Pastoral Letters

Right Rev. Joseph Toal, Bishop of Argyll & the Isles

A Pastoral Letter from the Bishops Conference of Scotland on the General Election

  • 10-04-2015

On the Seventh of May the people of Scotland will vote in what may be the most unpredictable General Election in generations. While each of us alone will decide whom to vote for, the teachings of the Church can offer us a guide as we attempt to reach an informed judgement that advances the common good......

Pastoral Letter for Communications Sunday 2013

  • 16-05-2013
    My Dear brothers and sisters in Christ On this Communications Sunday I hardly need to draw your attention to the importance of communications in the life of the Church - and in our own everyday existence.  In recent months we have seen the med...

Message to the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh From Archbishop Philip Tartaglia

  • 27-02-2013

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, has appointed me Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh.

These are painful and distressing times for this venerable Archdiocese. You have lost your Cardinal Archbishop in the most difficult of circumstances.....

Pastoral Letter for Advent 2012

  • 27-11-2012

As The Year of Faith progresses and we begin the Season of Advent it is worth reflecting on the robustness of our Catholic Faith.  Our faith will be tested in the times ahead and it is legitimate to ponder how able we will be to continue to live our faith fully and freely in more trying circumstances.....

National Marriage Sunday

  • 22-08-2012

In all things, we as Catholics look to Jesus Christ as our model and teacher.   When asked about marriage He gave a profound and rich reply: “Have you not read that the Creator, from the beginning, ‘made them male and female’, and said: ‘This is why a man must leave father and mother and cling to his wife and the two become one body’.”   (Matthew, 19: 4-5).........

Notes on Funerals in the Diocese of Argyll & the Isles

  • 21-03-2012

The priests of the Diocese have had some discussions among themselves and with me in recent times on the conduct of funerals in our parishes. One of the concerns raised is in regard to the taking up of collections at funerals. I would, therefore, like to make some comment on that matter and then go on to mention some other points in regard to the celebration of the Funeral Liturgy......

Distribution and Reception of Holy Communion

  • 21-03-2012

One of the great privileges we have as Catholics is to receive the Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ in Holy Communion. This encounter with the living Lord is the high point of our spiritual lives and the moment in which we experience the Lord´s presence and love in its fullest and deepest way.  Being so richly blessed, we are invited by the Lord to carry his  love into the whole of our lives. It is always, therefore, a very precious moment but also one which asks for our loving response to the Lord´s goodness

Distribution of Priests in the Diocese of Argyll & the Isles

  • 21-03-2012

As Bishop I am very aware of the number of priests available in the Diocese of Argyll and the isles, and often think of where best to locate our priests in the future....

Letter from Bishop Toal for the start of 2012

  • 07-01-2012

In wishing you a very Happy New Year, I pray that the Lord may be with us all and guide us in our lives of faith through the year ahead, both as individuals and as a believing community.

This coming Sunday we celebrate the Epiphany of Our Lord, recalling the arrival of the Wise Men at the stable in Bethlehem and their acts of homage before the child in the manger......

Letter to the priests, religious and faithful of the diocese October 2011

  • 30-10-2011

Bishop Joseph writes about next year's 'Year of Faith' to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

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