During the current Covid-19 emergency and with our churches closed, the use of live streaming allows us to attend Mass even when we cannot be physically present.
Scotland’s Catholic Bishops have welcomed the First Minister’s comments today (Thursday 9 July) on places of worship and have announced the resumption of communal worship in Catholic parishes from 15 July. Commenting on the move, the President of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, Bishop Hugh Gilbert said;
I once actually saw a fisherman by the lake of Galilee casting a net into the sea. A biblical moment. In due time, he would have drawn that net back ashore. This is the kind of thing Peter did in his young days.
One of the saints of this diocese is John Ogilvie, born in Keith in 1580 and martyred in Glasgow in 1615. He lived at a time of ferocious controversy between Catholics and Protestants. It came to war in some places; it came to arguments everywhere. They were often very learned arguments, with quotations from Scripture and early Christian writers, arguments about where real Christianity and the real Church were to be found. It was like a boxing match, where nobody quite managed to land the knockout blow. Young John Ogilvie had been brought up a Protestant, but he went to continental, Catholic Europe for his education. And he became engaged in these controversies. He began to feel the force of the Catholic position, but then on the other hand…
The Ogilvie Centre is offering a free bible study, Genesis to Jesus, from the St Paul Center for Biblical Theology for 7 Tuesdays starting 21 July at 19:30.
Many Churches will be re-opening for private prayer. Each church has different days/times which suit their parish, so please check individual arrangements before travelling.
Bishop Hugh Gilbert OSB homily at online Mass for the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart:
Bishop Hugh Gilbert OSB Catechesis on Sacred Heart of Jesus.
The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland has welcomed the announcement by the Scottish Government that from Monday 22 June, churches may reopen for private prayer.
“As I am who am sent by the living Father, myself draw life from the Father, so whoever eats me will draw life from me” (John 6:57).
The trouble is we are too used to Jesus’ words. They should amaze us. And what Jesus says here is amazing.
Bishop Hugh Gilbert OSB Catechesis on Corpus Christi