Diocesan News

Canon Denis Keane RIP

It is with deep regret that we have to advise of the death of Canon Denis Keane, a retired priest of the diocese who died yesterday in Clonakilty Community Hospital, Co Cork. Canon Keane was born on 8th August 1923 and served as a priest in Motherwell Diocese for 48 years, from his ordination on 5th June 1949 to his retirement to Ireland in 1997. In this time he served in seven parishes, four as Assistant Priest and three as parish priest. He founded the parish of St Brendan's in Motherwell in 1965. St Charles’, Newton, Assistant Priest 1949 St Patrick’s, Shotts, Assistant Priest 1951 Holy Trinity & All Saints Coatbridge, Assistant Priest 1953 St Patrick’s, Coatbridge, Assistant Priest 1959

Extraordinary Urbi et Orbi Blessing

At 5.00pm on Friday 27th March, in order to offer intercession and consolation during this time of exceptional discomfort, the Holy Father, Pope Francis will preside of a time of prayer and Eucharistic Adoration in an empty St Peter's Square. During this time of prayer, Pope Francis will impart an extraordinary Urbi et Orbi Blessing. This is a solemn blessing 'to the city and the world', normally given at Christmas and Easter. The plenary indulgence attached to the Urbi et Orbi blessing is available to all who follow the event live online. The gift of special Indulgences is granted to the faithful suffering from COVID-19 disease, commonly known as Coronavirus, as well as to health care worke

Closure of Parish Churches

It has been announced by Bishop Toal that all Churches in the Diocese of Motherwell will no longer be able to open for private prayer during the day, based on the advice offered to him from the Government. Therefore, all Churches which had been due to open during the week for private prayer will now be closed for the foreseeable future in the interest of public safety. Our Lady of Good Aid, pray for us.

Online Prayer Resource

The Diocesan Mission & Evangelisation team have put together this great resource with information and links to various online prayer resources that you can use during this time. Download here and take a look at this very handy and useful guide.

Resource for when Mass cannot be celebrated publicly

The Scottish Catholic Liturgy Commission has produced a resource for parishioners to use at home for when Holy Mass cannot be celebrated publicly. Click here to download this resource. You can also print it off to give to someone who may not have access to the internet. In this disturbing time for the world and for the Church, we feel the need more than ever to “lift up our hands in prayer.” Even when the Mass is not available or we are confined to home or hospital, we can still bring ourselves, and our hopes and fears, before the Lord, asking for his strength and consolation. We can remain part of the worldwide prayer of the Church, asking the Father to deliver us from our current evils, an

Statement from Bishop Toal

Brothers and Sisters In the wake of the Scottish Bishops releasing our Pastoral Letter in regard to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) I wish to add some further instructions for the clergy and faithful of the Diocese of Motherwell. All public Liturgies and Devotions in our churches, oratories, halls, parish houses, or other church premises, are cancelled until further notice. Religious Communities have to decide how to manage their own spiritual programmes but should not invite people from outside to come in. This major restriction on our liturgical and devotional life will be announced at Masses tomorrow, the Feast of St Joseph, and will take effect from then across the Diocese. During the period

Statement from the Bishops of Scotland

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, In this time of trial, we, the Bishops of Scotland, wish to send you a word of reassurance and encouragement. We are all facing much uncertainty, anxiety and an unpredictable future. This situation touches on every aspect of our lives, individually and collectively. Sacred Scripture calls us repeatedly not to fear and to look to the help that comes to us from above. We are called to support one another in every way we can, especially those who are most vulnerable, through age or underlying conditions. Even in the midst of any necessary “distancing” we must stand by each other. We ask you to pray for the sick, those caring for them, for those in positi

Rite of Election

Bishop Joseph Toal with the Catechumens and Candidates who attended the Rite of Election on the 1st Sunday of Lent ,1st of March 2020, in St Francis Xavier Carfin.


As the possibility of the coronavirus affecting us in Scotland appears to be growing, I think it is prudent to make comment on it and to take some precautionary measures in our churches. First it is necessary to pray - both for those already suffering because of this virus, and then to pray for God’s help that we may be protected from all harm. It is certainly an intention that we should pray fervently about this Lent. Having heard of the consequences of an outbreak of the virus in other countries, particular in the restriction of movement and the closure of public buildings, we can foresee that restrictions will be put in place in Scotland also and I would expect that gatherings in church

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