“For it was you who created my being, knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I thank you for the wonder of my being, for the wonders of all your creation.”
(Psalm 138)

Twelve thousand two hundred and twelve abortions were carried out in Scotland
in 2017. In 2019 nine MSPs are campaigning to bring assisted suicide legislation
before the Scottish Parliament for the third time.

The two communities which came together to form our new parish have, over the
years, supported organisations who campaign on behalf of and provide practical
support to the vulnerable, the sick, mothers and their children, born and unborn.
We will continue to do so and, working closely with the Archdiocese’s Pro Life
office, we aim to promote greater understanding of the dignity of human life from
conception to natural death and to welcome all who are finding it hard to see the
value of life in difficult circumstances.You can help by:

  • Praying. We pray for all those who need help to accept God’s gift of life.
  • Welcoming. A word or a smile to the stranger in church can make a
  • Supporting. The rates of abortion in deprived areas are twice as high
    as in more affluent areas.  Look out for appeals.
  • Signposting. Tell women where to find help if they are worried about
    being pregnant and also if they are hurting because of an abortion, no
    matter how long ago it was.
  • Campaigning. Write to your MP/MSP when he/she is advocating a policy
    that is Anti Life. Remind them that we should all promote a Culture of Life
    in order that our society can flourish.

Parish Contacts:
Carole Cannon (St K)
Margaret Knopps (St J)
Marlene McCallum (St K)

Useful Contacts:

Paul Atkin, Archdiocesan Pro Life Office<

Society for the Protection of Unborn Children: 0141 221 2094

Sisters of the Gospel of Life (Counselling and practical help for pregnant women):
0141 433 2680

Arch Trust (post abortion healing):
0845 603 8501

Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats for those hurt by abortion:



Ss John the Baptist and Kentigern is a Parish of the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh, registered charity No. SCO08540