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Photograph above by David Kiltie

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Parishioners of Our Lady & St Cuthbert’s Church in Maybole were surprised at the weekend to learn that Fr Philip Kitchen will be leaving after only two years as parish priest. He told parishioners at the weekend, “I am certain that by now you will have heard of the clergy changes which are to take place towards the end of April. With the impending retirement of Canon McSorley, Bishop Cunningham had to re-deploy the priests who remain to him. The Bishop has asked me to continue as parish priest of St Ann’s, Mossblown while assuming responsibility as parish priest of St Quivox in Prestwick. “ Canon McGee will remain parish priest of Sacred Hearts, Girvan while assuming responsibility for Our Lady and St. Cuthbert’s, too.” He continued, “Needless to say, I have very mixed emotions about this situation and to be honest, I’m still trying to come to terms with it. This is yet a further example of the situation facing the Church in Scotland with declining numbers of priests. “I hope this doesn’t appear matter of act in its approach, but I haven’t had time to reflect fully on what I want to say to you other than this, that I will always be grateful to the people of this, my first parish, for their loving support. This is a parish with a great heart and soul built on great and committed people “ Keep doing all that you do so well.” Fr Philip is also chaplain to the Maybole Branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland.


Friday 25th June 2010 was a very special night for the parish of Our Lady & St Cuthbert in Maybole as parishioners gathered to thank Fr Stephen McGrattan for his time with them from November 2004 to April 2010. After Mass, concelebrated with Fr Philip Kitchen, Fr Stephen recounted some memories of his time in Maybole. There were several gifts given to him by John Sabbatini on behalf of daily Mass attenders, Rhiain Collins from the youth of the parish, and David Kiltie, chair of the Parish Pastoral Council, on behalf of the whole parish. Afterwards, in the hall, there was a sumptuous spread, and film shows of Fr Stephen’s life from birth till leaving Our Lady & St Cuthbert’s. Fr Philip added, “Many thanks to all who helped to make Fr Stephen’s presentation such a wonderful parish event.!”

Fr Stephen with John Sabbatini, Rhiain Collins, Fr Philip Kitchen and David Kiltie

Fr Stephen with his father, mother and grandmother


“You have a special place in my heart and I assure you of my prayers.” That was Fr Stephen McGrattan’s parting words to parishioners at Our Lady & St Cuthbert’s Church in Maybole.

Fr McGrattan is moving to be parish priest at Cumnock, Auchinleck and Muirkirk In his homily, Fr McGrattan said, “There’s a buzz when you walk through the doors of this church to worship - something often remarked on by the visitors who come to worship here.” He continued, “When we share this community warmth every Sunday it can be easy to take it for granted. Remember that what we have is special. Keep your hearts set on God’s kingdom and we will be assured of a healthy community which continues to be very much alive.  more


Some parishioners of Our Lady & St Cuthbert’s Church in Maybole met their new priest for the first time on Sunday afternoon. Fr Philip Kitchen will take up his new post after Easter and met with members of the Parish Pastoral Council and the Finance Committee to get a short briefing on current matters. Fr Stephen McGrattan, who will celebrate Mass for his last time in Maybole on Easter Sunday, introduced Fr Kitchen and then members of the PPC outlined their roles in the parish. The current state of finances and the fundraising required for essential repairs were discussed as well as ecumenical activity in Maybole with other churches. Afterwards, Fr Kitchen said he was looking forward immensely to coming to the parish which was highly organised and committed.


Fr Stephen McGrattan, parish priest of Our Lady & St Cuthbert’s Church in Maybole will be leaving for pastures new after the Easter Sunday service on April 4 2010. Parishioners learned last week of the recent clergy changes Bishop John Cunningham has made following the death of Canon John Walls, parish priest of St Teresa's, Dumfries and St Conal's, Kirkconnel, on Sunday February 28. Fr Stephen McGrattan, who has charge currently of Maybole and Mossblown parishes will be moving to be priest at Cumnock, Auchinleck and Muirkirk. more


Fr Stephen McGrattan led a group of parishioners from Our Lady & St Cuthbert's Church, Maybole and friends from other parishes in Girvan, Ayr, Prestwick and beyond to Iona on pilgrimage during the weekend of October 20th-22nd. The group travelled in glorious autumn sunshine from Maybole and crossed from Oban to Mull where they stayed. On Saturday the group continued their journey to Iona, the island where St Columba founded a monastery in AD 563. From the monks who lived on Iona much of the west and north of Scotland received the Christian Gospel.


49 pilgrims from Our Lady and St Cuthbert’s Church travelled to the cave at Whithorn where St Ninian spent time during his 5th century mission in Scotland. Ninian  landed on Scottish shores around 397AD. He is the first bishop of the Diocese of Galloway. Every year people from all over the diocese gather at the cave  for Mass. This year Bishop Taylor presided at the Mass since Bishop Cunningham is unwell and was unable to be at the event this year.


At a special Mass, some parishioners of Our Lady and St Cuthbert’s were among men made members and full knights of the Order of the Knights of St Columba. Members and their families from all over the West of Scotland joined for the celebration. Fr Stephen McGrattan presided at Mass and Bennett Ward became a member while Walter McKenna and Jim Campbell became full knights. Grand Knight Peter McGarry also invested Fr Stephen as an honorary member of the Order.


 Christmas 2005 |  Photos and story of 125th Anniversary Celebration  | Pilgrimage to to Holy Iona - September 2002

Meeting an Ambassador who made us Deputy Ambassadors! Saturday 19th March 2001- by Elizabeth Meek

Links to: Church Website  |   Diocese of Galloway  |  Galloway Youth Office  |  Catholic Scotland  |  The Vatican


Fr Stephen McGrattan Father Jim Hayes

Fr. Philip Kitchen
 Current Pastor

Fr Stephen McGrattan

Parish Priest 2004-2010

Father Jim Hayes
Parish Priest 1998-2004

Father Archie Brown
Former Parish Priest
Monsignor Kennedy
 Former Parish Priest
Fr. O'Shaughnessy
First Parish Preist

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History of 
St. Cuthbert's Church
Can you identify these ladies from St. Cuthbert's?

Members of Our Lady
 and St.Cuthbert's Church.

St. Cuthbert's Primary
School Class of 2001

After 120 years weather
 takes a toll at church


Canon Moriarty, St Cuthbert's Church, receiving a gift from his parishioners when he retired. The gift is a painting of the church and handing it over is Mrs Kate Scobie, with Mrs Pat Frew and Jim McDermott.

This is a photo of a presentation to Fr Archie Brown (on the right). Fr Alex McGarry is on the left and in the middle is Ellen Hawkes.


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