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Newsletter July 2016

I am not sure if it is the awareness of getting old that makes one become more aware of the brightness, enthusiasm and exuberance of youth. Well, here they are in the flesh, the McPherson sisters, all the way from Scotland, and now visiting Ecuador with one or more countries of Latin America in their minds. They came off the plane last night, docked their baggage and after an hour or so they were off to see the town. You now know what I mean. Tomorrow morning they are off to conquer, Guayaquil, a city of 5.3 million. They...

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Newsletter June 2016

I believe that you are enjoying gloriously warm weather in Scotland and that the cold and the rain of previous months (and not only of the winter months) are now forgotten. Weather is a topic which occupies the man in the street as much as the specialized climatic investigators. It seems that the human race has done irreparable harm to our planet and now we have to suffer the consequences. I recall the words of President Obama at the World Conference in Paris regarding climate. “Our generation is the first to appreciate that we were harming the universe and...

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St. Andrew’s, Rothesay celebrates 150 years

On 30 November 2016, the Solemnity of their Patron, the parish of St Andrew’s ,Rothesay , will celebrate their sesquicentennial: one hundred and fifty years of the present Roman Catholic community being officially recognised as a parish on the Isle of Bute. Parish Priest Fr. Michael Hutson writes: “We had existed long before that, of course, from the times of the Celtic saints. But the Scottish Reformation was a rupture in our history that only ended when Irish immigrants began to arrive on Bute looking for work in the early 1800s. Heroic priests (many from the Catholic highlands) and...

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A Change of Direction for Catholic Social Teaching?

A reflection by Marian Pallister after addressing the AGM of the Conference of Religious in Scotland It is daunting to talk to an assembly of Religious about Catholic Social Teaching. After all, are these not the people who have forgotten more about CST than most of us ever knew in the first place? However, I was hoping to receive as much as I gave when I prepared a presentation for the AGM of the Conference of Religious in Scotland. I would tell them about the Just Faith project I have been delivering in my home diocese of Argyll and...

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St. Kieran’s Campbeltown Bi-Centenary

    The parish of Saint Kieran’s, Campbeltown, celebrated its 200th anniversary with an Anniversary Mass on 16th September 2016. Bishop Brian McGee, principal celebrant, was joined by other priests from the diocese including Fr. David Connor who had served the parish from Lochgilphead, and recently appointed parish priest Fr. Tony Wood.       Also present were representatives from other churches and the wider community. After the Mass over 150 people gathered in the Town Hall for food and drink in fellowship. St. Kieran’s has begun its 200th year with a new resident priest and hope for the...

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