The Catholic Chaplaincy for the University of St Andrews
of the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh

Welcome to the University Chaplaincy at Canmore.

The Catholic Chaplaincy, which is in the care of the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh, is open to all students and staff at the University. Canmore, the Chaplaincy building, is directly opposite the church on the Scores.

The Chaplain is Fr Michael John Galbraith, the Parish Priest of St James’. If you want to talk to him, he is very approachable and can be found just across the road in the Presbytery.

For further information:

University Chaplaincy Facebook:

Come in and look around

Sunday 12.00 noon to 9.00 pm
Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 9.00 pm
Saturday 10.00 am to 9.00 pm

There is a main reception room, a kitchen where you can make drinks or snacks, a library, and a chapel in which the Blessed Sacrament is reserved. Many of the rooms have stunning views over the West Sands and the sea. The building has recently undergone a programme of major renovation.

Regular events in Canmore:

Wednesday evening:  There is usually a Mass in Canmore on Wednesday evening at 7.00pm.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is usually available before this Mass.

The Catholic Society (CathSoc)

The Catholic Society, or CathSoc, is affiliated to the Student Association. It is run by students and organises many events during term time.  These include a weekly talk on Wedesday evenings and many social events.

For further information:

CathSoc website:

Facebook page: AndrewsCatholic Society/

Twitter handle:  @StAndrewsCathso

What’s on… 

Welcome to CathSoc!  If you have still to join, Membership to the Society is open to all students, University staff and parishioners and guarantees entry to our events and discounts from our sponsors. Membership: £5.00.

Independent Learning Week

Due to the break, there is no talk, Faith Enquiry, Newman Group or official events taking place in Canmore this week. Canmore remains open for your general use.

Student Pilgrimage to Rome – March 2020

For those who have registered that they wish to come on the Canmore Catholic Chaplaincy pilgrimage to Rome during the Spring Break of 2020 (16-20 March), please note, as per Fr Galbraith’s email of 14 October, booking forms need to be completed in full and returned to the parish office (17 The Scores) by Sunday 27 October, together with a non-refundable deposit of £100 to secure your place. The pilgrimage includes the following:

· 4 nights B&B accommodation, near to the Vatican.

· All coach transfers (St Andrews to Edinburgh airport, Ciampino to Rome, excursions etc)

· 3 group meals in restaurants (so practically half-board)

· Daily Mass at various holy sites, including the tomb of St Peter

· A walking tour of the city, visiting various famous sites (Pantheon etc) and the tombs of saints (St Catherine of Sienna, St Ignatius etc)

· A vist to the catacombs and the four major basilicas of Rome

· Audience with Pope Francis in St Peter’s square

· Spritual renewal and general good fun!

The cost will be around £400 (+£76 single room supplement), which DOES NOT include flights. Pilgrims would be required to book their own flights (departure: Edinburgh, Ryainair, 15;45 hours, 16 March 2020, Rome Ciampino; return 11:00 hours, 20 March. Price currently £130). Pilgrims may wish to book only a single flight and make their own plans of return after 20 March. Sign-up sheets at back of church.

Forthcoming CathSoc Talks

The talks are held most Wednesdays at 7.45pm in Canmore after Mass. They are followed by a short Q&A, Night Prayer in the chapel, then a visit to the Russell Hotel for drinks. All students welcome.

30 Oct: ‘Jesus Christ: Who is He?’, Fr MJ Galbraith.

6 Nov: ‘Why the Church?’, Mgr Patrick Burke VG.

13 Nov:’The Moral life’, Fr Nicholas Monaghan.

20 Nov: ‘The Life of Prayer’, Sr Birgit Dechant FSO.

27 Nov: ‘Mary and the communion of saints’, Fr Jamie McMorrin.