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New hymns written ahead of St Thérèse’s relics arriving in Scotland

Posted on: July 19th, 2019 by Amanda Connelly No Comments

When the relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux arrive in Scotland next month they will be welcomed with prayer and song, as two new hymns have been composed for the occasion.

The first of the two hymns is a joint effort between the Carmelite nuns of the Dysart Carmelite Convent, set to the tune of Highland Cathedral, while the second was written by a parishioner at St Francis Xavier’s Church, Carfin, Gina Woods, and is set to the tune of Loch... read more


‘God is not limited by size’ says the owner of the world’s tiniest chapel

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

‘God is not limited by size and can be found in a tiny flower or the whole universe,’ the owner of what may be the world’s smallest chapel has said.

Bed & Breakfast owner Anne Dobson lives on Yell, a remote island off the coast of mainland Shetland, and after years of making a 100-mile-round trip to and from Mass, she had her own little ‘Sixteen Chapel’ built on the sight of a former chicken shed. The tiny chapel, big enough... read more


Catholic Gaelic society hold inaugural Mass

Posted on: July 19th, 2019 by Peter Diamond No Comments

A Catholic Gaelic society has been created in Scotland for the first time in order to promote the usage of the language in the Church.

The inaugural meeting took place last Saturday July 13 at St John the Baptist’s Church in Uddingston where like minded and ‘curious’ individuals and lay Catholics celebrated Mass before establishing the society. Headed by Andreas Wolff, a BBC Alba journalist and columnist for the SCO, the society is named in Gaelic... read more

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Pope invited to Glasgow in 2020

Posted on: July 12th, 2019 No Comments

Pope Francis has been invited to Glasgow for the centenary of Catholic charity Apostleship of the Sea.

Pope Francis has been invited to Glasgow for the centenary of Catholic charity Apostleship of the Sea. Deacon Doug Duncan, Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) port chaplain for Aberdeen and the North East, met the Holy Father while in Rome for the European regional meeting of AoS, which is also known... read more

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Long-serving PA to Aberdeen bishops retires with a papal award

Posted on: July 12th, 2019 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

The ‘right-hand woman’ to three bishops received a papal award as she retired after two decades of dedicated service to Aberdeen Diocese.

Joyce Webster has served in a number of roles over the last 20 years, including as personal assistant to Bishop Hugh Gilbert and his predecessors.   Papal honour At a thanksgiving Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral in Aberdeen, on Monday July 1, she was awarded the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice. Mrs Webster said she... read more

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Bishop praises catechists on Pluscarden pilgrimage

Posted on: July 12th, 2019 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

The Bishop of Aberdeen has praised diocesan catechists for their service to the youth, and encouraged more laypeople to consider taking on catechetical roles.

At the annual diocesan pilgrimage to Pluscarden on June 30, Bishop Hugh Gilbert said catechesis is ‘a gift and grace.’ Thanking the 100-plus catechists in the diocese, he said: “This is to salute you, to thank you, to thank the Holy Spirit for you. “I want to thank the parents who teach... read more


New appointments announced in Motherwell and Argyll and the Isles dioceses

Posted on: July 5th, 2019 by Amanda Connelly No Comments

Two Scottish dioceses have announced clergy changes.

The newly ordained priests in Motherwell Diocese have been issued with appointments: Fr Charles Coyle will serve as assistant priest in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, East Kilbride, from September; Fr Kieran Hamilton will serve in St Patrick’s and St Thomas’ Churches, Wishaw, from August, and Fr Mark O’Donnell will... read more

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Glasgow teacher awarded MBE after 20 years of charity work

Posted on: June 21st, 2019 by Amanda Connelly No Comments

A Glasgow teacher has been honoured for his outstanding charitable work in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Martin O’Neill, a computing teacher at St Thomas Aquinas Secondary School in Jordanhill, Glasgow, has been awarded an MBE for his service and commitment to individuals with cerebral palsy and his charitable efforts over two decades. Mr O’Neill was praised by St Thomas Aquinas’ Business and ICT department, saying that the... read more

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Catholic primary school saved by the efforts of the community

Posted on: June 21st, 2019 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

A Catholic school in East Ayrshire has been saved from closure thanks to campaigning parents.

The future of St Sophia’s Primary School, Galston, has been the subject of debate for several months, after a consultation with the community was launched in January. The options being considered were to refurbish the existing school, incorporate St Sophia’s into St Andrew’s Primary School at the St Joseph’s Campus, Kilmarnock,... read more

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Glasgow Passionist makes final profession at St Mungo’s

Posted on: June 21st, 2019 by Amanda Connelly No Comments

Trinity Sunday marked an important day in the Faith life of a Glasgow Religious, as he made his final vows as a Brother last week.

Br Antony Connelly made his Perpetual, or Final, Profession as a Passionist Brother at St Mungo’s Church in Townhead, Glasgow. Gathering for the celebration of Mass on Sunday June 16, Trinity Sunday, Br Connelly had his vows received by the Passionist Provincial, Fr Jim Sweeney CP, while parish priest of St... read more

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