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Humour can be a unifying, healing force that bridges divides

Posted on: June 28th, 2019 No Comments

Brandon McGinley finds laughter helps despite the troubles we face.

Heaven and hell are serious business. Souls are on the line every moment of every day. A single mortal sin breaks our relationship with God—permanently, if we refuse to accept His invitations to return to Him. And a single kind word might be the hook God uses to pull a lost... read more


Searching for the path laid out by the Lord

Posted on: June 28th, 2019 No Comments

As Scotland welcomes the first of ten men to become priests this year, Fr Jamie McMorrin reflects on his own journey to the priesthood

A few days ago, I celebrated the third anniversary of my ordination to the priesthood. At risk of being accused of having a ‘Messiah complex,’ I note with some trepidation that our Lord, at aged 33 and after three years of ministry, had already ‘accomplished all that the Father had... read more


Jesus can heal our broken hearts

Posted on: June 21st, 2019 No Comments

Not all wounds are visible, and injuries to the heart cut deeper than those of the flesh, writes Fr Michael Kane.

Last Saturday I celebrated a Mass for the Sick in our parish, which also included the Sacrament of Anointing. These are always very special occasions, when many of our sick and housebound parishioners make the extra effort to come to Church and to ask for the Lord’s strength and healing. Naturally, most... read more


Inside Scotland’s ‘barbaric’ detention centre

Posted on: June 7th, 2019 No Comments

Refugees who have been denied asylum in the UK are held at the Dungavel Removal Centre near Strathaven. We hear from the Catholic activists protesting outside, and visiting those held inside.

Margaret McGowan “Dungavel is built as prison system. It is not a detention centre. That is the first thing you should know." These are the words of Makielokele Nzelengi Daly, who fled war-torn Angola with his wife and was held at Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre for a month in 2005. Dungavel is a... read more


We need Catholic leaders unafraid to speak the truth

Posted on: June 7th, 2019 by Rebecca Rigg No Comments

Bishop Devine represented the best of the hierarchy by preaching the authentic Gospel
— By Fr Michael Kane

Last Monday I attended the Requiem Mass of the late Bishop Joseph Devine, the bishop emeritus of the Diocese of Motherwell. Bishop Devine is remembered as a strong and outspoken Catholic leader who gave 30 years of service to our diocese as our bishop. The fact that so many people, from all... read more


Keeping Faith despite a crisis in the Church

Posted on: May 31st, 2019 No Comments

Professor Janet Smith, Professor of Moral Theology at the Sacred Heart Major seminary in Detroit, explains why our Faith matters more than ever amid the abuse crisis

The sex-abuse scandal has led many to lose their Faith, and as we learn more about the extent and nature of the corruption, many more will be tempted to leave. Those of us who are ‘red-pilled’ need to be cautious about how much we share with those who are not... read more


Parishes can reap a harvest of great fruits from Eucharistic Adoration

Posted on: May 31st, 2019 No Comments

— While returning to Mass can be daunting for some, adoration can reach people on stages of a Faith journey, Fr Jamie McMorrin writes.

Like many others across Scotland, the children of our parish are now in the final stages of preparation for their First Holy Communion in the coming weeks. I must say I find the excitement with which they’re looking forward to the big day rather edifying. I remember there was a little girl... read more


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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