He will hold a meeting for our 'cluster' - Galashiels, Melrose, Selkirk, Innerlethen and Peebles - in Our Lady & St Andrew, Galashiels on Friday 15 January at 7pm. In total there will be 31 meetings throughout the Archdiocese
“My big message is that the renewal and, yes, growth of the Catholic Church in our part of Scotland is very possible but only if we create vibrant Christian communities centred on Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist,” said Archbishop Cushley 3 December.
“That requires a realistic discussion as to how we best use the material and spiritual resources we currently have within each community including numbers of priests, parishioners and church buildings.”
The vision for the review is based on Archbishop Cushley’s pastoral letter “We Have Found the Messiah” which was issued in Lent 2015. While the review process may lead to the eventual amalgamation of some parishes, the Archbishop was keen to stress that no conclusions have yet been reached.
“I come into all of this with an open mind as to what the future holds for the Catholic Church in each area of the Archdiocese – that’s why people should come along to these public meetings to make their view heard.”
Each public meeting will be followed by a year-long consultation process developed and delivered by the Pastoral Resources Department of the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh.
To download the full text of the document "We have found the Messiah", click here.