National Pilgrimage to Carfin
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.
I extend an invitation to your parishioners to participate in the pilgrimage, and I hope you will publicise it in your parish newsletters and social media platforms. Priests are most welcome also to attend and concelebrate the Mass, and the Deacons present may also vest.
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.