A lovely way to explore the Easter story is by using Resurrection Eggs. Each egg contains a symbol of the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus, making for an interactive, flexible and fun way to talk about each part of the story, either as a family, couple or individual. They are simple to make (and cheap – use things from around your house!) Read more “Family Craft: Resurrection Eggs”
Every now and then we receive requests for individual confession or other sacraments. In line with the current regulations by the Scottish Government and the Bishop of the Diocese of Aberdeen, it is not possible to administer the sacraments individually (confession, holy communion) or communally (baptism, marriage, confirmation). The only exception is a life-threatening situation. Read more “Individual ministry”
On Friday 27th March, Pope Francis prayed before an empty square at St Peter’s Basilica to give a special blessing in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Read more “Moment of Prayer and the Urbi et Orbi Blessing, presided over by Pope Francis”
The current situation is badly affecting individuals, families and businesses. Many face very difficult decisions on a daily basis and now it’s exacerbated by a very uncertain future. Because our churches remain closed to fight the coronavirus threat, our usual means of upkeeping the parish (Sunday collection) isn’t possible. Some of you have asked how they could continue to support our parish financially, some of you have already made donations (for which I am very grateful). I’m writing this extremely reluctantly because I understand that many of you struggle to keep yourselves above the water.
Usually, we go to church to attend Mass. With the temporary suspension of Masses celebrated publicly due to the coronavirus crisis, Mass online remains one of very few, if not the sole way of attending. I’d like to offer a few practical suggestions to make ‘watching’ Mass more participatory.