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                                 FEBRUARY 2013                                   JOURNAL OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF GLASGOW                                                                            70p

Adopting common sense                                                                                 TRUSTEES       of      St            to restrict their services in ac-

                                                                                                      Margaret’s Children and              cordance with their constitu-
                                                                                                                                           tion, Mr Addison said OSCR
                                                                                                      Family Care Society have             had failed to demonstrate how
                                                                                                      sought legal advice after            St Margaret’s preferred crite-
                                                                                                      charity watchdogs ac-                ria for operating contravened
                                                                                                      cused it of discriminat-             the law.
                                                                                                      ing against same sex                    “By its decision, OSCR has
                                                                                                                                           in effect subverted the clear
                                                                                                      partners.                            intentions of Parliament,” he
                                                                                                         It followed a complaint by        added.
                                                                                                      the National Secular Society            The loss of charitable status
                                                                                                      claiming the Glasgow-based           could result in St Margaret’s        I   Maureen’s
                                                                                                      adoption agency’s preference         Children and Family Care
                                                                                                      for placing vulnerable chil-         Society ceasing to operate               music
                                                                                                      dren with married couples was        after almost 60 years of good                         Page 9
                                                                                                      a breach of the Equality Act.        work on behalf of children and
                                                                                                         They accused St Margaret’s        their adoptive parents.
                                                                                                      – which operates in accor-              A couple, who have been
                                                                                                      dance with the teachings of          assessed for adoption through        CHAPLAINCY
                                                                                                      the Catholic Church – of “sec-       the society, urged that com-
                                                                                                      tarian discrimination”.              mon sense prevail.
                                                                                                         Although no hard evidence            They said: “St Margaret’s
                                                                                                      of actual discrimination was         does a fantastic job of placing
                                                                                                      presented, the Office of the         children who have experi-
                                                                                                      Scottish Charity Regulator           enced significant trauma early
                                                                                                      (OSCR) upheld the complaint          in life and provide post-adop-
                                                                                                      saying that St Margaret’s            tion support for the families
                                                                                                      “places undue restriction on         into which they come.
                                                                                                      access to the benefit that it pro-      “Its belief that several years

                                                        Catholic                                      vides, and so fails the charity
                                                                                                         The finding was criticised
                                                                                                                                           of marriage instils a greater
                                                                                                                                           sense of permanence to chil-
                                                                                                                                           dren is based on research
                                                        Education                                     by Neil Addison, national di-
                                                                                                      rector of the Thomas More
                                                                                                                                           rather than ideology.”
                                                                                                                                              The board of trustees of St

                                                        Week special –                                Legal Centre, who described
                                                                                                      the threat to remove St
                                                                                                      Margaret’s charitable status as
                                                                                                                                           Margaret’s, which is chaired
                                                                                                                                           by Fr Thomas White, has kept
                                                                                                                                           its counsel since the regula-        I   Fr Connell’s
St Andrew’s Secondary, Carntyne, is
celebrating excellent school report                     pages 10–15                                   “a disgraceful abuse of regula-
                                                                                                      tory power”.
                                                                                                                                           tor’s judgement was issued on
                                                                                                                                           22 January. It is understood,
                                                                                                                                                                                    double shift
Picture by Paul McSherry                                                                                 Pointing out that the             however, that they will ask for                    Page 16
                                                                                                      Equality Act permits charities       the decision to be reviewed.

Backing campaign to keep Catholic school in Milngavie
THE Archdiocese of Glasgow is            for the Church that there might no      of claims of “improved educational         school rolls have resulted in 37 per       for merger was clearer in this
backing a community-wide campaign        longer be a Catholic school in          benefits” coming from a merger with        cent of primary places going unfilled.     instance.
to save St Joseph’s Primary school in    Milngavie. We would consider that a     St Andrew’s. They also expressed           In all, up to a third of the area’s 36        “What is being proposed is a new
Milngavie.                               great loss for the whole community,     serious doubts that a “potential new       primary schools could shut.                build school in an area of
   In a submission to East               and urge the council to keep St         build” would ever see the light of            The only other Catholic school          Kirkintilloch which is in much need
Dunbartonshire Council’s                 Joseph’s Primary open.” The council     day.                                       earmarked for closure is St Agatha’s       of regeneration,” the Archdiocese’s
consultation on primary school           has proposed amalgamating St               Lauren McIntyre, chair of St            Primary which the council proposes         spokesman said.
provision, the Church has argued that    Joseph’s with St Andrew’s Primary in    Joseph’s parent council, said: “The        merging with nearby St Flannan’s              “The benefits that will accrue to
the loss of St Joseph’s will severely    Bearsden, on its Duntocher Road site.   Catholic community is an integral          Primary in Kirkintilloch. At present,      the wider Catholic community in this
restrict children’s access to a             Parents from St Joseph’s have        part of Milngavie and we want a            St Agatha’s has a role of 85 pupils.       part of the town are substantial and
Catholic education.                      voiced a number of concerns about       Catholic school to remain in the heart        Although some parents and pupils        worth pursuing.”
   A spokesman for the Archdiocese       the proposal, including “lack of        of the Milngavie community.”               have protested against the closure,           The closing date for responses to
said: “It is a matter of grave concern   options” and the speculative nature        The local authority says falling        the Church accepts that the rationale      the consultation is 4 February.

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                              New Passionist parish priest Fr John Craven with Archbishop
                              Tartaglia and young parishioners of St Mungo’s


Friday 1st – Mass in St
Patrick’s, Dumbarton, for
40th anniversary of school
Saturday 2nd – Mass for
Feast of the Presentation,
St Andrew’s Cathedral
with Religious serving in
the Archdiocese (10am)
Sunday 3rd – Choral
Mass in Glasgow
University Memorial
Chapel (6pm)
Friday 8th – Mass in
Lourdes Secondary School,                                                                                                          Mgr Paul Conroy at Sacred Heart, Bridgeton
Cardonald (11am)                                                                                                                   Pictures by Paul McSherry
Sunday 10th – White
Mass for Health Care

                             Support your priests with affection
workers, St Andrew’s
Cathedral (12 noon)
Monday 11th – Mass for
World Day of the Sick,
Immaculate Conception,
Maryhill (7pm)               THE formal presentation            By Maria Gilmore                 you and for the parish with the    alongside     Fr     Dermot        Canon Robert Hill as the new
Tuesday 12th – Launch of     of two new parish priests                                           heart of Jesus the Good            Gallagher CP, the superior of      parish priest of St Matthew’s,
SCIAF’s Lenten Campaign                                       community in Glasgow from          Shepherd. He has also to gov-      the nine-strong Passionist         Bishopbriggs, with Fr John
                             in the Archdiocese of            the parish of Holy Cross in the    ern and administer the parish      community in Glasgow.              Keenan taking his place at St
(10.45am)                    Glasgow took place just          Ardoyne area of Belfast.           wisely, and to safeguard its         Just before Christmas,           Patrick’s, Anderston, while
Wednesday 13th –             before     and      after           On each occasion, the           property and assets.”              Archbishop Tartaglia an-           continuing as chaplain to
Launch of Lentfest 2013,     Christmas.                       Archbishop witnessed the             The Archbishop com-              nounced the appointment of         Glasgow University.
Eyre Hall (11am); Mass                                        priests’ profession of faith and   mended Mgr Conroy and Fr
and distribution of ashes,     Presiding at Mass in Sacred    renewal of commitment to ful-      Craven to the prayers of their
St Andrew’s Cathedral        Heart, Bridgeton, on the         filling their ministry.            parishioners and asked them
Sunday 17th – Rite of
Election, St Andrew’s
                             Fourth Sunday of Advent,
                             Archbishop Philip Tartaglia
                             presented Mgr Paul Conroy to
                                                                 Addressing parishioners,
                                                              Archbishop Tartaglia said:
                                                              “The parish priest stands be-
                                                                                                 to support their priests with
                                                                                                 encouragement and affection.
                                                                                                   Mgr Conroy is Vicar
                                                                                                                                      Deaths of veteran
Cathedral (3pm)
Monday 18th – Lenten
retreat for Primary
headteachers (1.30pm)
                             parishioners as their parish
                               And celebrating Mass for
                             the Feast of St Mungo at St
                                                              fore you and with you in the
                                                              name and in the person of
                                                              Jesus as your shepherd.
                                                                 “He has the sacred duties of
                                                                                                 General of the Archdiocese
                                                                                                 and moved to Sacred Heart
                                                                                                 after serving as general secre-
                                                                                                 tary of the Scottish Bishops’
                                                                                                                                      Glasgow priests
                             Mungo’s, Townhead, the           proclaiming and preaching the      Conference.
Thursday 21st – Mass at
St Vincent’s Primary,
                             Archbishop formally wel-         Word of God, of celebrating          Fr Craven has succeeded Fr          TWO      long-serving              “He was always a great
                             comed Fr John Craven CP          the Sacraments, especially the     James Berry CP who contin-            priests of the Arch-            friend and advocate of St
Thornliebank (1.30pm)        who has joined the Passionist    Eucharist, and for caring for      ues to serve at St Mungo’s                                            Margaret’s Hospice and its
Sunday 24th – Mass at St                                                                                                               diocese of Glasgow,             work, and it is a providence
Jude and St John Ogilvie,                                                                                                              Mgr James McShane               that he lived there during
Barlanark (11am);                                                                                                                      and Fr Dan Friel died in
                             Polish Cardinal remembered
                                                                                                                                                                       his retirement and that he
Ecumenical Service for                                                                                                                 recent weeks.                   died there.”
Glasgow Old People’s                                                                                                                                                      Of Fr Friel, who taught
Welfare Association,                                                                                                                      Between them, the de-        him as a student in Blairs
Glasgow Cathedral (2pm)      CARDINAL Jozef Glemp,                                                                                     voted duo had given over        and worked with him for a
                                                                                                                                       125 years of service to the     couple of years in St
                             the spiritual leader of                                                                                   Church as priests. And even     Patrick’s, the Archbishop
                             Poland’s Catholics for 25
                                                                                                                                       though they had retired         paid fulsome tribute: “As a
                             years, who helped steer                                                                                   from full-time parish min-      priest, he was sure of his

                             the nation through the                                                                                    istry, both continued to as-    identity, happy in his own
                             transition from Commun-                                                                                   sist in the communities         skin.”
                                                                                                                                       where they had made their          He added: “It was that
adoration                    ism to democracy has                                                                                      home – Mgr McShane at St        settled priestly identity and
                             died at the age of 83.                                                                                    Margaret’s, Clydebank, and      spirituality which allowed
                               The Archbishop Emeritus                                                                                 Fr Friel in St Patrick’s,       Fr Dan to navigate a com-
                             of Warsaw claimed descent on                                                                              Dumbarton.                      plicated period in the recent
Sunday 3 February
                             his mother’s side from the                                                                                   Archbishop          Philip   history of the Catholic
St Mungo, Turnbull Hall      once large Scottish commu-                                                                                Tartaglia was the principal     Church with a minimum of
Sunday 10                    nity in Poland.                                                                                           celebrant at both Funeral       disruption to his priestly
                               When he made a visit to                                                                                 Masses which were at-           life and ministry.”
Sacred Heart, Bridgeton      Glasgow in 1985, he was wel-                                                                              tended by a good number of         Glasgow-born mission-
St Aloysius, Garnethill      comed as a native son and                                                                                 brother priests, parishioners   ary Fr Peter McGinley also
St Louise, Arden             greeted with well-wishes by                                                                               and family members.             died last month. For the
                             Scots and Poles alike. He cel-                                                                               Describing            Mgr    past few years, he had been
Sunday 17                    ebrated Mass in St Peter’s,                                                                               McShane as “able, distin-       part of the Comboni com-
St Peter’s, Partick          Partick, and paid a visit to                                                                              guished and influential”,       munity in Carmyle and
                             Carfin Grotto where he             Cardinal Glemp at Carfin                                               Archbishop          Tartaglia   helped out in parishes
Nazareth House, Cardonald                                       during 1985 visit to Scotland
                             blessed a shrine honouring                                                                                added: “He worked tire-         across     Scotland.      His
Sunday 24                    Our Lady of Czestochowa –                                                                                 lessly with other churches      Funeral Mass was cele-
St Albert’s, Pollokshields   Queen of Poland.                 stood firm in demanding jus-       ure and in later years made a         and with local politicians      brated in his home parish of
St Michael’s, Parkhead         At the time, Poland was        tice and freedom even in the       series of public apologies for        for the good of Clydebank,      St Paul’s, Shettleston.
                             leading the way in challenging   period of martial law.             historical acts of anti-              for employment in the com-
                             Communist rule in Eastern           Cardinal Glemp, who was         Semitism in Poland. He re-            munity and for the prosper-
                             Europe with the rise of the      created a cardinal in 1983,        tired as Archbishop of                ity of the town.                I Obituaries – page 21
                             Solidarity trade union which     was seen as a conciliatory fig-    Warsaw in 2006.
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Excellent report speaks volumes for                                                                                                                                                                                    80 years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       of care at
St Margaret’s commitment to care                                                                                                                                                                                       Glasgow’s
SAINT     Margaret
Scotland Hospice, which
                       of                     inforce the excellent manage-
                                              ment at the hospice and the
health chiefs threatened                      care and dedication of all of
with closure two years                        our staff.”
                                                 Since it was opened by the                                                                                                                                            THE Wayside Club
ago, has been hailed as a                     Religious Sisters of Charity in                                                                                                                                          has been looking
centre of care excel-                         1950, St Margaret’s has de-                                                                                                                                              after the needs of
lence.                                        veloped into the leading                                                                                                                                                 homeless people in
                                              provider of specialist pallia-
   An inspection report by                    tive care alongside continuing                                                                                                                                           Glasgow for 80 years.
Scotland’s health watchdog                    care of older people with com-                                                                                                                                             And to mark this
scored the Clydebank hospice                  plex needs. It also provides an                                                                                                                                          milestone and help en-
the highest marks in all cate-                outpatient clinic, while a day                                                                                                                                           sure this lifeline contin-
gories assessed.                              hospice cares for up to ten                                                                                                                                              ues into the future, the
   The results further vindicate              people during the week.                                                                                                                                                  club is hosting a gala
the spirited campaign to resist                  Following the inspectors’                                                                                                                                             dinner at the Hilton
major funding cuts – which at-                visit last November, the hos-                                                                                                                                            Hotel on Saturday 27
tracted over 100,000 signato-                 pice was given the top ‘excel-                                                                                                                                           April.
ries to a parliament petition –               lent’ rating for the quality of                 Sister Rita Dawson introduces Queen Elizabeth to St Margaret's staff and                                                   Jim White, a member
and again call into question                  its care and support, environ-                  volunteers during her Diamond Jubilee visit last July                                                                    of the Legion of Mary
the wisdom of those on NHS                    ment, staffing, management,                     Picture by Paul McSherry                                                                                                 which governs the Club,
Greater Glasgow and Clyde                     leadership, and information                                                                                                                                              said: “The main pur-
who proposed sweeping alter-                  available for patients and rela-                                                                                                                                         pose of the Wayside is to
ations to how the hospice op-                 tives.                                       enough of the care and com-             rest on our laurels,” she said.     has petitioned the Scottish                     provide        friendship,
erates.                                          Rooms and wards were de-                  passion shown”; “Physical                  “I always insist that we each    Parliament to bring its funding                 food, showers and cloth-
   Professor Leo Martin, chair-               scribed as “spacious, comfort-               and emotional well-being has            give of our best and the in-        into line with other providers.                 ing for all homeless and
man of the board of directors,                able and well-maintained,”                   been met in an exceptional              spectors have recognised the          She stressed: “Despite the                    socially excluded people
said the Healthcare Environ-                  while staff spoke with “pride                way.”       For Sister Rita             commitment that is made to          lack of funding, through the                    who come to our door.
ment Inspectorate report was                  and passion” about the hos-                  Dawson, St Margaret’s chief             ensuring that everyone who          dedication of the board, the                      “The Club is open in
“not a surprise to anyone                     pice.                                        executive, who has devoted              enters the Hospice is re-           staff, supporters and volun-                    the evening, every day of
who has been touched by                          Patients and relatives com-               over 30 years to the hospice,           spected, loved and cared for.       teers, the hospice continues to                 the year and is run to-
St Margaret of Scotland                       ments included: “I have never                the report speaks volumes.                 “People deserve to be            perform to the highest possi-                   tally by volunteers.”
Hospice”.                                     felt so cared for in my life”;                 “There’s nothing I can add            treated with the dignity and re-    ble level.” Coming shortly                        He added: “Running
   He added: “The findings re-                “We can’t speak highly                       to it – except that we will not         spect they receive in St            after Queen Elizabeth and                       costs amount to about
                                                                                                                                   Margaret’s, which is why we         Prince Philip visited St                        £2000 a week and are
                                                                                                                                   have fought so hard to retain       Margaret’s as part of the                       met through donations.
                                                                                                                                   what has been developed here        Queen’s Diamond Jubilee cel-                    In these harsh economic
                                                                                                                                   over many years.”                   ebrations, the health watchdog                  times, our donations av-
                                                                                                                                      Despite its status as a sector   report crowns a memorable                       erage about £1000 a
                                                                                                                                   leader, the hospice relies on       few months for the Clydebank                    week – which is not sus-
                                                                                                                                   public donations to meet over       hospice.                                        tainable.
 Kinnoull Centre                                                                                                                   half its annual running costs.
                                                                                                                                   Jean Anne Mitchell, who has         I Meet Fr Connell,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         “At the same time, we
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       are seeing an increased
                                                                                                                                                                       St Margaret’s chaplain
 for Spirituality                                                                                                                  experienced at close quarters
                                                                                                                                   the hospice’s excellent care,       – page 16
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       demand for the service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       we provide.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Among those already
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       signed up to attend the
                        Home of the Redemptorists in Scotland                                                                                                                                                          black      tie      dinner
 St Mary's Kinnoull is set in natural woodland overlooking the historic city of Perth, gateway
          to the Scottish highlands. It provides an environment for Rest and Retreat.                                              Caring Sunday update                                                                Archbishop Emeritus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Mario Conti, young
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Glasgow actor Paul
 The team at St Mary's Kinnoull welcome groups or individual private retreats anytime of the                                       TO DATE 62 parishes                 for grants from the fund are                    Brannigan, who starred
              year. Bring a group for a short stay or retreat day at the monastery.                                                                                    welcome at any time.                            in The Angels’ Share,
                                                                                                                                   have returned their
                                                                                                                                   Caring Sunday collec-                 Forms can be completed                        and Scottish historian
               Retreats                         Redemptorist Parish                      Teachers/Catechists
                                                  Mission Dates                                                                                                        and submitted online –                          Prof Tom Devine.
    It is possible to book an individual                                                             16 March                      tions and boxes.            
                                               3 Feb – 1 March St. John’s, Perth
      or group retreat anytime, simply                                                        Lenten Day of Reflection                And, with about 40 parishes       jobs/index.php
      contact the Secretary. Preached          9 – 13 March St. Peter & St.                 Quiet day in the monastery,            returning more than last year,
                                               Michael’s, S.Uist & Eriskay                                                         the total stands at around
           Retreats are as follows:                                                         finishing with Vespers led by
                                               16 – 23 March St. John’s,                     Scottish Plain Song Choir             £54,000.
    4 – 8 March Lenten Retreat                 Stevenston                                                                            Elizabeth McQuade, devel-
                                               4 – 10 May St. Michael & St.                                                        opment officer for the St
    25 – 30 March Holy Week Retreat            Mary’s, S.Uist                                    Fri 17 – Sun 19 May               Nicholas Care Fund, said: “I
    5 – 9 August A Summer Retreat              1 – 7 June St. Thomas’, Wishaw            “Witnesses to Faith” Teachers in          would like to thank all
                                               More upcoming missions in                            Catholic Schools               parishes for their support. If
    19 – 26 August Retreat for                 Benbecula, Stornaway, Kilmarnock                                                    this trend continues hopefully
                                               & England. To book a Mission                   A weekend of professional and

                        Sabbatical Programme
                                               contact Kinnoull.                             spiritual input for all Teachers in
                                                                                          Catholic Schools reflecting on what it
                                                                                                                                   we will achieve something
                                                                                                                                   similar to last year.
                                                                                                                                     “This is encouraging in a
                                                                                                                                                                        80th An ive a y Ga a D n er
                                                                                            means to Celebrate and Share our
           20 May – 4 July 13 and 21 October – 5 December 13                              Faith in today’s environment. Open to    difficult economic climate           Saturday 27th April 2013 | 7.00pm | Glasgow Hilton Hotel
       These can be taken as a complete course, or stand alone weeks.                      all Chaplains and Parish Catechists     where charities, on average,         We would encourage you to join with us in our celebrations.
    Spirituality of True Self Esteem .......... 26 – 31 May & 27 Oct – 1 Nov                    and all who hand on Faith.         are posting a 20 per cent drop       Guests will include Paul Brannigan from the film The Angels’ Share and the Most
                                                                                                                                                                        Rev Mario Conti Archbishop Emeritus of Glasgow.
    The Healing Ministry ...................................... 2 – 6 June & 3 – 7 Nov    (Supported by SCES, and can be part
                                                                                                                                   in donations.”
                                                                                                                                                                        A champagne reception will be followed by a black-tie dinner, live entertainment, a
                                                                                                                                     With a third of the parishes       raffle and auction.
    Celtic for
Artwork Studies & Pilgrimage to Iona ............ 6 – 13 June & 7 – 13 Nov                            of CPD training.)
Flourish Newspaper                                                                                                                 in the Archdiocese still to re-      Tickets cost £50pp or a table of ten at £500
    Jesus in the Gospels ............................. 24 – 28 June & 24 – 28 Nov         Professors Michael McGrath, Bart         turn their collection – taken up     Please contact Tom Boyd 0798 888 0117 or email and
    Transitions in Life .................................. 16 – 21 June & 17 – 22 Nov         McGettrick & Elizabeth Leo           during Advent – the Fund is          take this chance to join us for a truly memorable evening.

                                                                                                                                   confident of reaching a total of
                         T: 01738 624075 E:                                                          £75,000.                                                                                      Registered Charity in Scotland (SCO21137)

                                                                                                                                     Applications from parishes
                                                                                              and local community groups
                                                                                                                                                                        The Wayside Club provides friendship, food, showers and clothing for all homeless
                                                                                                                                                                        and socially excluded people who come to their door.
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Telephone 0141 637 4289                                                               founder and patron of Glasgow,
                                                                                      Archbishop Philip Tartaglia issued
                                                                                                                                       grow in knowledge and love
                                                                                                                                       of the person of Jesus
                                                                                                                                                                         Bailie Margot Clark lays a wreath at the tomb of St
  Mobile 07971 920 347                                                                a call for “confident discipleship”
                                                                                      among all Christian in the city.
                                                                                                                                       Christ, so that Glasgow will
                                                                                                                                       live up to its motto and
                                                                                                                                       flourish by the preaching of
                                                                                                                                                                         Mungo with Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, church
                                                                                                                                                                         leaders and city representatives.
                                                                                                                                       God’s word and the praising
                                                                                        Addressing an ecumenical service in            of His name.                                     Prayers were offered for those who
                                                                                      Glasgow Cathedral – built over the tomb             Dr Laurence Whitley, minister of the serve the city in public office, those work-
                                                                                      of St Mungo – the Archbishop said: “I            Cathedral, welcome everyone to the cele- ing in schools and voluntary organisa-
                                                                                      know only too well how wearisome it can          bration including representatives from tions, and those contributing to science,
                                                                                      become to read pessimistic forecasts of          Episcopalian,      Russian      Orthodox, the arts and sport. At the end of the serv-
                                                                                      the death of Christianity, disheartening         Romanian        Orthodox,      Methodist, ice, Ballie Margot Clark placed a wreath
                                                                                      accounts of the deafness of society to the       Salvation Army, United Free and United at the tomb of St Mungo in the crypt of
                                                                                      Christian message and talk of ‘managing          Reformed Christian communities.               the cathedral.
                                                                                      decline’.                                           Under the direction of Mgr Gerry              During his address, Archbishop
                                                                                        “That kind of talk finds no place in the       Fitzpatrick, music was provided by the St Tartaglia recounted how, on an earlier
                                                                                      Christian tradition and is utterly alien to      Mungo Singers, Russkaya Cappella and visit to the crypt, he had placed his epis-
                                                                                      the language used by Jesus who told his          the Rutherglen Salvation Army band. copal ring on the tomb and asked for St
                                                                                      disciples to put out into the deep, pay out      Dancers from Visual Statement Dance Mungo’s blessing on his ministry of
                                                                                      your net for a catch.”                           Group expressed the flourishing spirit of preaching the name of Jesus Christ in the
                                                                                        Archbishop Tartaglia urged all                 Glasgow as they weaved patterns of white city founded by the first Bishop of
                                                                                      “Mungo’s weans”, who make up the                 and green in the centre of the nave.          Glasgow.

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Following in the footsteps of
Christ on pilgrimage to Holy Land
FLYING direct from
Glasgow to Tel Aviv,
Archbishop          Philip
Tartaglia is to lead a na-
tional pilgrimage to the
Holy Land as part of the
Year of Faith.
  The eight-day pilgrimage
will run from 8-15 October,
following in the footsteps of
Christ – including visits to
Nazareth, Galilee, Jericho,
Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
  Archbishop Tartaglia said:
“A visit to the sites and land-
scapes familiar to the Lord
will be a great experience of
faith for all who participate. It
will bring the scriptures alive
and deepen the understanding          Pilgrims have opportunity to sail on Sea of Galilee
of all who take part.”
  Dubbed ‘the fifth gospel’, a
pilgrimage to the Holy Land is      tality we received,” they said.     visit to the Basilica of the       taught His Disciples the
seen by many who make the              For the past eight years, that   Annunciation in Nazareth, and      Lord’s Prayer, and the chapel
journey as a fresh way into         call has been taken up by           the town’s old synagogue.          of Dominus Flevit, where the
getting to know the person of       Scots pilgrims under the lead-      Travelling north to Galilee,       Lord wept over Jerusalem, be-
Christ and deepening faith in       ership of Alex Mosson, for-         pilgrims can enjoy a boat trip     fore going into the Garden of
his promises.                       mer Lord Provost of Glasgow,        on the Sea of Galilee, before a    Gethsemane.
  On a recent visit, bishops        who is a powerful advocate          visit to Capharnaum (the town         On Mount Sion and in the
from Europe, the USA and            for pilgrimages to the area.        of Jesus) and Tabgha, where        Upper Room pilgrims can re-
Canada called for greater sup-         He has worked closely with       he fed the 5000.                   flect on the Last Supper, before
port for the Church in these        Special Pilgrimages who op-           In Bethlehem, pilgrims           visiting the church of St Peter
lands.                              erate the programme and will        stoop low as they enter the        in Gallicantu – the site of the
  “We encourage Christians to       join Archbishop Tartaglia on        grotto, venerated as the birth-    house of the High Priest           GLASGOW LOURDES HOSPITALITE
come on pilgrimage to the           the October pilgrimage.             place of the Jesus within the      Caiaphas, where the cock crew.
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perience the same warm hospi-
                                       The pilgrimage is half-
                                    board with and will take in a
                                                                        Basilica of the Nativity, be-
                                                                        fore taking in a visit to the
                                                                                                              In Jerusalem pilgrims have
                                                                                                           the opportunity to follow the
                                                                                                                                                         Glasgow Archdiocesan
                                                                        Shepherds’ Fields on the out-
                                                                        skirts of the town.
                                                                                                           Stations of the Cross leading
                                                                                                           to the Basilica of the Holy
                                                                                                                                                          Lourdes Pilgrimage
                                                                          Jerusalem is the great high      Sepulchre, enshrining Calvary                             12th – 19th July 2013
  Making pals with the lambs                                            point of the pilgrimage, tak-
                                                                        ing three days of reflective
                                                                                                           and the holy tomb.
                                                                                                              There is also the chance to
                                                                        prayer and celebration of the      visit the church of the            In this Year of Faith Pope Benedict XVI
                                                                        faith which spread from this       Resurrection in Abo Gosh – a       encourages everyone to go on pilgrimage.
                                                                        great city to every part of the    possible site of Emmaus – and
                                                                        world.                             Ein Karem, home of                 Don’t let disability, age or
                                                                          A drive to the Mount of          Elizabeth, mother of John the      in rmity stop you. Help is at
                                                                        Olives takes in a visit to the     Baptist. An optional excursion     hand. Every case is considered
                                                                        Pater Noster church, where         to Massada and the Dead Sea        by our medical team.
                                                                        according to tradition, Jesus      can also be expected.
                                                                                                                                              The Glasgow Pilgrimage
                                                                                                                                              welcomes applications to join us
                                                                                                                                              in July 2013 as part of the Year
                                                                                                                                              of Faith Pilgrimage.
                                                                                                                                              A former pilgrim said: “Being
                                                                                                                                              part of Glasgow pilgrimage is
                                                                                                                                              de nitely one of the best
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Plenty to choose from in
Year of Faith Lentfest
TWO of the most eye-               beauty and truth which can be      known broadcaster Cathy             Garrynamonie, South Uist.
catching churches in the           expressed and experienced          MacDonald.                            Built in the 1960s, the
Archdiocese of Glasgow             through the arts as a path to        A galaxy of musicians and         church was dedicated to the
will host standout con-            the Divine.”                       singers from the Gaelic heart-      memory of the fallen at
                                      Noting the range of music,      lands – including Kathleen          Passchendaele and the former
certs in this year’s               theatre, song and poetry fea-      MacInnes, Rona Lightfoot,           parish priest, Canon John
Lentfest.                          turing over the six weeks of       Mairi MacInnes and Paul             MacNeil, who was wounded
   Our Holy Redeemer’s             Lent, Archbishop Tartaglia         McCallum – will perform at          in the 1917 battle while serv-
church in Clydebank is the         added: “I would encourage          the fundraising concert in aid      ing as a chaplain with the
venue for the festival’s open-     everyone, especially young         of the repair programme of          Cameron Highlanders.
ing concert on Sunday 17           people, to take up this oppor-     Our Lady of Sorrows Church,
February, while St Mary’s,         tunity to attend these events,
Calton, hosts an evening of        meet new people, visit other
Gaelic spiritual song on           parishes and perhaps even in-
Saturday 2 March which             vite someone along.
being recorded for broadcast
on BBC Alba.
   Marking the 125th anniver-
                                      “An invitation to one of the
                                   events may be a small but de-
                                   cisive work of apostolate.”
                                                                       Lentfest quick guide
sary of the parish, the OHR           A new play called The            Saturday 16 Feb
performance will feature the       Pilgrimage, specially written       Poetry & Music Café, The Ogilvie Centre (St Aloysius), 25
Royal Conservatoire of             for the Year of Faith, will go      Rose Street, Glasgow G3 6RE (7.30pm)
Scotland Brass Ensemble            on tour round parishes in each
playing a range of music com-      deanery in March.                   Sunday 17 Feb
posed over the last four cen-         For those who prefer their       RCS Brass Ensemble, Our Holy Redeemer Church, Glasgow
turies. It will also include a     culture with a cutting social       Road, Clydebank G81 (7.30pm)
recital on the church’s 145        edge, there is an Inner Light
year-old Mirrlees organ – one      film festival in conjunction
                                                                       Tuesday 19 Feb                                                                 St Aloysius’ College
of the Archdiocese’s venera-       with the Catholic Parlia-           Folk Session, St Joseph’s Church Hall, Station Road,

ble musical heirlooms.             mentary Office and SCIAF.           Milngavie, G62 8DZ (7.30pm)
   Now in its sixth year,          There are also interactive          Friday 22 Feb
Lentfest 2013 is set against the   workshops and an exhibition         Canto del Paradiso Concert, St Aloysius Church, 25 Rose
context of the Year of Faith       in association with Faith in
and      Archbishop      Philip    Community Scotland and
                                                                       Street, Glasgow G3 6RE (7.30pm)
                                                                                                                                                         2013 Lectures
Tartaglia has fully endorsed       Firecloud.                          Saturday 23 Feb
its contribution to enriching         Popular singer Martin            Inner Light Film Festival, Turnbull Hall, University of
the life of the archdiocese.       Aelred’s performances of            Glasgow, 15 Southpark Terrace, G12 8LG (10am-4pm)
   In an introduction to the
programme which has been
                                   Canto del Paradiso will involve
                                   artist Sandy Moffat creating
                                                                       Sunday 24 Feb                                                         FOUR LECTURES FOR
distributed to every pariah, the   ‘live art’ which will be sold to    Brilliance in Brokenness exhibition, Our Lady & St George
Archbishop said: Lentfest          support SCIAF. The festival         hall, 50 Sandwood Rd, G52 2QE (10.30am-1.30pm)                         THE YEAR OF FAITH
brings people together in a        will also include established       Sunday 24 Feb
unique way and plays a signif-     favourites like the Poetry Café,
                                                                       Folk Session, Blessed John Duns Scotus hall, 270 Ballater
icant role in building commu-      and folk singing from Martin                                                                                             e Year of Faith; What does
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Maureen makes music to soothe minds
THERE are singer-song-             she was just seven years old in       By Mary McGinty                  one was at peace and that life           Of her current job as na-      action alone has the capacity
writers and there are              the shape and sound of Lena                                            is precious both physically           tional development officer for    to shake someone out of their
mental health activists            Zavaroni. Mimicking the wee         parish, Penilee, knows this        and spiritually.”                     NDNA Scotland (National           feelings of isolation and de-
                                   Rothesay girl with the big          from her own family’s heart-          When her latent creativity         Day Nurseries), she said: “It     tachment. Don’t feel pressure,
and then there is                  voice as she belted out Ma,         breaking experience of sui-        finally unleashed itself leading      dovetails perfectly with my       simply let them know you
Maureen Kelly. To de-              He’s Making Eyes at Me gave         cide. On the face of it, a         to performing and recording           mental health activism and my     care and that they will feel a
scribe her as one without          her family the first indication     person who is genuinely high       her songs and co-writing and          campaign to have ‘music on        lot better talking to someone
reference to the other             that she had a powerful voice.      on life, her outwardly relent-     appearing in a play Con-certo,        prescription’ introduced in       they trust.”
would be to do her an in-             It was still a few years be-     less positivity belies the pain    she had by then spent years           some way with preventative           Helplines are lifelines, and
                                   fore that voice would charm         of the tragedy that sparked her    working and studying to com-          strategies to give our children   organisations like Samaritans
justice.                           audiences and become a force        interest in mental health issues   prehend the barren emptiness          the best start and, ultimately,   or Breathing Space show great
  The symbiosis Maureen has        for change in the field of men-     and led to a “vocational pas-      and despair that leads people         the best outcomes in life.”       respect and concern to some-
created been the two worlds        tal health.                         sion”.                             to contemplate suicide.                  A highpoint in her crusade     one who at first is a complete
has led her to her own per-                                               “After the death in 1999 the       She said: “It was in experi-       was when she met with Sir         stranger.     That     dynamic
sonal place of peace and is                 Sparked                    grief was overwhelming,” she       encing the trauma and the suf-        Harry Burns, Scotland’s Chief     changes, gently, into a listen-
having a growing impact on            If you could bottle the posi-    said. “My first song I Saw         fering and witnessing it              Medical Officer, who ex-          ing and understanding voice
the mental health arena in         tivity and warmth that              You Today, which I didn’t          around me in the family that          pressed his support for her       of support and friendship.
which she campaigns for            Maureen exudes you would be         write until 2005, was created      drove me to find out what had         CD, Little Thinker….every-           The inherently invisible na-
greater reliance on the arts in    well on the way to a cure for       after I had a moment in which      happened to our loved one and         one’s lullaby as a mental         ture of mental illness and the
the treatment of mental ill-       emotional pain. But life isn’t      I sensed the depth of my faith     to understand what, actually,         health resource.                  sophisticated tactics sufferers
ness.                              like that.                          and discovered the truth – that    is suicide.”                                                            often employ in keeping
  Her earliest musical influ-         Maureen, who grew up in          eternity is a true entity.            Learning the signs and                       Kindness                emotional challenges private
ence made itself known when        Our Lady and St George’s               “I felt then that our loved     symptoms of the “dark and                “Listening to music can        are barriers to acceptance and
                                                                                                          all-consuming” anguish that           help improve mood and make        recovery. Fear of being stig-
                                                                                                          leads to suicide “affected me         people feel better,” said Sir     matised compounds the
                                                                                                          intimately because I realised         Harry. “Maureen has used her      agony.
                                                                                                          that through lack of knowl-           musical talents to try and help      “The arts allow us to con-
                                                                                                          edge we were not aware that           others. Hopefully mental          nect and communicate,”
                                                                                                          our loved one was suffering           health professionals will find    Maureen pointed out, “and we
                                                                                                          and, even more upsettingly,           her CD useful in helping their    are each drawn to our own
                                                                                                          that she was suffering in             patients.”                        personal enjoyment. What’s
                                                                                                          painful silence.”                        As to how others can get in-   fantastic about the arts and
                                                                                                             Through her concerns about         volved Maureen has plenty of      mental health is it brings joy
                                                                                                          mental health, 45 year-old            advice.                           and peace to those most in
                                                                                                          Maureen has worked with an               “The basic principal is        need.”
                                                                                                          impressive array of organisa-         about      knowing      family,      Ahead of her next musical
                                                                                                          tions and charities including         friends, neighbours and local     performance, Maureen is still
                                                                                                          Choose        Life,      RAMH         folk well enough that when        putting in the hours at family
                                                                                                          (Recovery Across Mental               you see them behave in an out     sing-songs with her husband,
                                                                                                          Health) and the Coach House           of character way, either          Iain, and their daughters look-
                                                                                                          Trust. She has helped train           overtly excited or deeply dis-    ing on. These days, as her ex-
                                                                                                          front line staff and the general      tant check on them,” she sug-     ecutive producer, Iain listens
                                                                                                          public in suicide prevention          gested.                           with a professional ear as well
                                                                                                          skills and recognising self-             “Extend kindness, warmth       as a whole lot of pride.
                                                                                                          harm.                                 and be openly concerned. This

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CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK: Valuable lessons in leadership

Rediscovering the value of servant leadership
                                                               THE phrase ‘servant leadership’
                                                               may seem to many as a contra-                         MARY O’DUFFIN, RE advisor for Primary Schools,
                                                               diction in terms.                                     addresses the distinctive leadership required of
                                                                  We tend to think of leadership as                  Catholic teachers and the models proposed by
                                                               something which embodies heroism,                     Scripture and the life of Saints
                                                               strength, force of personality and the
                                                               ability to take difficult and at times
                                                               harsh decisions.
                                                                  The lessons of leadership of our                  Department at the Archdiocese led a                                 to take on the responsibility, challenge
                                                               economy, health service and education                day course for principal teachers and                               and fulfilling role of headship.
                                                               system all seem to point towards tak-                deputes aspiring to positions of leader-                               Both St Francis de Sales and St Paul
                                                               ing control and driving others to accept             ship in our primary schools.                                        were deeply aware of their limitations
                                                               the often unpleasant remedies of aus-                   We explored the scriptural model of                              but, through grace, were able to be
                                                               terity and sacrifice as pay and benefit              servant leadership presented in a paper                             clear and encouraging voices to people
                                                               cuts are seen as the pathway to long-                of the same name by Fr Denis McBride                                who needed their help and guidance.
                                                               term economic recovery.                              CSsR – a son of this Archdiocese – and                                 Let us all pray for headteachers to as-
                                                                  However, the example of Jesus is                  reflected also on current understanding                             sist and guide the mission of our
                                                               one of servant leadership. An unusual                of the importance of distributed leader-                            Catholic schools and for all those con-
                                                               role because normally servants don't                 ship in educational thought.                                        sidering this great calling.
                                                               lead and leaders don't serve.                           Simply put, we reflected on the fact
                                                                  Christian leadership demands hu-                  that parents as the first educators of
                                                               mility and conversion of heart. We see               their children are placed by God in a                                  “Remember those who led you,
                                                               this most clearly in the recent feasts of            position of leadership and service. This                               who spoke the Word of God to
                                                               St Francis de Sales and St Paul, whose               task is then shared with the teachers                                  you; and considering the result of
                                                               hearts were converted to the Lord and                and staff of our schools who stand 'in                                 their conduct, imitate their faith.
                                                               who spent their days faithful and tire-              loco parentis' or in the place of the par-                             Jesus Christ is the same
                                                               less in their service of the Gospel and              ents during the school day.                                            yesterday, today and for ever …
                                                               the People of God yet expressing their                  This vocation of parenting and teach-                               for it is well to be strengthened by
                                                               individual talents and gifts in their                ing is essential to the healthy develop-                               grace.”
                                                               ministry.                                            ment of children and the nurture of the
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 CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK: Opening hearts and minds to God

Opening hearts and minds to
engage with a liberating faith
WHEN he was appointed                     By Vincent Toal                 will eat the children’, Mr          should be seen as having an-
director of the Scottish                                                  McGrath contests that those         swers for the question being
Catholic      Education                different from which most          who are well-nurtured are best      posed in our day.”
Service (SCES) ten years               teachers grew up in.               able to feed in turn. By open-         In an age when education is
ago, Michael McGrath                      “Today, people see religion     ing their hearts and minds to       about empowering and open-
                                       as a vicarious experience –        God, they are better disposed       ing up opportunity, faith is
pinpointed the develop-                they are happy for others to       to opening their hearts and         often perceived as a negative
ment of faith under-                   practice it but are not particu-   minds to others – even those        – with rules seeming to have
standing as a major                    larly looking for faith them-      who disagree vehemently.            no other justification but to
priority.                              selves.                              In the course of the Year of      make life difficult.
                                          “But, as well as people be-     Faith, schools are being en-           “Yet, faith is about libera-
   He hasn’t wavered from this         longing without believing, we      couraged to explore the             tion,” Mr McGrath insisted.
view in the intervening years,         also have to cope with a trend     Nicene Creed which contains         “By providing us with param-         SCES director Michael McGrath
and is determined to press             for believing without belong-      the core Christian beliefs.         eters for living, it gives us the
home the advantage of the              ing – people not engaging            “We want pupils to hear the       map to pursue fulfilling lives
Year of Faith in pursuit of            with their faith nor becoming      words, have a sense of where        that can impact on and benefit        In recent years, SCES has               ger is that further generations
“opening hearts and minds to           involved in their parish com-      the Creed comes from and to         others.”                            helped bring to fruition major            will be trapped in a fairly lim-
God”.                                  munity.”                           deepen their understanding of                                           developments in Catholic                  ited understanding of faith.”
   That is the theme of this                                              what the profession of faith                  Hostile                   schools with This Is Our Faith               Cautioning against produc-
year’s Catholic Education                       Develop                   means, so that hopefully they         While conceding that is           and Called to Love, the intro-            ing programmes simply to fill
Week (3-10 February), one of             So the challenge continues       are able to proclaim it with        hard to adhere to the path          duction of the Pope Benedict              the Year of Faith calendar, the
a number of initiatives that           of encouraging adults to de-       confidence,” the SCES direc-        when many prevailing atti-          XVI Caritas Award and an on-              director of SCES says the year
SCES has promoted success-             velop their faith understand-      tor said.                           tudes are hostile to or indiffer-   going professional develop-               should be used as a launch pad
fully over the past decade.            ing, through knowledge of            “This is an opportunity to        ent about the Christian faith,      ment programme for teachers.              for developing a sustainable
   “The Year of Faith helps give       Scripture and Church teach-        ensure the experience young         he insists that Catholic schools      “We need to address the                 model of ongoing faith forma-
a focus to re-energise and equip       ing, and equip themselves to       people have connects with           should be confident about           formation of faith among                  tion, so that faith catechesis
ourselves for the task of hand-        hand on faith to young people      what is going on in the world       guiding all pupils appropri-        adults with a similar determi-            becomes the norm in parishes.
ing on the faith,” Mr McGrath          in a way that makes sense.         around them.                        ately, and able to offer them       nation and focus,” Mr                        “We need to win hearts and
said. “Our function is to teach          Quoting a saying, ‘If you          “Faith should not be in a         care and compassion when            McGrath suggested.                        minds, encouraging people to
the faith in a context that is quite   don’t feed the teachers, they      compartment of its own, but         they seek it.                                                                 engage with their faith rather
                                                                                                                                                           Launch                           than antagonising them,” he
                                                                                                                                                    “For lots of adult Catholics,           said.
                                                                                                                                                  their faith experience is pretty             That is the approach taken

 Cumbernauld’s decade of campus life                                                                       TEN years of Catholic education
                                                                                                           at St Andrew’s Primary in
                                                                                                           Cumbernauld were celebrated
                                                                                                                                                  moribund. Either going to
                                                                                                                                                  church doesn’t matter much,
                                                                                                                                                  or going to Mass on Sunday is
                                                                                                                                                                                            with sixth year students pur-
                                                                                                                                                                                            suing the Caritas Award and,
                                                                                                                                                                                            after just one year, the fruits
                                                                                                           with a Mass of Thanksgiving on         the only engagement they                  are impressive.
                                                                                                           Thursday 10 January.                   have.                                        After ten years in the post,
                                                                                                              When it opened its doors in           “Unless the Church devel-               the SCES director’s vision for
                                                                                                           January 2003, the school was           ops a plan for how it can pro-            Catholic education, especially
                                                                                                           breaking new ground as the first       vide for the ongoing faith                adult faith formation, might be
                                                                                                           joint campus project in North          needs of adults, then the dan-            worth opening minds to.
                                                                                                              Eileen Mulrooney, who has
                                                                                                           been headteacher of St
                                                                                                           Andrew’s throughout the past
                                                                                                           decade, was delighted to
                                                                                                           welcome Archbishop Philip

                                                                                                                                                   NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL
                                                                                                           Tartaglia to the school for the
                                                                                                           celebration. He was joined in the
                                                                                                                                                             “Working together in this Year of Faith,
                                                                                                           offering of the Mass by Mgr Pat
                                                                                                                                                             with minds and hearts open to God…”
                                                                                                           Osborne, parish priest of Sacred

                                                                                                                                                       Faith                                                     Faith
                                                                                                           Heart and strong advocate for
                                                                                                                                                       Professed                                                 Lived
                                                                                                           the school.
                                                                                                              Among the special guests
                                                                                                           marking the anniversary were
                                                                                                           the current and former
                                                                                                           headteachers of Cumbernauld
                                                                                                           Primary – the shared campus                 Faith                                                     Faith
                                                                                                           friends and neighbours of St                Prayed                                                    Celebrated
                                                                                                           Andrew’s.                                   At Notre Dame High School, we bear witness to our faith in
                                                                                                                                                       school and in the wider community. We witness to a faith

                                                                                                                                                       which is alive and active through prayer and good works.

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                                                                                                                                                          of God.
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                                                                                                     CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK: Schools Across the Archdio

    St Andrew’s star rises in the east
   School reports highlight excellence in Catholic education
   PUPILS of St Andrew’s                        By Vincent Toal                     The report highlighted the           erance built upon the            respect for each other are de-          evaluation of children’s learn-
   Secondary in Carntyne                                                         number of creative partner-             school’s strong Catholic         scribed as ‘exemplary’, while           ing experiences.
   have been described as                       Headteacher Gerry Lyons,         ships the school enjoys with            ethos;                           the leadership of headteacher             “I know that none of that
                                             who has been in charge since        the wider community, and              • The impact of leadership at      Martin Hardie and teamwork              just happens, but is a result of
   “exemplary” and their                     October 2011, said he was           successes in artistic, sporting         all levels across the school,    among the staff are major               the whole school commu-
   school “excellent” by in-                 thrilled with the school’s suc-     and cultural activities, as well        in particular the inspira-       strengths.                              nity’s commitment to learn-
   spectors.                                 cess.                               as concern for the needs oth-           tional leadership of the            The report stated: “The              ing, the hard work of staff and
                                                “We have had a lot to do in      ers through fundraising for             headteacher.                     headteacher and staff share a           children, and the priority
      The East End school gained             a short space of time, but          local and international chari-          Mr Lyons said: “It is early      passion for ensuring children           placed on children’s care and
   three ‘excellent’ scores for im-          everyone – staff, pupils and        ties were singled out. The re-        days in what I want to achieve     learn in a respectful, inclusive        welfare.”
   provements in performance,                parents – has worked together.      port summarised St Andrew’s           for the school, but we are         environment.”                             Parent Christina McKitrick
   learners’ experiences and im-             I was pleased to see recogni-       key strengths as:                     moving in the right direction.        That environment reflects            said it didn’t need an inspec-
   provement through self-eval-              tion of our young people and        • Young people who aspire to          We can build on this report        the “Catholic values which              tors’ report to tell her how
   uation, as well as two ‘very              how involved they are with             be the best they can, sup-         and the feedback from inspec-      permeate all aspects of the             good St Paul’s is, but added:
   goods’ for meeting learning               their learning.”                       ported by staff dedicated to       tors and then take what we         work of the school”.                    “However,        when       Her
   needs and the curriculum.                    The report recognised that          meeting their social, emo-         achieve to another level.”            Maureen McKenna, execu-              Majesty’s Inspector puts in
      The report stated: “Learning           St Andrew’s – whose catch-             tional and spiritual needs;                                           tive director for education with        writing for all to see that we
   and achievement are of excep-             ment includes Shettleston,          • Outstanding expectations                    Glowing                    Glasgow City Council, ex-               do indeed have a very caring,
   tionally high quality. Young              Easterhouse, Cranhill and              for young people’s achieve-          Meanwhile, in the West           pressed her delight at the report       hardworking and high achiev-
   people enjoy lessons are                  Ruchazie – performs much               ments;                             End of Glasgow, St Paul’s          and the recognition it gives to         ing school with excellent lead-
   highly motivated to achieve in            better than schools which           • Learners’ experience lead-          Primary in Whiteinch has also      Mr Hardie’s leadership.                 ership, then for parents and
   everything they do.                       serve young people with sim-           ing to resilient, happy and        received a glowing report             She added: “I am particu-            carers the confirmation is
      “They are justifiably proud            ilar needs and backgrounds.            well-adjusted young people,        card, with learners’ experi-       larly proud of the references to        great and for the teachers at
   of the school and feel safe and              Inspectors noted the “out-          with a range of skills for life    ences in writing and music         outstanding ethos under-                the helm the recognition is
   well respected by staff and               standing” progress of vulnera-         and work;                          highlighted as ‘excellent’.        pinned by strong Catholic val-          well deserved and all praise is
   each other. The behaviour of              ble young people, with almost       • Strong relationships and tol-         Children’s behaviour and         ues and the excellent                   most definitely due.”
   almost all young people is ex-            all going on to further study,
   emplary.”                                 employment or training.

St. Charles’ Primary                          Holy Family
  13 Kelvinside Gardens                    Boghead Road, Kirkintilloch
  GLASGOW, G20 6BG                             Glasgow G66 4AT
   Tel: 0141 946 1391                            0141 955 2212                     STRIDING AHEAD: St Andrew’s Secondary pupils with
                                                 Head Teacher:                     head teacher Gerry Lyons
      Head Teacher:
   Marie Breckenridge                          Frances O’Connell

            St. Agatha’s                     St Marnock’s                      St. Matthew’s P.S.                     St. Paul’s Primary                 St. Joachim’s                        St. Francis Primary School
                                                                               Park Road                                                                                                      and Nursery Class
       Gartshore Road                           Primary                        Bishopbriggs                               Shettleston                            Montrose Avenue              430 Old Rutherglen Road
   KIRKINTILLOCH G66 3TH                           Langton Crescent,                                                                                             Carmyle, Glasgow             Glasgow G5 OPA
                                                                               G64 2NP                                         85 Anwoth Street
      Tel: 0141 955 2328                           Pollok, Glasgow             Tel: 0141 955 2282                                                                G32 8BZ                      Tel: 0141 429 3687
Head Teacher: Michele Vaughan                                                                                                  GLASGOW,
                                                   G53 5LW                                                                                                                                    Head Teacher:
                                                                               Head Teacher:                                   G32 7RR                           Tel: 0141 641 6840           Sharon McGeever
Staff, pupils and parents of St Agatha’s
value and support Catholic Education               Tel: 0141 882 1915          Marie-Louise Brogan                             Tel: 0141 778 6227                                             Helping children to be all they can be
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ocese showcasing the benefits of faith-based education
     Senior pupils doing Leadership Max programme at
     John Paul Academy with Archbishop Tartaglia, head                                                                                                                           CATHOLIC
     teacher Vincent Docherty, principal RE teacher Paul
     Kierney and school chaplain Deacon Jim Dean                                                                                                                                EDUCATION
     Pictures by Paul McSherry                                                                                                                                                  aims not only to
                                                                                                                                                                                communicate facts
                                                                                                                                                                                but also to trans-
                                                                                                                                                                                mit a coherent,
                                                                                                                                                                                comprehensive vi-
                                                                                                                                                                                sion of life, in the
                                                                                                                                                                                conviction that the
                                                                                                                                                                                truths contained in
                                                                                                                                                                                that vision liberate
                                                                                                                                                                                students in the
                                                                                                                                                                                most      profound
                                                                                                                                                                                meaning of human

                                                                                                                                                                                must not simply be

    Living up to John Paul’s legacy
                                                                                                                                                                                considered as an
                                                                                                                                                                                object of pastoral
                                                                                                                                                                                concern for the
                                                                                                                                                                                Church: in fact,
    THE only Catholic school           impact” that Pope John Paul       and try to live the kind of life      He assured that the school       can be viewed as those with
                                                                                                                                                                                young people are
    in Scotland named after            had on people all over the        he shows us.                       continues to be inspired by the     power and influence and can
    a person still alive when          world                               “I encourage you not to be       heroic life and example of its      answer this question by en-     and ought to be
                                         He reminded the pupils of       afraid of your faith and to help   patron.                             couraging our young people to
    it was founded, Glas-              the special bond John Paul had    each other to engage with             “Our school motto In             know and love God.”             encouraged to be
    gow’s John Paul Aca-               with young people, remarking      Jesus and find there what your     Scientia Caritas Abundet (in          Mr Docherty added: “As a      active on behalf of
    demy is marking its 30th           on how he spoke very clearly      heart truly longs for.             knowledge may goodness              Catholic community of faith
    anniversary this year.             and openly about what it                                             abound) conforms with many          and learning, we accept our     the Church as
                                       meant to follow Christ.                   Inspired                   of John Paul II’s great mes-        responsibility.
       Named after Pope John Paul        Inspired by that example,          The Archbishop gave             sages. He believed man can-           “Through participation in
                                                                                                                                                                                leading characters
    II, the school was officially      Archbishop Tartaglia assured      thanks for all the blessings       not be without God, so the          programmes like the Caritas     in evangelisation
    opened just months after his       the pupils: “John Paul would      that have been given to the        faith question was all consum-      Award, Catholic Leadership
    historic 1982 visit to Scotland.   say to you that the Lord loves    school and have come through       ing for him.                        Max, senior school commu-       and participants in
       To mark the anniversary,        you and never be under any        its teachers, pupils, parents,        “Will the human race, espe-      nity enhancement projects and   the renewal of so-
    Archbishop Philip Tartaglia        doubt about that. He invites      carers, chaplains and friends      cially those who have power         our every day example of
    celebrated Mass in the assem-      you to experience his friend-     over the past 30 years.            and influence, be able once         good living, our young people   ciety.
    bly hall with teachers, staff,     ship.                                Vincent Docherty, John          again to consider its link to the   are showing commitment to
    pupils, parents, priests and         “We all have a longing for      Paul Academy’s headteacher         transcendent? To Pope John          their faith after the example
    chaplain Deacon Jim Dean.          God in our hearts – even if we    for the past five years, ex-       Paul the very survival of           our patron.                           POPE
       The Archbishop remarked         deny it – and that longing will   pressed the gratitude of the       mankind depends on how that           “We are proud at John Paul       JOHN PAUL II
    that naming the school after       always want to be satisfied.      whole school to Archbishop         question is faced.                  Academy to be promoting this
    someone who was then still           “Jesus is the answer to our     Tartaglia for his presence and        “Within our context, we          mission and hope to be doing
    alive illustrated the “immense     longing. Be friends with him      words of encouragement.            parents, teachers and priests       so for many years to come.”

    St. Peter’s                             St. Mirin’s                  Sacred Heart Primary                  St Blane’s Primary               St Catherine’s Primary             St. Thomas’
    Primary                                                                                                                                                   274 Rye Road,     8 Smithycroft Road
                                         WHERE THE CHRISTIAN MESSAGE                                          23 Arrochar Drive
                                                                                                                                                            GLASGOW, G21 3JR
                                                IS A WAY OF LIFE                    31 Reid Street               Summerston
                                         260 Carmunnock Road                        GLASGOW                                                                     Telephone:          G33 2QJ
                                                                                                              Glasgow G23 5JN
      42 Chancellor Street
                                                                                                                                                              0141 558 8582
                                                                                                                                                                                Tel: 0141 770 4360
                                                                                                              Tel: 0141 945 1276
     GLASGOW, G11 5QN                      Glasgow G44 5AP
                                                                                    G40 4AR
                                           Tel: 0141 637 7455
                                                                                                                                                                                Head Teacher: Geraldine Parkinson
       Tel: 0141 339 1989                                                                                        Head Teacher:
      Headteacher: Sadie Traynor         Head Teacher: Pauline Devine        Tel: 0141 554 5949              Mrs Michele Stewart
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CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK: Opening hearts and minds to God

                                                                                                       Powerful effect of
                                                                                                       Saint’s presence
                                                                                                       WHEN I heard about the
                                                                                                       proposed visit of the                The relics of Saint John Bosco visited St
                                                                                                       relics of Saint John                 Andrew’s Cathedral in early January.
                                                                                                       Bosco to Glasgow I was               MARY O’DUFFIN reflects on their
                                                                                                       intrigued. I knew it was             significance
                                                                                                       part of a pilgrimage
                                                                                                       across Europe in antici-            Salesian order still supports       But most persuasive of all
                                                                                                       pation of the 200th an-             and encourages the faith for-     was his compassion and em-
                                                                                                       niversary of his birth.             mation of the young in the        pathy for the young, in partic-
                                                                                                                                           Church today, I was open to       ular his life's work in
                                                                                                          However,        like    many     being surprised.                  providing security, education
                                                                                                       Catholics today, I wondered            Above all, I knew this holy    and nurture in the faith to the
                                                                                                       about the significance of the       man had been a joyful and en-     neglected street boys of Turin
                                                                                                       tradition of venerating the         gaging youth who enjoyed          who were seen by many in
                                                                                                       relics of saints, as this has be-   circus tricks and fun and had     the Church as unreachable
                                                                                                       come a less common experi-          a sunny and joyful disposi-       and delinquent.
                                                                                                       ence in recent times.               tion. He put on shows of his
                                                                                                          My affection for the person      skills as a juggler, magician              Cheerful
     Primary 7 pupils Erin, Tyler
     and Chantelle with Year of                                                                        of Don Bosco and my deep            and acrobat – but included          Through his humane and
     Faith candle                                                                                      respect for his work amongst        prayers before and afterwards     cheerful care of them, Don
                                                                                                       young people made me curi-          too.                              Bosco won these young peo-
                                                                                                       ous; and I was fascinated to           He also had a deep aware-      ple to the faith by gentleness
                                                                                                       see what the visit would in-        ness of the presence of God       and kindness, showing that

 Year of Faith at Holy Cross                                                                           volve.
                                                                                                          Knowing how the charism
                                                                                                       (or special gift) of the
                                                                                                                                           and from a young age felt
                                                                                                                                           called to the vocation of
                                                                                                                                                                             sin was in fact ugly and virtue
                                                                                                                                                                             beautiful – and merry!
                                                                                                                                                                               His commitment to the dig-
 HOLY Cross Primary School in                      experiences as they prepare to receive the
 Govanhill has entered into the spirit of          sacraments of Confirmation and Holy
 the Year of Faith with staff and pupils           Communion.

                                                                                                        Finding space for fun
 determined to grow in God’s love.                    The history of Holy Cross parish and how it
                                                   reaches out to the community of Govanhill
    “Over the coming months we will                today is being explored by P5, while P6 will
 strengthen our knowledge and wisdom               learn how art, music and literature are used in
 through prayer, settling a good example at all    worship of God.
 times and using our talents to fill our homes        Ms Gray said: “Our most senior pupils in          DON Bosco grew up in a
 and our school with God’s love and                Primary 7 will reflect upon people in society        single parent family,
 happiness,” said Claire Gray, depute              and in our local community and explore what          struggling with poverty and
 headteacher.                                      faith means to them. They will learn about the       carrying the tensions of both
    The school’s Year of Faith programme was       Saints and how they answered God’s call to           step-brothers and
 launched during an assembly led by the            live like Jesus.                                     bereavement.
 priests of Holy Cross parish – Fr Neil               “Former pupils will be invited to give               His spirituality came from
 Donnachie, Fr John Sweeney and Fr Paul            witness to their Faith and engage in                 watching his mother,
 Brooks.                                           discussion about the importance of God in            Margaret, balancing the
    As children sang This is Our Faith, a banner   their lives.”                                        need to belong, to learn, to
 designed and made by Primary 6 pupils                Also, as part of the Year of Faith, the school    relax and to find God for her
 capturing the Year of Faith message was           will visit holy places to help develop an            three growing boys.
 unfurled and a candle lit.                        understanding of spirituality and God’s love            It was her spirituality that
    During the year, P4 pupils will record their   for people.                                          Don Bosco carried into his
                                                                                                        work for young people –
                                                                                                        practical, cheerful and
                                                                                                        balanced – and that made           realised that the care shared    academic and vocational
                                                                                                        him into a saint.                  between people was a sign        training but he also saw life
Lourdes Secondary School                                                                                   Over a lifetime of working
                                                                                                        with a wide range of young
                                                                                                        people and adults, Don
                                                                                                                                           of a deeper love of God made
                                                                                                                                           visible. He described the
                                                                                                                                           experience of genuine care
                                                                                                                                                                            as the classroom where the
                                                                                                                                                                            God of History teaches us at
                                                                                                                                                                            every moment.
                         Encouraging Excellence                                                         Bosco grew a model for the         as like an electric current
                                                                                                        development of the whole           that brought people to life,     Playground – A Space
                                                                    person which he called the         built confidence and             for Play, Fun and
                                                                  Lourdes Secondary is an               Preventive System.                 overcame                         Celebration
                                                                                                           He managed this in the          misunderstandings.                  The first thing Don Bosco
                                                               inclusive community of faith             chaos of inner-city Turin,                                          made available for young
                                                                 and learning, rich in our              with young adults who were         School – A Place Where           people was a playground. In
                                                                  diversity and offering a              often wild and abandoned by        People Could Learn from          that space young people
                                                               climate of high expectations             society. His preventive model      Life                             could relax and forget the
                                                               and aspirations for all. Our             involved balancing four key           Don Bosco saw learning        poverty and uncertainty of
                                                                                                        areas of life:                     as growing in wisdom and in      their lives and enjoy the
                                                              young people are encouraged                                                  a capacity for life. Each        present moment. Play
                                                                to aspire to the ideal of love          Home – A Sense of                  night he spoke to his young      involves a faith that the
                                                              of God, and love of neighbour,            Belonging                          lads about some aspect of        world will turn without us for
                                                              so that they may enrich their               Let people know that they        the day and tried to draw        a while. It reminds us that
                                                                 community through their                are loved was a favourite          lessons from life. Don Bosco     life is a gift to be celebrated
                                                                                                        phrase of Don Bosco’s. He          was committed to good            and shared.
                                                                      gifts and talents.
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Learning from the life and example of Don Bosco – the great apostle of youth
                                                                        the role of the Sacrament of       and draws us to fullness of        spirit. He understood the
                                                                        Penance in the year of Faith       life. Somehow honouring the        power of presence, recogni-
                                                                        and the opportunity to cele-       body of this saint did not now     tion and empathy for others,
                                                                        brate this in a gentle and un-     seem odd or eccentric, as I        and shared the hope of the
                                                                        hurried way, with several          feared it might.                   Gospel with those whom so-
                                                                        priests available in the pews.        As I left the Cathedral, it     ciety appeared not to value.
                                                                          Coming on the threshold of       struck me that Don Bosco had          The veneration of the relics
                                                                        the new year, it was indeed a      been a person gifted with a        was an opportunity to be close
                                                                        great opportunity for joy, par-    deep respect for the human         to the mortal remains of a per-
                                                                        don and peace.                     person, made in the image          son who had been so open to
                                                                                                           and likeness of God.               the grace and goodness of
                                                                                  Nature                      He recognised the vulnera-      God that he drew others to
                                                                          So what of the role of the       bility of the young who,           that goodness.
                                                                        relics in all of this?             through their experiences,
                                                                          Principally, that in order to    might be excluded from an                  Example
                                                                        faithful to God we do not          experience of grace and faith.        Don Bosco reminds us that

nity of the human person, as        cathedral in thoughtful and
                                                                        have to reject our human na-
                                                                        ture – our personalities, or in-
                                                                        deed our natural desires for
                                                                                                           He used all of his God-given
                                                                                                           talents to draw them to the
                                                                                                           Lord and to give them a future
                                                                                                                                              grace builds on nature and
                                                                                                                                              perfects it.
                                                                                                                                                 May we who work with the
well as the patient listening to    prayerful attentiveness.            affection, companionship and       with hope.                         young, be true followers of
the concerns of the young,
proved a witness to the
Gospel in both word and
                                      There were juggling tricks
                                    to engage the visiting chil-
                                    dren; a meditation on the
                                                                        human contact.
                                                                          We are bodily creatures as
                                                                        well as spiritual ones and God
                                                                                                              A practical person, he gave
                                                                                                           them catechesis, employment
                                                                                                           and fun – all necessary for the
                                                                                                                                              his example as we share the
                                                                                                                                              good news of the Christian
                                                                                                                                                                                     up north
deed.                               Beatitudes which reflected on       rejoices in us, body and soul,     blossoming of the human                                                    SAINT Aloysius College has
   As a role model for educa-       Don Bosco's vision the                                                                                                                            appointed John Browne as
tors of the young, Don Bosco        Christian life.                                                                                                                                   their new headmaster.
is unsurpassed.                       Also an opportunity to pray                                                                                                                        He is the current deputy
   But, still I wondered how        and give thanks for the person                                                                                                                    head of Ampleforth, the
this joy would be communi-          of the Saint beside the relics;                                                                                                                   Benedictine school in North
cated through the veneration        and a challenge to promote                                                                                                                        Yorkshire, and former
of his relics. I need not have      the virtues of reason, religion                                                                                                                   headmaster of Westminster
worried.                            and loving kindness in the re-                                                                                                                    Cathedral Choir School.
   The gathering of young and       spective vocations of parent,
                                                                                                                                                                                         Frank Dunn, chair of
old from the Salesian family        grandparent, catechist, reli-
worked to make the visit a pil-     gious, single person and                                                                                                                          governors of St Aloysius, said:
grimage experience. Warmth,         priest.                                                                                                                                           “Mr Browne will bring to St
welcome and good humour               Finally, in harmony with                                                                                                                        Aloysius’ College a wealth of
were hallmarks of their pres-       Don Bosco's great role as a                                                                                                                       experience and a track record
ence. A pilgrimage display          confessor and spiritual direc-                                                                                                                    of success at a senior level in
led the visitor around the          tor there was a meditation on                                                                                                                     independent and Catholic
                                                                                                                                                                                         Mr Browne, who started out
                                                                                                                                                                                      as a music teacher, takes up

in learning
                                                                         Pupils of John Bosco Primary and their                                                                       his new post in August,
                                                                         deputy head Nuala Boyd pray before the
                                                                         relic of their patron                                                                                        succeeding John Stoer who is
                                                                         Picture by Paul McSherry                                                                                     retiring after ten years at St
   Church – A Space for              family spirit were actually
   Reflection, Mystery and           built by Don Bosco in a run-
   Spiritual Life                    down part of Turin, called
      Don Bosco believed that        Valdocco. There he built a
   the capacity of young             home for orphans and                 “Improvement in living and learning to the
   people for spiritual wisdom       apprentices, a school for             greater glory of God and the common good”
   had been severely                 poor youth, a playground
                                                                            St Ignatius Loyola
   underestimated by many            for street children and a
   adults. He knew that many         church where young people
   of his young lads were            could meet God in their
   already saints whilst still at    own lives.
   school. Their genuine                This Valdocco model has
   goodness, self-sacrifice          become a practical
   and awareness of God              spirituality for all people.
   overwhelmed Don Bosco.            Each aspect, kept in
   For that reason he would          balance with the others,
   get angry with those who          offers a way of keeping in
   mistreated the young, and         touch with the Spirit at              St Aloysius’ College
   he wanted to become the           work in life and
   friendly face of the Church       relationships.
   for all young people.
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                    CONGREGATION OF                                                                                      Nightshifts no problem for hospital chaplain
                    ALEXIAN BROTHERS                                                                                     THE desire to draw peo-
                                                                                                                         ple closer to Christ is at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Fr Connell with Elain, a patient at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               St Margaret's Hospice
      The Alexian Brothers, as followers of Jesus the                                                                    the heart of the calling of                                                                           Picture by Dan McGinty
    Healer, dedicate their lives to serving the sick and                                                                 all priests, writes Mary
    those on the margins of society. They do this with                                                                   McGinty.
        the support of prayer and community life.
                                                                                                                            In his ministry as a hospital
                                                                                                                         chaplain, Fr Bernard Connell
                                                                                                                         has being doing this in a spe-
                                                                                                                         cial way in the 50 years since
                                                                                                                         his ordination.
                                                                                                                            “Embracing the sick in the
                                                                                                                         love of Christ through prayer
                                                                                                                         and the sacraments is what it
                                                                                                                         is all about,” he explained, in a
                                                                                                                         simple, matter-of-fact way.
                                                                                                                         “You are a go-between –
                                                                                                                         bringing Christ to the sick and
                                                                                                                         dying and bringing them to
                   Is Jesus calling you?                                                                                 Christ.”
Email: Tel: 00353 94 937 6996                                                                          For the best part of 20 years,
                                                                                                                         Fr Connell has been chaplain
                                                                                         to St Margaret of Scotland
                                                                                                                         Hospice in Clydebank and the
                                                                                                                         Southern General Hospital in
                                                                                                                         Govan – two demanding roles,                                                                                           but he is unfazed by the task.
                                                                                                                            In fact, involvement in hos-
                                                                                                                                                                “Coming from a family of
                                                                                                                                                             huggers, it isn’t hard to do,” he
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Perhaps the most challeng-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    man who as a youngster had
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    an ambition to become a foot-
                                                                                                                         pital chaplaincy stretches back     smiles. “I find people are reas-    ing aspect of hospital chap-       baller. He was on the books at

     FOR WOMEN                                                                                                           to immediately after ordination
                                                                                                                         in 1962 when he was filling in
                                                                                                                         at St Andrew’s Cathedral.
                                                                                                                                                             sured and comforted by a hug.
                                                                                                                                                                “The memory of my mother
                                                                                                                                                             clutching me to her as I lay
                                                                                                                                                                                                 laincy is the unsocial hours,
                                                                                                                                                                                                 but Fr Connell has never let
                                                                                                                                                                                                 this bother him. Even after a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Clyde FC and played at inter-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    national level with the Air
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Training Corp – the only Scot

      EXPLORING                                                                                                          Frequent visits to Glasgow
                                                                                                                         Royal Infirmary set the scene
                                                                                                                         for what was to come.
                                                                                                                                                             ‘dying’ has lived with me and
                                                                                                                                                             is something I’ve never been
                                                                                                                                                             afraid to share.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                 full day of visiting the hospice
                                                                                                                                                                                                 and the hospital, the prospect
                                                                                                                                                                                                 of the night shift doesn’t deter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    in the British team.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       In the spirit of teamwork, he
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    shares the workload at the

     FRANCISCAN                                                                                                             He continued to be a famil-
                                                                                                                         iar face in the Royal, visiting
                                                                                                                         parishioners from St Roch’s
                                                                                                                                                                When he is present with
                                                                                                                                                             families round the hospital
                                                                                                                                                             bed of a person who has died,
                                                                                                                                                                                                    “I could be called out two or
                                                                                                                                                                                                 three times in the one night to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Southern General with Fr
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Brendan Murtagh, of St
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Constantine’s, and is thankful

      VOCATION                                                                                                           where he was assistant priest.
                                                                                                                         And when he moved to
                                                                                                                         Immaculate Heart of Mary, he
                                                                                                                                                             Fr Connell always encourages
                                                                                                                                                             them to place their hands on
                                                                                                                                                             the head or in the hands of
                                                                                                                                                                                                 the Southern General, but I try
                                                                                                                                                                                                 not to grumble,” he says.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 “Some nights I don’t bother to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    for the assistance given by ex-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    traordinary ministers of Holy
                                                                                                                         quickly became acquainted           their loved one to express their    go to bed until two o’clock,          In light of changes to data
                                                                                                                         with Stobhill and Huntershill       closeness and give them a           just in case.”                     protection legislation, which
   SOCIETY OF                                                                                                            hospice.
                                                                                                                                                             memory to cherish.
                                                                                                                                                                It was while caring for his              Ambition
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mean that chaplains are no
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    longer given a list of Catholic

AFRICAN MISSIONS                                                                                                            Seeing a mother at the bed-
                                                                                                                         side of a sick son is especially
                                                                                                                                                             elderly father at home, that Fr
                                                                                                                                                             Connell became chaplain to St
                                                                                                                                                             Margaret’s Hospice and, later,
                                                                                                                                                                                                    With his unusually long
                                                                                                                                                                                                 service as a chaplain, Fr
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Connell has no regrets about
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    patients, Fr Connell is always
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    keen to remind parishioners to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    inform their parish priest if
                                                                                                                         moving for Fr Connell, since,       Gartnavel General and Royal         not becoming a parish priest.      they are due to go in hospital.
 SOUTH AFRICA                                                                    IVORY COAST                             years before he became a hos-       hospitals.                             “I have always been very        They should never, he says, be
                                                                                                                         pital chaplain, he was that son.       “At the Hospice, I see pa-       happy and fulfilled in hospital    reticent about making contact.
 NIGERIA                                                                                 TANZANIA                           Aged 16, he received the         tients every day and I know         chaplaincy. When I was in             “They can also contact the
                                                                                                                         last rites when he was thought      them all by name in a way you       seminary in Spain I was assis-     chaplain direct or ask the
                                                                                                                         to be dying from pleurisy and       don’t often get the chance to       tant infirmarian and had a cup-    nurse in charge of the ward
 ZAMBIA                                                                                        LIBERIA                   pneumonia. When he recov-           in a much larger hospital,” he      board of medicines and             who will page the on-call
                                                                                                                         ered, his abiding memory was        reflects.                           remedies that I dispensed. The     priest,” he points out.
                                                                                                                         “the cries of my mother im-                                             doctor taught me how to use a         Whenever he enters the
 EGYPT                                                                                           GHANA                   ploring God to let her bear the            Treasured                    syringe – so I suppose hospi-      ward, Fr Connell does so as a
                                                                                                                         sickness for me and begging           “Within the hospice there is      tals are in my blood.”             minister of the Lord bringing
                                                                                                                         me to come back to her”.            a real sense of community.             With time and a warm wel-       the compassion and mercy of
 BENIN                                                                                              ZAIRE                   The warm, human touch is         You get to know families and        come for everyone he meets,        Christ.
                                                                                                                         fundamental to the comfort Fr       see them again when they re-        there is no sign that the years       It is a privileged service he
 TOGO                                                                                               NIGER                Connell offers as chaplain. A       turn to bereavement services        have taken their toll on this      has never tired of fulfilling.
                                                                                                                         timely embrace gives the assur-     and the annual Light up a Life
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Boosting profile of Scotland’s                                                                                                              Walking humbly
‘amazing’ mission support                                                                                                                   beyond hatred
                                                                                                                                            CHRISTIANS must work             Basilica of St. Paul Outside
IT was known to genera-                                                                                                                     together to offer the faith      the Walls.
                                                                                                                                            they share to a world that          During the Year of Faith,
tions of Catholics as the                                                                                                                   seems to find it more and        he said Christians should
Propagation of the Faith,                                                                                                                   more difficult to believe,       recognise and give thanks
and more recently as                                                                                                                        Pope Benedict XVI has told       for their shared faith in God,
Missio Scotland – the                                                                                                                       Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican     in Jesus as Saviour and in
Church’s official mission                                                                                                                   and Protestant leaders.          the Holy Spirit, who
                                    to keep us up there and I know                                                                             “Unity is in itself a         sanctifies and continues to
charity in this country.            that many Catholics, both                                                                               privileged means – almost a      give life to the church.
   Now, to give a new impetus       young and old, will dig deep,                                                                           requirement – for                   “Without faith – which
to its work, the Scottish char-     even during the current reces-                                                                          proclaiming the faith in an      primarily is a gift of God, but
ity with a world-wide impact,       sion, just as they have always                                                                          increasingly credible way to     is also a response of man –
has been rebranded as Mission       done, to keep money flowing        ensure that as many people as     our mission to make the mis-       those who do not yet know        the whole ecumenical
Matters Scotland, complete          to our missionaries.               possible are aware of the vital   sions matter,” Fr Welsh said.      the Saviour or who, having       movement would be reduced
with a new website and logo.           “But we felt it was time to     work carried out thanks to        “We also have practical sup-       received the proclamation of     to a form of ‘contract’ to
And it plans to raise and keep      renew Missio, especially in        Mission Matters Scotland.         port from the Scottish             the Gospel, have almost          which we adhere out of our
a high profile throughout 2013      this Year of Faith, with its em-     “We’re equally keen for         Catholic Education Service in      forgotten this precious gift,”   common interests,” he said.
and well beyond.                    phasis on spreading the good       people outwith the Church         our quest to reach out to          he said.                            Instead, ecumenism itself
   There may be a new image         news of the Gospel, so that        and across Scotland to be-        young Catholics in schools,           Presiding over an evening     is an expression of faith in
and approach to its work, but       we’re even more able to do the     come aware of us,” said Fr        colleges and universities.”        prayer service at the end of     Jesus, who prayed that his
Mission Matters Scotland’s          work entrusted to us.”             Welsh.                               He added: “We’ll be work-       the Week of Prayer for           disciples would be one.
message remains the same as            That means a launch of the        “There’s a rich, Christian      ing hard to play our part in       Christian Unity, the Pope           The theme, ‘What does
it always has: pray a little give   new logo and a calendar of ac-     missionary tradition to tap       evangelisation, here, in           said that, even as divided       God require of us?’, and
a little, to ensure that the        tivities and prayer initiatives    into, and as a Lanarkshire man    Scotland. We’ll be encourag-       Christians continue their        reflections for the 2013
Church’s missionary work can        over the coming year, all de-      myself, I only have to think of   ing people to pray, and are        theological dialogues in the     week of prayer were
continue effectively.               signed to raise awareness of       David Livingstone, to know        launching a national prayer        search for full unity, “it is    developed by Christians in
   Father Tom Welsh, national       the charity.                       that many people will chime       campaign for the missions,         necessary to pursue              India. The material
director of Mission Matters                                            with the whole concept of         and for this country.              concrete collaboration           highlighted the believers’
Scotland, said: “Scotland has                 Aware                    mission.”                            “By praying a little and giv-   among the disciples of           biblical obligation “to do
a proud record of missionary          Schools and parishes alike         Mission Matters Scotland        ing a little regularly, we can     Christ on behalf of the cause    justice, love goodness and
prayer, giving and activity,        will be provided with materi-      reports to Rome, as a pontifi-    all move closer to Jesus Christ    of transmitting the faith to     walk humbly with God”.
and we want to make sure that       als and encouraged to support      cal charity, and to the           Our Saviour.”                      the modern world.                   “True faith in God is
this continues.                     Mission Matters Scotland.          Bishops’ Conference of                                                  “In today’s society, it       inseparable from personal
   “Many people will be               And, the new name – a play       Scotland.                                                            seems that the Christian         holiness, just as it is
amazed to hear that our small       on the fact that mission does        “We’re delighted that           I To learn more or to donate       message has a diminishing        inseparable from the search
country ranks an astonishing        matter to everyone, while the      Archbishop Philip Tartaglia,        to Mission Matters               impact on personal and           for justice,” Pope Benedict
eleventh in the world for giv-      charity deals with missionary      the conference president, is        Scotland, visit                  community life, and this         said.
ing to the missions. We want        matters – will be promoted, to     giving us his full backing in       represents a challenge for          He prayed for Christians
                                                                                                                                            all churches and ecclesial       in India, “who sometimes
                                                                                                                                            communities.”                    are called to witness to their
                                                                                                                                               The key to meeting the        faith in difficult

Mali missionaries in heat of battle                                                                                                         challenge is for Christians to
                                                                                                                                            pray to God for the gift of
                                                                                                                                            unity and step up their
                                                                                                                                            efforts at reconciliation,
                                                                                                                                                                             circumstances,” and he said
                                                                                                                                                                             that while walking humbly
                                                                                                                                                                             with God means trusting
                                                                                                                                                                             God completely, “it also
                                                                                                                                            dialogue and mutual              means walking beyond the
A MISSIONARY priest in              and took it. They used people                                                                           understanding.                   barriers, hatred, racism and
                                                                        Fr Zacharie Sorgho                Fr Alberto Rovelli
Mali ministering to dis-            as human shields.”                                                                                         “Communion in the same        social and religious
placed people has de-                  The priest reported how                                                                              faith is the basis for           discrimination that divide
scribed their desperate             Islamists had confiscated mo-                                                                           ecumenism,” Pope Benedict        and damage the whole
struggle to flee fighting           bile phones, preventing people                                                                          said in his homily at Rome’s     society.”
                                    from communicating with the
as violence intensified in          outside world, and mingled
key parts of the country.           with residents, stopping the
                                    French and Malian soldiers
   In an interview with Aid to      from conducting targeted
                                                                                                                                              Is God calling you

the Church in Need, Fr              strikes against them.
Zacharie Sorgho described the          Describing the background
events that led to the liberation   of the conflict, he said: “For a
                                                                                                                                                   to a life of silence and solitude
of the strategically important      long time rebel groups in                                                                               within a community of fellow seekers?
town of Diabaly on18                northern Mali imposed their                                                                             The Cistercian monks at Nunraw Abbey
January.                            laws and spread terror among       flict areas since the brutality   that are obvious or that will be
   He said: “One morning,           the people by amputating           began over a year ago.            contradicted by the facts.                  offer such an opportunity.
there was an armed assault by       hands, giving strokes of the          Fr Sorgho, who is a member     There is a war going on that is           With them you can praise God
Islamist rebels in the city of      lash, committing sexual vio-       of the Missionaries of Africa     for sure and in a war, all kinds
Konna and other southern            lence against women and            (White Fathers) said: “We         of horror are possible.”                 through the psalms and liturgy
cities.                             girls, and so forth.               have welcomed those dis-             Fr Rovelli said that over the            at set times during the day.
   “This created a great fear in       “The misery was great and       placed by the war. But, with      past ten years there had been
the city and everyone was in a      the media spoke about the sit-     multiple air strikes and armed    “an infiltration of non Malians
                                                                                                                                              You will have time to study the ways
state of confusion. People          uation every day, but nothing      interventions, we are seeing      who have started promoting              of God and to meet God in your
were fleeing and there were         was done at either national or     many more people coming to        radical forms of Islam.”             lectio divina. And, you will find work
cries of despair.”                  international level.               us.                                  Fundamentalists         from
   Fr Sorgho, whose parish is          “Rebel groups and Islamists        “Many have come with           Pakistan and Saudi Arabia had       that will keep body and soul together.
in north-west Mali, praised the     thought they were already vic-     nothing – except a backpack       come in and were brainwash-           If you have good reason to believe
intervention of French troops       tors and masters of the coun-      containing a few personal         ing young people.
who were crucial to the liber-      try.                               items.”                              The priest said that the in-               God may be calling you
ation of the city.                     “They really want to impose        Fellow White Father mis-       tervention of French troops of-                to be a monk, write to:
   He said: “After intense          laws and apply Sharia              sionary, Fr Alberto Rovelli       fered only a temporary
fighting, Konna was freed           throughout the country.”           who has worked in Mali over       solution and that lasting peace           Vocation Director, Nunraw Abbey
from the hands of the jihadist         It is estimated that up to      many years, said: “It is not      depended on Muslim leaders               HADDINGTON, EH41 4LW, Scotland
Muslims. But then they at-          400,000 people have fled from      easy to talk about Mali right     denouncing violence and                 Or email:
tacked the town of Diabaly          northern Mali and other con-       now. One risks saying things      standing up to the terrorists.                    Scottish Charity No SCO22611
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 How parents can play their
 part in ‘opening the hearts
 and minds’ of their children
 WE know as parents that             make to our world.                Commandments. We under-
 we hand on to our chil-                                               take to teach them so that
 dren many things – our                Baptismal vows                  they know what Christ has
 genes, our family sto-                 When we brought our chil-      taught us about the centrality
                                     dren to be baptised, one of the   of love.
 ries, how we relate to              questions we were asked was,        Our role as parents is to
 others, our view of the             “What do you ask of God’s         open the hearts and minds of
 world, and our values.              Church, for [your son/daugh-      our children to the God in
                                     ter]?”                            whom we believe and to pro-         Children awaiting Confirmation at St Philip’s, Ruchazie
   Catholic Education Week              Our       answer        was    vide the love that enables our      Picture by Paul McSherry
 reminds us that one of the key      “Baptism”.                        children to open themselves
 things that we hand on to our          By asking for baptism, we      to God in Jesus Christ.
 children is our Catholic faith      ‘accept responsibility’ for our     These are tough things to         The Parental Involvement group, established by the
 – what we believe about Jesus       children’s practice of faith.     undertake for our children as
 as the Son of God and the dif-      We accept the ‘duty’ of           we ourselves set out on the         Catholic Education Commission, offers support to
 ference that His life and death     bringing them up to keep the      road of parenthood. They are
                                                                       not trivial. No doubt we un-        parents who wish to provide their children with
                                                                       dertook these responsibilities
     Celebrating Confirmation at St Anne’s, Dennistoun                 and duties in the hope that we
                                                                                                           formation in the Catholic faith
                                                                       would be assisted by God to
                                                                       carry them out fully.
                                                                         Perhaps also, if we are hon-     we said we would do for our      seeds that may take some
                                                                       est, it was in the hope that our   children.                        time to sprout and flower.                  Creed
                                                                       own limitations and vulnera-                                           In doing this we should           One of the basic expres-
                                                                       bilities would not prevent us             Schooling                 stick to the basics of            sions of our faith is the
                                                                       from bringing our children to         When parents send their       Catholic practice within our      Creed that we profess each
                                                                       Christ. We know that we can        child to a Catholic school       families.                         Sunday at Mass. In this we
                                                                       only do this if we ourselves       they are asking school staff        We should not make             say out loud what we be-
                                                                       have our own hearts and            to help out in their responsi-   handing on the faith compli-      lieve. Sometimes we just re-
                                                                       minds open to God.                 bility to hand on their faith.   cated. It is about the basics     peat the words without
                                                                         If we are ‘closed’ in any           However, that should          of our family life – eating       letting them have any real
                                                                       way then we cannot do what         mean that parents are fully      together, praying together,       meaning.
                                                                                                          involved in what the school      going to Mass together.              Throughout this Year of
                                                                                                          does and in helping the             We can all challenge our-      Faith our children will be re-
                                                                                                          school to have an ethos that     selves about how much ef-         flecting on what the Creed
                                                                                                          supports the development of      fort we put into making           means to them. We as par-

                                                                                                          faith. Schools need parents      these three things happen         ents can play our part in this
                                                                                                          to be actively involved, if      within our families. Often        too by discussing the Creed
                                                                                                          they are to assist parents in    we fall into bad habits or opt    with them and trying to
                                                                                                          handing on faith.                simply for compromise for a       make it more meaningful for

                                                                                                             Those of you who are par-     quiet life.                       ourselves.
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                                                                                                          children is not a smooth path    change what hinders us and        would wish.
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  UN adopts Mother Teresa’s feast                                                                                                                                       New York
  day as International Charity Day                                                                                                                                             By Mgr Peter Smith

  IT was a busy day, so               want to go on the New York                                                                              on different and, at least for        is one which finds its way
  that was possibly how I             Subway without the benefit           Santacon – Santas on the New York                                  the ones the Church cele-             into the hearts and minds of
                                      of a pair of trousers? What is       Subway (with their pants on)                                       brates, important issues.             all of us because it is a deeply
  missed it. Back in
                                      the point?                                                                                                The United Nations has              Christian theme, even though
  Glasgow, it was St                     As it turns out, I don’t think                                                                       quite a number of these – in          it applies to all people. It is
  Mungo’s feast day, but              there was a point, except to                                                                            fact,    there     are    115         also a theme which resonates
  here in New York and                cause a scene. The folks or-                                                                            ‘International Days of” in the        very strongly with the teach-
  elsewhere it was the                ganizing it are famous for                                                                              calendar. Some parallel days          ing of Pope Benedict XVI.
  Feast of the Baptism of             these staged events and effec-                                                                          observed in the Church, like             Last December, the UN
                                      tively all they do is to amuse                                                                          World Youth Day and Day               General Assembly adopted a
  the Lord – the end of the           people. No harm in that I sup-                                                                          for Families, while others are        resolution to mark the
  Christmas Season.                   pose.                                                                                                   more esoteric like World Day          International Day of Charity.
     I was on the subway four            On the Saturday morning                                                                              of Happiness (honestly, it            The resolution recognized the
  times that day, my first jour-      before Christmas, I was head-                                                                           falls on 20th March), or              good works of nations and
  ney at ten to six in the morn-      ing up to Grand Central                                                                                 Friendship (30th July).               also of groups and individu-
  ing (yep!) to get to Staten         Terminal – just a couple of                                                                               Serious concerns like               als reaching out to others.
  Island for the early Mass, and      minutes from home – to meet                                                                             AIDS, cancer and suicide                 Included among the great
  my final journey was at the         some parishioners from St                                                                               prevention have their days as         examples of charitable living
  back of seven in the evening        Mary’s, Calton, who were                                                                                                                      was “the work of Mother
  as I headed back home from          visiting New York.                                                                                                                            Teresa”. And the resolution
  East Harlem after the evening          As I arrived at 42nd Street,                                                                                                               designated the International
  Mass.                               I was startled to see around                                                                                                                  Day of Charity to be 5th
     And yet, in spite of those       200 Santas standing outside                                                                                                                   September – the Feast of
  four journeys, I did not no-        the station. As they started                                                                                                                  Saint Teresa of Calcutta,
  tice, nor did I know it was         marching along the street, in                                                                                                                 marking the anniversary of
  happening. I only discovered        almost military precision, and      of 20,000 Santas were out         nating to food-banks and col-                                           Mother Teresa’s death in
  I had missed it when I was          I noticed dozens more red-          and about in New York.            lecting money for charity. No                                           1997.
  watching the evening news. I        suited men and women along             In fact, it became so normal   harm in that I suppose, and                                                All member states of the
  suppose I am glad I had             the way chatting, walking,          to see Santa that on the          indeed a lot of good too.                                               UN are invited to observe the
  missed it, all things consid-       going about their business.         Saturday evening when I saw         There are all kinds of days                                           International Day of Charity
  ered.                               Inside, the station was filled      a man dressed as a mouse          popping up in our calendars                                             by encouraging charity, in-
     Yes, Sunday 13 January in        with more Santas of all             (honestly) walking along the      now – some are frivolous, for                                           cluding through education
  New York City was ‘No               shapes and sizes milling            street, my immediate thought      no reason, some are fun for a      Mother Teresa                        and public awareness-raising
  pants on the subway Day’ –          about.                              was not “why is he dressed        good cause and others are                                               activities.
  (pants as in trousers for those        It turned out this was           like a mouse?”, but rather,       quite serious.                                                             Now that is a day with a
  of us who speak English). I         SantaCon – the Santa                “why is he not dressed as           We find them in the             does Holocaust Memorial               good theme and great mo-
  thought “what?” as I heard          Convention – and these peo-         Santa?”                           Church as well – World Day        Day. On a much lighter note,          tives. Appropriate indeed.
  the newscaster report this          ple were all out dressed up to         The Santas were not only       of Prayer for Peace,              April 30th is the World Day              All we need now is to get a
  story. Why, of all the things       help and work on various            enjoying themselves and en-       Vocations Sunday, Mission         of Jazz.                              UN resolution to turn all
  you can do on a Sunday in the       projects around the city. In        tertaining passers-by, but        Sunday. Each of these days          A new ‘day’ has just been           these ‘Days of…’ into days
  middle of January, would you        all, somewhere in the region        were doing good work, do-         and events focuses our minds      added to the list, and I hope it      off!

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                                                     Mgr McShane served
                                                     up to his final day
                                                     IT was testimony to his           August 1924, he attended a
                                                     devoted care as a priest          number of primary schools
                                                     that, on the day he died,         before entering St Aloysius
                                                     Monsignor James McShane           College in 1933. Just as war
                                                                                       broke out in 1939, he moved
                                                     spent time bringing Holy          to St Mary’s College, Blairs,
                                                     Communion to sick and             and his seminary years proved
                                                     housebound parishioners           as nomadic as his earlier
                                                     of St Margaret’s, Clyde-          schooling. Eventually, he
                                                     bank.                             ended up at the Scots College,
                                                                                       Rome,       and      Gregorian
                                                       On the shortest day of the      University, going on to study
                                                     year – 21 December – and          Scripture at the Pontifical
                                                     aged 88, he made time to be       Biblical Institute, Rome, and
                                                     about the work that he had ac-    the École Biblique, Jerusalem.
                                                     cepted as his calling 65 years       He was ordained priest by
                                                     earlier. He died with his boots   Archbishop Donald Campbell       generation of seminarians,
                                                     on, in the loving embrace of St   at St Aloysius, Garnethill, on   many of whom went on to
                                                     Margaret of Scotland Hospice,     12 September 1947 and cele-      serve as priests in the Glasgow
                                                     where he had been at home for     brated his first Mass in St      province. In 1967, he trans-
                                                     the past eight years.             Vincent’s,      Thornliebank.    ferred his teaching remit to
                                                       In all, this doughty priest     After his studies in Rome and    Notre Dame College of
                                                     had spent 35 years in             Jerusalem, he returned to        Education where he was a lec-
                                                     Clydebank after his appoint-      Glasgow and served as assis-     turer in religious education to
                                                     ment as parish priest of St       tant priest in St Brendan’s,     students aiming to become
                                                     Margaret’s in 1977. From the      Yoker, for a year, and a fur-    teachers. He also qualified and
                                                     start, he identified with the     ther four years in St Mark’s,    registered as a teacher in
                                                     town’s fight to protect jobs at   Shettleston.                     1971.
                                                     Singers and in shipbuilding,         In 1955, he became              His passion for the scrip-
                                                     and was resolute in upholding     Professor of Sacred Scripture    tures and education remained
                                                     the dignity and worth of a        and Biblical Studies in St       throughout his life. For
                                                     sorely tested people.             Peter’s College, Cardross,       awhile, he shared his insights
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he succeeded Fr John                 of Glasgow, he brought these       suffered a heart attack which       Even in old age, he was still
Fitzsimmons in compiling the         concerns to a wider audience       led to his death nine days later.   vigorous – still full of sap, still
Sunday Scripture reflections.        and helped promote the                As an integral part of his       green.
   With his appointment as           Church’s opposition to nu-         parish, Mgr McShane devel-             The funeral Mass for Mgr
parish priest of St Margaret’s,      clear weapons, unjust war and      oped a strong pastoral bond         McShane, took place on 29
Whitecrook, in 1977, he es-          iniquitous taxes.                  with St Margaret’s Hospice          December in St Margaret’s
tablished an association with          Well respected among his         and great affection for the         Church where he had offered
Clydebank and its people that        fellow priests, he was a past      hard-working staff. When he         Mass each day over many
was to last the rest of his life.    chairman of the Council of         stepped down from his duties        years. The packed congrega-
From the start, he was thrown        Priests, the Dean of the           as parish priest in 2004, Sister    tion spoke clearly of the love
into the fight to save jobs          Clydebank parishes and an ad-      Rita Dawson was only too            and esteem in which he was
which at the time was an all-        visor on liturgy and ecu-          happy to offer him a place          held.
consuming concern with thou-         menism. He was made a              where he was cared for and             Archbishop Tartaglia was
sands      threatened      with
unemployment. In the work of
                                     Prelate of Honour by Pope
                                     John Paul II in 1987 and a
                                                                        from where he could continue
                                                                        to engage with his many ac-
                                                                                                            principal celebrant and was
                                                                                                            joined by a good number of
                                                                                                                                                  Organist and Cantor
providing pastoral and spiri-        Canon of the Cathedral             quaintances. One old acquain-       clergy from across Scotland,
tual leadership, he followed         Chapter in 1996.                   tance, Queen Elizabeth, even        as well as staff and friends          Available for funeral services
men like Fr Tom Glen and                                                had a special word with him         from St Margaret’s Hospice,           Tel 01698 325 493
Rev Stewart Borthwick, veter-              Friendship                   when she visited the hospice        parishioners of St Margaret’s
ans of the area’s Christian             In his younger days, Fr         as part of her Diamond Jubilee      and other parishes throughout         Listen online at
Action network.                      McShane played an occa-            celebrations, last July.            Clydebank and beyond,
   In discussions with national      sional round of golf with Fr          It was no surprise that when     friends from other churches,
and local politicians, and busi-     Tom Winning (the two were          fight to protect the hospice’s      from local and national poli-
ness leaders, he articulated the
Church’s teaching on human
                                     friends from student days). It
                                     was shortly after attending the
                                                                        funding delivered a 100,000
                                                                        signature petition to the
                                                                                                            tics – but especially by his
                                                                                                            dear nieces and nephew and
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dignity, the right to work and       funeral of the sister of Mgr       Scottish Parliament, two years      their families. Mgr McShane’s         Monumental Sculptors
freedom from exploitation. As        McShane at Our Lady and St         ago, Mgr McShane was well           remains were interred at North
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was Master of Cere-                  in everything he did.”                                                 Fr Friel next to Pope John
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at Vale of Leven                     junior seminary at Blairs

                                                                                                                                                                                                         O DA
Hospital on Sunday 6                 where he completed his

                                                                                                                                                                                                          P Y
January. He was 86.

                                                                                                                                                                                                           E S
                                     Highers and began his studies

                                     in philosophy.
   For the past 20 years, this         In 1946, when the Scottish
well-respected priest had been       seminaries on the European
resident at St Patrick’s,            continent reopened after the
Dumbarton, after stepping            war, Dan Friel was among a
down as parish priest of St          good number of students who                                                                                                              We have 100 different styles
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spent 11 years on the teaching       Rome. It was in Rome that he
staff of St Mary’s College,
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                                     was ordained priest on 28
                                     October 1951.
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Dan’ for his supportive ap-               Enthusiasm                    Scanlan whom he also served         cal, was appointed to St
proach in engaging with the             Returning to Glasgow the        as diocesan Master of               Patrick’s as assistant to Mgr
                                                                                                                                                      Glasgow (at Railway Station)
young seminarians whom he            following year, he was ap-         Ceremonies. This was on at          Des Maguire. At a time when                    EE
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ation of Blairentians who felt       ing the century-old southside      Mass and the introduction of        assistants again at 65, allow-
his avuncular influence and          parish. With a few years of        English texts. With a deep ap-      ing younger men to take on re-
expressed his gratitude when         pastoral experience under his      preciation for its proper cele-     sponsibility for parishes.
he presided at the Funeral           belt, he was appointed to the      bration, Fr Friel helped ensure        Although he retired in 1996,
Mass for Fr Friel in St              staff at Blairs in 1955.           the liturgy was offered with        Fr Friel stayed on in
Patrick’s.                              Over the next decade, he        due reverence and dignity.          Dumbarton and continued to
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Bosco figure who took a fa-          call to priesthood. His enthu-     Pope John Paul, Fr Friel rose       tion to mark his diamond ju-
therly interest in the boys. He      siasm and example also             to the challenge and proved a       bilee of priesthood.
was a good teacher who knew          rubbed off on his youngest         calm, assured presence along-          Just a week before his death
when to take his foot off the        brother Terence, who was or-       side the Holy Father.               – with a planned move to
gas and engage in lighter con-       dained in 1959, and his               By this time, he had been        Nazareth House, Cardonald,
versation.                           nephew Fr Paul Friel, the son      parish priest of St Flannan’s       well advanced – Fr Friel had           35 Glenkirk Drive, Drumchapel G15 6BS
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radeship that, at its best, Blairs   ministry in Glasgow in 1966,       years.                              Dumbarton cemetery were
inculcated in the boys. His un-      Fr Friel was appointed assis-         As he reached the age of 65,     testimony to the high regard in
complicated identity as a man        tant at St Andrew’s Cathedral      Fr Friel stood down as parish       which he was held.
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Lent provides opportunity to become immersed in Scripture
ONE month, two liturgi-                                                Luke’s readers would have           Unfortunately, Peter con-          episode in the synagogue at         world and serve Satan; but his
cal ‘periods’ and four                                                 known of Mark’s (and                cludes that his relationship       Nazareth which was read in          particular mission is to relin-
separate    themes      –                                              Matthew’s) version of the call      with Jesus is at an end almost     recent weeks.                       quish self and so conquer
February packs a lot into                                              of the first four disciples? I      as soon as it has begun, be-          In these episodes, Jesus is      Satan by undermining his ad-
a short time!                                                          think we might. Last week,          cause he is a sinful man!          being put to the test to see how    versary’s thirst for power, and
                                      Canon                            Jesus made reference to the            Peter has yet to realise that   faithful he will remain to his      which Jesus will do by the
   The first Sunday takes us          Robert                           works that the Nazareth syna-       it is precisely when he can        mission. The outcome is of          complete surrender of himself
back to the scene of Jesus                                             gogue congregation would            identify himself as a sinner       course that Jesus remains to-       in his death and resurrection.
teaching in the Nazareth syna-        Hill                             have wanted to see him do the       that he can now seriously          tally faithful to the will of his      Finally, he is challenged to
gogue. This is followed by                                             things that they have heard         begin to follow Jesus. Jesus       Father in all things.               throw himself off the Temple
Luke’s account of Jesus call-                                          about him doing in Caper-           makes the point even clearer          Such faithfulness is not         to prove he will trust his
ing Peter to his new role as a          Jesus wins the approval of     naum. These deeds would             to Peter in a way which is as-     however a foregone conclu-          Father to send angels to catch
‘fisher of men’.                     all regarding the gracious        have included the call of           tounding: the one who thinks       sion: Jesus has full freedom of     him. That would give an im-
   At this point, we leave           words that came form his lips,    Peter, Andrew, James and            he is useless because he is a      choice. He passes the test in a     pressive display of trust in
Ordinary Time aside, until           but soon the mood changes.        John – at least, if Mark’s ac-      sinner is precisely the one        spectacular way, however.           God: but Jesus shows that the
after the Easter season, as we       Jesus lets it be known that he    count is to be believed.            whom Jesus chooses to be a         These may not seem like real        greatest trust in God lies in not
begin the season of Lent.            can read their thoughts, and        If this is true, then the fish-   ‘fisher of men’!                   temptations to us, but as tests     putting God to the test, and in-
   As always, the first Sunday       that they are thinking that he    ermen have already encoun-             Now, it takes real faith on     they are ones we could feel we      stead by trusting implicitly
of Lent presents us with the         should perform here in            tered Jesus and answered his        our part to see that we serve      are also subjected to.              that God’s purpose will be ful-
gospel of the so-called ‘temp-       Nazareth those things they had    call, so they and Jesus are al-     Jesus most fully when we              Jesus is first confronted        filled without the need for
tations’ of Jesus, but which         heard about him doing in          ready known to each other.          recognise that we are weak         with an apparently innocent         signs.
would be better titled the ‘test-    Capernaum. He further sug-        Perhaps that’s why Jesus can        sinners. This is a thought we      opportunity to satisfy his
ings’ of Jesus. This is fol-         gests that they really want to    be so bold as to tell them to       could no doubt usefully ex-        hunger by turning stone into        24 February
lowed by the Transfiguration         quote the proverb ‘physician      put out their nets again after a    plore during Lent.                 bread. But he chooses to be         2nd Sunday of Lent (C)
narrative.                           heal yourself’!                   very long night catching noth-                                         fed first and foremost by the       Luke 9:28-36
   A lot of diverse material,           In saying this, Jesus demon-   ing – agreeing nonetheless to       17 February                        word of God; i.e. his own de-       The gospel of the transfigura-
but it is possible to tie each of    strates, and not for the last     do as Jesus asks.                   1st Sunday of Lent (C)             sire is secondary to that of his    tion of Jesus is always read on
these otherwise unrelated            time in Luke’s gospel, that he      The result is astounding,         Luke 4:1–13                        Father.                             this Sunday of Lent. It is only
themes to the Year of Faith.         has the prophet’s ability to      and it causes Peter to reflect      Oddly, this passage comes             He is invited to take posses-    in Luke’s account that we are
   The congregation in the           read the thoughts of others!      on his relationship with Jesus.     from immediately before the        sion of the kingdoms of the         told what Jesus, Moses and
Nazareth synagogue lack the          He quotes two examples from                                                                                                                  Elijah were discussing: his
faith to see Isaiah’s prophecy       the time of the prophets Elijah                                                                                                              ‘passing’ (the Greek word is
being fulfilled in front of          and Elisha whose words often                                                                                                                 exodos) which he will accom-
them, and then Peter struggles       went unheeded in their own                                                                                                                   plish in Jerusalem.
to believe – but recognising         land, but which received a sur-                                                                                                                 Peter, James and John are
his own sinfulness enables           prising welcome from for-                                                                                                                    given a glimpse of Jesus’ post-
him to encounter the Lord.           eigners.                                                                                                                                     resurrection glory, and of
   In the first two Sundays of          Jesus’ words in the syna-                                                                                                                 course Peter wants to make
Lent, we reflect on the faith of     gogue have a prophetic reign                                                                                                                 the experience permanent by
Jesus who passed the test of         which is immediately ful-                                                                                                                    building      three     shrines.
his own faithfulness to his          filled: he says a prophet is                                                                                                                 However, not only Peter,
Father’s will, and our own           never welcome in his own                                                                                                                     James and John, but Jesus
challenge of faith to see in         land and among his own peo-                                                                                                                  himself must first descend
Jesus the one who sums up the        ple, and immediately they                                                                                                                    from this mountain so that he
entire meaning of the Law and        rush him out of the synagogue                                                                                                                can head to Jerusalem which
the Prophets.                        and try to thrown him over the                                                                                                               is the rightful place for a
                                     cliff!                                                                                                                                       prophet to die.
3 February                              The prophet’s words are                                                                                                                      Jesus will speak of immers-
4th Sunday, Year C                   fulfilled: his own people have                                                                                                               ing himself (being baptised) in
Luke 4:21-30                         rejected him, and their lack of                                                                                                              his mission. His disciples too
This week’s gospel is really         welcome is unmistakably                                                                                                                      will be challenged to take up
the continuation of last week’s      final!                                                                                                                                       the cross, renounce self and
– and the point is stressed with                                                                                                                                                  come after him. These are
the repetition of the affirma-       10 February                                                                                                                                  necessary preludes to the
tion that “this text is being ful-   5th Sunday (C)                                                                                                                               glory awaiting those who em-
filled today even as you             Luke 5:1–11                                                                                                                                  brace the cross, as we are
listen”.                             Should we presume that                                                                                                                       called to do.

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Praying each day with Pope Benedict                                                                                                                                                Mass
THE Apostleship of
Prayer began in France
in 1844.
                                      the spread of the Kingdom for
                                      the salvation of souls.”
                                        Devotion to this simple,
                                      profound way of life spread,
                                                                             Father Michael Beattie SJ,
                                                                          the national secretary of the
                                                                          Apostleship of Prayer in
                                                                          Britain, said: “Our morning
                                                                                                                 Migrant Families. That mi-
                                                                                                               grant families, especially the
                                                                                                               mothers, may be supported and
  At that time Fr Francis             and in time the Pope proposed       offering to the Lord unites us       accompanied in their difficulties.
Xavier Gautrelet told a group         monthly intentions, including       with the Holy Father’s inten-          Peace. That the peoples at war
of Jesuit seminarians who             one specifically related to the     tions. At the beginning of the       and in conflict may lead the way                                    A BOOKLET to help priests
were eager to work on the             missionary work of the              day, the simple words: ‘Jesus I      in building a peaceful future.                                      celebrate the Mass properly
missions: “Be apostles now,           Church.                             offer my day to you’ can be                                                                              and the faithful to
apostles of prayer! Offer               Over fifty million apostles       applied to the whole day, as                                                                             participate better is being
everything you are doing each         of prayer worldwide now pray        they connect us so well to this                                                                          prepared by the
day in union with the Heart of        for the Pope’s two prayer in-       important papal initiative.”                                                                             Congregation for Divine
our Lord for what He wishes,          tentions each month.                   Prayer     intentions    for                                                                          Worship and the
                                                                                                                                                                                      Cardinal Antonio
                                                                                                                                                                                   Cañizares, prefect of the

Promoting Eucharist at St Anthony’s                                                                                                                                                congregation, confirmed
                                                                                                                                                                                   the book was in the
                                                                                                                                                                                   pipeline and hoped it would
                                                                                                                                                                                   be published by the
THE 50th anniversary of                                                                                                                                                               Giving a talk on ‘Catholic
                                       Archbishop Tartaglia with St Anthony’s youngsters
the canonisation of St                 and members of the Life in the Eucharist team                                                                                               Liturgy since Vatican II:
Peter Julian Eymard was                Picture by Paul McSherry                                                                                                                    Continuity and Evolution’,
                                                                                                                                                                                   the Spanish cardinal said
celebrated     in    St                                                                                                                                                            that there is talk of a
Anthony’s, Govan, home                                                                                                                                                             renewed Church, which
to the Congregation of                                                                                                                                                             must not be understood as
the Blessed Sacrament                                                                                                                                                              a mere reform of
which he founded.                                                                                                                                                                  structures, but as a change
                                                                                                                                                                                   starting with the liturgy,
   Archbishop Philip Tartaglia                                                                                                                                                     because it is from the
joined parishioners and parish                                                                                                                                                     liturgy that the work of
priest Fr Peter Dowling, who                                                                                                                                                       salvation is effected.
is also provincial superior of
the Congregation.                                                                                                                                                                           Silence
   St Peter Julian lived in 19th                                                                                                                                                   When speaking of the
century France and was a man                                                                                                                                                       liturgy, he underlined what
of prayer and pastoral energy.                                                                                                                                                     the Council document,
He was a Marist Brother be-                                                                                                                                                        Sacrosanctum Concilium,
fore founding the Blessed                                                                                                                                                          stated: “Christ is always
Sacrament         Congregation                                                                                                                                                     present in his Church,
which was dedicated to living                                                                                                                                                      especially in the liturgical
the Eucharist in prayer, wor-                                                                                                                                                      action. He is present in the
ship and evangelising activity.                                                                                                                                                    sacrifice of the Mass, be it
   He was canonised in                                                                                                                                                             in the person of the
December 1962, at the end of                                                                                                                                                       minister, ‘offering himself
the first session of the Second                                                                                                                                                    now through the ministry of
Vatican Council.                                                                                                                                                                   the priests as he then
   Archbishop Tartaglia said:                                                                                                                                                      offered himself on the
“In many ways, the vision of                                                                                                                                                       cross,’ be it especially
St Peter Julian anticipated the                                                                                                                                                    under the Eucharistic
renewing impulse of the                 “As we mark the 50th an-          greater devotion and intensity,        The Blessed Sacrament           Life in the Eucharist (LITE)      species.”
Council whose vision of the           niversary of the Council and        and evangelising our commu-          Congregation has served in        spirituality and has a well-es-      Cardinal Cañizares
Church is very much con-              the canonisation of St Peter        nities with a deeper sense of        Glasgow for around 25 years       tablished team in Glasgow         praised moments of silence
cerned with Christ’s people           Julian, we are called to a new      mission, proposing once again        – initially at St Patrick’s,      which offers retreats and         in the liturgy “that are
gathered at the Eucharist and         evangelisation, building on         to one another and to the peo-       Anderston,     and      then      courses in parishes and           action,” which enable the
going out from the Eucharist          the authentic renewal set in        ple of our time, with joy, can-      Dennistoun, before moving to      schools.                          priest and the faithful to
to evangelise the world in            motion by the Council, cele-        dour and openness the person         St Anthony’s.                                                       talk with Jesus Christ and
which we live.                        brating the Eucharist with a        of Jesus Christ.”                      The Congregation promotes                                         which exclude the
                                                                                                                                                                                   predominance of words
                                                                                                                                                                                   that often becomes
  Adult faith development courses                                                                                                                                                  showmanship on the part of
 ‘Figuring out the New Catechism’              The Catechism of the Catholic               Session 3: The Early Creeds: Rev J          Pack includes: facilitators notes;          the priest.
                                               Church                                      Walker, St Andrew’s                                                                        The cardinal criticized
 With head, heart, hands and knees                                                                                                     hand-outs; powerpoint DVD                   the effort to make the Mass
 Presented by Dr Noel Donnelly                 Monday 18 & 25 Feb, 4, 11, 18 March         St Peter’s Hall, Partick
                                                                                                                                       ‘The 4 Great Constitutions of Vatican       ‘entertaining’ in an attempt
 Wednesdays 20 & 27 Feb; 6 & 13 March                                                      Catholicism – Faith Formation                                                           to overcome ‘boredom’ by
 (2.30-4.00pm)                                                                                                                         II’
                                               Session 1: Fr Tom Kilbride –                Programme                                                                               transforming the Mass into
 Carmelite Monastery, Dumbarton                Introduction                                Fr Robert Barron’s programme brings         Sacrosanctum Concilium (on liturgy)         a show, instead of focusing
                                                                                           the beauty, goodness and truth of the
                                                                                                                                                                                   on the mystery.
 ‘What Do Catholics Believe…?’                 Session 2: Maria McMahon – Creed                                                        Lumen Gentium (on the Church)
 Happy Are We: The Teachings of                                                            Church to life.
                                                                                                                                                                                      He added that the Council
 Jesus                                         Session 3: Fr David Wallace –                                                           Gandium et Spes (on the Church in           did not speak of the priest
                                               Liturgy/Workshop                            Presented by Deacon John Fletcher                                                       celebrating Mass facing the
 from Fr Robert Barron’s course                                                                                                        the Modern World)
 ‘Catholicism’                                 Session 4: Mgr Paul Murray – Morality       Wednesday 6, 20, 27 Feb; 6, 13, 20, 27                                                  people, but that it stressed
                                                                                           March; 17, 24 April (7.00-8.30pm)           Dei Verbum          (on Scripture)          the importance of Christ on
 Thursday 28 Feb (7.00 - 8.30pm)               Session 5: Fr Tom Kilbride – Prayer                                                                                                 the altar. This does not
                                                                                           St John of the Cross, Twechar
 St Gregory’s, 130 Kelvindale Road,            Our Lady of Good Counsel, 6 Broompark                                                   Parishes wishing to establish Adult         exclude the priest facing
 Glasgow G20                                   Circus, Glasgow, G31 2JF                    RESOURCES                                   Faith Development in their                  the people, in particular
 ‘Who Do You Say I Am?                                                                     (available on request from the RE           communities might like to contact the       during the reading of the
                                               ‘From Gospels to Creeds’
                                                                                           Department)                                                                             word of God.
 Faith in the ‘Year of Faith’                  Tuesday 5th, 12th, 19th Feb (7.30-9.00pm)                                               RE Department to discuss the
                                                                                                                                                                                      He stressed the need of
 Presented by Fr Jim Lawlor                                                                ‘Exploring the Year of Faith’
                                                                                                                                       availability of help from experienced       the notion of mystery and
                                               Session 1: The Road to Nicaea: Dr I.
 Wednesday 20 & 27 Feb, 6th & 13th March                                                   A 4 part programme prepared by                                                          the fact that the sacrificial
                                               Hazlett, Glasgow Univ.                                                                  presenters willing to share their
 (7.30-9.00pm)                                                                             Archdiocesan catechists with the                                                        sense of the Eucharist must
                                               Session 2: Recovering Carnival: Craig       Adult Faith Development team for use        expertise in specific topics or more
 Immaculate Conception Church Hall, 2049                                                                                                                                           not be lost.
 Maryhill Rd, Glasgow, G20                     Smillie, The Glad Cafe                      in parishes.                                general programmes.
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Enough food to feed everyone                                                                                                                                                                                          Fair trade in parishes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A call to Go Further for                           Fairtrade mark. Smallholders

     there is will to change
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Fairtrade is being issued                          in developing countries are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ahead of Fairtrade Fortnight                       increasingly hit by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      which takes place from 25                          fluctuating commodity prices
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      February to 10 March.                              affecting their income and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         People up and down the                          the prices they pay for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      country are being urged to                         food they buy themselves,
THE world produces                                                                                                                                              Patricia Chale, SCIAF's di-                           get creative with their                            rising global food prices,
enough food for every-                                                                                                                                       rector, said: “With one in                               Fairtrade campaigning to                           rising production costs, and
one, yet almost a billion                                                                                                                                    eight people still going to bed                          highlight the importance of                        climate change.
people go hungry every                                                                                                                                       hungry around the world, we                              small holder farmers and                              Dorothy said: “Many
                                                                                                                                                             must redouble our efforts,                               their role in food security.                       parishes in our Archdiocese
day.                                                                                                                                                         work      together,    demand                               Dorothy MacLean, a                              have already gained
   This ‘scandal’ is high-                                                                                                                                   progress from our political                              member of the Glasgow                              Fairtrade status by using
lighted by a major campaign                                                                                                                                  leaders and make 2013 the be-                            Archdiocesan Justice and                           only fairly traded tea and
aimed at mobilising a global                                                                                                                                 ginning of the end of this                               Peace Commission, said:                            coffee at parish events,
effort to address this huge in-                                                                                                                              global hunger crisis.”                                   “Companies and govern-                             many run Fairtrade stalls,
justice.                                                                                                                                                        At a conference in Rome,                              ments need to make a stand                         but all are encouraged to
   Enough Food For Everyone                                                                                                                                  last July, Pope Benedict antic-                          to ensure small farmers can                        promote fair trade as a
IF is a coalition of charities,                                                                                                                              ipated the Enough Food For                               achieve sustainable                                response to Church teaching.
faith groups and other organi-                                                                                                                               Everyone IF campaign, when                               livelihoods and play their full                       “In his last encyclical,
sations from across the UK.                                                                                                                                  he asked: “How can we be                                 role in building fairer, better                    Caritas in Veritate, Pope
   It is calling on governments                                                                                                                              silent about the fact that even                          food systems for the future.                       Benedict XVI noted that
and investors to own up to and                                                                                                                               food has become the object of                               “Choosing Fairtrade is one                      ‘purchasing is always a
end exploitation which denies                     Bogle, Moderator of the                              right decisions on key issues                         speculation or is tied to the                            way to help secure a better                        moral, and not just an
people access to productive                       General Assembly, have                               like stopping land grabbing,                          course of the financial market                           deal for millions of people in                     economic, act’. He flagged
land, and instead to commit to                    voiced their support.                                cracking down on tax dodging                          that appears anchored to the                             developing countries, so we                        up the benefits of marketing
working to alleviate poverty                        In a joint statement, they                         and keeping their promises on                         sole objective of making                                 want people to try a new                           products from deprived
and malnutrition.                                 said: “We believe we have a                          aid and climate finance.”                             profit?” Condemning opu-                                 Fairtrade product, create a                        areas of the world ‘so as to
   The campaign intends to                        moral obligation to help the                         Among the many charities                              lence and waste, the Pope pin-                           work of art to ask for                             guarantee their producers a
press home the issues as                          poor of our global community                         promoting the campaign is                             pointed selfish economic                                 change, or pledge their                            decent return’.”
Britain prepares to host this                     and play our part in relieving                       SCIAF, which works to alle-                           models as the root cause of                              support on our online
year’s G8 Summit of leaders                       the injustice of hunger.                             viate the effects of hunger and                       hunger when United Nations’                              petition.”                                         I Further information on
from the major economies.                           “There will only every be                          inequality among the poorest                          studies show that global food                               Fairtrade Fortnight is a                        Fairtrade parishes can be
   Scottish Christian leaders,                    enough food for everyone if                          people of the world and raises                        production is able to feed the                           nationwide effort to promote                       found on the Archdiocesan
including Archbishop Philip                       we all take action to encour-                        awareness of the causes of                            world’s population.                                      awareness and urge people                          Justice and Peace website
Tartaglia and Rt Rev Arthur                       age our leaders to make the                          such injustices.                                      I                                   to buy products carrying the             

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