This years National Pilgrimage to Dunfermline, in honour of St Margaret of Scotland, will be on Sunday 11th June 2017.

“This will be a real family event to which everybody in Scotland – not just Catholics – are invited given that St Margaret is an inspirational figure for all Scots as well as a heavenly protectress of the people of our land,” said Fr Chris Heenan, Parish Priest of St Margaret’s Memorial Church.

The roots of the summer pilgrimage dates back to June 1250 when the relics of Saint Margaret were translated to a new shrine in Dunfermline Abbey following her canonisation that year by Pope Innocent IV. An annual summer pilgrimage to Dunfermline soon emerged becoming a celebrated fixture within Scottish national life until the late 16th century. It was then re-established in 1899 and continued again until 1974. The pilgrimage was revived in 2015, after an absence 41 years.

We look forward to going and will be organising a bus from Glasgow to Dunfermline if enough people are interested.

To register your interest, please get in touch: email gospeloflifesisters@googlemail.com

http://stmargaretsdunfermline.co.uk/events/st-margarets-national-pilgrimage-2017/


Edinburgh SPUC invite you to their National Pro-life Chain – a silent witness against legal abortion. They host this event every year to mark the anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act coming into effect.

Meet at 10.45 outside the Usher Hall for 11am start

Prayer service separately beforehand, at 10am in the Sacred Heart Church in Lauriston.

Call SPUC Scotland on 0141 221 2094 for more information.

There is a bus being run from Glasgow, leaving at 8.30am and returning at 4pm. If you would like a seat on the bus, contact Louise on 0141 221 2094 or louise@spucscotland.org


The next Rachel’s Vineyard retreat in the West of Scotland will take place in June (13th-15th). This is a retreat for those who have been involved with abortion and are struggling afterwards. Open to women who have had abortions themselves, men who have lost a child through abortion, anyone who has been involved in an abortion decision (for example friends or family members) and healthcare workers who have taken part in abortion. Through companionship, prayer and activities based on passages of scripture, this retreat takes you on a journey from despair to hope. It is amazing to see the transformation that takes place in those who attend the retreats. The retreats are Christian based but are open to people of all faiths and no faith.

There is more information on the Rachel’s Vineyard website http://www.rachelsvineyard.org.uk

If anyone would like to go on the retreat, please get in touch with Sr Andrea (phone: 07816 942824, email: sisterandrea@rachelsvineyard.org.uk). All contact is kept confidential.

Also please keep this retreat in your prayers- that those who are hurt by abortion will be brave enough to come and seek healing and will apply to come on the retreat, that the team leading the retreat will be blessed in their preparations and that God will work in the hearts of all those involved.


We have been blessed to get to know some Nigerian Sisters who are missionaries in Dundee! They are Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mother of Christ (IHM). In Dundee their work is to support the St Ninian Pastoral Institute. What a change for them to move to Dundee from Nigeria!

They very kindly hosted Sr Andrea and Jess on a visit to Dundee, when Sr Andrea spoke at the SPUC afternoon for life and the opening rally of 40 Days for Life. Their hospitality was incredible- they had handmade welcome cards and did a welcome song and dance around the dining table for us. Prayers with them was such a joyful experience- they brought out their drums and cymbals and had a perfect sense of rhythm. Sr Andrea is planning to start up Rachel’s Vineyard retreats in the Dundee area and is looking to form a team to lead the retreats, do get in touch if you are interested. One of the Nigerian Sisters has kindly volunteered to be involved with Rachel’s Vineyard.

We were delighted that they were able to visit Glasgow, when their Regional Superior from Rome came to Scotland. The Sisters joined us for lunch and a tour of the Cardinal Winning Pro-Life Initiative. Then Sr Andrea took them to see the sights of Glasgow and they were able to meet Fr Joseph Uwah, a Nigerian priest in St Andrew’s Cathedral.


This year is the 50th anniversary of the passing of the 1967 Abortion Act in the UK. Sr Roseann is answering 50 questions about abortion, to mark the 50th anniversary.

Question 14: “I’ve had an abortion and I’m really suffering and sad. Is there anywhere I can go for help?”

http://www.rachelsvineyard.org.uk

http://www.archtrust.org.uk

ARCH (Abortion Recovery Care and Helpline) 0845 603 8501


This year is the 50th anniversary of the passing of the 1967 Abortion Act in the UK. Sr Roseann is answering 50 questions about abortion, to mark the 50th anniversary.

Question 13: “Are people really affected badly after abortion?”


We watched a documentary about the life of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal in Bradford. A fun and inspiring watch, gives a good insight into what religious life is like.

Still available on BBC i-player if you missed it!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08mk2tv

 


Sr Roseann recently visited Cardiff, following an invitation from Brother Ambrose, at the Cardiff University Catholic Chaplaincy. She is grateful to the Sisters of Nazareth for their hospitality during her stay and the warm welcome from the Oratorians at the Chaplaincy. Whilst in Cardiff she spoke about the work of the Cardinal Winning Pro-Life Initiative to the students and to the Catholic Medical Association.


We had the pleasure of hosting two Nashville Domincans, Sr Teresa Anne and Sr Mary Amata, who came over from their convent in the Netherlands to Glasgow for a TEFL conference. On their day off, we took them sight-seeing around Glasgow, to Loch Lomond and over to Dunfermline. In Dunfermline, Fr Chris Heenan very kindly gave us a tour of the St Margaret of Scotland related sights. It was great to see the cave in which St Margaret of Scotland went to pray, now located under a car park and accessed via a tunnel! There is a wealth of information about her life on boards as you walk down the tunnel. We also saw Dunfermline Abbey, where the remains of St Margaret and her husband King Malcolm Canmore are buried. The grave of Robert De Bruce is also there. We finished our tour of Dunfermline with a visit to St Margaret’s Memorial Church, which holds a relic of St Margaret (part of her shoulder blade). In the evening we paid a visit to Sr Margaret’s Church in South Queensferry for stations of the cross followed by dinner with Fr Scott Deeley. We continue to pray for the Sisters in their missionary work in the Netherlands.

We plan to return to Dunfermline for the annual national pilgrimage in honour of St Margaret, on Sunday 11th June.


Please join us in praying for the pro-life cause this Wednesday 19th April evening. Mass will be celebrated by Fr Joseph McAuley.

The programme for the evening is: Eucharistic adoration 6-7 pm, Rosary 7 pm, Mass 7:30 pm. Followed by refreshments. Join us for as little or as much of the evening as you can.

Venue: Blessed John Duns Scotus RC Church, 270 Ballater Street, Gorbals, Glasgow, G5 0YT




I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. - John 10:10