Peter Scally's farewell to Edinburgh

Sacred Heart Church in Edinburgh bids farewell to Peter Scally SJ, who has been in the parish for ten years and assuming the role of parish priest for the last seven.

Fr Peter leaves the community on the feast of St Ignatius, 31st July, to become lead chaplain at Manchester Universities' Catholic chaplaincy, which is run by the Jesuits . A big farewell celebration was organised yesterday for the occasion.

A memorable service took place at Sacred Heart, with the parish choir accompanying the mass and seven concelebrants on the altar, among whom there were former Superior of the Edinburgh Jesuit Community James Crampsey SJ and William Pearsall SJ, who will swap his place in Manchester with Fr Peter becoming the new parish priest in Edinburgh.

After the mass, around 150 parishioners moved to the parish hall, which was "Comfortably jammed packed” according to Br Ken Vance SJ, Delegate for Pastoral Ministries, who is a member of the Edinburgh community. “There was a shared friendly atmosphere: it was a real community celebration. The parishioners provided an excellent goat curry and tapas for all to share. And the meal couldn’t end without a delicious cake in the shape of an open book, bearing the community’s wishes," he added.

Peter Scally SJ preaching at his leaving massFr Peter’s love of fishing and music was celebrated by two symbols in icing on the cake: a set of pipes and a fish hooked on a line. 

In a speech during the celebration Fr Peter thanked the parish “for being the best parish there could ever possibly be!”

Louise Aldridge, Chair of the parish council, offered some final words of thanks for all the work done over the years at Sacred Heart Church: Fr Peter’s dedicated presence and care for everyone in the community which will not be forgotten.

We all wish Fr Peter well as he takes up his new ministry in Manchester as lead chaplain to the Catholic chaplaincy of the Manchester Universities.