Mass – Monday 1st June – Mary, Mother of the Church
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A message from Bishop Stephen to the girls and boys of Primary 4
Rosary during the month of May
Bishop Stephen Robson has launched an appeal for Catholics across the diocese to seek out ways to continue their support for the Church, in their local parish, for their diocese and also globally with its work around the world.
The appeal is being made at a time when our church doors are locked and there are natural concerns too about the traditional ‘plate’ collections.
Bishop Stephen said, “Following requests from many parishioners around the Diocese wishing to continue to make their weekly offering to their parish, the Diocese has established, along with many other Diocese throughout the country, an online giving portal to allow you to donate to your parish at any time.”
“This portal, available through the Diocese website, is a completely secure way to give to your individual parishes, as well as to some of the Diocesan Funds that keep the Diocese running and working.”
The DONATE button is now a permanent feature on the Diocesan website – and it leads you to a way to make payments to your local parish as well as diocesan projects like the Episcopal Fund, the Student Priest Fund and the Poor Mission Fund.
Bishop Stephen added, “A standing order remains the best and most cost-effective way for individuals to donate to Parish funds on a regular basis.”
“The setting up of a standing order can be done by completion of a simple form, or via your own internet or telephone banking. You will need the bank details of your own parish, which in the first instance are available from your parish priest. Most parishes will have their own pre-established standing order forms.”
“If you are a UK tax payer, and do not already use Gift Aid, this would be a good time to start.”
“The Gift Aid scheme allows charities to reclaim tax on a donation made by a UK tax payer. Gift Aid is reclaimed from the tax you pay during the tax year. For every £1 you donate, 25p can be claimed in Gift Aid from HMRC for your Parish.”
“Thank you so much to all those who can do this. We realise times are tough for a lot of people. Every penny will make a difference at this very difficult time – thank you for your support.”
Daily and Sunday Mass (live) with Bishop Stephen
In an unprecedented move, Scotland’s Catholic bishops have announced that with effect from Thursday 19th March, no public Masses will be celebrated in Scotland. In a statement released on Wednesday 18th March the bishops announced, that priests would continue to celebrate Holy Mass in private, praying for those suffering from Covid-19 and those who care for them. (updated 23rd March 2020)
Recent editions of Dunkeld News
The Diocese of Dunkeld, one of the eight Roman Catholic Dioceses in Scotland. Dunkeld Diocese comprises 35 parishes of 65,000 Catholics from a total population of 580,000 (11.2%) served by 35 priests and 4 deacons.
In area the diocese is 8,495 square kilometres (3,280 sq. miles). It is thought that the diocese was constituted as far back as the middle of the ninth century.
The first occupant was styled Bishop of Fortriu, the name by which the kingdom of the northern Picts was then known. This bishop was also styled Abbot of Dunkeld, perhaps holding jurisdiction, formerly enjoyed by Iona, over the other Columban monasteries in Scotland.
The new bishopric appears to have included a great part of what afterwards became the Diocese of Argyll, and retained its jurisdiction over various churches representing old Columban foundations.
There were thirty‐five bishops of Dunkeld from its foundation until the suppression of the Catholic hierarchy during the Protestant Reformation in the sixteenth century.
The pre‐Reformation cathedral, situated in the Perthshire town of Dunkeld, was erected between 1220 and 1500.
After the Reformation the cathedral fell partly into ruins, although the choir is used for Presbyterian worship. The Catholic Church restored the diocese on 4 March 1878, by decree of Pope Leo XIII.
Today, Dunkeld is one of the suffragan sees in the archiepiscopal province of St Andrews and Edinburgh, and includes the counties of Perth, Angus, Clackmannan, Kinross, and the northern part of Fife.
Today the diocesan cathedral is dedicated to St Andrew and is located in Dundee rather than Dunkeld, Dundee being the residence of the majority of the Catholics of the diocese and the largest centre of population.
The cathedral chapter, erected in 1895, consists of a Provost and seven canons. Bishop Stephen Robson is the 9th Bishop of the Diocese of Dunkeld.
We hope you find the site informative and that it will bring you up to date with all the events happening in our diocese. You will also find links to the wider Church community, not only in Scotland, but worldwide.