Italian Chapel 70th Anniversary Mass 18th May 2014. Concelebrated by His Excellency Archbishop Antonio Mennini, Apostolic Nuncio and His Grace, Archbishop Mario Conti, Archbishop Emeritus of Glasgow.
Fr Peter Kelly and our Bishop, the Rt Rev. Hugh Gilbert OSB.
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Welcome to the Orkney Islands and to our little Catholic outpost of Our Lady and St Joseph's.
Whether you are young or old, Christian or just curious, you would be very welcome to visit our Church.
The Catholic Community here consists of:
Permanent residents on the mainland including those who reside for only a few months in the year;
Residents on the smaller islands;
Holiday visitors;and casual visitors such as seamen and itinerant contract workers.
"The Sacred Heart of Jesus" Chapel, Saville, Sanday. This Chapel is at Saville, the
home of two parishioners, Maurice and Jean Soord. Special permission
has been given by the Bishop, for Reservation of the Blessed Sacrament The
Chapel is open to all who wish to pray there.
Once a month, the Parish Priest visits from Kirkwall to celebrate Mass. Because he is unable to celebrate Mass frequently there is a Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion Service each Sunday at 10.00am. For details of other services in the Chapel please contact Maurice or Jean on 01857 600409.
Not to be missed during the summer months is Mass said at the world
Italian Chapel on Lambs Holm. The
Sunday of the month, traditionally at 3:30 p.m. is the place to be - an
unforgettable experience. This is a place of peace and reconciliation
where visitors can rest a while, ponder and say a prayer.
It remains to this day a marvel of faith and devotion to God, to Our Lady and the Saints.
"Congregation of the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer" is a recognised Institute of Consecrated or Religious Life within the Catholic Church. As an Institute of Diocesan Right it is subject to the special care of the Diocesan Bishop. The community, consisting of priests and brothers, celebrates the Liturgy in Latin, according to the Extraordinary Form, with full approval of the Holy See. The community are resident on the island of Papa Stronsay.
The Holy Sacrifice of the
Mass For Catholics, the Eucharist is the source and
the whole Christian life. It is the vital centre of all that the Church
does, because at its heart is the real presence of the crucified, risen
glorified Lord, continuing and making available his saving work among
1) Guidelines for receiving Holy Communion for
For Catholics the climax of participating in the Mass is receiving Holy Communion, in obedience to Christ's command. Take this...and eat it. This is my Body, which will be given up for you... In order to be properly disposed to receive Holy Communion communicants should not be conscious of grave sin, should have fasted for one hour (or 15mins if sick) and seek to live in peace and charity with their neighbours. Those conscious of grave sin must first be reconciled to God and the Church through the sacrament of Penance. A frequent reception of this often neglected Sacrament is recommended to all.
2) For other Christians
Other Christians are welcome to attend Mass and other Catholic Services and join in the prayers. It is however a consequence of the sad divisions in Christianity that we cannot share Holy Communion with you. Catholics believe that the Eucharist is an action of the celebrating community expressing its oneness in faith, life and worship with the Catholic Church throughout the world. Reception of Holy Communion by Christians not fully united with us would imply a oneness which does not yet exist, and for which we all of us must pray.
Those who are not able to receive Holy Communion are encouraged to express in their hearts a prayerful desire for unity with Jesus, the Lord, and with one another.
Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharistare trained, and commissioned, to assist the priest at Mass. In exceptional circumstances, for example when the priest is not available, they take Holy Communion to our sick, housebound and hospitalised parishioners.