This week's feature


Gourock Rocks: the small town that illustrates our Catholic education heritage

November 16th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

IT has been suggested that St Ninian’s in Gourock may have been one of the few parishes in Scotland which might have had some sort of school before it even had a Church building. According to the official parish records, the school came later, yet this interesting claim has often been repeated and relayed to our current parish priest Fr Gerry McNellis on more than one occasion. Fr McNellis is himself, a self-confessed staunch Portonian who swears blind that Port Glasgow is so important that the town features prominently in the Old Testament—and yet even he was impressed by ... continue reading.

Remembering Glasgow’s inferno

November 16th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Ahead of the James Watt Street fire’s 50th anniversary memorial in Glasgow this weekend, Ryan McDougall speaks to a woman who lost her father to the blaze all those years ago.... continue reading.


Remembering the forgotten Catholic men who fought and died in the First World War.

November 9th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Dr Robert Corrins asks why some Catholic parishes have been slow to commemorate the Fallen, and describes a new initiative in one Coatbridge parish to remember those who died. By Dr Robert Corrins... continue reading.


Papal meeting for Monsignor after a golden era of service to priesthood

November 9th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Mary McGinty speaks to Mgr Jim Ryan about his life as a priest over the last 50 years including concelebrating Mass with Pope Francis earlier this year. ... continue reading.

Palestinian children play in the Al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza City Jan. 15. (CNS photo/Mohammed Salem, Reuters) See UNRWA-US-PALESTINIANS-REACT Jan. 26, 2018.

Welcome to the occupation: the children forced to flee gunfire in the West Bank

November 2nd, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Edinburgh parishioner Philippa Bonella is spending three months in the occupied West Bank as a human rights monitor. In her first dispatch, she looks at the children caught up in conflict.... continue reading.


Haven sent: one woman explains why she has visited dozens of ships with a Catholic charity

October 26th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

After 100 visits to ships in the north-east of Scotland, including the stranded Indian crew of the Malaviya, Apostleship of the Sea volunteer Pam Millar tells Euan Mcarthur how she first got involved and what keeps her coming back for more.... continue reading.


Food for thought: How Mary’s Meals is working with the Church to bring kids back into education

October 19th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A diocesan worker in South Sudan tells Ryan Mcdougall how aid from Scottish charity Mary’s Meals is helping children in his country get back to school... continue reading.

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A bridge of Faith across continents

October 19th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

In the last of a three-part series, Missio Scotland’s GERARD GOUGH shares the story of a friendship between two schoolgirls that united Scotland and Zambia... continue reading.

Saving the children from the mean streets of Medellin

October 12th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Ryan McDougall reveals how a Colombian charity has benefitted from the efforts of a Scottish volunteer... continue reading.

Giving street kids a leg up

October 12th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

In the second of a three-part series GERARD GOUGH looks at Missio Scotland projects around the globe to convey how the kindness of Scottish schoolchildren is transforming young lives globally.... continue reading.

Funds & games for goodness’ sake

October 5th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

In the first in a three-part series leading up to Mission Sunday, and in the centenary year of the 1918 act which secured state-funded Catholic education, GERARD GOUGH of Missio Scotland finds there is much to celebrate in how young Catholics have supported vital missionary work... continue reading.

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