From an ancient tradition, going back even to the second century, the parents of the Virgin Mary are known by the names of Joachim and Anne.  Devotion to Saint Anne is found in the sixth century in the East, and by the tenth century  it was widespread in the West.  Saint Joachim was likewise honoured, but at a more recent date.


Tradition in the West links Mary Magdalene with the unnamed woman, a “sinner”, a prostitute, who wets the feet of Jesus with her tears and dries them with her hair (cf. Lk 7:36-50).  By the time of the Resurrection, she has become a passionate follower of Jesus.  She stands by the open tomb after the disciples have left, weeping. “She was still seeking the one she had not found, and while she sought she wept; burning with the fire of love, she longed for him who she thought had been taken away” (Saint Gregory the Great).  Jesus appears to her in this moment.  He calls her by name: “Mary!”


This month’s Pro life mass is being held on 15th July 2015 with Fr Nick Welsh celebrating. We start the evening with Eucharistic Adoration at 6pm until &pm, then the Rosary and mass starts at 7.30pm.

The mass is held at Blessed John Duns Scotus Church, 270 Ballater Street, Glasgow G5 0YT.

Tea and coffee is served after wards which everyone is welcome to come to.



This testimony from a post-abortive woman gives some sober advice to those who are in the prolife movement as to how we should treat women who have chosen abortion.  It’s so important we get it right after all these years of condemning women and berating them.  That’s not right.  As it says on lots of placards held up during pro life rallies “Love Them Both

I have been called a murderer, selfish, and a baby killer.  While I will not try to convince you otherwise because I don’t disagree… I do want you to know words of hate will not help this important cause.  Instead of slinging your words like swords at women who have made the same mistake as I, go after the real problem. Support groups who help find new jobs for abortion clinic employees   …Volunteer at local women’s centers that don’t support abortion but instead provide counseling, classes, and assistance to women who choose life.

Continue to call attention to an industry that kills as many children a year as war kills US soldiers a year.

Don’t give up. Pray for those who struggle with the choice they have made, that they may find peace.  Pray for those who have yet to choose, that they may choose life.


Let’s pray that we can have such an encouraging rally in this country!




Monte Harms of Stand for Life posted the video on his web site today and noted: “Look at what “abortion” is in the American Sign Language Dictionary.”


We had the great pleasure of having St Joseph’s Pro-Life group with us – a group of young secondary schoolers who are passionate about Pro-Life work. Led my Miss Curran, the group have been busy gathering all sorts of goodies to hand in to us, which they presented beautifully and brought to the office yesterday. They hung around for a wee while to learn more about the Initiative and of course we weren’t short of a wee job or two for them :)A great day and many thanks once again!

Cardinal Winning Pro-Life Initiative's photo.
Cardinal Winning Pro-Life Initiative's photo.
Cardinal Winning Pro-Life Initiative's photo.
Cardinal Winning Pro-Life Initiative's photo.



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