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Prayers and hope for Margaret Sinclair’s sainthood cause at annual pilgrimage

Posted on: September 13th, 2019 No Comments

As Margaret Sinclair’s sainthood cause drew nearer at St Patrick’s Church in Edinburgh Cowgate last week, a priest shared his story of how he believes she saved his life as he was given 48 hours to live — by Colette Cooper and Ryan McDougall.

A priest suffering from cancer has credited Venerable Margaret Sinclair with saving his life as he gathered with Catholics across Scotland at a pilgrimage to pray for her sainthood cause. Mgr Peter Smith was diagnosed with cancer in 2016 and given just 48 hours to live by his doctors, due to... read more


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Women celebrates 72 pilgrimages with Jumbulance bus to Lourdes and Rome

Posted on: September 6th, 2019 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

Mrs McLeay, 73, was recently congratulated with a special cake for all her years of dedication.

A parishioner of St Mary Magdalene’s and St John the Evangelist’s churches in Edinburgh, has made an incredible 60 trips to Lourdes with a charity for sick and disabled pilgrims. Phyllis McLeay has made a total of 72 pilgrimages with the specially adapted Jumbulance bus—60 to Lourdes and the rest... read more


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Fr Molloy hits headlines with diamond jubilee

Posted on: September 5th, 2019 No Comments

By Colette Cooper

A MASS of Thanksgiving was held at St Cuthbert’s Church in Edinburgh on Thursday August 15 to ­celebrate Fr Tom Molloy’s 60 years of priesthood. Fr Molloy was congratulated by Archbishop Leo Cushley of St Andrews & Edinburgh for his mission work in countries including New Zealand and South Africa,... read more


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Pilgrims gather for Mass on the beach during annual pilgrimage to St Ninian’s Cave

Posted on: August 30th, 2019 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

Nearly 500 Catholics from across Scotland and beyond paid homage to the saint who brought Christianity to Scotland nearly 1,600 years ago.

As part of the annual Galloway Diocese pilgrimage to Whithorn, Bishop William Nolan led pilgrims to the cave of St Ninian, celebrating Mass outside on the beach. The cave is said to have been Ninian’s place of retreat. Fr Stephen McGrattan, parish priest of St Joseph’s Church in Kilmarnock, was with many... read more


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Parish spirit displayed as Catholics work to restore damage following church hall robbery

Posted on: August 30th, 2019 by Peter Diamond No Comments

A church community in Motherwell Diocese has shown its robust parish spirit following a break-in at their church hall, where youths smashed windows and stole a moneybox.

Christ the King parish hall in Holytown was broken in to on the evening of Tuesday August 20, causing significant damage to the building. Within a day of the vandalism a JustGiving page was launched to raise funds for the repairs and within four days the community had raised £632. Tam Dobbin,... read more


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New Glasgow headteachers are blessed by archbishop at annual Teachers’ Mass

Posted on: August 30th, 2019 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow blessed 11 new Catholic headteachers working in the archdiocese at an annual Mass for teachers.

The archbishop welcomed teachers and support staff from primaries and secondaries from across the archdiocese into St Andrew’s Cathedral, Glasgow on August 26, where they were thanked for their dedicated service to the youth. 11 of the archdiocese’s newest headteachers were blessed by the archbishop, who also presented them with copies... read more


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Theme of unique Irish pilgrimage to be brought to Scotland for first time

Posted on: August 30th, 2019 by Peter Diamond No Comments

The spirit of Lough Derg will come to Scotland next month as Carfin Grotto hosts pilgrims for fasting, contemplation, and prayer for those who are lapsed in their Faith.

The famous Irish pilgrimage attracts thousands of Catholics each year, and organisers of the Carfin event hope to replicate its success. Lough Derg in Donegal is best known for St Patrick's Purgatory, a site of pilgrimage on Station Island in the lake. The traditional three-day pilgrimage follows a one-thousand-year-old pattern and involves... read more


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Arbroath parish raises four figure sum for charities and church repairs on annual walk

Posted on: August 23rd, 2019 No Comments

Parishioners in Arbroath have raised £1,000 and counting for refugees and other charities last week by walking, running and cycling from St Anne’s Church, Carnoustie, to St Thomas’ Church, Arbroath. — By Colette Cooper

Around 40 walkers and several cyclists from St Thomas’ parish took part in the eight-mile journey during the eighth annual fundraising walk on Saturday August 17. A BBQ was held afterwards in St Thomas’ garden. So far, the group has raised just over £1,000, with more funds promised. The money will be... read more


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New headteachers put Faith first as autumn term begins

Posted on: August 19th, 2019 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

Two of Scotland’s newest Catholic headteachers have paid tribute to their predecessors and highlighted the role Faith will play in guiding their new schools.

Mark Donnelly, pictured, takes up the role of headteacher at Fernhill School in Rutherglen and Marie Tierney is to take the reins of Christ the King Primary School, Holytown, in Motherwell Diocese. Both teachers have praised the headteachers who came before them, citing them as ‘inspirational.’   Motivation Referring to Christ the King’s former... read more


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Cambuslang parish hopes to add shower facilities to free provisions for the needy

Posted on: August 16th, 2019 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

In May, St Bride’s Church introduced a laundry facility for people of all faiths and none who are struggling toContinue Reading

In May, St Bride’s Church introduced a laundry facility for people of all faiths and none who are struggling to afford electricity, and for others who may not own a washing machine or tumble drier. Parish priest Fr Paul Morton has said he now hopes to expand the services offered by... read more




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