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Motherwell diocese to amalgamate parishes

August 29th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

In a short video that shown to congregations in all parishes last weekend, the bishop explained some of the problems that the diocese is currently dealing with, including a shortage of priests, falling congregations, inability to cover school and hospital chaplaincies and less opportunity for priests to make house and pastoral visits. As such, the diocese is looking to join together some existing parishes to form a single new parish, with a new name and new parish priest. The diocese has already seen the twinning of parishes in recent years, with one parish priest providing cover to more than one church ... continue reading.

Catholic test for popular East Renfrewshire schools

August 24th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

New proposals suggest that parents will have to provide a baptismal certificate if Catholic primary or secondary schools are over-subscribed with pupils.... continue reading.


SCIAF chief gives his all for a new cycling adventure

August 5th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

SCIAF’s director is preparing to take to the road to bring the charity’s message to people across Scotland and help those in need in some of the poorest countries in the world.... continue reading.


Kinnoull retreat to reopen

August 4th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

St Mary’s Monastery, Kinnoull, is set to reopen this month after more than a year of refurbishments.... continue reading.


A new Catholic dimension to the Edinburgh Festival

August 4th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

St Patrick’s Church, Cowgate will offer a wide range of artistic and spiritual events throughout August.... continue reading.

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