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This Week

SUNDAY 17th December Third Sunday of Advent B

  • 9.30 am St Gregory's: Mass

  • 11.00 am St Catherine's: Mass

MONDAY 18th December

  • 9.30 am St Gregory's: Communion Service

  • 9.45 am St John Vianney's: Mass

TUESDAY 19th December

  • 9.00 am St Catherine's: Mass

  • 9.45 am St Gregory's: Mass

WEDNESDAY 20th December

  • 9.00 am St Catherine's: Mass

  • 9.30 am St Gregory's: Communion Service

THURSDAY 21st December

  • 9.00 am St Catherine's: Mass

  • 9.30 am St Gregory's: Communion Service

  • 9.45 am St John Vianney's: Mass

FRIDAY 22nd December

  • 9.45 am St Gregory's: Mass

SATURDAY 23rd December

  • 6.00 pm St Gregory's: Vigil Mass

SUNDAY 24th December Christmas Eve

  • 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.




Celebration of Christmas in our cluster

Christmas Celebration:

  • St Catherine's: Christmas Eve Vigil Mass 8 pm.
  • St John Vianney's: Carol Service and Midnight Mass 11.30 pm.
  • St Gregory's: Christmas Day Morning Mass 10.30 am.

Upcoming Cluster Socials

Hogmanay Hoolie – St Catherine’s Church Hall Saturday 31st December 8 pm until 1 am. Tickets £5 – BYOB, plus supper included. Please let Janet Logan know on 07930 757267 how many tickets you would like. We need to know numbers by 17th December to know if it’s worthwhile going ahead.

Journey through Advent

An experience of Taize style prayer at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Lauriston Street on Mondays 11th and 18th December 7.15 pm. All welcome whether you want to stay for the hour or just pop in, light a candle, say a prayer and go. Further info Andrew Cassidy, 229 9821,

Faith Family Fun!

Family fun logoAn opportunity for all families to share faith, have fun and support our young people to find God in everyday life. Activities suitable for aged 8+ but siblings welcome. Meeting in St Catherine’s Church Hall. (See poster.) Contact Alisa Winters for more details:

Rewards & Rolls – Saturday 13th January 1.30 – 3.00 pm.

We will be taking a look at how our behaviour shows we are followers of Jesus. We will be creating a book of ‘rewards’ gift vouchers for our families to help encourage us to live as Jesus wants us to. Please join us and bring along a treat to share afterwards if you can.


What is happening in our Cluster

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

Reflecting on our Faith:

What work of justice could you do this week to bring someone joy?

Children: What could you do for someone this week to make them happy?


Alpha logoAlpha is a series of interactive sessions exploring the Christian faith. It has been tried by almost
30 million people around the world who discovered Jesus through it. Alpha runs over 10 weeks. Each
week starts with a meal, followed by input and small group discussion. All in a relaxed atmosphere. No sign up required.
When and where?
Our parishes will run Alpha for adults:
every Monday 9.00-10.30 am St John Vianney Primary (15 Jan-26 Mar)
every Thursday 7.00-9.00 pm St John Vianney Parish Hall (11 Jan -22 Mar)
How can I help?
Invite a friend
If you know someone who has been questioning or exploring issues of life and faith, invite them to Alpha so they can explore more. Alpha has changed the lives of many people, especially those with no faith background.
Give it a try
Alpha has also been tried by Christians from all churches. Many discovered a personal connection with Jesus at Alpha and truly started to live as disciples.
Prepare a meal
Take a turn to prepare a simple meal for the guests for one week. If expense is an issue the parish will provide you with a budget. To choose the week you wish to provide a meal for, speak to Susan Blaney:
No lives will be changed unless we invite Jesus to change them. Pray for the guests and also for the hosts and helpers. Pray that our parishes will experience an awakening.

Faith Sharing Sessions

Here are the dates for this term's Faith sharing sessions at Harmony Crescent: Monday 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

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:


Justice and Peace: Write for Rights with Amnesty International: annual campaign. If you wish to write to people suffering human rights abuses, then see the booklet at back of church or see

Holyrood RC High News

Here is this week’s update of recent events/news from Holy Rood, your Cluster Secondary
• The YPI (Youth Philanthropy Initiative) Grand Final took place in school this week with 5 teams of senior pupils competing for the £3000 donation to their chosen charity. The judges decided that overall, Meadow Belal and Rhiannon Falconer’ s presentation merited first prize and a cheque for £3000 was presented to “U–Evolve” a mental health charity who
support many people in Edinburgh.
• Well done to all the S1-3 pupils who participated in the Micro-Tyco Challenge. The task to grow an initial investment of £1 per team into the largest profit possible within one month resulted in a staggering £1135.63– an incredible achievement. This profit will be re-invested to help entrepreneurs in developing countries.
• All our S2 pupils enjoyed the Particle Physics For Scottish Schools event in school. Thanks to former pupil Juliette Martin for coming back to see us and helping out with Professor Alan Walker MBE from Edinburgh University.
• S5/6 Modern Studies pupils visited London for the day to visit the Holocaust Exhibition at the Imperial War Museum and the Parliament. The pupils went on a tour of the Palace of Westminster and then witnessed a debate in the House of Lords, followed by a workshop on lowering the voting age to 16 . Parliamentary staff complimented pupils for their insightful questions. Back to the classroom to reflect on this fantastic learning experience!
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St Catherine's News

Cleaning Group: 1.

St Gregory's News

Hall Booking: 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.
South East Edinburgh Foodbank: Donations of non-perishable food always welcome especially at this time of year. Little extra items like colouring-in books and crayons/pencils for children would be appreciated. Collection boxes in the porch. Many thanks to those who have donated so far.
Mary's Meals: instead of sending Christmas cards, why don't you send a donation to Mary's Meals - box in porch.

St John Vianney's News

Church Cleaning: Group 2.
Commitment Cards: Please complete and return a Stewardship of Treasure Commitment Card. If you do not have one please collect one from one of the Welcomers. Thank you.
Christmas Raffle: This will be drawn today in the hall after Mass. Breakfast rolls and tea/coffee also on offer!
"Christingle": the children are invited to stay after Mass on Sunday 17th December to make a “Christingle” (the light of Christ) in preparation for Christmas. If you don’t know what this is come along and find out!
Scots College Magazine: Copies available from stall. Price: £2.50 All proceeds go to Mary’s Meals
SVDP - donations of groceries and small toys for distribution at Christmas gratefully received.


© 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