The parishes of Our Lady of Lourdes Dunfermline, St Peter-in-Chains, Inverkeithing and Ss John & Columba, Rosyth are served by Fr. Kevin Dow. Fr. Kevin took up post of the combined Parishes on 1 September 2018.
A word from the Parish Priest.
This weekend brings with it a number of changes to all three parish communities as we come together under the pastoral care of a single Parish Priest. Through these changes there will, undoubtedly, be challenges that we all have to face - challenges to which I am very sensitive. However, I am certain that as we look positively to the future together there will be many blessings and opportunities to grow and work as a united community of Faith, strong in our witness to the Gospel and committed to building up the Kingdom of God in our midst.
On behalf of us all, may I thank Fr. Davie for his work as Parish Priest of OLOL and as Dean of Fife. The life and vocation of a Priest is that we go where we are asked, to serve as best we can, and so thank you Fr. Alex for your ministry here in Fife and may God bless you in your apostolate in Edinburgh.
A wee bit about me: For those of you who do not know me yet, I was born and brought up in Kirkcaldy and my teenage years were spent in and around Kelty, so I'm very much a Fifer!
I was ordained over 15 years ago, and this is my fourth appointment with multiple parishes, and so I am used to bilocating (now trilocating)! Of course it will take a while to settle into Our Lady of Lourdes, meet everyone and get my head around who is who, who does what, and where everyting is, so please be patient with me - I'll admit it, I'm useless with names, but I am lookig forward to getting to know you all!
As we are aware the Archbishop wishes for the many parishes across the Archdiocese to be reconstituted into new entities, as a result of the current growing shortage of priest and declining numbers of active parishioners. Our three parishes have been asked to come together under the patronage of "The Most Holy Trinity" a new name for this cluster yet a name which is of great historical significance in this part of Fife, since this was the pre-reformation name of Dunfermline Abbey. Effectively this is an administrative decision, as practically speaking the names of the three churches etc and the day-to-day reality for each congregation will roughly remain the same. To assisting in our moving forward a meeting will be held in Our Lady of Lourdes Hall on Thursday 13 September at 7.30 pm, a meeting that I would encourage you all to attend, as I believe this will help the transition to go all the more smoothly and positively. Asking you, kindly, for your prayers and assuring you of mine, Fr. Kevin.