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Bulletin 20th December 2015


Timetable in the next week.  Mass times and music.


Tuesday 22 December and Wed 23rd December mass at 10am on both days


Thursday 24th December 7.30pm.  Music before mass: 210 Go Tell it on the Mountain – 232 God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen – 759 From Heaven You Came – 350 Joy to the World – 539 Once in Royal David’s City – 739 What Child is This?

8.00pm First Mass of Christmas.  Entry 146 Ding Dong Merrily on High – Offertory 117 Come, Come, Come to the Manger – Communion 596 Silent Night – 735 We Three Kings – 257 Hark the Herald Angels Sing – Recessional 735 While Shepherds Watched – 9 Adeste Fideles


10.00am Christmas Day.  475 O Come All Ye Faithful – Offertory 500 O Little Town of Bethlehem – Communion 64 Away in a Manger – Recession 257 Hark the Herald Angels Sing.


Saturday 26th – There is no Vigil Mass


Sunday 27th is the Feast of the Holy Family.  Mass at 10.00am


Friday 1st January, Mary, Mother of God.  Mass at 10.00am.


“The Priesthood of the Laity” was a phrase used by Pope Francis in an international congress of Jesuit brothers.  After the year for religious, the Holy Father took the opportunity of the Brothers meeting to highlight a document on the vocation of men and women who fulfil the priesthood without being ordained – “although not ordained as priests, they still exercise a daily priesthood in the world by the fact of their baptism”.  The religious by their baptism are bridges between God and man.



Bulletin 13th December 2015

The SVDP have a meeting in the parish hall after the morning mass on Wednesday 16th December. 


Christingle next Sunday at 4.00pm.  The young people of the parish will sing the carols commemorating the Old Testament covenant between God and Man.  While this is performed by young people, it is meant as a musical meditation by all the parish to fulfil the promises made manifest in the Jesse Tree story.  Afterwards there is tea in the hall.



Times of Services at Christmas


Fourth Sunday of Advent

Saturday 19th December – Vigil 6.00pm

Sunday 20th December – 10.00am


Wednesday 23rd December – Mass 10.00am


Christmas Masses

Thursday 24th December – First Mass of Christmas 8.00pm (with music) Please note update – Carols from 7.30pm

Friday 25th December – Christmas Day Mass 10.00am


Feast of the holy Family

Sunday 27th December – Mass 10.00am


2015 into 2016

Tuesday 29th December – Mass at 10.00am

Wednesday 30th December  – Mass at 10.00am

Thursday 31st December – Mass at 10.00am

Friday 1st January – Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God – Mass at 10.00am

Saturday 2nd January – Mass at 6.00pm

Sunday 3rd January – Feast of the Epiphany Mass at 10.00am



Bulletin 6th December 2015

Please note, that the Christmas Concert Festival in St. Ninian’s Church Nairn will be on Monday 7th December starting at 7.00pm


St Columba’s Culloden have their Carol Service on Wednesday at 7.00pm.  Languages include Gaelic Carols; other languages include Ibo and Polish.  Tea and refreshments after the concert.



Bulletin 29th November 2015

The Christmas Concert Festival in St. Ninian’s Church Nairn will be on Monday 7th December starting at 7.30pm.


St. Mary’s Parish social evening is on December 11th.  Proceeds go to charities.  Raffle tickets for the Grand Draw will be available after mass at the weekend. 


This weeks Catholic Observer has a centre page spread on the Mary’s Meals success   in the last year.


The St. Vincent De Paul Society will meet after mass next Wednesday in the parish hall.  This is open not merely to members but also to others who might wish to become more acquainted with SVDP.


The Apostleship of Prayer.  A small folder outlining the Pope’s intention for the months are available at the back of the church.  There are also leaflets “My Daily Prayer Pathway” which outline a simple method – its simplicity adds to its attractiveness.  



Bulletin 22nd November 2015

Yesterday (21 Nov) the funeral of Margaret McIntosh took place.  For many years she was the “flower lady” at St. Mary’s and was remembered by the older parishioners for her great warmth and kind disposition.  The church was packed; although she was Northumbrian, her large family came from all over to thank God for their wonderful recollection – from Uist, from even more remote corners.  May she rest in peace.


Beauly, Cannich and Eskadale parishes will be receiving two priests in the New Year to provide for their needs.  We pray that the highland hospitality will grant great strength in settling.


The Year of Mercy opens in Rome on December 8th.  In Holy Years, a large door in St. Peter’s is solemnly opened as a symbol to folk that the church is the “one ark of salvation”.  To partake of this invitation to prayer, in this diocese we have three occasions for the Open Door; Cathedral 13th December – at the same time a door will be opened in Pluscarden and on the 14th December at 7.00pm the Holy Door will be opened in Inverness.


The Gift Aid Declaration enables any £1 gift which you make to the church, to rebate an extra 25p from your tax.  A new form is now available; copies are available at the back.  Many thanks.



Bulletin 15th November 2015

On 21st November, Bishop Hugh will formally install the new community of Daughters of Divine Love in the Huntly Street Inverness convent.  There will be a solemn concelebrated mass at 11.00am with a reception afterwards to meet the sisters and hear about the work that they will undertake in the deanery. 


The Apostleship of Prayer.  A very good account of the AOP is to be found in pages 10 & 11 of the new edition of “Jesuits and Friends” which is now available at the back of the church.



Bulletin 1st November 2015

Songs of Praise will be recorded in St. Machar’s Cathedral Aberdeen on Thursday 26th and Friday 27th.  There is a notice on the board giving full details if you would like to attend.


Do you remember the APOSTLESHIP OF PRAYER?  The AOP was founded in St. Helen’s Lancashire; it was meant to give industrial workers a method of praying together – but having the time to foregather.  Pope Francis noting the diminishing opportunities for daily mass indicated that praying together for busy people could be met with simple private prayer. 


Foodbank.  Your generosity in supporting the foodbank has been noted and appreciated.  Supporters are now beginning to donate “soft foods” – maybe it is Christmas thoughts which suggest this – but soft goods risk deterioration.  “Hard foods” such as tins and packets are the best help for a Happy Christmas to the needy. 



Bulletin 1st November 2015

Christmas draws on.  There will be a Christmas draw, hopefully within even greater enjoyment than last year; a large box has been put out for any items which you might like to put up for the raffle – at a parish social evening.  December 11th is currently the favourite date.  Proceeds go to charities.


The Iona Youth Group.  St. Columba’s parish has a youth group.  The Iona Youth Group have a relaxing evening on Saturday 14th November.  For details see the notice at the back of the Church.


December 5th.  The Mary MacKillop nuns from Fort William will lead a day of recollection in the Hall.  All who have taken part in this preparation for Christmas will welcome this quiet day.



Bulletin 18th October 2015

Today is World Mission Sunday; the second collection is for the Missions.  This collection is sent to the Mission office in Coatbridge to meet urgent needs (e.g. Syria, currently)


Christmas draws on.  The tickets for the pantomime in the Small Theatre are now on sale in the town.  There will be our usual Christmas Draw; a large box will be put out for any items which you might like to put out for the raffle – which we draw at a parish social evening.  Dates still to be fixed!


Do you remember the APOSTLESHIP OF PRAYER?  Ever year the Pope asks for prayers for a special intention – very simple prayers, no elaborations – and Pope Francis say we need to pray more than ever.



Bulletin 11th October 2015

Summertime ends on 24th / 25th October.  November 1st we will have a Children’s mass at 10.00am; it is proposed that after mass there will be A BIG BREAKFAST (bacon, sausage, egg) to make a social occasion.

Help is needed; Elaine de Ste. Croix would be glad to hear from you.


Monday 2nd November is all Souls Day and there will be a special mass at 7.00pm to pray for all our separated relatives and friends (Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 6.30pm will precede this mass)


First Communion, Reconciliation and Confirmation.  Now is the time for children to receive their sacraments of initiation.  Numbers seem small but we can only present those who have completed the course of preparation; so if you have somebody who is  very shy, please have a word with the parish priest.


Sunday 18th October is Worldwide Mission Sunday; there is a second collection for the “Propagation of the Faith” to use the old name of Scotland’s mission support.


26th October at 6.30pm – Ordination to the Priesthood.  A Redemptorist (Peter Morris C.Ss.R) will be ordained in the Cathedral in Aberdeen.  He is well known in the city and surrounding areas.  It is not a long ceremony so a trip from here is feasible.


Pluscarden Abbey Celebration.  The Abbot and community of monks are celebrating the re-dedication of the Abbey Church on Thursday 5th November.  Bishop Hugh will preside at the re-dedication and the Mass which follows.  Founded in 1230 the Reformation saw all the property passed into lay hands.  Please see events page for further information.


Fluent Arabic speakers.  Fr Colin Stuart is seeking out Arabic speakers for working with Syrian refugees, many of whom are Catholics (religious persecution?)



Bulletin 4th October 2015

Special prayer for the Synod

For all who are engaged in any way in the Synod;

May the Spirit of the Lord keep them in peace – may he enlighten all our minds so that the Church may respond to the needs of all families as they try to live in the way that Christ taught us.



New lists are available at the back of church for all ministries until 21st November.  We can insert new names from those who offer!  If you cannot make the appointed day, please try to get a replacement form the lists of the phone numbers on the back of the SUNDAY list……………………………



Bulletin 27th September 2015

The sacrament of Reconciliation is available on Saturday evening from 5.30 during which there will be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament for private prayer.


Refugee situation.  For the last two weeks you gave generously to enable SCIAF to help on your behalf.  Over £600.00 was contributed.  We await developments but you deserve full praise for generosity, which was what Jesus Christ would want.


Ministries tend to be carried out regularly – by a few – many more operatives would make this less of a burden.  Don’t just consider – put your name on the lists at the back of the church; you can even specify a date to try it out!  Many hands make light work!  NEW LISTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE BACK OF THE CHURCH UNTIL 21ST NOVEMBER; we can insert new names from those who offer!


Summertime ends on 24th / 25th October.  November 1st we will have a Children’s mass; this largely will be for those who are liturgy class – toddlers might find it hard!  If parents try hard to be with them, it can be a good family mass.


Transitus of St. Francis in St. Columba’s Culloden.  Mass and prayers for the Feast on Saturday 3rd 11.30am – for further details please contact Bridget Gordon, or Webmaster (see Contacts Page)


October 8th – 12 noon, St. Thomas Keith have a John Ogilvie Pilgrimage for P6 & P7.  Led by Bishop Hugh


October 24th 10.30am.  Banffshire Pilgrimage meeting at Boyndie Centre.  E-mail


October 30th.  Inter-church Quiz night at 7.15pm.  Teams of 4 people £8.00 per team; Money raised going to the charity of the winning team’s choice.  Contact Bridget Gordon, or Angela Quinn of the United Reformed Church.



Bulletin 20th September 2015

SCIAF second collection again – to aid the refugee situation.  There are some gift aid envelopes at the back of the church for those who wish to claim an income tax rebate (25%) for this work.


A Refugee Planning committee was formed with the aid of the Aberdeen City Council; Rev Hugh Wallace of the Church of Scotland, Fr. Stuart Chalmers, the Vicar General of the Aberdeen Catholic Diocese and other religious leaders met to plan spiritual, emotional and material support for refugees who might come north.  This awaits governmental action; on line info. can be found on


Laudato si is the most recent letter from Pope Francis on the problems facing the modern world.  One of the most obvious causes for unrest and refugee movement is the great poverty throughout the world – and this in the face of widely known and displayed opulence.  Pope Francis makes reference to the waste of natural resources – soil erosion and the whole field of educating the next generation in survival.  Praying for peace involves being a Christian carer.  


The Nairn Foodbank.  We are well aware that we are not besieged by starving people but we do give considerable help in the Moray Firth district.  There will be an increased need as the winter comes on; there are some items which always seem to be running short viz tinned ham, custard in tins, long life juices, sauces, toothpaste.  Items which are short-lived are welcome but there is a danger that they might not survive. 

Anyway, thanks comes from Blythswood on behalf of the ones who are helped.  Worthwhile.


Looking ahead.  As the Autumn days shorten, evening activities become more feasible; as Christmas approaches thoughts turn to social activities.  Each year we have a Christmas draw during a social evening.  When we can, we head for the pantomime at the Small theatre.  Would you like to be active in this?  Or do you have other ideas which are worth developing?


Calendar.  Monday November 2nd is All souls Day.  There will be a mass at 7.00pm to pray for all our departed relatives and friends; before mass, say from 6.30, exposition of the Blessed Sacrament offers quiet time for private prayer.


Young People.  November 1st is the feast of All Saints.  On that day we will have a young people’s Mass.  After the offertory procession of the Gifts, the young people will stay at the altar with the priest until the Sign of Peace, thus affording them the chance to see the symbolism of the Mass

At Christmas we will have a Christingle – at a time of the evening to make it an occasion for all. 


Sunday morning coffee.  This is an opportunity to swap news and ideas.  It would be good to see even those who are pushed for time – and if new names were added to the coffee makers list everyone would gain by it.  

Other social events could be a quiz night this could be a fundraiser for the refugees.


Early warning; the bringing up to date of a parish census.  

Movement of new parishioners, house changes phone numbers etc, are all necessary – but kept under wraps, to keep unwanted noses in their proper places.  This can be done in the pre-advent season.



Bulletin 13th September 2015

The Refugee Situation.

The Scottish bishops response to Pope Francis’ desire to show Christian support to all those who are suffering because of unrest in the Middle East, has been clarified by Archbishop Tartaglia’s letter to the First Minister in Edinburgh.  (See Post on Home Page for more information and articles from the Archbishop)

The Archbishop offers complete support when the plans of both government bodies are issued.

SCIAF is organising collections throughout the country for this purpose; Gift Aid envelopes have been provided for those who pay income tax to claim 25% rebate for this purpose.

A second collection today will help in this work.  This will replace the usual SVDP collection.  It may be possible to repeat this second collection.

Footnote – A Jesuit Refugee Service has been in place for some years.  They run a food kitchen in Damascus feeding 5000 children and disabled people; another social service helps 240 vulnerable families finding school or accommodation.

Caritas International has been centered in Rome for a long time centralising the efforts of European countries who help the poor in many countries.


ACTS.  During the week the “Association of Churches Together” sent in a booklet for thought and prayer.  The role of “ACTS” is to enable members of their churches to work together ecumenically in Programme Groups on particular projects. 

A Group is drawn from a broad base of members who are willing to work together on a given project.  The work is owned by the Group, not ACTS – every church has its own way or working;

Churches involved;-

Church of Scotland; RC Church; Episcopal Church; Congregational; Methodist; Quakers; Salvation Army; United Free Church; United Reformed Church.


Events this week 12th – 19th September

1. Saturday 6.00pm mass.  During this mass the baptism of ADAM DANIEL CAMPBELL BARANSKA will take place.  This is a new family in the parish and such a baptism is a personal integration in the parish.

2. Pray for the repose of the soul of JOHN KELLY who died during the week.  There will be a mass on Monday at 5.30pm and the REQUIEM MASS WILL BE ON TUESDAY AT 10.30am.

3. The mass times on Wednesday and Friday will be as normal, i.e. 10.00am


A Report from the Youth Pilgrimage to Ireland

Quotes are better than reports so here goes –

“I think that the Ireland trip was really good and it was better than last year which I didn’t think was possible.  It has really increased my faith.”

“This week has been maybe the best week of my life.  What I loved most was the confession Knock, meeting piles of new people, all the fun, youth festival, the Go-karting”

Nuf sed!

(See Post on Home Page for more feedback from the Youth)



Bulletin 23rd August 2015

Liturgical offices.  Before the summer and holiday season, it had become obvious that many of the tasks involving Sunday masses and other services were being carried out by fewer people; people change jobs residences etc.  We need your help; readers, ministers at Holy Communion, altar servers at Mass, flower arrangers, cleaners, hall maintenance etc. 

You would be perfect!


SAFEGUARDING IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH  Today as you entered the church building you nay have come across a pamphlet on the McLellan Commission.  There is also a letter from Bishop Hugh published both on the notice board and read out from the altar.  Please give this your full attention.

The McLellan Report is concerned with the future safeguarding of anyone who may be in a vulnerable position in the Church,  The past was not coherent and compelling enough to ensure transparent protection; any abuse must be rectified – justice must be done and be seen to be done for those who have been abused and for those against whom allegations of abuse are made.


1. SCIAF reports that the Wee Box appeal brought in a record breaking £1.7 million.  This figure was doubled by the government Gift Aid Scheme.  SCIAF extends its heartfelt thanks to everyone who contributed in any way.  News-sheets full of details are available at the back of the church.  


2. Our weary young pilgrims are back from Ireland.  There was not as heavy a programme as last year so there was more time to mix socially and varying points of view from varying parishes is always useful.


3. CAFOD, the English version of SCIAF is advocating Pope Francis’ appeal on climate change by joining the Global Catholic Climate Movement.  Word will be sent to the Prime Minister, backed by your signature, to tackle the poverty problems arising from climate change. 


4. During the spring there was a TRAIDCRAFT stall in the hall after Sunday mass to raise funds for the very purpose of growing social awareness in the context of the Church.  We will try to repeat this in the coming year.



Bulletin 16th August 2015

5th September World Youth Day is being celebrated in the deanery at St. Columba’s Culloden.  Calling all young people.  Details to follow – with Fr, Zanre.


The Extraordinary Synod on the Family

Next year this synod will take place in Rome.  The Scottish Bishops have organised a national gathering at Carfin on Sunday September 6th with mass at 3.00pm.  Not all can attend – it is something worth praying for on that day.


13th September National  Youth Pilgrimage from St. Mary’s Haddington to the Cistercian Abbey at Nunraw.  It is only seven miles (see the cutting on the board at the back of the church)


Baptism in our modern world

The wars in Syria and Iraq may move us to wish to support the suffering people when we hear that both areas are home to many Catholic / Christians we will feel even more sympathy with them.  What can we do?

There are charities and that is good.  What we can do is to put ourselves in the shoes of the persecuted ones – and speak to Christ with them.  Such empathy is real, not based on external factors alone but on the presence of Christ in all of our lives through Baptism.  He was crucified – and rose from the dead; they too will rise in Faith.



Bulletin 9th August 2015

Saturday 15th August is the solemnity of the ASSUMPTION and is not a Holyday of obligation.


Lectio Divina

Please read the notice on the board about Lectio Divina, which is a way of praying the Scriptures.  It is a method practised from the earlier Carmelites in Palestine and developed by a Carthusian monk in the twelfth century.  Lay Benedictines have developed this method of prayer in Chile, so it is not merely a useful tool for religious.

There will be two courses of four workshops in the Bishop’s House in Aberdeen starting respectively on Tuesday 18th August and Wednesday 22nd August.

You can book at:


Wednesday 12th August 7.00pm

Bishop Hugh installs Fr. Domenico Zanre as parish priest of Culloden.  there will be a concelebration led by Bishop Hugh, and you will be very welcome


Items of Interest

The death or Maria Capaldi.  A devoted visitor to Lourdes for 70 years – 100 years old and congratulated by Pope Francis and the Queen – born in Nairn.  R.I.P.



Bulletin 2nd August 2015

Young people on retreat / pilgrimage to Ireland

By various means (all legal) the cost of this trip has been largely raised, but a small amount is needed to cover every expense.  To meet this, we will have a second collection at mass today.  Again many thanks from our young people.


Light of the North – The summer number of the diocesan magazine is now available at the back of the church.  The production cost is £1, a good deal of which is met by advertisers; it would be good if you contribute £1, but the most important thing is Read it, even if you only get a smile from the final page of jokes.


The Extraordinary Synod on the Family

Since October 2014 there has been a process of assessing the “modernity” of the Church taking place among theologians.  At the time of the Second Vatican Council the title “Agiornamento” was used.

Much discussion will be clarified at the “National Gathering” at Carfin on Sunday 6th September (Mass at 3.00pm).  The Scottish Bishops have organised a national gathering to pray, hear and express their faith as a result of the Synod in Rome.


National Youth Pilgrimage in September 2015

Fancy a wee walk of seven miles?  Nae bother!  Last year young people discovered all about St. Margaret in Dunfermline.  This year the youth pilgrimage stretches back to Pope Pius the second, who was shipwrecked on the Lothian coast, and in thanks founded the Haddington shrine to Mary.  Interested?  See the newspaper cutting on the board and watch this space.


John chapter 6 – through Glasgow eyes

So again Moses spoke to the Faither Foe he knew the Lord would never cheat.  And God answered “Don’t work up a lather Fur ah’m sendin’ ye manna tae eat.  “See this manna” they asked him, “whit is it?  Dea ye cook it, of just leave it be?”  Moses Said “Ah cannea be explicit So ye’ll just huv tae wait fur tae see”.




Bulletin 26th July 2015

The Extraordinary Synod on the Family

Since October 2014 there has been a process of assessing the “modernity” of the Church taking place among theologians.  At the time of the Second Vatican Council the title “Agiornamento” was used

Much discussion will be clarified at the “National gathering”at Carfin on Sunday 6th September (Mass at 3.00pm).  The Scottish Bishops have organised a national gathering to pray, hear and express their faith as a result of the Synod in Rome.


National Youth pilgrimage in September 2015

Fancy a wee walk of seven miles?  Nae bother!  Last year young people discovered all bout St. Margaret in Dunfermline.  This year the youth pilgrimage stretches back to Pope Pius the second, who was shipwrecked on this Lothian coast and in thanks founded the Haddington shrine to Mary.  Interested?  See the newspaper cutting on the board and watch this space.


Saint Duthac, Saint Who?  Have you been to Tain?  Now is your chance.  There is a coloured poster at the back of the church giving some information.  On a good day in late August you might venture to enjoy the hospitality of the parish in Tain.




Bulletin 19th July 2015

Apostleshop of the Sea

The special collection last week: you contributed £180.06.  Many thanks for your generosity to support this worthwhile apostleship.  


Right to life – Early alert

The House of Commons will be having a debate on the private Bill to legalise assisted suicide on 11th September.  This has not yet had much notice in Scotland – more attention has been focussed in England.  


Wednesday 29th July 7.30pm St. Mary’s Inverness: Chamber Philharmonia

This is the opportunity to enjoy some of Germany’s best musicians playing the music of Europe’s best composers.

Tickets are available at the Inverness Tourist Office at Castle Wynd or via phone – 07730 438403.



Bulletin 12th July 2015

11th / 12th July is SEA SUNDAY.  There will be a second collection at the end of mass.

The Apostleship of the Sea gives support to seafarers which is very wide in its support – social, religious, family, ill-health, financial etc. etc. 

Last year 9,951 ships were visited; 199,020 seafarers were assisted; 5,914 seafarers helped with welfare problems, mass celebrated on 173 ships are but a selection of the work done by port chaplains.  

You can make your gift worth more at no extra cost to you; there are some donation envelopes available at the church door.  With many thanks.



Bulletin 05th July 2015

A huge thank you to all who helped to make such a success of the SUNDAY LUNCH in the hall last Sunday.  All appeared to enjoy the occasion.  Total of £604 was raised to send three of or young people to the holiday / retreat in Ireland – joining a group from St. Columba’s and Elgin.

Some youngsters are having a sponsored walk from Buckie to Keith this Saturday to help pay for the Irish trip.


18th July “The Martyrdom of Saint John Ogilvie” is a play performed on one night as part of the 400th anniversary celebrations of our local martyr.

Promoted from the Archdiocese of Glasgow, our only performance will be in St. Thomas’s Church Hall Keith at 7.30pm.  Tickets cost £10 and it is hoped to organise a coach from Inverness.  Do have a look at the flyer on the noticeboard.



Bulletin 28th June 2015

18th July “The Martyrdom of Saint John Ogilvie” is a play performed on one night as part of the 400th anniversary celebrations of our local martyr.

Promoted from the Archdiocese of Glasgow, our only performance will be in St, Thomas’s Church hall Keith at 7.30pm.  Tickets cost £10 and it is hoped to organise a coach from Inverness.  Do have a look at the flyer on the noticeboard.


Wednesday 29th July 7.30pm St. Mary’s Inverness; Chamber Philharmonia Cologne.




Bulletin 21st June 2015

First Holy Communion 21st June

Our congratulations and our prayers for six young people today.

Scott Brown, Rose Laurie, Anna Leo, Britteny Main, Kaylee Main and Kira Main

May their closer acquaintance with Jesus grow stronger every day to help them through life.



Bulletin 14th June 2015

Table Top / Craft Sale 20th June

St. Columba’s Culloden working with Helen McGilp have arranged a Table Top / Croft sale on June 20th from 10am – 1pm with the youth Ireland trip / retreat / pilgrimage in view.  You can book a table for £5.00 or make some baking.

5th July Mass at Scalan seminary near Tomintoul

This is also a good picnic day in refreshing area.  Evening mass at 4.00pm

Would You be interested in a coach party?  Or would you like to share cars?  There is sufficient room for cars – with buses restricted to a parking area about a mile from the site, cars seem a better choice.


Fiftieth Anniversary of SCIAF

There will be a Mass in St. Mary’s Cathedral Aberdeen on Saturday 27th June at 12 noon to thank all those who are involved and committed to the work in Africa.  There will be an exhibition of this work, with Tea and Coffee.


Speak up for the love of God in all

There is planned on Wednesday the largest lobby of the Westminster Parliament to voice the opinion on the weather and other matter affecting the natural world.


Mass next Sunday is the first communion Sunday for our young people………..



Bulletin 31st May 2015

Summer Buffet Lunch 28th June in the parish hall after Mass; this is a fundraiser to send three young people to the Youth pilgrimage to Ireland in August.  A raffle will be offered after Sunday mass each week.


4th July St. John Ogilvie National Pilgrimage

The Aberdeen Diocesan Choir will lead the music at the festival.  If you would like to join there will be four rehearsals, on June 2nd, 9th, 16th & 30th in the Cathedral Hall at 19.30pm.  Music for the hymns and mass settings will be available from Paula Silvester at



Bulletin 24th May 2015

31st May Family Parish Picnic 3.00pm-6.00pm Bellfield Park, Island Bank Road

For the families of the Inverness parishes.  See the brilliant poster for a brilliant afternoon.

Free kids vouchers available after mass.  Any funds raised will go to the Children’s Pilgrimage Fund for Lourdes.

Prize Bingo Friday 5th June

7.00pm St. Columba’s Church Culloden.  Just come and you will be welcomed.


5th July – Mass at Scalan

Some interest has been shown in joining the coach party.  Now is the time to make such a booking.  A list will be available next week.




Bulletin 17th May 2015

Charity collections during Lent and Easter time

SCIAF which enables the Scottish Bishops to contribute to emergencies came to £381.80

Wee Box Lenten Alms £447.63

Nepal earthquake fund £397.75

Last week parish £333.80

Many thanks for your generosity


Mass attendance on Ascension Thursday was fairly good – interesting that the vigil mass was much more popular


4th July St. John Ogilvie National Pilgrimage

Saturday at Keith – Kynoch Park; 15.00 mass with Bishops and priests of Scotland.  Bishop Hugh will preach the panegyric.

Fr. McEwan, parish priest at Keith reports that there will be about twenty different stalls at the celebration to mark the social life; there will be great number of acivities to mark the home area of the Ogilvie family.

Have you read the booklet on the life of John Ogilvie? There are a few copies remaining at the back of the church.


5th July Mass at Scalan seminary near Tomintoul

This is also a good picnic day in refreshing area.  Evening mass at 4.00pm

Would You be interested in a coach party?  Or would you like to share cars.


Oscar Romero was the Archbishop of El Salvador who was martyred in 1980 because he taught, as Jesus did, that the poor have a right to friendship with God.  He was celebrating Holy Mass when he was killed.

He is to be beatified on 23rd May.




Bulletin 10th May 2015

Nepal.  A local priest, Fr. Prakesh Louis reports that the people are strong, resilient and cheerful and are trying to “spring back” to normality.

Last weeks Nepal appeal:  £397.53 – well done




The Feast of the Ascension falls on Thursday 14th May.  It is a Holyday of Obligation

Vigil Mass on Wednesday 13th May at 6.30pm, Morning Mass on Thursday 14th May 10.00am




Bulletin 3rd May 2015

Youth Service Festival at Stirling University 30th July – 2nd August




Bulletin 26th April 2015

Saturday 2nd May 10am – SVDP coffee morning in the Legion Hall.  Home baking and raffle prizes – please deliver to the hall Saturday morning or on Friday to Emily.


Saturday 9th May St. Mary’s Aberdeen – In the Cathedral Hall after the 7pm Mass there will be a fundraising dinner for the Youth of the diocese who will be taking part in the pilgrimage / retreat in Ireland this summer. 


6th-10th July – New Dawn Catholic Pilgrimage Conference at St. Andrews. Madras College.  There is a wide range of talks and workshops which offer an opportunity to refresh our faith.  There is also a programme for children and youth; on Thursday 9th there will be an open air mass in the Old Abbey.

To get more information consult the flyer on the noticeboard NEW DAWN


World Youth Day Cracow 2016

18th July – 4th August – for 15-17yrs old.

(Further information via e-mail to St Andrew Community:


19th July – 2nd August for 16-35yrs old



25th July – 2nd August 16-35yrs old

(Further information from:


Three different groupings.  This will be expensive but can you help?  There will be no collection after mass next week – your gift to WYD




Bulletin 19th April 2015

Congratulations to Andrea Milne and Dean McAleer married in St. Mary’s on Saturday 18th April.  Both have lived in New Zealand for about four years but have roots respectively in the Highlands or in Ireland.

We wish them a long and happy marriage together.


Bishop Peter Moran celebrated his eightieth birthday last week inviting senior members of the clergy to join him with friends at lunch.  Ad multos annos – keep him in your prayers


Bishop Hugh is now on his way to the Holy Land for a short pilgrimage.  Keep him in your prayers.


16th May – Nairn Bonus Club.  There will be a Variety Concert on Saturday 16th May at 7.00pm in the United Reformed Church.  Refreshments and Raffle.

Tickets £6 at Pat Frasers, The Flower Shop and the Community Centre


Parish Social Group.  Easter and other “things” have intervened but the idea has not died.  What ideas do you have?



Bulletin 12th April 2015

Pastoral letter from the Bishops conference on the General Election…..

The main headings of the Letter asks us to consider five main thoughts.

1. LIFE  “If human life is not sacrosanct then no other human right makes any sense at all”

2. THE FAMILY  “Children do best when they are raised by a mum and dad who are married to each other.  Both parliaments have enacted legislation redefining marriage.  Same sex marriage is a threat to the family.”

3. THE ECONOMY The first consideration for any economic policy should be the dignity of the person, not the pursuit of profit.  The existence of food banks!!!

4. HUMAN FREEDOM  Across the globe the right to religious freedom is under attack.  Christians are being put to death; secularism wants to remove religion – against the Declaration of Human Rights. 

5. PEACE  The existence of Nuclear weapons is a grave threat to the human family.  Peace is better fostered by greater equality – towards the poor, refugees and migrants – rather than spending on arms. 

6. EVANGELISATION  Voting in the election is the least a committed Christian can do.  The time has come for a new generation of Catholics to join political parties and remaining faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Most of all we must ask the guidance of the Holy Spirit in our choice.

 – For the full transcript – please see the post on the Home Page.


Advance warning for 2nd May – There will be an SVDP Coffee morning in the Royal British Legion.  Raffle prizes gratefully accepted.



Bulletin 05th April 2015

May every blessing and joy be yours this Easter Day.  With many thanks to all who have contributed to the Easter celebrations.


Pilgrimages this Summer

If  you wish to go on any of them, consult the priest concerned.

Fr. Keith Herrera – Medjugorje 3-10 May

Fr. Colin Davies – Montserrat

Bishop Hugh (a diocesan pilgrimage) – Southern Germany 21-30 July

Fr. Colin Davies – Lourdes Handicapped Children

Fr. Rytel – Rome, Assisi, Monte Cassino 4-14 April


John Ogilvie Celebrations

The fourth centenary celebrations have tended to be upstaged by the Easter timetable, but two short books have been written and published:

Ron Smith St. John Ogilvie  A brief but thorough cover of all the information which you may require – and written by a parishioner of Keith.  A good selection of photographs including the canonization events.

Fr. Michael Briody St. John Ogilvie  This also is brief but complete account of he saint’s life with a photograph of the Salamanca portrait of St. John.

Both of these publications are very inexpensive.  Ron Smith’s booklet is priced at £3.00 but he is prepared to let us have it at £2.00.  Fr. Briody has asked for 75p but I suspect this is subsidised by Burns the printers.  It would be good to give a bit more to help a worthwhile effort. 

A supply of the Smith book has arrived: a supply of Fr. Briody’s book will be here soon.


4th July national Pilgrimage to Keith.  Kynoch Park – 15:00 mass with Bishops and priests of Scotland, with Bishop Hugh preparing the panegyric.  


Sunday 5th July Pilgrimage to Scalan the ancient seminary site.  Mass at 4.00pm.




Bulletin 29th March 2015

Light of the North – Spring 2015 number has arrived and is available at the back of the church with a copy for each household.  A small contribution would be welcome – but it has no set charge.


Diocesan Golf Outing.  Duff House Royal golf club Banff on Friday 3rd July will be host for the Bishop’s Golden Jubilee Trophy.  If anyone would like to form a  team, booking has to be completed by 30th May.  


Catholic Youth Service Festival.  A second World Youth Day Festival will take place at Stirling University 30th July – 2nd August 2015.  This would enable young people to experience the Youth Day Experience – always keeping Krakow 2016 in mind.


Touch of Silence.  A day of quiet and retreat will take place at Stratherrick on Saturday 11th April from 10.00am finishing with the Sunday vigil Mass at 5.00pm.  If you wish to join please see Patricia or Julie, or Contact the Webmaster (see contacts page)


Right to Life.  A sponsored walk will take place in Clitheroe on Bank holiday Monday 25th May.  It may be of interest to know that Bishop Arnold of Salford, Lord David Alton, and Fiona Bruce M.P. will take part in this eight mile walk; last year Jim Dobbin M.P. recently deceased actively supported the walk.




Bulletin 22nd March 2015

Wednesday 25th March 6.30pm Stations of the Cross for children.  Special – mainly young people but not exclusive.  All welcome.


Holy Week Services

Wednesday 1st April

10.00am – Holy Mass


Holy Thursday 2nd April

7.00pm – Short readings and meditation.  Holy Mass and communion.


Good Friday 3rd April

3.00pm – Recalling Christ’s Passion.  Prayers for all humankind and rededication of all at the veneration of the Cross.  Holy Communion.

8.00pm – 10.00pm.  An empty church, lit only by candlelight; 2 minutes or two hours; “staying awhile” reflecting on what the Cross achieved for us.  Volunteer adults are required to help supervise – and provide hot drinks in the hall.


Holy Saturday 4th April

6.00pm – Vigil Mass of Easter Sunday


Easter Sunday 5th April

10.00am – Mass of the Resurrection




Bulletin 15th March 2015

There is a second collection today for SCIAF


The Wee Box Season is over.  A large box has been placed at the back of church.  It would be a great help if you placed your captured wee box in the large receptacle.


GIFT AID envelopes are available at the back of the church – The New Year for gift aid begins on 5th April; the number on your envelopes is the same as last year.  If anyone who pays income tax wishes to join the scheme for the first time, please see Philip McBride.


New Parish in Culloden.  At the station mass in culloden on Friday, Bishop Hugh announced that St. Columba’s would become a full parish as from June 1st 2015.  Fr, Domenico Zanre will be the parish priest – a young priest for a young parish.
Calendar this week

Tuesday is the feast of St. Patrick;

Thursday is the second anniversary of Pope Francis becoming Pope.  

Thursday is the feast of St.Joseph.


“St. John Ogilvie” the booklet will be delivered after the Chrism Mass on March 26


A new edition of the leaflet “Mass in the Highlands” has now arrived and is available.  Copies have been sent to tourist offices but if you are venturing into B&B take some copies for your guests.  




Bulletin 8th March 2015

The Wee box Season will soon be over.  Next Sunday is the big day for the collection of the boxes.  There is also a second collection for SCIAF on that day; and these two are not the same thing!  Many thanks for your generosity. 


March 26th – Chrism Mass in St. Thomas Keith.  Bishop Hugh blesses the oils used throughout the diocese in the coming year.


Celebration of the Anniversary of St. John Ogilvie.  March 10th 1615 was the day of the Saint’s martyrdom at Glasgow Cross.   His native locality and parish of Keith celebrates his memory; A parishioner, Ron Smith, has produced a 24 page booklet on the life and times of the martyr; it is meant as a souvenir keepsake and the price will be about two pounds.  Please sign up if you would like Fr. Barnett to order a copy.  

The National Shrine was established in St. Aloysius Church Glasgow.  Pope Francis has sent Archbishop Murphy O’Connor, formerly archbishop of Westminster, as his delegate.  Monday will be marked with solemn vespers; on Tuesday solemn Mass will be celebrated with most of the Scottish Hierarchy including Bishop Hugh concelebrating.

To be part of this occasion there will be Mass here at 10.00am on Tuesday


Novena Prayers for St. Patrick.  The booklets mentioned on the previous Sundays have arrived and been distributed – one of two copies are available – free of charge; but please contribute to the Kiltegan Mission in Africa as they are the missionaries of St. Patrick in Africa.


The Highland Foodbank.  It is proposed to have a meeting of all who are engaged in this effort on April 14th.  More details to follow.




Bulletin 1st March 2015

Stations of the Cross 6.00pm Sunday evening.  Jesus leads us through suffering and rejection back to the Father in the joyful resurrection which is the Father’s plan for every human being.


Pope Francis asks us to support in our prayers all who are in need of the encouragement of our prayer in unity.  

Heavenly Father, we ask that You sustain, comfort and heal the hearts of Christians in the Middle East who are living in fear of the Islamic State.  We especially remember those in Iraq and Syria.


The Assisted Suicide Bill in the Scottish Parliament.  The forms for signature are again available today; the response was great but there is still room before the forms are sent off this week.  Please do not delay.


March 21st – Day of Reflection with Sister June of the order of St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart (Mary McKillop).  Starting at 10.00am and finishing around 3.00pm.  A light lunch will be provided.  (19th March is the feast of St. Joseph)


Novena Prayers for St. Patrick.  The booklets have arrived – free of charge; please contribute to the Kiltegan Mission in Africa.


The Highland Foodbank have sent their thanks for your support in 2014.  In Inverness and Nairn 2,802 individual people received your support.  Tinned foods are in the greatest demand – mince, corned beef, potatoes, UHT milk are always welcome.



Bulletin 22nd February 2015

Meditation Day.  On Saturday 7th March there will be a day retreat at the Church of the Immaculate Conception Stratherrick.  Fr. Andrew Harden will lead the day starting at 10.00am and concluding at the Vigil Mass at 5.00pm.  

Please contact Patricia, Julie or Webmaster (see contacts page) for further details.



Enshrining assisted suicide in law is being pushed in parliament by a minority.  There is a real problem in aiding old and inform people to make their way through life; they may say they are tired or they are in great pain.  That is where we give assistance – a purpose in life and a sense of usefulness, even if in a lesser degree, stresses that every human life is valuable.  On the other hand, easy disposal on this problem by assisted suicide leads to even greater dangers; onus of moral choice is imposed on assistants; motives may be confused by all concerned – all may lead to loss of care for ALL human life.

Please listen carefully to today’s letter from Bishop Hugh.  Take a minute or two to sign the petition to reject again this dangerously evil promotion.



1. Novena to St. Patrick; the Kiltegan Fathers have produced an attractive easy-pray leaflet for the novena from 9th – 17th March.  Interested?  Sign on the notice.  

2. SPUC have sent some raffle tickets.  You can sign on for £1.  The draw for £500 takes place on 9th May.

3. James Shaw – the burn victim – the parish has given about £150 towards an inter-church fund to aid his maintenance during recovery.  Many thanks.



Bulletin 15th February 2015

February 18th is Ash Wednesday.  Mass at 10.00am and 6.00pm.  This is NOT a holyday of obligation; ashes are imposed during mass but not at other times; but clearly if you cannot attend mass at these times, it is worthwhile recalling for a minute or two during the day what Lent is about.  


Celebration of the Feast of St. John Ogilvie.  March 10th 1614 was the day of the saint’s martyrdom at Glasgow Cross.  His native locality of Keith celebrates his memory by having a station mass at St. Thomas’ church with Bishop Hugh leading the concelebration.

The National shrine was established in St. Aloysius church.  There will be vespers on 9th evening and the Jesuit Provincial superior will lead a concelebrated mass on 10th March.


Chrism Mass; Bishop Hugh will bless the oils in St. Thomas Keith on March 15th.  This date was chosen to mark the anniversary of the canonisation of John Ogilvie a local lad.  Feb. 20 in St. Mary’s Inverness marks the start of the station masses.  Feb. 27 station mass will be in Dingwall – the mass will be led by the Bishop. 


There will be no SVDP box collection this weekend – instead a basket will be put out if you wish to help James Shaw who was badly burned last week; there is a town collection for his support. 



Bulletin 08th February 2015

Anniversary of Musami Martyrs.  On 6th February 1977 three Jesuits were martyred in Zimbabwe; Fr. Martin Thomas, Fr.Christopher Shepherd Smith and Br. John Conway – along with six German nuns were slaughtered.  Another priest from the Mission station happened to have gone into town and came back to find the carnage.  At another incident Fr. “Gus” Donovan was knocked off his motorbike and killed.  


February 18th is Ash Wednesday.  The Wee Box Campaign of SCIAF begins; this year, every £1 SCIAF receives by 17th May will be doubled by the UK government. This years focus will be on women working on farms in Africa; in light of the kidnapping of the two hundred girls in Nigeria, the appeal is even more evocative.


Station Masses in February;

Feb 20th – St Mary’s Inverness

Feb 27th – St. Lawrence Dingwall (concelebration led by Bishop Hugh)


The Holy Land on E.W.T.N.  During the week 16th to 20th Feb. there is a chance to see some of the places associated with the life of Christ.  See the notice on the board.


The Church in Need.  Some of Christ;s followers are showing their love for him……….See the printed sheet on the noticeboard.


Calendar of diocesan collections.  Early warning gives you control of your giving.

4th Jan –  Justice and Peace

15th March – Papal and Episcopal Charities

15th May – Communications

30th May – Day for Life

4th July – Peter’s Pence

6th Sept – Sick and retired Priests

18th Oct – Foreign Missions


Other charities for which help may be extended include:

7th Feb – Education

3rd April – Holy Places

26th April – Priestly Vocations



Bulletin 01st February 2015

February the 2nd is the Feast of the Presentation of our Lord.  Bishop Hugh will say Mass in St. Mary’s Inverness and will bless an icon “Presentation of our Lord Jesus Christ”.  Mass begins at 7.00pm.


Next week is Catholic Education Week.


The Catholic Youth Service is organising a Youth Festival from 30th July – 2nd August 2015.  The site will be in Stirling University and is meant to be a lead up to the World Youth Day in Krakow in 2016.  More information will be forthcoming but for the moment this is early notice so that some thought and opportunity will not take us by surprise.  


February 18th is Ash Wednesday.  The season of Lent is a time for reflection on what life is about; is a life to be self-centred or is it an opportunity to grow to maturity?

The Wee Box Campaign of SCIAF begins on 18th February.  This year, every £1 SCIAF receives by 17th May will be doubled by the UK government enabling us to help others grow to maturity.

This years focus will be on women working on farms in Africa.


Station Masses 2015

Friday 20th February – St. Mary’s Inverness

Friday 27th February – St Lawrence Dingwall with Bishop Hugh

Friday 6th March – St. Vincent Tain

Friday 13th March – St Columba Culloden with Bishop Hugh

Friday 20th March – St. Aidan Aviemore

Friday 27th March – St. Joachim Wick

Mass starting at 7.00pm in each church


You have heard that it was said, you shall love your neighbour and hate your enemies But I say his to you, love your enemies, pray for those who persecute you.  Matt 5:41



Bulletin 25th January 2015

Busy days?  There are so many days of prayer for special intentions at this time of year that you may feel overpowered…………..but this is a sign that folk are seeking a home for their faith.  They are also responding to Pope Francis’ desire to see a re-awakening of faith.  Choose what is nearest and pray sincerely for it.


February 7th.  Meditation retreat at Stratherrick.  Fr. Harden will lead “A Touch of Silence” retreat.  Tea and coffee at 10.00am; No charge but booking is essential (by 3rd February), and donations would be most welcome.  The retreat will end at 5.00pm at the Sunday Vigil Mass.  

Please contact Patricia, Julie or Webmaster (see contacts page) for further details.


February 15th – The White Mass for Catholic Health Care workers will be celebrated in St. Andrew’s Cathedral Glasgow at 12 noon.  This year bidding prayers will concentrate on the respect for all human life where it is under threat.  


Apostleship of Prayer.  Pope Francis is very keen on reviving the old Apostleship of Prayer – no great obligations, but pausing for a few minutes every day to speak briefly to Jesus.

There comes to hand from “Aid to the Church in Need” a desire that we pray in February for Christians in Pakistan who may be under abuse for their faith.  Remember Asia Bibi who is under a sentence of death in the Pakistan law of Blasphemy.



Bulletin 18th January 2015

February 21st – Lenten Day of Reflection

The Dominican Sisters are offering a day of Reflection in three localities – Aberdeen (the Cathedral), Elgin (the Convent) and Inverness (St. Ninians).

The Day begins at 10.30 and will finish mid-afternoon.  Lunch will be provided and any proceeds will go to the support of the refugees in the Middle East.


Apostleship of Prayer

Do you remember a large monthly calendar of intentions for prayer?  Pope Francis is keen  to see this pious practice revived.  There is no long formula of set praying; in days gone by the prayer was short, at a set time every day, with complete quiet and repose with a commendation to your favourite saint.

In this way, the biggest worry of your day is put before God by somebody who is a link in the chain of grace.

You will probably hear more from Pope Francis!



Bulletin 11th January 2015

Removal of Christmas Decorations; a couple of strong men would be very welcome during the coming week to restore normalcy.  Please contact Mr. R. Furze to arrange a suitable time.  Many thanks.

Proceeds from the Christmas Raffle and from the Crib donations came to £200.00.  About four / five charities were suggested – in due course the money will be split between these.


Sister Barbara is a name familiar to many.  There will be a memorial prayer in St. Columba’s Culloden on SATURDAY 31st January 2pm – 4pm to pray for her and all the work she did in this area.

St. Columba’s Prize Bingo is resuming on February 6th at 7.00pm; this will be a further occasion when we recall anecdotes from her past.


February 18th is Ash Wednesday – phew already!  Bishop Hugh clearly had his elbow jolted by the WEE BOX mob to point out to us that SCIAF has existed for fifty years.  BUT this year every £1 SCIAF receives by 17th May will be doubled by the UK government.  This year’s focus will be on women working on farms in Africa; in the light of the kidnapping of the two hundred girls in Nigeria, the appeal is even more evocative. 


The Catholic Parliamentary Office has published a new report about the political scene – New Leaders, new programmes etc. etc. etc………. but we still must take note; Two interesting enormities are emerging……….

it would seem that the growing need for human transplants is being met in China by shooting inconvenient people and using their organs for donation to acceptable recipients. 

The other enormity is the elimination of surplus female babies – this is a long standing story but has taken on new life through the efforts of our abortion proponents.  See the full details on the notice board at the back of the church.


MORE MUSIC!  Our small music group will try to reform this Wednesday at 7.00pm to scan the calendar.



Bulletin 04th January 2015

Collections: Christmas £598.65, last week £351.50.  Many thanks for your generous support.  You also gave over £70.00 for the decoration of the church over the season; some contributions were put in the crib – this will be sent to Fr. Terry Madden WF.


Catechism classes resume today after Sunday mass.  Details below:

First Communion class  (Maria MacPherson)

Scott Brown, Rose Laurie, Albin Leo, Anna Leo, Kira Main

Preparation for Confirmation (Elaine de Ste. Croix)

Jade Close, Mia Keogh, Daniella Lewis, Valentina Sulejmani.

These classes meet after the 10.00am mass on Sunday.  Without these sessions, it cannot be said that young people are ready to receive these sacraments.  Ideally parents and young people should attend mass together; coffee in the hall is available while the young people roll up their sleeves!


Saturday 3rd January

5.30pm Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament before the Vigil Mass to ask guidance and blessing for our family – Mass at 6.00pm for the feast of the Epiphany.  The customary Sunday mass will be at 10.00am.


Dates for the diary:

Jan 5th – School Spring term

Feb 16th/17th – Mid-term holiday

Feb 18th – Ash Wednesday

Mar 15th – Bishop Hugh will celebrate the Chrism Mass in St. Thomas’ Keith, as part of the John Ogilvie four hundred anniversary celebration.  Please note date change – 26th March

Mar 29th – British Summertime begins;

               – Palm Sunday

Apr 3rd-17th – Spring holiday from school

Apr 5th – Easter Sunday

July 2nd – School Summer term ends


Christmastide ends after Mass on Sunday 11th January.  It has been good while it lasted.  Happy New Year to one and all.