Homily for Palm Sunday

‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’ That is how our Mass began this morning. The first thing we do today – this extraordinary day, this day of contrasts – is to bless him who comes.…

Homily for the Mass of Chrism

It’s a happy chance that our Chrism Mass this year follows on from yesterday’s solemnity, the Annunciation.  Ideally, the Chrism Mass is kept on the morning of Maundy Thursday – set in the Upper Room, poised on the brink of…

Chrism Mass

This special celebration, when the priests gather with their bishop to renew their priestly commitment, and holy oils are blessed and consecrated to be used for the sacraments, is usually held on Maundy Thursday morning. However in the Diocese of…

Pastoral Letter on SCIAF

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, On the fourth Sunday of Lent, I write to you on behalf of the Bishops of Scotland, to thank you for your support of SCIAF – the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund –…