Friday, 26 December 2008

Eastern & Western Christmas

No it's not the weegies drinking buckie with their dinner nor the edinbuggers informing you 'you'll have had your tea', (that's all my Scottish readers offended then) its

Broadcast 221 - Father Loya discusses the respective emphasis of the Eastern and Western Catholic Churches during the Christmas season. Host, Father Thomas J. Loya.

Click above to open, you need to click broadcast 221 if it's not the most recent.

As with many issues, it's both / and, not either / or.

Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Scottish Christmas Messages

Christmas Messages links below.

I know which wins the Cellarers Prize!

Cardinal O'Brien - Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh
Church of Scotland
Scottish Episcopal Church
Salvation Army Scotland

(S)he who saves a life, saves the world entire

Jane Haining's story of personal sacrifice and bravery is emerging only now, nearly 65 years after her death. She is among a list of British people whose selfless heroism during the Second World War should be recognised posthumously in the honours list, campaigners say.

A Presbyterian missionary, Miss Haining is one of only 10 Scottish people believed to have been killed in a Nazi death camp. After the Nazis invaded Hungary in March 1944, she was ordered to leave the school in Budapest where she worked and return to Scotland.

But the 47-year-old refused, saying: "If these children need me in the days of sunshine, how much more do they need me in the days of darkness?"

Ben Helfgott, a Holocaust survivor, today Chairman of Yad Vashem Committee of Board of Deputies of British Jews, said: 'When the children were taken away she went with them to Auschwitz. She was not able to save them, but she looked after them. What she did was a supreme act of mercy and kindness.'

Tuesday, 23 December 2008


Image - Issues

I'm just off to express my outrage that anyone would dare to sing this song. It offends me.

I'll also be lobbying for all fireworks to be banned on Nov 5. It offends me.

Please note the 'Sarcasm' Label for this post...

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Glasgow 'scarier than Third World'

Glasgow 'scarier than Third World'

The Church of Scotland’s first Asian minister has said he fears more for his safety living in Glasgow than in his native Lahore in Pakistan.

The Rev Peter Gill, who was appointed minister for Ferguslie Park and Wallneuk North in Paisley in September, said he was more afraid to walk the streets in the west of Scotland at night than in Pakistan.

He talks about crime and gangs, none of which will raise many eyebrows.

But this

The minister said youngsters lacked respect for authority and blamed single-parent families, which he said denied children positive role models and made them vulnerable to the corrupting influence of gangs.

will probably get him a bit of flack. It's just not P.C. to say this or that the two parent family is the best environment to raise children.

Sunday, 14 December 2008

Nativity Heaven

Making a cup of tea, eldest runs into kitchen,

We're playing a game, I'm Mary, (middle) is God and (Baby) is Jesus...

Cellarer wipes tear from eye...

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Nativity Hell

'Chav' nativity which has Jesus turning water into lager angers parents

School cancels Christmas nativity in favour of Muslim Eid celebrations

A nativity play for our times

As it's panto season...


In Scotland's Catholic schools, too, the traditional version remains more or less unscathed by history. At St Cadoc's Primary in Newton Mearns, P3 perform an hour-long version, complete with Bible readings, the angel Gabriel, donkey and the wise men.

"We want it to be the same every year. Our reason-to-be is really to encourage the spiritual and religious life of children and the nativity is a big part of that," says head Jim Duffy.


All the fairytale-land characters have come together to put on a nativity show. Little Red Riding Hood is playing the part of Mary, Goldilocks is Gabriel, the Three Little Pigs are the wise men and watch out for the innkeeper - it's the big bad wolf!" This "humorous, easy to use musical" by school music publishers Learn2Soar - called It's A Fairytale Christmas - is a popular choice for this year's school nativity play.

Sunday, 7 December 2008

Round - Up

While everyone else is winding down for Christmas, this is the busiest time for me organising various events so aside from lowering the quality of various com boxes, blogging is, and will remain, slow until the break.

Our parishoner who suffered serious head injuries recently is making slow progress, but will have a long road to recovery so prayers remain appreciated from either of the readers.

Also, I've a job application in, those in the Archdiocese of St A&E might want to pray to hasten my departure, those in the Archdiocese of Glasgow pray that they repel boarders!

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

I know where I am, and it's not Huddersfield!

Noticed when visiting other blogs I come up as Huddersfield, Kirklees (which I'm sure is a very nice place)

Any ideas out there why this might be so? Has my computer been highjacked?

Monday, 1 December 2008

The Face of God - Archbishop Raya

An open tag at Infused Knowledge,.

Open the closest book to you, not your favorite or most intellectual book, but the book closest to you at the moment, to page 56. Write the 5th sentence, as well as two to five sentences following that.

Nearest book - The Face of God by Archbishop Joesph Raya

It (Creation) is a work which had a beginning. Beginning presupposes a change, a passage from non-existance to existence. Creation, therefore, is, by virtue of its origin, something which changes, it pases from one state to another state.God alone remains absolute repose. The concept that the whole universe is in continual change and evolution is a traditional characteristic of Byzantine thought.

Absolute cracker, reading again for Advent, it's a great primer on eastern Catholic (& Orthodox) spirituality.

Feel free to have a go yourself, no cheating, nearest book!