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Lourdes and prayer inspire Scotland’s newest priest

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

Scotland’s newest priest has revealed that prayer and pilgrimages to Lourdes have played a significant role in his vocation to the priesthood.

Fr Kevin Lawrie was ordained for Motherwell Diocese on Tuesday July 16 in his home parish of St Aloyisus Church Chapelhall, where friends, family and parishioners watched on as Scotland gained its seventh priest of 2019. Fr Lawrie first attended seminary when he was aged 17 in 1982 but left after... read more

No Anti-Catholic marches past Catholic Churches, silent protest at St Alphonsus RC Church, Glasgow,Protesting at the Bridgeton Loyal Orange and Purple District No37 march past the church.Sat 16th February 2019.Photo by and copyright of Paul Mc Sherry 07770 393960 @Paulmcsherry2

Church of Scotland ministers reject association with the Orange Order

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

There are no formal ties or association between the Kirk and the Orange Order, Church of Scotland ministers told the SCO this week.

Ministers from parishes in Larkhall, Springburn and Drumchapel rejected any narrative that there was a connection between the two. Rev Alastair McKillop, Church of Scotland Minister for St Machan’s Parish Church, Larkhall said: “Prior to coming here I spent nine years in Aberdeen and there was zero connection with any aspect... read more


‘Transparency is the key’ to healthy Church finances, says Paisley Diocese treasurer

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

Transparency is key to healthy church finances, the treasurer of Paisley Diocese said as new accounts for 2017 revealed the diocese has reduced its deficit.

Fr Stephen Baillie, diocesan treasurer, said: “In this day and age transparency is key, and I think more and more people want to know where exactly their money goes. “These documents reveal the cost of day-to-day running of the parishes in the diocese and it often shocks people just how much... read more


Church meets with immigration minister over supply priest chaos

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

The government ‘appears unwilling to move’ on a visa issue which has hit parishes across Scotland, the Church has said after meeting with the UK immigration minister.

A member of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland met with the UK Immigration Minister, Caroline Nokes MP, to discuss an ongoing dispute over changes to the visa system. The changes have made it harder for supply priests to obtain the right to work in the UK and has led to reduced... read more


Church writes to First Minister seeking assurances that ‘freedom of conscience will be protected within the SNP’

Posted on: July 18th, 2019 by Daniel Harkins No Comments

The Catholic Church has written to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon seeking reassurances that freedom of conscience will be protected within the SNP.

The letter comes after Dr Lisa Cameron, the SNP MP for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow, endured days of abuse after she voted against an amendment at Westminster to introduce abortion to Northern Ireland. Dr Cameron said that since the vote, local party members, including those involved in the process... read more

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Catholic groups and campaigners join forces to fight Serco refugee evictions

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

Campaigners are seeking parish support for people made homeless after being refused asylum in the UK.

Serco, which is contracted by the Home Office to provide housing for asylum seekers, restarted lock-change evictions in June, after the move was halted last year following legal action. The eviction notices are issued to tenants who had been denied the right to remain in the UK.   ‘Chaos’ in Glasgow Campaigners fighting the... read more

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Annual ‘blessing of the boats’ event takes place in Castlebay

Posted on: July 12th, 2019 by Peter Diamond No Comments

An annual ‘blessing of the boats’ took place in the Isles last week, allowing the sick and housebound to receive the Eucharist amid the glorious sunshine.

The fishermen’s Mass took place on Sunday July 7 in Castlebay. The community of Barra and Vatersay turned out in ‘good numbers’ for the event, which catered for those from ‘all faiths and none.’ Fr John Paul MacKinnon, parish priest of the churches on the Isle of Barra, said the event... read more

Zachary Ross Bush smiles as he and other children process after receiving their first Communion May 5, 2019, at St. Mary Church in Schwenksville, Pa. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

First communion costs in Scotland contrast with irish extravagance

Posted on: July 12th, 2019 by Peter Diamond No Comments

Spending on First Communions in Scotland remains relatively modest in contrast to ballooning cost in Ireland, according to two priests from contrasting parts of the country.

Last week, a study by Ulster Bank revealed that First Communions in Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland have reached an average of €929 (£729).   Controlled spending However, parents in Scotland appear to be more constrained in their spending. Fr Thomas Hendry is parish priest at St Teresa of Lisieux Church in... read more

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Fr Campbell is ordained for Argyll and the Isles Diocese

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

The first man from the Isles to be ordained for Argyll and the Isles in 20 years has said he is hoping to help re-ignite the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Fr Ronald Campbell was ordained in his home parish of St Mary’s, Benbecula on July 10. The last man from the Isles ordained to the diocese was Fr John Paul McKinnon in 1999. Ahead of his ordination, Fr Campbell said he was excited to begin his ministry as assistant priest of... read more


Police Scotland concern over anti-sectarianism course criticising Catholic schools

Posted on: July 5th, 2019 by Daniel Harkins No Comments

Police Scotland has raised concerns that anti-sectarianism organisations are teaching that Catholic schools are ‘ipso facto sectarian.’

The comments were made by Police Scotland’s Safer Communities, Equality and Diversity Unit in a response to a government consultation on hate crime. The consultation considered whether or not to introduce a specific sectarianism ‘aggravation,’ that could be attached to hate crime charges.   Police response Arguing against the introduction of such a measure,... read more

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