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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Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat

February 8, 2017

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Rachel’s Vineyard is a safe place to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion. Weekend retreats offer a supportive, confidential and non-judgmental environment where women and men can express, release and reconcile painful post-abortive emotions to begin the process of restoration, renewal and healing. The retreats run worldwide and happen 3-4 times each year in Scotland.

Sr Andrea and her team will be leading a Rachel’s Vineyard retreat this weekend. Please pray for the team as they prepare and for all the participants – that God’s grace and healing will be present to each one of them.

In the autumn of 2016, Sr Andrea trained a group of women in Scotland to speak in churches about how awful it can feel for a woman to have had an abortion and the secrecy that so often surrounds this experience for the rest of her life. Also to explain the Church’s merciful and compassionate teachings for those who have had an abortion and to make people aware that Rachel’s Vineyard retreats exist and are an amazing source of grace and healing to those brave enough to reach out for it. Here is an extract from the “Rachel’s Vineyard appeal”:

“Do not imagine that people opt for abortion because they think it’s a good idea. The vast majority present at our hospitals because of emotional, financial, material pressures that have them totally trapped in a corner so that the only viable option seems to them to be abortion. The challenge for us as a society is to help her deal with those emotional, financial, material difficulties so that she can have her child in peace. If we love the mother, then the child will be fine, because no one is more prolife than the mother.

Since very often it’s not something she actively wanted but did, in the end, agree to, the sense of regret and loss is immense. She is suffering a genuine bereavement but no one comes up to her and says, “I’m sorry for your loss.” No one consoles her in her grief. And she doesn’t look for consolation either because she doesn’t think she deserves it. And so she remains silent. She’s silent, too, because she’s terrified that the people she loves will reject her and that others will judge her. She’s silent because she thinks that to look for healing is to say she’s alright with what happened, she’s over it, she’s forgotten the life that was lost. But that is a mistake! There’s a bad way of remembering, that intensifies pain and destruction; and there’s a way of remembering that gives life. Pope Francis said, ‘Our infinite sadness can only be cured by an infinite love.’ It’s that love that gives us hope.”

For more information about Rachel’s Vineyard, please see the website:  www.rachelsvineyard.org.uk

If you or someone you know has been affected by abortion and you are interested in going on a Rachel’s Vineyard retreat, please get in touch with Sr Andrea on 07816942824


Grief to Gracee

February 7, 2017

Please also pray for the participants and team of a Grief to Grace retreat which is happening right now. Grief to Grace is a specialised 5-day programme of spiritual and psychological healing for anyone who has suffered sexual, physical, emotional or spiritual abuse in childhood, adolescence or adulthood. The programme was devised by the same psychologist who created the Rachel’s Vineyard programme, and is incredibly, wonderfully transformative.

http://www.grieftograce.org


40 Days For Life: 1st March – 9th April 2017

February 6, 2017

40 Days For Life is taking place in several locations around Scotland over Lent. 40 days for life is a worldwide movement that involves keeping prayerful vigil outside abortions facilities – for 40 days. The aim is to pray for a change of heart in women seeking abortion, to pray for the unborn children lost to abortion, to pray for the staff involved in providing abortion, to be able to offer women information about alternatives to abortion and offer help to those broken by abortion. The ultimate aim is to pray for an end to abortion. Many hearts have been changed through this prayerful witness – mothers have decided to keep their babies, staff have left the abortion industry. You can watch one such story about a former Planned Parenthood manager, Abby Johnson here:

Sr Roseann will be speaking at the opening rally in Glasgow on Saturday 25th February. Sr Andrea will be speaking at the opening rally in Dundee on Sunday 26th February.

Please do get involved if you can. You can commit to as little or as much of the vigil as you want. Contact details for the vigils can be found on the 40 days for life website:

Glasgow: https://40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/glasgow/

Edinburgh: https://40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/edinburgh/

Dundee: https://40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/dundee/

Aberdeen: https://40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/aberdeen/

 


March for Life 2017 – Washington DC

January 27, 2017

Today is the 44th annual March for Life in Washington D.C., U.S.A.

A group of 12 young people from Scotland have travelled over with SPUC Scotland, to take part in the March for Life. This is the biggest annual pro-life event in the world, with hundreds of thousands expected to attend. There will be a great line-up of speakers. We wish them all the best as they stand up for the life of the unborn child.

Here are some pictures of them before leaving:

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For more information, see  http://marchforlife.org/mfl-2017/rally-march-info/

and https://www.facebook.com/spucscotland/


Things to do this week

November 29, 2016

A few things for you to get involved with!

1)      Advent bazaar is on THIS SATURDAY 3rd December, from 1 pm – 3 pm, at the Cardinal Winning Pro-Life Initiative, 104 Albert Road, Crosshill, Glasgow G42 8DR. Please come along and support it. There will be a tea room, tombola, bottle stall, lucky dip, bric-a-brac, home baking, crafts.

2)      If you have donations for the Advent bazaar (such as bottles, tombola prizes or home baking), please bring them to the Cardinal Winning Pro-Life Initiative by Friday 2nd December at the latest.

3)      Please write to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon as soon as possible voicing your opposition to her considering the NHS in Scotland providing abortion to women from Northern Ireland. See the post on our blog for further details of her recent comments in First Minister’s Question Time https://cardinalwinningprolifeinitiative.wordpress.com/2016/11/25/write-to-nicola-sturgeon/

Many thanks and God bless,

Sr Roseann, Sr Andrea and Jess


Advent Bazaar Saturday 3rd December

November 17, 2016

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Back by popular demand!

Saturday 3rd December 1-3 pm.

Come along to get in the advent mood: tea room, crafts, home baking, bottle stall, tombola, bric-a-brac, lucky dip…. and the famous pageant!

Venue: Cardinal Winning Pro-Life Initiative, 104 Albert Road, Glasgow, G42 8DR.

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