Statement of the Bishops of the European Union (COMECE): Fall of the Berlin Wall

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On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, EU Bishops call upon all Europeans to work together towards a free and united Europe “through a renewed process of dialogue […] for a common peaceful future”.The statement was adopted by the Assembly of COMECE, which is composed of the Bishop-Delegates of the Episcopates of the EU. H.E. Mgr. Overbeck (Germany), Vice President of COMECE commented on the statement: “it is a call on the European people to cooperate in solidarity”.

To view the letter visit: 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall: EU Bishops call for a renewed process of dialogue

For more information about COMECE visit their website: comece.eu

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Uplifting Walks: November’s Walk – Cullen, Moray

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Date: Saturday, 16th November 2019
Mileage: 7 miles (shorter option possible)

Meeting Point: Cullen SquareAB56 4RR
Walk Leader: Sabrina  Maguire       Email me


Join Uplifting Walks on Saturday 16th November as we discover that Cullen is not all about its beautiful beach – turning away from it we will be instead exploring the forests of Cullen! It will be a walk of many options as we follow winding paths and burns while hopefully spotting some wildlife among the trees. 

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Homily for Mass in Commemoration of the Canonisation of St John Ogilvie

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On this day in 1976, in St Peter’s, Rome, John Ogilvie was canonized. There’s a full account in the Scottish Catholic Directory of 1978, pp. 432-437. Andrew Mann read the 1st reading and Colin Stewart, here tonight as Dean, was there too, a new student in the Scots College. Last Sunday, 13 October 2019, in Rome, another John was canonized, John Henry Newman – the first canonization of a Brit since our local hero, 43 years ago. It was good to be there. Tonight, rather than speak about either John directly, let me say something about the Catholic practice of canonization. What’s it about? Continue reading

Catholic Teacher Education Cardinal Winning Lecture 2019

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Dr Roisín Coll, Director of the St Andrew’s Foundation for Catholic Teacher Education is pleased to announce that Archbishop Paul Gallagher, Vatican Secretary for Relations with States, will deliver the 2019 Cardinal Winning Lecture on the morning of Saturday 16th November 2019. The lecture will take place in the Bute Hall, Gilbert Scott (Main) Building, Glasgow, G12 8QQ. Mass will precede the lecture (09:00) and this will take place in the University Chapel. Continue reading

Homily for the Anniversary of the Dedication of St Mary’s Cathedral

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Today we keep the anniversary of the dedication of this Cathedral. It’s great to have Sunday for this. In the Gospel, Jesus clears the temple. He’s asked for a sign. He replies: ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will rebuild it.’ He was speaking, says St John, of the temple of his body. The sign was his resurrection on the third day. The sign was his victory over death. Continue reading

Homily for the 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time (Year C)

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Today, as usual, there are three readings. Today’s from Exodus, 1st Timothy, Luke; Moses, Paul, our Lord. Three powerful readings. With one binding theme: the mercy of God. In the Gospel, three parables: a shepherd, a woman and a father, a lost sheep, a lost coin, a lost son. The last parable with three main characters: a younger son, an older son, a father. With one binding theme: there will be joy in heaven over one repentant sinner. Continue reading