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Bishop Toal invites faithful to pray for guidance of Holy Spirit ahead of Pentecost

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ In the reading from the Acts of the Apostles at Mass today, we heard how the Apostles joined in continuous prayer, along with several women, including Mary the Mother of Jesus, and his brothers. This happened through the days from the Lord’s Ascension until the Coming of the Holy Spirit upon them on Pentecost Sunday. These are the days we are in now in the Church’s Liturgical Year so I would encourage the clergy and faithful of the Diocese as individuals and as families to pray for the guidance and inspiration of the Holy Spirit to assist our recovery in our present situation and the strength and courage to face the future with renewed hope. Considering th

National Call to Prayer

Across the country people have answered the call to pray at the same time each week in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair said: "I’m delighted to have read that in the last couple of months google searches for ‘prayer’ have increased dramatically. "But reading about what prayer is and how to do it is the only the start of it. After that it’s time to actually pray! "And what better than to join with brothers and sisters from across the nation at 7pm on Sunday to pray our way through this ongoing crisis. I commend it to you and look forward to being with you, in Spirit, on Sunday evening." This week's letter accompanying the prayer, which is also available in Gaelic, stat

Pope Francis' Message for Communication Sunday

This year, Pope Francis’ message for the 54th World Communications Day is on the theme of storytelling, and especially the truth contained in ‘good’ stories. The Pope focuses on storytelling, truth and who we are in God’s eyes. He refers to the Bible as “the great love story between God and humanity” with Jesus at its centre. “Stories leave their mark on us; they shape our convictions and our behaviour. They can help us understand and communicate who we are” the Pope writes. While positive storytelling is upheld for its life-giving value, the Pope warns of sophisticated and persuasive forms of “fake” stories – cautioning against a materialistic mindset. He decries the false message that “to

Invitation to School Communities to join Bishop Toal for Holy Mass

A special invite to all members of our school communities across the Diocese to join Bishop Toal at 11am this Thursday, Solemnity of the Ascension, for a special Mass for Schools. Mass will be streamed live on our Facebook and at rcdom.org.uk. We hope as many teachers, parents and pupils of our school communities will be able to join Bishop Toal for Holy Mass.

Laudato Si' Week

We’re living through history-shaping events. Laudato Si’ teaches us how to build a better world–together. People everywhere are crying out for hope, and our faith is urgently needed to light the way. For Laudato Si’ Week, 16-24 May, Catholics are uniting in solidarity for a more just and sustainable future. Stand united with our brothers and sisters in faith as we grow through the crisis of this moment to build a better tomorrow. Reflect and prepare through online trainings, 16-23 May Join the worldwide day of prayer, 24 May Put preparation into action during the Season of Creation, this September For more information, please go to https://laudatosiweek.org

Bishops announce new Pastoral Ministry working group

The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland have announced the formation of a Covid-19 Working Group, which will begin examining how best to meet the long-term pastoral needs of the Catholic community during the pandemic. A range of approaches, focusing on the liturgical, spiritual and welfare needs of the Catholic community during a time of long-term restrictions will be examined by a newly established Pastoral Ministry Working Group. This group will aim to ensure that the Church is prepared for the possibility of extended restrictions on the operation of parishes and dioceses by planning for forms of pastoral ministry which will be viable in the COVID-19 context. The group will be chaired by Bish

Church Infection Control Group starts work

The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland Covid-19 Working Group, tasked with the creation of an Infection Control Protocol to govern the phased reopening of churches for public worship met for the first time yesterday (Wednesday 13 May). Chaired by Sir Harry Burns, Scotland’s former Chief Medical Officer and Professor of Global Public Health at the University of Strathclyde, the group will focus on two parallel work streams: Infection Control and Liturgical Norms. The drafting of infection control standards will be overseen by Sir Harry Burns and Professor Stephany Biello, Professor of Neuroscience and Biopsychology and Dean for Learning and Teaching in Science and Engineering at the University

Bishop Toal's Live Streamed Mass Schedule

Over the next few weeks, as well as the regular Sunday Mass at 6.00am which will continue each week, Bishop Toal will be offering Holy Mass live on Facebook for the following occasions: 🙏HOLY MASS FOR THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF VE DAY - Holy Mass will be live streamed at 2.00pm on Friday 8th May. This Mass will be offered to remember our elderly generations who served our country so bravely through the 2nd World War, and who are now being affected so much by the Covid-19 Virus. 🙏HOLY MASS FOR THE FEAST OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA - Normally on this Feast, Bishop Toal would celebrate Holy Mass at Carfin Grotto. Instead, this year he will celebrate Holy Mass live on Facebook on Wednesday 13th May a

Catholic Bishops announce new Covid-19 Working Group

The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland have announced the formation of a Covid-19 Working Group, which will begin work on the creation of an Infection Control Protocol to govern the phased reopening of churches for public worship at an early and safe opportunity, in accordance with legislation and the current Scottish Government guidelines on social distancing and hygiene. The precautions and requirements to allow Catholic churches to be used for public worship, will be studied carefully and proposed Infection Control Protocols presented to the Scottish Government. The Working Group will be chaired by Sir Harry Burns, Scotland’s former Chief Medical Officer and Professor of Global Public Health

Churches pray together for sixth week

For the sixth week running, 13 churches and Christian organisations across Scotland are calling on Christians to pray at the same time in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Already, thousands of people across Scotland – and further afield – have been answering the call to pray at 7pm on Sunday evening during this time of sacrifice, difficulty and bereavement, and we renew that call to join together once more in prayer. Churches Together in England will also be praying each Sunday at 7pm and will be using the hashtag #prayersofhope to share the message on social media. The Scottish churches have issued a letter with this week’s prayer that reads: “In these challenging days: Is there anyone wa

Fr Mark O'Donnell reflects on Vocations Sunday

Fr Mark O'Donnell, as seen on the recent BBC documentary 'Priest School', offers a reflection on this Vocations Sunday. After discovering his own vocation, Fr Mark was ordained to the Priesthood for our Diocese last summer in his home parish of St Thomas' Wishaw and now serves as Assistant Priest St Joseph's Parish Blantyre and St John Ogilvie's, Blantyre as well as Chaplain to St John Ogilvie High Burnbank

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