmas message. The collaboration between Rt Rev Sally Foster-Fulton and the Archbishop is a symbol of Christian unity in a deeply troubled world. Read the message here.

WATCH: Happy Christmas to our schools!

Our schools have been preparing for Christmas with nativity plays, carol singing, prayers and foodbank donations.
Watch our video as pupils get into the Christmas spirit! Thanks to the choir of St Modan's in Stirling for providing the soundtrack.

Mass for Feast of The Holy Innocents

Join Archbishop Cushley, priests and people of the Archdiocese to celebrate the Feast of the Holy Innocents at midday on Thursday 28 December.

He will celebrate Mass at St Margaret's Chapel in the Gillis Centre, 100 Strathearn Road, Edinburgh, EH9 1BB.

Refreshments will be served afterwards in the Islay room of the Gillis Centre.

Parking: Gillis parking is available but limited. Come early to secure a space. Metered parking is available outside Gillis on Strathearn Road, Whitehouse Loan and Thirlestane Road

Bus: Edinburgh's Number 5 bus stops directly outside the Gillis Centre.

Driving: Postcode for the Gillis Centre is EH9 1BB.

GALLERY: Faith and fun at our youth day!

Children enjoyed a fun and faith-filled day at our youth event at The Gillis Centre in Edinburgh on Saturday.

Thanks to all the children and parents who came along and to Fr Martin Eckersley, Fr Robert Taylor, Fr Jamie McMorrin, Sr Miriam Fidelis, Sr Paul Miriam and Archbishop Cushley for joining the fun!