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This Week

SUNDAY 25th June 12th Sunday of the Year A

  • 9.30 am St Gregory's: Mass

  • 11.00 am St Catherine's: Mass

MONDAY 26th June

  • 9.00 am St Catherine's: Mass

  • 9.30 am St Gregory's: Communion Service

  • 9.45 am St John Vianney's: Mass

TUESDAY 27th June

  • 9.45 am St Gregory's: Mass


  • 9.30 am St Gregory's: Communion Service

  • 7.30 pm St Catherine's: Mass

THURSDAY 29th June Feast of SS. Peter and Paul

  • 9.45 am St John Vianney's School: Mass

  • 10.00 am St Catherine's: Mass

  • 7.00 pm St John Vianney's: Mass

FRIDAY 30th June

  • 9.45 am St Gregory's: Mass

SATURDAY 31st June

  • 6.00 pm St Gregory's: Mass


  • 9.30 am St John Vianney's: Mass

  • 11.00 am St Catherine's: Mass


Sacrament of Reconciliation: before Vigil Mass or by arrangement.
Sacrament of Anointing: by arrangement.


If you're new to the area, or just live here, you are most welcome in all our cluster parishes. We are delighted you have joined us.



What is happening in our Cluster

Please see our Cluster response to the proposed reorganisation of the archdiocese.

Reflecting on our Faith:

When has your faith in Jesus been most seriously tested?

Children: What could you do to encourage someone who is feeling hurt?

Father Anthony

…goes back to school! Having completed 7 years of priestly ministry Fr Anthony has accepted the offer of a one-month sabbatical. He will spend the month of July in the Holy Land for a study course. Once this is completed he will visit his family in Malta and will return to the parish in the last weekend of August. All three parishes will be served by Fr Mike in July and by Fr Henry McLaughlin for the first three weeks of August.

Youth Group AGM

The Youth Group Annual General Meeting will take place in St John Vianney’s Church Hall on Sunday 25 June from 2 – 2.30pm. All welcome.

Message from Archbishop Cushley

Cluster Reports: I have now received nearly all of the reports from the clusters in response to the We Have Found the Messiah consultation process. As you will recall, the deadline for the return of the submissions was Eastertide 2017, but there are currently several reports outstanding. I’d be grateful to receive them as soon as possible.
It may also be helpful to let your parishioners know that I am very grateful for the work that has gone into the reports already received. Once I have received and read all of them, depending on their content, I hope to be in a position to discuss them at the deanery level in the autumn and then to present some proposals at the cluster level, involving our parishioners, perhaps by the new year. By law the process will also involve, in due course, the consultation of the Council of Priests.

Thank You

Mary Thomson would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who contributed to the collection for the orphanage in Oituz. Your kindness and generosity is truly amazing and has raised the astonishing sum of £900.00 which will be greatly appreciated.


Online Petition

The British Medical Association (BMA) is holding its Annual Representative Meeting (ARM) on the 25-29 June and, once again, certain factions within the BMA are trying to force the organisation to support the total decriminalisation of abortion. This will mean that the abortion limit is increased to at least 7 months and, if the proponents of decriminalisation get their way, will mean that abortion is made legal throughout all nine months of pregnancy for any reason whatsoever. This will also make sex-selective abortion legal i.e. it would be perfectly lawful to kill unborn girls for the crime of being girls.

Charity Fundraiser

The pupils of St John Vianney Primary School collected an amazing £1,040 for their nominated charity – SANDS Lothians. Pupils presented a cheque to the  very grateful Nicola Welsh (Chief Executive of SANDS Lothian) during a recent school assembly (see picture SJV Notice board). This fantastic amount was raised by the pupils in a variety of ways including a whole school sponsored run, and cash boosting Primary 4 Dance-a-thon and Jumble Sale! School
Management wish to thank all pupils for their efforts, and to our families and local community for the generosity shown for this worthy charity.

HolyRood school logo               Holy Rood RC High School News

Over 200 P7s came to Holy Rood for their 3 day visit. Pupils followed their S1 timetable and experienced the many new subjects and met teachers for the first time. Pupils decorated our unique “transition tree” with hand prints of their hopes and dreams which is proudly displayed for all to see. The three day visit was concluded with a Liturgy of the Word led by Fr Anthony. Parents were also given the opportunity to sample food from our wonderful canteen during the P7 Parents’ Evening. We look forward to welcoming the P7s to our school community in August.

We celebrated the hard work and efforts of S1-6 dancers including exam choreography from the National 5 and Higher classes in a special Dance Showcase for parents. 45 pupils all danced with confidence and style.

S4 pupils had great fun coding robots and exploring gaming software on a visit to Napier University at the IT4U event. Quote from the day “we want you at Napier”.

Advanced Higher Biology pupils learned all about DNA techniques in a special visit to Edinburgh University Kings Buildings.

A group of S1 pupils were given the leadership opportunity to participate in Modern Languages Visits to Cluster Primary 6 pupils The 12 S1 pupils talked to P6 pupils about their Modern Languages learning at Holy Rood and helped teachers lead interactive language games. We look forward to the P6 pupils’ transition to Holy Rood next year.

Website – and on twitter @HolyRoodRCHigh

Youth News

docat@stpats: The series of gatherings for young adults on Catholic Social Teaching continues on Sunday 25th June at 5.30 pm with food & discussion on Chapter 5 of DOCAT: ‘The Family’, followed by pub.

Vatican Youth Survey: Pope Francis has called a Synod of Bishops for 2018 to discuss young people. This is to make the Church more aware of what young people think, go through and need in life. Before the Synod begins he would like to know how young people actually feel about important issues in life. You can participate online (choose: ‘English’)

New Dawn Scotland: 3-7 July at St Andrews. Ages 12-18. This year's New Dawn in Scotland will have a special focus on youth people. With £50 contribution and their sleeping bags every young person will be looked after while they follow and are involved in the special activities (teachings, entertainment, acting based on Scripture, games...) designed for their age. More info on:

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