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Visit of Cardinal Keith O'Brien
Feast of the Visitation 31st May 2011

On Tuesday 31st May we were privileged to receive a visit from Scotland's Cardinal, His Eminence Cardinal Keith O'Brien.

The Cardinal's day in the parish began with a visit to St. Ninian's Primary School, and the children and staff had a wonderful time meeting his eminence and chatting with him.

Left: Cardinal O'Brien is welcomed to the School by the Head, Miss Pauline Veal and her Depute, Mrs Carolyn Longmuir.
The Cardinal gave a talk to the whole school together, visited the 'pre-school' children and had an informal break with pupils and staff over lunch in the school hall and dining-room.

The Cardinal meets St. Ninian's Pre-School children.

A break for lunch in the school dining room ...

.. during which his eminence steals a chip..

In an exchange of gifts, the children presented Cardinal O'Brien with a lovely Welcome card which they had made, and he in turn presented every child with a Papal Tartan scarf of the kind especially commissioned for the Papal Visit to Scotland last year. The scarves seem to have been a particular hit with many of the little ones!

Right: Cardinal O'Brien reads the Welcome card produced by St. Ninian's pupils.

Below: Delighted pupils receive their Papal Tartan scarves...
The Cardinal concluded his visit with Holy Mass in Saint Ninian's parish church at 2.00 p.m., concelebrated by our Parish Priest Canon McBride and Mgr. Kenneth McCaffrey the Diocesan V.G., attended by pupils from the school and by many regular parishioners, old and young.

The teachers and pupils of Saint Ninian's would like to take this opportunity to thank all parishioners for joining them at their Mass in the afternoon and making it such a happy, memorable occasion.

For more about the School, click on this link: ST. NINIAN'S PRIMARY


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