1. Aberdeen Diocese

Shetland belongs to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Aberdeen. The Diocesan Offices, and residence of Bishop Hugh Gilbert, OSB, are now situated in Old Aberdeen, immediately opposite St Machar's Cathedral.


St Mary's House, 14, Chanonry, ABERDEEN, AB24 1RP.

Tel: 01224 319154

2. Aberdeen Cathedral

20, Huntly Street, ABERDEEN, AB10 1SH

Cathedral Administrator / Diocesan Vocations Director: Fr Keith Herrera. Tel: 01224 640160. e-mail:

Polish Chaplain: Fr Tad Turski. Resident at St Joseph's Parish, Woodside, Aberdeen.

3. St Margaret and the Sacred Heart Parish, Lerwick.

Parish Administrator: Fr Ambrose Flavell, OSB

Appointed 2 June 2017. Fr Ambrose is a Benedictine monk: he entered Pluscarden Abbey in 1986 and was ordained by Bishop Mario Conti in 1995. From 1997-2016 he was working in West Africa and Rome, and now belongs to the community of Kristo Buase Monastery in Ghana. He will be assisting as a temporary priest in Aberdeen Diocese until June 2020.

Office Holders in the Parish

Chair of the Parish Pastoral Committee - Lesley McEvoy

Members of the Parish Pastoral Committee - Lesley McEvoy, Marianne Raikes, Marsali Taylor, Andrea Lavery, Grazyna Mikolajczak, Myla Kerr, Yannick Harpe, Philip Grogan, Ian McGrath, Neil Work.

Parish Treasurer - Marianne Raikes

Members of the Parish Finance Committee - Margaret Nugent, Marianne Raikes, Simon Lavery, John Rowan, Lesley McEvoy, Marsali Taylor, Neil Work.

Eucharistic Ministers - Yannick Harpe, Andrea Lavery, Ewa Arora, William J. Hopkins, Marsali Taylor, John Rowan, Katie Hatfield, Patricia Loynd, Margaret Nugent, Ian McGrath, Mark Lawson.

Catechists - Marianne Raikes, Neil Work, Andrea Lavery, Pat Loynd, Donna Grogan, Elaine Maguire

Parish Safeguarding Officer - Marianne Raikes

For Scottish Catholic Safeguarding click on hyperlink. The current Safeguarding Document entitled "In God's Image" is available for download from this website.

For Aberdeen diocesan safeguarding policy see:>safeguarding

Youth Group Co-ordinator - Elaine Maguire.

Marriage Preparation

Please give at least six months notice of your intention to marry. Details of the documentation required will be found on the website of St Mary's Cathedral, Aberdeen.

If you have been resident in Shetland for more than six months the marriage documentation must be completed in the Diocese of Aberdeen, even if you intend to celebrate the marriage abroad.

Marriage preparation team - John and Linda Rowan

Amoris Laetitia

Following the teaching of Pope Francis in his Apostolic Exhortation entitled “Amoris Laetitia”, Bishop Hugh has invited certain priests to be available to help those in what the Church calls “irregular marital situations.” This is not a Relationship or Marriage Counselling Service, which already exists, but is for those who may wish to discuss their situation and are wondering how they might participate more fully in the life of the Church. Any individual or couple who would appreciate confidential conversations in this area are invited to approach any of the following priests: Fr Mark Impson (Stonehaven), ; Fr Giles Conacher, OSB (Pluscarden), ; Fr Richard Reece (Tain),

Parish Finance

St Margaret's is a parish of the R.C. Diocese of Aberdeen Charitable Trust, a registered Scottish Charity, SC number 005122. The parish has a heavy outlay for maintenance of buildings. Current projects include the repair of damp in the presbytery and parish rooms. Major work also has to be done to repair broken gutters outside the church (and consequent damage to the window surrounds) and an urgent need to improve church heating for Sundays in winter. We still have a substantial debt to the diocese for earlier renovation work carried out on the presbytery and parish rooms.

You can assist us by Gift Aiding your donations. The parish can recover 27 pence in thee pound tax from the Inland Revenue if you pay UK income tax at least equivalent to the money being claimed back. Forms are available from the Parish Office. We would also be happy to discuss monthly standing orders through the bank and the Envelope scheme with anyone who would like to consider these options.

Donations by cheque should be made payable to "St Margaret's Church, Lerwick". If they are for the building appeal please mark them on the back "Fabric Fund".

Catholic Education

There are no Catholic schools in Shetland. Preparation for First Holy Communion, First Confession, and Confirmation are led by the catechists and normally take place in Lerwick after the 10.30 Sunday Mass.

4. Support Groups

Lerwick Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous meets every Friday in the Parish Room, 87 St Olaf Street, Lerwick, from 6.30 - 8.15 p.m. For further details please contact John on 01595 693063.

Shetland Food Bank

Emergency food and support for people in crisis. Bishop Hugh visited the foodbank in June 2017.

There is a collection point for food in the church porch; you can also make cash donations in the porch wall-safe above the plastic box. Volunteers are welcomed to work in the food bank on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons.

Contact: David Grieve (Project Manager), 20A St Magnus Street, Lerwick, ZE1 0JT. Tel: 01595 741263.

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