Pastoral Letters

Right Rev. Joseph Toal, Bishop of Argyll & the Isles

Letter from Bishop Toal for the start of 2012

In wishing you a very Happy New Year, I pray that the Lord may be with us all and guide us in our lives of faith through the year ahead, both as individuals and as a believing community.

This coming Sunday we celebrate the Epiphany of Our Lord, recalling the arrival of the Wise Men at the stable in Bethlehem and their acts of homage before the child in the manger......

Letter to the priests, religious and faithful of the diocese October 2011

Bishop Joseph writes about next year's 'Year of Faith' to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Pastoral Letter for Lent 2011

Lent is a time when we are asked to turn again to the Lord and be converted by his grace - each Mass we attend offers us this opportunity, as we listen to his Word, pray for our every need, unite ourselves with the renewal of the Lord's Sacrifice, and are offered the possibility of receiving his Body and Blood in Holy Communion. I would encourage all of you to come to Mass as frequently as you can this Lent, not just on Sundays but on weekdays as well. If you have grown careless in attending Sunday Mass, now is the time for change and to turn again to the Lord and seek his mercy and goodness in your life.

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