The Carmelite Sisters and Media star Michelle McManus are backing the drive by Mission Matters Scotland for Catholics throughout Scotland to pray the Missionary Rosary during May.

The columnist, singer and TV presenter dropped in at Holy Cross High School, Hamilton, on Thursday 25 April. She helped school chaplain, Father Patrick Duffy, and head teacher Jim Reilly, distribute a set of the special beads to every one of the school’s 1100 pupils, starting with sixth years about to sit their advanced higher exams.

The following Tuesday the Carmelite Sisters of Dumbarton opened the doors of their monastery to welcome Archbishop Phillip Tartaglia to receive gifts of the missionary rosary and to join the world mission rosary campaign inaugurated by Pope Benedict at the start of the Year of Faith.

Father Tom Welsh said: “We are delighted that the Carmelite Sisters and Michelle McManus are taking up our Missionary Rosary campaign. The Sisters are going worldwide in their prayers and their prayers will be of enormous value both in Scotland abroad. Michelle’s backing of the campaign with the pupils of Holy Cross High School, Hamilton is a tremendous boost to reach out to our young people.  That is especially true during May, when Catholics traditionally honour Mary by praying the Rosary in honour of Our Lady “Queen of Evangelisation”. Putting prayer at the heart of what the Church does at a time of great difficulty for the Catholic Church in Scotland is vital to help us move forward and we at Mission Matters have  been most heartened by the uptake of our Missionary Rosary campaign across the country. We are well on track to distribute 100,000 rosaries across Scotland by the end of the Year of Faith. ”

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia said: “The Missionary Rosary initiative is an excellent way of helping people, and, especially, our young people and children, become aware of the work of missionaries in developing countries, while at the same time becoming familiar with one of the most loved and popular of the Church’s prayers. The fact that the enclosed Carmelite Sisters are also taking part in the campaign with such joy emphasises the fact that prayer is essential for the Church’s mission and this initiative is a vital part of that effort.”

Michelle McManus expressed her delight: “in helping Mission Matters Scotland send these Rosaries to every school and parish in Scotland. I always carry a Rosary wherever I go and I say it every day. These colourful Rosaries are ideal for young people and children and I know that the Holy Cross pupils will make good use of them. I even heard some say they would be saying special prayers on them to give their exam marks a boost!”

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