We want you to support our postcard campaign to encourage people back to Mass atyour parish for Easter Sunday.
Each parish has received a delivery of postcards to fill out with details of Easter Sunday Mass times (as well as Holy Saturday and Good Friday times).
Archbishop Cushley wrote to priests: "The purpose is to share Mass times for Easter Sunday with those who are away from the Church or who haven’t attended in a while.
"In this small, practical way we can reach out and encourage people back to Mass at the most important time in the Liturgical year."
Completed postcards can be completed and popped through letterboxes or left at the back of the Church for people to pick one up to share with someone who may not have been to Mass in a while and who may appreciate an invite to Mass on Easter Sunday.
Here's a quick guide on how to make the most of the postcards.
Want more postcards?
We have a limited number available for collection from the Gillis Centre, 100 Strathearn Road, Edinburgh, EH9 1BB. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
To print professionally
Send this file to a local printing firm. Decide how many you want printed and give them these details: Size - 148mm x 105mm, double-sided. Full colour 350gsm uncoated offset.
Here is the first talk in a series of four on the Acts of the Apostles with Sr Anna Marie McGuan RSM. Watch below or on our YouTube channel. Catch the next talk live at 1:30pm on Monday 9 May.
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WATCH: Reflections at the Quay for Easter
Archbishop Cushley appeared on BBC1's Reflections at the Quay on Easter Sunday. You can watch the episode on the iPlayer. Just click this link: bit.ly/ReflectionsBBCEaster
He is risen! Archbishop Cushley's Easter message
Happy Easter to all in the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh!
In a message to Catholics, Archbishop Leo Cushley said: "Our celebrations this year are in a context of greater hope and optimism than we had last year. It is also a sobering moment, a time to remember those who have died over the last year; to pause over their memory with affection and gratitude, and to entrust them to the Lord.
"But the story we remembered on Good Friday and that of the Lord's Tomb is one that fills us with quiet confidence, with hope and with the thrill of New Life before us, because we believe that, by joining Christ in death we can also join him in life.
"Let us therefore today look up from the Empty Tomb with renewed hope and joy in the Lord."
? 11:30am Archbishop Cushley presents Reflections at the Quay with Dr Rev Martin Fair (Moderator, Church of Scotland), BBC1 Scotland. https://t.co/SLfriBPGng
— Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh (@archedinburgh) April 4, 2021
WATCH: Archbishop's Easter message on BBC Scotland
Archbishop Leo Cushley gave an Easter message of hope when he appeared on BBC1 Scotland's Reflections at the Quay on Sunday. He was joined by the Right Rev Colin Sinclair, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.
Happy Easter! This is Rev David Strachan, self and the Kirk’s Moderator Rt Rev Colin Sinclair at the BBC preparing our Easter broadcast today. Social distancing doesn’t show you how Covid-19 has actually brought us closer. A real pleasure to work w them n the team. Every blessing pic.twitter.com/gWP6Nuq03k
— Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh (@archedinburgh) April 11, 2020
Have a happy, holy day!
Easter message of hope from Bishops
The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland has issued the following Easter Message.
"As we celebrate Easter this year we cannot escape the suffering inflicted upon us by the Covid-19 Virus. The pandemic is afflicting the whole world and we pray for all those who have caught the virus, their loved ones and those caring for them.
"Our lives are greatly restricted and on Easter Sunday, the holiest day of the Christian calendar, we will not be able to go to church. It is hard to find hope in the present situation, but as Christians, we know that the risen Lord is our hope. His suffering death and resurrection give us hope that we will recover, that life will get better and that our nation will feel the peace and love of the risen Christ.
"We also have hope in the ingenuity and the generosity of humanity. Though many uncertainties lie ahead, our hope and our determination to recover the lives we once lived is strong.
"We are grateful to all those who work in healthcare and supply the essential services we rely on. We especially give thanks for the commitment and compassion of our medical professionals and we pray that all their decisions will respect the lives of the most vulnerable, entrusted to their care.
"We pray too for the researchers around the world working to develop a vaccine and for our political leaders who must make difficult decisions.
"May God bless you all and our world this Easter."
Bishop Hugh Gilbert
Bishop John Keenan
Bishop Brian McGee
Archbishop Philip Tartaglia
Archbishop Leo Cushley
Bishop Joseph Toal
Bishop William Nolan
Bishop Stephen Robson