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25 August
Aug 25
25th August 2017

Friday 25 August 2017 Scottish Parliament to mark the centenary of the birth of Blessed Oscar Romero.   The Scottish Parliament will mark the centenary of the birth of Blessed Oscar Romero with a visit from the US Catholic Church’s top social justice official on Tuesday, 7 November.   Dr Jonathan Reyes, Executive Director of the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, will deliver Holyrood’s Time for Reflection and an evening lecture entitled “Oscar Romero: A Saintly Path to Social Justice” to a select group of parliamentarians. Dr Reyes is visiting Scotland as a guest of Archbishop Leo Cushley of St Andrews & Edinburgh.   “Blessed Oscar Romero is the great saint of social justice and I’m delighted that Dr Reyes has accepted this invitation to come to Scotland in order to share the life, legacy and message of Blessed Oscar with those men and women whom we have elected to Holyrood to help build a more just society for all,” said Archbishop Cushley, 25 August.    Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador was born on 15 August 1917. Ordained to the priesthood in 1942, he soon proved to be a popular cleric who responded with compassion and bravery to the plight of El Salvador’s poorest. This courageous witness ultimately resulted in his assassination on 24 March 1980 as he was celebrating Holy Mass. In 2015, Archbishop Romero was declared a martyr for the Catholic faith by Pope Francis and was, subsequently, beatified.   “I would hope Dr Reyes’ visit will introduce our Holyrood parliamentarians to some of the key ideas of Catholic Social Teaching given that Blessed Oscar Romero’s life heroically embodied these principles as a saintly riposte to both unbridled capitalism and state socialism, both of which undermine the dignity of the human person,” said Archbishop Cushley, who also serves as a Patron of the Archbishop Romero Trust.   Dr Jonathan Reyes has occupied his current post with the US Catholic Bishops since 2012. Prior to that he was Director of Social Ministry and President and CEO of Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Denver.  There he oversaw an organisation serving 45,000 persons annually, including five homeless shelters, six child care centres and 22 affordable housing projects. Dr Reyes also founded Christ in the City, a national volunteer and formation programme for university students.   “We are very grateful that Dr Reyes has found time in his busy schedule to visit Scotland for what should be a memorable day at the Holyrood Parliament marking the centenary of Blessed Oscar Romero’s birth,” said Anthony Horan, Director of the Scottish Catholic Parliamentary Office.   The visit of Dr Reyes to the Scottish Parliament has cross-party backing and is sponsored by the SNP’s Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Scottish Labour’s Elaine Smith MSP, Donald Cameron MSP of the Scottish Conservatives and Mike Rumbles MSP of the Scottish Liberal Democrats.   ENDS Peter Kearney  Director  Catholic Media Office  5 St. Vincent Place  Glasgow  G1 2DH  0141 221 1168 07968 122291   Notes to Editors:   For more information, contact David Kerr, Director of Communications, Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh, on 0131 623 8914 w. or 07903 621 232 m. A photograph of Archbishop Cushley with a poster advertising Dr Reyes’ lecture entitled “Oscar Romero: A Saintly Path to Social Justice” can be found at the SCMO’s Flickr account  The Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh comprises of the City of Edinburgh, the counties of Berwickshire, Fife (south of the River Eden), East Lothian, Midlothian, Peeblesshire, Selkirkshire, Roxburghshire, Stirlingshire (except the parishes of Bal...

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31 July
Jul 31
31st July 2017

31 July 2017 Retired Bishop publishes his fourth book at 91. The former Bishop of Galloway, Bishop Maurice Taylor has published a book on the Sunday Gospels, written to provide “information, explanation and reflection” and designed to be used by individuals or groups in scriptural discussion and analysis. Commenting on the book, Bishop Taylor said: “This book, is an attempt on my part to respond to the call to share the gift of faith which God has given to me. It is a kind of companion to an earlier book of mine: ‘What Are They Talking About?’ “I hope it provides – information, explanation, reflection, suggestion, resolution. It may be useful, therefore, for individual or communal lectio divina, for small groups’ discussion, for homily preparation or for anyone interested in spending more time with the weekly gospel reading, either before or after hearing it read at Sunday Mass.” Endorsing the book, the present Bishop of Galloway, Bishop William Nolan said: “Once again Bishop Maurice Taylor blends his love of liturgy, his years of pastoral experience and his sharp mind in producing a book which will enhance the celebration of Sunday Mass by making the gospel readings more understandable and relevant to many.” ENDS Peter Kearney Director Catholic Media Office 5 St. Vincent Place Glasgow G1 2DH 0141 221 116807968 122291 Notes to Editors: For a photograph of Bishop Taylor: Weekday Thoughts on the Sunday Gospels (227 pages) costs £10.00 (inclusive of post and packing). It is obtainable at: Bishop Maurice Taylor was born in Hamilton, Lanarkshire, in 1926. He was ordained a priest in Rome in 1950 and became Bishop of Galloway in 1981, retiring in 2004. He celebrated 65 years as a priest in July 2015. Biography: Bishop Taylor studied philosophy at Blairs College, Aberdeen, from 1942 to 1944 and then served in the Royal Army Medical Corps, at home, in India and in Egypt. He was at the Pontifical Scots College, Rome, from 1947 to 1951, studying theology at the Gregorian University and being ordained a priest in Rome on 2nd July, 1950. He was appointed to the staff of Saint Peter’s College, Cardross in August 1955. He spent the next ten years there, teaching philosophy and, later, theology; for six years he was editor of Saint Peter’s College Magazine. From 1965 until 1974 he was rector of the Royal Scots College, Valladolid, Spain. To mark the bi­centenary of the re-establishment of the college in 1771, he published The Scots College in Spain in 1971 and the same year was named honorary prelate to the Holy Father. He was ordained Bishop of Galloway by the late Cardinal Gray at an open-air Mass at Fatima House, Coodham on 9th June1981. For more than ten years he was a member of the Episcopal Board of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL), representing Scotland on that body. From 1997 until 2002 he was chairman of ICEL....

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27 July
Jul 27
27th July 2017

“Mercy Bus” redefines “Mass” transit. Thursday 27 July 2017   A Scottish bishop will celebrate Mass on a double-decker bus, for the first time in the UK, in Paisley next week. The special bus will set off on its opening tour from the cenotaph at Paisley Cross at 1pm on Monday 31 July 2017.   The bus tour is the brainchild of the ‘Friends of Divine Mercy Scotland’, speaking ahead of the launch, organiser Helen Border said:   “Inspired by the call from Pope Francis to “Go out to the ­people and take the Church to them” we’ve decided to do just that, with a church on wheels, which between Monday July 31 to Saturday August 5 will be in a ­different town each day.”   “There will be priests hearing ­confessions on the top deck of the ‘Mercy Bus’ and ­literature, tea and coffee available downstairs. Everyone is welcome, we hope passers-by will come on board, where they can say a prayer or just chat. Today, so many people are angry and upset, often because they’ve made the wrong choices and want to change. Stepping on board the bus, could be the first step in changing their lives for the better. We hope they’ll come aboard!”   The bus will visit: Paisley, Coatbridge, Greenock, Barrhead and Glasgow over the week-long tour. It will return to Paisley on Saturday 5 August, where Bishop John Keenan, Bishop of Paisley, will celebrate Mass on board the bus at 2pm.   Commenting on the initiative, Bishop Keenan said:   “This is a fantastic initiative and a wonderful example of evangelisation, which takes the church out into the world. I wish the venture every success and hope it will be the first of many similar initiatives which offer people a route back to a relationship with God.”   The bus together with a driver, has been donated, for a week, by Sir Brian Souter. Commenting on the launch, Sir Brian said;   "This is an innovative idea to bring faith issues to the high street and I hope people will find help and meaning through this initiative."      ENDS   Peter Kearney  Director  Catholic Media Office  5 St. Vincent Place  Glasgow  G1 2DH  0141 221 1168 07968 122291     Notes to Editors:   For further information, please contact Helen Border on 07786 097147 You are invited to send a reporter/photographer/ camera crew to Paisley Cross at 1pm on Monday 31 July 2017, when the bus will be blessed by Fr. Joe Burke and begin its journey. The bus is a Stagecoach Dennis Alexander Trident, fleet number 18369, of Ayr depot and is 55 registered. Sir Brian Souter has donated it for a week's use with a driver. It's been repainted and branded with the Mercy logo. Images of the bus can be downloaded here: DATES, TIMES AND VENUES Monday 31/7/2017 11am – 3pm Paisley Cenotaph, Paisley Cross Tuesday 1/8/2017 11am – 3pm Coatbridge Shopping Centre, Coatbridge Wednesday 2/8/2017 11am – 3pm Greenock Town Centre, near Council building Thursday 3/8/2017 11am – 3pm Asda, Main Street, Barrhead Friday 4/8/2017 11am – 3pm Buchanan Street, outside Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Saturday 5/8/2017 11am – 3pm Paisley Cenotaph, Paisley Cross with HOLY MASS celebrated by Bishop John Keenan and Fr Joe Burke on the Mercy bus at 2pm.    ...

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