Diocesan News

Clergy Retirements and Appointments

Bishop Toal announces the following clergy retirements and appointments, to take effect from 29th September 2020. RETIREMENTS Fr Hugh Kelly, PP of St Brigid’s Newmains, will relinquish Office as Parish Priest on 29th September and will live in retirement with friends. Fr Kelly has given outstanding service as a priest of the Diocese and we thank him for that, especially for these most recent years in Newmains but not forgetting all the other parishes he has served in and the other ministries he has faithfully carried out. I am sure we will still see him helping out with supplies and we wish him good health and every blessing into the future. Fr Eamonn Sweeney, PP of St Patrick’s Coatbridge,

Canon Niall Hayes RIP

It is with sadness that we have to advise of the death of Canon Niall Hayes, who passed away last night in Monklands Hospital. Prior to his retirement in 2012, Canon Hayes was Parish Priest at St John Bosco's Parish in New Stevenston. Canon Hayes was born in County Clare, Ireland, and was ordained to the Priesthood in 1949. During his 63 of active ministry in the Diocese he served in Sacred Heart Bellshill, St Ignatius' Wishaw, St Anthony's Rutherglen, St Thomas' Wishaw and St John Bosco's New Stevenston. Further details on the arrangement for his funeral will be given in due course. May he rest in the peace and the love of the Lord.

Weekly Call to Prayer

This Sunday (23 August), Christians across Scotland will once again join together in prayer at 7pm in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As with previous weeks during lockdown and the phased easing of restrictions, 14 Christian churches and organisations across the country, including the Church of Scotland, have co-signed the letter calling for prayer. Scottish Christians have been continuing to answer the call to pray at the same time each week, and Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, has been taking part alongside them. "I’m delighted to have read that in the last couple of months online searches for ‘prayer’ have increased dramatically,” Dr

Prayers for Belarus

Some of you may recall Father Yury Zheharyn from Belarus. He has been with us in the diocese as a summer supply priest for many years and is highly regarded amongst his brother priests for whom he has supplied over these years. We will all have heard about the troubles in Belarus following the recent disputed election and Fr Yury asks Bishop Toal and everyone in the diocese of Motherwell, to pray for peace, forgiveness and justice for Belarus at this difficult time. Please remember Fr Yury and the country of Belarus in your prayers. St Euphrosyne, patron saint of Belarus, pray for them


Bishop Toal shares the following messages of congratulations - Last Tuesday, the Feast of St John Vianney, I instituted Christopher Morris, one of our seminarians, as a lector. This was postponed in March as Oscott closed a few days before it was due to take place in the College. I congratulate Christopher on receiving the ministry, and ask your continued prayers for him and our other seminarians. - Canon Willie Dunnachie will celebrate his 80th birthday this week, so I pass on our best wishes to him. I recognise that recent months have been difficult for our elderly priests and it is important to remember them and keep contact with them when possible. - Sr Joseph of the Poor Clares’ Monaste

Clergy Appointments

The following clergy appointments will take effect on the 31st August. • Fr Paul Denney will become Parish Priest of St James, Coatbridge. Fr Paul will continue as Chaplain to Cardinal Newman High School, but will be released from the Chaplaincy at the West of Scotland University Hamilton Campus. • Fr Mark O’Donnell will replace Fr Denney as Assistant Priest at Our Lady of Good Aid Cathedral. Fr Mark will continue as Chaplain at St John Ogilvie’s Secondary School, and is also appointed as Diocesan Youth Chaplain. • Fr Kevin Lawrie will move to St Joseph’s and St John Ogilvie’s, Blantyre, as Assistant Priest. I thank Fr Kenny Campbell and Fr Kevin for their ministry in St James’ over the last

Pastoral Letter from Bishop Toal on the Reception of Holy Communion

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, The recent review by the Scottish Government of the country’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic has indicated that the present restrictions will remain as they are for some time to come. For our parish communities that means settling down with what has been put in place since the return of public worship and showing our desire to be exemplary in protecting each other from any possible spread of the virus. In my reading I came across recently the phrase spiritual integrity and it made me ponder over some of the matters that some Catholics get troubled over and indeed write to me about. Since our experience of faith is deeply personal, and our perception of

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