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St Josephs: First Holy Communion

On Saturday 3rd June 12 young people celebrated the sacrament of Holy Communion for the first time. Click to see the group photos. Continue reading

World Communications Day

Communicating Hope and Trust in our Time – a message from Pope Francis 
Access to the media – thanks to technological progress – makes it possible for countless people to share news instantly and spread it widely. That news may be good or bad, true or false.

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Lourdes at Easter with the HCPT

Our pilgrimage to Lourdes with HCPT Group 118 Aberdeen was a joyful and exhausting experience for all. There were 9 children and 11 helpers, plus 2 daytime youth helpers. Each child had a named helper whilst the Group leader, group nurse/deputy and chaplain provided support to all. Continue reading

A message from Pope Francis

On this 54th World Day of Prayer for Vocations, I would like to reflect on the missionary dimension of our Christian calling. … A relationship with the Lord entails being sent out into the world as prophets of his word and witnesses of his love. Continue reading

A novena for vocations

As we approach the World day of Prayer for Vocations the Pontifical Scots College has launched a National Novena for Vocations. The 9 daily readings, reflections and prayers are based on the letters of “SHEPHERDS”. Click here to download the novena: Continue reading

Don’t give this up for Lent

Aid to the Church in Need asks us not to give up praying for Syria.
After so many years of fighting you may find it hard to keep caring.  Well, read about Elias. He’s one of the luckier Syrians –  he survived being tied to a cross by Daesh.

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A Papal award at St Joseph’s

Chrissie Thomson, our hard-working sacristan, received the Papal Benemerenti award for her dedication and service to the church over a long period.  It was well-deserved!
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Fr Stuart and Chrissie look at award

Fr Stuart and Chrissie look at award
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January 1st – World Day of Peace

In his Message for the World Day of Peace Pope Francis quoted from the very first such message, in which Blessed Pope Paul VI said, “Peace is the only true direction of human progress “ Continue reading

A rite of passage

 Do you know the legend of the Cherokee Indian youth’s rite of passage?  All the young boys go through this trial as a rite of passage to manhood.  

In the afternoon of the day of the trial, the boy’s father takes him deep into the forest, blindfolds him and leaves him alone. The boy is required to sit on a tree stump throughout whole night and not remove the blindfold until the rays of the morning sun shine through it. He must not cry out for help.  Once he survives the night, he is a man. He cannot tell the other boys of this experience because each boy must come into manhood on his own.    Continue reading

Praying for Aleppo

Aleppo was a city of over 2 million people – ten times the population of Aberdeen. It has been inhabited since 5,000BC, making it one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and a world heritage site.  Continue reading