Message to the Diocese on the Eve of the Funeral of H. M. Queen Elizabeth

Message to the Diocese on the Eve of the Funeral of H. M. Queen Elizabeth

In today’s 2nd reading, St Paul encourages prayers “for everyone – petitions, intercessions and thanksgiving – and especially for kings and others in authority.” This is timely. Tomorrow the late Queen will be laid to rest and already the new King has taken on his duties. We pray for the repose of the soul of Queen Elizabeth and for wisdom and strength for King Charles III. Continue reading →

Pastoral Letter of the Bishops of Scotland On the Holy Eucharist

Pastoral Letter of the Bishops of Scotland On the Holy Eucharist

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

“The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a communion with the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not a communion in the body of Christ? As there is one bread, so we, though many, are one body for we all share in the one bread.”

St Paul is speaking here of the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, the Eucharist, and of the unity it both symbolises and brings about. His words are timely in the wake of the pandemic – a pandemic which affected all of us and some cruelly so, which even separated us from the celebration of the Mass and so from one another. We need to come together again and recover our “communion in the body of Christ”. Continue reading →

World Meeting of Families

World Meeting of Families

In 1994 St John Paul II celebrated the inaugural World Meeting of Families (WMOF) in Rome. Since then, such gatherings have become a regular feature in the life of the Church held in different cities. The purpose of the WMOF is to celebrate God’s plan for marriage and family life and to allow precipitants to join in prayer, catechesis and testimony. The climax of these celebrations has been a Mass with the Pope, the last one taking place in Dublin in 2018. Continue reading →

Light of the North – Easter

Light of the North – Easter

Welcome to our Easter issue of the Light of the North

Easter is of course the most important occasion in the year of the Church. Hopefully, you’ll find plenty in this issue of the Light of the North to help you celebrate this “life-saving” event, not least Bishop Hugh Gilbert’s letter (p3). Then, Sister Imelda Ann OP gives us an update on the synodal process which is taking place in the Diocese right now (p4) Continue reading →

Resurrection Eggs Activity

Resurrection Eggs Activity

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!)
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Lenten Station Masses 2022

Lenten Station Masses 2022

Across the Diocese of Aberdeen, each week during Lent there are special Masses held called “Station Masses” held across the deaneries.

Would you like to do something more than give up sugar this Lent? Why not try for an occasional mini-pilgrimage to a Lenten Station Mass? Continue reading →

Restoration of Sunday Obligation

Restoration of Sunday Obligation

The obligation for Catholics to celebrate Sunday as a Holy Day by gathering together for Mass will be restored from the First Sunday in Lent, Sunday 6th March.

Given the easing of restrictions in every other walk of life, the Church looks forward to welcoming Catholics back to Holy Mass. As always, the obligation does not apply to those who are sick and their carers or to those aware of their greater vulnerability to the virus. Continue reading →