Daily Mass Online


With a gradual return to public Masses, various parishes continue to stream services online, however, some times may change. Please check with the individual parishes.

Online Morning and Evening prayer will continue to be broadcast each day except Mondays.
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Christmas Church Attendance


As we approach the Christmas season, parishioners throughout the diocese have been asking about arrangements for Masses over the festive period and in light of recent Scottish Government guidance surrounding relaxation of COVID restrictions and the implications for places of worship. Continue reading

Homily for the Solemnity of Christ the Universal King


If I were asked to name the final chorus of Handel’s Messiah, I might answer with the Hallelujah Chorus. But no; that concludes part two of 3three. The final chorus, the grand finale, is “Worthy is the Lamb”, pretty much the same as today’s Entrance Antiphon: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and divinity and wisdom and strength and honour”, and so on. Today’s feast is a choral acclamation, Worthy is the Lamb. It’s a great, Long live the King!  with which to conclude the liturgical year. Continue reading

ACN’s #RedWednesday Campaign


ACN’s #RedWednesday Campaign which will take place on Wednesday 25th November 2020. This is the day set aside by Aid to the Church in Need to remember and pray for persecuted Christians. Approximately 327 million Christians live in a country where they are persecuted. Continue reading

Homily for 33rd Sunday of the Year


Our liturgical year is drawing to its close. Next Sunday is the solemnity of Christ the Universal King. Then the Sunday after the cycle begins again with Advent. This steady rhythm is great consolation. We will be looking for better things in 2021, but year in, year out Christ is with us. Every year is year of the Lord. Every Epiphany the list of feasts can be sung forth, and every Easter Vigil the year is inscribed on the Paschal Candle. “All time belongs to him.” Continue reading

Homily for 32nd Sunday of the Year


This is a thought-provoking time of the liturgical year. On the 1st November, we kept All Saints. On the 2nd All Souls. And throughout this month – today too as Remembrance Sunday – we are thinking of all the departed, known and unknown, and of how we can pray for them. On the horizon is the Solemnity of Christ the King (22nd) and then we slip into Advent (evening of 28th). With those things, and with today’s readings, another element emerges: the coming of Christ. We are obviously being invited to look beyond the immediate and be sensitive to what Catholic tradition calls “the last things”. Continue reading

Homily for All Saints


I must confess that this is one of my favourite feasts. The Monastic Divine Office for it is one of the most beautiful, in its texts and music. At Vespers especially, in the dark of a November, Pluscarden evening, it’s supernaturally luminous. Continue reading

November – Month of Remembrance


November is the month when, by tradition, we pray for the eternal rest of our deceased relatives and friends.  This year, in all our churches, we remember especially those who have died during the pandemic.  We also pray for those who have lost someone they loved, for those who were unable to say goodbye, and for those who are suffering the pain of grief.  We pray for confidence in the loving mercy of God, for faith in the Resurrection to new life, and for the hope of being reunited in God’s kingdom. Continue reading