Show kindness to one another Archbishop urges Barlinnie inmates

The relics of Saint Therese of Lisieux which have been in Scotland since Thursday 29th of August, as part of a three-week tour of Scotland’s eight Catholic dioceses, arrived at Barlinnie Prison in Glasgow today, Monday 16th September. The relics arrived at HMP Barlinnie, one of Scotland’s largest prisons at 2.00pm on 16th September where Archbishop Philip Tartaglia celebrated a Mass for staff and inmates. In his homily, the Archbishop urged inmates to follow the example of St. Therese and to “do little things, little acts of goodness here and there throughout the day that in the end make a … Continue reading Show kindness to one another Archbishop urges Barlinnie inmates

St Therese goes to Barlinnie

1 September 2019 The relics of Saint Therese of Lisieux which have been in Scotland since Thursday 29th of August, as part of a three-week tour of Scotland’s eight Catholic dioceses, will be taken to one of Scotland’s largest prisons on Monday 16th September. The relics will arrive at HMP Barlinnie at 2.00pm on the 16th September where Archbishop Philip Tartaglia will celebrate a Mass for staff and inmates. Marie-Francoise-Therese Martin who is patroness of the Missions, the sick and prisoners entered the convent aged just fifteen and was canonised a saint in 1925 by Pope Pius XI. Many miracles … Continue reading St Therese goes to Barlinnie

Secret Catholic

Although my reception into the Catholic Church was done secretly and remains secret even to this day from certain family members and others, I nevertheless despite some opposition decided to make my home as Catholic as was possible. In the entrance hall is a small crucifix fixed to the wall. I touch it daily with prayer as though it were a mezuzah in Jewish home. Each room bar one has a crucifix or icon so that my eyes my fall on them frequently to remind me to offer prayer and praise. A cross beside my bed a rosary hangs on … Continue reading Secret Catholic

Catholic Twitter

What a joy it is to share on #CatholicTwitter as a housebound (for the most part) person and the only catholic convert in my family it is proving a great blessing. So often posters say to me “Welcome Home”! That’s exactly how I feel after spending decades in the unsatisfying desert of Protestantism where I always felt ill at ease even as clergyman. How great and good God is to us all. From Catholic Twitter I have received this morning some of the prayer cards from St Theresa’s visit to Cardin. A rosary is also promised from another user. What … Continue reading Catholic Twitter

A Diary Type Update

Aargh! Too many things I want to talk about. I can’t talk about them all. It would take way too long. This has led to a brain freeze as everything struggles to claim my attention. I know I’ll tell you what’s bugging me! The first thing that troubles me is the current state of British Politics. I am a passionate follower of all things in the Palace of Westminster, I just love it all. I have been following politics since the 1960s so it has been a long long interest of mine but never has it been such a mess, … Continue reading A Diary Type Update

The relics arriving on Thursday

The relics of Saint Therese of Lisieux arrive in Scotland for the first time on Thursday 29th of August, where they will begin a three-week tour of Scotland’s eight Catholic dioceses. Marie-Francoise-Therese Martin entered the convent aged just fifteen and was canonised a saint in 1925 by Pope Pius XI. Many miracles of healing have been reported throughout the world, including Scotland, through her intercession. She is a Doctor of the Church, Patroness of the Missions and of the sick. Hesr relics will be brought to Barlinnie Prison for a special Mass on Monday 16th of September. Fr Jim Grant, General Secretary … Continue reading The relics arriving on Thursday