Don’t give this up for Lent

Aid to the Church in Need asks us not to give up praying for Syria.
After so many years of fighting you may find it hard to keep caring.  Well, read about Elias. He’s one of the luckier Syrians –  he survived being tied to a cross by Daesh.


The Pope’s prayer intention for March

That persecuted Christians may be supported by the prayers and material help of the whole Church.

Activities for Lent

It is good during the weeks of Lent to set aside time for deepening our faith. If you are wondering how to do that click below for our Lenten Prayer menu. (more…)

A Papal award at St Joseph’s

Chrissie Thomson, our hard-working sacristan, received the Papal Benemerenti award for her dedication and service to the church over a long period.  It was well-deserved!
Click here to see photos

Fr Stuart and Chrissie look at award

Fr Stuart and Chrissie look at award
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Welcome to St Joseph’s Catholic Church

We are in Woodside, in north Aberdeen. Whether you are new to the area, or just passing, we welcome you.  Do join us at Mass if you can.

Download our latest bulletin from the left-hand column. It includes this week’s Mass times.
On the right is a list of local and parish events and retreats – click any of them for more details.

Please scroll down to see the most recent articles.

January 1st – World Day of Peace

In his Message for the World Day of Peace Pope Francis quoted from the very first such message, in which Blessed Pope Paul VI said, “Peace is the only true direction of human progress “ Read the rest of this entry »

A rite of passage

 Do you know the legend of the Cherokee Indian youth’s rite of passage?  All the young boys go through this trial as a rite of passage to manhood.  

In the afternoon of the day of the trial, the boy’s father takes him deep into the forest, blindfolds him and leaves him alone. The boy is required to sit on a tree stump throughout whole night and not remove the blindfold until the rays of the morning sun shine through it. He must not cry out for help.  Once he survives the night, he is a man. He cannot tell the other boys of this experience because each boy must come into manhood on his own.    Read the rest of this entry »

Praying for Aleppo

Aleppo was a city of over 2 million people – ten times the population of Aberdeen. It has been inhabited since 5,000BC, making it one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and a world heritage site.  Read the rest of this entry »

World Mission Sunday: a message from Pope Francis

On this World Mission Sunday, all of us are invited to ‘go out’ as missionary disciples, each generously offering their talents, creativity, wisdom and experience in order to bring the message of God’s tenderness and compassion to the entire human family. Read the rest of this entry »

The Care of Creation

September 1st is the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.
Click to see a message from Pope Francis:  The Pope’s

The end of a pilgrimage

Earlier this summer Tim set out on a 200 mile walk to Santiago in Spain.  A medical problem meant he had to return home half-way through, but he was able to return and reach his destination. Read about it here. 

2016 Tim completes his pilgrimage (372.1 KiB)

Is a walking pilgrimage right for you?

For various reasons people think they could not embark on a walking pilgrimage such as the Camino de Santiago.  Before heading back to complete his own camino Tim reflected on some of the people he had met while on pilgrimage previously in Spain. Read the rest of this entry »

A message for Sea Sunday from the Vatican

Seated comfortably on the sofa in our living room, we find it difficult to understand how much our daily life is depending on the maritime industry and the sea. If we look around in the places where we live and work, we realize Read the rest of this entry »

Pastoral letter on the referendum

Bishop Hugh’s Pastoral letter is available to download in English or Polish Read the rest of this entry »

A pilgrimage to Santiago

Tim, from St Joseph’s, is walking to Santiago in Spain, carrying prayers and prayer intentions from people in the parish to pray on his journey. These will be left with the chaplaincy in Santiago and offered daily until the end of November. Read more here: 

2016 Tim On The Camino Primitivo (214.2 KiB)

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