Trustees Welcome New Groups 

The pandemic has had a devastating impact on so much of the Church’s  activity in the last eighteen months. The Sunday Obligation suspended, limits  at weddings and funerals, social distancing in church. The regularity of Mass  attendance and face-to-face meetings were lost.

Those in early adulthood share their hopes for the Church after lockdown, recognising Pope Francis’ call to contribute their gifts and energies to the Church.

This is the first of the Scottish Laity Network's programme on Synodality - Towards a Synodal Church. Our next session Synodality in Practice is with Brian Grogan.

If anyone may be interested in any of our future sessions, programme attached, please register completing this Registration Form 

The synodal way – will women and laity ever have an effective voice in the Catholic Church's governance?

Lay Catholics have condemned the outline by the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales for the synodal process for the national Church, warning that it will stifle discussion, participation and freedom for everyone except the hierarchy.

The bishops’ conference’s vision for the synodal process, which was published last month and is based on the Holy See’s vision for the process, reserves discernment around what topics should be taken forward from the parish level to the global synod in 2023 to the bishops’ conference alone. While all members of the Church have the right to speak, particularly in the diocesan-level listening process this winter, they also have “the obligation to allow those charged with the work of discernment the freedom to do so”.

Hiroshima remembered

76 years on………..…
Hiroshima and Nagasaki remembered
Chris McDonnell la croix August 06 2021

It was just after breakfast time on August 6th 1945 when a single B29 super fortress bomber plane of the US air force appeared in the clear blue sky above the Japanese city of Hiroshima. It was about to unleash the most destructive weapon of war yet developed by mankind on the unsuspecting population going about their business in the streets below.

Piloted by Paul Tibbets, the B29 bore the name of his mother on its fuselage nosecone - Enola Gay. Its payload bomb known as ‘Little Boy’ was the result of years of nuclear research in the US under the code name of the Manhattan Project. It was the start of the Atomic Age.