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Friday, December 9, 2016
Scotland: new church at Culloden
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¬†A new Catholic church is being built not far from the historic battlefield at Culloden, in the Highlands of Scotland. It is nearly thirty years since Canon Duncan Stone, then Parish Priest at St Mary's, Inverness, identified a site and bought the land for a new Church to meet the needs of the Catholic people who were moving into the new housing developments east of Inverness. The congregation is dedicated to St Columba, and for many years they have been worshipping at Duncan Forbes Primary School. Mass is celebrated there every Sunday and Holy Day, by the priest in charge, Canon Peter Barry who is also Parish priest of St Ninian's, Inverness. At Culloden there are about 120 at Mass every Sunday. Over the years the congregation has raised over £250, 000 towards the new church. It is now faced with the prospect of raising twice that again. The total cost of the whole project will be in region of £750,000. The congregation needs to find another £500, 000. The first turf will be cut on the building site by Bishop Peter Moran, and Don Williams the Chairman of the Congregational Committee, on Thursday 20 December at 2.30 pm. On Friday 4 January 2009, the people of St Columba, Culloden will celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the congregation with Mass, which 90 year old Canon Duncan Stone hopes to be able to con-celebrate. He is looking forward, God willing, to the dedication of the newly completed Church sometime in September/October 2008. Canon Peter Barry, architects 'Reynolds Architecture' and the Design team from UBC have put together plans for an innovative building which offers opportunities for imaginative community use, as well as its primary function of being a sacred space for the Catholic people of God gathering at St Columba's, Culloden. Inverness is the fastest growing city in Europe, and there are many Catholics from India, the Philippines, Eastern Europe, and about 5000 from Poland. Two Polish priests working in the Highland deanery (at Inverness and Tain), as well as three Polish sisters from the Society of the Sacred Heart. Every congregation in the Highland area is increasing. Peter Kearney, Director, Scottish Catholic Media Office
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