The Annual National Pilgrimage to Carfin return this year to its traditional date on the first Sunday in September. The Pilgrimage Mass will take place at the Grotto at 3pm on Sunday 3rd September.
Bishop Joseph Toal wrote to priests across Scotland, saying: "The Bishops have decided that we will pray for peace, particularly in the Ukraine, at our Pilgrimage.
Bishop Kenneth Nowakowski of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of the Holy Family in the UK will preach at the Mass, and the Choir of the Ukrainian Catholic community in Scotland will participate in the Mass along with the Motherwell Diocesan Choir.
Bishop Hugh Gilbert, the President of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland will be main celebrant. Archbishop Leo Cushley will attend.
Marian Prayer Event - Synod 2023
With the Blessed Virgin Mary towards the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.
At the request of the Holy Father, the Secretariat responsible for the Universal Synod has invited the Church around the world to hold a moment of Marian Prayer on 31 May (the Feast of the Visitation and the last day of the Marian Month of May).
It is to place the work of the Synod, especially the work of the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which will take place in Rome this October, under the protection of Mary, Mother of the Church.
Bishop Brian McGee will lead a service of prayer at Carfin Grotto at 7:00pm.
The faithful throughout Scotland are also asked to join their prayers to those of the universal Church on that day. The attached resource may be used at the celebration of Mass on 31 May or adapted for other use.
7:00pm. Carfin Grotto. Synod event organised by the Bishops' Conference of Scotland.
SYNOD: National Marian Prayer event at Carfin
Bishop Brian McGee, of Argyll & The Isles, will lead a service of prayer at Carfin Grotto on Wednesday 31 May at 7:00pm.
The event is to place the work of the Synodunder the protection of Mary, Mother of the Church.
It follows the request of Pope Francis who invites the Church around the world to hold a moment of Marian Prayer onthe Feast of the Visitation and the last day of the Marian Month of May.
The faithful throughout Scotland are also asked to join their prayers to those of the universal Church on that day.
The 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, takes place in Rome this October.
GALLERY: Diocesan Day at Carfin
Holy Mass with schools across the Archdiocese took place at Carfin Grotto as part of the Archdiocesan Day (Thursday 29 Sep).
They were joined by parishioners and clergy, including Archbishop Leo Cushley, and there was a chance to venerate the relics of St Bernadette!
(Pictures with logo courtesy of Sancta Familia).
Pupils at Holy Mass in the grotto at Carfin.
The relics of St Bernadette.
Pupils who took part in Holy Mass.
Sisters from the Carmelite Monastery in Dysart.
St Augustine's, Edinburgh.
St Ninian's, Livingston.
St Patrick's Parish, Cowgate, Edinburgh.
St Margaret's Academy, Livingston.
St Kentigern's, Blackburn.
Our Lady of Lourdes, Blackburn, and Our Lady's, Stoneyburn.
St David's High, Dalkeith.
Holy Rood High, Edinburgh.
Reliquary containing relics of St Bernadette.
Relics of St Bernadette at Carfin!
Today (Thursday 29 Sep) we host our Diocesan Day at Cafin Grotto to celebrate the arrival of the The relics of St Bernadette in Scotland!
8.00am St Francis Xavier’s Church opens for private prayer
9.15am Morning Prayer of the Church
9.30am Holy Rosary
10.00am Holy Mass followed by veneration of the relic
12.30pm Holy Rosary
1.00pm Holy Mass followed by veneration of the relic Main Celebrant: Archbishop Leo Cushley
Sunday: National Pilgrimage in honour of St Joseph
Catholics across the country will head to Carfin on Sunday for the National Pilgrimage in honour of St Joseph.
The annual event takes place at Scotland's National Shrine to Our Lady of Lourdes and will be attended by Archbishop Cushley and his fellow Bishops. The principal celebrant at Mass will be Bishop Brian McGee of Argyll & the Isles.
If you plan to attend, get there early as it is expected to be busy (plus there will be confessions available from 2pm).
National Pilgrimage in Carfin
Join Catholics across the country as we gather in Carfin for the National Pilgrimage in honour of St Joseph, with the Bishops of Scotland.