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Pope Francis plans extraordinary focus on the missions

By Gerard Gough AT A June 3 audience with the National Directors of the Pontifical Mission Societies, Pope Francis announced that October 2019 will be an ‘extraordinary time for prayer and reflection’ devoted to the missions. The Holy Father explained to those assembled in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace—including Missio Scotland’s own Fr Vincent Lockhart (above)—that he had chosen the date two years from now in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Maximum Illud, Pope Benedict XV’s apostolic letter on the propagation of the faith. The Extraordinary Missionary Month will also be aimed at promoting the missionary...

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Missio Scotland hails St Fergus’ fantastic fundraisers

AN EXCELLENT fundraising effort by the staff and pupils of St Fergus’ Primary School in Paisley throughout Lent culminated recently with children presenting a cheque for more than £900 to Missio Scotland. Gerard Gough, communications officer for Missio Scotland, the Scottish branch of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS)—Pope Francis’ own charity and official mission aid agency of the Catholic Church—was on hand to accept the cheque at a recent school assembly (above) and paid tribute to the efforts of the Catholic schoolchildren after the presentation. “The generosity of Catholic schoolchildren towards Missio Scotland never fails to amaze me,” he...

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Going the extra Mile for Mission

By Gerard Gough AN INNOVATIVE new fundraiser—launched at the beginning of this month by Missio Scotland—is inviting Catholic schoolchildren to go the extra mile for those living in missionary territories throughout the world. Kerry Shearer, fundraising manager for Missio Scotland and Gerard Gough, the charity’s communications officer, were joined by pupils from St Patrick’s Primary School in Coatbridge and Albion Rovers FC coach Tony McMinn at Cliftonhill—the home of the club—to film a special video to mark the launch of the fundraiser. Missio Scotland is the Scottish branch of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS)—Pope Francis’ own charity and official...

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St Martha’s fundraisers were different class

A FANTASTIC whole school effort at St Martha’s Primary in Balornock helped to raise £210 recently for Missio Scotland. Gerard Gough, communications officer for Missio Scotland, the Scottish branch of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS)—Pope Francis’ own charity and official mission aid agency of the Catholic Church—was on hand to accept the cheque at a recent assembly (above), at which he gave a history of the organisation, explained what it means to be a missionary and gave concrete examples of some of those people worldwide who have been the beneficiaries of funds raised for the charity. The children, together...

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St Angela’s coffee morning does more than a FairTrade for Missio Scotland

A COFFEE morning held by the pupils of St Angela’s Primary School in Darnley during Lent did more than a FairTrade as they raised £600 for Missio Scotland. Gerard Gough, communications officer for Missio Scotland, the Scottish branch of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS)—Pope Francis’ own charity and official mission aid agency of the Catholic Church—was on hand to accept the cheque at a recent assembly (above), at which the children who form part of the school’s FairTrade Committee, gave a fantastic PowerPoint presentation to showcase their work on the day. The presentation featured pictures of the pupils­—including a...

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