GALLERY: Day for Readers

Thanks to all who joined us for the Day for Readers at the Gillis Centre in Edinburgh on Saturday.

The event looked at both the spiritual and practical aspects of the public reading of Scripture at Mass.

Scripture scholar Fr Andrew Garden, of St David's in Dalkeith, led the main session with a reflection on the Gospel of St John.

The day concluded with Mass in St Margaret's Chapel.

Thanks to Fr Daniel Doherty VE, of St Francis Xavier's in Falkirk, and members of the Catechetics Commission for organising this event. Pics: Stephen Dolan.


Day for Readers

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).

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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.
We hope you can join us!
This event is organised by the Archdiocesan Commission for Catechetics. Free parking available onsite.

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.