Monthly Archives: January 2018

Westminister and Holyrood Motions Supporting Catholic Schools


Below is the text of an e-mail from Barbara Couper who is Director of the Scottish Catholic Education Service. The e-mail highlight motions being put forward in the Westminister Parliament and the Holyrood Parliament – both motions are in support of Catholic Schools. 



Dear Colleagues,

As we celebrate Catholic Education Week, I wanted to bring to your attention two Motions put to the Westminster and Scottish Parliaments in support of Catholic Education, and in particular the note that we are marking the Centenary of the 1918 Education (Scotland) Act.

 We would like to encourage every MP and MSP to sign the appropriate Motion as a sign of the continuing partnership between Church and Government. I would therefore ask your assistance in encouraging our parents, parishioners, staff and pupils to contact their local MP and MSP to ask if they will be publicly supporting Catholic Education by putting their name to this Motion.

 As you will see there are already 8 supporters (including the proposer Donald Cameron) in the Scottish Parliament and 19 in Westminster.  We would hope that with the help of our Catholic Education community we could contact all MPs and MSPs and encourage them to sign.

Kindest regards,



Catholic Education Week Booklet

To highlight the Catholic Ethos of St Ninian’s and our Cluster Primary Schools, St Clare’s, Our Lady of the Missions, St Joseph’s and St Cadoc’s, we have produced a booklet showing activities in our schools. The booklet shows the strengths of our schools which are indeed #CatholicSchoolsGoodForScotland.

To read our booklet follow this link.        CEW Week booklet 2018 GB

Mass Schedule




Mass for Secondary Schools, Diocese of Paisley, 7pm, St Mirin’s Cathedral.



Mass for Secondary Schools, Archdiocese of Glasgow, 7pm, St. Andrew’s Cathedral.

Glasgow Faith Forum, Turnbull Hall, with Anthony Horan on the place of politics in religion – Bus leaving the school at 6.30pm.



Feast of Presentation of Our Lord, (Candlemas Day).

Eucharistic Adoration: 12-1pm. Rosary at 12.25pm.

Prayers of the Week

Monday 29 January

Today is the start of Catholic Education Week 2018 during which we celebrate the faith dimension of our school. The purpose of Catholic Education Week is to highlight the significance of education, not only for young people but for society as a whole.  Students, parents, teachers and others are asked to reflect on their own roles in the education process – at home, in school, in the local parish and in other educational settings.



Thank you for all those men and women who have given their talents to educating our young people. Through the challenges they encounter each day, lead them to an ever deeper appreciation of the sacred duty to which you have called them.

We give thanks for the invaluable work of all those who contribute to the efficient running of our schools support staff, kitchen staff, maintenance staff and chaplains. We thank them for their hard work and dedication and we pray that they may continue to work in support of our schools.


Tuesday 30 January

The word “compassion” means to “suffer with” someone, with the sense of coming to the person’s aid. It is an emotion in us caused by some evil or dire condition seen in someone else. The Good Samaritan is a memorable example. Jesus himself suffered for our sins.  We remember him in our actions and our thoughts.

Lord, open our eyes

That we may see you in our brothers and sisters. Lord, open our ears that we may hear the cries of the hungry, the cold, the frightened, the oppressed.        Lord, open our hearts

that we may love each other as you love us. Renew in us your spirit.  Lord, free us and make us one.


Wednesday 31 January

A Prayer Attributed to St. Francis

Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.


Thursday 01 February

Generosity inspires gratitude, and gratitude inspires generosity. God is generous to us and our generosity, as St. Paul tells us, gives proof of our gratitude towards God.

 Lord Jesus, teach me to be generous; 
teach me to serve you as you deserve,
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labor and not to seek reward,
except that of knowing that I do your will.


Friday 02 February

Dear God,

Loving Essence of all there is. Please fill me with your sacred presence.

I ask for your Love and Guidance and for your blessings

As I explore the deep reaches of my heart I ask for your assistance

In releasing that which stands in the way of true love.

My heart is pure; my intentions clear. Please bring to me my most perfect partner.

I seek a partner who enhances me by his/her very being.

who brings more love, joy, peace and prosperity to my life,

Who I can love fully and who can fully receive my love,

Who loves, honours and cherishes me completely, and always.

May my heart be open and my head be clear.

May my life be ready to welcome True love.

May I be embraced in a circle of your love

And uplifted by your grace.


Jesus, a man of authority

In the Gospel reading for Education Sunday (Mark 1: 21–28) we hear ‘as soon as the Sabbath came Jesus went to the synagogue and began to teach. And his teaching made a deep impression on them because, unlike the scribes, he taught them with authority’.

Jesus, a man of authority

People experience the power. But what kind of power is it? It is the power of authority. The word authority comes from a Latin verb augere, which means to make something increase. Its root can be found in words like ‘authority,’ ‘author.’ Its root is also found in the English verb ‘to wax’ (as the moon ‘waxes’ and wanes). So real authority is not just, as we often interpret it, having power over people so that we can make them do what we want them to do. Genuine authority is the ability to en-able people, to em-power them. To enable them to transcend themselves, to grow as persons, to be more effective in the development and use of their innate gifts.

Authority as service

Jesus did not come to rule and control people. He came, he said, not to be served but to serve. He came, above all, to make people free. So that in their freedom, they could generate all the productive and growth energies within them and be alive with the life of God within them. He freed them from all the ‘evil spirits’ (Mark 1: 21–28), of fear, compulsions, narrow self-centredness, anger, resentment, hostility and violence which prevent people from truly enjoying the experience of being alive. “I have come that they may have life, life in abundance.”

The whole of Jesus’ life was a continual teaching – wise, calm, powerful but gentle, enriching life for those who listen.

Rome 2018

The plans for Rome 2018 are well underway with the flights, hotel and restaurant for the evening meal. Over the next few months the Itinerary will be finalised and bookings made for set-piece events. Information will be posted here and on the RE Twitter Account    @StNiniansRE

Please note that each pupils requires an individual passport and an individual European Health Insurance Card. We will need these in June 2018 and so I would suggest that you check these soon as June will come sooner than we may expect.

Our Travel Agent advises that the passport should remain valid for six months after the trip.

A deposit of £200 has already been paid and the remainder of £745 can be paid in instalments but needs to be paid by Thursday 24 May 2018.

A suggested plan of payment.

Friday 23 February 2018      £145.00

Thursday 29 March 2018    £200.00

Friday 27 April 2018             £200.00

Thursday 24 May 2018        £200.00


Supporting SCIAF

As part of the Christmas Charity Campaign our very active SCIAF Group sold ‘Real Gifts’ and raised over £300. Yesterday, Mark Booker, SCIAF’s Education Officer, visited the Group which meets every Wednesday Lunchtime in RE Room 1. The Group took this opportunity to present Mark with the cheque for their efforts.  For information on Real Gifts follow this link.

40 Days For Life Prayer Vigil

The Pro Life 40 Days For Life Prayer Vigil will take place this Lent 2018. Some people describe this prayer vigil as confrontational. Attached are the publicity documents from the organisers which will allow you to reach a balance opinion on this project and your involvement. The project is supported by the Bishops of Scotland.2018 Bulletin Notice A4 Flyer Dear Fellow Pro Site Map Parking advice 2 Statement of Peace 3