Archdiocesan Medal for 'dedicated servant of God'

Congratulations to Claire Lynch who recently  received the Archdiocesan Medal from Archbishop Cushley at Ss John Cantius & Nicholas in Broxburn

Parish priest Fr John Deighan said: "Claire has worked very productively over the years in so many parts of the parish, including being the chief RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) catechist.

Claire prepares to cut the celebration cake, with Fr John Deighan and Archbishop Leo Cushley.

"She has recently stepped back from this role and we wanted to recognise the work she did."

She quietly but thoughtfully looks out for others and seeks no gratitude for what she does

Canon Jeremy Bath, his predecessor at the parish, said: "Claire is a loyal and dedicated servant of God. For many years she ran the parish RCIA programme and the baptism programme for infants. She did this with great energy and commitment.

"She has been a parish reader for many years and has taken Holy Communion to the sick and kept a pastoral eye on the residents at Hanover Court sheltered housing.

"She quietly but thoughtfully looks out for others and seeks no gratitude for what she does - even opening the Church and setting up for a baptism on a Sunday afternoon. Claire is a worthy recipient of an Archdiocesan Medal."

The Archdiocesan Medal for Outstanding Service to the Church was established in 1975 by Cardinal Gordon Joseph Gray. It is awarded for outstanding voluntary service to the Church at a local level.

New Dawn Day

New Dawn in Scotland hosts this one-day conference and parish healing service at Ss John Cantius & Nicholas Parish in Broxburn on Saturday 3 February.

The day will include:

Speakers are Fr Frankie Mulgrew, former comedian and a priest from the Diocese of Salford, and Terry Quinn, an International Catholic Evangelist and bible scholar.

Terry will share part of his journey back to his Catholic faith after 30 years as a Pentecostal Evangelical Pastor.

There is no registration fee but any donations, however small, are welcome. Please bring a packed lunch.

Getting to the event

The address of the church is 34 West Main St, Broxburn EH52 5RJ.


9:30am: Registration opens

10:30am: Holy Mass (Celebrant Fr John Deighan   Homilist Fr Frankie Mulgrew)

11:15am: Praise & Worship – Introductions

11:45am: Testimony from Michael McPhee (video)

12:00pm: TALK 1: Terry Quinn - 'Going Public for Jesus'

Separate Children's Ministry event

1:00pm: Lunch in Church Hall. Tea/Coffee available but please bring a packed lunch

1:45pm: Praise & Worship

2:15pm: TALK 2: Fr Frankie Mulgrew - 'The Joy of the Gospel'

Separate Children's Ministry event

3:00pm: Workshop – ‘How as Catholics do we share the Good News’, plus Q&A

3:45pm: Break

4:00pm: Exposition - Prayer Ministry - Rosary – Confessions

5:00pm: Break for evening meal (local eateries). Tea/Coffee supplied

5:30pm: Parish Vigil Mass

6:30pm: Praise & Worship

7:00pm: Testimony - Ann Sweeney

7:15pm: Healing Service

9:00pm: Closing prayers

Questions? Email

GALLERY: Hundreds attend visit of Padre Pio relics

There was a great turn out tonight for the visit of the relics of Padre Pio at Ss John Cantius & Nicholas Parish in Broxburn last night.

Fr Bryan Shortall OFM Cap, Director of the Padre Pio Apostolate, spoke to us before Holy Mass below (or watch on YouTube).



Relics of Padre Pio in Scotland - Holy Mass

The relics of Padre Pio (St Pio of Pietrelcina)  will visit the parish of Ss John Cantius & Nicholas in Broxburn at 7.00pm on 24th March 2023.

Fr Bryan Shortall OFM (Cap) who is the Director of Padre Pio Apostolate appointed by San Giovanni Rotondo, is visiting Scottish dioceses.

He will be the main celebrant and homilist at mass and immediately after mass he will give individual blessings with the glove of Padre Pio.

All are welcome to attend this beautiful event in the Archdiocese with the rare opportunity to venerate the relics of this wonderful saint.

Tea and coffee in the hall afterwards.

Canon Agnew celebrates 60 years in the priesthood!

A priest of the Archdiocese celebrates 60 years in the priesthood today and has been thanked for his "faithful pastoral service".

A Diamond Jubilee Mass was celebrated at St Philomena's in Winchburgh for Canon John Agnew (82). It was broadcast on Zoom so parishioners and fellow priests could join the celebration (to view, see details at end).

The homily at the Mass was given by Fr Paul Lee who said: "We give thanks for a lifetime of grace that the Canon has instilled for everyone who has encountered him. We thank you for preaching and teaching the Word so effectively in your priestly ministry."

Holy Mass to mark the occasion was streamed from St Philomena's in Winchburgh (Canon Agnew, centre, with Fr Jeremy Bath).

Canon Agnew was ordained by Cardinal Gordon Gray at St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh on 18 March 1961. He first served in Methil, Fife (1961-66) before heading to minister in Nigeria (66-76), where the Archdiocese bequeathed priests to help build up the Church.

Upon returning to Scotland, he served in parishes including Hawick (76-79), Inverkeithing (79-88), Bonnybridge (88- 99) and Fauldhouse (99-09). Since retiring he has resided in Broxburn.

Fr Jeremy Bath, parish priest of Ss Cantius & Nicholas in Broxburn, and St Philomena's, Winchburgh, concelebrated today's Mass. He said: "We give thanks for his dedication to Christ and God’s people.

"Canon John is very grateful for all the prayers, support and kindness bestowed for the Food Relief to the nuns and Mary’s Meals. We are truly blessed to have him amongst us."

Archbishop Cushley sent his congratulations in a video message in which he said Canon Agnew's life was "distinguished by many years of faithful pastoral service to the people of God".


To watch Diamond Jubilee Mass, click the below link and then type in the passcode


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