Diocesan News

Father John Breslin RIP

Regretfully we announce the death of yet another of our retired priests. Please remember in your prayers the repose of the soul of Father John Breslin, a former Chancellor of the Diocese and former Parish Priest of St Bride's Cambuslang. Father Breslin died earlier today at Nazareth House in Glasgow where he was living for some time. May the Lord grant eternal rest to his faithful servant.

Father Martin O'Keefe RIP

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Father Martin O'Keefe, a retired priest of the Diocese, who died yesterday. Father O'Keefe was ordained in 1954 and died at home in Holytown yesterday after a period of ill health. Funeral arrangements will be announced in due course. May the Lord grant his faithful servant eternal rest.

Bishop Toal's Christmas Message

The Bishop wishes to impart this Christmas Message to clergy and laity in the diocese. Pope Francis wrote a lovely letter recently to us all from the Shrine of the Nativity at Greccio, the site of the First Christmas Crib set up by St Francis of Assisi in December 1223. He concluded his reflections on the beauty of the Christmas Crib as follows: “Dear Brothers and Sisters, the Christmas Crib is part of the precious but demanding process of passing on the faith. Beginning in childhood and at every stage of our lives, it teaches us to contemplate Jesus, to experience God’s love for us, to feel and believe that God is with us and that we are with him, his children, Brothers and Sisters all.

Bambinelli Sunday

Over the past number of decades, on the Third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday), children and adults bring their Baby Jesus figures from their homes to St Peters Square where they are blessed by the Pope. This year we will celebrate 'Bambinelli Sunday' at in parishes across the Diocese of Motherwell during Sunday Masses on the Third Sunday of Advent (December 15th). All children and families are invited to bring the Baby Jesus figure from their homes to be blessed before placing the Baby Jesus in your Crib on Christmas day. Families can make their own 'Bambinelli' if they wish. If you don't have a crib in your home then there is still time to get one to keep the real meaning of Christmas ali

Father John Doherty RIP

It is with regret that we have to advise you of the death earlier this morning in Monklands Hospital of Fr John Doherty, formerly parish priest at St Bartholomew Parish in Coatbridge. During his many years of service in the Diocese, Fr John worked in 12 parishes, in two of which, St Clare's in Easterhouse and St Bartholomew's in Coatbridge, as parish priest. Fr John retired a few years ago and was living in care housing in Coatbridge. His sister, Mary, and her family, were with him when he passed away. To them we extend our prayers, sympathies and condolences. The Funeral Arrangement for the late Father John Doherty are as follows: + His Mortal Remains will be received into Motherwell Cathed

Diocesan Choir Carol Concerts

The Motherwell Diocesan Choir presents 'A Christmas Blessing: The Christmas sotry in word and carol'. The Choir, under the direction of John Pitcathley, will be performing at four carols services across the Diocese this year in preparation for Christmas. Everyone is warmly invited to attend any of the evenings to prepare to enter into the Season of Christmas.

Father Thomas Colm Morris RIP

It is with much sadness that The Morris Family has advised of the death of Fr Colm Morris, formerly of the Diocese. Fr Colm passed away in the care of Brentwood Manor Nursing Home, Convoy, Co. Donegal. During his 35 years in the diocese, Fr Colm served as assistant priest in St Monica's Coatbridge, St Teresa's Newarthill and St Bride's, Cambuslang, and as parish priest in St John Bosco, Easterhouse, St Brigid's, Newmains and St Cadoc's Halfway. He retired to Ireland in 1988. Further details of funeral arrangements will be provided in due course. May his soul rest in the eternal peace of the Lord.

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