Reminder: Pro-Life Mass at 7pm This Wednesday

August 11, 2018

Please note a change from our usual timetable. As this month’s pro-life Mass falls on the Feast of the Assumption, 15th August, we will be joining the Parish of Blessed John Duns Scotus for their Mass at 7pm. There will be no adoration / rosary / refreshments. You are still very welcome to join us in praying for the pro-life cause.

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

 

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Save The Date: Pro-Life Ladies Event 2018

July 13, 2018

Friday 16th – Sunday 18th November 2018

Come and join us at some point over the weekend to celebrate the feast of St Margaret, Queen of Scotland.

Building on the momentum and spirit of the ladies lunch, we are planning a ladies open weekend hosted by the Sisters and our fantastic group of co-workers, taking place here at the pro-life centre. The event will consist of Evening/Afternoon tea, talk on the work of the CWPLI followed by a tour of the centre and a look at our future plans and so much more…

Craft goods, handbags, gifts for sale, plus plenty of time to just enjoy the chat and catch up with Pro-Life friends old and new.

The weekend will be based around 7 available slots where you’ll be able to book a table (for whatever number suits your party):

Friday 16th:  7pm-9pm

Saturday 17th:  12-2pm, 3-5pm & 7-9pm

Sunday 18th: 12-2pm, 3-5 pm & 7-9 pm

Tickets will cost £15 and will include full afternoon/evening tea (Prosecco available separately)

Further details to follow after the summer in the meantime – save the date


Easter Sunday

March 27, 2016

The Easter Exsultet (The most beautiful prayer of the Church) proclaimed last night:  “Rejoice, heavenly powers! Rejoice, O Earth! Rejoice, O Mother Church!  For Christ has ransomed us with his blood, and paid for us the price of Adam’s sin to our Eternal Father!”
Easter-Sunday

We press the issue and boldly sing that ancient text, “What good would life have been to us, had Christ not come as our Redeemer?  Father, how wonderful your care for us! How boundless your merciful love!  To ransom a slave, you gave away your Son.” He is risen! Anyone who has faith and contemplates the Resurrection of Christ simply cannot live an ordinaryexistence anymore. Our response to Christ’s victory over death is proclamation.  This news simply must be shared and all people deserve an opportunity to hear it! Happy Easter!


Good Friday

March 25, 2016

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And yet ours were the sufferings he bore, ours the sorrows he carried. But we, we thought of him as someone punished, struck by God, and brought low. Yet he was pierced through for our faults, crushed for our sins. On him lies a punishment that brings us peace, and through his wounds we are healed. – Isaiah 53:4-5


St Joseph’s Feast Day

March 19, 2016

The Bible pays Joseph the highest compliment: he was a “just” man. The quality meant a lot more than faithfulness in paying debts.

When the Bible speaks of God “justifying” someone, it means that God, the all-holy or “righteous” One, so transforms a person that the individual shares somehow in God’s own holiness, and hence it is really “right” for God to love him or her. In other words, God is not playing games, acting as if we were lovable when we are not.

By saying Joseph was “just,” the Bible means that he was one who was completely open to all that God wanted to do for him. He became holy by opening himself totally to God.

The rest we can easily surmise. Think of the kind of love with which he wooed and won Mary, and the depth of the love they shared during their marriage.

It is no contradiction of Joseph’s manly holiness that he decided to divorce Mary when she was found to be with child. The important words of the Bible are that he planned to do this “quietly” because he was “a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame” (Matthew 1:19).

The just man was simply, joyfully, wholeheartedly obedient to God—in marrying Mary, in naming Jesus, in shepherding the precious pair to Egypt, in bringing them to Nazareth, in the undetermined number of years of quiet faith and courage.

The Bible tells us nothing of Joseph in the years after the return to Nazareth except the incident of finding Jesus in the Temple (see Luke 2:41–51). Perhaps this can be taken to mean that God wants us to realize that the holiest family was like every other family, that the circumstances of life for the holiest family were like those of every family, so that when Jesus’ mysterious nature began to appear, people couldn’t believe that he came from such humble beginnings: “Is he not the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother named Mary…?” (Matthew 13:55a). It was almost as indignant as “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” (John 1:46b).

Quote:

“He was chosen by the eternal Father as the trustworthy guardian and protector of his greatest treasures, namely, his divine Son and Mary, Joseph’s wife. He carried out this vocation with complete fidelity until at last God called him, saying: ‘Good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord’” (St. Bernardine of Siena).


St Patricks’ Feast Day

March 17, 2016

St. Patrick

Patron of Ireland
St. Patrick of Ireland is one of the world’s most popular saints.Apostle of Ireland, born at Kilpatrick, near Dumbarton, in Scotland, in the year 387; died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, 17 March, 461.There are many legends and stories of St. Patrick, but this is his story.Patrick was born around 385 in Scotland, probably Kilpatrick. His parentswere Calpurnius and Conchessa, who were Romans living in Britian in charge of the colonies.As a boy of fourteen or so, he was captured during a raiding party and taken to Ireland as a slave to herd and tend sheep. Ireland at this time was a land of Druids and pagans. He learned the language and practices of the people who held him.During his captivity, he turned to God in prayer. He wrote

“The love of God and his fear grew in me more and more, as did the faith, and my soul was rosed, so that, in a single day, I have said as many as a hundred prayers and in the night, nearly the same.” “I prayed in the woods and on the mountain, even before dawn. I felt no hurt from the snow or ice or rain.”

Patrick’s captivity lasted until he was twenty, when he escaped after having a dream from God in which he was told to leave Ireland by going to the coast. There he found some sailors who took him back to Britian, where he reunited with his family.

He had another dream in which the people of Ireland were calling out to him “We beg you, holy youth, to come and walk among us once more.”

He began his studies for the priesthood. He was ordained by St. Germanus, the Bishop of Auxerre, whom he had studied under for years.

Later, Patrick was ordained a bishop, and was sent to take the Gospel to Ireland. He arrived inIreland March 25, 433, at Slane. One legend says that he met a chieftain of one of the tribes, who tried to kill Patrick. Patrick converted Dichu (the chieftain) after he was unable to move his arm until he became friendly to Patrick.

Patrick began preaching the Gospel throughout Ireland, converting many. He and his disciples preached and converted thousands and began building churches all over the country. Kings, their families, and entire kingdoms converted to Christianity when hearing Patrick’s message.

Patrick by now had many disciples, among them Beningnus, Auxilius, Iserninus, and Fiaac, (all later canonized as well).

Patrick preached and converted all of Ireland for 40 years. He worked many miracles and wrote of his love for God in Confessions. After years of living in poverty, travelling and enduring much suffering he died March 17, 461.

He died at Saul, where he had built the first church.

Why a shamrock?Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Trinity, and has been associated with him and the Irish since that time.

In His Footsteps:Patrick was a humble, pious, gentle man, whose love and total devotion to and trust in Godshould be a shining example to each of us. He feared nothing, not even death, so complete was his trust in God, and of the importance of his mission


Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2015

Madonna of the Firs
May we wish all of our readers, a very Happy Christmas and may God bless you and your loved ones, and shower his graces upon you.