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This Week

SUNDAY 18th March Fifth Sunday in Lent B

  • 9.30 am St Gregory's: Communion Service

  • 11.00 am St Catherine's: Mass

MONDAY 19th March

  • 9.00 am St Catherine's: Mass

  • 9.30 am St Gregory's: Communion Service

  • 9.45 am St John Vianney's: Mass St Joseph

TUESDAY 20th March

  • 9.45 am St Gregory's: Mass

  • 7.00 pm St Gregory's: Stations of the Cross

WEDNESDAY 21st March

  • 9.00 am St Catherine's: Mass

  • 9.30 am St Gregory's: Communion Service

THURSDAY 22nd March

  • 9.45 am St Gregory's: Mass

FRIDAY 23rd March

  • 9.00 am St Catherine's: Mass

  • 9.30 am St Gregory's: Communion Service

  • 7.00 pm  St John Vianney's: Mass and Stations of the Cross

SATURDAY 24th March

  • 6.00 pm St Gregory's: Vigil Mass

SUNDAY 25th March

  • 9.30 am St John Vianney's: Mass

  • 11.00 am St Catherine's: Mass

This weekend we have our Forgiveness Celebration.

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.


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Sister Mary

Sister Mary is continuing her recuperation at the Sacred Heart House in Dalkeith. She is so very grateful for the many cards she has received and for the visits that keep her up to date with life in the Cluster parishes. Should you wish to send a card the address is: “Rosehill”, 27 Park Road, Eskbank, Dalkeith EH22 3DH. If you would like to pay her a visit it would be helpful if you contacted Maureen Christie 664 7234 who will keep a “diary” so that not everyone arrives at the same time. Please continue to keep her in your prayers.

 SEECAT Lenten Study Groups

Join with others from local churches in the area for a series of five studies beginning week of 19th February. This year we are using a booklet “Receiving Christ”. Day/time/venues as follows:
Mon 7.30pm – Leader Mark McHugh Pratt, Host George McDermid – 7 Longformacus Road
Tue 7.30pm – Leader and Host Gerry and Carol Mulvenna, 35 Venturefair Drive (672 1223)
Wed 1.30pm – Leader and Host David Dixon and Alice Anderson, St Barnabas
Wed 2.00pm – Leader and Host Cammy Mackenzie, The Hub, Ravenscroft Street
Thur 10.00am – Leader and Host Mike Taylor, Liberton Northfield Kirk
Thur 7.00pm – Leader and Host Rosemary Bayne, Mount Alvernia, Lasswade Road
There are sheets available at the back of church to sign up to whichever group suits you best.

Schedule of Holy Week Celebrations

Passover Meal (by tickets only)
Mon 26 March
7pm Liberton Kirk Centre
Ecumenical Stations of the Cross
Wed 28 March
7.30pm St John Vianney’s
Evening Mass of Lord’s Supper
Thu 29 March
7pm St Catherine’s
Night Prayer at Altar of Repose
Thu 29 March 10pm St Catherine’s
Good Friday Open Air Service
Fri 30 March
11am Morrison’s (Gilmerton Rd)
Good Friday Afternoon Service
Fri 30 March
3pm Gracemount High School
Good Friday Evening Prayer
Fri 30 March
7pm St Gregory’s
Celebration of the Passion (Roman Rite)
Fri 30 March
8pm St Catherine’s
Easter Vigil
Sat 31 March
8pm St John Vianney’s
Easter Sunday Mass
Sun 1 April
9.30am St Gregory’s
Easter Sunday Mass
Sun 1 April
11am St Catherine’s


Sciaf Wee Box logoGive, Reflect, Act with SCIAF
By giving, reflecting and acting with SCIAF this Lent you are making a real difference to families in Cambodia like the Langs. You can learn more about them and SCIAF’s work by visiting our website
(Please continue to put your donations during Lent into your WEE box, and return it at Easter. Remember the UK government will double your donations!)

What is happening in our Cluster

We look at:
Youth News

Reflecting on our Faith:

Adult: When and in what way have you seen life come from death?

Children: When have you felt stronger because you sacrificed something for a friend or member of your family?


Alpha logoMon 19th Mar 9.00-10.30am @ St John Vianney School: Does God heal today?
Thurs 22nd Mar 7.00-9.00pm @ St John Vianney Hall: Does God heal today?

Are you interested to host or help at future Alpha sessions?
We have really seen God touch the hearts of many who gave Alpha a try. It is a privilege to be part of the Alpha journey and see people discover God’s love. We are hoping to run a new cycle of Alpha April-June. If you feel called to help others on this journey and witness God changing lives please speak to Fr Anthony in the next couple of weeks:

Youth News

#Synod2018 Pope Francis has called a great synod of bishops and young people from all over the world for October 2018. They will discuss issues related to the life of young people. Young delegates are gathering this month in Rome to prepare the topics for this Synod. Pope Francis, however, wants all young people to be involved: including you! How? To contribute directly: join Facebook Group ‘Pre-Synodal Meeting’. To follow updates: #synod2018 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Young Adult Pilgrimage to Holy Island (18+). We will start by travelling to Wooler on Tuesday 3rd April (pm). On Wednesday we will walk the 18 miles to Holy Island following St Cuthbert’s Way and spend the night on the island. Mass on Holy Island and return Thursday 5th April. A donation of £25 is recommended. For more info and to book a place please email Fr Anthony Only one space left, although other spaces may become available.

docat@stpats The next gathering will be on 25th March 5.45pm at St Pat’s as we start looking at issues of economic justice.

Faith Sharing Sessions at Harmony Crescent

Dates for the next sessions are: March 19th, April 23rd, June 4th, July 2nd. We begin at 7.30 pm and usually end by 9.30 pm after a cup of tea and chat. Why not come and join us! If you need any more information please contact Maureen Wallbanks, or Srs Christine and Jeannette.

Play Group

There is a delay to the start date for the playgroup as we’re still waiting on our volunteers receiving PVG clearance. We’re now aiming for a mid-March start date. It will be aimed at children from 0-5 and will be on Tuesdays (term time only), 9.30-11.00 am at St Gregory’s church Hall. If you think you could help, or would like to find out more, please phone or email Lauren Doody (07789934818 or

Lauriston Lenten Series

Our next talk will be “Our Global Neighbours” by Alistair Dutton, Chief Executive Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund at the Lauriston Centre on Monday 19th March at 7.30pm. Admission by donation.


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St Catherine's News

Offertory: £776.33  Gift Aid: £91 SCIAF: £363.24

Cleaning Group: 2

St Gregory's News

3/3/18: Offertory: £210.41, Gift Aid: £10.50; Total Income: £236.21
10/3/18: Offertory: £228.92, Gift Aid: £18.50; Total Income: £276.27; SCIAF: £115.80
Expenditure: £551.44
Bonus Ball: 50.
South East Edinburgh Food Bank - thanks to everyone who regularly donates. However, donations have dropped a wee bit recently, so how about making an extra effort for Lent? Just bringing one item of non-perishable food each week would make such a difference. The school Easter Holidays will start in a few weeks which can be a difficult time for families who use the Food Bank. Many thanks.
Hall Bookings: The charge for booking the hall is £15 an hour or £100 for a full day until 10.30pm. To book the hall please call: 07941 398 625.

St John Vianney's News

4/3/18: Offertory: £347.35; Gift Aid: £41.50; Total Income: £388.85
11/03/18: Offertory: £556.40; Gift Aid: £76.59; Total Income: £710.90; SCIAF: £103.76
Expenditure: £540.66
Church Cleaning: Group 2.
Edinburgh Direct Aid: There is a box at the back of church for donations of good clothing/shoes/toiletries and pens/pencils for shipment to the refugee camp in Lebanon. Please do what you can to help them.
Easter Bonnet: Would any of the children like to make an Easter bonnet? If interested please speak to Sr Ninian or Carol Mulvenna, so that we can ensure we have sufficient material.
Breakfast Rolls due to parishioner requests, we will have breakfast rolls on Sunday 18th March. Please join us!
Good Friday: Please join in the walk from our church to Morrison’s on Good Friday. Please meet outside the church at 10.15 am. Children and their families are especially encouraged to come along.


© St Catherine's, St John Vianney's and St Gregory's are parishes of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh, charity registered in Scotland - SC008540