Christmas Ramble 2019

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Date: Saturday, 30th November 2019
Mileage: 6 miles

Meeting Point: St Joseph’s Church, AB24 4AQ
Walk Leader: Sabrina  Maguire       Email me


You are invited to our annual Christmas Ramble on Saturday 30th November starting at St Joseph’s, Woodside, Aberdeen!

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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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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

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

Pastoral Letter on the Visit of the Relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The idea of venerating someone’s bodily remains may not be appealing, even though there is good warrant for it in Scripture and Christian tradition. But the key is this: when we venerate relics, we venerate a person: someone who lived holiness in a bodily life and will rise embodied from the dead. So, it is Thérèse in person who comes to visit us. This can only be an occasion of grace. Continue reading