—- Update 4 January —-
Due to the latest COVID-19 restrictions,
we are unable to hold public Masses
until February at the earliest.
—- Update 20 December —-
NEW LIMIT ON NUMBERS ATTENDING MASS FROM BOXING DAY
Starting from Boxing Day, the maximum number of people permitted to attend Mass will be 20.
This will continue to be the case for as long as Edinburgh is in Tier 4.
Unfortunately, if you arrive at Mass and have not booked a place, we will not be allowed to let you in. This is a situation that we very much regret, but it is beyond our control.
Please spread the word to any parishioners you may know who do not have access to the Internet.
—- Update 15 December —-
CHRISTMAS AT ST. MARK’S (2020-2021)
SOLEMNITY OF THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD
Thursday, 24 December: Night Mass of Christmas at 8.00 pm
Friday, 25 December: Day Mass of Christmas at 10.00 am
Saturday, 26 December: Feast of St. Stephen, Protomartyr: Mass at 10.00 am
FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY
Saturday, 26 December: Vigil-Mass at 5.00 pm
Sunday, 27 December: Day-Mass at 10.00 am
Tuesday, 29 December (Within the Christmas Octave): Mass at 10.00 am
OCTAVE DAY OF CHRISTMAS:
SOLEMNITY OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOD
(New Year’s Day and World Day of Prayer for Peace)
Friday, 1 January: Mass at 10.00 am
SOLEMNITY OF THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD
(Today: Special Collection for the Work of Justice and Peace)
Saturday, 2 January: Vigil Mass at 5.00 pm
Sunday, 3 January: Day Mass at 10.00 am
From today: return to normal weekday Masses on Tuesday and Thursday at 10.00 am
—- Update 22 November —-
DIPLOMA IN CATECHETICS
The Archdiocese of St Andrew & Edinburgh are launching a Diploma in
Catechetics course. It is open to anyone who wants to learn more about
their faith and deepen their understanding of Catholic theology, but would
prove very useful to those involved in some form of catechetical work of the
Church (children’s liturgists, RCIA team members, teachers, youth group
leaders, parishioners involved in sacramental preparation, etc).
Lectures will be delivered each Thursday evening at 7.30 pm in a 45-
minute Zoom session.
The 12-month course for a Diploma in Catechetics begins on 14 January
2021 and ends on 9 December 2021. There will be 6 modules of 6 classes.
An assessment will be made by an oral interview on Zoom at the end of
The course is run by the Catechetics Commission of the Archdiocese. Sr.
Anna-Marie McGuan, the Archdiocesan Catechetics advisor, is leading the
course. Lectures will be delivered by religious and diocesan priests, lay
people and religious sisters.
The course costs £100, but can be paid by the parish for any parish
catechists. Financial assistance is available for anyone in financial
The 6 modules cover the following:
- The Role of the Laity in the Church Today
- The Sacraments
- Introduction to Scripture and Old Testament Study and Introduction
- Scripture and Old Testament Study (continued)
- Christology and New Testament Study
- Systematic Theology – What Do We Believe about God and Why?
- Principles of Moral Theology
You can register now by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
A 30-minute Zoom introductory session for those interested in finding out
more about the Diploma course takes place at 7.30 pm on Tuesday, 24
November, 2020. No registration is required for this session
—- Update 31 October —-
The following message is from the head of St. Mark’s School:
Dear Parents and Carers
If your child is now in their pre-school year it is time to register them for school.
This year school registration for August 2021 takes place on the Council website.
How parents/carers should enrol/register their child
- birth certificate,
- council tax form (or 2 proofs of address if they are not eligible to pay council tax) and
- baptismal certificate for RC schools
- You must click SUBMIT when you have completed the form and uploaded the information.
- The deadline for enrolling/registering is Friday 13thNovember. All parents should register their child by that date.
- Late applications after 13th November: the form will remain live and parents should complete as soon as possible.
NB: this is NOT the same form as for mid-year or other year group out-of-catchment requests
- Non catchment applications for P1 must be made by 24thDecember
Further information can be found on the school website https://stmarksrcedin.wordpress.com/
and on our YouTube channel, where you will see this year’s Primary 1 staff show you around their classroom. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7b7uyT4rUI
Please call the school if you have any questions.
Due to current infection control measures we are unable to welcome parents in for a tour of the school.
Thank you for your attention
Mrs Margaret McFarlane
St. Mark’s R.C. Primary
63, Firrhill Crescent, Edinburgh. EH139EE.
0131 441 2948
Pastoral Letter on Covid-19 Crisis
The Archbishop has asked that the following pastoral letter be shared with the people of the parish (please click the following link to open the letter): Pastoral Letter on Covid-19
Message from CANON MICHAEL
"How lovely is your dwelling place,
Lord, God of hosts.
My soul is longing and yearning.
is yearning for the courts of the Lord.
My heart and my soul ring out their joy
to God, the living God.
The sparrow herself finds a home
and the swallow a nest for her brood;
she lays her young by your altars,
Lord of hosts, my king and my God.
They are happy, who dwell in your house
for ever singing your praise….
One day within your courts
is better than a thousand elsewhere."
(Psalm 83 )
These selected verses from Psalm 83 are described as a “pilgrimage song”, a “song of Zion praising God as host in his Temple, dispensing happiness and forgiveness to pilgrims and to all who serve in his sanctuary”. They come readily to my mind as the doors of our parish church, our spiritual home as children of God, are opened once again, not only for private prayer, but also for our re-union around the Lord’s altar to celebrate the Eucharist “in memory of the Lord Jesus”. After separation from our public worship for four months now, and experiencing hunger for the Bread of life, our hearts and souls will truly “ring out their joy”.
Sunday Mass will resume on Saturday, 1 August (Vigil-Mass at 5.00 pm) and Sunday, 2 August (Day-Mass at 10.00 am). Following the guidelines of the Scottish Government and of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, the Mass will be shorter than what we are used to in order that the time we spend together in an enclosed space does not become an aid to the spread of the virus. The number of worshippers will be limited to 38 who will be guided by the parish volunteers managing the assembly. A place at Mass needs to be booked in advance through the website “Eventbrite”. Please follow the instructions posted on our website.
Over the three weeks that we have opened the church for private prayer before the exposed Blessed Sacrament I have sensed the deep satisfaction of parishioners who were able to attend. At this stage I can only imagine what it will feel like both for me and for you to return to church for Mass. I look forward to it and seeing you once again, when God, our “host in his Temple”, will once again answer the request that is in all our hearts: “Lord, give us that bread always” (John 6:34).
Welcome back! See you soon, and God bless you all.
Friday 24th July 2020
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
If you are willing and able to act as a steward for mass, please contact us.
The intention is that three stewards cover each mass, helping worshipers follow social distancing guidelines and cleaning the pews after mass.