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Link to last week's newsletter 8th - 15th April

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This Week

SUNDAY 15th April Third Sunday of Easter B

  • 9.30 am St John Vianney's: Mass

  • 11.00 am St Catherine's: Mass

MONDAY 16th April

  • 11.00 am Mount Vernon Cemetery: Mass

TUESDAY 17th April

  • 10.30 am St Gregory's: Funeral Mass for Terry Gilhooly

WEDNESDAY 18th April

  • 9.00 am St Catherine's: Mass

  • 9.30 am St Gregory's: Communion Service

THURSDAY 19th April

  • 9.00 am St Catherine's: Mass

  • 9.30 am St Gregory's: Communion Service

FRIDAY 20th April

  • 9.30 am St Gregory's: Communion Service

SATURDAY 21st April

  • 6.00 pm St Gregory's: Vigil Mass

SUNDAY 22nd April  Fourth Sunday of Easter

  • 9.30 am St John Vianney's: Mass

  • 11.00 am St Catherine's: Mass

 Second Colletion next week for Ecclesiastical Students.

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Cluster Social

There will be a cluster social on Friday 27th April at 7.30 pm in Gilmerton Miners’ Club, Newtoft Street. Tickets, £7 including buffet, are now on sale and available from Janet Logan (07930 757267) St Catherine’s, Hazel O’Donnell (07941 398625) St Gregory’s and Susanne Lackie (07446 910846) or Carol Mulvenna (07762 924916) St John Vianney’s. This is a fund raiser for all three parishes and will include a raffle (tickets on sale also) at £1 a strip. Donations of prizes for the raffle gratefully received!

Ian Fraser RIP

Ian died at home at the beginning of the week aged 100. Many of us will recall him speaking to us during our study of the Vatican 2 Documents and sharing some of his vast wisdom and experience from a life of Ministry and his presence at the Second Vatican Council. He had a genuine affinity for all we are trying to achieve in our Cluster Parishes and SEECAT. May God reward him for a life so well served.

Cluster Walking Group

The next Cluster Walk will be on Saturday 21st April and will be from Cramond Bridge to South Queensferry through the Dalmeny estate. A level walk of 7 miles, bring a packed lunch. Meet at the North side of St Andrew Square at 10-00 am for a No 43 Lothian bus for Cramond Bridge. If interested please contact me, George McDermid - 666 2236, or 07871 476297

Sister Mary

Sister Mary is continuing her recuperation at the Sacred Heart House in Dalkeith. “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”.

Faith Sharing Sessions at Harmony Crescent

Dates for the next sessions are:  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.


Sciaf Wee Box logoIf you haven’t done so, please return your WEE Boxes NOW. It’s more important than ever that we receive your donations as early as possible, as the UK government will match all donations we receive by 8th May.


What is happening in our Cluster

We look at:
Youth News

Reflecting on our Faith:

Adult: What questions about Jesus still arise in the midst of your faith?

Children: What question would you like to ask someone about Jesus’ appearance to the Apostles?


Alpha logoThursday 19th April: Alpha Taster Session. St John Vianney Church Hall @ 7-9pm. All invited!

Our first cycle of Alpha concluded last week and everybody is talking about it! Why not give it a try at the Taster Session on 19th April? Come and enjoy some food and friendship and watch the first session of Alpha.
Alpha will be running again April-June as follows:

  • Starting 23rd April Morning Alpha @ St Gregory’s Mondays 10.30-12noon

  • Starting 23rd April Alpha @ Danderhall: Salon Sixty-Nine Mondays 7-9pm

  • Starting 25th April Evening Alpha @ St Catherine’s Hall Wednesdays 7-9pm

Alpha Connect Group
A follow-up to Alpha for anyone who wishes to develop their faith. Starts Monday 23rd April.
Every Monday 9.00-10.30am at St Gregory’s exploring an overview of the Bible over 8 sessions.

Divine Renovation cover Divine Renovation Launch see link



Youth News

docat@stpats After the discussion generated last week about economy and inequality we will follow with a closer look at what the Church teaches about a Just Economy for all. Sunday 29th April at St Pat’s 5.30-7.00pm, followed by pub.

PowerPoint Friday 27th April. PowerPoint is a fantastic opportunity for young people to meet other Christians of the same age and worship together in a way that is fun and modern. PowerPoint is open to anyone of high school age! We will meet at St Catherine’s church hall at 6 pm and travel together on LRT No 11 to Central Hall. The event will finish at 9.30 and we hope to be back at St Catherine’s for around 10 pm. Suggested donation £5. For more information contact


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St Catherine's News

Offertory: £679.29  Gift Aid: £94  SCIAF Wee Boxes: £248.85

Cleaning Group: 6

St Catherine's Senior Afternoon Tea Dance: Saturday 26 May 1-4pm in St Catherine’s church hall. To all our Senior Members you are warmly invited to the above Afternoon Tea. Please give your name to Janet Logan or Moyra Reynolds. Please also let them know if you require transport or have any dietary requirements. We do hope you can make this, so please, put it in your diary and we will see you there!

St Gregory's News

Offertory: £258.11;  Gift Aid: £18; Total Income: £335.22  Not included in the above £46 SCIAF boxes:
Expenditure: £323.59
Bonus Ball: 13
200 Club: Winning number 45; winner Joe Callachan £50 and £50 to St Gregory's
Edinburgh Direct Aid: Edinburgh Direct Aid requires the following items for their next shipment to the Refugee camp in Lebanon. Good clean clothing, good shoes & boots, new underwear. Toiletries: soap, shampoo, toothpaste, sanitary towels, razors. Simple First Aid: painkillers, plasters, disinfectants. School supplies: paper, pens, pencils. Fabrics, wool. No bedding please. They have plenty.
Parish Pastoral Council: The next meeting is on 5th May. If anyone has an item that they would like put on the Agenda please tell any member no later than 21st
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

Offertory: £445.07; Gift Aid: £58; Total Income: £961.06  Included in above £350 Donations; £48 St Andrews night; £84.47 Filipino Breakfast £33.52 Coffee morning.
Expenditure: £684.43; SCIAF Wee Box: £100 (not included in above as goes directly to SCIAF)
Church Cleaning: Group 6
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.
Breakfast Rolls after Mass TODAY. Join us in the hall after Mass for bacon/sausage/egg rolls with tea and coffee.






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