Public Masses suspended Scotland’s bishops have announced that following the celebration of Masses for the Solemnity of St Joseph on Thursday 19th March, no public Masses will be celebrated in Scotland until further notice. Priests will continue to celebrate Holy Mass in private, praying for those suffering from Covid 19 and those who care for them. Churches will remain open for personal prayer and parish priests are asked to welcome individuals who seek consolation and encouragement from the Lord and to be available for the reception of the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick and Holy Communion as and when they are needed especially for the sick and housebound. For the celebration of baptisms, funeral Masses and weddings the bishops ask that only close family are invited. The bishops’ statement encourages Catholics where possible to access the live streaming of Holy Mass from local parishes which have that facility. The bishops advise that Holy Week liturgies may be curtailed, but ask Catholics to remain together in spirit and in prayer and to join in a National Day of Prayer this Sunday 22nd March, Mothering Sunday, to pray the Rosary for our country and our world in this time of need.
The text of the Bishops' letter follows:
National Pastoral Letter from the Bishops of Scotland
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, In this time of trial we, the Bishops of Scotland, wish to send you a word of reassurance and encouragement. We are all facing much uncertainty, anxiety and an unpredictable future. This situation touches on every aspect of our lives, individually and collectively. Sacred Scripture calls us repeatedly not to fear and to look to the help that comes to us from above. We are called to support one another in every way we can, especially those who are most vulnerable, through age or underlying conditions. Even in the midst of any necessary “distancing” we must stand by each other. We ask you to pray for the sick, those caring for them, for those in positions of responsibility with difficult decisions to make, indeed for our whole country and the entire human family. Most of all, we are being asked to put our trust in the living God who has created everything to be and to flourish and whose providence guides the course of world events. We put our trust in our Lord Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, and the true physician of our souls and bodies. During this Lent, especially, let us all take the opportunity to deepen our relationship with God. As your bishops and with our priests and deacons, we assure you of our continuing commitment to your spiritual, pastoral and sacramental needs. We want to maintain and foster the life of faith in every way we can, while also being informed by the advice and guidance of Government and health professionals. Over the centuries the Church has often been a source of comfort in times of trial and transformed sadness and fear into peace and joy. We want the same to happen now. Given the official advice to reduce the spread of Covid 19, we have taken the difficult decision respecting the prudential judgement of each bishop to suspend Holy Mass in public for the time being from Thursday 19th March, the feast of St Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church. As pastors of the flocks entrusted to us, we are responding to an unprecedented crisis in modern times and assure all those whom we lead that this decision has not been taken without much prayer and discernment. Priests will continue to celebrate Holy Mass in private with the particular intention of praying for those suffering from Covid 19 and those who care for them. Our Churches will remain open for personal prayer and we would encourage parish priests to welcome individuals who seek consolation and encouragement from the Lord. We also ask our priests to be available for the reception of the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick and Holy Communion as and when they are needed especially for the sick and housebound. For the celebration of baptisms, funeral Masses and weddings we would ask that only close family are invited. We wish to remain close to and with our priests who are on the front line of pastoral care, as we remain close to the Lord, sure of that victory of Christ we celebrate at Easter. We encourage you where possible to access the live streaming of Holy Mass from the many parishes in our diocese and country which have that facility. Our celebration of Holy Week and the Sacred Triduum may indeed be curtailed by this government advice and we will seek means of celebrating those most important three days of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil online so that they may be accessible in your own home. We will have the opportunity to be with one another in spirit and in prayer. Moreover, the Holy Father, Pope Francis will be celebrating the Sacred Triduum online from St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and that celebration will unite us in prayer with all Catholics throughout the world. We ask you to join with all the Churches in a National Day of Prayer this Sunday 22nd March, Mothering Sunday. It seems appropriate that as Catholics we pray together the Rosary, the prayer of our Blessed Mother Mary, at 12 noon, asking Her intercession for our country and our world in this time of need. On this coming Sunday also we were due to have our collection for the SCIAF Lenten Appeal, and it would be good if we could still show our concern for the poorest in the world, even in our own time of need, by sending our donations to SCIAF or making them on-line to the SCIAF Wee Box Appeal at www.sciaf.org.uk As Government advice changes, we will update our guidance accordingly in the hope of restoring the public celebration of Mass. In the meantime, please ensure that no one feels abandoned in our communities and do what you can in practical terms to help those who are alone. We entrust all of you, especially those already afflicted by the virus and all health care professionals, to the care of Our Lady of Lourdes, Health of the Sick. Bishop Hugh Gilbert Bishop John Keenan Bishop Brian McGee Archbishop Philip Tartaglia Archbishop Leo Cushley Bishop Joseph Toal Bishop William Nolan Bishop Stephen Robson

 
Last update 18th March 2020



          
 
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"We need to rediscover the concreteness of small things, the small acts of kindness shown to those who are close to us, family, friends. We need to realize that our treasure lies in small things. There are tiny gestures that sometimes get lost in the routine of everyday life, gestures of tenderness, affection, compassion, that are nevertheless decisive, important”
….Pope Francis

Together in prayer.  Sisters and brothers in Christ. Children of God, and Mary.

 Torosay (Craignure) church can be found 
near the ferry terminal, in the direction of Iona, 
just past the Craignure Inn
 and  opposite the fire station.

Holy Mass is celebrated at Torosay church
by kind permission of the elders.

 


Torosay Church, Craignure
contact phone numbers 
01688  302031
01688  302371

Contact: jameslmacneil@aol.com

 All are most welcome.


Our bishop, the Rt Rev Brian McGee, 
was consecrated Bishop of Argyll and the Isles at St Columba's Catherdrel, Oban,
on 18th February 2016 by Archbishop Leo Cushney. 



 

A big heart open to God

 
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Sunday Mass is said weekly at
Torosay Church of Scotland in Craignure,
by kind courtesy of the Elders

This tiny Catholic Christian island community
provides hundreds of visitors each year 
with the opportunity to worship.




 


Miss Mary Burn Murdoch receives the Bene Merenti award from Bishop Joseph Toal on December 27th 2010, as a recognition of her work in founding the Colmcille Trust and the Catholic House of Prayer on Iona. Mary is seen here at the residential home in Edinburgh,where she is looked after by the Little Sisters of the Poor.The Catholic Church in Scotland and the diocese of Argyll and the Isles owe her a great debt of gratitude for the first Catholic presence on Iona since the Reformation.

 

Level access to the Church
The Church can now be accessed without having to climb the steps! Go half way down Victoria Street and take the newly laid path by the side of the Stone Cottage. At the end, turn right and you are just a few yards from the Church. There are still 2 small steps into the church, until alterations can be done,
just ask for help if you need it.

 




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The Our Lady, Star of the Sea
Pray for Seafarers
Pray for us

     O Mary, Star of the Sea, light of every ocean, guide seafarers across all dark and stormy seas that they may reach the haven of peace and light prepared in Him who calmed the sea.As we set forth upon the oceans of the world and cross deserts of our time,show us, O Mary, the fruit of your womb,for without your Son we are lost.
Pray that we will never fail on life's journey, that in heart and mind, word and deed, in days of turmoil and in days of calm, 
 we will always look to Christ and say,
 "Who is this that even wind and sea obey him? 
     "Our Lady of Peace, pray for us! 
    Bright Star of the Sea, guide us!
                    (Pope John Paul ll)Church c