Welcome to the Catholic Parishes in Duntocher & Faifley
Welcome From Fr Paul Milarvie, Our Parish Priest
Welcome to our website for the parishes of St. Joseph’s Faifley and St. Mary’s Duntocher. On 19th March this year, we celebrated the Solemnity of St. Joseph, patron of the universal Church. It was a profoundly significant day because that night, churches were closed due to the surge in cases of Coronavirus. The following morning, I celebrated mass on my own in the church in what could best be described as a surreal experience. However, it presented many new challenges and thankfully over the last number of months, we have been able to publish a bulletin online through our parish Facebook page, offer a weekly reflection and since the start of June, we have live-streamed mass from St. Mary’s.
The launch of a new website, incorporating both parishes is now the next step to keep connected to parishioners both at home and with others who may have emigrated to other parts of the world. The website will be a work in progress and it will be our aim to keep it as current as possible.
Parish life is changing rapidly. For some people it is a challenge and for others it can be a heartache. May I also suggest that it is an opportunity for renewal, re-engagement and if need be to reignite the gift of faith in many a persons’ life. They may have grown tired in their life or find that they are trying to re-connect with their faith in their respective parish. I hope that with the launch of a new website that this could be pathway for them.
I hope that you will enjoy the benefits of our website and, in your own way, seek to bring about a renewed faith in your life and in the lives of your loved ones.
The Scottish government has announced that places of worship have to close. This will be in place until at least the end of the month. However, mass will be live- streamed, Monday – Friday from St. Mary’s at 930am. This may have to change if there is a funeral in either St. Mary’s or St. Joseph’s. Mass will also be streamed at 5pm on a Saturday and on a Sunday at 10am.
Please look after yourselves and your loved-ones at this time.