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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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Youth Events in Advent

Dates for the Diary Advent Retreat for Young Teens – 18-20 November – for P7s-S1s Advent Retreat for Mid Teens – 25-27 November – for S2s-S4s Advent Retreat for Young Adults – 2-4 December – for 16s-30s These retreats will be held at Craig Lodge Family House of Prayer, Dalmally     and, looking further ahead, please note:   2017 Annual Diocesan Youth Pilgrimage to Iona – 11-14 May – (for current P7s-S2s) 2017 National Youth Pilgrimage – 10 September – (for current P6-S6) this is a gathering of young people from across Scotland in...

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Saint Mary of the Cross (Mary MacKillop)

Mary Helen MacKillop RSJ (15 January 1842 – 8 August 1909), now formally known as St Mary of the Cross, was the first child of Alexander and Flora MacKillop, who lived in Roybridge, Lochaber prior to emigrating to Australia where Mary was born. Together with the Reverend Julian Tenison Woods, she founded the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart (the Josephites), and established many schools and welfare institutions throughout Australasia, with an emphasis on education for the rural poor. In the 1870s Saint Mary visited Roybridge where the local Catholic church, St Margaret’s, now has a shrine...

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