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Parish prays for Kieran Tierney after record-breaking transfer

A Motherwell parish has praised the contribution of its young people to the community—including one young Catholic who has just became the most expensive Scottish footballer in history. — By Colette Cooper

St Brendan’s Church, Motherwell, congratulated and offered best wishes to Kieran Tierney who last week transferred from boyhood club Celtic FC to Arsenal for £25 million.

Tierney, who went to St Brendan’s Primary, Our Lady’s High in Motherwell and St Ninian’s High in Kirkintilloch, attended Mass at the parish.

St Brendan’s has said it will ‘pray at Mass on Sunday that Kieran will continue to use his talent to the fullest and to be a good role model for young people who are very much at the centre of our parish life.’

“We hope to see him here when he returns home on visits to his mum and dad.”


Parish praise

Fr Owen James Ness, parish priest of St Brendan’s, praised all the young people who contribute to the life of the parish.

“It’s widely known that young people are open to many very powerful influences. Peer pressure has a big influence, so those who give time to parish activities either in ministry or by the ministry of their very presence at church, especially by participation in Mass, often have to resist peer pressure in pursuing what is for them a wonderfully powerful experience,” he said.

“I remind them that by doing so they have the potential to influence others in their own age group to come to experience the goodness which they help to create by taking part in parish life.

“We know this to be true in St Brendan’s.”


community support

He added that Kieran Tierney ‘will be affirmed and supported in prayer by this community as many young people are.’

Fr Ness also praised the talents of Madeleine, 17, who played the organ for the first time at Sunday Mass, and young parishioners Leo, Suzanna, Olivia, Emily and Nicole.

“This presence, like the presence of many young people from the families in this parish, has the potential to influence others of all ages for good in their lives, and we trust in the Holy Spirit to bring this into effect,” Fr Ness said.

“We pray for Kieran Tierney of this parish that he will flourish through his God-given exceptional skill as a footballer and that he will keep free of injury to be able to use his talent to the fullest.”

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