This Sunday is the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. The Bishop will celebrate Mass from Carfin at 3.00 pm, after which there will be Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament led by Fr Grant in the Glass Chapel. This Mass will be live-screened.
On this day it is customary for the Church to take up the collection for Peter’s Pence, the collection which funds the charitable activities of the Church around the world, to provide the Holy Father with the financial means to respond to those who are suffering as a result of war, oppression, natural disaster, and disease.
Pope Francis calls each of us to witness to charity and to show God's mercy to one another. He encourages us to "open our eyes and see the misery of the world, the wounds of our brothers and sisters who are denied their dignity, and let us recognise that we are compelled to heed their cry for help!" (Misericordiae Vultus (no. 15). The Peter's Pence Collection unites us in solidarity to the Holy See and its works of charity to those in need. Your generosity allows the Pope to respond to our suffering brothers and sisters. The Peter's Pence Collection has raised nearly £160 million to support our suffering brothers and sisters around the globe. Last year, the Peter's Pence Collection in Motherwell Diocese raised £37,370, an excellent testimony to the charity of people in the diocese. Thank you for standing in solidarity with the Holy See through your generosity. Please continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in faith who are facing adversity.
As we have not as yet been able to return to the practice of public Mass in the diocese, there will be an opportunity for parishioners to make an online contribution via the donation facility on the front page of the diocesan website – www.rcdom.org.uk.