Diocesan News

Fr Grant appointed General Secretary of Bishops' Conference

The Bishops of Scotland have appointed Fr Jim Grant to be the new General Secretary of the Bishops' Conference. Fr Grant is currently Parish Priest of Holy Family Parish in Mossend, Bellshill in the Diocese of Motherwell. He succeeds Mgr Hugh Bradley who was appointed in 2012. Commenting on the appointment, Bishop Joe Toal, Bishop of Motherwell said: “I am happy that Fr Grant has accepted the Bishops’ request to succeed Mgr Hugh Bradley as General Secretary of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland. I am sure he will carry out his duties as General Secretary very well and will bring his long experience as a Parish Priest to assist wisely the Bishops and all who work for the Conference in the ti

Jim McShane RIP

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Jim McShane, father of Father John Paul McShane, who died earlier this week. Jim had comparatively recently been diagnosed with a terminal illness. Over the last few weeks, he faced the inevitable with great fortitude and devout faith. His mortal remains will be received into St. Francis Xavier’s Church, Carfin on Sunday 9th December at 7.30pm. The Mass of Christian Burial will take place in St. Francis Xavier’s Church, Carfin on Monday 10thDecember at 11.30am. Please remember in your prayers, Jim’s wife, Nina, and all the McShane family at this time. Blessed are those who die in the Lord, let them rest for ever for their good deeds go with them. Ete

Ministry of Acolyte

On the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Bishop Toal celebrated Mass in Our Lady of Lourdes East Kilbride where he conferred on Alan Brown the Ministry of Acolyte. Alan is training for the Permanent Diaconate, please keep him in your prayers.

Lectio on Twitter

As we start a new liturgical year, the Diocesan Adult Formation team also starts a new adventure in the social media (Twitter), to help us communicate our activities and agenda across the Diocese. During Advent, this Twitter account (@LectioMotherwe1) will invite us to reflect, each Sunday, on its corresponding Gospel. By highlighting a short sentence from the Holy Scriptures, we are aiming to regularly propose a framework for our own prayer, as if we were collectively – and virtually – practising Lectio Divina. Our aim is not to propose a bible-study or a “thought for the day”, but to create a community of faithful – across the Diocese – consciously growing in relationship with Christ and d

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