Make Lent Really Special This Year
 
There’s an insatiable hunger inside of us, put there by Jesus, so that through all the ups and downs, joys and sorrows, pleasures and pain of this world we’ll always want him more than anything. And right now he’s calling us to make this Lent a special time of grace and spiritual growth. We’re here to help. Sign up for our daily Lenten Reflections, starting on Ash Wednesday, so that together we can develop a deeper understanding of what it is we truly hunger for, and spend the days between now and Easter on a transformative spiritual journey through the depths of your soul and into the merciful, loving heart of Jesus. The Reflections will begin on Ash Wednesday and end on Easter Sunday. These brief, personal reflections will give you simple ways to bring Jesus into your everyday life. Ash Wednesday is right around the corner… don’t delay! Just send your email address to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and begin receiving the Lenten Reflections.
 
Our Parish Events has also been updated with a series of zoom meeting entitled "Looking at St Joseph".
 
Ash Wednesday, Lenten Reflections and Stations of the Cross
 
Ash Wednesday is one of the most popular and important holy days in the liturgical calendar. Ash Wednesday opens Lent, a season of fasting and prayer. Ash Wednesday comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. The practice includes the wearing of ashes on the head. The ashes symbolise the dust from which God made us. As the priest applies the ashes to a person's forehead, he speaks the words: "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Alternatively, the priest may speak the words, "Repent and believe in the Gospel.” Ashes also symbolise grief, in this case, grief that we have sinned and caused division from God. Following the example of the Ninevites in the Old Testament, who did penance in sackcloth and ashes, our foreheads are marked with ashes to humble our hearts and reminds us that life passes away oneEarth. Ash Wednesday is on 17th February this year and is a day of Fasting and Abstinence.
 
Here is a Penitential PrayerLenten Reflections and Stations of the Cross that we can use at home if receiving Ashes is not possible.
 
COVID 19 Update
 
We are entering a new national lockdown in Scotland and public Mass and Church services with immediate effect will no longer be possible in Church for at least the rest of this month of January. A Requiem Mass for the deceased can still go ahead with a maximum of twenty mourners. Also small weddings can still go ahead with a maximum of five people participating, including the priest and two witnesses. Please see the COVID UPDATE for the latest information on Mass services affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.
 
Catholic Bishops question Scottish Government’s closure of Places of Worship
 
In a strongly worded statement, Scotland’s Catholic Bishops have expressed concern at the Scottish Government’s decision to close churches, when “No evidence has been forthcoming to justify the inclusion of places of worship as sources of infection”. The bishops suggest the move is “arbitrary and unfair” and in stark contrast to the decision by the UK Government to recognise “the essential contribution of public worship to the spiritual welfare of all citizens”.
 
The statement points out that “the stringent measures taken since last March to ensure public safety in our churches have been effective” and urges the Scottish Government “when the present measures are reviewed later in January, to reconsider these restrictions”. 
 
Rosary In Time of a Pandemic
 
The Rosary eBook aims at helping the faithful to contemplate the Gospel with Mary, our Mother, in the light of a world in crisis generated by COVID-19 and open our hearts to the hope of the Good News of Jesus-Christ. You will find real testimonies from people affected by the pandemic, in several ways. The writers, members of Vatican COVID-19 Commission, intended to guide the prayer by linking some of the painful and struggling stories of people from all over the world with the contemplation of the different mysteries of the Rosary.
    
Living in Faith in the age of COVID-19
 
The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland has published a Newsletter, which has emerged from the work of the Pastoral Ministry Working Group. Much of the material has arisen from the Pastoral Ministry survey which the group had invited parishes to complete by the end of July. It is hoped that the contents will prove to be informative and useful to clergy and laypeople.
 
 

Ash Wednesday at Home

Lenten Reflections

Stations of The Cross

Rosary eBook