We had a lovely celebration for Sr Roseann’s birthday this week- starting with a birthday vigil at the Pro-Life Mass. A stunning cake was provided by Deacon Paul Denny (thanks to his Mum and God’s providence). We had another birthday cake at lunchtime on Sister’s actual birthday and then went out for an Italian meal in the evening. Happy Birthday to Sr Roseann and we wish her many more to come!
Last week American President Donald Trump, accompanied by religious leaders, announced a National Day of Prayer and signed an executive order to repeal the Johnson amendment, with the purpose of promoting religious liberty and free speech. The Johnson amendment had removed not-for profit organisations’ tax exemption if they expressed political opinions. He also commended the Little Sisters of the Poor in standing up for their beliefs, when the government under President Obama had wanted the Sisters to pay for medical insurance that provided contraception and abortion. A video of President Trump’s speech in the Rose Garden at the White House can be viewed here:
Thanks so much for all your support. Over the months of March and April, your donations have been used to support 93 vulnerable families.
We have been blessed to have many individuals coming to the door to donate baby equipment they are no longer in need of. Before Easter, the Knights of St Columba (Council 8, Clydebank) donated Easter eggs and we were able to redistribute these. In April we also had a visit from Fr Michael John, parish priest of St James’ Church in St Andrews, who drove over to Glasgow with a van full of items that had been donated by his parishioners.
Items that we are in need of currently are:
Ikea bags – the big blue ones (we use these to package clothing that we give out)
Baby boy outfits for aged 0-3 months (please only donate clean laundered clothing and clearly label the bag ‘BOY 0-3 MONTHS’)
On this the day of the Lord’s Resurrection, we celebrate the new life that Jesus gives us. We may struggle in life, we may have sufferings, we may make mistakes, we may feel discouraged. There’s not a feeling that we experience that Jesus didn’t live through himself. Let us remember that Jesus has done away with our sins in his death on the cross. He lived, died and rose from the dead for us – this life on earth is only the start of an eternity with God. Death can have no power over us ultimately. Alleluia! May God bless you all.
Today, 9th March 2017, marks the 20th anniversary of the Cardinal Winning Pro-Life Initiative. We fondly remember and thank God for Cardinal Winning, whose vision and bold faith started the Pro-Life Initiative.
20 years ago today, Cardinal Winning made his prophetic announcement offering help to pregnant women :
“Whatever worries or cares you may have…we will help you.
If you need pregnancy testing or counselling…we will help you.
If you want help to cope with raising the baby on your own… we will help you.
If you want to discuss adoption of your unborn child…we will help you.
If you need financial assistance, or help with equipment for your baby and feel financial pressures will force you to have an abortion…we
will help you.
If you cannot face your family, or if pressure in your local area is making you consider abortion, come to us, we will help find you somewhere
to have your baby surrounded by support and encouragement…we will help you.
And finally, if you have had an abortion. If you are torn apart with guilt, if your relationship has split up because of abortion, if you are
suffering from post abortion stress – come to us… we will help you.
This invitation, I repeat, is open to all. Irrespective of age, creed or colour.”
His invitation remains the same, 20 years later.
We thank God for all the lives we’ve been able to help save and the many more we’ve supported.
We thank all of you for all your support over the years. With the donations you’ve given and the time you’ve offered. We appreciate it greatly.
We hope we won’t be needed in another 20 years as abortion will be unthinkable. Continue your compassion for crisis pregnancy situations. Continue your compassion for post abortive women and men. And continue to help us to help them.
In the words of the late, great Cardinal,
“Your efforts may sometimes seem to go unrewarded, but you can be sure that slowly and surely you are having an effect.”
All at the Cardinal Winning Pro-Life Initiative.
HOLY THURSDAY is the most complex and profound of all religious observances, saving only the Easter Vigil. It celebrates both the institution by Christ himself of the Eucharist and of the institution of the sacerdotal priesthood (as distinct from the ‘priesthood of all believers’) for in this, His last supper with the disciples, a celebration of Passover, He is the self-offered Passover Victim, and every ordained priest to this day presents this same sacrifice, by Christ’s authority and command, in exactly the same way. The Last Supper was also Christ’s farewell to His assembled disciples, some of whom would betray, desert or deny Him before the sun rose again.
On Holy Thursday there is a special Mass in Cathedral Churches, attended by as many priests of the diocese as can attend, because it is a solemn observance of Christ’s institution of the priesthood. At this ‘Chrism Mass’ the bishop blesses the Oil of Chrism used for Baptism and Confirmation. The bishop may wash the feet of twelve of the priests, to symbolize Christ’s washing the feet of his Apostles, the first priests.
The Holy Thursday liturgy, celebrated in the evening because Passover began at sundown, also shows both the worth God ascribes to the humility of service, and the need for cleansing with water (a symbol of baptism) in the Mandatum, or washing in Jesus’ washing the feet of His disciples, and in the priest’s stripping and washing of the altar. Cleansing, in fact, gave this day of Holy Week the name Maundy Thursday.
The action of the Church on this night also witnesses to the Church’s esteem for Christ’s Body present in the consecrated Host in the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, carried in solemn procession to the flower-bedecked Altar of Repose, where it will remain ‘entombed’ until the communion service on Good Friday. No Mass will be celebrated again in the Church until the Easter Vigil proclaims the Resurrection.
And finally, there is the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament by the people during the night, just as the disciples stayed with the Lord during His agony on the Mount of Olives before the betrayal by Judas.