Diocesan News

North Lanarkshire Council Education Committee

Mr Bill Cunningham from Kilsyth will be the new Church’s representative on North Lanarkshire Council Education Committee. Bill takes the place of Mr Jim Duffin who carried out this role for many years. Many thanks to Jim for work he carried out in this post.

GDPR - Listing names of the sick in Parish Bulletins

To try and clarify the position on the listing the names of the sick on parish bulletins, the latest advice we have is that names of the sick can be put on bulletins as there is a ‘legitimate interest’ for the parish to do so but if the bulletin is posted to a website there is no ‘legitimate interest’ and therefore names must be removed.

Annual Vocations Mass

The Annual Diocesan Vocations Mass will take place this year on the 28th August in Our Lady of Good Aid Cathedral at 7.00 pm. Please put the date in your diary and come along to pray for an increase in vocations to the Priesthood, Diaconate and Religious Life in Motherwell Diocese.

Transitional Deacons

Congratulations to four seminarians from the Diocese of Motherwell who were recently ordained transitional deacons. Rev Mark O'Donnell and Rev Charles Coyle were both ordained at the Scots College Rome in May and Rev Kevin Lawrie and Rev Kieran Hamilton were both ordained at Oscott College, Birmingham, in June. During the summer period, the transitional deacons will be placed in the following parishes: Deacon Charles Coyle Our Lady of Lourdes, East Kilbride Deacon Mark O’Donnell St Francis Xavier, Carfin Deacon Kieran Hamilton The Cathedral Parish, Motherwell Deacon Kevin Lawrie St Patrick’s and St Thomas’, Wishaw

Clergy Anniversaries

We offer our prayers and congratulations to the following clergy of the Diocese of Motherwell who celebrate milestone anniversaries over the next two weeks: Golden Jubilees - Father Damian Gilhooley who was ordained on 29th June 1968.Mass of Thanksgiving will be held on Friday 29th June at 7.00pm. Ruby Jubilees - Father Thomas Brady who was ordained on 11th July 1978. His Mass of Thanksgiving will be held on Wednesday 11th July, 7.00pm, followed by refreshments in the hall. All welcome.

Clergy Appointments

Bishop Toal has made the following clergy appointments within the Diocese: - Father Martin Delaney, currently Assistant Priest of The Cathedral Parish, Motherwell, will become Parish Priest of St Aloysius' Chapelhall and Sacred Heart Salsburgh. Fr Martin will continue as Chaplain to Taylor High. - Father Bruce McPhail, currently Assistant Priest of St Brigid's Newmains will become Assistant Priest of The Cathedral Parish, Motherwell. - Father Daniel Rooney, currently Parish Priest of St Aloysius Chapelhall will become Assistant Priest of St Joseph's Cardowan. - Father Josemarie Kiganda, currently Parish Priest of Corpus Christi Calderbank and Sacred Heart Salsburgh will return to work within

Father Briody appointed Vice President of Heritage Commission

Fr Michael Briody, Parish Priest of Saint Michael’s, Moddiesburn, has been appointed by the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland as Vice-President of the recently re-established Scottish Catholic Heritage Commission. Commenting on his appointment, Bishop Joseph Toal, Bishop of Motherwell said: “The Bishops' Conference has agreed that the Catholic Heritage Commission should oversee and encourage the work of preserving our Scottish Catholic Heritage at home and abroad. Fr Briody is a great enthusiast for our precious Catholic Heritage and has always sought to make it better known and appreciated. He has been involved in the Scalan Association for many years and now serves as its president. He

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