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St Peter’s newsletter; 20th Sunday of Ordinary Time; 20th August 2017 (PDF)

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 This week’s parish events

20th August 2017

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Great is your faith

  Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament  half an hour before  Masses

Saturday 12 noon Mass;  (Votive of Our Lady) Confessions 11.15-45 am

Sunday Family Mass 11.30

Children’s Liturgy resumes; coffee will be served after Mass

Monday 9am Mass; (St Pius X)

7.30pm RCIA Parish Room

Tuesday  9am Service of the Word & Holy Communion; (Queenship of Our Lady)

Wednesday  7.30pm Mass

Thursday 9am Service of the Word & Holy Communion; (St Bartholomew)
7-8pm Holy Hour and Prayer Group afterwards

Friday 9am Mass

Saturday 12 noon Mass;  Confessions 11.15-45 am


Listen to: This Sunday’s  Homily from “Word on Fire

  St Peter’s Event

 Scotland is to be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary 

Mary and the Scottish Flag

Scotland is to be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for the first time.The act of consecration will be carried out by the country’s bishops at the national Marian shrine at Carfin on September 3.

Bishop John Keenan of Paisley has asked Catholics to take part in Forty Days of spiritual preparation for the event. On his Facebook page he wrote: “I shall be doing it daily and warmly invite everyone of you to join me.

“The consecration depends on fervent national preparation. “

Join the 40 days of preparation 


Volunteering Sunday

After 11.30am Mass on Sunday 3 September.


Altar Server Training

September-October Boys and girls who have made their First Holy Communion are invited to join St Peter’s fine team of altar servers.
Parents, please add details to the list that will be left on the front pew after Mass.

Doors Open 2017

Sat 23rd Sept 1 to 6pm

St Peter’s has been accepted as a venue for Edinburgh Doors Open Weekend! We will be open to the public on Saturday 23 September 1-6pm.

This will be our third year as a venue, and past experience suggests
that we could be a popular destination for visitors.

Over 40 volunteers have helped in past years, with guiding, welcoming and offering refreshments. I
t has been a good way of getting to know fellow parishioners that bit better.

And we have all been proud to show visitors round such an important and fascinating building.
We have all learnt a lot about St Peter’s in doing so!

40 volunteers needed…

contact Liz Brown at


Pilgrimage for Youth to Iona
Saturday 9th– Sunday 10th September

Ages 16-29 … Cost £20
If you are interested please contact Sr Mirjam

Oberammergau Passion Play 2020

In 2010 some of St Columba’s and St Peter’s parishioners travelled to the Oberammergau Passion Play and have expressed interest in a return visit in 2020. Fr Kevin has indicated that he is interested and could say Mass for us on a daily basis where practicable.
So that we can gauge if there’s sufficient interest, could you indicate on the form at the back of the Church, or send an email to
The price would be in the region of £1,500/£1750pp with half board and seats for the Play. If we get more than 15 we can get one place free which we can give to our PP.

International Students – host families

Academic Families is an Agency looking after international students who attend Scottish Boarding Schools. Students stay in Boarding
School throughout the term however, during the leave weekends (2 per term) and half-term many choose not to go home to their home countries but to stay with local host families. The Agency is now seeking host families for students coming from Mexico and Spain who are Catholic and would like to attend Mass with their host families. Expenses are reimbursed. For more details contact


First Confession and First Holy Communion

A preparation course for the Sacraments of First Confession and First Holy Communion for children attending non-Catholic schools will commence in October after 9.30am on Sundays at St Columba’s Church. Interested parents please contact
St Karin at


Edinburgh Festival at  St Patrick’s Cowgate

This August we shall be hosting Blazing Grannies, a one-woman show bringing a whole new take on John’s gospel. Performances will be on
Thursday 17 and Friday 18 August at 6pm, Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 at 3pm, Monday 21 at 6 pm, Wednesday 23, Thursday 24 and Friday 25 at 7.30pm, and Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 at 3pm. Tickets are £7 (£4 concessions).

St Andrew’s Camerata will also be performing Faure’s Requiem on Saturdays 12 and 19 August at 10pm.


Want to deepen your prayer life?

Growth in prayer and Reflective Living is a  20 week course in Edinburgh that aims to help people to pray and live reflectively by offering an opportunity to explore faith, discover meaning, and come to a deeper relationship with God. Starts Oct 2017- April 2018.  For more more information visit:


Word on Fire Ministries

Follow comments on the Gospel readings and comments on the latest films and events happening in today’s world with Bishop Robert Barron. Follow Bishop Barron on Twitter.

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