Message from Bishop Murray following fire at Holy Redeemer Parish, Stornoway.
Following a serious fire which has destroyed Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Stornoway on the Island of Lewis in the early hours of Friday 26 November, Bishop Ian Murray, Bishop of Argyll and the Isles sent the following message to the Parish Priest and Parishioners.
"It was with deep sadness and shock that I heard this morning of the disastrous fire that destroyed your church. I offered Mass for all of you this morning and will continue to remember you in my prayers over the coming weeks and months. Already the Diocese has begun to plan for the replacing of the church and I know that you will cooperate with Fr. Paul and the Diocesan authorities in this programme of reconstruction."
The loss of your place of worship is felt by all the priests and people of the Diocese who are united with you in their thoughts and prayers. Whenever tragedy strikes, we find it hard to understand; but in faith we accept that everything is in the hands of God and we accept his will in all things. In that spirit of faith in God and submission to his will let us face the future with the confidence that our present loss will be our future gain.
With my prayers and blessing
Note to Editors:
The Parish Priest of Holy Redeemer is Fr. Paul Hackett S.J.
The Church was opened in 1991 and was thirteen years old
The church was situated in Kenneth Street in the centre of Stornoway
There are an estimated 210 Catholics in the parish of Holy Redeemer
Arrangements will be made for Masses to be said at an alternative location
No details are known on the cause of the fire which is the subject of a police investigation
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