Centenary celebrations at Holy Cross!

Congratulations to Holy Cross Parish in Edinburgh which is celebrating its centenary!

Archbishop Cushley recently joined parishioners for a Centenary Mass at the church, based in the Trinity area of the city, and passed on his congratulations.

From left: Canon James Tracey, Fr Peter Kelly, Archbishop Cushley, Mgr Gerry Hand and Fr Eddie McGhee (pic: Maciek Samulski).

He was joined by parish priest Mgr Gerry Hand, Fr Jamie McMorrin, Canon James Tracey, Fr Peter Kelly and Fr Eddie McGhee of Galloway Diocese.

Parishioners take a trip down memory lane with a gallery of pics from the past (pic: Maciek Samulski).

Mgr Hand said: "We celebrated the Centenary Mass with great joy. It was also a chance to encourage people to return to Mass and deepen that sense of community of faith.

"We go forward now ready to be more committed to the Centenary year and ready to go into the second hundred years hopeful and believing in the future of the parish."

Clergy moves announced

Archbishop Cushley has announced the following moves among clergy in the Archdiocese. These moves will take canonical effect on 3 September 2022.



Rosary inspires recipes as parishioners launch cookbook

Sunday Rosary sessions have helped inspire parishioners in Queensferry, Dalmeny and Kirkliston to create a tastebud tingling cookbook!

Over thirty budding chefs got creative to contribute their cuisine - with recipes from across the world - to raise funds for St Margaret's Parish.

Parishioner Elizabeth Miller said: "We were doing Rosary on Zoom every Sunday when Mass would normally have been on and realised that quite a few of the people taking part are very proficient cooks - they were talking about all the great things they would make for Sunday lunch! So we thought that during lockdown this would be a good idea to raise funds."

She and fellow organiser Katie Wotherspoon worked to compile recipes from parishioners, family and friends, while Elizabeth's husband Graeme designed the pages. Now they are ready to launch the book in both hardback and digital editions.

Katie said: "We've got an eclectic mix of recipes because we've got quite a diverse community in South Queensferry. We have recipes from Nigeria, Zambia and France as well as an authentic Scottish butcher haggis recipe.

Even children got involved, helping illustrate pages with drawings of the patron saints of baking and cooking.

Fr Scott Deeley, parish priest at St Margaret's, said: "It’s surely a must for every Catholic kitchen! Many thanks to everyone who helped make this happen."

St Margaret's Parish Cookbook is available to pre-order in hardback (suggested donation £20, includes digital edition) and digital (suggested donation £10). Place your order by 30 August by emailing stmargaretswomensgroup@gmail.com.

Sample recipe

Have a go at Cod with a Leek & Gruyére Crust, from Katie in Kirkliston.


Parishes at the service of evangelization

The Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy has released a new document to help guide the reform of parish communities.
It is entitled 'The pastoral conversion of the Parish community in the service of the evangelizing mission of the Church' (read it here).

Isabella Piro, on vaticannews.va, writes: "The document does not promulgate any new legislation, but proposes methods to better apply existing rules and canonical norms.

"The aim is to encourage the co-responsibility of the baptized and to promote pastoral care based on closeness and cooperation between parishes."

She adds: "What emerges most forcefully from the Instruction is the urgency of missionary renewal, a pastoral conversion of the parish, so that the faithful may rediscover the dynamism and creativity which allows the parish to be always "going forth", aided by the contribution of all the baptized faithful."