UNLOCKING THE COUNTRY PHASE 3: COMMUNAL WORSHIP Scotland’s Catholic Bishops have welcomed the First Minister’s comments on Thursday 9 July, 2020 on places of worship, and have announced the resumption of communal worship in Catholic parishes from 15 July, 2020. Commenting on the move, the President of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, Bishop Hugh Gilbert said: “Over the past month, our parishes have been preparing for the safe resumption of communal prayer and the celebration of Mass, which is at the centre of the life of the church. To have been unable to attend Mass for many months has been a source of real sadness for Scotland’s Catholics and I am sure there will be great joy at the prospect of returning.” It is with much excitement, therefore, that I inform everyone that our two churches will be open for public Masses and other communal activities from Sunday 19th July 2020. Bishop Gilbert added: “While thanking the Scottish Government for listening to the calls on the subject of communal worship, we would remind parishioners that the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended and ask those who return to do so in accordance with the infection control measures in force in each parish, mindful always of the need to protect themselves and others.” Masses in our parish will, therefore, be celebrated at the usual times in both churches starting with the Vigil Mass in Forfar on Saturday evening. The Mass times are available on the front page of this newsletter. Please, when coming to the church for Mass or for private prayers or devotion, take note of the following: (1) Please use the sanitizer on entry and exit (2) Wear a scarf, mask or face covering. If you forget yours, pick one at the church entrance before entering. (3) Follow the one way system (4) Follow the direction of the pass-keepers to and from your seat (5) Leave swiftly when you have finished your prayers or received the Holy Communion (6) Finally, please do not congregate in the Church, in the porch or in the immediate vicinity outside. Thank you.

St Fergus Church, Forfar – Opening Hours for private prayer and devotion

Sunday 11.00am – 1.00pm with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament Monday 6th July – Church Closed Tuesday 7th July – 4.00pm – 6.00pm Wednesday 8th July – 10.00am – 12 noon with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament Thursday 9th July – 10.00am – 12 noon Friday 10th July – 5.00pm to 7.00pm Saturday 11th July – 10.00am – 12 noon

Church’s Global Fund for Coronavirus mission response

Pope Francis launches global fund for Coronavirus mission response The Scottish Catholic Observer reports: Pope Francis has established an emergency fund in response to the Coronavirus crisis to support ongoing missionary work throughout the world. The Holy Father set up the special fund via the Pontifical Mission Societies—his official charity for overseas mission—of which Missio Scotland is the Scottish branch. … Read More

Christmas Mass Times Kirriemuir 2019

Wednesday 18th December – Reconciliation Service at 7.00pm Tuesday 24th December – Christmas Eve – Carol Service at 5.30pm, Holy Mass at 6.00pm Wednesday 25th December – Christmas Day – Holy Mass at 9.15am, No Carol Service Friday 27th December – Feast of St John – Holy Mass at 9.30am Sunday 29th December – Feast of the Holy Family – … Read More

Christmas Mass Times Forfar 2019

Monday 16th December – Reconciliation Service at 7.00pm Tuesday 24th December – Midnight Mass – Carol Service at 11.3pm.  Holy Mass at Midnight Wednesday 25th December – Christmas Day – Holy Mass at 11.15am.  No Carol Service Thursday 26th December – Feast of St Stephen – Holy Mass at 9.30am Saturday 28th December – The Holy Innocents – Holy Mass … Read More