Reminder: Pro-Life Mass This Wednesday

January 14, 2018

Please join us in praying for the pro-life cause this Wednesday 17th January evening. Mass will be celebrated by Fr Ben Mournian.

The programme for the evening is: Eucharistic adoration 6-7 pm, Rosary 7 pm, Mass 7:30 pm. Followed by refreshments. Join us for as little or as much of the evening as you can.

Venue: Blessed John Duns Scotus RC Church, 270 Ballater Street, Gorbals, Glasgow, G5 0YT

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White Mass 11th February

January 6, 2018

For Healthcare Professionals and the work of Healthcare in Scotland.

All those in healthcare are invited to please make a special effort to attend this annual Mass.

Venue: St Andrew’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Glasgow

Celebrant: Archbishop Philip Tartaglia

Date: Sunday 11th February

Time: 12 noon

Mass will be followed by a reception with Archbishop Tartaglia, including buffet lunch.

For catering purposes, if you would like to attend the buffet please email scottishcma@gmail.com


Fertility Forum: 23rd January

January 5, 2018

Just a reminder that you are invited to a brainstorming session on fertility, on Tuesday 23rd January at 7 pm, at the Cardinal Winning Pro-Life Initiative. If you are able to attend, please let us know by email to gospeloflifesisters@googlemail.com  Also please pass on invitation to anyone else who may be interested.

50 years on from Humanae Vitae, we are all aware of the widespread scepticism and disregard of the Church’s teaching on family planning and artificial reproductive technology. There is need for a renewed effort to counter this scepticism and replace it with the joyful message of the gift of fertility. 

We want to bring together the various groups and individuals interested in promoting the Church’s teaching on fertility, with the aim of co-ordinating our efforts to effectively promote an appreciation of fertility, counter the contraceptive mentality of society and promote a Catholic approach to infertility. We want to hear about what you are already doing and what ideas you have for the future.

We are looking to include ideas on any of the following areas:

·         Education of children and young people- within families, schools and youth groups

·         Marriage preparation

·         NFP teaching and research

·         Infertility and NaPro technology

·         Increase awareness of NFP amongst healthcare students and professionals

·         Resource bank and directory of services

Aware that the issues involved may take some preparation, if you have any resources you think it would be useful for other participants to know of in advance, please email back with a link to more information. These resources will be compiled into one email and sent out to participants in advance of the meeting.

God bless,

Sr Jess (on behalf of the Sisters of the Gospel of Life)


Reflection on the 50th Anniversary of the Abortion Act

December 19, 2017

To mark the occasion of 50th anniversary of the Abortion Act, in October, ARCHBISHOP TARTAGLIA released the following reflection. We have copied this article with kind permission from Flourish, the journal of the Archdiocese of Glasgow.

We have just marked the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 Act of Parliament which permitted abortion.

I was 16 at the time. I vaguely remember it. I think some people were telling us it wouldn’t be as bad we feared. But in 2015 alone, there were almost 200,000 abortions in Great Britain. Based on a five-day week, that’s about 760 abortions every working day. In Scotland alone last year, there were about 12,000 abortions. That’s about 40 every working day. No one in 1967 when the legislation was enacted expected those kinds of figures. And now the Scottish Government has taken measures to make medical abortions even more easy and accessible.

I don’t draw your attention to this matter in any spirit of condemnation. I don’t stand in judgment over anyone. I accept that few people consider abortion to be the desirable or best solution to a pregnancy which may be for various reasons challenging. I accept too that there may be circumstances which limit the exercise of a woman’s freedom and diminish moral culpability. I know too that God is unfailingly merciful and the promise of forgiveness through the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation is always available. There is always a way home to a deeper relationship with God and with the Church.

Rather I draw your attention to this baleful anniversary in order to lament the loss of life due to abortion and to seek a change of minds and hearts about the good of the child in the womb and the care of mothers who are pregnant. We need a new understanding of the intrinsic value and worth of every human life in the womb. We need a deeper appreciation of the meaning of choice. Free choice cannot be simply about what I feel to be right for me. It’s got to be more than that. It must take into account a wider set of fundamental values. We also need better protection for unborn children diagnosed with disability. And we need to ensure respect for conscientious objection for medical professionals. There just has to be a better informed conversation in our society about these things.

In our society as it is currently, these challenges will be difficult to meet. But we need to take this forward in truth, in charity and in compassion. We look to the Gospel for hope. Jesus tells us the greatest of the commandments is to love God above all things. The second resembles it: Love your neighbour as yourself. No Christian would quibble with that. The fact that many hearts still resound to the truth and the good of those fundamental commandments gives us the hope that the Gospel of Life can continue to be proclaimed to the people of our time.


Reminder: Pro-Life Mass This Wednesday

December 17, 2017

Please join us in praying for the pro-life cause this Wednesday 20th December evening. Mass will be celebrated by Fr Bernard Waave, Cssp. We will also be joined by young people who are going to January’s March For Life in Washington D.C.

The programme for the evening is: Eucharistic adoration 6-7 pm, Rosary 7 pm, Mass 7:30 pm. Followed by refreshments. Join us for as little or as much of the evening as you can.

Venue: Blessed John Duns Scotus RC Church, 270 Ballater Street, Gorbals, Glasgow, G5 0YT

Here’s more information about the young people who will be joining us: Led by SPUC Scotland, 17 young people will fly to DC to take part in the biggest pro-life event of the year. Primarily an educational trip, last year was incredibly fruitful where participants returned much stronger and fired up to serve our pro-life movement in Scotland.

As part of their preparation, they will attend our pro-life Mass and will be given a blessing for their work. A collection will also be taken up to help towards making the trip more affordable for the students attending who have been heavily involved in pro-life work over the past year, including volunteering for the Cardinal Winning Pro-Life Initiative; taking part in Project Truth; attending 40 Days for Life; giving school talks and fighting for freedom of speech at university.


Fertility Forum: Save The Date

December 12, 2017

We would like to invite you to a brainstorming session on fertility, on Tuesday 23rd January at 7 pm, at the Cardinal Winning Pro-Life Initiative. If you are able to attend, please let us know by email to gospeloflife@btinternet.com

50 years on from Humanae Vitae, we are all aware of the widespread scepticism and disregard of the Church’s teaching on family planning and artificial reproductive technology. There is need for a renewed effort to counter this scepticism and replace it with the joyful message of the gift of fertility.  

We want to bring together the various groups and individuals interested in promoting the Church’s teaching on fertility, with the aim of co-ordinating our efforts to effectively promote an appreciation of fertility, counter the contraceptive mentality of society and promote a Catholic approach to infertility. We want to hear about what you are already doing and what ideas you have for the future.

We are looking to include ideas on any of the following areas:

·         Education of children and young people- within families, schools and youth groups

·         Marriage preparation

·         NFP teaching and research

·         Infertility and NaPro technology

·         Increase awareness of NFP amongst healthcare students and professionals

·         Resource bank and directory of services

Aware that the issues involved may take some preparation, if you have any resources you think it would be useful for other participants to know of in advance, please email back with a link to more information. These resources will be compiled into one email and sent out to participants in advance of the meeting.

In the meantime we wish you all a blessed Christmas!

God bless,

Sr Jess (on behalf of the Sisters of the Gospel of Life)


Advent Witness on Tuesday Evenings

November 28, 2017

You are all invited to the following:

The Friends of Divine Mercy are going onto the streets of Glasgow again this Advent to give witness to our Faith.  They will quietly be praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the rosary in Buchanan Street.   This will happen one evening a week during Advent.  The aim of this is to:

  • Promote the devotion to Divine Mercy as Our Blessed Lord asked us to do especially in the Year of Mercy we have just completed and hopefully the blessings from this very special year will continue to Flourish in the years ahead
  • To help focus peoples’ minds upon Our Lord Jesus Christ during the holy season of Advent leading up to Christmas
  • To obey the wishes of our Pope Francis to take the church out into the streets and get our hands dirty
  • To pray for the lonely, poor, prisoners, victims of terrorism, victims of abuse and victims of abortion

Dates: Tuesday 28/11, 5/12, 12/12, 19/12

Times: 6.30 p.m. – 8.30 p.m.

Location: Buchanan Street underground in the middle of Buchanan Street opposite the Concert Hall.