Sisters Visit from Dundee

April 21, 2017

We have been blessed to get to know some Nigerian Sisters who are missionaries in Dundee! They are Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mother of Christ (IHM). In Dundee their work is to support the St Ninian Pastoral Institute. What a change for them to move to Dundee from Nigeria!

They very kindly hosted Sr Andrea and Jess on a visit to Dundee, when Sr Andrea spoke at the SPUC afternoon for life and the opening rally of 40 Days for Life. Their hospitality was incredible- they had handmade welcome cards and did a welcome song and dance around the dining table for us. Prayers with them was such a joyful experience- they brought out their drums and cymbals and had a perfect sense of rhythm. Sr Andrea is planning to start up Rachel’s Vineyard retreats in the Dundee area and is looking to form a team to lead the retreats, do get in touch if you are interested. One of the Nigerian Sisters has kindly volunteered to be involved with Rachel’s Vineyard.

We were delighted that they were able to visit Glasgow, when their Regional Superior from Rome came to Scotland. The Sisters joined us for lunch and a tour of the Cardinal Winning Pro-Life Initiative. Then Sr Andrea took them to see the sights of Glasgow and they were able to meet Fr Joseph Uwah, a Nigerian priest in St Andrew’s Cathedral.


Great Documentary on Franciscan Friars of the Renewal

April 19, 2017

We watched a documentary about the life of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal in Bradford. A fun and inspiring watch, gives a good insight into what religious life is like.

Still available on BBC i-player if you missed it!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08mk2tv


Visit to Cardiff

April 18, 2017

Sr Roseann recently visited Cardiff, following an invitation from Brother Ambrose, at the Cardiff University Catholic Chaplaincy. She is grateful to the Sisters of Nazareth for their hospitality during her stay and the warm welcome from the Oratorians at the Chaplaincy. Whilst in Cardiff she spoke about the work of the Cardinal Winning Pro-Life Initiative to the students and to the Catholic Medical Association.


Recent Visits and Visitors: Dominicans and Dunfermline

April 18, 2017

We had the pleasure of hosting two Nashville Domincans, Sr Teresa Anne and Sr Mary Amata, who came over from their convent in the Netherlands to Glasgow for a TEFL conference. On their day off, we took them sight-seeing around Glasgow, to Loch Lomond and over to Dunfermline. In Dunfermline, Fr Chris Heenan very kindly gave us a tour of the St Margaret of Scotland related sights. It was great to see the cave in which St Margaret of Scotland went to pray, now located under a car park and accessed via a tunnel! There is a wealth of information about her life on boards as you walk down the tunnel. We also saw Dunfermline Abbey, where the remains of St Margaret and her husband King Malcolm Canmore are buried. The grave of Robert De Bruce is also there. We finished our tour of Dunfermline with a visit to St Margaret’s Memorial Church, which holds a relic of St Margaret (part of her shoulder blade). In the evening we paid a visit to Sr Margaret’s Church in South Queensferry for stations of the cross followed by dinner with Fr Scott Deeley. We continue to pray for the Sisters in their missionary work in the Netherlands.

We plan to return to Dunfermline for the annual national pilgrimage in honour of St Margaret, on Sunday 11th June.

 

 


Monthly Pro-Life Mass

February 17, 2017

Why not make a special effort, in this year of the 50th anniversary of the Abortion Act, to attend our monthly Pro-Life Mass? Every 3rd Wednesday of the Month, click on image below for dates and further details.

We were delighted to have Fr Gareth Thomas, a Passionist Priest, with us on Wednesday evening to celebrate Mass and it was good to meet members of his youth group who came along. It was also good to see the Knights of St Columba, some families and many of our regular supporters, to pray for the pro-life cause. We heard a report of the positive experience had by the group of young people who attended the March for Life in Washington DC in January.

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Journalist condemns pro-life groups in Catholic schools. Please respond to his article.

February 9, 2017

An article was published in ‘The National’ newspaper on Tuesday 7th February. The article was titled “Michael Gray: So-called pro-life campaign groups have no place in our schools”. The article contains prejudiced views and misinformation about the pro-life movement and is also against Catholic schools promoting Catholic values and teachings.

You can view the article here: http://www.thenational.scot/news/15073792.Michael_Gray__So_called_pro_life_campaign_groups_have_no_place_in_our_schools/

Please read the article and respond constructively. Below is Sr Roseann’s response to the article:

 

Re Michael Gray’s article: So-called pro life campaign groups have no place in our schools. 

I have seldom read a more biased, inaccurate and simplistic article on the issue of pro-life groups and their involvement in schools. 

Firstly, both schools mentioned are Catholic schools, which, like it or loathe it, have a right to teach and foster Catholic values, among which respect for the sanctity of all human life would be a given – a real dog bites man story here, certainly not news.  If you don’t like Catholic values and teaching, don’t send your children to a Catholic school.  Secondly, as someone who has run the Cardinal Winning Pro-Life Initiative since its inception almost 20 years ago, I don’t recall ever having spoken to or meeting Michael Gray. He knows nothing about us and the ‘little research’ he claims to have done would seem to me to be very little indeed.  Had he taken the time to contact us, he might have discovered a few interesting things such as the fact that over the last 20 years, while a government baby box was only a twinkle in someone’s eyes, we have been providing practical help to thousands of Scottish women facing a crisis pregnancy due to fear, lack of support, poverty and much more.

Through the work of the Pro-Life Initiative, these women are given the practical and emotional support to allow them to make an informed choice.  Every day I speak to women facing a choice of abortion and the most common thing they say to me is, “I want to have my baby, but how can I because of … [insert her many different reasons, most often not to do with the baby but with lack of support and very real social and emotional issues].

What we do in offering that support is give women real choice.  He is wrong in his assertion that the pro-life movement isn’t personal; we are very personal indeed, treating every woman who comes to us with the dignity and respect they deserve

I don’t ‘want to remove the right of women to make decisions over their own bodies’ as claimed in the article, but here we come to the heart of the matter: it is not only their body which is involved in an abortion decision, it is also the life of their unborn child.  Again, this is not pro-life propaganda.  I challenge Michael Gray and anyone else reading this to search online ‘development of 10-week child in the womb’ (10 weeks is the stage of most abortions in Scotland).

We simply believe women deserve better than abortion and the child in the womb deserves the most basic human right – the right to life.  If you want young people to have the facts, then these facts must include the reality of the development of the unborn child and the facts of what abortion is.  I have never forced any women to give birth against her wishes – how could I possibly do so?

Neither have I ever stigmatised any women. And as for the old chestnut of an argument that women will return to ‘backstreet abortions’ – is he really serious?  Have women advanced nowhere in the past 50 years?

Finally, as regards contraception, I have never dealt with any woman, no matter how young, who didn’t know about contraception and yet, despite the widespread availability of contraception and years of ‘expert sexual health advice’ and campaigns, Scotland still has an alarmingly high abortion rate and an epidemic in sexually transmitted disease.  Again, it is simply a fact that contraception leads to abortion: one always follows the other because, once you’ve told people that they can have sex without consequences, especially the consequence of a child, you have to offer the back up of abortion if it fails. And it does fail, with stunning regularity.  Let’s see if any of Scotland’s political and educational leaders would ever be bold enough to speak out on this.

 

Yours,

 

Sr Roseann Reddy

Project Co-ordinator

PS.  Michael, if you ever want to come and see what we really do, you’d be more than welcome.


Monthly Pro-Life Mass 16th November

November 12, 2016

Our monthly pro-life Mass will be on Wednesday 16th November. Mass will be celebrated by Fr Paul Morton. We would love to have you join us in praying for the pro-life cause, and a for a good chat after Mass.

Adoration: 6-7 pm

Rosary: 7 pm

Mass: 7:30 pm

At Blessed John Duns Scotus R.C. Church, 270 Ballater Street, Gorbals, Glasgow, G5 0YT

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