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Canon John B. Healy RIP

It is with great regret that we advise of the death of Canon John B. Healy, a retired priest of the Diocese. Canon Healy was born on 20th August 1931 in Co Kerry, Ireland, and following his studies at St Kieran's Kilkenny, was ordained a Priest for the Diocese of Motherwell on 6th June 1954 in Kilkenny. He served as curate in St Brigid's Newmains, St Bernadette's Motherwell and the Cathedral. He served as Parish Priest of Christ the King, Holytown, Sacred Heart Bellshill and St Serf's Airdrie, from where he retired in 2012. Canon Healy continued to reside in St Serf's following his retirement until he moved to the Little Sisters of the Poor Nursing Home in Robroyston, where he passed away

Getting Married in 2020?

If you are getting married within the Diocese of Motherwell then you will require to take part in one of the marriage preparation courses which are run by the Marriage & Family Life Office. These courses take place throughout the year and after speaking to your Parish Priest, you can register for one of the courses on the brand new Marriage & Family Life Office website at marriagefamilylife.org. The website will give you all the information you need to know regarding the courses and also what you will require to do when planning to get married within the Diocese.

Marriage & Family Life Office

A brand new website has been launched by the Diocesan Marriage & Family Life Office. The new site contains resources for couples and families to support them in living their Catholic faith. The new website also allows couples preparing to get married within the Diocese to register online for one of the marriage preparation courses run by the Marriage & Family Life Office. Take a look at the new site at marriagefamilylife.org

Extraordinary Missionary Month

Pope Francis has proclaimed October 2019 an ‘Extraordinary Missionary Month’ to be marked and celebrated in the whole Church throughout the world, and entrusted the mission of the Church in the world especially to Pope St John Paul II. The theme of this Missionary Month is “Baptized and Sent: The Church of Christ on Mission in the World.” There are four dimensions, specified by the Pope, to live more intensely the Extraordinary Missionary Month: Personal Encounter with Jesus Christ living in His Church through the Eucharist, the Word of God, personal and communal prayer; Testimony: missionary saints, martyrs and confessors of the faith, as an expression of the Church scattered throughout the

Weekend Gathering with Fr Nicholas King SJ

A Weekend Gathering is taking place at the Conforti Institute, Coatbridge, on 21st/22nd September. The event will be led by Father Nicholas King SJ, a Jesuit Priest and acclaimed Biblical scholar. Please find more details about the event and how to register on the poster below.

Contemplative Theology

Please find below details of the contemplative theology sessions organised by the Diocese of Motherwell Mission & Evangelisation team, taking place this October at The Xavier Centre, Carfin. All welcome to take part!

Visit of the Relics of St Therese - Day Three

The final day of the visit began with the Parish Masses celebrated in St Francis Xavier's Church. At 3pm, thousands of Catholics from across Scotland gathered in the Grotto for the National Pilgrimage Mass in honour of St Therese of Lisieux celebrated by Bishop Toal and the Bishops of Scotland. The relics were carried in procession by the Knights of St Columba from the Church to the Grotto for Holy Mass. At the conclusion of the Mass, Bishop Toal offered the prayers for the farewell after which the relics were taken by hearse to the Diocese fo Galloway. As the relics left the Grotto, the thousands of pilgrims made an impromtu guard of honour as Deacon John Nevans led the relics to the sound

Visit of the Relics of St Therese - Day Two

Day two of the visit began with Holy Mass celebrated by Canon John Udris. At 1pm Solemn Mass was celebrated by Father Francis McGachey, parish priest, and concelebrated by clergy of the Diocese. Over 1000 people attend the Mass and then stayed to venerate the relic of St Therese throughout the day. On Saturday evening, Devotion to St Therese and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament was led by Father McGachey and Father Mark O'Donnell in a yet again, full Church. Pilgrims continued to visit through the night as the second All Night Vigil took place.

Visit of the Relics of St Therese - Day One

The relics of St Therese arrived in the Diocese of Motherwell on Thursday night, 29th August. A large number of people gathered at St Teresa's Church, Newarthill, around 11pm, where the relics were welcomed by parish priest, Father Bill Bergin. The Church remained open all night for prayers and visits to the relics. On Friday, 30th August, hundereds gathered as the relics were processed from St Teresa's Church to St Francis Xavier's Church. The procession was led by the North Lanarkshire School's Pipe Band and pupils of Taylor High School. On arrival at Carfin, the relics were officially welcomed by Bishop Toal followed by Holy Mass with the primary and secondary schools of the Diocese. Late

Thank you from Bishop Toal

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ. I would like to thank everybody in the Diocese who participated in the Pilgrimage of the Relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux over the past weekend, from the arrival on Thursday night at St Teresa’s Newarthill until the departure yesterday afternoon from the Grotto at Carfin at the end of the National Pilgrimage Mass in honour of St Thérèse. I believe we were all uplifted by the experience and touched by the spirit of St Thérèse and the graces coming from her presence among us. I hope and pray with you that we will continue to benefit spiritually from this blessed experience. I thank Fr James Grant for all the preparatory work done on a national level and all

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