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This Week

SUNDAY 18th February First Sunday in Lent B

  • 9.30 am St Gregory's: Mass

  • 11.00 am St Catherine's: Mass

MONDAY 19th February

  • 9.30 am St Gregory's: Communion Service

  • 9.45 am St John Vianney's: Mass

TUESDAY 20th February

  • 9.45 am St Gregory's: Mass

  • St Gregory's: Stations of the Cross

WEDNESDAY 21st February

  • 9.30 am St Gregory's: Communion Service

THURSDAY 22nd February

  • 9.45 am St Gregory's: Mass

FRIDAY 23rd February

  • 9.30 am St Gregory's: Communion Service

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

SATURDAY 24th February

  • 6.00 pm St Gregory's: Vigil Mass

SUNDAY 25th February

  • 9.30 am St John Vianney's: Mass

  • 11.00 am St Catherine's: Mass


The second collection will be taken TODAY to support the work of the Church in Scotland for Justice and Peace. This is normally taken in January.

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Sister Mary

Sister Mary is recuperating at the Sacred Heart House in Dalkeith where she spent her previous convalescence after surgery. 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, which she would appreciate, 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 keep her in your prayers.

Father Mike

Father Mike is still not 100%. He very much hopes to be back in circulation next weekend. He is most grateful for all the warm wishes and food parcels.

 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.

Edinburgh Newman Meeting

The next meeting is Tuesday 20th February at 7.30 pm, Mayfield Salisbury Church Hall, 18 West Mayfield. Fr Jim Lawlor will speak on “Thou shalt not…!” Negative pedagogy, pastoral ministry and ‘yes’ to life. All warmly welcome, we ask for a small donation to cover costs.

Lauriston Lenten Series

You are warmly invited to a series of talks at the Lauriston Jesuit Centre. During the Mondays in Lent we will explore the question “And, Who is My Neighbour?” and how it impacts on our daily lives and wider society.
The first is Monday 19th February at 7.30 pm: “Who is My Neighbour?” Their story is our story – immigrants in the Bible. Guest speaker Nicholas King SJ,   Scripture Scholar.

Cluster Walking Group

The first walk of the year will be on Saturday 3rd March and will be from Peebles to Innerleithen. This is a level walk along the banks of the Tweed, mostly on a tarmac path, with a stop in Cardrona for a snack and bus back to Peebles to pick up cars. Meet at Kaimes Crossroads (top of Captain's Road) at 10 am. If interested please contact George McDermid – 666 2236 or 07871 476297.

SCIAF wee boxSCIAF Wee Box, Big Change

Be fishers of men this Lent. By supporting SCIAF this Lent our parish is helping families like the Langs from Cambodia, who have been victims of illegal fishing. Let’s work together so poor Cambodians and other people in need around the world can survive and thrive.
You can help by taking a WEE box home and putting your donations in during Lent. The boxes should be returned during Holy Week. Once again, the UK Government will match your donations pound for pound

What is happening in our Cluster

We look at: A Cardinal's Approach to Faith

Reflecting on our Faith:

When or how could you step away from your daily responsibilities to renew yourself, so that you can do a better job of following in the footsteps of Jesus?

Children: What good habit could you work on during Lent so you could grow closer to God ?


Alpha logoAlpha is a series of interactive sessions exploring the Christian faith. Any adult is welcome to give it a try, even just for one week. Each week starts with a meal, followed by input and small group discussion. Next sessions:
Mon 19th Feb 9.00-10.30am @ St John Vianney School: Why and how should I read the Bible?

Thurs 22nd Feb 7.00-9.00pm @ St John Vianney Parish Hall: How does God guide us?

Youth News

Friday Check-in: Keep on track on your Lenten journey – there’s a chance to check-in every Friday of Lent, with God through scripture and silence, and over food with others. Starts Friday 23rd February at 8 pm at SJV Parish House. For all young people 16+.

The next session of docat@stpats is on Sunday 25th February 5.30pm at St Pat’s. The theme will be on the Dignity of Work and the discussion will be facilitated by Fr Basil Clark. Come and learn about Catholic teaching on workers’ rights and continue the discussion in the pub afterwards.

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 Few spaces available.

Faith Sharing Sessions at Harmony Crescent

Dates for the next sessions are: February 26th, 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

Pre-Vatican 2 Pictures

Does anyone have pictures of any of our altars when they were against the back wall of the church? These would be copied and returned to you. Thank you, Stuart Holden 079 4766 0766.

Special Friday Fast

Pope Francis announced that the first Friday of Lent (23rd February) would be a day of prayer and fasting for peace given the many ongoing conflicts throughout the world, particularly those in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan. He has also invited those who are not Catholic or Christian to participate as well in any way they deem fit.


Remember to like our page at to get updates and reflections for Lent.

St Catherine's News

Offertory £664.69     Gift Aid £99.00
Cleaning Group: 4

St Gregory's News

Offertory:  £302.83; Gift Aid: £20.75; Total Income: £381.53
: £906.44
Bonus Ball
: 13
SCIAF Wee Box for Lent: Please note all donations will be matched pound for pound by the Government so please take a box from the porch.
200 Club If paying for the year, please have payment made by end of February. Thank you.
The Ladies Guild - are hosting a charity night on Friday 23 February 7.00 – 10.30 pm. Tickets are £7 buffet included, BYOB. All proceeds to Rachel House, CHAS. Names to Dorothy, Maureen or Hazel (for catering). Please support this worthy cause. Once again Mark Mulgrew and Sol Christie will provide the entertainment. We would welcome any donations for our raffle with tickets available week prior to event.
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.
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: £387.55; Gift Aid: £43.05; Total Income: £504.30 Included is a donation of £100.55
Expenditure: £1290.66 (high due to electric and gas)
Church Cleaning: Group 4
Christmas Raffle: £190.00 (apologies, this was inserted incorrectly in St Gregory’s last week).
Tea and Coffee after Mass today.













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