Family Craft: Resurrection Eggs

Family Craft: Resurrection Eggs

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!) (more…)...
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Holy Week Prayers with Bishop Hugh

Holy Week Prayers with Bishop Hugh

Bishop Hugh Gilbert, OSB, will be leading Morning Prayer at 08:00 and Evening Prayer at 18:00, each day throughout Holy Week. The prayers will be broadcast online here. You are welcome to join the prayer; its text is available online on the Universalis website and also will be displayed during the prayer. (more…)...
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Palm Sunday Crosses

Palm Sunday Crosses

Get creative for Palm Sunday and make your own crosses - for all ages! During 11:00 Sunday Mass, all the crosses will be blessed. Then make sure to display them in your window for Holy Week. If you share your pictures to the Diocese of Aberdeen Facebook page they will form part of an online display for Holy Week. (more…)...
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Penitential Service

The Sacrament of Reconciliation (commonly known as Confession) is an extremely important ‘instrument’ for battling against our sins and weaknesses as well as in spiritual growth. Unfortunately, this Lent it's virtually impossible to make individual confessions due to the restrictions introduced to fight the coronavirus pandemic. This situation is very unusual, but (some might be surprised) the Church has special ‘spiritual tools’ in its ‘emergency toolbox’ to deal with unusual situations and to provide some forms of pastoral care regardless. We’d like to invite you to take part in our Online Penitential Service this Tuesday, starting live at 7pm. Hopefully, it will help you to prepare spiritually for the coming mysteries of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter - as best as it’s possible in the current situation! (more…)...
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Morning & Evening Prayer

Morning & Evening Prayer

The Liturgy of Hours, also known as the Divine Office is the daily prayer of the Church, which is said seven times throughout each day. The two main Hours are the Lauds (Morning Prayer) and Vespers (Evening Prayer). Starting this Tuesday 31 March we will say those two hours each day online at 8 am and 6pm respectively. You are welcome to join the prayer; its text is available online on the Universalis website, it will also be displayed during the prayer. The prayer will be broadcast online here....
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Sermon for 5th Sunday of Lent

Sermon for 5th Sunday of Lent

I had some great ideas for this sermon. Then on Friday Pope Francis used up all my ideas in his powerful sermon in the Vatican and I was back to the drawing board. By Saturday lunchtime I scraped some other ideas, planning to turn them into a sermon, but then Bishop Hugh recorded and published on social media his powerful message, accidentally depriving me of my scraps. Usually, I wouldn’t bother too much about the Pope or the Bishop ‘stealing’ my homiletic ideas; I would simply carry on regardless. But nothing is usual here and now. It seems that massive chunks of our lives have moved to the internet; it’s not a great exaggeration to say that effectively we live in it now: children have classes, people work from home, hold working and social meetings. Even religious services are streamed online! In such circumstances, virtually everyone interested has heard or read the Pope’s sermon and heard Bishop Hugh’s message. So,...
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CANCELLED – Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions

In wake of the newest restrictions introduced by the British government, the planned daily Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in Holy Family Church is now cancelled with immediate effect. We will continue to offer Masses and services online for as long as we can. From Monday 23rd March the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed at Holy Family Church in Mastrick every weekday between 7pm and 8pm. During the Exposition, there will be an opportunity to make individual Confessions. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays Confessions possible in Polish....
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