Mercy bus takes to the streets of Scotland

Don’t be surprised if on your travels next week you come across a white double decker bus emblazoned with the word ‘Mercy’ and with a picture of Jesus on the side.

The ‘Mercy bus’, a brainchild of the ‘Friends of Divine Mercy Scotland’, will be bringing the Catholic faith to the towns of Paisley, Coatbridge, Greenock, Barrhead and Glasgow, opening its sliding doors to locals for Confession, for those who want to know more about the Catholic faith, or just to even have a chat.

Organiser Helen Border said: “Inspired by the call from Pope Francis to “Go out to the people and take the Church to them” we’ve decided to do just that, with a church on wheels, which between Monday July 31 to Saturday August 5 will be in a different town each day.“There will be priests hearing confessions on the top deck of the ‘Mercy Bus’ and literature, tea and coffee available downstairs. Everyone is welcome, we hope passers-by will come on board, where they can say a prayer or just chat. Today, so many people are angry and upset, often because they’ve made the wrong choices and want to change. Stepping on board the bus, could be the first step in changing their lives for the better. We hope they’ll come aboard!”

Commenting on the initiative, Bishop Keenan said: “This is a fantastic initiative and a wonderful example of evangelisation, which takes the church out into the world. I wish the venture every success and hope it will be the first of many similar initiatives which offer people a route back to a relationship with God.”

The bus together with a driver, has been donated, for a week, by Sir Brian Souter. Commenting on the launch, Sir Brian said: “This is an innovative idea to bring faith issues to the high street and I hope people will find help and meaning through this initiative.”

The initiative is an excellent example of the Catholic Church in Scotland reaching out to the community and bringing the love of Christ to our streets. It is to be hoped that it will be well received and will be of help to those who encounter it.

The bus will visit: Paisley, Coatbridge, Greenock, Barrhead and Glasgow over the week-long tour. It will return to Paisley on Saturday 5 August, where Bishop John Keenan, Bishop of Paisley, will celebrate Mass on board the bus at 2pm.

DATES, TIMES AND VENUES

Monday 31/7/2017 11am – 3pm Paisley Cenotaph, Paisley Cross; Tuesday 1/8/2017 11am – 3pm Coatbridge Shopping Centre, Coatbridge; Wednesday 2/8/2017 11am – 3pm Greenock Town Centre, near Council building; Thursday 3/8/2017 11am – 3pm Asda, Main Street, Barrhead; Friday 4/8/2017 11am – 3pm Buchanan Street, outside Glasgow Royal Concert Hall; Saturday 5/8/2017 11am – 3pm Paisley Cenotaph, Paisley Cross with HOLY MASS celebrated by Bishop John Keenan and Fr Joe Burke on the Mercy bus at 2pm.