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Deacon Aitken appointed new Motherwell Diocese chancellor

Posted on: January 11th, 2019 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

Deacon Jim Aitken has been appointed the new chancellor of Motherwell Diocese.

Bishop Joseph Toal of Motherwell announced the appointment in clergy changes issued this week. Deacon Aitken (above) is the current vice chancellor in the diocese, and will take over from Fr James Grant, who is to become the general secretary of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland. Deacon Aitken said he is ‘happy... read more


Fr Hill celebrates 50 years as a priest

Posted on: January 4th, 2019 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

“Time flies when you are having fun”—those were the words of a Thornliebank priest as he looked back on 50 years in the priesthood last month.

Fr Gerard Hill has been parish priest of St Vincent de Paul’s Church for 13 years, but has worked in various positions as a priest in both the pastoral and academic worlds over the last 50 years. December 18 was the official date of his anniversary, but he and his parishioners... read more


Student gives public thanks to God as he graduates with distinction

Posted on: December 27th, 2018 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

A student in Aberdeen gave a public thanks to God’s Divine Mercy as he graduated with a Master of Science degree with distinction.

Nigerian doctor Obinna Ebirim specialised in public health promotion at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. When he took to the stage to receive his degree, he knelt and thanked God for his success.   Thanks to God Now that he has finished his course with the highest grade possible, he has spoken of how... read more


Hopes that workshop can boost deacon numbers

Posted on: December 14th, 2018 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

There are hopes that a series of liturgical music workshops for deacons can lead to a boost in numbers applying for the diaconate.

Following requests from Scottish deacons to enhance their knowledge of the musical side to their parish duties, a two-day course was offered at the Conforti centre in Coatbridge to teach the men to sing in different styles which will help them at Mass, weddings, funerals and other services. David Meiklejohn, national... read more


Catholics in Stirling reach out to people ‘suffering in silence’ with mental illness

Posted on: December 7th, 2018 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

Catholic parishioners in Stirling are planning a new initiative to help combat mental illness and reach out to those at risk of suicide.

Divine Mercy representatives and other volunteers are to come together outside the Thistles Shopping Centre on Tuesday December 11, and again on the following Tuesday December 18, where anyone who might be dealing with a mental illness is welcome to approach the group for a friendly chat and information. The group... read more

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Design chosen for Glasgow’s memorial to the Great Hunger

Posted on: November 30th, 2018 by Peter Diamond No Comments

THE STATUE which will be Glasgow’s first memorial to those who died in the Great Irish Hunger has been unveiled, after a public consultation about the design.

Following submission of a scale model for the competition, the statue by Donegal artist John McCarron will now be made full-size, and will be erected within the grounds of St Mary’s Catholic Church in Glasgow’s East end. Mr McCarron, from Buncrana, beat thousands of other artists to the commission for the... read more


Falkirk pupils pack bags full of joy for children in Malawi

Posted on: November 23rd, 2018 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

Two Falkirk Catholic primary schools came together recently to ensure that children in developing countries have all the stationery items they need for school.

The Backpack Project, set up by Mary’s Meals, has seen more than 500,000 filled backpacks sent to children receiving food aid from the charity. It encourages youngsters in school to take their second-hand rucksacks and fill them with pens and pencils, erasers, rulers and other stationery items, as well as clothes... read more


Fab four’s walk raises £60,000

Posted on: November 16th, 2018 by Peter Diamond No Comments

A Catholic priest from a parish in Rutherglen has raised £60,000 with three friends after completing a gruelling 96-mile trek from Milngavie to Fort William.

Fr Frank Dougan, parish priest of St Mark’s and St Anthony’s Churches in Motherwell Diocese, completed the West Highland Way at the end of September with friends Stevie Kilcoyne, Paul Wiggins and Gordon McHugh. The fantastic four went through five days of ups and downs, both physically and mentally, as they... read more


Rsearchers seek info on memorials to Catholic victims of mining disasters

Posted on: November 16th, 2018 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

Researchers are urging Scots to come forward with any knowledge of memorials dedicated to Catholics who lost their lives in the mining industry.

The National Mining Museum Scotland (NMMS), based just outside Newtongrange, a former mining community, is compiling an archive of every mining memorial in the country, including those dedicated exclusively to the Catholic workers who lost their lives in the job. The group believes it has compiled information about the majority of... read more


Bene Merenti awarded to SSVP stalwart for services to Wishaw parish

Posted on: November 9th, 2018 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

Bishop Toal presented Harry McCrossan with the medal following four decades working with the Society of St Vincent de Paul in St Thomas’ Church.

Pupils from St Thomas Primary in Wishaw were among those to celebrate the achievements of a faithful Church servant, as he was awarded a Bene Merenti medal on Sunday. Harry McCrossan has spent the last four decades helping his fellow parishioners, working with the Society of St Vincent de Paul, and... read more

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