Vocations Holy Hour

Tomorrow I’m booked to talk to our Primary School children. Its world of work week and they are inviting people into the school to talk about their work and profession. I was struck at the Ascension by the emphasis the feast gives to the mission of the church. In fact the reading that day gave […]

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Low Sunday/Mercy Sunday

In the final years of his pontificate when Pope John Paul was so publically diminished before the eyes of the world. As the years took their toll and his physical frailty took over, his mind and teaching turned to the mercy of Christ. And his pontificate culminated in one of his final acts which he […]

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Easter Vigil

Tonight we have much to get through and the clock is ticketing. Six weeks of Lent and we are all probably dying to break our fast, open the chocolates, pop the cork and generally celebrate. And the kettles are on in the Pastoral Centre. But we have much to get through not least the history […]

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Easter Sunday

This afternoon we have a baptism at mass and how appropriate that we celebrate baptism on Easter Sunday. We celebrated the initial rites last Sunday when among other things we asked the parent what name they gave their child: needless to say I’ve forgotten the babies name so we might need to repeat that bit. […]

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Holy Thursday

On Monday afternoon I celebrated the Passover with out First Communicants in their classroom. We had lamb and unleavened bread, Shloer for red wine, mint, horseradish and sweet apple chutney, parsley and salt water, hats to cover our heads and candles for our Passover table. Its was a lovely joyful celebration and the children who […]

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Third Sunday of Lent

John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons reported to Parliament his week that the Houses of Parliament are falling down. And I’m not referring here to Chinese consultation fees or MPs expenses. But to the bricks and mortar the very fabric and structural integrity of the building, and if remedial work is not […]

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Third Sunday of Lent

John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons reported to Parliament his week that the Houses of Parliament are falling down. And I’m not referring here to Chinese consultation fees or MPs expenses. But to the bricks and mortar the very fabric and structural integrity of the building, and if remedial work is not […]

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Midnight Mass

This evening our hearts cannot be but bruised and broken, as we think of the events that unfolded in George Square on Monday afternoon. Perhaps like many of you, my first reaction on hearing the news was to make sure my own family was safe. My nephew was only a street away, shopping in Buchanan […]

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Fourth Sunday of Advent Yr B

One of the great scenes of Western Art is the depiction of the Annunciation. All the great artists have painted this scene, often numerous times; among them Michelangelo and Leonardo, Botticelli and Caravaggio. They all painted this sacred and unique moment in salvation history when Mary said yes to God. In fact, one of the […]

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Third Sunday of Advent B

These days we live in are short dark winter days. The poet John Betjeman puts it this way: The Advent wind begins to stir, With sea-like sounds in our Scotch fir,
 It’s dark at breakfast, dark at tea, And in between we only see
Clouds hurrying across the sky And rain-wet roads the wind blows dry.
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