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‘Scotland can learn from Rwanda,’ says priest

Posted on: February 21st, 2020 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

A Rwandan priest has said Catholics and Protestants in Scotland could learn from the harmony that exists between the different denominations in his community.

Fr Julien Mwiseneza, right, of Ruhuha Parish, Kigali Archdiocese, was speaking to the SCO when we visited last month with as the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF) to see how their projects were benefiting people’s lives. The priest, whose brother studies in Scotland, explained that since the charity and its... read more

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Catholic High School finds new ways to help the homeless

Posted on: February 14th, 2020 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

St Paul’s High School created a strategy to help Glasgow’s homeless community, which was deemed the best by the judging panel.

YOUNG people from a Glasgow school with innovative ideas have created new ways to help the city’s homeless as part of an enterprise programme. S2 pupils of St Paul’s High School, Pollok, won an award for their excellence in business as part of The Braveheart Challenge, sponsored by Silverburn Shopping Centre. On... read more

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Healthcare workers thanked for ‘extending God’s work’ at annual Mass

Posted on: February 14th, 2020 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

The annual Mass, which took place on Sunday February 9, pays homage to the hard work of the people who care for the sick.

Motherwell Diocese paid tribute to doctors, nurses, carers and others who work in the healthcare sector at an annual special Mass. Professionals from all branches of the health service flocked to Our Lady of Good Aid Cathedral for the annual White Mass, celebrated by Bishop Joseph Toal. The annual Mass, which took place... read more

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Laity survey in Paisley hopes to form opinions on new catecheses programme

Posted on: February 14th, 2020 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

By Ryan McDougall

Paisley Diocese has launched an online survey asking their laity about what catechesis education programmes they would like to see rolled out as it makes plans to improve formation within the Church. The diocese has launched an online survey on its website, where respondents can choose what topics they would like to... read more

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Candlelit service with saints recreates Lourdes experience

Posted on: February 14th, 2020 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

Around 200 gathered at Carfin on February 10 to spend an hour with Sts Mary and Bernadette in preparation of the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Catholics wrapped up warm against Storm Ciara and made the journey to the Grotto of Massabielle, Carfin, where they gathered in candelight. The hour consisted of music led by the diocesan music group, Rosary and the veneration of a first class relic of St Bernadette, pictured, led by celebrant Fr James... read more


Priests prepare to take on tough topics for Lent talks

Posted on: February 7th, 2020 No Comments

A Rutherglen Church is hosting a series of Lenten talks for young adults, on a range of hot topics including divorce, euthanasia and transgender issues.

The weekly talks at St Columbkille’s Church, which begin in the last week of February, are open to all 16-35-year-olds and will take place every Tuesday during Lent. The talks cover a wide range of issues from Life issues to Spirituality, Scripture to vocations.   Care The first talk, on February 25, will be... read more

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Archbishop says goodbye to Fathers as Religious gather for special Mass

Posted on: February 7th, 2020 No Comments

Archbishop Leo Cushley of St Andrews & Edinburgh paid tribute to a religious community who are set to leave the archdiocese during Edinburgh’s Annual Day for Religious.

On Friday January 31, members of the Augustinian community joined other religious brothers and sisters from the archdiocese at St Margaret’s Chapel at the Gillis Centre for the special Mass. In his homily, Archbishop Cushley said: “Not so long ago, a small community of Augustinians joined the diocese in a pastoral... read more


Scots clergymen at the heart of translating the Roman Rite

Posted on: January 17th, 2020 No Comments

A Scottish bishop and archbishop returned from the United States last weekend after attending a commission responsible for translating Latin liturgy to English

Archbishop Leo Cushley of St Andrews & Edinburgh and Bishop Hugh Gilbert of Aberdeen, pictured, returned from the International Commission of English in the Liturgy (ICEL), held in Washington DC, on Sunday January 12. “I go three times a year for week-long meetings, and it’s very much nine-to-five work,” Archbishop Cushley... read more


School goes the extra mile to help neighbours after fire

Posted on: January 17th, 2020 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

A Catholic high school in Fife is continuing to support senior pupils of a nearby non-denominational school which is being rebuilt after a catastrophic fire in August.

St Columba’s High School, Dunfermline, took in sixth year pupils from neighbouring Woodmill High School after the building was ravaged by a blaze on August 26. Other year groups were taken in by schools across Fife, and S1 Woodmill students are currently being housed at the local Vine Church. Kevin O’Connor, headteacher... read more


Standing ovation as solicitor receives papal knighthood

Posted on: January 10th, 2020 No Comments

An Inverness solicitor has been honoured with a papal award for his services to the Church.

Bishop Hugh Gilbert of Aberdeen conferred Bryan Longmore with the Knighthood of St Gregory, one of the highest accolades a layperson can receive from the Church. The celebration, which took place on Sunday December 29 2019 at St Mary’s Church, Inverness, saw the lifelong parishioner honoured for all he has done... read more

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