On October 5th, a group of returned pilgrims were joined by other Young Adults from across the diocese at Greyfriars’ Convent in Elgin, to share their experiences. The day was hosted by the Dominican Sisters and led by Bishop Hugh Gilbert. It followed on Pope Francis’ message from his final WYD homily “Go, do not be afraid and serve”. As well as talks, participants had the chance to discuss how this could be achieved in their own parishes.
Extracts from Homilies and Catechesis Isaiah 2:1-5 – Ps 121 – Romans 13:11-14 – Matthew 24:37-44 Beginning Advent Today we’re beginning Advent. It comes gently enough, but it’s not a small thing. It comes in our northern winter. In one way, winter’s just a background music and our life goes on as it always does. But even backgrounds have their power. We never quite forget winter’s there. At other times it’s not just at the back, it pushes its way to the front; it’s determining. It determines our electricity and heating bills for one thing. It determines our clothing. It affects our work. It can keep us indoors. And just as nature’s seasons have their power, so do the Church’s. So does Advent: nature’s winter, God’s spring.
This new book tells the fascinating story of this ancient statue and the veneration of Our Lady of Aberdeen it still inspires. The book is A5 perfect bound paperback with glossy cover. There are 16 pages of full colour illustrations inside + 76 pages of text, ISBN 978-0-9547007-2-0 Available in parishes £5.00. Or by post from Bishop’s Office, 3 Queen’s Cross Aberdeen AB15 4XU. £6.10p inc pp. Please make cheques payable to RC Diocese of Aberdeen.
Faith propels Aberdeen port chaplain in his ministry. Aberdeen port chaplain Doug Duncan believes that faith propels him to carry out his ministry supporting seafarers. Doug sees his appointment as God’s will. He spent 33 years working with a multi-national construction company before beginning his ministry with the Apostleship of the Sea in May. He chose to take early retirement when the company he worked for underwent a restructuring and that was when the opportunity to apply for AoS came about. “It seemed to be God’s will and it was an exciting new venture.” Six months down the line, Doug describes his ministry providing pastoral and practical support to seafarers as much more satisfying. “It’s a bit like Upstairs, Downstairs. Aberdeen is a rich port city which serves the many oil and gas companies. Some ships I’ve visited are like five star hotels and the crew are well catered for … Continue reading