Some of us have been following the lent retreat online until now. These meditations have proven to be even more useful at a time when we are forced to pray alone at home without access to liturgies in church. For those who have internet connections, the team at Glasgow has put together a set of daily meditations in preparation for Pentecost with particular reference to our present situation. Read more “Journey into Freedom – Easter to Pentecost”
Due to the current pandemic more and more of us are shopping online. Did you know that you could also help St Joseph’s at the same time? Next time you shop online use Easyfundraising and help raise some money for St Joseph’s at no extra cost to you – it’s 100% free. All you have to do is start your online shopping first at Easyfundraising and then shop as normal. Read more “Easyfundraising”
The British and Scottish governments decided on Thursday 16th April to extend the current lockdown for at least another 3 weeks. This will have repercussions in our lives in many ways and aspects. One of them is our inability to gather in our churches to celebrate the Eucharist or to administer any sacraments – the only exception is a life-threatening situation. As your priests, we will continue to offer as much pastoral care as we can by providing online services and offering individual prayers for you. I hope that a number of parishioners will also continue keeping in touch with other parishioners, particularly those who are vulnerable and/or alone. We can and we will go through this challenge together.
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”