BY Martin Dunlop | February 15 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS     print icon print


Pupils make Rosaries their mission

Cardinal Newman lend a helping hand to Mission Matters Scotland for Mission Rosary launch

CARDINAL Newman High School in Bellshill played host to the launch of Mission Matters Scotland’s Year of Faith Mission Rosary campaign last Friday.

At the launch, Cardinal Keith O’Brien blessed Scotland’s biggest and most colourful Rosary, a giant, five-decade Rosary, around four feet in diameter, which has beads the size of tennis balls and a Crucifix two-feet high.

Staff and pupils at Cardinal Newman made the Rosary as a large-scale copy of more than 100,000 normal-size Mission Rosaries being sent out by Mission Matters Scotland to parishes and Catholic schools, to reintroduce the Rosary as a form of daily prayer across the country.

The Rosaries are accompanied with easy-to-follow instruction cards for both adults and school pupils and represent Scotland’s contribution to a worldwide campaign of prayer organised by Pontifical Mission Societies and centred on the Mission Rosary.


Fr Tom Welsh, director of Mission Matters Scotland, said that the Mission Rosary, which has different coloured decades, representing each of the five continents of the world, ‘is an ideal way to raise the prayer life of Scotland and to remind people of the importance of the missions.’

“In this Year of Faith, when the Catholic Church is reaching out through its new evangelisation, it is a simple and ideal way of re-introducing the Rosary to Scotland at a time when the country and the world need prayer, and the benefits it brings, both at home and on the missions, as never before,” Fr Welsh said.


The campaign has the backing of Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, president of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, who believes the Rosary campaign ‘encourages families and schools to rediscover the great prayer of the Rosary, and opens minds and hearts to the work of missionaries overseas.’

Cardinal O’Brien said he was ‘very pleased’ to have been invited to bless the giant Rosary at Cardinal Newman.


—This story was reported in full in the February 15 print edition of the SCO.


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