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Cardinal-designate calls for unity and prayer.

Posted by SCMO on 10th July 2003 in Christianity |

At a Mass at 12.45pm in St. Mary's Cathedral today, Cardinal-designate Keith Patrick O'Brien spoke in his sermon of the importance of family life and the challenges it faced, among them;  "the prospect of legalisation equating same-sex partnerships with marriage, as well as a dramatic fall in our birthrate, as couples choose to postpone children or prevent them altogether."  In a challenge to the Scottish Justice Minister, the cardinal-elect said;  "Some few days ago, the Court of Appeal scrapped the offence of shameless indecency', normally used to prosecute men who prey on teenage boys. This leaves a loophole in the law and removes protection for our childr...

Funeral of Eilidh MacLeod

Posted by SCMO on 05th June 2017 in Blogging |

The funeral Mass for Eilidh MacLeod, will take place at 11.15am today (Monday 5 June 2017) in the church of Our Lady, Star of the Sea, Castlebay, Barra. Parish Priest, Fr John Paul MacKinnon will celebrate the Mass which will also be relayed to mourners in nearby Castlebay Hall.   In his introduction, Fr. MacKinnon will say:   “My dear brothers and sisters- today we come together here on our beautiful island of Barra as a family, as “one big family”, to pray as a family for our dear beautiful Eilidh MacLeod. Eilidh was taken from us at such a young age- and we are hurting and in pain with the loss of Eilidh from our lives.”   In...

Catholic Bishops issue comprehensive statement on Marriage and the family.

Posted by SCMO on 28th January 2004 in Christianity |

...nd foster family life. All legislative and fiscal policy must take account of the effect that it will have on this core institution of our society and ensure that it is strengthened and not undermined."  Referring to the leaflet being distributed this weekend, he added; "I hope you will use this material as the focal point of debate, discussion and initiatives in your homes, parishes, schools and workplaces, aimed at supporting marriage and the family and building a Culture of Life'. I assure you that my brother bishops and I are fully aware of our responsibilities to you and to the society in which we live, it is our desire, especially at this time to ensure t...

Cardinal welcomes Europe4family bikers to Scotland

Posted by SCMO on 30th July 2004 in Christianity |

...iscussing family issues at the European Parliament.  The Europe4family bike-ride has been organised by members of the European branch of the World Youth Alliance (WYA), a global youth coalition which was recently granted ECOSOC status by the UN. As a worldwide NGO of more than 1.5 million members, the WYA have devised the most extensive contribution to the 10th Anniversary of the UN Year of the family from their European Office in Brussels. At 8747 km in length, the bike ride may qualify for entry into the Guinness Book of Records. The discussions taking place on the routes are likely to focus on new ideas for a family-friendly Europe in response to a rapidly a...

Pope Francis puts family at the heart of communication

Posted by SCMO on 14th May 2015 in Christianity | communications Sunday, family, Pope Francis, Archbishop Tartaglia

...In a pastoral letter which will be read at all 500 Catholic parishes in Scotland this weekend (16/17 May, 2015) to mark the 49th  World Communications Day, Archbishop Philip Tartaglia calls on all Catholics to embrace the role of the family as the true building block of a good society, which can be used as a force for dialogue and reconciliation and acknowledges the role of modern media in enabling families to share their stories, faith and forgiveness with others. Archbishop Tartaglia reflects on Pope Francis call to Catholics around the world to see families as a resource rather than as a problem for society and invites families to be examples of Christ s...

Barra Priest asks islanders to come together and pray together

Posted by SCMO on 27th May 2017 in Blogging |

...ed by her family and by all her many friends. Our loss is certainly heaven’s gain.”   ENDS Peter Kearney  Director  Catholic Media Office  5 St. Vincent Place  Glasgow  G1 2DH  0141 221 1168 07968 122291   Note to editors: The full text of Fr. MacKinnon’s homily is shown below, together with additional prayers which will be used.   7th SUNDAY OF EASTER- YEAR A- 2017   Last Thursday was “Ascension Thursday” and on Ascension Thursday Jesus told his followers, “know that I am with you always, yes to the end of time”. That was the promise of our Lord Jes...
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