Dear Friends

The flyer above is a save the date notice for a young people’s event being organised on 2nd – 4th November 2018 by the Vocation’s Forum of the Conference for Religious in Scotland.

The forum has recently been re-established and this event is part of a longer term strategy to make religious life more visible and relevant here in Scotland.

A full programme for the event will be available in early August but we wanted to make you aware of the event as early as possible in the hope that you will be able to help us in one of three ways.

Firstly, if you have anyone who you think may be interested in the event you can register your interest and reserve a place(s).

Secondly, you can sponsor a place(s) for a young person(s) to attend.  Cost £50 and cheques should be made payable to the Conference of Religious Scotland and sent to me at the address below.

Thirdly, you can help publicise the event through your contacts, parish groups and social media.

And, of course we would be most grateful if you could keep this project in your prayers.  If you need further information, please feel free to get in touch.

Sr Roseann Reddy

on behalf of the CRS Vocation Forum Core Group

 

Sr Gill McCambridge

Sr Francis Kelly

 

Conference of Religious Scotland

Vocations Forum

c/o Sr Roseann 106 Dixon Avenue, Glasgow G42 8EL

srroseann@me.com, 07816937777

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Please join us in praying for the pro-life cause this Wednesday 18th July evening. Mass will be celebrated by Canon Gerald Sharkey.

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


Friday 16th – Sunday 18th November 2018

Come and join us at some point over the weekend to celebrate the feast of St Margaret, Queen of Scotland.

Building on the momentum and spirit of the ladies lunch, we are planning a ladies open weekend hosted by the Sisters and our fantastic group of co-workers, taking place here at the pro-life centre. The event will consist of Evening/Afternoon tea, talk on the work of the CWPLI followed by a tour of the centre and a look at our future plans and so much more…

Craft goods, handbags, gifts for sale, plus plenty of time to just enjoy the chat and catch up with Pro-Life friends old and new.

The weekend will be based around 7 available slots where you’ll be able to book a table (for whatever number suits your party):

Friday 16th:  7pm-9pm

Saturday 17th:  12-2pm, 3-5pm & 7-9pm

Sunday 18th: 12-2pm, 3-5 pm & 7-9 pm

Tickets will cost £15 and will include full afternoon/evening tea (Prosecco available separately)

Further details to follow after the summer in the meantime – save the date


We are looking forward to hosting the Project Truth team for their training night in August.

The Project Truth Roadshow gets together young people from across the UK to spend a week travelling around Scotland’s towns and cities, bringing the pro-life message to the public with real joy: because life is beautiful. Here’s a link to a video showing what happens on the roadshow.

The week on the road costs over £200 per participant when transport, accommodations, meals and materials are taken in to account. Adding new equipment brings the running costs this year to around £7000.

Below is a Project Truth Wishlist which outlines certain costs. Why not sponsor meals for the week for a young person? Or perhaps a hoody and t-shirt combo? Or maybe your pro-life group would consider sponsoring one of the 9 seater vans? You can donate online by using their GoFundMe page.


Number of abortions:

12,212 abortions were carried out in Scotland in 2017 (11.8 per 1000 women), a similar number as in the past couple of years. The rate of abortion in England and Wales is higher (17.0 per 1000 women).

In 1968, when the Abortion Act was implemented, there were 1500 abortions. The number of abortions then steadily increased to a peak of 13,908 abortions in 2008. After 2008 the number of abortions steadily reduced to 11,778 in 2014, but has risen again since 2015.

Age group:

The highest rate of abortion in 2017 was for women in their 20’s, with 19.2 abortions per 1000 women aged 20-24 years old and 15.6 abortions per 1000 women aged 25 to 29 years old.

In women over 30 years old, the abortion rate has been steadily increasing. Since 2011, there has been an increase in the rate of abortion by 13% in 30-35 year olds, 30% in 35-40 year olds and 22% in 40 year olds.

The rate of abortion in teenagers has been falling since 2007. The abortion rate in under 16 year olds was 1.3 per 1000 girls. The abortion rate in 16-19 year olds was 14.5 per 1000.

Method of abortion:

Medical abortions (using drugs) were allowed in the UK since 1991, in 1992 16.4% of abortions were medical. In 2017, 83.7% of all abortions carried out were medical, 16.3% of abortions carried out were surgical.

72.1% of abortions took place under 9 weeks gestation.

Home abortions: on 27 October 2017, the Scottish Government introduced guidelines for women to be able to self-administer the second abortion pill at home. Since then, 58 women have taken the second abortion pill at home.

Repeat abortions:

1/3 abortions are carried out in women who have previously had an abortion.

Reasons for abortion:

The vast majority of abortions are carried out due to social reasons (98.3% = 12,005 abortions). Abortion rates are twice as high in deprived areas compared to the least deprived areas.

Disability accounted for 1.6% of all abortions in 2017:

There were 193 abortions on the ground of risk of disability. 66 were for chromosomal abnormalities (eg. Down’s syndrome), 49 were for conditions of the nervous system (eg. spina bifida), 43 were for other structural abnormalities (eg. heart defect, kidney abnormality), 35 were for ‘other’ abnormalities.

5 abortions (0.04% of all abortions) were carried out because there was a serious risk to the mother’s life.

For the full report, please click on this link https://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Sexual-Health/Publications/2018-05-29/2018-05-29-Terminations-2017-Report.pdf?86014956236


13th – 14th July 2018 at St Mary’s, Twickenham

A conference for Catholic educators

Aims to equip Catholic Christian educators and formators with knowledge of and confidence in the Church’s full and positive vision of the human person in his or her sexuality.

See the conference website for further details.

 

 


The series of videos of Sr Roseann answering 50 questions about abortion, to mark the 50th anniversary of the abortion act, is now available on YouTube. The series is titled “Abortion – 50 Years On”.

In due course, we plan to make these videos available in pen drive form to schools, along with a booklet of the questions and answers.

So, get watching and sharing these videos- they are short, sharp and to the point and will give you all the reasons for why we are pro-life.


Please contact your MSP to voice your opposition to assisted suicide and ask what their position is.

Here’s an urgent message from the Catholic Parliamentary Office:

On 19th April, Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP, the Liberal Democrat Health Spokesman, asked witnesses at the Equalities and Human Rights Committee whether individuals should have the right “to be assisted through any means necessary to quit this life with dignity?” Mr Cole-Hamilton also wrote in The Scotsman newspaper that ‘we need the right to die.’ A Cross Party Group has also been set up in the Scottish Parliament to consider end of life choices, including the right to assisted suicide.
It all points towards another campaign to legalise assisted suicide in Scotland; a campaign which needs a compassionate, yet robust and committed opposition that will speak up for the vulnerable and for better palliative care for those who are affected by terminal illness. 
Society should continue to discourage suicide and work hard to prevent it. We should be careful not to normalise it with dangerous laws.
The legalisation of assisted suicide, even in so called limited circumstances, is a very slippery slope. No matter the ‘safeguards’ which might be put in place there is considerable risk of abuse and error. Assisted suicide also creates a culture where certain lives are deemed more valuable than others. The vulnerable become more vulnerable, and this is never more evident than in the intense opposition to assisted suicide by disability groups.
We must act now.
Please contact your MSPs today and ask them, in your own words, where they stand on assisted suicide. You can find details of your MSPs here. Just enter your postcode.
And remember, you have seven regional MSPs as well as one constituency MSP, so please do try to contact all of them.
It may be helpful if you were to highlight some of the risks and dangers of assisted suicide and you can find useful information in the FAQs section of the Care Not Killing website
And please do let us know what your MSP says by emailing us at office@rcpolitics.org putting ‘MSP Assisted Suicide’ in the subject line.
It is very important that we know what your MSP says so please remember to contact us. 

Please join us in praying for the pro-life cause this Wednesday 20th June evening. Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Toal.

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


On Saturday, 16th June, St John the Baptist (Uddingston) pro-life group are having their annual prayer witness chain. 

Time: 11am – 1pm.

They would like to invite you all to join them, here are more details:

Father Towey will celebrate Mass at the later time of 10am that day.

There will be a short briefing in the hall, after which we will gather at Uddingston Cross for 11am. 
The purpose of the chain is not only to pray but also to show the community that the fight for the rights of the unborn child continues. 
In light of the recent events in Ireland we are particularly keen to have a BIG turn out this year. 
PLEASE PLEASE make the effort to join us to shed the light of hope in the darkness of our world. 




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