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This Week

SUNDAY 8th October 27th Sunday of the Year A

  • 9.30 am St Gregory's: Mass

  • 11.00 am St Catherine's: Mass

MONDAY 9th October

  • 9.30 am St Gregory's: Communion Service

  • 9.45 am St John Vianney's: Mass

TUESDAY 10th October

  • 9.45 am St Gregory's: Mass

  • 7.00 pm St Gregory's: Novena to Our Lady

WEDNESDAY 11th October

  • 9.30 am St Gregory's: Communion Service

THURSDAY 12th October

  • 9.30 am St Gregory's: Communion Service

  • 9.45 am St John Vianney's: Mass

FRIDAY 13th October

  • 9.45 am St Gregory's: Mass

SATURDAY 14th October

  • 6.00 pm St Gregory's: Vigil Mass

SUNDAY 15th October

  • 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.




Youth News

Alpha Youth Series
We had a great first session. Everyone felt enthusiastic and enjoyed every minute! We had games and pizza and then had a discussion about life and happiness.
Next session is ‘Jesus: who is he?’
Wed 11th October 5.30-7.30pm at St Catherine’s hall. Open to ALL aged 12-15.
Each week stands alone so you’re invited to join at any point!
For more info speak to Fr Anthony or Siobhan Fee

Docat@stpats: Sunday 22nd October 5.30-7pm at St Pat’s.
Led by Bill Huebsch (see above): Discernment – turning God’s voice into action.
We are very lucky to have such an acclaimed speaker and this session promises to be
very special. Don’t miss it! Open to all young adults (S6 upwards)

Cluster Mass for the Sick

A cluster Mass for the sick will take place on Saturday 28th October at 6 pm in St Gregory’s. Tea and sandwiches will be provided in the hall afterwards. All welcome. If transport is required please call 07757845673

Safeguarding Training for all volunteers who require PGV clearance

All volunteers are required to attend a training session once per year therefore we have arranged a training session on the 23rd October in St Gregory’s church hall at 7.00pm. This is available for those who already have PGV clearance but also those who are about to, or in the process of PGV application. Please contact Catherine McKeen to confirm your attendance. If you cannot attend please also let me know and we can arrange a second session.

Christmas Dates for your Diary

9 December 1 pm – St Catherine’s Senior Christmas Dinner
16 December 3 pm – St Catherine’s Church for an afternoon of singing carols and readings, telling the story of the first Christmas as we bring our crib together. This year the service will be led by our young parishioners. Come along, join in and support them. Mulled wine and Christmas pies to share afterwards.

What is happening in our Cluster

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

Reflecting on our Faith:

How have you used your talents and abilities well for the Reign of God?

Children: What can you do in your week to help the love of God grow in the world?

Bill Huebsch

Picture of Bill HuebschPope Francis has had a lot to say to the church and the world over the past few years, but there is no pastoral strategy he has emphasized more than pastoral accompaniment. In this pastoral workshop, Bill Huebsch will help us consider the principles and practices of accompaniment as they are presented by Pope Francis in his recent apostolic exhortations and the encyclical, all of which were sent to the whole church. We will find that, as we learn to accompany others, we open the door for many who felt they were edged out of church life. 

Bill Huebsch holds a Masters in Theological Studies from the Catholic Theological Union of Chicago.  He has been a farmer, a writer, a diocesan administrator, a master catechist, a gardener, a college professor, a friend, and a spiritual director. He is on the adjunct faculty at the Institute for Pastoral Studies at Loyola University Chicago. His most recent book is The Art of Accompaniment from Twenty-Third Publications.

As you know Bill will give a presentation in St Catherine’s Friday 20 October from 7 – 9.30pm. He will give further presentations over the weekend in other parts of the Diocese which are yet to be confirmed.  Mark the date on your calendar.

Faith Sharing Sessions

Here are the dates for this term's Faith sharing sessions at Harmony Crescent: Monday 23rd October, 20th November and 18th December. Meet at 7.30pm and finish 9.30 after cup of tea. All welcome! Contact Maureen Wallbanks, Sr Christine or Sister Jeannette for further information.

Play Group

You might remember that, back in May, the Parish Pastoral Council spoke about their Pastoral priorities for 2017. One of those priorities was establishing a Playgroup. We have been working on this over the past few months and have made some progress. Our plan is to run the playgroup at St John Vianney's Church Hall on a Tuesday or Wednesday morning from 9.30 to 11.30 (dates and times to be confirmed dependent on volunteer availability). It will operate during school term time and we hope to be up and running during September.
Before we start gathering toys and finalising our plans, we need to make sure that we have enough volunteers to run the group. We need at least two people who can commit to being there most weeks and another four plus people who could help on a rota basis.
What would the role involve? It will include setting up toys, tables and seats; preparing and serving teas and coffees; chatting with the parents who come along; helping tidy away.
If you think you could help, or would like to find out more about what would be involved, please phone or email Lauren Doody (tel: 07789934818; email:

Men's Club in St Gregory's Hall

We meet from 7.30 until 10.30 on the last Friday of every month, and it is especially useful during the winter evenings. For further info contact: Jimmy Kellacher,

Holy Rood RC High logoHoly Rood RC High News

Here is this week’s update of recent events/news from Holy Rood, your Cluster Secondary School.

  • Over 250 parents/carers attended the P6/7 meeting where they heard about the school,leaving very impressed by the quality of the experience on offer  and the leadership skills of S6 who led the school tours.

  • Over 30 S2 pupils experienced challenging pursuits at Outward Bound at Loch Eil

  • Four S6 pupils attended the Mark Scott Leadership for Life Course at Loch Eil and successfully completed an expedition walking halfway up Ben Nevis along with other challenges

  • All S1 pupils enjoyed a day trip on the John Muir Way and at East Links Farm Park, enabling them to be presented in Social Subjects for the John Muir Award. Literacy and Health and Wellbeing in practice.

Please ask your friends and families to follow us on twitter @HolyRoodRCHigh

Link to Hope

Unfortunately we are NOT collecting this year for the shoeboxes. Apologies if you have started collecting. To those who have handed items in already, would you have any objections if we forwarded these onto either Liberton Kirk or Craigmillar Park Church for their collections? Please let me know? Catherine

Edinburgh Direct Aid

St Gregory's PPC is making its quarterly appeal for donations to aid refugees in camps in Lebanon. Warm clothing, shoes, boots, socks, new underwear, bedding, towels, toiletries, stationery, paracetamol, sticking plasters etc all gratefully received. We will then deliver these to the EDA’s warehouse for the next shipment.

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