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Free Online Andrea Bocelli Concert: Easter Sunday

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Beloved opera singer Andrea Bocelli is set to stream his ‘Music for Hope’ concert from the empty Duomo Cathedral in Milan.

The 61-year-old was invited to perform for the City, the Cathedral, Archpriest and the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo.

Andrea will only be accompanied by the cathedral’s organist, Emanuele Vianelli, for the concert.

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Marian Apparitions: Paisley and Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire, Scotland.

Perhaps one of the least known of the Marian Apparitions started in Paisley on 16th July 1980 – 1985, restarting and continuing in 1998 and 2019,  to a (then) 13 year old boy.  There is a diary about these apparitions which total 24:  Just to make a few comments about it:

The highlights of these apparitions seemed to be:

1.About the usage of the Rosary.

Many times, the importance of the Rosary was stressed, but it was always stressed that the Rosary brings you to a place where you can hear the voice of her son Jesus. The Rosary does not do the work by recitation, but it brings you to a place of peace where you can be more open to hearing her Son. Kind of like a door, the Rosary takes you to the doorway, but you still have to pass through it. It simply quietens your mind and prepares you contemplatively to meet God.

“When you recite the Rosary, I am there with you leading you to the place where you can encounter my son. If you ask Him to reveal Spiritual things to you, He will hear you”.

2.Liturgy of the Hours in particular the Little Office of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, which was taught by the Apparition, he subsequently wrote it down and has copied it in Scottish Gaelic.

The idea was to introduce something liturgical into the boy´s life and something which would strengthen the bond between a Mother and a Son. The idea of reciting this again was “to take you to my Son” and not to glorify Mary herself.

“You should try to recite this every day, it will help you to understand how close you are to my Heart and will penetrate the veil of this world”. I will lead you to my Son.

3. A Devotion to The Immaculate Heart of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Our Lady of Paisley.

” Learn to Love me more so that you can see my Immaculate Heart. All souls are held within my Heart, even the worst of sinners, I want them to understand this and I call on them to draw close to me”

4.A series of alarms or urges which the boy had, when he knew he had to write, or to go to a certain place  to meet with the Apparition.

5.A general understanding  of  Spirituality and peace and Love for all people regardless of labels and religious denomination.

“I am the mother of all people and I see not their self imposed labels of the world, but their very souls”.

The weird thing about  this is that the Apparitions started behind Paisley´s Presbyterian Abbey (which once was a Catholic place).

Peter asked this question, “why here?” and was given the answer that “I do not see things or places as you see them, I see Love, not division”

“One day there will be a great outpouring of Love by my Intercession as Our Lady of Paisley.  Many will come to my hand and I will take them to my Son and present them. A devotion to me will be established for all people there in Paisley where many will be healed of disease because they contemplated my Love and the image of my Immaculate Heart. This devotion will be crowned every year on October 5th which will coincide with a Feast of Mercy”. 

“When you want me to take you to my Son, you simply have to say a short chaplet which I will teach you and you will be assured I am there with you. You must learn to Love me more. You must not hear words like grace and mercy as punishment, for they simply mean God is with you. When you hear these words, do not think that God is punishing you, for these words mean that he is there with you.  These words are often mistakenly used with a harsh meaning by Priests but every time you hear them, remember they simply mean God is with you. Grace is his Presence and Mercy is what he brings when you encounter him”.

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Poem for Arran and the Holy Isle

Oh draw near, Great Love Divine,  and sooth my waiting mind.

Whiting Bay and Holy Isle, surely all are thine, within my heart appears the long forgotten saints.

Passing holy hours, like a tired monk I wait to find you in the maze of liturgies and pathways.

My naked head does burn, like earthly passions turn, to a higher calling, to vistas set eternal.

With a yearning voice so strong, I turn to what I long, to find my peace in thee.

May the mountains of the isles teach me humility of heart, to see beyond the peaks of shortcomngs to higher views of Love.

The sweeping vistas of Love, higher than the highest peak, swirling winds appear.

The joy of meeting departed ones, to commune again on the shores of thine Isles, I wait, I come.



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St Brigids Church History 1862-1962 #kilbirnie #northayrshire @bridgetprimary

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This 26 page document produced in 1962 looks at Catholicism on the west coast of Scotland and details how the  Church in Kilbirnie came to be  opened in 1862. It contains a photo of the first priest  ( I already posted his death certificate on this blog) as well as the  surnames of all of the first Catholic families to worship in the Church which is very good for genealogy researchers.  It gives a rare glimpse of Catholic life on the west coast of Scotland and also talks about the opening of the school as well as other Churches in the area.