Uplifting Walks – January’s Walk: Portsoy


Date: Saturday, 26th  January 2019
Mileage: 6 miles

Meeting Point: Outside Portsoy Ice Cream Shop (24 Seafield Street, AB45 2QT)
Walk Leader: Sabrina  Maguire       Email me

Why not consider starting the New Year with Uplifting Walks on Saturday 26 January? The walk will start from Portsoy and follow the beautiful coastline along to Sandend. The walk will be 6 miles long on mainly flat terrain. A shorter 3 mile walk option (incorporating the use of a service bus) is also available.
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Holocaust Memorial Day


Holocaust Memorial Day is an international day on the 27th of January to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, the millions of people killed under Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. Continue reading

Human Trafficking: Facing Modern Slavery


What is human trafficking and what can we do to help? A presentation by Heidi Ogboke of City Hearts Aberdeen, for the St Mary’s Cathedral Justice and Peace Group.

The presentation will start at 19:00 on Wednesday 23 January at St Mary’s Cathedral’s Lower Hall.

All are welcome!

Two Inverness Churchgoers Receive Special Papal Awards from Pope Francis


The Parish of St. Columba’s R.C. Church at Culloden celebrated the awarding of two Benemerenti papal awards from Pope Francis to two extremely dedicated and devoted parishioners.

Although the new church building at Tower Road, Culloden only celebrated its 10th anniversary on 1st November 2018, the growing congregation had been gathering for Sunday Mass services for over 30 years prior to that in the nearby gym hall at Duncan Forbes Primary School. 
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Bishop Hugh on Recent Beatifications


Bishop Hugh highlights the importance of reflection on the extraordinary people that have been beatified recently in Algeria.

Feast of the Holy Family


Today we keep the feast of the Holy Family. And today’s Gospel recounts a dramatic episode in that family’s life: the losing and finding of the 12 year old Jesus. ‘My child why have you done this to us?’ This must have burst out of Mary. ‘See how worried your father and I have been…’ ‘Worried’ would be better rendered ‘greatly distressed’ or ‘anguished’. ‘We’ve lived a nightmare these last days.’ Then we can think back to Mary’s pregnancy and the perplexity (at least) that Joseph must have endured at that time. Then again, the drama around the census, the journey to Bethlehem, no room at the inn and the rest. Then the flight into Egypt, when all three became refugees and had to establish themselves in a foreign country. Continue reading

Christmas Day Mass


Every Sunday Mass, every feast day, has its own set of prayers and readings. Christmas, being a great feast, the second after Easter, has four. It has a Vigil Mass, a Night Mass, a Dawn Mass and this Mass, the Day Mass. The Vigil Mass one might compare to a star, the Night Mass to the moon and the Dawn Mass to the dawn. At this Mass, it’s as if the sun has fully risen and fills the sky. Recently, there has been a solitary violinist playing in Union St. He could have been a guest in the stable. This Day Mass, though, is like passing from a solo or trio or quartet to a full choir and orchestra. It’s less the magic of the child in the manger and the eagerness of the shepherds that prevail. It’s more the sense of the huge reality this child conceals. Continue reading