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Tribute to college that educated hundreds of Catholic teachers

Posted on: May 24th, 2019 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

Former students of an Edinburgh college that trained hundreds of Catholic teachers came together recently to reminisce about its contribution to Scottish education

More than 300 former students from across Europe returned to Craiglockhart College, now part of Edinburgh Napier University, on Saturday May 11, 100 years since the building opened as a training college for generations of Catholic teachers. Anne Rae, an organiser and former student, said alumni came from as far as... read more


Taking love of Mary into the streets of Edinburgh

Posted on: May 24th, 2019 by Daniel Harkins No Comments

The streets of the nation’s capital were blessed by the presence of Our Lady as children processed to St Mary’s Cathedral on Saturday May 18.

The annual May event, now in its fifth year, is organised by the Missionaries of Charity and saw Catholics from across the city carry a statue of Our Lady to the cathedral. There they were met by Fr Emmanuel Ojeifo, a Nigerian priest serving in St Andrews & Edinburgh Archdiocese while... read more

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Young people prepare for Faith-filled weekend at Stronghold

Posted on: May 17th, 2019 by Peter Diamond No Comments

A youth festival taking place in Argyll and the Isles Diocese next weekend will welcome a number of keynote speakers including two Scottish bishops and the founder of the charity Mary’s Meals.

Stronghold Festival, held at Craig Lodge Family House of Prayer in Dalmally, will see 100 young people attend ‘in fellowship to witness the power of faith and encounter Christ’s love for them.’ The festival, an arm of Youth 2000 UK, will take place from May 24-27 and will be opened by... read more


Catholic charity recruits pupils’ help to combat Christian persecution

Posted on: May 10th, 2019 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

A charitable initiative that helps persecuted Christians is seeking to raise £10,000 to pay for crucial food and aid resources.

The Scottish branch of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) piloted the ‘Maisy Milk’ initiative in Scottish primary schools last year, and is hoping to help even more persecuted Christians this year. The fundraiser, now in its second year, sees schools and parishes fill an empty pint-sized milk carton with... read more


Catholic schools and teachers nominated as among the best in the country

Posted on: May 3rd, 2019 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

Catholic schools, teachers and staff have been named as being among the best in the country in annual education awards.

Finalists for this year’s Scottish Education Awards have been announced and Catholic staff have been shortlisted in the Headteacher of the Year, Teacher of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award categories. In total, nine Catholic schools are nominated in eight categories out of a total of 15, with one school entered... read more

Presentation to Mr Noel Donnelly asKnight of St Gregory by Pope Francis, Palm Sunday 14th April 2019 at St Leo the Great.Noel with Mgr Gerry Fitzpatrick.Photo by and copyright of Paul Mc Sherry 07770 393960 @Paulmcsherry2

Musician who composed music for papal visits is made a Knight of St Gregory

Posted on: April 26th, 2019 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

An 87-year-old man who helped compose music for the visits to Scotland of both Pope Benedict XVI and St Pope John Paul II has spoken of his ‘shock’ after being presented the Knight of St Gregory award for his services to the Church

Noel Donnelly, who is the composer behind many pieces of music used by the Catholic Church in Scotland and beyond, joked that he was ‘still recovering from the embarrassment and shock’ of receiving the unexpected award. “I really wasn’t expecting it. I kept thinking there must have been a mistake somewhere... read more

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People affected by cancer invited to prayer service

Posted on: April 26th, 2019 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

PRAYER is of ‘great value’ when coming to terms with cancer, the founder of a charity has said ahead of a series of Scottish prayer services for those affected by the disease.

Pause for Hope is a division of the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation which hosts ecumenical services for those who have or know someone with cancer, and those who care for them. The charity believes prayer is an important part of dealing with the disease, which will affect 50 per cent... read more

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Dunfermline parishioner is a fundraising superstar

Posted on: April 26th, 2019 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

A fundraising ‘superstar’ from a Dunfermline parish has been recognised by a charity to which she has devoted over 20 years of time and effort.

Olive Patterson, 85, is a member of the Most Holy Trinity Parish in Dunfermline, and, in 21 years, she has raised £22,000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. At a talk held by Kirsty Stevens of the MS Society at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, parishioners raised a further £275, of which... read more


Pro-life students fight for free speech

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

Pro-life students made a stand for free speech on campus last week as they staged a protest at the conference of the National Union of Students (NUS), which has been accused of trying to silence pro-life voices.

The Alliance of Pro-Life Students (APS) was warned by opposition groups online not to show up to the NUS conference on Thursday April 11, and on the day was told there would be a counter-protest. Grace Deighan, president of Glasgow Students for Life, was among the group of protesters. She said... read more

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Scotland’s first deacon in modern times dies aged 94

Posted on: April 12th, 2019 No Comments

Deacon Jacques Cooke: December 16 1924¬—March 25 2019.
— By Bill Mowat

Deacon Jacques Cooke, who passed away aged 94 in Raigmore Hospital, Inverness, was the first permanent deacon of the Catholic Faith in Scotland to be ordained in Scotland for many centuries. The principal celebrant at his funeral Mass in St Mary’s Church in Inverness on April 5 was, appropriately, Archbishop Emeritus... read more

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