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Lord, Let Glasgow Flourish by the preaching of Thy Word and the praising of Thy Name
JOURNAL OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF GLASGOW
AUGUST 2012
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Meet Archbishop-elect
Tartaglia
Pages 2–5
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Lourdes
pilgrimage
Pages 9–11
Fully alive to sharing faith
Glasgow’s new Archbishop ready to
lead with courage and compassion
ARCHBISHOP
Philip
Tartaglia has vowed to
work alongside priests
and laity in strengthening the Church in Glasgow.
As he prepares to take up
office on 8 September, the
Archbishop-elect has asked
the whole archdiocese to pray
that he will be the bishop that
Christ wants him to be.
“If I can serve the Archdiocese of Glasgow with the
same energy, affection and devotion as I did Paisley I will be
happy.” he said.
While drawing back from
any grand plans, an essential
task will be promoting a more
persuasive faith witness.
“To be a Church fully alive
we need to overcome any embarrassment we might feel and
be ready to share the gift of
faith with people around us,”
Archbishop Tartaglia told
Flourish.
“Every day, we rub shoulders with people who tell us
they don’t care about religion,
or who insist that faith as irrelevant.
“Well, these are our opportunities to share the immense
richness of the gift that we’ve
been given.
“Faith makes sense. It is
Christ who inspires our hope
and motivates our charity –
and we shouldn’t be afraid to
say so.”
Archbishop Tartaglia suggested that the need to “live
faith integrally” remained a
“holy grail of Catholic life”.
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And he is acutely aware of the
obstacles in the way of achieving this objective.
“When our beliefs and practices are routinely ridiculed,
the instinct is to keep the head
down. That’s understandable,”
he said.
“But, when you consider
that Christ is the answer to humanity’s deepest longings and
points the way for society to
progress, we betray our essential calling as Christians if we
fail to acknowledge him.”
The new Archbishop has
shown he is not afraid to promote Christian values in the
face of vociferous opposition.
But he has been embarrassed
by the furore caused by his unguarded remark, made earlier
this year, when alluding to the
death of David Cairns MP.
“I wish I had never alluded
to Mr Cairns,” the bishop said.
“I am very sorry for the offence it caused. I have made a
sincere apology and hope that
it is accepted.”
On the wider issue of defending Christian teaching in
the public square, he added: “I
would hope we can have reasoned and robust discussions
while speaking in a respectful
and civilised manner.”
After his installation in St
Andrew’s Cathedral, Archbishop Tartaglia hopes to celebrate Mass in each deanery
before heading to Rome
where he will take part in the
Synod on New Evangelisation
which begins early October.
The synod will also inaugu-
rate the Year of Faith which
will provide a focus for
strengthening faith witness
throughout 2013.
A particular need the Archbishop has identified is promoting vocations to the
priesthood, and he is keen to
encourage prayer to support
this work.
He has also expressed his
desire to meet with the priests
serving in the archdiocese – as
Archbishop Conti did ten
years ago – to get to know
them and the pastoral needs
they are encountering.
■ MONTHS of waiting and speculation came to
an end at 11am on Tuesday 24 July.
Before a gathering of archdiocesan staff
and media, Archbishop Mario Conti announced
that his offer of resignation from office as
Archbishop of Glasgow had been accepted by
Pope Benedict.
And, as his successor, the Archbishop
introduced his “friend and colleague in
Paisley”, Bishop Philip Tartaglia.
While happy to be relieved of the burden of
office, Archbishop Conti acknowledged how
“greatly privileged” he was to serve the
Archdiocese with its long historical tradition.
In tribute to the “friendship and good
humour” experienced since he moved from
Aberdeen, he has decided to stay in Glasgow.
He said: “I hope to remain of service to the
people of the archdiocese and I will place
IN ASSOCIATION WITH
myself at the service of my successor to assist
him in whatever way he may wish in the life of
the Church in Glasgow.”
Archbishop Tartaglia warmly accepted this
pledge of support, and thanked Archbishop
Conti for his 10 years of devoted service to
Glasgow and his 35 years as a bishop.
He paid tribute to his “tireless work for
Christian unity,” and thanked him for
bequeathing “a beautiful Cathedral”.
With a smile, he added: “I’m not sure I
would have done it as you have, but I will enjoy
it.”
Conscious that he follows in a succession of
eminent Church leaders, Archbishop Tartaglia
stressed: “This is not year zero. We walk in
others’ footsteps. We build on what has gone
before.”
Picture by Mark Campbell
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AUGUST 2012 • FLOURISH
NEWS FEATURE
Curriculum vitae
Introducing Archbishop-elect Philip Tartaglia
Born: 11th January 1951,
St Francis Maternity,
Govan
I fly unto thee – prayers
answered in Lourdes
Baptised: 31st January
1951, St Patrick’s, Anderston
Education: St Thomas'
Primary, Riddrie; St
Mungo’s Academy; St
Vincent’s College, Langbank; St Mary’s College,
Blairs; Scots College,
Rome (PhB 1971, STL
1976, STD 1980, Gregorian University)
AFTER a week dodging
the showers which pepper the Pyrenees, Bishop
Philip Tartaglia was
happy to be making his
way to the airport at the
end of the Paisley diocese’s pilgrimage to
Lourdes.
Ordained Priest: 30th
June 1975, Our Lady of
Good Counsel, Dennistoun
Appointments:
With its mix of prayer, processions and penance, the pilgrimage is always an uplifting
spiritual experience.
In his homily during Mass
at the Grotto, Bishop Tartaglia
had spoken of pilgrims
coming to Lourdes with
prayers, petitions and
intentions.
“We come with our
worries and our fears...
looking for a sign, for
inner peace, for purpose, consolation, enlightenment.
“I can assure all of
you that you will find
an answer to your
prayer here in Lourdes,
one you hoped for, perhaps,
1978-79: Scots College,
Rome, Dean of Studies
1980-81: Our Lady of
Lourdes, Cardonald, Assistant Priest
1981-83: St Peter’s College, Newlands, Lecturer/Director of Studies
1985-93: Chesters College, Bearsden, Vice-rector/Rector (from 1987)
1993-95: St Patrick’s,
Dumbarton, Assistant
Priest
Interviewed in the Lady aisle
in St Andrew’s Cathedral
Right: Word of appointment
spreads
Pictures by Mark Campbell
1995-2004: St Mary’s
Duntocher, Parish Priest
2004-05: Scots College,
Rome, Rector
Nominated Bishop of
Paisley: 13th Sept 2005
Ordained Bishop: 20th
Nov 2005, St Mirin’s
Cathedral, Paisley
Appointed Archbishop
of Glasgow: 24th July
2012
Episcopal motto:
Da robur, fer auxilium –
“Thine aid supply, thy
strength bestow”
pointment circulated, the
bishop had to keep the news to
himself.
“I was on holiday with my
sisters for three days,” he revealed. “They interrogated me
every which way they could.
But I held out – just!”
When Archbishop Mario
Conti flew to Lourdes with the
Glasgow pilgrimage, a week
later, he was travelling light.
Already informed of his
successor’s appointment, “a
great burden had been lifted”.
Fellow pilgrims might have
surmised, but he couldn’t reveal the cause of his serenity.
“In my own heart I was able
to give thanks for all the
graces and blessings I have received throughout my years as
bishop, and to commend my
successor to the care of our
Blessed Mother,” Archbishop
Conti said.
How fitting that, having
given his ‘Yes’ to becoming
Archbishop of Glasgow in
Lourdes, Archbishop Philip
will inaugurate his ministry on
the Feast of Our Lady’s Nativity.
Growing ranks of retired bishops
WHEN Archbishop Tartaglia is
installed as Archbishop of
Glasgow on 8 September, the
Diocese of Paisley will become
vacant.
An administrator will be
chosen from among the
diocesan priests, with a new
bishop unlikely to be appointed
until some time next year.
With Pope Benedict
accepting the resignation of
Bishop Vincent Logan of
Dunkeld on health grounds, at
the end of June, two of
Scotland’s eight dioceses will
be vacant.
On top of that, Bishop
Joseph Devine of Motherwell
turns 75 on August 7 and will
tender his resignation.
Similarly, Bishop John
Cunningham of Galloway and
Cardinal Keith O’Brien of St
Andrew’s and Edinburgh have
their 75th birthdays in early
2013.
Meanwhile, Archbishop Conti
will join the ranks of bishops
emeriti in Scotland, alongside
Bishop Maurice Taylor, Bishop
John Mone, Bishop Ian Murray,
Bishop Peter Moran and Bishop
Logan.
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En route to the airport, the
bishop’s phone went. He answered. It was the Apostolic
Nuncio in London, Archbishop Antonio Mennini.
“I was immediately on the
alert,” the bishop related. “I
told the Nuncio I would phone
him when I got home, but he
insisted that I call him back
from the airport.”
So it was over the phone at
Lourdes airport on Friday 6
July, that Bishop Tartaglia was
informed that Pope Benedict
wanted him to become the
next Archbishop of Glasgow.
“For some reason, I was
calm about it,” he said. “There
had been a lot of speculation
and I knew my name was
being considered.
“During the pilgrimage, I
had been praying that I would
be ready to accept whatever
was the decision.
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NEWS FEATURE
Archbishop Conti’s words of welcome
No airs and graces – just good humour
Archbishop Conti thanks the clergy,
Religious and people of the Archdiocese
of Glasgow in his pastoral letter
The Holy Father has nominated my successor, and so my time as your Archbishop
has canonically speaking come to an end. In other words the Archdiocese is vacant, technically without a bishop, but in practice I continue to serve it until Bishop
Philip Tartaglia takes over on the Feast of Our Lady’s Birthday, 8th September.
It has been a great privilege serving as your Archbishop for over ten years. I am keenly
aware of the warm and effective cooperation of the priests of the Archdiocese, and since my
ordaining the first fifteen, also of the permanent deacons.
Religious Sisters and Brothers, clerical and lay, have over the years taught and nursed and
prayed for us all, and I acknowledge their service also with immense gratitude.
What has sustained my ministry above all, under the grace of God, has been your affection,
your devotion and, something difficult to describe, your Glasgow good humour and humility;
“no airs and graces” but down to earth friendship and fidelity.
Archbishop Conti introduces his
successor, Bishop Tartaglia
Picture by Mark Campbell
I have used that expression “no airs and graces”, but in truth, if we speak of graces in terms
of God’s gift, the Archdiocese is as plentiful in them as there are faithful men and women,
young people and even children, members of the Church.
I have been particularly impressed with the devotion of the elderly and the care given by
grandparents to their children’s children. Their example is without doubt one of the surest
signs of grace in the Church, and one of the most promising hopes for the future of the Archdiocese in these uncertain times.
May the Year of Faith help us all in the re-dedication of our lives to the Lord’s service, to
that of the world, and to one another in Christian charity.
In the name of you all I welcome joyfully our new Archbishop, who will take his seat in our
cathedral church on the Feast of Our Lady’s Birthday. May she who is mother of us all spread
the mantle of her care over him, and enfold us all in her intercession with her Divine Son for
our eternal life.
With blessings,
Yours devotedly in Christ,
✠ M ARIO CONTI
Archbishop Emeritus of Glasgow and Apostolic Administrator
From the day he was appointed to Glasgow
on 15 January 2002, Archbishop Conti has
enjoyed being among the people
Picture by Paul McSherry
Good news offers hope and consolation
YESTERDAY Pope Benedict
appointed Philip Tartaglia as
the new Catholic Archbishop of
Glasgow. He succeeds
Archbishop Mario Conti who
submitted his resignation
when he turned 75 in 2009.
A native of Glasgow,
Archbishop-elect Tartaglia is,
like his predecessor, of Italian
extraction. His father was
Italian, from Picinisco, and his
mother second generation
Italian, from northern Italy.
Ordained priest in 1975,
Phillip Tartaglia has been
Bishop of Paisley since 2005.
His new Archdiocese has more
than 90 parishes, about 200
active priests and a Catholic
population of nearly 165,000.
But diocesan bishops aren’t
CANON ROBERT HILL is parish priest of St Patrick’s, Anderston, the church
in which Philip Tartaglia was baptised on 31 January 1951. A regular
contributor to BBC Radio Scotland’s Thought for the Day, he provided this
succinct appraisal for Good Morning Scotland on 25 July
just administrators. Jesus
picked 12 apostles to do what
he had been doing, to go out
among the people and speak
the Gospel - and bishops are
their successors.
Jesus sent the Twelve to
preach the Good News, to cast
out evil, to heal people -and to
confront the real issues of their
time. Timothy, a companion of
St Paul, was told, “proclaim the
good news and, welcome or
unwelcome, insist upon it”.
Archbishop-elect Tartaglia
has already spoken out
strongly on current issues,
most recently challenging the
Scottish Government over the
issue of same sex marriage. I
hope we’ll hear his voice on
many other topics.
The world is complex and
demanding. Each day brings a
confusing array of news
reports, from the ongoing war
in Syria, to the horror of the
shooting in Colorado, to the
expectation, excitement and
controversies of the Olympics.
We need to hear messages
that challenge, offer hope,
consolation and good news.
Bishops should be voices that
proclaim a consistent
message, whether welcome or
unwelcome.
I’m sure many would like to
join with me in wishing the
new Archbishop every blessing
in his new appointment, and in
offering prayers for him as he
begins this challenging, and I
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Prayer for vocations a priority
PROMOTING vocations to
the priesthood is a particular goal identified by
Archbishop-elect Philip
Tartaglia.
He has promised to make it
a priority, saying that it fits
with the impulse for the new
evangelisation the Church is
pursuing.
“The ministry of the priest
is a settled concept,” he said.
“He is minister of word and
sacrament and pastor of the
people.
“As priests, we are acting in
the person of Christ. For me,
this is the key to priestly identity and happiness.
“The priest does many different things in living out his
ministry, in serving our communities. But what is at the
core is the relationship which
we have with Christ, centred
on prayer.”
The Archbishop-elect also
sees prayer as a key component in promoting vocations.
He wants to encourage the
practice of regular Eucharistic
adoration to bring people to
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Christ and encounter his example of self-giving.
Archbishop Tartaglia sensed
the call to priesthood at an
early age and, after seminary
formation in Scotland and
Rome, was ordained priest in
his home parish of Our Lady
of Good Counsel, Dennistoun,
on 30 June 1975. It was a day
of blessing for his family and
the parish.
“In our family, the priesthood was regarded with the
greatest respect,” he said. “We
knew good priests and were
served by good priests. The
priesthood was looked upon
rightly as a sacred consecration to God and to his
Church.”
He added: “The Lord calls
priests to be Christ to others.
Priests are there for people,
but they are different. It is how
the Church understands her
priesthood. And I believe this
is what our people want and
need their priests to be.”
The Archbishop-elect spent
a number of years in seminary,
teaching and directing students in formation for priesthood.
He was rector of Chesters
College in Bearsden and also
of the Scots College, Rome,
before his nomination as
Bishop of Paisley in 2005.
He has also served in
parishes within the Archdiocese of Glasgow, including St
Patrick’s, Dumbarton, and St
Mary’s, Duntocher, where he
was parish priest for nine years.
While already aware of the
demands priests face, he is
keen to meet the priests of the
archdiocese individually.
“I want to engage with each
one, to talk to them about their
ministry and get a fuller sense
of the pastoral needs of the
diocese,” he said.
As well as encouraging
prayer for vocations, Archbishop Tartaglia has also
asked for prayers for the
priests of the diocese and for
himself as he begins his ministry as chief shepherd of the
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Love of family and football
Growing up in
a wally close
in Dennistoun
ALTHOUGH born in the St
Francis maternity home
in Govan on 11 January
1951 and baptised in St
Patrick’s,
Anderston,
Glasgow’s new Archbishop is an East End
boy.
The memories of a happy
home life in Dennistoun have
always stayed with Philip
Tartaglia over the years.
“There were nine kids and
our Mum and Dad in a four
apartment, tenement block,”
he said. “We had a wally close
and a back green where we
played three-and-in and heidy
football.”
Philip is the eldest of those
nine children – five girls and
four boys – of Guido and Annita Tartaglia.
Emigrants
Guido had come to Scotland
with his parents from
Picinisco, a rural hinterland
near Montecassino in southeast Lazio. Annita, whose
family name was Bertolacci,
was born in Glasgow. Her parents hailed from Borgo a Mozzano, near Lucca in Tuscany.
The lists of emigrants from
both regions who ended up in
Scotland and elsewhere illustrates the harsh economic climate that prevailed throughout
By Vincent Toal
Italy in the late 19th and early
20th century.
The Tartaglia family moved
to Dennistoun from Anderston
in 1954, and Philip went to St
Thomas’ Primary in Riddrie
which was run by the Sisters
of Notre Dame.
In those days, the family
home which overlooked
Alexandra Park, was in St
Ann’s parish where Philip and
his brother Michael served on
the altar.
The boys and rest of the
family also helped out in their
father’s cafe, the Peach Bar on
Tollcross Road at Parkhead
Cross.
Among the regular customers were some of the
Celtic players of the Jock
Stein era – the likes of Jimmy
Johnstone and Bertie Auld –
who came in after training.
The order of the day was a
McCallum – a cup of icecream, with strawberry sauce
and a wafer.
“My dad always reserved
the players a place where they
got peace to eat,” Archbishop
Philip recalled fondly.
“Every Sunday, my father
went to Mass at 8am and then
got the 58 bus to Parkhead to
open up the shop. He was very
faithful to his work. Not only
did it support his family, but
Philip with his parents
Guido and Annita
Old neighbour Ann O’Hara
welcomes his appointment
“We’ve always been there for one
another” – Canon Gerard Tartaglia
Picture by Mark Campbell
he appreciated how much the
Glasgow people liked their
Italian ice-cream.”
In 1970, the family opened a
chippy, Benny’s, on Alexandra
Parade, where Philip and his
siblings helped out with frying
fish. He understood then that
today’s headlines make tomorrow’s chip wrappers.
Happy
When the parish of Our
Lady of Good Counsel opened
in 1962, the Tartaglia family
were among the new parishioners.
Bishop Philip at his
episcopal ordination with
his five sisters and
youngest brother Anthony
Picture by Paul McSherry
“I remember my mum sent
me along with the collection
for Fr Deery, even before the
parish was properly funded,”
the new Archbishop related.
“We knew the priests well,
and mum always had a cup of
coffee ready for them when
they popped into the house. It
was all a very happy experience and my early sense of
wanting to become a priest
came out of that caring family
and parish community.”
Although his mother died in
1979 and his father a few
years
later, Archbishop
Tartaglia is frequently reminded of the regard with
which his parents were held
among friends and fellow
parishioners.
Enormity
On the day his appointment
to Glasgow was announced,
he was greeted at St Andrew’s
Cathedral by Ann O’Hara –
widow of the former diocesan
accountant Colin – who was
stopping in to say a prayer.
“I knew the family very
well and am absolutely delighted,” she said. “His pro-
motion is no great surprise. He
had loving parents which always helps.”
On behalf of his brothers
and sisters, Canon Gerard
Tartaglia, who was ordained
priest ten years after his big
brother, said: “While the
family is delighted and proud
of Philip’s appointment, we
are well aware of the enormity of the challenge that
awaits him.
“We’ve always been there
for one another – even when
playing football – and that will
continue.”
Passion for football as player and now supporter
Philip the midfield maestro
third from left, back row, in the
Scots College team of 1970
JUST hours after his
appointment was announced,
Glasgow’s archbishop-elect
was ‘back home’ in the East
End – taking in the Celtic v
Norwich pre-season friendly
at Celtic Park.
Football is a “passion” of
Archbishop Tartaglia’s. He
played the game throughout
his youth and was a fixture in
the Scots College team in
Rome during his seminary
days.
Although he only spent a
year at St Mungo’s Academy
as a 12 year-old, it remains
one of his proudest boasts
that he made it into the under13s A team. “There were some
really good players in the
school, so I was pretty chuffed
to be picked.”
When he chose to go to
seminary, the football boots
went with him. Indeed a fellow
parishioner from Our Lady of
Good Counsel, who joined him
in Langbank and Blairs, was
Denis McQuade who famously
scored in the 1971 League Cup
Final when Partick Thistle
beat Celtic 4-1. Don’t know if
the new Archbishop ever
forgave his old classmate.
But he did confess that
when he went to Rome in
1969 and started following
Italian football his early
allegiance was with Juventus.
“When I realised that they
were pretty much the
establishment side I
switched,” he said, with a wry
smile. Wisely, he didn’t pursue
the topic further – only
admitting that he now has a
soft spot for the Milan clubs.
Almost as readily as Celtic
fans rhyming off the Lisbon
Lions, Archbishop Tartaglia
recalls the Scots College side
who annually defeated the
English, in the Rome version
of the home international.
He described one teammate
as “the prince of footballers”
and offered a candid
assessment of his own
midfield role. “I was a decent
ball player, with good touch
and vision, but a wee bit
slow.”
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Archdiocese of Glasgow, the
vision is still good. Just give
him time and he’ll be up to
speed.
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Bellsmyre fete fired up
ALL the fun of the fair
was in evidence at St
Peter’s in Bellsmyre,
Dumbarton, as the parish
hosted a very successful
fete at the end of June.
This used to be an annual
event but had not been held for
many years.
Fr Michael Maloney, St
Peter’s parish priest, welcomed local councillor and
deputy provost of West Dunbartonshire, John Millar, to
open the event.
Despite fears of rain putting
a damper on the festivities, the
sun shone throughout. The fire
engine proved a big hit with
the children who happily
joined in all the fun activities,
Buoyed by the success,
plans are underway to make it
an annual and bigger event.
Father Maloney said:
“Everyone is delighted at the
success of the event and our
thanks go to the organisers
and helpers.
“We especially appreciated
the presence of the deputy
provost, Strathclyde Fire and
Rescue, the entertainers and
hard-working chef.
“It has brought people in the
parish together and enabled us
to reach out to the wider community.”
FLOURISH • AUGUST 2012
NEWS
Queen renews bond with St Margaret’s Hospice
SAINT Margaret of Scotland Hospice received
the royal seal of approval
with a visit from Queen
Elizabeth and the Duke of
Edinburgh on 4 July.
For some it was Independence Day. But for people in
Clydebank and well beyond it
was Interdependence Day, as
they demonstrated their admiration for the Queen and
Prince Philip, but also for St
Margaret’s.
The visit was requested personally by the Queen as part
of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations, highlighting the
tremendous esteem she has for
Scotland’s oldest and largest
hospice.
She first visited its homely
surrounds in 1986 and was
thrilled to meet again some of
the personalities she had encountered 26 years ago.
These included Mgr James
McShane who was then parish
priest of St Margaret’s, Clydebank, the parish in which the
hospice is set. Now nearing
his nineties, he is resident in
the hospice. On being reintroduced to the Queen, they
shared a little banter about
how they had both aged.
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Dressed in a lively pink
frock coat and hat, the Queen
was sprightly and smiled
broadly as she arrived in
Clydebank.
Hundreds lined East Barns
Street to welcome her and,
within the hospice grounds,
every patch of ground was
taken up by well-wishers who
had arrived early “by royal appointment”.
The Queen and Prince
Philip were met by the Lord
Lieutenant for Dunbartonshire, Rear Admiral Michael
Gregory, who introduced her
to Sister Rita Dawson, St Margaret’s chief executive, and
Professor Leo Martin, chairman of the management
board.
Sr Rita accompanied the
Queen on a tour of the hospice, meeting staff, patients,
residents, volunteers, clergy
and members of the Religious
Sisters of Charity, the congregation which founded St Margaret’s in 1949.
“We talked through the
changes to the hospice since
her first visit in 1986,” Sr Rita
said of her time with the
Queen.
The visit included time in
the day care centre, and a look
at the education centre and hydrotherapy pool.
Prince Philip, who was accompanied by Prof Martin,
enjoyed the visit so much that
he seemed loathe to leave. Despite recent poor health, he
was in good spirits and enjoyed a little repartee with
staff and guests.
For nine year-old Nicola
Martin, the day was made
extra special as she had the
honour of presenting the
Queen with a posy of flowers.
The Queen and Duke also
took time to congratulate John
and Maisie Maxwell who
were celebrating their Diamond Wedding anniversary.
Before joining other guests
at the hospice, they had attended Mass in St Margaret’s
church and were presented
with a Papal blessing. The
couple were married in St
Brendan’s, Yoker, in 1952 – “a
vintage year,” the Queen assured them.
Before their visit to Clydebank, the royal couple had
taken part in a Service of
Thanksgiving for the Queen’s
Diamond Jubilee in Glasgow
Cathedral.
Archbishop Mario Conti offered a prayer for the Queen
during the ecumenical service.
He was delighted also to deliver the Grace at a lunch in
the Queen’s honour, which
took place in the grounds of
Our Holy Redeemer primary
school, across the road from
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Cinema shootings raise
questions on US gun laws
“GUNS do not kill people,
people kill people”.
Archbishop Conti and Fr Joe Mills
of St Mary’s with council officials
and senior councillors
Picture by Mark Campbell
West Dunbarton councillors
ask for God’s blessing
CHURCH services to mark
the start of the new term
for West Dunbartonshire
Council took place on
Sunday 22 July.
At St Mary’s, Duntocher,
Archbishop Mario Conti celebrated Mass and spoke of the
responsibilities those in
elected office have to uphold
the virtues of justice, prudence, integrity and courage.
Councillors and senior offi-
cers from the Council were
present along with representatives from Strathclyde Police
and Strathclyde Fire and Rescue.
They included chief cxecutive, Joyce White, leader of
the Council, Martin Rooney,
Provost Douglas McAllister
and his deputy, John Millar.
Earlier in the day, another
kirking took place at Bonhill
Parish Church, Alexandria.
Provost McAllister, who is
a parishioner of St Mary’s,
along with his wife, Allison,
and their two children, said:
“The Kirking of the Council
reaffirms the commitment by
our elected members to serve
the people of West Dunbartonshire.
“During the services we
asked God’s blessing on the
work of elected members and
officials and it was also an opportunity for the Council to
recognise the contribution of
the Christian community.”
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anthem of those who support
the constitutional right in the
United States to be able to
“keep and bear arms”.
Protected by the Second
Amendment of 1791, when
Britain had not relinquished
claim to the “Colonies” and
war was a very real threat –
as the war of 1812 would
soon prove.
It may, then, have made
sense, but, then, so did the
burning of witches (the last
witch to be executed in
Europe seems to have been
in 1792). To many citizens
here the Second Amendment
needs to be protected – even
if they themselves do not
exercise that right.
In the light of the horror of
the Aurora cinema shootings
I found myself wondering
why that was.
The American people have
a reverence and awe for their
Constitution: it is an almost
sacred text and changes to it
are not easily achieved. Of 27
amendments, two cancel
each other out (18,
prohibition and its repeal, 21)
and the most recent, passed
in 1992, took 203 years to
succeed. The fact that it
limits the power of Congress
to raise their own salaries
might help explain the delay.
The Columbia University
Law School points out that
when the Second
Amendment was passed,
guns were individually made
by a gunsmith; rifling was
pretty rudimentary and
accuracy was, literally, a hit
or a miss; they fired one shot
at a time; they had to be
loaded down the barrel and
they were fired by means of
a flintlock. They often did
damage to the one firing
them!
The right to free speech
(the First Amendment) is
famously shown to have
limits in the case of walking
into a crowded theatre and
shouting “Fire!” when there
is no fire. Does the Second
Amendment have limits too?
The right to bear arms
does not give anyone the
right to murder another
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person, but as one
commentator remarked, “it’s
not guns that kill people, it’s
people with guns who kill
people.”
Some have argued that all
that would have been needed
in that cinema that night was
a member of the audience to
have a gun and just shoot
the perpetrator.
In a dark cinema, with
smoke bombs making it
darker, men, women and
children panicked by the
horror, aiming for one
constitution and choose
whether or not to change it. I
am but a visitor to this
country, but I still wonder
whether the words of the
Second Amendment have for
many become more
important than the reason
the amendment was adopted.
In Canon Law, the judge is
to consider the mind of the
legislator when interpreting a
law: that is, to ask what does
the law try to achieve, why is
it there?
I wonder what the authors
Letter from
New York
BY MGR PETER SMITH
perpetrator when he has
hundreds of targets and does
not care which he hits?
The statistics are
frightening. In 2010 in the
USA, 600 people were
accidentally shot to death,
while 19,308 shot themselves
in successful suicide bids
(more than half of all
suicides). Two thirds of all
murders, 11,505 were carried
out using guns – 11 of the
victimes were infants. On top
of all that, there were a
further 73,505 people who
were shot, whether
accidentally (14,161) or on
purpose (the rest), but did
not die.
The proliferation of guns is
quite staggering. There are
even reports that sales have
gone up in the wake of the
Aurora killings.
In Vermont, for example,
you can legally buy a gun
when you are 16 but you
cannot get married without
parental consent until you
are 18. In the same state, you
cannot buy alcohol until you
are 21 and indeed no matter
what age you are you cannot
have two alcohol based
drinks on the table at the
same time.
It is for the American
people to judge their own
Monday 6th – Mass, St
Joseph’s, Helenburgh,
Centenary of church (7pm)
Saturday 11th – Mass, Poor
Clares, Bothwell (12 noon)
Tuesday 21st – Combat
Stress in Scotland lecture,
Napier University (12 noon)
of the Second Amendment
would have said if they had
been watching the news over
the weekend of 20-22 July?
It is not an irrelevant
question, but I wonder if it
will ever be asked by the
people who matter.
Neither President Obama
nor Mitt Romney, the
Repiblican candidate in
November’s elections, have
addressed it – too “hot” a
topic, we are told.
But the innocent victims of
an evil man would be better
served if someone brought it
up. To a visitor, the silence is
deafening.
■ It’s perhaps unwise to
make your new Archbishop a
post-script, but I’ve already
dropped him a note of
congratulations and I wanted
to reiterate that here.
I have been close enough
to two Archbishops to know
the scale of the task he has
been given.
In his introductory
statement, Archbishop
Tartaglia said he needed
God’s help for the task. I join
him in that prayer, and
promise him my help and
support, as I know that so
many others also do.
Saturday 25th –
Strathclyde Fire & Rescue
Service for 40th
anniversary of Kilbirnie St
fire, Glasgow Cathedral
(1pm)
Wednesday 29th – Church
leaders’ meeting, United
Reformed Church
FLOURISH • AUGUST 2012
LOURDES
The torchlight procession
through the grotto
9
St Margaret of Scotland youth group
act out the Stations of the Cross
Mary’s great supporting role in drama of salvation
ELEVEN years ago, my
parents visited Lourdes
whilst my father was recovering from serious
surgery.
They came back full of stories of this wonderful place
where people of every nationality and ethnicity gather in
torchlight procession to honour the Mother of God.
This year, I had the chance
to travel with my mother and
father on the Archdiocesan
Pilgrimage and share in the
wonder of Lourdes for the first
time.
Lourdes is a ‘spectacle’ of
faith, in the best sense of the
word. The place is charged
with drama.
Processions of pilgrims
move through Rosary Square
twice a day. At 5pm, a procession with the Blessed Sacrament takes place and, at 7pm,
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Lourdes
pilgrimage
pilgrims gather, singing “Ave
Maria” and praying the rosary
in many languages amidst
constellations of candle
flames that grow ever brighter
as darkness falls.
Lourdes is a feast for the
senses – candles, incense,
singing, colourful banners and
The family of Mary Immaculate Queen (Scotland)
invites you to celebrate the
ritual – but all this simply
points to the deeper mystery
of our faith.
Looking around Lourdes, it
is possible to appreciate the
drama of Catholicism in the
worship of the people.
One of the things that
caught my attention on the pil-
grimage was the St Margaret
of Scotland Youth Group
which led us in a very moving
meditation on the Stations of
the Cross, using drama, music
and narration.
It was effective and allowed
many of our fellow pilgrims
with mobility problems to follow the Way of the Cross
without having to make a
physical journey.
However, perhaps the most
dramatic thing of all is the
faith of the people who go to
Lourdes.
This was evident before we
had even left Glasgow Airport.
Due to some difficulties with
the aircraft, our flight was delayed by almost five hours.
There, I witnessed the miracle of Lourdes in the good will
and patience of the people,
particularly the nurses, the
hospitality and those caring
for the sick.
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Overall, there was a feeling
of “family”, and this grew
stronger as the pilgrimage
continued.
During that week, I came to
realise the beauty of Our
Lady’s call to Lourdes. In
Lourdes, we are at our best!
Everyone on the pilgrimage
was looking out for everyone
else.
The young people ministered to the elderly and infirm.
The clergy visited the sick and
celebrated the sacraments –
reconciliation, anointing and
the Eucharist. The tireless efforts of the nurses and hospitality were nothing short of
heroic.
Lourdes is a place of strength
in the midst of weakness. It is
also a place of healing.
Thousands of unexplained
cures have taken place at
Lourdes. There is healing for
all kinds of sickness, includ-
ing the spiritual and emotional.
In Lourdes, one sees the Pilgrim Church at its best.
In this sanctuary of prayer,
we come face to face with our
own vulnerability.
And, heeding Mary’s invitation to follow her in procession, to drink at the spring and
wash in it, we are refreshed
and renewed.
The Statue of the Crowned
Virgin faces a relief of the
Christ-child with open arms
on the facade of the great
basilica in the domain.
This is Mary’s mission – to
lead us always towards Jesus,
who waits for us in the Father’s House, with open arms.
I returned from Lourdes
with an even greater appreciation for our Blessed Mother
who plays the best supporting
role in the drama of our salvation.
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AUGUST 2012 • FLOURISH
LOURDES
Paddy with her gold medal
Honouring helpers of Glas
A REMARKABLE sequence of
65 years of pilgrimage to
Lourdes has been recognised
with the award of the gold
medal to Paddy Sherry.
Since first travelling to the Grotto
of St Bernadette with the Glasgow
Archdiocese in 1948, she hasn’t
missed a return visit each year.
And, at 92, she still spends the
week devoting her time and energy
to helping the sick and disabled as
part of the Glasgow Lourdes Hospitalite.
In recognition of her tremendous
dedication, Archbishop Mario
Conti presented Paddy with the
Hospitalite gold medal.
The only other Glasgow pilgrims
to attain such an accolade were the
late Dr John Fitzsimmons and his
wife Ellen.
A parishioner of St Peter’s,
Partick, Paddy set out on her first
pilgrimage while Europe was still
recovering from the Second World
War, during which she served with
the Red Cross.
This year’s pilgrimage took place
from 13 to 20 July, led by Archbishop Conti and director Fr Tom
White.
The shared spiritual theme for all
pilgrimages this year is With
Bernadette, Praying the Rosary.
And each diocesan group was
asked to present an image of Our
Lady to be placed in the St Pius X
Basilica.
Glasgow’s image was a simple
pen sketch of Our Lady Star of the
Sea. It was drawn by Archbishop
Conti when he was a student in
Rome and used on the prayer card
marking his ordination to the priesthood in 1958.
As this year marked his last pilgrimage as Archbishop of Glasgow,
Archbishop Conti chose to present
the Archdiocesan Medal to several
pilgrims who represent various
groups of people who contribute to
the success of the pilgrimage each
year.
These included Michael and
Mhairi Canning who
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is quite unique.
She is a convert to the Catholic
faith, and the annual pilgrimage is
great source of strength for her, giving the sense of being part of the
family of faith.
She has served in the Lourdes
Hospitalite for 12 years, has been
assistant and chief lady helper, and
provides support to the pilgrimage
organising committee.
Carol Picken works behind the
scenes as membership secretary of
the Lourdes Hospitalite.
In recent years, she has also
served as the safeguarding officer.
And although she received the
Archdiocesan Medal previously for
work in her local parish, the award
of another medal highlights the importance the Archbishop places on
safeguarding.
Alice Maley is one of Lourdes’
hardy annuals. She is representative
of the many well deserving families
who have committed themselves to
the Lourdes Hospitalite.
Not only has she served in the
Hospitalite for many years but has
introduced two generations of her
family to the pilgrimage, encouraging their involvement in the St Margaret of Scotland Youth Group and
Lourdes Hospitalite itself.
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Mungo boys star
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IT may not be unusual
to see six schoolmates
with a friendship lasting
over
several
decades.
But it must be unique for
them to get together and not
only produce a CD of music
but then put on a play about
their experiences.
That is what has happened to six former pupilsof
St Mungo’s Academy in
Glasgow who were classmates in the 1960s and decided to form a folk group
called Alain.
Michael (Big Mick)
Meighan, Mikk Rankin,
Taam Fleming, Pat Whitley,
Kevin Wyber and Paul McBeth all went to St Mungo’s
in 1962 and left in 1968.
While there was some
contact over the years, they
came together again in 2010
and decided to finish
a job that they started
in the early seventies
before their band fell apart
when they went their separate ways. The result was a
CD of their music.
“A few hours into meeting up, it was as if we had
never split up. The years
just rolled away,” said Pat.
From there, Kevin came
up with the idea of putting
on a play at the Edinburgh
fringe. A bit ambitious, but
why not for six successful
lads who had had careers in
business and education and
were still keen to be productive in their semi-retirement.
The result is The Mungo
Boys, a humorous look at
the journey of the six young
pupils through life, taking
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“We realised that our
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been able to make contact
with many old ‘Mungo
Boys’ who have committed
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Byrnes’ album tribute to dad
AFTER their successful
Crossing Borders albums, the Byrnes have
now brought out a live
album, Beyond the Valley, based on concerts
performed in Belgium
and Luxembourg.
The members of the
group include Patrick,
Michel and Anne-Marie
Byrne who were brought up
in Glasgow by their French
mother, Jeannette, and Scottish-Irish father, Sean.
They started singing together at an early age and
frequently gave concerts of Scottish,
French and Irish music
in and around Glasgow.
Now spread in various parts of Europe,
they see less of each
other, but come together now and again
to sing and play
music.
The new album is
dedicated to their father who died two
years ago.
“Dad came from Coat-
bridge, lived for most of his
life in Glasgow and spent
his last years in Airdrie,
where he was a parishioner
of St Margaret’s,” said
Patrick.
“A few days after his funeral we were on stage together in Luxembourg in
what turned out to be quite
an emotional and unforgettable occasion. Some of the
tracks in this new album are
taken from that concert.
All proceeds from alnum
sales will go to the Institute
for Healing of Memories, in
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VOCATION
AS a student and aspiring primary school
teacher, the educational
philosophy of St John
Bosco is a source of
great inspiration to me.
Underpinned by his principles of reason, religion and
kindness, his pioneering approach to education combined
authority with liberty, discipline with friendliness and affection with respect.
He dedicated his life to educating street children, orphans
and other marginalised children and his enduring legacy
can be found today in the tireless work of the Salesians
worldwide.
Manzini Youth Care in
Swaziland is just one example
of a Salesian run project that
aims to continue Don Bosco’s
work in its churches, schools,
orphanages, youth schemes
and hospices.
Founded some 30 years ago
by Fr Larry McDonnell, it was
here that I had the privilege of
working in Enjabulweni Primary School, a non-fee paying
school established for the
street children and many other
disadvantaged youths of
Swaziland.
Reality
Swaziland is a country of
beautiful landscapes blighted
with marked poverty. Eightyfive per cent of its population
live below the poverty line and
6TH AUGUST 2012, 2.00 P.M.
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not only your mind and your hands teaching you to dedicate your love in the
school of the Eucharistic Jesus.
This can become the stimulus for ever-present evangelisation, as in the Heart of
Christ the heart of man learns –
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to know the true and only meaning of life and his destiny,
to comprehend the value of an authentically Christian life,
to safeguard himself from certain perversions of the heart,
to unite filial love of God with love of his neighbour.
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dearest Don Gianmario, apostle of the Sacred Heart and lover of the EUCHARIST .
✝ VINCENZO PELVI
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Winning a Magnus Magnusson/
Catholic Bishops’ Conference Award
from Caledonian University allowed
KATIE McLEAN to travel to
Swaziland in Africa where she
spent three weeks volunteering as a
teaching assistant with the
Salesians of Don Bosco. Here she
reflects on a powerful experience
it has the highest HIV/AIDS
rate in the world at a staggering 48 per cent.
There are approximately
50,000 parentless children in
the country and a further
50,000 young people at risk.
Consequently, the humanitarian work of the Salesians is
of critical importance.
With this in mind, not surprisingly, I approached my
journey to Swaziland with
some apprehension. Would I
prove a worthy volunteer and
could I really make a notable
impact?
My apprehensions were instantly forgotten however
when on my first day, I was introduced to 12 beautiful preschool
children
who
approached me with infectious smiles and curious faces.
Within minutes they were
holding my hands, demanding
cuddles and dragging me off
to play.
Despite obvious signs of
poverty and a classroom that
was woefully under-equipped,
I realised I was experiencing
their reality and I had to engage with it accordingly.
It would have been wrong
of me to approach the children
with any semblance of pity
and it was clear that they were
cared for, in their school environment at least.
Resources
As well as religious and academic education, the Enjabulweni school provides a daily
hot meal, which for most children constitutes their only
meal of the day.
Many pupils wear the uniform provided which, often
worn and ill-fitting, is likely to
be the only clothing they have.
In the winter mornings, it provides little protection from the
cold and the immediate needs
of these children were obvious.
Thanks to the generous
sponsorship of the Scottish
Bishops pro-life fund, I was
able to provide some resources including food and
classroom materials and be-
fore long I was also introducing activities brought with me
from the UK.
What became apparent was
that the pre-school teachers
needed knowledge as well as
resources, in order to engage
the children in a greater variety of ways. Curricular activities lacked educational content
and direction, something that
the pre-school leader Sonto,
openly recognised. And as my
own knowledge of teaching
grows stronger, this is something I have promised to return to help her with.
Emotional
After my fourth day at
school, I had what my friend,
Fr Martin McCormack, referred to as my ‘Africa moment.’
That day a new child had
strolled into the classroom.
Much taller than the other
children and very poorly
dressed. It was evident that he
was a street child from the
poorest of circumstances.
Suddenly he approached me
and threw his arms around me.
Affection costs nothing and
these children need it in
droves.
The boy’s name was Mongi
and he was aged nine. He had
been found begging on the
streets by the Salesians, some
months earlier, and now
attended the pre-school.
My
immediate
thought was that I
needed to rescue
Mongi, right, from his
desperate situation.
But at that same
moment I realised,
when faced with
so
many
children
in
need, that I
couldn’t save
them all.
This realisation was
to mark the
pivotal
point of
my emotional
journey,
which in a matter of days had
gone from elation to despondency.
However with the help of
wise counsel, I very quickly
found acceptance and a pragmatic determination that remains with me now, as I make
plans to return next year.
As Fr Martin succinctly
stated: “You can’t change it.
So pick yourself up and do
your best while you’re here
and remember that many
small differences eventually
create large ones.”
These were wise words indeed from a very dedicated
mission priest, and so that is
exactly what I set out to do.
Determination
With a renewed determination, for the rest of my stay I
worked with the pupils in the
Sandrini Centre. Children here
are aged ten and over but lack
any previous education due to
poverty, and teachers work
hard to prepare them for mainstream schooling.
Lessons are intensive and
there is limited scope for ‘fun’
activities. However, the new,
determined me had plans to
change that.
Mr Chagonda, the class
teacher, was slightly bemused
when I delivered my ‘Bingo
Maths’ lesson. He indulged
me, nonetheless, and the
pupils embraced it.
And when I explained that
I wanted
t
o
learn
more
about
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chil-
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With Mr Chagonda and the street kids
JERICHO
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dren and their communities
through art, he kindly left me
to it.
As I distributed drawing
packs and paper to the pupils,
I was met with the same incredulous question – “Teach,
are these really mine to keep?”
I was overcome by the gratitude that the children expressed and I have never seen
a classroom so engaged as the
children drew their communities, enthusiastically discussing their drawings with
me.
Now, I have some beautifully drawn pictures as well as
cultural knowledge that I can
share with my future pupils in
Scotland.
Even more encouraging was
the email from Mr Chagonda
which greeted me when I arrived home. He wrote: “I have
distributed the books you sent
to the children who won the
Bingo games that we always
play, and they like very
much.”
From the photos that he also
sent, I am pleased to report
that the children are still hap-
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What the Salesians have
achieved in Manzini is truly
incredible. They form the nucleus of this impoverished but
welcoming community and it
is difficult to imagine what life
would be like for the children
that I grew so fond of, were it
not for the work that they do.
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There is much yet to be
done in Manzini but already
its Salesian High School ranks
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Tellingly, former street children, educated and cared for
by the Salesians, are returning
to contribute to the work of
Manzini Youth Care.
One shining example is
Thembela, the music teacher
at Enjabulweni.
The former street child is
now university educated and
has returned to teach and inspire a new generation of children as he was once inspired.
It is in such success stories
that the legacy of Don Bosco
undoubtedly lives on.
Is God calling you
?
to a life of silence and solitude
within a community of fellow seekers?
The Cistercian monks at Nunraw Abbey
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With them you can praise God
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Poor Clares’ 800
CELEBRATIONS marking the
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founding of the Poor Clares
climax this month with the
Feast of St Clare of Assisi on
11 August.
Joining in the festivities
will be the dozen nuns who
make up the Poor Clare
monastery in Bothwell.
Cardinal Keith O’Brien and
Bishop Joseph Devine will
join them for Mass in nearby
St Bride’s church in
thanksgiving to God for 800
years of religious life.
Sister Angela, the Abbess
of the Bothwell community,
said: “This is a wonderful
celebration of the response
that thousands of women,
starting with St Clare, have
given to God over the last
800 years.”
There are more than
20,000 Poor Clares in over 70
countries. The Bothwell
community was founded in
1952, originally based in
Blantyre and moving to its
present home in 1973.
Today, the sisters –
including the oldest aged 94
– spend much time in prayer,
centred round the Eucharist,
and the recitation of the
Divine Office.
“The life of prayer of the
Poor Clares is never out of
date,” said Sr Angela. The
whole world is always in
great need of prayer and we
are so grateful to God for
calling us to this way of life.”
In the run up to the Feast
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THE Sisters of St Joseph of
Cluny have bid farewell to
Glasgow after serving
within the archdiocese
since 1945.
In recent years, they
were based in St Anne’s,
Dennistoun, before moving
to St Bernard’s, Nitshill, in
2007.
Archbishop Mario Conti
joined the parish
community of St Bernard’s
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at Mass on Sunday 8 July
and thanked the Sisters for
“being among the people”
and bearing witness to
Christ in the simplicty of
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The Sisters who were
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Sr Laurentia Carroll OP, who took up a new
ministry at Rosary Priory, Hertfordshire, earlier
this year, led the group. She reflected on all they
have learned and gained, and looked ahead to the
work of catechesis which they are about to
begin.
The day was crowned with Mass, celebrated
by Fr Tom Kilbride of the RE Department, with
members of the teaching and management team
joining the course participants.
The twelve who have completed the course
will receive the Award in Catholic Theological
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Champion of justice
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FATHER Robert Bradley,
who died aged 89 on
Monday 16 July, was
hailed as one of the most
influential priests of recent generations within
the Archdiocese of Glasgow.
Born in Bishopbriggs on 13
August 1923, he was baptised
in St Aloysius’, Springburn.
When the family moved to
Dennistoun, he attended St
Thomas’ Primary, Riddrie, before being awarded a bursary
to St Aloysius’ College.
He studied philosophy in
Blairs and theology in Bearsden and Mill Hill, London, before being sent to Rome after
World War II to acquire a doctorate in theology.
Along with the four other
Glasgow students and two Jesuits, he was ordained priest
by Archbishop Campbell on
12 September 1947 in St
Aloysius, Garnethill.
In 1950 he was appointed to
St Eunan’s, Clydebank, a new
parish where the church was
just being built and Mass was
celebrated in a school hall. He
arrived as a Catholic Workers
Guild was being launched,
and became its chaplain. It
gave him an insight into working life, especially in Singers’
sewing machine factory and
John Brown’s shipyard.
He encouraged a fledgling
Young Christian Workers
group to help provide alternative Christian leadership on
the shop floor, in a period
when communist thinking
dominated.
In 1960, Fr Bradley was
sent to St Peter’s College,
Cardross, to teach theology
and ethics. On arrival, one colleague told him he had better
put on some weight because
he was “so gaunt he would
frighten the students”. A man
of intellectual substance, he
beamed when a former student later told him how he had
taught him to think!
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spirtual director. He described
him as a man of deep personal
faith and goodness, who was
“meticulous and demanding,
and at the same time encouraging and sensitive”.
Appointed to Holy Family
and St Ninian’s, Kirkintilloch,
in 1967, he enjoyed ministry
in the secondary school and
working with family and
workers’ groups. Catholics
had just become full members
of a local Council of
Churches, and Fr Bob was
soon on its executive. In every
parish where he later served,
he would contact the ministers
and invite them to discuss
working together.
After brief stays in St Vincent’s, Thornliebank, and St
Luke’s in the Gorbals, he was
appointed parish priest of
Good Shepherd, Dalbeth. Unfortunately, he came back
from holiday in 1974 to find
part of the church ceiling lying
on the floor. The building was
riddled with dry rot and, with
repairs ruled out, the parish
closed and Fr Bradley was
moved to St Stephen’s,
Sighthill.
It was while in Sighthill that
he was introduced to the
Movement for a Better World
and invited them to lead a retreat in the parish. They were
offering a ‘New Image of the
Parish’ to involve every
parishioner and renew every
aspect of parish life. Archbishop Winning encouraged
its promotion but decided to
move Fr Bradley to the larger
parish of Our Lady and St
George’s, Penilee, to try it
there.
The renewal programme
aimed to create a network of
small street-based communities across the parish, so that
all could experience what it
means to be the Church in
their neighbourhood and support one another in witnessing
to Christ.
Intrigued by what he saw
happening, Archbishop Winning invited Better World
movement to facilitate something similar for the whole
diocese. This was the start of
the renewal programme.
Brother Bede McCabe, who
spent his retirement in
Glasgow as a volunteer with
SCIAF, died in June at the age
of 85.
A former headteacher of St
John’s RC High in Dundee, he
was in charge of the school
for 26 years and had to guide
staff and pupils through the
traumatic aftermath of a
classroom siege that left
pregnant teacher Nanette
Hanson dead and some of her
pupils hurt.
Brother Bede was born in
Jarrow, which was home to
the Venerable Bede, and was
educated at St Bede's, a
school run by the Marist
Order. The influence and the
example of the Marist
Brothers encouraged him to
consider his vocation in
religious life.
He spent 14 years at Holy
Rosary school in Birmingham
before moving to Dundee in
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moving to Nazareth House six
years later. From there he
often celebrated Mass in St
Leo’s, Dumbreck, or for the
Franciscan Minoresses in
Govan, while keeping up his
reading and research and continuing to prod others into action by probing questions,
emails or letters.
Only in his last 18 months
did illness reduce him to a less
active apostolate, when staff
and Sisters looked after him
with exceptional care and affection.
He often quoted Dietrich
Bonhoeffer: “Tomorrow may
be the day of judgement. If it
is, we shall gladly give up
working to bring about God’s
reign in the world, but not before.”
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Around this time, Fr Bradley
played a key role in developing
awareness of Justice and Peace
within the Church and became
the first chairman of the national commission in 1979. He
was chairman of the archdiocesan Council of Priests and first
chairman of the National Conference of Priests and Deacons.
In his personal life, Fr
Bradley was exceptionally
frugal. He was loathe ever to
spend anything on himself.
On retirement in 1998, he
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After retiring in 1992, he
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Jerusalem before moving to
the Marist Novitiate in
Cameroon.
When he came back from
Africa, he based himself in
the Marist House in Partick
and was involved in the
charismatic renewal.
He began volunteering with
SCIAF in 1995, and was still a
regular presence in the office
until a few months before his
death. His contribution
behind the scenes was
invaluable, helping with
administrative tasks,
especially at busy times
such as Lent or during
emergency appeals.
His funeral Mass at St
Peter’s, Partick, was
celebrated by Archbishop
Mario Conti who was joined
by Bishop Vincent Logan of
Dunkeld.
Brother Brendan Geary,
the Marist provincial,
recalled how, in the 1970s, a
postcard had arrived in the
postal sorting office at
Dundee, addressed simply to
“St Bede”.
The fact that it was
instantly known to be for Br
Bede confirmed two things
about him – he was an
institution in Dundee public
life and he was known as a
holy man. A man of strong
mind and a gentle heart, the
pursuit of holiness was the
hallmark of his life.
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AUGUST 2012 • FLOURISH
SCRIPTURE
Riches of Eucharist teaching explored in John’s Gospel
THE Bread of Life discourse in the sixth chapter of the Gospel of John
contains some of the
most profound and important teaching we find
in any of the four
gospels.
It is where we find the
greatest and deepest Eucharistic teaching in the entire New
Testament.
This month, all of the Sunday gospel passages are from
the discourse. The riches are
so great that it is worth making every effort to discover the
treasures they contain.
5 August
18th Ordinary Sunday (B)
John 6:24-35
12 August
19th Ordinary Sunday (B)
John 6:41-51
Having proclaimed that he
was the One whom the Father
had sent, the crowd are now
complaining that they know
who Jesus is: “Son of Joseph:
we know his father and
mother; how can he say ‘I
have come down from
heaven’?”.
This is the heart of the problem throughout this gospel;
people think they know who
Jesus is, but are mistaken because they have not understood his signs. Jesus replies
that no one can come to him
unless first drawn by the Father who sent him. Those who
believe in Jesus will be raised
up by him on the last day. He
continues: no one has seen the
Father except the one who
comes from God.
Jesus had already said that
no one had ever gone up to
heaven, but the Son of Man
has come down from heaven.
Returning to the Bread of Life
theme, he says that those who
had eaten manna in the past
are all dead: those who eat the
Living Bread which has come
down from heaven (Jesus himself, that is), will live for ever,
because his flesh is the bread
which he will give, and it will
be given for the life of the
world.
15 August
Solemnity of the
Assumption
Luke 11:27-28 (Vigil); Luke
1:39-56 (Day)
In the gospel for the vigil, a
woman from the crowd shouts
to Jesus “Happy the womb
that bore you and the breasts
you sucked”. Jesus replies:
“still happier those who hear
the word of God and keep it”.
Of course, Jesus does not exclude his mother from that category: at the beginning of this
gospel we hear that Mary
treasured the things she had
heard (the word of God?) and
pondered them in her heart.
In the gospel for the Day
Mass, Elizabeth acknowledges
Mary as the Mother of her
Lord. Both gospels highlight
the central idea of this feast:
the honour which is due to
Mary as the one who gave the
perfect example of what it is to
be a disciple: one who hears
the word of God, accepts it and
puts it into practice.
19 August
20th Ordinary Sunday (B)
John 6:51-58
Jesus’ Eucharistic language
becomes ever more explicit.
He repeats that he is the living
bread which has come down
from heaven, and that anyone
who eats this bread will live
forever.
There was an ancient Jewish
belief that people were nourished by the Torah, the Law
which God gave to Moses.
Jesus clearly builds on this
idea, and we are reminded that
this gospel opened with the
beautiful poem about the
Word of God, who was with
God from the beginning, and
was made flesh and who dwelt
among us.
Soon, however, it becomes
clear that he is talking about
literal eating, and not just
some figure of speech. He insists his flesh is real food, and
his blood is real drink; whoever eats me will draw life
from me. In translation, this is
explicit enough; in the original
Greek, the word used means
‘chew’.
So the connection between
Jesus and those who would be
united with him through Eucharist is as close as to mean
that we must be filled with
Christ as we would be filled
with food!
26 August
21st Ordinary Sunday (B)
John 6:60-69
CANON ROBERT HILL
Now, it is Jesus’ own disciples
who are in conflict with him.
This happens as a result of
his claim that to have eternal
life people must eat his flesh
and drink his blood. The disciples maintain that this is intolerable language, and refuse
to believe that anyone could
accept it. Jesus refuses to
change his manner of expression: the words he has spoken
are spirit and they are life.
Jesus knows full well that
there are some who do not believe, and he reiterates his earlier statement that no one can
come to him unless the Father
allows it. As a result, many of
his disciples left him.
Jesus finally turns to the
Twelve, and asks them if they
want to go as well. Peter, as
usual taking on the role of
spokesperson for the Twelve,
makes a very profound profession of faith, “Lord, who shall
we go to? You have the message of eternal life, and we believe; we know that you are
the Holy One of God”.
In saying this, Peter acknowledges what we have already been told by Jesus – that
he is the Word of God made
flesh and he is the Holy One
whom the Father has sent!
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The background to this passage is the feeding of the
5000.
The people whom Jesus had
fed are now looking for him
and his disciples. Jesus realises that their interest in him
has nothing to do with the fact
that the miracle (or ‘sign’, as
it is called in this gospel), but
is entirely due to them having
received all the bread they
could eat!
Jesus now uses the opportunity to tell them: “do not work
for the food that cannot last,
but work for food that endures
to eternal life”.
he crowd are now interested, and want to know what
they must do if they are to do
the work that God wants. The
answer is simple: they must
believe in the one God has
sent, i.e. Jesus.
This is a recurrent theme in
this gospel: Jesus is the one
whom the Father has sent into
this world.
The crowd want some evidence, a sign, even though
they have just witnessed the
eloquent sign of the 5000
being fed); after all, Moses
gave their ancestors manna
from heaven.
Jesus corrects them, and
says that it was his Father, and
not Moses, who was the originator of the manna.
Jesus, on the other hand, is
the bread of life: whoever
comes to him will never be
hungry, whoever believes in
him will never be thirsty.
By accepting this teaching,
we are trully satisfied – filled
up.
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St Conval’s gold
PARISHIONERS of St Conval’s, Pollok, showed
their appreciation for
parish priest Fr William
McGinley as he celebrated his golden jubilee
of ordination on 29 June.
Toddlers pack
treat for Mary’s Meals
LITTLE children at Christ
the King mothers and
toddlers group in King’s
Park are learning the art
of giving from an early
age.
Just before the summer holidays, they had great fun filling little backpacks with all
sorts of treats for other children supported by Mary’s
Meals.
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Brother Philip McGee made
his first vows as a Marist
Brother on Saturday 30 June
in St Simon’s church,
Partick.
Brother Brendan Geary,
the Provincial for West
Central Europe and fellow
Glaswegian, received
Philip’s vows, before all the
assembled brothers
renewed their vows
together.
The service was both
solemn and joyful. In a short
reflection, Br Stephen Smyth
described joining a religious
order today as a “brave
decision” on the part of both
the applicant and of the
community.
Brother Philip spent 18
months at the Marist
novitiate in the USA
experiencing the life of a
brother. During that time he
also travelled to Columbia
and Ireland spending time
with brothers and fellow
novices.
Brother Rob Clark, the
novice master for the US
province, travelled to
Glasgow for the profession
ceremony.
This will be
used each day to provide thousands of children
around the world with a meal
of healthy porridge to sustain
them as they attend school.
The mothers and toddlers
group meets in the morning in
Christ the King parish hall.
Lorraine Laughlin said:
“Mary’s Meals encourages
those who have enough, to
give to those without. We appreciate how fortunate we are,
and it is lovely that our children experience the joy of
helping others from an early
age.”
Family, friends and priest
colleagues came together for a
Mass of Thanksgiving for the
gift of priesthood.
And as expression of their
gratitude for his years of ministry among them, the parishioners made their own
presentation of gifts.
Young parishioners Ross
Docherty and Niamh Goodall
were on hand with a Papal
blessing and laptop computer,
while Drew Garry and
Kayleigh Lang represented
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the pupils of St Marnock’s primary.
Rena McVey, parish organist and secretary, and Joe Murphy were part of the jubilee
committe who managed to
keep their fundraising activities secret from an unsuspecting parish priest.
Fr McGinley said: “It’s a
long time since I’ve felt so
nervous, but I loved the fact
that so many were at the Mass.
I felt a great glow of peace,
warmth and prayerfulness,
and appreciate so much all the
work that went into the celebration.”
Among the priest concelebrating the Mass was fellow
golden jubilarian Fr Colman
McGrath, who has retired
from parish ministry.
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Altar server Craig makes Paralympic goal
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EXTENSIVE renovation works at St
Joseph’s in Milngavie have been
completed with the repair of
plasterwork and repainting of the
inside of the church.
Last year, the building was reroofed, stonework repointed and
windows repaired over a six-month
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During the repainting work,
weekday Masses were celebrated in
the hall, with a band of cleaners on
hand to prepare the church for use
each weekend.
Fr Patrick Currie, who took over as
parish priest of St Joseph’s, just after
the initial phase of work was
completed, thanked the parishioners
for their support, cooperation and
patience.
He said: “No other internal
alterations to the church will be
made until funds allow, and not
before further consultations on
parishioners’ views have been
sought.”
WITH Olympic fever sweeping the country, a young
parishioner of St Laurence’s,
Drumchapel, is still in training for his part in London
2012.
Craig Connell is a member of
the Great Britain Paralympic football team and will take to the pitch
at the Riverbank Arena on 1 September.
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the USA.
“I am really looking forward to
taking part in the competition and
being part of the whole Paralympic experience,” said the 23
year-old team GB goalkeeper.
“It is a great honour to be
picked. I just want to do the best I
can and hopefully we can do ourselves proud.”
The seven-a-side competition is
open to players with cerebral
palsy or who are recovering from
strokes or head injuries.
Craig, who is an altar server at
St Laurence’s, has lived with cerebral palsy all his life.
“I’ve never allowed my disability to get in the way of doing
things,” he said. “My attitude is to
get on with life and make the most
of any opportunities that come
along.
“Playing football and working
out in the gym has strengthened
the muscles and improved my coordination.”
One person particularly delighted at Craig’s success is his
former headteacher at St Joan of
Arc school in Lambhill, Marie
McCusker.
She said: “Craig was always one
of our best pupils. He had a real
Craig in action for Scotland during 2010 European competition
can-do attitude. I’m delighted but
not surprised that he has made it
into the Paralympic team.”
Since first getting involved in
cerebral palsy football six years
ago, Craig has become a fixture in
the Scotland team. He has taken
part in European competitions –
including in Glasgow in 2010 –
and World championships – Brazil
2007 and Holland last year.
Combined with his participation
as part of the Archdiocese of Glasgow at the last three World Youth
Days in Cologne, Sydney and
Madrid, he has clocked up the
miles.
On these trips, he has shared his
passion for photography, capturing
key moments, with his pictures
featuring in Flourish.
In all his endeavours, Craig has
enjoyed the support of his family
and work colleagues with City
Building Glasgow.
He will have a whole nation behind him as he takes the field at the
Riverbank Arena next month.
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