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Thank God for the daily Mass-goers

Posted on: May 24th, 2019 No Comments

Those who attend Mass through the week are an invaluable part of the life of a parish — why not join them?
By Fr Michael Kane

For most people, Mass is a once-a-week celebration. Attending to our Sunday obligation is all the Church requires of us. Many people would love to come to church more often, but work and family commitments prevent this. There is, however, a small band of people in every parish who are able to... read more


Half-baked reality of two-income families myth

Posted on: May 24th, 2019 No Comments

Brandon McGinley’s Letter from America finds contradictions in the social policy position of a leading contender for the US presidency

In the clown car that is the Democratic Party primary for president of the United States, the senator from Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, has distinguished herself with bold and controversial policy proposals. Before her political career, though, the senator now known as a left-wing champion was known mostly for a groundbreaking book... read more

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The statue of Our Lady of Aberdeen that holds a remarkable story of survival and Faith

Posted on: May 17th, 2019 by Amanda Connelly No Comments

As the statue of Our Lady of Aberdeen continues its tour of the country, Amanda Connelly reveals its rich history and the hopes it embodies for Catholics, past, present and future.

This year, Scotland’s national image of Our Lady will make its way around all eight of the country’s Catholic dioceses. Known as Our Lady of Aberdeen, she has already started on her way in a tour which it is hoped will inspire conversion and devotion. The image of Our Lady of Aberdeen... read more

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‘I’m not a Celtic fan, but I recognise the saintly when I see it, and it’s there in Tommy Burns’

Posted on: May 17th, 2019 by Ian Dunn No Comments

Ian Dunn reflects on the life and biography of Celtic legend Tommy Burns who died in 2008, aged 51.

There was a story in the papers last weekend I haven’t been able to stop thinking about. Just an aside, a couple of paragraphs in an interview with Gordon Strachan, the former Scotland and Celtic manager. He was talking about Tommy Burns, who had been his assistant manager at Celtic, and who... read more


Crying kids and troublesome toddlers – all are welcome at Mass

Posted on: May 17th, 2019 No Comments

A parish in which there are no children might be silent and prayerful, but it is a parish with no future, says Fr Jamie McMorrin

Once, as a newly ordained deacon on summer placement, I preached a homily on the passage in the Gospel in which Jesus holds up a little child as the model of discipleship. I was very nervous and eager to impress. I’d put a lot of work into preparing what I was... read more


The Faithful will flock to the Little Flower

Posted on: May 10th, 2019 No Comments

Ross Ahlfeld explains how St Thérèse of Lisieux’s life remains an inspiration to Catholics

Sometimes it feels like there’s just so much I don’t fully comprehend around the process of how the saints journey along their path to official sainthood in our Church. I don’t really understand why some are apparently fast tracked towards Canonisation, while others, having seemingly fulfilled all the required conditions, are... read more


Catholic parents should lead by example

Posted on: May 10th, 2019 No Comments

We do children a disservice if we allow First Communions to be the only bright light of Faith in their lives, writes Fr Michael Kane.

After the hectic period of Lent and Easter every priest will be familiar with the friendly salutations of our dear parishioners: “Father, you’ll be glad that’s your busy time over for another year.” Perhaps it can seem that way, until you realise that First Communion season is around the corner! Last weekend... read more


A Catholic route to a marriage made in Heaven

Posted on: May 3rd, 2019 No Comments

Marriage is a vocation, and the Church — and other married couples — have a role to play ensuring it is a successful one. – By Fr Jamie McMorrin

A few years ago, I was invited to a party celebrating the golden wedding anniversary of two parishioners. At Mass that morning, they’d renewed their marriage vows and, at the evening reception, had recreated the original menu from their wedding day all those years ago and invited many of their friends... read more

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Vigils show the power of Pro-life prayer

Posted on: May 3rd, 2019 No Comments

Two participants in this year’s 40 Days for Life vigils explain what it’s like to take part in the Lenten campaign.

Brendan Gill 40 Days for Life is a growing movement which aims to promote respect for unborn children and their mothers. In Glasgow, a vigil was held every day in Lent from 8am to 8pm in Hardgate Road opposite the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Govan. (Outwith Lent a shorter vigil is... read more


Real life vs fantasy: examining Freddie Mercury’s ‘ode to nihilism’ and the nature of meaning

Posted on: May 3rd, 2019 No Comments

In his letter from America, Brandon McGinley rejects cultural nihilism

Is this the real life? Is it just fantasy? These are the words Freddie Mercury sings to introduce his ode to nihilism, Bohemian Rhapsody. While the meaning of the song’s lyrics will be contested until the Second Coming, this is clear enough: the narrator embraces ‘reality’ — but concludes that this... read more

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