Diocesan News

Closure of St Clare's Church, Easterhouse

Dear Parishioners of St John Bosco’s Parish, I write to explain the difficult situation we now face in regard to your parish. When St Benedict’s and St Clare’s formed the one parish of St John Bosco’s, we kept both churches open, providing the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy and other services and social events in both locations. This has become increasingly difficult, particularly in regard to St Clare’s, where a number of significant repairs are necessary, most notably the replacement of the heating system in the church as it has been condemned as unsafe for further use. The parish does not have the financial resources to carry out these repairs and I have reached the conclusion that the

Seminarians return to Rome

Our three seminarians in the Pontifical Scots College – Christopher Furmage, Kieran Burt and Ronan McQuade – are returning to Rome today to continue their studies for the Priesthood. Our prayers and good wishes go with them as they return to seminary life after these many months at home. Thanks to the priests and others who have accompanied them on their pastoral placements during this difficult period. Please remember our Seminarians at Oscott in your prayers also.

George Frame ordained to the Permanent Diaconate

Congratulations to Deacon George Frame who was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate by Bishop Toal on Tuesday 15th September, The Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, in his home Parish of St Patrick's Coatbridge. Please keep George, his wife and family in your prayers as he prepares to give his life to God in service to the Church as begins his vocations as a Permanent Deacon. St Stephen, pray for him.

Celebrating the Season of Creation

The Season of Creation is marked throughout the Christian world from 1 September to 4 October (Feast of St. Francis of Assisi) and celebrates the joy of creation as well as encouraging awareness-raising initiatives to protect the natural environment. The Motherwell Diocesan Justice and Peace Group have produced some information about the Season of Creation which may be of interest and can be downloaded below. You can also find out more information by visiting https://seasonofcreation.org/

'Let us return to the Eucharist with joy!' Cardinal Sarah writes on the liturgy during Covid-19

Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, has published a letter this week to Bishops' across the world encouraging a return to the celebration of the Eucharist. The letter makes strong points about the Celebration of the Eucharist in our present situation and it worth taking time to read and reflect on. Download the letter from Cardinal Sarah below.

Pastoral Letter from Bishop Toal

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In recent days, people have been recalling the Pilgrimage of the Relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux to Scotland in September last year, highlighting, in particular, the days of the joyful weekend the relics were present here in the Diocese of Motherwell at St Francis’ Xavier’s Carfin. Later this month, on September 16 th , the Feast of St Ninian, it will be the 10th anniversary of the Visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Scotland, and once again we will be looking at the recorded film and reports of that happy occasion. One striking thing from both these events are the crowds which gathered to greet both Our Holy Father and the Relics of St Thérèse, and the contras

Requiem Mass for Canon Hayes

The Requiem Mass for Canon Niall Hayes will take place, tomorrow, Wednesday 2nd September, at 12noon in St John Bosco Church in New Stevenston. His remains will be interred in St Patrick's Cemetery at about 1.15 pm. Bishop Toal and Fr Vivian Hayes will celebrate the Funeral Mass which will be live streamed online by Sancta Familia. Please note that due to current Coronavirus restrictions, only family members will be permitted inside the Church. You can download the order of service here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Cr5ycgZSBfxQyLJsRn2Utz4cw8Sl2jzn/view?fbclid=IwAR2HCXyxk2NCzYyOWDwLr-FcFsrbD2naGPiyiaVClST1B8u0TZULHhNPHgM Requiescat in pace.

World Day of Prayer for Creation

Today, September 1, marks World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation and the start of the Season of Creation. 🌳🌷🌱🏞️🙏 We join Pope Francis and our Christian brothers and sisters throughout the world in praying for the care of creation as we strive to do whatever we can to protect all that God has given us. Visit pray-as-you-go.org for resources to for the Day of Prayer for Creation.

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