Fr Peter in Pakistan (last post!)

Celebrating St Ignatius in Lahore We had three days of celebrations at Loyola Hall, the Jesuit centre in Lahore, for the feast of St Ignatius of Loyola.   On Saturday night, the religious of the Archdiocese were invited for Mass, celebrated by Fr Renato, the Jesuit Mission Superior, with the homily from Fr Imran, followed by […]

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Fr Peter in Pakistan (Part 6)

A Night Out in Karachi At the end of the their retreat, the Daughters of the Heart of Mary took me for a night out in Karachi!  First we made a visit to the must-see spot in Karachi, the tomb of Mohammed Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, which is set in a beautiful park. […]

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Fr Peter in Pakistan (Part 5)

Arrived in Karachi now, and spending some days with the Daughters of the Heart of Mary, staying at the Dominican House of Studies. Karachi is a huge city of 27 million people – the largest city in the world that has no resident Jesuits! This Dominican house is in a large Catholic compound that includes […]

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Father Peter in Pakistan (Part 4)

The journey from Murree to Rawalpindi was a long, slow descent on a narrow, windy road.   Then we drove along the motorway from Rawalpindi to Lahore, mostly very flat land, with a lot of rice fields, like this: And this: Finally we arrived in Lahore – which is a “garden city” full of trees, plants, […]

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Father Peter in Pakistan (Part 2)

Fr Peter has been with the Sisters of Jesus and Mary at their convent in Murree, in the hills to the northeast of Islamabad and Rawalpindi.   The sisters finished their retreat on Saturday, and in the evening were singing songs together in the hall – they sing beautifully!  This one is an Urdu song: […]

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Father Peter in Pakistan

Father Peter is currently visiting Pakistan at the invitation of the Jesuit community in Lahore.   He arrived in Islamabad on Thursday accompanied by Fr Michael Holman SJ, and they were hosted by the Presentation Sisters in Rawalpindi.  He has sent a few pictures of the first day, visiting Islamabad and Rawalpindi.         […]

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Bethany Care Shelter

The Sacred Heart’s large parish hall hosted Edinburgh’s Bethany Care Shelter for nineteen nights from October to December this year.    An initiative of the Bethany Christian Trust, with the help of many local Christian churches of different denominations, who take turns to provide the premises and the catering teams, the shelter provides a hot evening […]

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Appointment of Pastoral Assistant

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Andrew Cassidy to the new post of Pastoral Assistant in the Sacred Heart Parish.   Andrew is currently Youth Worker for the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, at St Mary Star of the Sea in Leith.  In order to give the Oblates time to find a succesor, we […]

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Changes to weekday Mass times

As a result of the feedback received during the consultation in October, we have negotiated a revised plan with our nearest neighbouring parish – St Patrick’s in the Cowgate – and with the Little Sisters at St Joseph’s House, Gilmore Place.  The two main points are: (i) Instead of stopping the lunchtime Mass altogether, we […]

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