Saturday, 29 November 2008

Thank you very much (not)

Apparently the eldest (Age 4) mini cellarer was singing 'I kissed a girl and I liked it', earlier


Friday, 28 November 2008

Parish Crawl

Probably a bit self indulgent (It's my blog!) but I'm going to trawl my old parishes.

First up is St Joesph's Bonnybridge. Not strictly my parish, as my childhood parish was St Helen's Bonnybridge, but St Joesph' was a simiar distance from my front window as the photograph, but we faced it straight on to the front. I've always wondered if it was some sort of sign, or more likely a wee joke upstairs that I would end up in the Catholic Church having seen it everytime I left the front door!

Church built 1925 - "Italianate aisled Church and priest's house, in brick and cream render, with louvered bell tower, on hill with appropriate evergreens bringing a touch of Tuscany to northern parts. In front, impressive perron stair flanking small shrine; church hall below." (Falkirk and District - an illustrated architectural guide. Richard Jacques 2001 -

In one of those quirks of fate, I have actually been back a couple of years ago on an education Sunday representing the school.

The website has quite a few photographs, including a timeline of photo's with some particularly striking alterations pre and post Vat II (those of you with a traditionalist bent are advised to proceed with caution!) The one bit that struck me was on the now removed ornate rederos ' they had to be removed due to woodworm'. Hmmmmm. A likely story.

There is also an allegation we have one of their banners from Pope John Paul II's visit at our school! I've not seen it!

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Whose Reading Your Blog?

I had a hit from the 'Holy See, Vatican City' today

Wonder if I'm in trouble...

Even if I did do a bit of editing I'm sure the evidence will still be out there...

Many opting to keep Downs Babies Humanist Comments

A Norwegian Humanist blog picked up on my post, the translator tool I used wasn't entirely successful, a couple of points from what I got;

The reason I put "usual anti life BBC slant" is this is a typical example where the BBC take a report where the results / findings / comments are pro life (albeit they usually ignore such items) and bolt on an anti life slant on it, i.e the insinuation of 'pressed ahead... despite', i.e. the accepted wisdom is that people generally automatically opt for an abortion where there is a positive test. I can't believe The Downs Syndrome Association would use this phrase.

Secondly, 'conservative Catholic Blog' - induced much laughter! - I'm no stereotypical conservative traddie or liberal or even compromise, just orthodox in belief thank you very much!

Great to see debate on the matter, religious, secularists and humanists ignoring each other will solve nothing.

If either of the readers of this blog, or the blog owner in question can give me an English translation of the post, I would be very interested to read it.

Monday, 24 November 2008

Many opting to keep Down's babies

More Down's syndrome babies are being born than before pre-natal screening became widespread, figures show.

The UK saw 749 Down's births in 2006, up from 717 in 1989 when tests came in.

Typical BBC anti life slant follows

The Down's Syndrome Association surveyed 1,000 parents to find out why they had pressed ahead with a pregnancy despite a positive test result.

See article for positive stuff from parents such as

One respondent said: "I don't subscribe to the notion of the 'perfect human being' and found the idea of selecting one child in preference to another abhorrent."

Another said: "I already felt a strong sense of responsibility for my unborn child and knew that I would love it and want it regardless of any additional needs it might have. I knew I could count on friends and family for support."

Sunday, 23 November 2008

Mini Cellarer Baptism!

It's quite frankly been bonkers round here hence lack of posts.

Anyway, last week saw the Baptism of the mini cellarer No 3.

St Patrick, pray for us
St Aidan, pray for us.

Whilst this was a joyful event and day for us, Of your charity, could I ask your prayers for a young fellow parishoner who was seriously injured at work on Friday, the parish was informed this morning the next 36 hours will be crucial.

Saturday, 15 November 2008

Blessed Columba Marmion - Christ in His Mysteries

Vultus Christi is recomending Blessed Columba Marmion's Christ in His Mysteries as advent reading.

You can have a taste with commentary in a Pluscarden Oblate letter and a bit of Bio

Blessed Columba Marmion, pray for us.

He who saves one life, saves the world entire

He who saves one life, saves the world entire

Thursday, 13 November 2008


Heavy Colds and the vomit virus have struck. Only middle mini cellarer has escaped so far...

Thursday, 6 November 2008

Stop blogging - all of you!

Andrew Keen wants me (and maybe you) to stop blogging!

or listen here

Their radical democratic dream has, unfortunately, become our collective nightmare. The enormous popularity of Web 2.0 technology has meant that the cult of the amateur has gone mainstream and is now seriously dumbing-down our culture. Today’s Internet is democracy gone wild. There are now billions of free blog diaries, free YouTube videos, free Facebook pages, free flickr photographs, free Wikipedia entries, even free self-authored pornography, but less and less authoritative or beautiful content on the Internet. The web has become a cacophony of unregulated, personalized, often anonymous and generally worthless opinion in which everyone is talking simultaneously but nobody is listening to anyone else. Rather than a democratic utopia of creative amateurs, this self-broadcasting Internet revolution is actually leading to mass ignorance and to a pervasive culture of digital narcissism.

Sunday, 2 November 2008

Anger as moderator says China's one-child policy good for planet

GO FORTH, but don't multiply. One of Scotland's leading churchmen has sparked controversy by claiming China's one-child policy has benefited the environment more than anything else in the world.
The Right Reverend David Lunan, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, said the fact that the country had enforced the controversial rules limiting couples to having one child meant it had limited its damage to the planet.

Another black day for the C of S. I don't take pleasure in this, I hate to see the Church of my childhood taking this direction.

H/T/ Scottish Christian

Irish Cemetary Prayer

Go mbeannaí Dia daoibh, a fhoireann,
Go mbeannaí Dia daoibh agus Muire.
Bhí sibhse tamall mar atá sinne,
Beimidne fós mar atá sibhse.
Go rabhaimid go léir fé (faoi) mhaise
Ag Rí geal na cruinne.

May God bless all the company of souls here,
May God and Mary bless you.
You too spent a while here just as we are now
And we too will join you soon.
May we all be adorned in the beauty
of the bright King of heaven

Eternal Memory

In blessed repose, grant, O Lord, eternal rest to the souls of Your servants, and remember them forever. Eternal memory; eternal memory, grant, O Lord, to Your servants blessed repose and eternal memory.

Saturday, 1 November 2008

You only sing when your winning...

Clip from the Catholic Herald, a group of Benedictine Nuns have bought shares in their local football club.

I wonder what Gregorian Chant 'You only sing when your winning' in Latin sounds like...