Pro-Life Chain in Uddingston

June 9, 2018

On Saturday, 16th June, St John the Baptist (Uddingston) pro-life group are having their annual prayer witness chain. 

Time: 11am – 1pm.

They would like to invite you all to join them, here are more details:

Father Towey will celebrate Mass at the later time of 10am that day.

There will be a short briefing in the hall, after which we will gather at Uddingston Cross for 11am. 
The purpose of the chain is not only to pray but also to show the community that the fight for the rights of the unborn child continues. 
In light of the recent events in Ireland we are particularly keen to have a BIG turn out this year. 
PLEASE PLEASE make the effort to join us to shed the light of hope in the darkness of our world. 

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Sr Roseann Reflects On The Visitation

May 31, 2018

Today is Thursday 31st May 2018, six days after the devastating results of the Irish abortion referendum and it’s only now that I feel able to put pen to paper to try and describe how I and so many other feel about what happened in Ireland.

On so many levels it was a devastation, to see a country I love and have such connections with vote in such a way was horrible, but to then see how such a vote was celebrated was truly heartbreaking.  May 25th 2018 was the day Ireland lost its soul.  The land of Saints and Scholars has now become the land of liars and louts, filled now with a passion for death and not life.

A land whose history is steeped in sorrow and loss, will now know a sorrow like no other because this wound is self inflicted, this bloodletting could have been averted.  This great nation could have risen up but now it will be bound down for generations, for abortion always has its consequences at both a personal and societal level.  50 years of legalised abortion in Scotland has taught us this.  The saddest thing of all is the death of truth because every single person who voted yes has voted for a lie.  The lie that abortion doesn’t kill a unique and individual human being, it does.  The lie that it’s a woman’s body and therefore her right to choose, it is her body but it’s also her baby.  Anyone who has ever seen a scan of a 12 week old baby in the womb, and that’s most of us, know it’s a perfectly formed human child which is destroyed in every abortion.

This is not pro-life propaganda, this is the simple scientific and medical fact which anyone who has eyes to see can observe.  Giving women a “choice” without showing them what that choice means is no real choice and the choice of abortion always means the death of your child.  And the death of your child especially at your behest and with your consent always has consequences. If there are no consequences that’s even more troubling because what have we become when the death of our children raises not even sorrow but indeed is celebrated on the streets?

There is so much more to be said but this is enough to begin with.

Today is also the Feast of the Visitation, the Bishop’s Day for Life here in Scotland (not that you would know it). It’s the day when we celebrate the “Hail Mary” and “The Magnificat”, when St. John the Baptist as a child in the womb recognises the presence of Jesus in the womb of His mother Mary and leaps for joy.

There are many great lessons in this magnificent feast for us but perhaps for today we could reflect upon the fate of those children in the womb at the Visitation. One was beheaded and one was crucified but both ultimately now live in glory with the Father in heaven.

This too is our true destiny. But like Mary, Elizabeth, John and our Blessed Lord there is first much suffering, pain and sorrow, but always there is deep joy if we but remain faithful.

Happy Feast of the Visitation.

Sr Roseann


Ireland Votes to Legalise Abortion

May 29, 2018

We are deeply saddened by the result of the Irish Referendum on the 8th Amendment. Here’s what ‘Save the 8th‘ campaign had to say about the result, which was in favour of repealing the 8th amendment:

“The 8th amendment did not create a right to life for the unborn child – it merely acknowledged that such a right exists, has always existed, and will always exist.

What Irish voters did yesterday is a tragedy of historic proportions. However, a wrong does not become right simply because a majority support it.

We are so proud of all of those who stood with us in this campaign – our supporters, our donors, our families, and our loved ones. This campaign took a huge personal toll on all of us who were involved, and we have been so grateful for their support.

The unborn child no longer has a right to life recognised by the Irish state. Shortly, legislation will be introduced that will allow babies to be killed in our country. We will oppose that legislation. If and when abortion clinics are opened in Ireland, because of the inability of the Government to keep their promise about a GP led service, we will oppose that as well. Every time an unborn child has his or her life ended in Ireland, we will oppose that, and make our voices known.

Abortion was wrong yesterday. It remains wrong today. The constitution has changed, but the facts have not.”


Pray for Ireland Tomorrow

May 24, 2018

The people of Ireland will take part in a referendum on Friday 25th May regarding amending the constitution to allow abortion. Please pray for Ireland and for a successful ‘no’ vote and that their unborn children continue to be safe in their mothers’ wombs.

There are some parishes holding prayer vigils tomorrow, for the cause of life. Please attend one if you can:

  1. St Joseph’s, Clarkston: Holy Hour of Adoration on Friday 25th May from 8:30 am concluding with Holy Mass at 9:30 am.
  2. St Cadoc’s, Newton Mearns: start with Holy Mass at 9.30 am, continue with the Rosary and Eucharistic adoration and finish with the Angelus at 12noon.


Vote No

May 24, 2018

Urging all those in Ireland to ‘Vote No’ tomorrow.


Pro-Life Movement on Newsnight

May 19, 2018

The first 16 minutes of a Newsnight programme last week (10th May) looked at some groups in the pro-life movement in the UK, as well as looking at the pro-choice side and discussing the idea of buffer zones. Worth a watch and, although the pro-choice representatives are not questioned in the same way that the pro-life representatives are, it is still good to see both sides rather than the often very biased reporting against pro-life.

The programme can be viewed using this link www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0b2r9yn/newsnight-10052018


Thanks for Prayers

May 17, 2018

Sr Andrea would like to thank everyone for their prayers. Last weeks Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat was beautiful, and participants responded very well. Please continue to keep them in your prayers as they continue their journey of healing.