Day for Life 2018


As you know, the Annual Day for Life falls on the Feast of the Visitation of our Lady, 31st May, which this year occurs on a Thursday. So that the whole Catholic Community can participate in this important annual reminder of the dignity and sacredness of human life, the Bishops of Scotland ask you to celebrate it in your parishes on a free Sunday as near as possible to this date.

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Roof repairs

In 2017, St Peter’s Church, Buckie made an application to the Listed Places of Worship: Roof Repair Fund and was fortunate to be one of the successful, out of the 1500 applications received by them in that year.

A Grant was awarded to enable the slates to be replaced on the Sanctuary Roof, and repairs to be carried out to the slates and the rain water goods on the North and South elevations of the Church.

Pastoral Letter on Safeguarding

My Dear People,

I write, on behalf of all the Bishops of Scotland, to draw your attention to the publication of our Church’s new Safeguarding materials which come into force on 21 May 2018. These include ‘In God’s Image’, the document which offers comprehensive guidance and instruction on every aspect of Safeguarding, including compliance with new Safeguarding standards. This has been shaped by the recent experience and developing expertise of those involved in the front line of Safeguarding in the Church, both in Scotland and internationally. In ratifying this publication, the Bishops have taken the opportunity to repeat and renew apologies made to those who have suffered any form of abuse, at any time, by anyone representing the Church.

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Tribute to Gena Coull

This eulogy was delivered by Bobbie Stewart on Thursday 19th April 2018.

Georgina Milton Munro Stewart was born on the 5th February 1934 – the eldest daughter in a family of ten children. She remembered her early years as being mostly playful and happy, however, being the eldest daughter, household chores inevitably came her way – leaving her feeling a bit like Cinderella sometimes. Continue reading “Tribute to Gena Coull”

The Jonah Story

The story of Jonah in many ways reflects the story of our own lives. In a way he is the embodiment of our own action/reactions to the trials of this world. Initially when asked by God to go to Nineveh Jonah panicked and ran away. Not surprising either since Nineveh was the evil city of Assyria, the country that had demolished the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. But as you know from the story God intervened and interrupted Jonah’s cowardly flight. You remember how in the whale he pleaded with God, “In my distress I called to the Lord and he answered me”, and God gave him a second chance. So now when asked again to go to Nineveh, he obediently went. He didn’t make a particularly brilliant entry or give a particularly impressive account of God’s message, but either the people were convinced by the sincerity of his appeal or God helped out again by softening their minds, or perhaps both. Anyway they in turn pleaded with God, fasted, did penance and seeing how they had turned from their evil ways God relented and Nineveh was saved. Continue reading “The Jonah Story”