Thu, December 02, 2021


The chapel of St Mahew, built in 1467 and restored in 1955, stands on one of the earliest Christian missionary sites in Scotland (6th Century). Today it is the church of the Catholic parish of St Mahew's and is in regular use for the celebration of Mass.

The chapel is one of only four mediaeval churches which have been restored to their former use.  The others are: Greyfriars at Elgin, the Chapel Royal at Falkland and the Priory at Pluscarden.

Welcome Back:

It’s good to have you back and I hope that you will feel safe and comfortable, even with the “Golden Rules“ below. We will hope and pray that all works out well for us and for everyone at this time. So welcome back to your parish.

Golden Rules At This Time

  • Face Coverings – Must be worn in church there a few spare masks in the porch for anyone who forgets their face covering.
  • Social Distancing – Spread out in the church, two people per bench unless from the same household, using alternate benches.
  • Hygiene - Please wash your hands before and after church. In addition there is hand sanitizer in the porch for you to use.
  • Offertory – Please come forward when asked to the front of the altar and place your offering in the baskets provided.
  • Hymns – At the moment singing is not allowed as it may help the spread of the virus.
  • Parish Bulletin – Take it away and dispose of it in your own blue bin. Leave nothing in church.
  • Mass Sheet- Please take this sheet, which contains the prayers/responses for Mass, away with you and bring it every time you come to church it is your own personal copy. If you require another one, there are spare copies in the porch.
  • Holy Water - There is no Holy water for you to use at this time.
  • The Body of Christ – The priest before you all receive Holy Communion will say “The Body of Christ” and everyone from the pews will respond “Amen.” This means that you come forward and receive The Host in silence in the hand. This cuts out any droplets and helps reduce the spread of the virus. Please keep a distance when receiving.
  • Communion under Both Kinds - This has been suspended for the time being.
  • Instead of the Sign of Peace at Mass - We will spend a few moments remembering those who have died from the virus, those who are ill and asking God our Father to watch over us all.
  • Contact Details – Track and trace is part of the government’s strategy to control any virus outbreak. Each individual at Mass is required to submit their name, post code and telephone number. A tear off slip will be included at the bottom of the bulletin. Pplease complete and deposit in the box provided in the porch.

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