Encounter Christ Retreat


The retreat for women ages 18-35 will be a balance of liturgical and personal prayer, recreation and silent times, talks on growing in the spiritual life, spending time with other Christian young women and the Dominican Sisters, and enjoying the peace of the atmosphere of Greyfriars Convent, Elgin.

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Birds: What’s in a Name? By Fr Peter Barry


This entertaining and informative guide explains the meanings of bird names, many of which have fascinating origins and stories behind them. The universal system of ‘scientific’ names, based largely on Greek and Latin, is used in all good bird books and assists birdwatchers around the world in figuring out exactly what they are looking at. While some of the names are fairly self-explanatory – such as Troglodytes for wren, meaning ‘cave – dweller’ – others are mysterious – Caprimulgus for nightjar, for example, meaning ‘goat-sucker’. Continue reading

St John Ogilvie Celebrations 2019


Join us to celebrate the feast of St John Ogilvie at the Diocesan shrine of his birthplace where he was born in 1579.

Mass will be celebrated at St Thomas’ Church, Keith at 14:00.
Main Celebrant and Homilist will be Bishop Hugh Gilbert OSB.

Refreshments follow Mass in St Thomas’ Church Hall.

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French Mass


A monthly Mass in the French Language is held at St Joseph’s, Woodside (Aberdeen) at 18:00, usually celebrated by Bishop Hugh Gilbert, OSB.

The next dates for the French mass are:

  • Saturday 2 February
  • Saturday 16 March
  • Saturday 27 April
  • Saturday 18 May
  • Saturday 01 June

Homily for the Three Cathedrals Service


“Jesus went on his way …journeying to Jerusalem.” Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem is the backbone, the spinal cord of the Gospel of Luke. He turns his face towards Jerusalem. He goes there consciously and deliberately, knowing he must fulfil his destiny there. He goes, we learn from the Gospel of John, to be lifted up and gazed upon. He goes there “to gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad” (Jn 11:52). Jerusalem means “the vision of peace”. Continue reading