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Bulletin 22nd/23rd December 2013

Protection of children and vulnerable adults.  On Sunday 5th January, Stephen Dunphy will be coming to Nairn to upgrade the volunteers who are having a disclosure check in the new PVG scheme.  This will take place after mass; Required – photo id., proof of address (council tax etc.); National Insurance no., PVG number if already in the scheme.

There will be a collection today to help Fr. Terry Madden W.F. in his work; in previous years a basket was placed near the crib but there was no opportunity to contribute.  This may be better.  Many thanks for all your help.

The active presence of the children at Mass last Sunday in St. Margaret’s gave adults much pleasure and a repetition in the future was anticipated – but it was a lot for young people to take in at one instance; if it stirred questions, that is what it was meant to do, and so involve the whole parish.

Papal Synod Consultation

After the strenuous effort for Christmas and the New Year you may have time to consider some of the thoughts of Pope Francis – more answers would be welcome.


Bulletin 14th/15th December 2013

Foodbank Store

Lorna Dempster, project co-ordinator came on Tuesday 10th December to explain Foodbank; twenty people attended (eight from St. Mary’s) with a further 10 apologies; there will be a further meeting in January.

The Nairn Carol Service took place last Thursday in St. Ninian’s – truly splendid performance led by the Academy Steel Band and many choirs.

The annual Coffee and Mince Pie Morning held in Forres lesser Town Hall on Saturday last was very successful.  Many thanks to all the workers who made it such a great occasion; there were five coffee mornings in the town on that day and yet……The aim was tor raise funds for Fr. Damian and his work in Africa.  You raised £500 for that purpose……your effort was not in vain.

The young people of the parish of St. Margaret’s will take part in the offertory procession today – arising from their desire to help those who are hard up this season.  Many gifts have been handed in already – so the whole community is taking part in this warm hearted effort.


Bulletin 7th/8th December 2013

Foodbank Store

It is now eight years since the Nairn foodbank. began.  St. Mary’s has storage to help in this work but a team of volunteers is necessary.  On Tuesday 10th December at 7.30pm a project co-ordinator Lorna Dempster, is coming to St. Mary’s to explain this work and to ask for your help.

St. Margaret’s began a similar effort last week.  A box will be placed at the back of the church to collect non-perishable food for those who need help.  Mrs Hewitt will help in founding this worthwhile experiment.


Bulletin 30th November / 1st December 2013

The Tea in the Hall of the United Free Church of Nairn which was supported by all denominations (or none) raised over £2000 for the Philiippino disaster Fund.  Very well done by all

Syria in the meantime is not to be forgotten.  SCIAF has asked that everybody should join in prayer for peace this Wednesday as a special day everywhere for peace. 

Incidentally, the Catholic papers this week reported that President Putin of Russia visited Pope Francis in the Vatican – little coverage elsewhere.   


Bulletin 16th/17th November 2013

Philippines Typhoon Emergency

Many appeals are coming in for immediate help for this worthy cause.  To avoid waste  and confusion, I suggest that two safe and rapid routes for any help you may wish to send:

SCIAF (Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund) work with Caritas International who send instant help on your behalf.  Their charity number is SCO12302; their e-mail is

Jesuit Missions  Alternatively donations can be sent to Jesuit Missions, 11 Edge Hill, Wimbledon, London SW19 4LR from which £20,000 has been sent.

Fr. Tony Moreno has three hundred Jesuits working with him in the Philippines alongside other British missionaries. 


Bulletin 9th/10th November 2013

Dualling of the A96

The Scottish Government has arranged for a variety of exhibitions in centres along the A96 Road to explain how the road can be improved.  During the coming week, Nairn and Forres both have an opportunity to view this important venture; more detail is available on the noticeboard.


Bulletin 2nd/3rd November 2013

Baptism of Charley Macpherson

Last Sunday Mass was a very happy occasion on the baptism of baby Charley.  The baptism was performed by the visiting Bishop Michael of Lancaster, the choir was in splendid form and most of all, the baby graced everyone with a beatific smile.  A very happy occasion.


Attendance at Mass on All Saints Day was excellent in both parishes, Forres and Nairn.  Some holydays of obligation in the past have been poorly attended, but this occasion saw very good numbers.


Bulletin 19th/20th October 2013

Parish Census

It is some time since we had an accurate census of the parish.  On the first Sunday of November every year the diocese asks for figures; it would be a considerable help if every family in the parish were to fill in one of the census sheets at the back of the church; all information is confidential; if you wish to return a completed form at home, please return it before mass next Sunday.

Recent Scottish Office figures: Population of Scotland; 5,295,403.

Number of Catholics: 841,053 or 16%.  Only 54% claim to be Christian, 36.7% say they have no religion, while Islam and other religions are 2.5%


Bulletin 12th/13th October 2013


Aladdin is this year’s Little Theatre Pantomime.  A block booking will be available for a short time (money up front) for the night of Saturday 30th November, St. Andrews day.  Cost of tickets £10.00; curtains up at 7.30pm.

After the 6.00pm evening mass; there will be a simple hospitality in the parish hall before making off to the Little Theatre.

Last year this was a great night’s entertainment for all the parish.


Bulletin 28th/29th September 2013

SPUC – Glasgow Midwives

The Society for the Protection of the unborn Child (SPUC) have sent details of the case of the Glasgow Midwives.  The blue notices at the back of the church give you full details.  Please read the blue papers.



Every Christmas SCIAF invites donations for their practical Gifts scheme.  Instead of money it is possible to nominate a gift to someone who is pushed in the struggle for survival; ten pounds can become school books for a child in Cambodia, twenty five pounds shelters a family facing being homeless after hurricanes or earthquakes etc. There are a few booklets at the back of the church outlining this work.  Phone 0141 3545555 or see  Further information on SCIAF can be found in the Organisations section on the Website.


October Devotions

A suitable intention for your prayers is the wars of Central Africa, especially the priests we know who are working there.


Bulletin 24rd/25th August 2013

Arrival of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia

A mass of welcome to Greyfriars Convent was concelebrated on Saturday morning.  Bishop Hugh was joined by priests of the diocese, the Pluscarden community and many other priests to endorse Bishop Hugh’s “very, very, very, very” welcome to the sisters from Nashville Tennessee.  The convent chapel was full beyond capacity and many people had to remain outside – fortunately the weather was good.  

The principal mission of the sisters is Catholic education and the Christian formation of children, young people and adults. 


Bulletin 3rd/4th August 2013

Thanks to all parishioners in both Parishes

Last Friday night in the Nairn Golf Club House there was a fine party – the excuse was the Golden Anniversary of Fr. Barnett’s ordination to the Priesthood, but it had a grand assembly feeling. 

Bishop Hugh and Bishop Peter both came and the Rev. Stephen Manders of the Nairn United Reformed Church also came.

Many presentations were made – and the whole proceedings concluded with music and dancing.

So many thanks to all for the work and planning which made a very memorable occasion.


Bulletin 6th/7th July 2013

World Youth Day

The World Youth Day is due to start in Brazil in a fortnight’s time.  About twenty young people from Scotland have joined in Mass with Archbishop Tartaglia of Glasgow; and a group from the diocese of Aberdeen will be led by Bishop Hugh.  The SSVP has sponsored a number if individuals countrywide.  An advance party is going ahead to help prepare the hospitality venues for the expected 3000 delegates.  Previous experience of the World Congresses have been worthwhile both educationally and spiritually. 


Bulletin 29th/30th June 2013

Priest changes

The following changes take effect from 7th July:

Fr. John Allen (Wick & Thurso) to St. Ninian’s Inverness (Raigmore)

Fr. Colin Davies (Beauly) adding on Ullapool and Gairloch

Fr. David Kay SJ (Dingwall) adding on Fortrose

Fr. Francis Kulah to be in charge of Thurso and Wick


Emergency food for local people in crisis

The box for collecting emergency food supplies will remain at the back of the church.  Any tins of soups or other easily cooked supplies will be collected regularly and passed on to people who are in real need.


St. Andrews Children Society

Voluntary adoption service in our diocese.  They are looking for Catholic families who could offer adoptive homes to a wide range of children in our diocese and beyond who cannot live with their birth families.  St Andrew’s Children’s Society, Enterprise Business Centre, Admiral House, Poynernook Road, Aberdeen AB11 5QX.  Tel. 01224 289749 –


Bulletin 15th/16th June 2013

Departure of Mary MacKillop Nuns

Sister Audrey and Sister Therese are departing for their home provinces in Australia and New Zealand.  To mark the occasion a ceilidh ‘broke loose’ on Friday 14th June.  Their impact on the Caol Parish was marked by Bishop Toal and a packed hall of parishioners – Even Nairn parish was graciously remarked.  It was a whopper of an evening, with Gaelic singing, sword dancing etc., saddened only by the thought of this imminent departure.  Deo Gratias.


Bulletin 1st/2nd June 2013

The Culture of Life

This year, on the Feast of Corpus Christi, the annual Day for Life occurs.  The theme this year is the Culture of Life and incorporates words of Pope Francis encouraging us to “care for life from the beginning to the end”.


Bulletin 25/26th May 2013

Changes in the Diocese:

  • Fr. Byansi who has worked in the Cathedral and in Blairs has returned to Uganda
  • Fr. Zanre will be going from Inverness to the Apostolic Nunciature in London.
  • The Dominican Sisters will be coming from Nashville USA to Elgin on or about 20th August to work in the diocese.
  • Sister Audrey and Sister Therese are returning to Australia / New Zealand in the middle of June.