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Priests prepare to take on tough topics for Lent talks

A Rutherglen Church is hosting a series of Lenten talks for young adults, on a range of hot topics including divorce, euthanasia and transgender issues.

The weekly talks at St Columbkille’s Church, which begin in the last week of February, are open to all 16-35-year-olds and will take place every Tuesday during Lent.

The talks cover a wide range of issues from Life issues to Spirituality, Scripture to vocations.



The first talk, on February 25, will be given by Fr Bernard Mournian, assistant priest of St Columbkille’s. Fr Bernard will focus on euthanasia, centred around the theme of ‘care not killing.’

The following week, Fr Paul Denney, assistant priest of Our Lady of Good Aid Cathedral in Motherwell, will discuss creation and the book of Genesis.

On March 10, Fr Jamie McMorrin, assistant priest of St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh, will introduce young Catholics to ‘the basics of personal prayer’ and on March 17 Fr Nick Welsh, parish priest of Our Lady and St Andrew’s Church, Galashiels, will discuss chastity.

Fr Matthew Carlin from Paisley diocese will speak on the subject of the vocation of marriage on March 24, and will deliver an in-depth talk on the Church’s teaching on divorce and remarriage.



When the series enters its final two weeks, Fr Jonathan Whitworth of St Mirin’s Cathedral, Paisley, will take on the topic of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and the principles of St Pope John Paul II on the theology of the body.

Finally, on April 7, Fr Stephen Reilly, coordinator of Spiritual and Pastoral Formation at the University of Glasgow, will discuss issues around transgender and the Catholic Faith. All talks are free and take place from 7pm to 8.30pm at St Columbkille’s.

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