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The Chrism Mass was celebretad on Wednesday, 1st April 2015. As usual the people of the Diocese truned out in numbers. During the Mass the priests made their annual renewal of promises and the Bishop blessed and consecrated the Holy Oils.
To read the Bishop's Homily please click here
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
At the beginning of Lent I made an appeal to you: This Lent don't give up chocolate, come to the Lenten Catechesis. I had no idea, and I do not think anyone had, that you would take me quite so wonderfully at my word! You have fought a good fight because it is not always easy to fill a Cathedral week after week, amid horrid weather, Mothers' Day, Cup Finals and the like. But still you came. You have run the race because over these six weeks we have travelled together through our faith from the beginning to the end, from believing in God, through the dignity of the human person, to the fact of sin but the greater reality of God's loving mercy. We have encountered our Salvation in the Lord Jesus, living and present in the Eucharist and rediscovered how His Body, the Church, remains till the end His chosen instrument of the world's Salvation. And we reached the culmination in commending everthing to Mary of Nazareth, Mother of God and our Mother, the holy disciple who teaches us how to be true to Her Son.
The question is where do we go from here? We do not want to rush to answer it. I, for one, want to pray and listen, to the Holy Spirit and to you, to know just what has happened here in St. Mirin's Cathedral in Lent 2015. I invited you to come to the Catechesis but we have experienced something much more, in which the Holy Spirit and God's grace have somewhow taken over. Some of you have said it is like being on a diocesan retreat or mission. Others have said that you felt like our diocese really is a family. many of you have come from all over Scotland to make our Lente Catechesis something much more than a diocesan event and something that has been about being Catholic in Scotland. After so much darkness and sadness in the Church all of us have been glad to have had the opportunity to rejoice in out faith, to be happy and proud to be Catholic and to see our faith, for all its humanity, nonetheless shining out with some renewed glory.
In most recent times our popes have called insistently, one after another, for a new evangelization. For the most part their call has passed us by as the idea of new evangelization seemed mysterious and illusive. This Lent we tasted and touched it and finally got it! Now we want more!