Monday 26 November 2018
Tomorrow evening (Tuesday 27 November) the Catholic Bishops of Scotland will join members of Parliament at a special exhibition in Holyrood to mark the significant contribution of the Church to Scottish society and beyond.
The event, sponsored by Elaine Smith MSP, highlights the extensive work carried out by agencies and commissions of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland and its associated organisations.
Bishop Hugh Gilbert, President of the Bishops Conference of Scotland said:
“The bishops of Scotland are very grateful to Elaine Smith, MSP, for sponsoring this event and to Aileen Campbell, Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government, for her support. The Church in Scotland welcomes this opportunity to showcase at least something of what we do. The Church is a world-wide, complex and many-faceted institution but in the end, it is people; names, faces, bodies and souls. It is people helping people, not just from cradle to grave, but from before birth to after death, and everything in between. What we could never do as individuals we can do together from prayer to food banks, from the kind word to the very hands-on practical, from here to places in the world hit by disaster or oppression. It’s often parallel or complementary to the social provision of Government and the many agencies of civil society and the good works of our fellow-Christians of other denominations.”
Bishop Gilbert added;
“The word ‘Catholic’ means universal. And I think all of what will be on display at the special exhibition in Holyrood reflects our desire to reach out and create unity. At our best, all we want to be is at the service of each and every human being, created in the image and likeness of God, endowed with an innate dignity and inalienable rights, which neither we nor the law nor government create, but which we can strive to recognise and serve.”
Elaine Smith, MSP, said;
“Having hosted the first ever mass at the Scottish Parliament this year during Holy Week, I am now delighted to sponsor this prestigious event, showcasing the vital charitable and valuable community work undertaken by the Catholic Church.”
Agencies in attendance include Blairs Museum which houses a collection of church textiles, sacred silver and paintings belonging to the Church and Missio Scotland which provides financial support to communities in mission countries.
Other lay catholic organisations such as The Society of St Vincent de Paul (SSVP), which seeks to combat poverty and promote social justice, will also be present. In 2015/16, its 2,000 members carried out 53,493 home visits, 12,261 hospital visits and financially assisted 6,196 families across Scotland’s eight Catholic dioceses.
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A full list of exhibitors is shown below:
The Anscombe Bioethics Centre - The Anscombe Bioethics Centre (www.bioethics.org.uk) is a Catholic academic institute that engages with the moral questions arising in health care and medical research.
Blairs Museum - Houses a collection of church textiles, sacred silver and paintings belonging to the Scottish Catholic Church.
Commission for Pastoral & Social Care - The Commission is concerned with all matters relating to child welfare, social deprivation and the coordination of the Catholic organisation in these fields.
Committee for Inter-Religious Dialogue - Promotes the importance of dialogue between different faith groups within the life of the Church.
Gospel of Life Sisters - The Sisters of the Gospel of Life run The Cardinal Winning Prolife Initiative which is a charity dedicated to helping women keep their babies and support them with practical help for as long as they need.
The Heritage Commission - Advises on the preservation of Scottish Catholic Heritage at home and abroad.
Justice & Peace Scotland - The Commission is concerned with human rights, social justice and peace building at both national and international levels.
Knights of St Columba - The Knights of St Columba is an Order of Catholic men bound together in Charity, Unity and Fraternity.
Missio Scotland - The Scottish branch of the Pontiﬁcal Mission Societies and the oﬃcial mission aid agency of the Catholic Church.
The Mungo Foundation - The Mungo Foundation is one of the most diverse and highly respected providers of social care and support for vulnerable people in Glasgow, West Central Scotland and beyond.
Office of Ecumenism - A Group whose members have experience in Catholic Doctrine, Moral Theology and Canon Law, who participate in ecumenical dialogue.
Office of Safeguarding - The Scottish Catholic Safeguarding Service supports the Safeguarding work of Dioceses, Religious Institutes and Catholic organisations.
Scottish Catholic Archives - Provides archive and records management services to the Scottish Catholic Church.
Scottish Catholic Education Service (SCES) - SCES aims to articulate and communicate a vision for Catholic Education, as well as promoting achievements of Catholic schools and supporting teachers.
Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF) - The official aid agency of the Catholic Church in Scotland. Reaching out in love with practical help, to vulnerable people globally.
Scottish Catholic Media Office - Provides a service to the press and media, offering them information and guidance on the activities of the Catholic Church in Scotland.
Scottish Catholic Parliamentary Office - Promotes Catholic Social Teaching in the public square, engaging with the work of Parliament and Government.
Society of St Vincent de Paul - A Catholic lay organisation which seeks to identify and combat all forms of poverty.
SPRED Glasgow - SPRED is a special religious development group that works within the Church to nourish accepting and inclusive communities for people with learning disabilities.
St Andrew’s Hospice - St Andrew’s Hospice in Airdrie has been providing the highest standard of Specialist Palliative Care to the people of Lanarkshire for over 30 years.
St Catherine's Convent of Mercy - St Catherine's Convent of Mercy is a place of outreach for the most broken and needy in our society. It offers friendship and practical support to homeless and disadvantaged people of Edinburgh and beyond.
St Patrick's Parish Church - St Patrick's is the parish church for the Old Town of Edinburgh and is therefore the local Catholic church for the Scottish Parliament.
Aid to the Church in Need - Aid to the Church in Need is a Pontifical Foundation of the Catholic Church, supporting the Catholic faithful and other Christians where they are persecuted, oppressed or in pastoral need.