St. Monica's Coatbridge


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Dioceses of Scotland

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Missio Scotland is the Scottish branch of the Pontifical Mission Societies and is the official mission aid agency of the Catholic Church, continuing the mission of Jesus Christ in the world. Missio reaches out, gives life and calls all people in the world to faith, justice and love.

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SCIAF is the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund, the official aid and international development charity of the Catholic Church in Scotland. We work in over 16 countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America, to help some of the poorest people in the world, regardless of religion, to work their way out of poverty.

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The Reproaches

During the Good Friday liturgy there is a time when all those present are invited to approach the altar and reverence the crucifix with a kiss, touch or genuflection. It can be an emotional part of the liturgy as the faithful are brought to the foot of the cross and feel the sorrow of Good Friday.
To highlight the mournful atmosphere, the Church provides an optional hymn that can be sung during the adoration of the Holy Cross. It is traditionally called the “Reproaches” (
Improperia in Latin) and presents Jesus’ sorrow on the cross.
The verses, some of which are drawn partly from the words of Old Testament prophets, call to mind the many events in salvation history when God saved his chosen people and questioned them, asking why they had turned away from him. It calls to mind the reality that our sins are the cause of Jesus’ crucifixion.

To hear a sung version please click on the image to the left.

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Being One Magazine
An international magazine of spirituality and ministry for diocesan priests, deacons and seminarians which looks at issues in the life of the Church and the world.

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Blessed Chiara Luce Badano, a young Italian girl who died of cancer when she was 18 and beatified on 25 September 2010.

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Focolare Movement
An international movement promoting the gospel and unity

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Fr. Vincent Lockhart, National Director of Missio Scotland - Sunday Byte for Mission Sunday 2017

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Fr. Brendan Purcell, an Irish priest currently in Australia, speaking about suffering.

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Time for Reflection
Scottish Parliament Chamber - 10th March 2015
The 400th Anniversary of the death of St. John Ogilvie
Fr. Vincent Lockhart

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Cape Town Youth Choir (formerly Pro Cantu Youth Choir) sing the traditional hymn Ukuthula Recorded during a concert on 21 Aug 2011 in St Georges Cathedral Cape Town, South Africa Soloist - Astrid Joseph