May 20, 2020
Today marks another month where we are not able to join together in praying for the pro-life movement at our pro-life Mass.
We are again filled with great sadness and are looking forward to seeing you all when it’s safe to do so.
Please be assured of our prayer at this uncertain time.
We would again like to invite you to unite with us in prayer for the pro-life movement and in particular for anyone struggling with pregnancy at this difficult time.
May 13, 2020
When I was wee, my mum would tell me that my gran (her mum) would always say, “Even when I am no longer here, you will always have a mum looking after you – Our Lady”. My mum would then say, “Well that doesn’t get the stains out my shirt”.
I never actually met my gran but I have always felt a connection to her (I am named after her). In truth, I know very few things about her but that story of my mum’s always stuck with me. My gran must have had a beautiful faith. I think that sentence about always having a mother is easy to say. However, when my gran said it, she was a dying of breast cancer and facing the reality of leaving her daughter behind. And so to be able to say it, must mean she really believed it.
Why am I telling you this ?
Well, during this lockdown and separation from loved ones, I find myself missing my mum quite a bit and, for all the wonders of technology, FaceTime doesn’t quite cut it. I actually can’t wait to see my mum in the flesh, give her a hug and rest my head on her shoulder. As we were praying the rosary last night, I was thinking of her and this wee story kept coming back to me.
As today is the feast of Our Lady of Fatima, I thought I might share it with you all and so remind us that, although a hug from our dear mothers may be a while away, we still have a mother with us, a heavenly mother who is always watching over us.
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.
April 15, 2020
Usually on the third Wednesday of the month we would be joining together with many of you in praying for the pro-life moment at our monthly Pro-Life Mass.
For the first time in 9 years our pro-life mass will not be going ahead.
Although this fills us with great sadness, we would like to assure you of our prayers at this uncertain time.
We would also like to invite you to unite with us in prayer for the pro-life movement and in particular for anyone struggling with pregnancy at this extremely difficult time.
April 2, 2020
Today marks the 15th anniversary of the death of our beloved Pope St John Paul. We all remember where we were when the news came through… and who could forget the sight of all those young people on St Peter’s Square, prayerfully accompanying the dying Pope in his last hours on earth?
We honour him today and give thanks: it’s his encyclical, the Gospel of Life (Evangelium Vitae) that we’re named after, and he and Cardinal Winning are the inspiring figures behind our vision and way of life.
St John Paul, pray for us.
March 25, 2020
Today is the Solemnity of the Annunciation and, this year, marks the 25th anniversary of Evangelium Vitae, the Gospel of Life. Often referred to as the ‘Church’s love letter to the world’, this encyclical of Pope St John Paul has woven its way into the very fabric of our little community, and we are so grateful for it. If you haven’t read it, do! http://www.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_jp-ii_enc_25031995_evangelium-vitae.html
Today’s feast comes to us as a mini Christmas in the midst of an especially desert-like Lent, and is characterised by pure JOY. A young girl from Nazareth gave her Yes to the Angel Gabriel and opened the door for God Himself to enter a world that was lost and broken – a world He had never stopped loving and never abandoned. Yet He knew well how important it was for us to be able to ‘see with our own eyes and look upon and touch with our hands the Word of life’ (1 John 1:1). Our Lady’s joy was immense because the grace and the miracle of it all far outweighed the immediate complexities, difficulties and fears arising from them.
Two years after the appearance of Evangelium Vitae, Cardinal Winning launched his pro-life initiative, which continues to operate in his name today. He understood that the natural and good response to pregnancy is joy and that, if we could only remove the very real obstacles to experiencing that joy that so many women and men face, they could have their children in peace. We give thanks for him, too, and pray for his eternal rest.
This beautiful painting, called ‘Our Lady of Light and Life’, hangs in our house. It was painted for us by Sheila Strachan, mother of Hilda (who volunteers with us) and Fr Alex (a priest of our Archdiocese). We give thanks for her too!
March 24, 2020
Following Government guidelines our office has now closed until further notice.
We are operating an emergency telephone number at this time If you are in need of our help please phone 07377565291, please leave your name, number and a short message. We will return your call as soon as possible.
While the office is closed please do NOT leave donations in the grounds. We are always grateful for donations however items left in our grounds are routinely stolen and can attract vermin. We would therefore ask you not to donate at this time.
While the office is closed we are operating from home so the blog will still be updated.
March 20, 2020
During these uncertain time we will still be opening our centre but under certain conditions.
We won’t have any volunteers or clients in but we will allow for essentials to be collected.
We would urge people to hold off donations for the moment if at all possible.
The phones will be answered and we will be keeping in touch with all our pregnant women and families.
This situation may change, we will keep you up to date.
Please be assured of our prayers at this time.