15th May 2022

5th  Sunday of Easter

‘I give you a new commandment: love one another, just as I have loved you.’


Weddings, Baptisms, Funerals and Sacrament of the sick – Tranent & Musselburgh

Please contact the Parish Administrator: Father Andrew Garden:  St David’s Parish Dalkieth, 0131 663 4286 or you may email  [email protected].
If you have previously made arrangements with Fr Basil for a Wedding or any other sacrament  please contact Father Andrew as above.


Monday 4 AprilThe legal requirement to wear face coverings in churches in Scotland has been removed. However individuals may continue to wear face coverings if they wish to do so, and this should be respected.

In the meantime:
Please respect the space of fellow parishioners.
Continue to ensure good ventilation.
Hands should be sanitised on entering and exiting the Church.


Mass Times

Mass will be offered by Father John Peter of Saint Mary’s Cathedral parish. Please keep an eye on the Parish Newsletter for changes to times and other notices.
Normal Weekend Mass Times
Sat   –  6.00pm Our Lady of Loretto Musselburgh 
Sun –  9.30am St Martin of Tours Tranent 
Sun –  11.00am Our Lady of Loretto Musselburgh 
Mass will continue on YouTube for the sick and housebound and you can click on the links below to access Mass at the times indicated.


Mass on Youtube

St Martin of Tour,  Sun Mass from about 09:30 am  – https://www.facebook.com/StMartinsTranent/ (If you do not have a Facebook account you can still access St Martin youtube Mass here on the Parish Communities YouTube channel )
Our Lady of Loretto and St Michael the Archangel Mass Sun from about 11:00am  – Parish Communities YouTube channel 



My Jesus, I Believe that You are in the Blessed Sacrament.  I love You above all things, and I long for You in my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. Although You have already come, I embrace You & unite myself entirely to You; never permit me to be separated from You. Amen


Ukraine Appeal
As a community I invite you to come early to Mass. The Blessed Sacrament will continue to be exposed on the Altar as a focus for our prayers for peace.  We shall, as you will see in the newsletter and the readings sheet, use SCIAF as the agency of our charitable support. In time we shall begin to gather goods to send – once we have established how we might best get those goods to those who need them.

Sacramental Preparation

June 2022

Our Lady of Loretto and  St Martin of Tours 

Discussion continues with the head teachers of both of our primary schools to establish dates for the various sacraments to be celebrated in 2022. Confirmations are on Tuesday 6th June 2022 and so ideally I would wish to have both sets of First Holy Communions celebrated before the Edinburgh marathon on the 29th May 2022. We must aslo encourage families back to Mass, therefore Children’s Liturgy is an essential component of that.  I hope to provide you with various dates in the next couple of weeks.


From the Archdiocese

SCIAF Ukraine Appeal

As well as your prayers please consider supporting SCIAF’s emergency appeal for Ukraine, if you are able. Donations can be made at https://www.sciaf.org.uk/ To find out how the Catholic Church is helping those in Ukraine see https://www.caritas.org/ 

A prayer for peace in Ukraine

O Loving God, your Son, Jesus Christ, came into the world to do your Will and leave us His Peace. Through the intercession and example of our Blessed Mother Mary, Queen of Peace, grant us the wisdom and humility to reflect that peace to the world. Inspire our thoughts, words and deeds to bear witness to your presence in our hearts. May your Holy Spirit fill us with every grace and blessing so that we may pursue what leads to peace for all humanity. Amen

Lourdes Pilgrimage

The Archdiocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage is back! Demand is expected to be high for this popular and life-enhancintrip so bookin now is recommendedIt takes place from 8-15 July and will be led by Archbishop Cushley. All the details you need are at www.edinburgh-lourdes.com/lourdes22

Brecbannoch Pilgrimage 11 – 13 June 2022

The inaugural Brecbannoch Pilgrimage will take place 11-13 June 2022. The Brecbannoch is a 50-mile pilgrimage undertaken on foot from Oban to Iona, with the special purpose of praying for the renewal of the faith in Scotland. Along the way, the relics of St Columba, St Andrew and St Margaret will be carried, invoking their protection over the Church in these isles. Sign up at: www.brecbannoch.org/sign-up


40 Hours Devotion

 40 Hours’ Devotion – Scheduled up to November 2022
Each parish in the Archdiocese is having 40 hours of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament to help renew our Faith and love of Jesus Christ. Full programme for the Archdiocese is at bit.ly/40hoursschedule. Find out more about Eucharistic Adoration: bit.ly/40HoursPlaylist


African & Caribbean Mass
St Patrick’s, Cowgate, Edinburgh
1pm – on the first Sunday of every month at 1pm – c
ome along.
All Welcome


Alma Mater Fund

The Alma Mater Fund is an initiative of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, which provides financial grants to pregnant students facing difficulties at university to support them in pursuing their academic and personal goals. For more information, visit almamaterfund.org.uk or email [email protected]


Events for married/engaged couples


The Archdiocese is hosting events for married and engaged couples in the lead up to the 10th World Meeting of Families (Rome 22-26 June 2022). These events are for couples to come before the Lord together in reflection on the beautiful Catholic vision of marriage and family life, thanksgiving for the gift of this calling and prayer for the blessing of their love. The reflections will draw on themes developed in Pope Francis’ Encyclical Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love). Register at bit.ly/ArchEventbrite
    • Sunday 8th May 2022, Gillis Centre, 100 Strathearn Road, Edinburgh, 3.00-5.30pm – Afternoon Retreat with Brian and Maureen Devine.
    • Wednesday 18th May 2022, St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh, 7.00pm – Mass for Married and Engaged Couples.


The Catholic App
The Catholic App” is your smart Catholic companion that helps you find Mass, Confession, churches and more in Scotland and London. Download the app for iPhone/iPad or Android by searching for “The Catholic App, Musemantik” in the Apple App Store or Google Play
Click here for:The Lingua Club: Spanish Language and Culture Sessions for Primary 1–7
The Parish Pastoral Council – Meeting Monthly If you wish anything to be discussed at this meeting then contact the secretary  Click -> Our Lady of Loretto – Parish Office


Hall Hire
Our parish halls are slowly opening to organised groups, who are able to provide the appropriate risk assessment for their activity. The group leaders are responsible for Covid safety etc.
Our halls are not yet open to private hire for parties etc. This simply because we cannot manage Trace and Protect, Hygiene etc. As we do not have any paid Hall Keeper in attendance this is unlikely to change in the near future.  As I keep saying, if a local bar of club gets it wrong then that may make a footnote in the papers.  If the Catholic Church get’s it wrong then banner headlines not to mention the hefty fines imposed unless we have demonstrated due caution and clear Covid management.


Our Lady of Loretto and St Michael Parish Finance Appeal
Please click this Secure Link if you wish to make a donation to the Parish of Our Lady of Loretto and St Michael the Archangel

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