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Kate Neilson


My name is Mary and I would like to tell you about Kate.

When I returned to Edinburgh from London I joined St John´s Parish. It was while I was finding my way around the area that I found, to my delight, another Catholic Church near to my home – St Mary Magdalene´s and so I decided to come to Sunday mass here.

Every Sunday I was welcomed and soon I was invited to take part in a church cleaning day. I have met many lovely people here but the lady most memorable to me was Kate Neilson, who sadly died in 2018. Kate had such a wonderful, gentle manner and she encouraged me to have the confidence to become involved in all aspects of parish life. She was never pushy and always with a big smile.

The parsih depended a lot on Kate and I still miss her.

Our questions asked

1. What are our ideas, thoughts, or stories, past and present.
2. What do we like or dislike about St. Mary Magdalene´s?
3. What would we change?
4. What have we to offer?
5. What brought you to St. Mary Magdalene´s?
6. Which parishioners, past or present have impressed or do impress us now and why?
7. What stories, anecdotes, memories or events have we to share with each other?

Mary´s answers are:

1. I like the building with its two chapels – one large for main services and one small chapel for weekdays and prayer meetings. I enjoy the vibrant Sunday Mass and we seem to be attracting more people.
4. I am willing to help in any way that I can provide a service but physically I am now unable to take part in some services.


Parish Priest
Father Jock Dalrymple
0131 669 5447

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