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Scottish ties renewed

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The universal Church has been in full force during the coronavirus pandemic with people from all over the world tuning in at different times to watch live streaming of Masses in Adelaide.

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But there has also been the opportunity for South Australian Catholics to be part of Masses being live streamed from interstate and overseas.

Lefevre Community parishioner Frank Larikin, 83, was delighted to come across live streaming of Mass three times a week from his home town of Coatbridge, Scotland.

He has fond memories of St Monica’s Catholic Church which was built in 1957 when he was a child growing up in Coatbridge, eight miles from Glasgow.

He recalled lots of fundraising activities such as raffles and bingo nights to finance the new church in the expanding town.

“It was just a shed and an outdoor altar to start with,” he said.

“Now it’s a beautiful church on beautiful grounds.”

Frank emigrated to Australia with his wife and two of their four children in 1967. He said he used to go back to Scotland frequently but his last visit was 10 years ago.

While most of his friends are no longer around, Frank said he was thankful for the familiar sights of the church via the live streaming.

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