Scottish Catholic Observer – free edition this week

Press release

Scotland’s national Catholic newspaper will be free this week in response to the suspension of public Masses in churches throughout the country. The Scottish Catholic Observer, which has been keeping the faithful informed since 1885, has distributed the newspaper to parishes across Scotland, waiving the cover price this week as a goodwill gesture. Churches across Scotland announced on Wednesday March …

Rite of Election at St Joseph’s Chapel, Dundee

Press release

One of the joys of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is when the catechumens, and those giving them instruction, gather with Bishop Stephen on the first weekend of Lent for the Rite of Election. In just a few weeks these candidates will receive the Sacraments that will bring them into communion with the Catholic Church. Bishop Stephen …

Bishop welcomes Dundee councillors’ decision to keep Catholic voting rights on education committee

Education, Press release

Dunkeld Diocese has welcomed an almost unanimous decision to keep Catholic voting rights on Dundee City Council’s education committee. The decision came after Independent councillor Gregor Murray called for Church reps to be stripped of such powers, a motion that was overwhelmingly quashed by 26 votes to two. Cllr Murray, a former convener of the children and families services committee …

St Thérèse’s Relics arrive in Dunkeld

Press release

Hundreds of parishioners are expected to attend a special Liturgy of Welcome followed by Solemn Sung Mass with Bishop Stephen Robson in St Andrew’s Cathedral, Dundee at 7pm on Wednesday 4th of September, as the relics of Saint Therese of Lisieux arrive in Dunkeld for the first time as part of an historic three-week tour of Scotland’s eight Catholic dioceses. …

Clergy changes – Autumn 2019

Press release

Bishop Stephen has announced the following clergy appointments: Mgr. Canon Neil Gallagher, currently parish priest of SS Leonard and Fergus and St Columba’s to become Parish Priest of St Bride’s Pitlochry, Our Lady of Mercy, Aberfeldy and St Columba’s, Birnam. (starting 21 September 2019) Fr Leszek Wiecaszek SAC of St Joseph’s parish to move from St Joseph’s Dundee, to St …

Bishop responds to publication of Independent Review Group report on Safeguarding

Press release

Responding to the IRG report, Bishop Joseph Toal, who has responsibility for overseeing the work of the Scottish Catholic Safeguarding Service, said: “The Bishops of Scotland are grateful to Baroness Helen Liddell and members of the Independent Review Group for their work in externally reviewing and monitoring the Safeguarding practices of the Catholic Church in Scotland.  We welcome their report and …

A Day of Prayer For Victims of Abuse

Press release

Calling for prayers for the success of the Meeting of the Episcopal Conference Presidents from all over the world in Rome this week, on the Protection of Minors, Bishop Robson expressed his desire for “frankness, fruitful exchanges, strong determination to put things right, and productive decisions.” Bishop Stephen also announced that Bishops’ Conference of Scotland has proposed that the Friday …