The National Pilgrimage to Carfin on Sunday 3rd September 2023
I write to inform that the Annual National Pilgrimage to Carfin will return this year to its traditional date on the first Sunday in September. The Pilgrimage Mass will take place at the Grotto at 3pm on Sunday 3rd September. I extend an invitation to all members of the Diocese to participate in the pilgrimage. Priests are most welcome also to attend and concelebrate the Mass, and the Deacons present may also vest.
The Bishops have decided that we will pray for peace, particularly in the Ukraine, at our Pilgrimage. Bishop Kenneth Nowakowski of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of the Holy Family in the UK will preach at the Mass, and the Choir of the Ukrainian Catholic community in Scotland will participate in the Mass along with the Motherwell Diocesan Choir. Bishop Hugh Gilbert, the President of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland will be main celebrant.
With my prayers and best wishes,
Yours in Christ,
+ Joseph Toal