Diocesan News

Homily on the life of St Therese

A powerful homily on the life of St Therese, delivered by Father James Grant at the recent Diocesan Vocations Mass. - I would like to begin tonight by sharing with you the unpromising tale of a 19th century family who were no strangers to misfortune at the door of their house: The parents had nine children in total but lost four children, three in infancy and another at five years of age. One of their children had what we would now call special needs and suffered from bad eczema, for years she endured abuse at the hands of a cruel adult, so not surprisingly she was a constant source of worry to her parents. The mother of the family died of breast cancer at the age of 45 when her youngest d

Visit of the Relics of St Therese

On Friday 31st August our Diocese will warmly welcome the relics of St Therese of Lisieux on their first stop on a tour of Scotland. This promises to be a very special few days for our Diocese, filled with many graces and blessings, as we honour the Little Flower at Carfin Grotto where there has been a strong devotion to the saint for many years since Canon Taylor founded the Grotto. A full programme has been organised for the three day visit and a greta deal of work has gone into planning and organisation to ensure this is a wonderful occasion for all. Everyone is strongly encouraged to come along to honour St Therese during this time, to visit and venerate her relics and to celebrate the S

Novena to The Little Flower

In preparation for the arrival of the Relics of St Therese of LIsieux in Scotland, a Novena to the Little Flower in St Columbkille's Church Rutherglen, which begins on Monday 12th August at 7pm, will be led by Bishop John Keenan. During the service there will be an opportunity to venerate a first class relic of St Therese of Lisieux. All welcome.

St Ambrose' & Buchannan High Campus

The Diocese of Motherwell welcomes the news today that the independent report ordered by the Scottish Government has found that St Ambrose' High and Buchanan High Campus in Coatbridge are safe. We trust these findings offer the reassurance required for all concerned and hope that the new term will begin next week with renewed confidence. We offer the prayerful support of the local parishes, and indeed the whole Diocesan community.

Mary's Meals

Mary’s Meals is an international charity which provides a daily meal in a place of education for children in some of the world’s poorest communities. It currently costs us an average of just £13.90 to feed a child for a year. We are committed to keeping our running costs low to ensure good stewardship of the donations we receive. This is made possible by the work carried out by the thousands of volunteers around the world. Mary’s Meals UK has a network of local volunteer teams who work hard pro-actively raising awareness of the charity across parish communities in central Scotland. They motivate and inspire other parishioners to support our work, playing an active part in reaching the next

Further Communication on the Closure of Carfin Pilgrimage Centre

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I am aware that in recent days there have been strong reactions among some people to the decision of the Motherwell Diocesan Trustees to close the Pilgrimage Centre at Carfin at the end of September. I hope therefore that some more explanation of our decision may be helpful. There two distinct entities in the Church’s grounds at Carfin. First of all the Parish of St Francis Xavier, which includes the Parish Church and House, the Grotto, the Xavier Centre and other buildings. Secondly there is the Pilgrimage Centre, built in the 1990’s and owned by the Diocese. The closure decision refers only to the Pilgrimage Centre, which has been run as a Limited Compa

Closure of Carfin Pilgrimage Centre

Carfin Pilgrimage Centre was opened in July 1996 and since then has provided a range of services to pilgrims visiting the Grotto. The services now mainly comprise a gift shop and café within the premises. However, for most of this period, the Centre has had to rely on financial subsidies from the Diocese to remain operational and this position has become further exacerbated recently by the indication of the need to incur significant additional expenditure to meet statutory food and hygiene and health and safety standards expected today. Unfortunately the footfall and use of the Centre is not sufficient to bring in sufficient income to meet day to day operational costs, notwithstanding the po

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