October: Month of the Holy Rosary

Pope Francis has made an urgent appeal to all Catholics to pray the Rosary during October, traditionally the month of the holy Rosary. As a followup to his appeal for prayer and fasting to counter the evil in the Church and in the world, and particularly the evil of abuse, the Holy Father appeals that we make an concerted effort world wide to pray to pray the Rosary for the intention and purpose of countering and destroying evil, and especially the evil of abuse. 

Pope Francis’ appeal for people to pray the Rosary in October:

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http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2018/09/29/180929d.html

 

 

Low Moss Stations – update

The ‘Low Moss Stations’ Continued!

Tuesday 21 November 2017 – a memorable day for St. Matthew’s Parish when along with members of local churches, some parishioners went to HMP Low Moss for a very moving service of dedication of the Stations of the Cross as depicted by inmates past and present. The Stations had been crafted in Mosaic form during St. Matthew’s 70th anniversary year, and had been in place in the church for some time. Now they are relocated in a prominent and public part of the prison chaplains Revv. Martin Forrest, Deacon Kenny McGeachie, and John Gannon and  worked on the format of the stations,. Inmates, some of whom had worked on the Stations, led a very moving service of dedication which was introduced by Canon Robert Hill of St. Matthew’s, and opened and closed with prayer and blessing by Archbishop Mario Conti, former Archbishop of Glasgow. The occasion was a wonderful and memorable coming together of church and prison communities.

Also on the agenda on that day were the unveiling of the altar and chair, made by Low Moss inmates under the supervision of Officer Vincent Stewart and his colleagues. The altar will be used when we move into the church during the renovation work which will take place in St. Matthew’s, and the church next year. The chair is already in use.

St. Matthew’s Parish Community would like to acknowledge our sincere and deepest gratitude to all at Low Moss for their reaching out to our parish, and to pledge our prayers and good wishes for all at Low Moss.

 

Photo record of the memorable day below, as well as a picture of the Low Moss Chair in form of a Celtic Cross, drawing on the St. Matthew Cross on Iona, outside the Abbey Building.

The Stations on display, and the guys who led the service

 

Hard at work on the altar and the chair

 

The chair in place in St. Matthew’s Church