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A Week of Celebrations for the 150th Anniversary of St Andrew’s, Rothesay

The Parish of St Andrew’s Rothesay celebrated its 150th year on 30th November 2016. Catholics had existed on Bute long before that, of course, and place names on the island testify to the activity of Celtic Christians at St Blane’s, Kilchattan Bay, Columshill, Kilbride, and Kilmichael. Those born and brought up on Bute pride themselves as being true Brandanes, after St Brendan the Navigator, one of the Celtic Saints who followed in St Columba’s footsteps, bringing Christianty from Ireland to the West of Scotland. The arrival of Irish immigrants 150 years ago marked a new Post-Reformation chapter in the...

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Newsletter December 2016

“The earth continues to quake: a few times each month the children run out of their classrooms to more open ground, hands over their heads to protect them from falling debris. A drill Earth tremors continue to affect Ecuador. The other day my desk began to shake. It was another tremor, 4.5 on Richter.   Read more from Fr. Colin here diciember-16...

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Bishops appoint first chair of Independent Review Group

The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland has today (5 December 2016) announced that Baroness Helen Liddell will be the first ever Chair of the Independent Review Group (IRG), an autonomous body which will function separately from the Church and which will review safeguarding standards and carry out independent audits. Announcing the appointment, Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, President of the Bishops’ Conference said: “I am most grateful to Baroness Liddell for agreeing to become the first Chair of the Independent Review Group, which will review and audit the Catholic Church’s Safeguarding work. In accepting the recommendation of the McLellan Commission to create...

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Primary Schools Mission Report

Please read our latest report on ‘Primary School Missions’, highlighting foundational youth work carried out across the diocese in some of the catholic primaries. This work is transferable, to suit a non-denominational Primary, and also a parish setting. If you are interested in talking about the possibility of this happening please get in touch with the Youth Office. Read the report here: primary-school-missions-2016-report Denise Roberts Diocesan Youth Worker Tel: 01838 200347

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Glasgow’s St. Andrew’s Cathedral marks 200 years

One of Scotland’s most famous churches marks its 200th birthday this week. St Andrew’s Cathedral is the mother church of the Catholic community throughout west central Scotland. The first Mass was celebrated in the Cathedral on December 22, 1816 and 200 years on, the current Archbishop, Philip Tartaglia will offer Mass to mark the anniversary on St Andrew’s Day. Originally built as “St Andrew’s Chapel” to serve the growing numbers of Highland Catholics coming to Glasgow during the Industrial Revolution, the church was a welcome sight and comforting presence decades later as hundreds of thousands of Irish people disembarked...

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