How your donations and support have helped

July 19, 2017

Thanks so much for all your support. Over the months of May and June, your donations have been used to support 73 vulnerable families. We have had phone calls from many women in crisis pregnancies needing support. We also had a successful Rachel’s Vineyard retreat, for those suffering after abortion, with 12 participants. We hope to start up a new team in the Dundee area to run Rachel’s Vineyard retreats there too.

We have been blessed to have many individuals coming to the door to donate baby equipment they are no longer in need of. The Amazon wish list, in June, was a big success and we had all of the items we wanted donated! We have had a great response to our appeal for toys this month- thanks to your generosity we have enough toys for the moment and will once again be able to respond to toy requests.

The Knights of St Columba have been brilliant in providing practical support to us- a group from the University came to check, clean and pack cots to be given out. Brian Henry brought a group of Knights to paint the doors of the Cardinal Winning Pro-Life Initiative building.

And of course we are ever grateful to our regular volunteers who come to sort through all the donations and make up packs of clothes and toiletries to give out to those in need.

In terms of what we need now, we are well stocked with donations of items and clothing to be sorted through.

If anyone is going to IKEA, please buy some of those big blue bags for us- we use these to package clothing that we give out.

http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/products/tools-fittings-curtain-rails/tools-fittings/frakta-carrier-bag-large-blue-art-17228340/

 

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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 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


John – A Knight!

February 14, 2016

We are so happy to join in the wishes sent to John Deighan and send him our warm CONGRATULATIONS!   Mr John Deighan, Chief Executive of SPUC Scotland , has been honoured by the Holy Father by being made a Knight of Saint Gregory. This is in recognition of his work for the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, both in his current position, and as Parliamentary Officer for the Catholic Church at the Scottish Parliament. A Mass of Investiture took place on Thursday 11th February at 7pm in St Mirin’s Cathedral. It was a great event and John was joined by his extended family and friends.


Don’t Stop a Beating Heart!

January 3, 2016

*Breaking news* SPUC Scotland gathers Prolife organisations together under new campaign entitled ‘Don’t Stop a Beating Heart’ Please support and share this campaign widely.
http://www.scotsman.com/…/new-group-formed-to-oppose-aborti…
‪#‎dontstopabeatingheart‬


A Wake Up Call!

December 24, 2015

** taken from SPUC Scotland**

Andrew Waters loved to dance, and swim.  He took part in drama groups.  He was loved by his family and friends.   At 51, Andrew, like many people with Down Syndrome, and without it, he had the onset of early dementia.  So he went in for routine care to East Kent Hospitals Trust for help with symptoms related to his dementia.  The junior doctor decided he should not be resuscitated if he developed heart or breathing problems.  The Do Not Resucitate (DNR) order listed Down’s Syndrome and his learning difficulties among the reasons.  Reasons which should have immediately alerted any auxiliary, nurse or doctor to get consent from Andrew’s guardian or power of attorney.  The Adults with Mental Incapacity Act is very clear on this.  So too is the Equality Act which guards disability as a protected characteristic.  Ignorance of these Acts has no defence.  The junior doctor failed to see the obvious incompatibility between Andrew’s mental state and lack of action to uphold Andrew’s basic legal and human rights, that is, to be represented.

Lynn Murray, from Saving Down Syndrome, remembers her horror when her daughter Rachel was in her arms, content and smiling, at eight months and the Registrar stated “They (People with Down Syndrome) always look happy, even at the clinics, but I wonder if that is just their ignorance.”  Lynn finds the Andrew Waters situation plain scary “we always hear that the answer is ‘more education’, yet this Junior Doctor has been trained and educated for years and has made this hurtful and potentially fatal error.  How are medical staff rising to this level of authority and remaining ignorant?  Why did no other member of staff question the need for the DNR notice and the unacceptable assumption of Andrew’s consent?”

A week on from this story, which outraged many, many people, the House of Lords debated this at the start of their session on Tuesday 17 December (http://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/640a18f6-021c-4a8f-8391-80c8e03c6096?in=15:00:04) Lord Alton stressed that the work of Blue Apple Theatre company amongst others clearly shows what great lives people often live who have Down Syndrome and that to keep misrepresenting this is unacceptable.  Baroness Evans stated that the good standard of the Adults with Mental Incapacity Act is one thing, the implementation of it is another.  We need medical staff to spend time with people and their families who have these conditions and gain practical experience.  Knowledge alone is simply not enough.  We are failing this group of people.

Andrew’s brother Michael and the rest of the family were deeply upset by the DNR order.  Andrew died two years later unrelated to the DNR notice.  However, the family have consented now to this becoming public knowledge in the hope this will mean another family is spared this.  The family are not seeking any financial compensation.  They were at the hospital and totally involved in Andrew’s care and yet only found out about the DNR notice when they came across a folded-up piece of paper in his bag after discharge.  There was nothing wrong with Andrew’s health at the time which would have had an effect on resuscitation.  The Waters family have welcomed the trust’s admission that they breached Andrew’s human rights but they have taken a long time to do this causing further upset.

Lynn Murray’s daughter Rachel is now a thriving teenager attending the same high school her elder siblings went to.  She is a true joy to people she meets and a trailblazer for ensuring inclusive education is just that, and not some trendy jargon.  Lynn, however, is worried about Rachel’s future “it looks more and more likely, considering recent cases of NHS disability abuse, that the NHS may have to look at how they comply with the Equality act in the difficult climate where discriminatory judgement is made following a DS diagnosis.  This act should simply be affirming NHS practice but it may, in fact, be exposing the conflicting culture where prenatal DS screening leads to termination”

Misunderstanding of Down Syndrome, as Andrew’s case highlights, continues despite the fact that we should be more enlightened.  Incredible advances in lifestyle and longevity for those with the condition abound and our society is entrenched in an equality narrative.  So why does this misunderstanding keep occurring?  One reason is because we are killing Down Syndrome babies before they are born.  Over 90% of babies with Down Syndrome are aborted.    These babies are wanted babies and yet eugenic-type (or watered-down eugenic) practices selectively attempt to eliminate them from our so-called egalitarian society.

Andrew Waters must not just become another statistic.  We must write to MPs to challenge the inequality before and after birth for people with Down Syndrome and other conditions society chooses to ignore, discriminate against and eradicate.


Breaking News!

November 22, 2015

Since The Cardinal Winning Prolife Initiative first started in 1997, we have been fortunate to have received many, many kind donations which have sustained the initiative through the ups and downs of the helping women with crisis pregnancies.

However, we have now reached the point when we are struggling to cope with the donations of clothes and  bric-a-brac that are handed into the centre.  Therefore we are asking if for the foreseeable future could the donations of clothes and bric-a-brac cease until further notice please.  We will only be accepting donations of TOYS AND BABY EQUIPMENT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

Many thanks for your understanding in this matter.