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160 years of combined service for Aberdeen bishop, priests and deacon

Posted on: March 15th, 2019 No Comments

Two priests, a deacon and a bishop celebrated a combined 160 years of service in Aberdeen’s St Mary’s Cathedral on March 11.

Bishop Emeritus Peter Moran (60 years), Canon Peter Barry (50 years), Fr Derick McCulloch (25 years) and Deacon John Woodside (25 years) were honoured at the Jubilarian Mass celebrated by vicar general Fr Domenico Zanre. Fr Zanre said the Mass was a ‘marvellous occasion’ for the diocese. “Between them, these men have... read more


Icon brings the Passion of Christ to St Mungo’s

Posted on: March 15th, 2019 by James Farrell No Comments

An Icon travelling through 60 countries and across all continents made a stop in Glasgow last week to assist the city’s Passionists in their vocation.

The Icon of the Passion of Christ is being sent around the world this year visiting every Passionist congregation to help prepare for the celebration of the 300 anniversary of its founding by St Paul of the Cross in 1720. The triptych style Icon, written by Greek Iconographer Loukas Seroglou, which... read more


Singles invited to Catholic speed dating event in Glasgow

Posted on: March 15th, 2019 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

Bachelors and bachelorettes have been invited to a speed-dating event that hopes to help create Catholic couples.

‘Let’s Meet,’ a one of a kind, four-minute-date themed event, is to take place for Catholics aged 21-40 who are looking to find a partner. Ticket sales are to be divided equally between men and women for the event on Saturday April 6 at Browns Brasserie & Bar, Glasgow at 7pm. During... read more


‘Very sad day’ as Stewarton church closes after 45 years

Posted on: March 8th, 2019 by Peter Diamond No Comments

Parishioners of a church in Galloway Diocese which has recently been sold have been invited to celebrate a farewell Mass next Saturday.

The parish of Our Lady & St John’s Church in Stewarton, in East Ayrshire, will close next week after the community and the diocese came to a decision last year that the church would be put up for sale. The parish priest at Our Lady & St John’s has blamed the... read more


Catholic MSP is welcomed as Missio Scotland’s first patron

Posted on: March 8th, 2019 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

A Scottish MSP has been welcomed as the first ever patron of the Scottish branch of Pope Francis’ mission aid agency.

Labour MSP for Central Scotland Elaine Smith will contribute to Missio Scotland’s online, digital and print output to outline her role and work as patron, as well as the wider work of the charity. She will also provide opportunities for school pupils to get involved with the charity and will attend... read more


Safe passage assured for St Thérèse relics as documentary chronicles planned Scottish visit

Posted on: March 1st, 2019 No Comments

When the relics of St Thérèse make their way to Scotland later this year, they will avoid air and sea and travel under the English Channel as strict security measures ensure their safe arrival.

Fr James Grant, recently appointed general secretary of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, is currently in France preparing for the arrival of the Little Flower’s relics. And his return journey will have to be made by car through the Channel Tunnel as the relics are not permitted to be out... read more

Knights of St Columba support Mary's Meals

Coatbridge Knights see their donation to Mary’s Meals doubled by the government

Posted on: February 22nd, 2019 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

A Knights of St Columba group in Scotland has seen its fundraising efforts for charity Mary’s Meals matched by the UK Government

The charity, which provides free school meals, was one of several good causes that the Coatbridge-based group decided to support during its crib collection over the Christmas period. The Knights of St Columba group raised more than £600 in total for Mary’s Meals as a result of public donations and... read more


Mgr Monaghan to retire and Fr Carlin gets first parish as clergy changes announced

Posted on: February 22nd, 2019 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

Mgr Thomas Monaghan, parish priest of St Cadoc’s Church in Newton Mearns, is ‘looking forward to the new adventure ahead’, and Fr Matthew Carlin is excited to receive his first parish

Mgr Thomas Monaghan, parish priest of St Cadoc’s Church in Newton Mearns, is to retire it was announced in clergy changes this week. Bishop John Keenan of Paisley announced the changes to take affect from March, and which also see Fr Matthew Carlin receive his first parish. Mgr Monaghan has served almost... read more


Silent protest planned as Orange walk set to pass Glasgow church of attacked priest

Posted on: February 15th, 2019 by Peter Diamond No Comments

An orange parade will be met with a silent protest this weekend as it marches past St Alphonsus’ Church—the same church at which the parish priest was attacked last year during a loyalist parade.

The Orange Order parade is scheduled for Glasgow’s East End this Saturday and will be the first to go past St Alphonsus’ Church since Canon Tom White was spat on last July as a parade passed by. Last month, Bradley Wallace, 24, was convicted at Glasgow Sheriff Court of assaulting Canon... read more


Catholic parents protest as ‘unfair’ ballot denies children places at oversubscribed school

Posted on: February 8th, 2019 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

PARENTS are pressing Renfrewshire Council for answers as to why their children have been unable to secure a place in a local Catholic secondary school.

  St Andrew’s High School in Paisley is currently oversubscribed, and while children at the associated Catholic primary schools were all allocated places at the secondary, the names of children from non-feeder primaries whose parents want them to attend the school in the next academic year were placed in a ballot. Catholic... read more

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