The Parish Pastoral Council met together on 2nd July in the Parish Hall. This was the first full meeting of the PPC since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. The minutes of the meeting can be found by clicking on the link below.
Pope Francis has declared the fourth Sunday of July as the annual World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly.
Catholics are encouraged to visit loved ones on Sunday as part of the first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly.
Parishes are also invited to celebrate the role and contribution of older people in our communities and help deliver the message of Pope Francis to them.
Archbishop Cushley said: "For this first-ever World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly on Sunday, please consider making a visit to an elderly relative or neighbour, if safe to do so, to share the Holy Father’s message with them.
We pray for the elderly but also ask for their prayers; as Pope Francis tells them, 'Your prayer is a very precious resource: a deep breath that the Church and the world urgently need'.”
A letter written by Pope Francis to all grandparents and elderly can be read by clicking on the link below.
Pope's Letter - Read
The eagle eyed among you may have already noticed a small change to the header section of the website.
We are pleased to unveil the new parish logo below, developed in consultation with the clergy and the Parish Council. The logo consists of St Joseph embracing the infant Jesus against the backdrop of our church. We hope that you will agree that this is truly representative of how we embrace each member of our parish community into one large family. Soon, the new logo will also be added to the signage outside the church.
On the Feast of Corpus Christi, we say congratulations to the 30 children from St Joseph's who received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion on Saturday 6th June.
Despite restrictions imposed by the pandemic, we had a beautifully prayerful and holy celebration. As a parish, we pray for these children that they will be nourished by the Eucharist. They, and the other young people of our parish are the future.
Thank you to the teachers of St Joseph’s school who prepared the children to receive Communion, and as always a particular thanks to the volunteers from the parish who supported and ensured the smooth and safe running of the celebration.
Archbishop Cushley has written a pastoral letter to all parishes in the Archdiocese on the occasion of Corpus Christi Sunday. The letter will be read out at all our Masses this weekend, but it can also be read by clicking on the link below.
Congratulations to the 25 children from St Joseph's who received the Sacrament of Confirmation on Thursday 27th May. Despite restrictions imposed by the pandemic, the celebration was prayerful, reverent and beautiful. As a parish, we pray for these children, that the Holy Spirit may work in them and nurture them. They are the future of our parish.
Thank you to the teachers of St Joseph’s school who prepared the children to receive the Sacrament, and particular thanks to the volunteers from the parish who supported and ensured the smooth operation of the celebration.
Pastoral Letter: The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland have published a pastoral letter for Pentecost Sunday and to mark the sixth anniversary of the publication of Laudato Si.
A copy of the letter can be read below. Click on the link to download a PDF copy.
Pentecost Letter - Download
This weekend, Archbishop Cushley has written a pastoral letter to all parishes in the Archdiocese. It shares the good news that St Mary’s University in Twickenham, a leading Catholic university in the UK, has launched registration for courses based at the Gillis Centre in Edinburgh in conjunction with our Archdiocese.
There will be a range of part-time postgraduate MA courses in Theology and Education available, giving you the flexibility to study in the evening and at weekends. This is great news for the provision of Catholic Education in Scotland.
A copy of the letter can be found by clicking on the link below.
In advance of the Scottish Parliament election on 6th May, the Bishops of Scotland have published a pastoral letter encouraging Catholics to research their candidates carefully and consider voting for those who make the sanctity of human life and dignity a central focus. The recommend using www.rcpolitics.org as a useful tool for those who are unsure.
A copy of the letter can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.
Every week during Lent, we have been offering a series of short reflections involving music, art and scripture for parishioners to follow at home in place of our usual reflections in the church.
The final reflection in the series for Easter Sunday can be found below. Just click on the link to download it to your computer. The document contains different links to webpages. Just click on the links to follow the reflection.
The Gospel is also available in Polish.
Thank you to everyone who has followed these short reflections. We hope you have enjoyed them and got some benefit from them. Thank you also to those instrumental in putting the reflections together every week.