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                                                                       THE OFFICIAL JOURNAL OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF GLASGOW

                                                  Celtic                                                                                                                             Death
                                                  minded                                                                                                                             row
                                                  Brother Walfrid’s                                                                                                                  Hope for
                                                  Catholic legacy                                                                                                                    Scot Kenny
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CHANGED AT A WHIM                                                                                            F  AITHFULNESS to the
                                                                                                                Church's centuries-old
                                                                                                             liturgy lies at the heart of
                                                                                                                                                                                   By Vincent Toal
                                                                                                                                                                       hunger and thirst for the living God that is expe-
                                                                                                                                                                       rienced by people today."
                                                                                                                                                                          The      Instruction,     titled    Redemptionis
                                                                                                                                                                       Sacramentum (The Sacrament of Redemption),
                                                                                                             a new Vatican document,                                   was requested by Pope John Paul in his encyclical
                                                                                                             released in late April.                                   on the Eucharist, last year. It was drawn up by the
                                                                                                                                                                       congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline
                                                                                                                It stresses that the liturgy is not anyone's private   of Sacraments in collaboration with the congrega-
                                                                                                             property, a free zone for experimentation and             tion for the Doctrine of the Faith. Extending to
                                                                                                             personal whim, but is an expression of the                eight chapters and almost 200 paragraphs, the
                                                                                                             Church's shared life and faith in Christ.                 eagerly anticipated document covers a broad range
                                                                                                                While pointing out abuses which threaten the           of issues but naturally does not address all possible
                                                                                                             integrity of the liturgy, the Instruction upholds the     abuses or observances.
                                                                                                             existing norms which govern its proper celebra-              It states that liturgical abuses lead to "uncer-
                                                                                                             tion.                                                     tainty in matters of doctrine, perplexity and
                                                                                                                Among the abuses highlighted are:                      scandal on the part of the people of God and
                                                                                                             • Alterations to the approved texts, especially           vigorous opposition". All of these, it suggests,
                                                                                                                the Eucharistic prayers and substitution of            "greatly confuse and sadden many of Christ's
                                                                                                                the scriptures with non-biblical texts;                faithful in this age of ours when Christian life is
                                                                                                             • The proclamation of the Gospel and delivery             often particularly difficult on account of the
                                                                                                                of the homily by those who are not ordained            inroads of secularisation."
                                                                                                                ministers;                                                The reception of Communion by all who are
                                                                                                             • The celebration of Mass in the setting of a             free to do so when they participate in the celebra-
                                                                                                                common meal, where the participants are                tion of the Mass is encouraged. But "anyone who
                                                                                                                seated at table;                                       is conscious of grave sin should not celebrate or
                                                                                                             • Passing the sacred host and the chalice                 receive the Body of the Lord without prior sacra-
                                                                                                                among the congregation for reception of                mental confession". Existing disciplines, especially
                                                                                                                Communion;                                             regarding those who are not Catholic, are restated.
                                                                                                             • The arbitrary suspension of the regular cele-              On the issue of Communion under both
                                                                                                                bration of the Mass on the pretext of                  kinds, the Instruction generally encourages the
                                                                                                                promoting a 'fast from the Eucharist'.                 practice but advises that the chalice should not be
                                                                                                             "It is not possible to be silent about the abuses,        offered where there are insufficient ordained
                                                                                                             even quite grave ones, against the nature of the          ministers or extraordinary ministers of Holy
                                                                                                             liturgy and the sacraments as well as the tradition       Communion "with proper formation". And it
                                                                                                             and authority of the Church, which in our day             suggests a rethink in those congregations where a
                                                                                                             quite often plague liturgical celebrations in one         sizeable number of people does not receive from

 Sun shines on the Catholic Mothers
                                                                                                             ecclesial environment or another," the document           the chalice for various reasons.
                                                                                                             asserts.                                                     Where Communion is ministered by intinction
                                                                                                                "Abuses are often based on ignorance, involving        - dipping the host in the chalice - communicants
                                                                                                             a rejection of those elements whose deeper                are not permitted to intinct the host themselves or
 MEMBERS of the Union of the Catholic Mothers gath-       Scotland’s Bishops who encouraged them in their    meaning is not understood and whose antiquity is          receive the intincted host in the hand.
 ered at St Mirin’s Cathedral, Paisley, for their three   apostolate to promote family life and uphold the   not recognised.                                              The document reiterates the preference for
 yearly national rally.                                   values of the gospel.                                 "Anyone who acts by giving free reign to his           distributing hosts that have been consecrated at
   On a day of glorious sunshine, they were joined by                                                        own inclinations injures the substantial unity of         the Mass being celebrated. And it stresses that the
                                                                CARDINAL’S RALLYING CALL - Page 8            the Roman Rite and becomes responsible for
                                                                                                             actions that are in no way consistent with the                                    Continued on Page 4
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 Capable hands at the
helm of Scotus College
A NEW RECTOR has been appointed
to Scotus College, the national
                                                                                             PRIESTS ON THE MOVE
                                                                                             WITH THE RETURN of two Glasgow
                                                                                             priests from service as rectors in              Holy Cross and Consolation Parishes unite
seminary in Scotland.                                                                        Scottish seminaries, and the departure
   Fr Willie McFadden will take over from
present rector Fr Neil Donnachie next
                                                                                             of another to the same post, Archbishop
month.                                                                                       Mario Conti has made a number of
   A priest of the Galloway diocese, Fr
McFadden, 43, has been vice-rector of                                                        changes of personnel in parishes.
the college in Bearsden for the past three                                                      Fr Philip Tartaglia, parish priest of St
years. He was ordained in 1985,                                                              Mary's, Duntocher, to be Rector of the
following seminary formation at the                                                          Pontifical Scots College, Rome.
Scots College, Rome.
   The appointment was made by the                                                              Fr Joseph Mills, parish priest of Corpus          Fr Mone -              Fr Mills -                 Mgr Clancy -                                       Fr Bancewicz -
Scottish Bishops, in late March.                            OLD AND NEW...                   Christ, Scotstounhill, to be parish priest of
                                                     Fr Donnachie and FrMcFadden                                                                   retires             to Duntocher                 to Whiteinch                                      to Corpus Christi
   Fr McFadden said: "I appreciate the                                                       St Mary's, Duntocher.
opportunity given to me by the Bishops
and recognise the responsibility involved    experienced priest who has gained                  Fr Anthony Bancewicz, parish priest of          Mgr James Clancy, Administrator of St           The Archbishop has written to all the
in the important task of the formation of    invaluable experience as vice-rector of         Holy Cross and Our Lady of Consolation          Andrew's Cathedral, to be parish priest of      parishes concerned, informing them of the
future priests for our country. The aim of   Scotus in recent years. I know he is held       parishes, Govanhill, to be parish priest of     St Paul's, Whiteinch.                           moves and thanking the priests for their
Scotus College is to help students           in high esteem by the staff and students        Corpus Christi, Scotstounhill.                     Mgr Christopher McElroy, Rector of           services.
discern the call to priesthood, and I look   at the college, and by the Bishops also."                                                                                                          With the appointment of Fr Dunnachie
forward to continued involvement with                                                           Fr Neil Donnachie, Rector of Scotus          Pontifical Scots College, Rome, to be
                                                The Cardinal and Fr McFadden both
staff and students in this work."            acknowledged the work and commitment            College, to be parish priest of Holy Cross      Administrator of St Andrew's Cathedral.         to Holy Cross, the parish of Our Lady of
   He added: "Scotus has an important        of the outgoing rector, who was in the          (with the amalgamated parish of Our Lady           Fr Joseph Lappin, assistant priest St        Consolation will be amalgamated into its
role to play in the Catholic Church in       post for five years.                            of Consolation).                                Mary's, Duntocher, to be assistant priest St    larger neighbour, so that the two parishes
Scotland and is a valuable resource for         Fr Donnachie, 57, who had been parish                                                        Ninian's, Knightswood, remaining chap-          become one, while retaining both Holy
the wider Church community."                 priest of Christ the King, Glasgow, at the         Fr William Mone, parish priest of St                                                         Cross and Our Lady of Consolation
   On behalf of the Bishops' Conference,     time of his appointment to Scotus in            Paul's, Whiteinch, retires and takes up resi-   lain to St Andrew's Secondary, Clydebank,
                                                                                                                                             and becoming chaplain to St Thomas              churches.
Cardinal Keith O'Brien said: "Fr             1999, will resume parish ministry at Holy       dence in St Conval's, Pollok.                                                                      The appointments take effect from the
McFadden is a highly capable and             Cross, Crosshill.                                                                               Aquinas Secondary, Jordanhill.
                                                                                                                                                                                             first weekend in June.

                                                                        THE YOUNGEST of three priest

 PRIVILEGED                                                             brothers from Paisley has been
                                                                        appointed to lead Scotland's
                                                                        oldest diocese.
                                                                           Mgr John Cunningham is to
                                                                        succeed Bishop Maurice Taylor as

                                                                        Bishop of Galloway.
                                                                           The Bishop-elect described his
                                                                        appointment - announced at the
                                                                        Vatican on 7 April - as a complete
                                                                        surprise, which had induced shock.
                                                                           "When I had time to reflect
                                                                        however, I came to realise how privi-
                                                                        leged I am to be called to serve God

                                                                        as a successor of the Apostles - an
                                                                        awesome thought, but that is what a
                                                                        Bishop is," he said.
                                                                           "It is my hope that, with the help
                                                                        and support of my brother priests in
                                                                        Galloway, I will be able to serve well
                                                                        all the people placed in my care."
                                                                           Mgr Cunningham, 66, has been
                                                                        parish priest of St Patrick's,
                                                                        Greenock, since 1992, and Vicar

    Religious Gift Gallery                                              General of Paisley diocese since
                                                                        1997. He also served for six years as
                                                                        president of the National Marriage                      Bishop-Elect Mgr John Cunningham flanked by his brothers Canon Tom and Canon James
                                                                        Tribunal for Scotland.
       Large selection of cards and gifts for                              When he was ordained at St             English in the Liturgy, and serving as   its ranks.                                  Diocese of Galloway."
                                                                        Mirin's Cathedral, Paisley, in 1961,      its chairman for five years.                Bishop Taylor added warmly:                 The diocese in the south-west
       First Communion and Confirmation                                 he was the third member of his                On the eagerly anticipated           "The Bishop-elect and I have been           encompasses an area of 3350 square
                        Also                                            family to become a priest. His            appointment of his successor, he         friends since we were in the seminary       miles and has an estimated Catholic
                                                                        brothers, Thomas and James, are           displayed the gentle humour that has     together (St Peter's College,               population of 47,000. It is the oldest
      Range of First Communion Party Items                              now parish priest of St Cadoc's,          been sorely tested through illness       Cardross) - he as a student and I as        diocese in Scotland and the oldest
                                                                        Newton Mearns, and St James,              and some ill-feeling in recent years.    lecturer. I now welcome him as my           Catholic diocese still in existence in
     PAPAL BLESSINGS FOR ALL OCCASIONS                                  Renfrew, respectively.                        "When I was appointed Bishop of      successor and wish him blessings,           Britain.
      8 King’s Court, King Street, Glasgow G1 5RB                          "It will be a wrench to leave          Galloway in 1981, my predecessor         success and happiness as he takes up           Tradition suggests that around
                                                                        Paisley," Mgr Cunningham said.            greeted me with the words 'I'm glad      his new and responsible ministry as         397 AD St Ninian returned to
              Telephone/Fax 0141 552 0610                               "The older you get, the harder it is to   it's you' then he added 'because it      Bishop of Galloway."                        Scotland from Rome and established
                                                                        accept change, but I see this new call    might have been somebody much               Meanwhile, Bishop John Mone,             a church, dedicated to St Martin of
                                                                        as a challenge."                          worse'. I echo these words, but more     who will tender his own resignation         Tours, at Whithorn on his native

                                                                           Bishop Taylor, who tendered his        positively.                              as Bishop of Paisley on his 75th            Solway coast. The site is the centre of
                                                                        resignation on his 75th birthday,             "I am very pleased at the appoint-   birthday next month, said he was            an annual diocesan pilgrimage
                                                                        three years ago, has served the           ment of Mgr Cunningham since he          not only losing the services of his         marking the Feast of St Ninian each
                                                                        diocese of Galloway for 23 years. He      is a good priest with excellent quali-   Vicar General but also a good and           August.
                                                                        was episcopal secretary of the            fications - a trained theologian and     trusted friend.                                On his ordination in Good
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                                                                                                                                                                                                       Shepherd Cathedral, Ayr, on Friday
                                                                                                                                                                                                       28 May, Bishop Cunningham will
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 Double tragedy of Italian missionaries with strong links to Glasgow
   Xaverian killed in crash
  Giuseppe Mauri, who was supe-
  rior of the Glasgow community in
  the early 1990s, died as the result
  of a road accident in
  Mozambique, last month.
     The 51year-old Italian-born
                                        home. It is sad to see long lines
                                        of people waiting to be seen.
                                           "I also do missionary anima-
                                        tion. We organised a formation
                                        course for catechists, or rather for
                                        people who want to become cate-
                                        chists. The course lasted a week
                                                                                BRUTAL MURDER OF DEDICATED PRIEST
                                                                               The priest who pioneered the
                                                                               Comboni missionary presence in
                                                                                                                             By Maria Gilmore
                                                                                                                             He moved north of the border to
                                                                                                                                                                                                              misery determined by the violent
                                                                                                                                                                                                              civil war underway since the late
                                                                                                                                                                                                              1980s, we feel the responsibility to
  priest was killed when the car in     and about 30 came - four adults        Glasgow 25 years ago has been              Ardrossan in 1974, and from there                                                   launch an urgent appeal to the inter-
  which he was travelling to the        and 26 young people between 16                                                    he oversaw the building and opening                                                 national community to intervene in
  capital Maputo crashed head on        and 22. There was also Lucia, an
                                                                               brutally murdered in Uganda.               of the new Comboni house on                                                         favour of the beleaguered civilian
  with a truck.                         exceptional girl, only 12 years-           Fr Luciano Fulvi was found dead        Baillieston Road in Glasgow. He                                                     population, subjected on a daily
     Father Mauri, came to the          old but intelligent and enthusi-       at his mission station on the              stayed here from 1982 until 1990,                                                   basis to unspeakable acts of violence
  Xaverian novitiate house in           astic - she wants to be a cate-        outskirts of Gulu, northern Uganda,        when he returned to Uganda.                                                         by numerous armed gangs," said Fr
  Nithsdale Road, Glasgow, in           chist.                                 on 31 March. His throat had been              During his years in Scotland, Fr                                                 Serra in a joint statement with
  1989, before moving to the larger                                            slit in an attack which appears to         Fulvi became a familiar face in many                                                Mother Adele Brambilla, general
                                           "Imagine, for two years now         have been motivated by robbery.            parishes as he delivered mission                                                    superior of the Comboni Sisters.
  community at Coatbridge where         every Wednesday afternoon Lucia
  he was superior for two years.                                                   The Italian-born missionary was        appeals and developed awareness of                                                     "We also sadly witness the serious
                                        goes to another community, a half      76, and was on his second tour of          the Comboni missionary vocation                                                     neglect of the international media on
     Since 1994, he had been in         an hour's walk away, to teach
  Mozambique where he was                                                      duty in Uganda where he had been           around the country.                                                                 African wars, inviting all members of
  involved in teaching and              hymns and read the Gospel to           superior of the Comboni house in              Fr Martin Devenish, the                                                          the media to give voice to the
  missionary animation. This was        people who cannot read. It is          Kampala and national chaplain to           Comboni's UK Provincial Superior,                    Fr Luciano Fulvi               suffering populations of the conti-
  new territory for the Xaverians       moving and exciting to meet            the Young Christian Students move-         said: "The death of any confrere in                                                 nent."
  and among other things Fr Mauri       young people like these who cling      ment. His love for the people of the       such circumstances would have              Paul also called on the Ugandan             Fr Fulvi's sister, Daniela, is also a
  helped pioneer a mixed religious      to the Lord with all their strength.   struggling African nation was              caused great sorrow to us all but the      government to protect civilians and      Comboni missionary who has spent
  and lay community.                       "They are adolescents like all      matched only by that which he held         death of Fr Fulvi is especially signifi-   innocent people amid the growing         46 years serving in Egypt.
     In a letter, written shortly       the others, with all the problems      for Scotland.                              cant and poignant for the members          threat from the Lord's Resistance           She said: "Luciano was a
  before his untimely death, he         of the age group. But they find the        Only last September, he visited        of this province where he spent so         Army which has presided over a           wonderful person. He was open,
  gave an insight into his work and     strength to work for the Lord with     the Comboni house in Glasgow so            many years.                                reign of terror in the north of the      joyful, good and loved everyone. For
  the joy felt at passing on the gift   an enthusiasm of which only they       that he could share his golden jubilee        "Father Fulvi's sad and brutal          country for the past 18 years.           his entire life he loved and sacrificed
                                        are capable. It is true that the       of ordination with his Scottish            murder has been a special sorrow to           Under their ruthless leader Joseph    himself for others, dedicating
  of faith.
                                        Lord is in them and that he helps      friends.                                   our community in Glasgow and to            Kony, the LRA has abducted over          himself entirely."
     "In recent months I have                                                      Ordained priest in 1953 when the       all our friends in Scotland where he       25,000 children and forcibly                Asked about her brother's killers,
  devoted myself to helping termi-      them."
                                           It is hoped that a memorial         order was better known as the              lived for many years.                      recruited them into its ranks waging     she said: "I say we must be able to
  nally ill patients with AIDS                                                 Verona Fathers, Fr Fulvi spent three          "He was the founder of our first        war in which over 100,000 lives have     forgive. I would like everyone to pray
  through the last weeks of their       Mass will be held in Coatbridge
                                                                               years in England before his first spell    community in Glasgow and builder           been lost "The tragic killing of Fr      for my brother, for my family, but
  life," he wrote. "I take them to      for Fr Mauri, but as Flourish went     in Uganda. He returned to Britain in       of the house on Baillieston Road. He       Fulvi in the Layibi mission adds to      also for those who killed him,
  hospital for medical examina-         to press details had still to be       1965 and was first based at the            left behind the memory of a friendly       the endless violence afflicting the      because they certainly did not know
  tions and tests and visit them at     confirmed.                             Comboni seminary for aspirant              and dedicated missionary priest."          northern regions of Uganda, where        what they were doing and the Lord
                                                                               missionaries at Mirfield, near Leeds.         A congregation of 3500 people           our sisters and confreres serve," said   will have mercy on them."
                                                                                                                          gathered at Gulu Cathedral for Fr          Fr Teresino Serra, general superior of      Archbishop Mario Conti will join
                                                                                                                          Fulvi's funeral Mass which was led         the Combonis. In the past 20 years,      with the Comboni community in
                                                                                                                          by the Papal Nuncio to Uganda,             14 Comboni priests and one sister        Scotland to celebrate Mass at St
                                                                                                                          Archbishop Pierre Christophe. In a         have been killed in the region           Paul's, Shettleston, on Friday 14
                                                                                                                          message of condolence, Pope John              "In face of the insecurity and        May at 7.30pm.

PARISHIONERS of St Gregory's,
Wyndford, could claim to be the
best-read in the diocese.
   For every day they have access to
their own library where a wealth of
books is available for eager book-
                                        Wealth of books on shelf F                                                                               or the first big day in a little girl’s life,
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   Over the past year, the parish has
built up such a store of books and
                                                                                                                                             including satins, lace, broderie and all the
videos that they are running out of                                                                                                          trimmings.
shelf space.
   "We have everything from spiri-
tual classics and the lives of the                                                                                                           Our friendly, expert staff will advise you on
saints, to reflections on the scrip-                                                                                                         our huge array of dress fabrics for all
tures and Church history," explained    signing out - with the proviso that    series of talks.
Fr Mark Morris, assistant priest at     they are brought back!                    And every week, on the parish's                            occasions, including bridal and mother of the
the parish which is sandwiched             The collection of large and small   bright and lively website, frequently
between Kelvinside and Maryhill.        volumes is augmented by pamphlets      asked questions about the Church                              bride. Call in today.
   "There are over 1500 books to        and periodicals on a range of moral,   and its faith tradition are posed and
choose from and a growing collec-       social and theological issues.         explored, amid a wealth of informa-
tion of videos featuring the stories       With more people seeking to         tion and links to other useful Catholic
of saints and popular places of         increase their knowledge of their      sites.
pilgrimage like Lourdes and             faith and answers to some of life's       "There is no doubting the commit-
Fatima.                                 more difficult questions, the parish   ment of the heart, but we have to
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                                                             WORLD YOUTH DAY was marked in

                                                                                                      DALMUIR YOUTH FOLLOW IN
                                                             miniature at St Stephen's, Dalmuir,
                                                             where a fledgling parish youth group
                                                             is finding its feet.
                                                                The celebrations on Palm Sunday
                                                             were enhanced with the presence of

                                                                                                      FOOTSTEPS OF THE CROSS
                                                             Archbishop Conti who lead the
                                                             liturgy reflecting on Christ's arrival
                                                             in Jerusalem before his passion.
                                                                For the past 20 years, since the
                                                             end of the Holy year of Redemption
                                                             in 1984, the day has been earmarked
                                                             as World Youth Day.
                                                                And for the young people of St        pation in the parish liturgies. The       this challenge!                          fully satisfy your deepest and most
                                                             Stephen's the significance of the        parish hosts a Mass to bring young           "Put your talents and your            intimate desires.
                                                             celebration was enriched with the        people together each month.               youthful enthusiasm at the service of       "Only an encounter with Jesus
                                                             image of the WYD Cross which they           "The Mass draws people in, but it      the proclamation of the Good News.       can give full meaning to your lives.
                                                             welcomed to the church earlier this      also reminds us that we have a            Be the enthusiastic friends who          Do not be distracted from this
                                                             year still fresh in their minds.         mission to the world and young            present the Lord to all those who        search. Persevere in it because it is
                                                                But to underline their commit-        people can play a vital part in that,"    wish to see him, especially those who    your fulfilment and your joy that is
                                                             ment to striving to follow in the way    said Helen.                               are farthest away from him."             at stake."
                                                             of the Cross they fashioned their           After the Palm Sunday Mass, the           The Pope used his message to look        He added: "The Eucharist
                                                             own replica for the Palm Sunday          group spent time reflecting on the        ahead to next year's WYD interna-        received with love and adored with
                                                             gathering.                               message of Pope John Paul for this        tional gathering in Cologne - for        fervour becomes a school of freedom
                                                                When it started off three years       year's World Youth Day. They found        which the St Stephen's group is busy     and charity in order to fulfil the
                                                             ago, the youth group met for the first   plenty food for thought, as he chal-      preparing with fundraising, as well as   commandment to love. Jesus speaks
                                                             few months with only one recruit.        lenged them to be responsible for the     spiritual reflection.                    to us in the language of the gift of
                                                                Helen Beachey, who gracefully         evangelisation of their friends and          The theme of the preparation is       self and of love so great as to give our
                                                             admits she is more adult than youth,     peers                                     'We wish to see Jesus', and Pope         own life for it.
                                                             had promoted the idea with little           "In your parishes and communi-         John Paul spoke of the spirit of            "It is not easy to forget ourselves,
                                                             success. But patience proved a virtue,   ties be welcoming to one another in       freedom needed to recognise and          but if we do, it draws us away from
                                                             and the prospect of participating in     order to build communion among            really get to know the person of         possessive and narcissistic love and
                                                             the World Youth Day gathering in         yourselves," he urged.                    Christ.                                  opens us up to the joy of a love that
                                                             Toronto in 2002 drew more recruits          "The world is in urgent need of a         "To be truly free means having the    is self-giving.
                                                             into the group.                          great prophetic sign of fraternal         strength to choose the One for              "Love is not merely a feeling. It is
                                                                The majority have stayed together     charity. It is not enough to 'speak' of   whom we are created and accepting        an act of will that consists of prefer-
                                                             and are now spreading the word           Jesus. We must also let him be 'seen'     his lordship over our lives. You         ring to good of others to the good of
                                                             among their peers.                       through the eloquent witness of our       perceive it in the depths of your        oneself.
                                                                The group meets on a regular          own life.                                 heart.                                      "It is such inner freedom and such
                                                             basis to reflect on the scripture,          "In your daily lives be intrepid          "All that is good on earth, all       burning charity that Jesus teaches us
                                                             discuss issues which impinge on          witnesses of a love that is stronger      professional success, even the human     to find in others, fist of all in the
                                                             their lives and prepare their partici-   than death. It is up to you to accept     love that you dream of, can never        disfigured face of the poor."

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                                                                                                      Restrictions on Eucharistic services
                                                                                                      Continued from Front Page                                      such celebrations, the diocesan Bishop, to whose exclu-
                                                                                                                                                                     sive competence this matter pertains, must not easily
                                                                                                      denial of Communion to someone solely on the grounds           grant permission for such celebrations to be held on
                 (Established 1879)                                                                   that they wish to receive either on the tongue or in the       weekdays, especially in places where it was possible or
                                                                                                      hand, while kneeling or standing, is illicit.                  would be possible to have the celebration of Mass on the
                                                                                                         While the absolute necessity of an ordained priest as       preceding or following Sunday. Priests are therefore
                      GENERAL BUILDERS                                                                the celebrant of the sacrament of the Eucharist is high-
                                                                                                      lighted, the role and functions of pastoral assistants and
                                                                                                                                                                     earnestly requested to celebrate Mass daily for the people
                                                                                                                                                                     in one of the churches entrusted to their care."
                                                                                                      extraordinary ministers are also clearly defined. Great           Among other contentious issues addressed are
                                 Specialising in:                                                     stress is placed on the need to avoid confusion of roles       approval for hearing confessions during the celebration
                                                                                                      and attention drawn to the danger of clericalising the         of Mass, if necessary, and the practice of praying the
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                                                                                                         "It must never be the case that priests alternate indis-       Presenting the document to the media, Cardinal
           • Slating & Tiling • Guttering • Roughcasting                                              criminately in shifts of pastoral service with deacons or      Francis Arinze, prefect for Divine Worship, said: "Abuses
                                                                                                      lay persons - confusing what is specific to each."             relative to the Holy Eucharist do not all have the same
            • Storm Damage • All types of joinery work                                                   Lay people are not allowed to assume the role or            weight. Some threaten to make the sacrament invalid.
                                                                                                      vesture of a priest or deacon.                                 Others show a lack of Eucharistic faith. Others, yet,
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                                                                                                      discourages - unless in extraordinary circumstances - the
                                                                                                                                                                     contribute to spreading confusion among the people of
                                                                                                                                                                     God and to taking the sacred out of Eucharistic celebra-
                                                                                                      celebration of Communion or Eucharistic services.              tions."
               For a FREE Estimate, Call Today on                                                     When such celebrations do take place the various parts            Confirming the right of any Catholic to lodge a
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Church shines out in Ruchazie
THE PARISH of St Philip's was founded 50
years ago to serve the new housing scheme
                                                                                                                                                           By the time the parish was celebrating its
                                                                                                                                                        silver jubilee and consecration of the church
                                                                                                                                                        in 1979, the social scars which then afflicted
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     call to
of Ruchazie in the east end of Glasgow.                                                                                                                 so many communities in Glasgow were
                                                                                                                                                        evident. The parish priest, Fr Charles Cush,
   But like so many other parts of the city and                                                                                                         couldn't restrain his indignation at the
diocese, its ecclesiastical roots can be traced                                                                                                         decline that he was witnessing.                         FOR THE PAST 25 years a small
back much further - centuries even. The                                                                                                                    "During these 25 years, Ruchazie has                    band of Catholics have been
district was formed into a prebend - an area                                                                                                            encountered many vicissitudes, the most                    providing an unsung lifeline
which supplied the temporal needs of one of                                                                                                             devastating one being the downgrading of                   to Glasgow homeless people.
the canons of Glasgow Cathedral.                                                                                                                        this once beautiful scheme which was the                Every week, members of Marian
   From the word 'prebend' the more familiar                                                                                                            quest of so many, by Glasgow Corporation                   Action visit one or two hostels
name of Provan was derived, lending its name                                                                                                            into what they term a 'grey' area," he                     to share in simple social
to the area. Today, Provanmill borders on                                                                                                               bemoaned.                                                  activity and friendship.
Ruchazie, while the historic Provan Hall is a                                                                                                              With the downgrading of the scheme, an               "We have a game of bingo or a
few hundred yards to the east.                                                                                                                          exodus of families began, and Sunday Mass                  quiz for an hour or so, and
   William Turnbull, who became Bishop of          PARISH FACT FILE                                                                                     attendance fell by over half from 1300 to 600.             then over a cup of tea and
Glasgow in 1447 and three years later                                                                                                                      The landscape of Ruchazie has changed                   sandwiches we have a chat
founded the University, was appointed the          St Philip the Apostle,                                                                               much in recent years with whole streets of
                                                   150 Drumlochy Road, Ruchazie                                                                                                                                    with the people," explained
canon of Provan around 1440. His illustrious                                                                                                            cramped housing demolished and new homes
                                                   Founded 1954                                                                                                                                                    John McConville, who has
successor as Bishop , Robert Blackadder, who                                                                                                            emerging. But it has not been enough to
became the first Archbishop of Glasgow in          Parish Priest - Fr Joseph Sullivan                                                                   prevent both St Philip's and Ruchazie                      been part of the group since
1492, was also a canon of the district.            Sunday Mass: 11am; 5.30pm                                                                            Primary schools closing their doors for good               its inception in 1978.
   In the 17th and 18th centuries Ruchazie                                                                                                              at the end of this term.                                "Initially, we were a group of
                                                   Tel: 0141-774 5688                                                                                                                                              fairly young people who
could claim to be the principal town of the                                                                                                                Fifty years after the parish was founded
Provan district, and was home to a highly-        the Catholic school in Bellrock Crescent.        at the Mass which was celebrated by Mgr              without a spiritual home, St Philip's church               wanted to give some practical
regarded school. But in the 19th century, with    Weekday Masses were said in St Thomas', and      James Ward.                                          now stands as one of the few reference points              expression to our faith, while
the progress of the new industries around the     any marriages, funerals or baptisms also            In the commemorative booklet, Fr Cahill           for a community struggling for an identity.                also developing our own spir-
rivers and canals, Ruchazie's lofty position      conducted there.                                 prayed: "May St Philip the Apostle, by his              The sense of hope which it offers is empha-             ituality.
some 300 feet above sea level left the village       By August 1955 a small temporary chapel       intercession in heaven, obtain for us all, priests   sised by the recent addition of lighting to the         "Life in the hostels can be a
isolated and virtually deserted.                  had been prepared within the parish and on       and people of this parish, the grace to make use     facade of the church building as part of the               lonely and dispiriting experi-
   A new lease of life came with the vast post-   20th the first Mass was celebrated in Ruchazie   of this new church for our own sanctification,       city council's Light up the City scheme.                   ence, and if we can bring a
war house building programme in Glasgow.          by Fr Cahill, who now had the assistance of Fr   and through us for the conversion of our                Today's parish priest Fr Joseph Sullivan                little of God's peace by
   And so in 1954, the new parish of St           Bernard Devlin as a curate.                      country to the Faith of those who first lived in     hopes that the conjunction of the parish                   simply sharing a little time
Philip's, Ruchazie, was created to meet the          The church could seat just over 100 people,   the township of Ruchazie in the lands of             Golden Jubilee and the lighting scheme will                with people then they
spiritual needs of the people. Fr Thomas          and frequently had upwards of 400 crammed        Provan so many centuries ago."                       provide a fresh impetus and renewed resolve                certainly appreciate it."
Cahill was appointed parish priest - only he      between its walls or left standing outside. A       Among the parishioners of those early days        among a greater number of parishioners to               To encourage more people to
had neither church nor house.                     new church was already a necessity. Edinburgh    of St Philip's were two youngsters who are           return to the practice of their faith and partic-          become part of their
   Father Brett, parish priest of St Thomas',     architect Charles Gray was commissioned to       now serving as priests in the Archdiocese -          ipation in the life of the parish.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   outreach, the group is hosting
Riddrie - the mother parish - gave him lodg-      design the building, and over a period of 30     Mgr John Gilmartin and Fr Gerard Hill,                  On Sunday 16 May, Archbishop Conti will
ings, and Fr Coogan of the recently opened        months the splendid new church emerged.          both ordained in 1968. Others have given             join with the parish community in a Mass of                an open evening on Thursday
parish of St Maria Goretti, Cranhill, arranged       At the solemn opening on Sunday 12            their service in religious life and the Opus         Thanksgiving for the first 50 years of St                  12 May at 7.30pm in the halls
that he could say Mass for his parishioners in    October 1958, Archbishop Campbell presided       Dei prelature.                                       Philip's, Ruchazie.                                        next to St Mungo's,

                                                      Christian spirit boosted as                                                                                     Honours hat-trick for Cardinal
                                                                                                                                                                    THREE UNIVERSITIES are set to               May at St Francis Xavier

                                                      Uni Icon comes to Glasgow
                                                                                                                                                                    bestow honorary degrees on                  University in Antigonish, Nova
                                                                                                                                                                    Cardinal Keith O'Brien.                     Scotia, where the historic links to
                                                                                                                                                                       Within the space of a few                the Highlands of Scotland are still
                                                                                                                                                                    weeks, he will become a Doctor of           cherished.
                                                                                                                                                                    Law at St Francis Xavier University            Meanwhile, Cardinal O'Brien
                                                     FORMER, PRESENT and prospective                       welcomed on campuses as far apart as Russia and          in Canada, and an honorary Doctor           will travel to Rome to formally
                                                                                                           South America.                                           of Divinity of both St Andrews and          take possession of his titular
                                                     students and friends of Glasgow                          It arrived in Scotland at St Andrews University       the University of Edinburgh.                church, Santi Gioacchino e Anna
                                                     University are invited to a Mass at the               in mid March and has already been taken to                  The first of the hat-trick was           ai Monti (Ss Joachim and Anne on
                                                                                                           Dundee, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Stirling.                due to be conferred on Sunday 2             the Hills) on Friday 14 May.
                                                     University Memorial Chapel on Tuesday 4                  In a message which accompanies the Icon,
                                                     May at 7pm to welcome the Sedes                       Pope John Paul urges:
                                                                                                              "This is your vocation - make the University an
                                                     Sapientiae Icon sent by the Pope to the               environment where knowledge is cultivated, a
                                                     university campuses of the world.                     place where the individual finds direction for the
                                                                                                           future, knowledge, inspiration for effective service
                                                       The icon which honours Our Lady Seat of
                                                     Wisdom was blessed by the Holy Father in the
                                                     Jubilee year 2000 and sent out from Rome to visit
                                                                                                           of society.
                                                                                                              "I entrust your journey to Mary, Sedes
                                                                                                           Sapientiae, so that she may be welcomed as a
                                                                                                                                                                        PERFECT CEILINGS
                                                     the world's universities. Already it has been         teacher and a pilgrim in the university campuses
                                                                                                                         of the world.                                                                  FED UP...
                                                                                                                            "Mary supported the Apostles                                          With unsightly cracks!
                                                                                                                         with her prayer at the dawn of evan-                                   Uneven finishings? Mould
                                                                                                                         gelization; may she also help you to                                  Growth. Constantly Painting?
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                                                                                                                         a Christian spirit."
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                                                                                                                                                                                                               with the people of Motobo in              sheets of corrugated iron."
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ciorsdaidh Watts, might only           abundance is a vibrant faith," she
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           THE                                                                                                            Countless young men and women
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                                                                                                                                                                    pleasures to which he abandoned
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                                                                                                                                                                                                               tongue-tied in the face of alleged
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         lenges - and just when many young
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         men and women are for the first
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      FOR SCOTLAND                                                                                                        years ago at the height of the            fallen into those same pitfalls when       societies have to be able to give our        It seems to me that the Church
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                                                                                                                          Here is how he described that             their spiritual lives completely           of John Paul II.                          tions are already present to university
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   It was through her father, Dr
John Watts, who is writing a
history of the Glasgow-founded
Franciscan         Sisters,   that
Ciorsdaidh embarked on her
African sojourn.
   "It was all a bit daunting at
first, as I never even knew any of
                                                 Cattle scavenge the in rubbish while neighbours meet                 Source and summit,
the sisters I was going to be
staying with," she admitted.
"But I was soon made to feel at
ease and quite happily shadowed
                                                                                                                       not a battleground
Sr Placida, Sr Briege and Sr Rita
as they did their work."                                                                                           Within the Church, disputes over                      For decades now we have been told how
                                                                                                                   the liturgy are often the greatest                 the Eucharist, the Mass, is the source and
         Struggling                                                                                                                                                   summit of the Church's life. Our participa-
   The three sisters represent the                                                                                 cause of friction and ill will.                    tion in it is the high point of the day. It is
historical development of the                                                                                         All rather sad, since the liturgy is meant to   why we are invited to begin and end the
Franciscan Congregation - from                                                                                     express the communion between God and
Scotland, to Ireland and into                                                                                                                                         week with its celebration.
Nigeria, with a new novitiate                                                                                      man, and the shared worship of His faithful.
                                                                                                                                                                         It is not simply to fulfil an obligation that
now also taking shape in Kenya.                                                                                       In choosing to highlight the Instruction        we should take part in the Mass. But by
   The Living with Hope Centre                                                                                     from the Vatican on "matters to be observed
was founded in Motobo only                                                                                                                                            doing so, we should be conscious that it is
two years ago as a practical and                               The local shop in Motobo
                                                                                                                   or avoided regarding the Most Holy                 here that we encounter Christ - the source
spiritual support to the growing                                                                                   Eucharist," our intention is not to instigate      of all that is good in our life and the
number of people struggling           Ciorsdaidh admits that she has         Ciorsdaidh looks back at her trip     even greater controversy. The celebration of       strength we need to bear witness to His love
with the effects of Aids or HIV.      had a very protected childhood         to Kenya as a life-enhancing          our faith should not be turned into a battle-      among all whom we live and work.
Their plight is compounded by         and that her gap year exposure to      experience and one which show         ground.
dreadful living conditions and an     the harsh realities of life has been   would happily recommend to                                                                  Anything that deliberately distracts from
inability to access affordable        a steep learning curve. For her,       other young people.                      But we cannot avoid the central place           experiencing this grace in the Eucharist
medicines.                            Kenya was certainly not a safari,         "As well as the obvious            which the liturgy holds in the life and            should be avoided, therefore. That is why
   "The Sisters visit people in       but one the most enduring              contrasts with our own living         witness of the Church. That is why it is
their homes, helping to provide       lessons she learned was the            standards, the contrasts within                                                          the Church provides us with norms, which
                                                                                                                   important that we get it right.                    if properly understood and heeded will
practical and medical care, but       importance of simply sharing her       Kenya are quite remarkable,"
also celebrating the Christian        time with other people. And            explained Ciorsdaidh, whose              As the Instruction makes clear, it is not       enrich our liturgical life. They need not be a
faith together. For me, it was like   when her rudimentary grasp of          seemingly       unpronounceable       anyone's private property - not the priest's       big deal or cause of friction.
the stories of the early Church       Swahili was not sufficient to chat     name is the Gaelic version of         to make of it what he pleases, nor the
with people going to each other's     with new-found friends, she let        Kirsty. "The natural beauty of                                                              In many respects, few of us will have
houses and sharing what they          her gift for music do the talking.     the Rift Valley is just amazing - a   people's to pick and choose what suits them.       come across most, if any, of the abuses
had," said Ciorsdaidh.                            Bridge                     vast expanse of flat land, out of        The Eucharist is Christ's gift to His           which the Vatican congregation has specifi-
   "Once a week, those who are                                               which a massive, jagged volcanic      Church. It is how the Church has honoured          cally addressed. For that we should be
able come to the centre to share         For,     when       Ciorsdaidh      mountain emerges.                     His memory and made Him known for the
a meal, enjoy the company of          produced her clarsach - the tradi-        "Yet in the middle of this                                                            thankful but not complacent.
friends and receive counselling       tional Celtic harp of which she is     beauty, people are living in          past 2000 years. It is our heritage, and part         But where abuses do occur or norms are
and support."                         an accomplished player - the           shacks, with rubbish littered         of our legacy of faith for future generations.     disregarded, these should be pointed out in
   Thanks to an ongoing               faces of her captive audiences lit     everywhere and cattle roaming         That is why people rightly treasure it - as we
fundraising campaign, kick-           up.                                    among it. And they are trying to                                                         the spirit of "truth and charity", which the
                                                                                                                   all should.
started by 90-something Sister           "Music is a great bridge            fight off deadly illness which has                                                       Instruction encourages, and corrected.
Michael at the Franciscan house       builder," she testified. "When I       already claimed so many lives. It        The liturgy should never become routine.
in Possilpark two years ago, the      visited the schools where the          really opens your eyes and makes      It's timeless rhythm has an enduring quality       That way, the sacred Eucharistic
Living with Hope Centre has           Sisters are also working we were       you reassess how we take so           which should not be changed to satisfy             liturgy will be truly life-giving for
built up its own dispensary and       able to share our different styles     much for granted."                    complaints of boredom. What is needed is a         all who share in it. A holy
treatment room, trained a team        and tastes in music."                     She added: "It really does
of volunteers and is employing           Another cultural lesson which       broaden your horizons, giving a       deeper appreciation of what it all signifies.      Communion indeed.
medical and social care staff.        Ciorsdaidh was delighted to            fresh perspective and renewed
   And in an area where one-in-
seven young people already have
HIV/Aids another aspect of the
Sisters work, which Ciosrdaidh
                                      learn was the importance of
                                      shaking hands with people. "It is
                                      seen as a sign of mutual respect
                                      and so you could spend ages
                                                                             purpose to the path of life."
                                                                                Anybody wishing to support
                                                                             the Franciscan Sisters of the
                                                                             Immaculate Conception 'Kenya
                                                                                                                     Fresh shoots appear
was able to share in, is an           shaking hands with a classroom         Appeal' or find out more about
ongoing behaviour-change and          full of kids."                         volunteering opportunities write      Magnificent cherry and apple                         But we don't need to go beyond our own
awareness programme for                  Back home in West Lothian,          to The Franciscan Generalate, St      blossom adorns our streets and                     shores to see the new growth.
schoolkids.                           and while gaining work experi-         Teresa's, 86 Saracen Street,
   As the youngest in her family,     ence with Historic Scotland,           Glasgow G22 5AD.                      gardens, these days.                                 In more and more parishes (St Stephen's,
                                                                                                                      The delightful colours seem to proliferate,     Dalmuir, is only one of the pioneers) young
                                                                                                                   as trees never noticed before take on an           people are taking the opportunity to come
                                                                                                                   alluring appeal as nature's testimony to life      together - not only socially, but to share
                                                                                                                   and beauty.                                        their faith and deepen their understanding
                                                                                                                      This time of year provides a magnificent        of it. Parishes - again St Gregory's,
                                                                                                                   metaphor for the Christian family. It is not       Wyndford is only an example - are
                                                                                                                   just that hope springs eternal, but that God       providing new resources for all generations
                                                                                                                   really does make all things new.                   to be formed in their faith.
                                                                                                                      As a Church we have seemed to wallow              This month, some 20 men within the
                                                                                                                   for too long in the almost self-fulfilling         Archdiocese embark on a period of prayer
                                                                                                                   prophesy of a crisis of vocations, the lapsing     and direction to discern their vocation to
                                                                                                                   from faith and dearth of young people at           the diaconate. And only a few days ago,
                                                                                                                   church.                                            seven young men met with Archbishop
                                                                                                                      While not everything in the garden is           Conti in a first-time informal meeting to
                                                                                                                   rosy, the young shoots, the fresh blossom          discuss the vocation to priesthood.
                                                                                                                   and the sturdy oak trees are appearing.            These are just some of the fresh
                                                                                                                      There are more priests serving in the           shoots evident within our own
                                                                                                                   Church worldwide today than there were 40          communities, along our streets.
                                                                                                                   years ago, before the general upheaval of the
                                                                                                                   1960s and 70s. Surprised? Admittedly there
                                                                                                                                                                      The seed can lie hidden for many
                                                                                                                   are fewer in Europe and North America,             years, but when it sprouts from
                                                                                                                   but even here there is a greater stability         the dark earth its blossom must
                                                                                                                   within priestly ministry.                          surely be admired.
                          Cleaning up after the Wednesday ‘Living with Hope’ meeting
8      FEATURE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       MAY 2004

                          Year of life
                           and the
Cardinal calls on the
laity to take initiative
CARDINAL KEITH O'BRIEN has chal-              May as the annual 'Day for Life' in
lenged Scotland's lay people to do more       Scotland.
to promote and the Church and her                This year, the day will focus attention
teaching in the public forum.                 on the message at the heart of the Gospel
   Speaking at the Triennial Rally of the     of life - the sanctity and dignity of the
Union of Catholic Mothers (UCM) in            human person.
Paisley, he called on the laity to take the      And it will provide a stimulus for
message of their faith into their commu-      people to join together in a renewed
nities, workplaces and homes.                 effort to develop their knowledge of the
   And he reminded them that they             Church's rich teaching and to give prac-
needn't wait until a Bishop had spoken        tical witness to it through schemes like
out to defend the Church or promote its       the Cardinal Winning Pro-life Initiative.
message before they do so.                       "At a time when our lay people should
   "From time to time we hear the             be finding mutual strength from being
comment: 'Why have we not heard               together in their various organisations,
anything from our Bishops about this?' I      groups and movements, we find a
say to you in return: Why have we not         decreasing number of our people willing
heard anything from our laity about these     to do this," Cardinal told the UCM which
matters?                                      gathered with Scotland's Bishops at St
   "The teaching of the Church and the        Mirin's cathedral.
teaching of your Bishops is more than            "Surely there is an ever greater need
clear about the values of marriage and        for professional associations of Catholics
family life or the value of our Catholic      - nursing guilds, members of the legal
schools. You must hand on this teaching       and medical professions, as wells as
wherever you are."                            membership of the Union of Catholic

                                                                                              Five-point plan to improve
   He added: "It is up to the lay Catholic    Mothers.
community to emphasise the value of our          "To be effective sharers of our own
schools with ever increased vehemence         faith, we must first of all know it before
by their own words, actions and interest."    we can hand it on."
   To further promote the Church's               Materials for the 'Day of Life' will be
message and teaching on life and the          available to parishes, groups and schools
family, the Bishops have designated 31        before the end of May.

                                                                                               ‘mini-chips’ viewing diet
                                                                                           HAS THE POPE been watching                     In his letter for World Communications                                           often only by speaking to other
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           parents that you get the courage of
                                                                                           Coronation Street recently?                  Sunday, 23 May 2004, Pope John Paul II                                             your convictions, and in doing so,
                                                                                           That's the likely response                    warns against the corrosive influence on                                          make it easier for your child to with-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           stand peer pressure.
                                                                                           of anyone who takes a                       marriage and family life from sections of the
            Harry’s Singalong                                                              moment to read this year's                   media and urges parents to exert greater                                           Lesson five is one all of my own.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Next time you're tempted to buy the
             Monday and Tuesday afternoons to be announced                                 letter from the Holy Father on               control over their own and their children's                                        latest media gizmo, be it a digibox, a
                                 1pm - 3.30pm
                                                                                           Communications Sunday.                     television viewing habits. Here, Archdiocesan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           broadband modem or a DVD
                                                                                              Unlike       many        documents                                                                                           recorder, why not opt instead to
                                                                                           emerging from the departments of             Director of Communication - and parent -                                           spend your money on a different
       Why not come along and enjoy all your old favourites                                                                                                                                                                piece of equipment, one which will
                                                                                           the Holy See, this is a straightfor-
                     including prize bingo                                                                                              RONNIE CONVERY proposes five golden                                                act as a powerful antidote to the
                                                                                           ward, no-nonsense, tell-it-as-it-is,
                    Senior Citizen’s Lunch                                                 kind of missive, and the Pope pulls              rules for happy and healthy viewing                                            corrosive poison that emerges from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           your TV screen for much of the
                                                                                           no punches - "Positive support is at
                                Haddock & Chips                                            times given to divorce, contracep-         times struggle to get the theme tune     cross-generational viewing of major         time?
                                 Bread & Butter                                            tion, abortion and homosexuality,"         out of my own head. And in Asda          sporting events.                               I mean investing in a satellite link
                                   Ice Cream                                               laments the Pontiff, as he ponders         the other day she had to be                 At the very least it should be           to the Catholic TV channels,
                                  Tea or Coffee                                            the current diet of media offerings.       restrained from throwing super-          possible to impose a restriction on         EWTN, Sat2000 and TelePace. For
                                                                                              As any reader of the tabloids, or       duper luxury moisturised toilet          watching certain high profile               a one-off cost of less than £200 -
                                 £5.99 per head                                            viewer of the soaps could tell you,                                                                                             there are no follow-up subscriptions
                                                                                                                                      tissues into the trolley, so impressed   shockers such as Popetown (if it is
                                                                                           that litany of woe can be found in                                                                                              - you can be set up with a digital
 For further information telephone Shona on 0141 429 3700                                                                             had she been by the advert for the       ever aired) and Footballers' Wives.
                                                                                           just one episode of 'Corrie' these         aforementioned product. Andrex                                                       decoder and a satellite dish fully
                         DON’T DELAY PHONE TODAY!                                          days as it brazenly vaunts its first gay   better find a new image!                 Lesson three could apply to all             installed which will allow you access
                                                                                           kiss - a good hour and a half before                                                aspects of life - no double standards!      to first class, well-made Catholic
                                                                                           the watershed! - and tries to throw        So lesson one is to start early. Pre-    It simply will not do to lecture your       programming.
                                                                                           off its gentler, more wholesome            school children can now enjoy an         12 year-old on good viewing habits,            EWTN offers a wide range of
                                                                                           image of bacon butties and "muriels"       unprecedented level of TV. Through       before hurrying her off to bed so you       broadcasts - live coverage of the
                                                                                           on Hilda Ogden's wall.                     satellite and cable channels young-      can settle down with a glass of wine        Pope's travels and papal ceremonies
                                                                                              The aim apparently is to compete        sters     can    watch    children's     for Sex and the City. What answer           with English language commentary;
                                                                             EST           with the brutish realism of                programmes from dawn to dusk - an        will you have ready for the little          discussion programmes with leading
                                                                                           Eastenders, and catch up with the                                                                                               Catholic intellectuals, politicians
                                                                             1976          values-free trailblazing of the now
                                                                                                                                      experience which may not harm            darling when she wanders in unan-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           and         bishops;        devotional
                                                                                                                                      them morally but which surely            nounced to tell you she can't sleep?
                                                                                           departed Brookside. Even the hand-         deadens the spirit, turning them, if        The Pope puts it rather more deli-       programmes such as Archbishop
                                                                                           knitted attempt at local soap - River      not into couch potatoes, then            cately: "Parents should give good           Conti's series of reflections for
                                                                                           City - gets in on the act with much        perhaps into couch mini-chips!           example to children by their own            advent; cultural series on the saints,
       Digital & Analogue                                                                  bed-hopping and gay angst on the
                                                                                           banks of the Clyde.
                                                                                                                                                                               thoughtful and selective use of             shrines and Catholic authors and a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           full array of children's programmes.
                                                                                                                                      Lesson two comes from the Pope -         media." Precisely.
     Aerial & Satellite Systems                                                               In the face of such declining stan-
                                                                                           dards what are parents to do?
                                                                                                                                      parents have got to get a grip on
                                                                                                                                      their children's media habits. As        Lesson four requires a bit more
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sat2000 is mainly Italian
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           language but offers even more
                                                                                              The Pope again has some practical       John Paul says: "Parents need to         thought. "Parents will find it helpful      regular coverage of the Pope,
                                                                                           answers. Even very young children          regulate the use of media in the         to join with other families to study        covering every ceremony live, and
                                                                                           can be taught important lessons            home. This would include planning        and discuss the problems and oppor-         offering a range of educational and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           populist shows including the world's
      EWTN Catholic Channels                                                               about TV programmes:
                                                                                           • They are produced by people
                                                                                                                                      and scheduling media use, strictly       tunities presented by the use of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           first, and so far, only Catholic soap
                                                                                                                                      limiting the time children devote to     media. Families should be outspoken
          Italian & Polish                                                                    anxious to communicate messages,        media, making entertainment a            in telling producers, advertisers, and      opera!
                                                                                              and that these are often messages to    family experience, putting some          public authorities what they like and          Thrown in free are BBC World
      Free to AIR TV Channels                                                                 do something - to buy a product, to     media entirely off limits and period-    dislike," John Paul advises.                with 24 hour news coverage from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           round the globe, all the RAI chan-
                                                                                              engage in dubious behaviour -
     from same dish & receiver                                                                which is not in the child's best
                                                                                                                                      ically excluding all of them for the
                                                                                                                                      sake of other family activities."
                                                                                                                                                                                  So often parents can feel isolated
                                                                                                                                                                               as they try to keep some control of         nels from Italy and a variety of
                                                                                              interests;                                 Easier said than done, of course.     their children's viewing habits. How        French and German language chan-
                                                                                           • Children should not uncritically         But it is possible. I know of families   many good intentions have been              nels which are bound to be useful
                                                                                              accept or imitate what they find in     who literally abstain from TV for the    ruined by the refrain: "Everybody           for children or grandchildren

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                                                                                              the media.                              whole of Lent - a bit harder than our    else in my class is allowed to watch        studying these languages at school.
                                                                                           Again, how right he is!                    family's staple penance of resisting     it."                                           So there they are. Five golden rules
                                                                                              My own three year-old daughter is       chocolate biscuits! I know of others        In fact, everyone else in the class is   for media managing a family. That's
                                                                                           already hooked on the delights of          who simply put a blanket ban on          unlikely to be watching the                 the easy bit - putting them into prac-
      SKY CERTIFIED INSTALLER                                                              Balamory - so much so that I some-         watching soaps, while encouraging a      programme in question, and it's             tice is the work of a lifetime.
                     MAY 2004                                                                                                                                                                                     NEWS / OPINION                9

 in the                                       REASONS FOR CHEER                                                                                                          Katie

 Faith                                        AMID MAY BLOSSOM                                                                                                          GRANT
A GLASGOW city-centre pub is the
unlikely venue for a faith formation
                                              MAY HAS ALWAYS been my                    Everything seems possible in
                                                                                     May, for we can still believe that
                                                                                                                             usual expression of morose
                                                                                                                                                                   lived in biblical Palestine,
                                                                                                                                                                   gloominess, not cheerfulness,
                                                                                                                                                                                                            One day, this current ferment
                                                                                                                                                                                                        in the Middle East will be some-
programme to be tested out.                   favourite month. At my                 the summer will be glorious and            Sometimes we don't even wait       marks out the modern Scot, with      thing children read about in
   For the first Monday of each month
is open house for Glasgow
                                              primary school, we all longed          our holiday plans will all go well.
                                                                                     In addition, even in the city, the
                                                                                                                             until we are home, but stare dully
                                                                                                                             through fellow commuters, who
                                                                                                                                                                   the sullen slump no longer just a
                                                                                                                                                                   badge of teenage hormonal
                                                                                                                                                                                                        history books. One day, Al Qaeda
                                                                                                                                                                                                        will be on a par with the Bashi
Thirtysomethings at the Praha pub in          to be the May Queen, which             tender green of the uncurling           stare equally dully through us.       disturbance, but a national          Bazouks - ancient, almost myth-
St Vincent's Place.
   And from this month, the group will
                                              involved dressing in spangly           leaves is so fresh and trusting
                                                                                     that if even one gets lopped off by
                                                                                                                             The other day I caught a glimpse
                                                                                                                             of myself, reflected in a rare
                                                                                                                                                                   disease affecting all age groups.
                                                                                                                                                                      Children in class look sullen.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        ical horrors only used to frighten
                                                                                                                                                                                                        children, and Iraq will be a
be borrowing from the new 'Echoes'            white, with shiny-strap shoes          a careless, trailing hand as I walk     clean subway window, and was          Bus drivers look sullen and if the   peaceful democracy.
catechetical programme on the
Church's faith and teaching.
                                              and a veil.                            by, I feel as guilty as if I had run
                                                                                     over a lamb.
                                                                                                                             horrified. It is amazing how much
                                                                                                                             older you look when you are in a
                                                                                                                                                                   stodgy MSPs were bread, it
                                                                                                                                                                   would be sourdough.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            By that time, of course, some
                                                                                                                                                                                                        other part of the world will be
   But it is not all heavy going - and if        The lucky mini-bride would             Curiously, I find that for me        grump.                                   We have never been more in        filled with the sound and fury of
you prefer a soft drink, your tastes are      process out of the school hall to      May, rather than                                                                         need of Ian Dury and      battle - things will never be
                                              the little grotto at the top of the    Hogmanay or Lent, is
                                                                                                                    It is amazing how                                         the Blockhead's 70s       perfect.

catered for.
   "We've been meeting as a group of          drive, followed by four equally        also the best time for                                                                   single Reasons to be          But sometimes it does us good
young Catholics in the pub for the past       glamorous attendants, and, to          new resolutions, since                                                                   Cheerful - although       to take the long perspective and
four years," explained Ailish Glen, who
helped get the group up and running.
   "As well as a chance to explore
issues relevant to our faith and life, we
                                              the singing of many hymns,
                                              would place a lovingly twisted
                                              garland of flowers on the head of
                                              the Virgin.
                                                                                     spring aspirations are
                                                                                     not penitential, down-
                                                                                     cast affairs, but posi-
                                                                                     tive determinations
                                                                                                                 much older you look when                                     now I come to think of
                                                                                                                                                                              it, I believe the song
                                                                                                                                                                              was the kind of post-
                                                                                                                                                                              modern ironic lament
                                                                                                                                                                                                        realise that whilst we must care,
                                                                                                                                                                                                        and care a great deal, about the
                                                                                                                                                                                                        historical context in which we
                                                                                                                                                                                                        find ourselves, all present
                                                 She was a little chipped, our       that I should not only
                                                                                                                   you are in a grump                                         which actually made       apparent catastrophes will even-

wanted to create an atmosphere where
people of our age group could be              Virgin, because occasionally she       do better, but, most                                                                     you want to knock back    tually be resolved, one way or
comfortable coming together as                got walloped by errant footballs       importantly, that I                                                                      a gallon or two of        another.
Catholics."                                   as well as having to put up with       should      be     more                                                                  vodka. Still, you know        It seems a trite thought, but it
   A core group of around 30 people           the wind and the weather, but she      cheerful whilst I am about it. This        And I think it is rather un-       what I mean.                         is useful nonetheless and I
attend most of the monthly Monday             still smiled kindly upon us.           is much harder than giving up           Christian. Christ must often have        It may seem odd to be             imagine it is one with which even
sessions, while a range of off-shoots            The year I was an attendant         chocolate.                              been irritated. But although he       majoring on cheerfulness when        Iraqi mothers try to comfort their
have developed including hill-walking,        was the most thrilling of my              Cheerfulness is an under-rated       had a temper - Matthew, Mark          so much of the world is in           children.
pilgrimages, retreats and nights out.         primary school life, even though       characteristic and, sadly, is the       and Luke tell us how he thrust the    disarray. But actually, the world        So, at the risk of being irritat-
   "While in the past we invited guests       my mother insisted that a short        natural state of very few. Sure,        moneylenders out of the temple,       has always been in disarray. We      ingly Pollyanna-esque, whatever
to give a brief talk on a variety of          white skirt would do when I            we can all put on a cheerful face       overthrowing their tables and         thought the Irish mayhem would       happens, I'm going to try to stick
issues, we will now be using a more           wanted to look like a meringue.        at work, because that is part of        chairs - and was quite often          never end, but, whilst there is      to my May resolution to cheer up,
systematic programme which is                 Nevertheless, the memory of the        our professional duty. The real         thoughtful, he never sat, slumped     still much trouble across the        to read the good news as well as
intended to teach us more about our           powerful surge of happiness I felt     difficulty comes at home.               and sullen, just waiting for the      water, things have seldom looked     the bad and remember to trust
faith.                                        as I sang 'O Mary we crown you            Many of us, on returning to the      obvious "cheer up" from his disci-    less bleak. We thought the Berlin    rather harder in God than I am
   If you still need Dutch courage            with blossom today, Queen of the       bosom of our family, take off our       ples so that he could snap at         Wall would never come down.          prone to do.
contact Ailish (01236 436705) or              Angels and Queen of the May'           professional smiles with our            them.                                 We thought that golden eagles            Don't worry - by June my reso-
Dermot McGonnigle (0141-649 7093)             remains with me and is, I think,       coats and, without thinking about          Yet although our lives are ines-   would be wiped out.                  lution will be wobbly, and on a
to find out more. The next meetings           why the advent of May still gives      the effect we may produce, allow        timably easier than those experi-        Our worst predictions do not      rainy day in August, I shall be
are Monday 3 May and 7 June, at               me a rush of joy.                      our faces to return to the more         enced by Christ and the folk who      always come true.                    quite back to normal.

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      L et us start with a truism:
        not all Celtic supporters                                                                   Patrick
                                                                                                                                                                                 What makes the story of football in Scotlan
                                                                                                                                                                                 The fact that football isn’t simply about k
      are Catholics, nor are all                                                                                                                                                 Football also reflects the issues, controv
                                                                                                                                                                                 that help form the larger mosaic that ma
      Catholics Celtic supporters.
                                                                                                                                                                                 largest immigrant group is Irish Catholic
                                                                                                                                                                                 from within this community emerged Ce
      The relationship between                                                                                                                                                   A new book exploring the culture, identit
                                                                                                                                                                                 formed the backbone of support for Celt
      Celtic and Catholicism is                                                                                                                                                  list of contributors.
      much more oblique and                                                                                                                                                      In a foreword, Professor Tom Devine, Di
                                                                                                                                                                                 the University of Aberdeen, states: “this
      complicated than anything                               the intruders been men from the Shankill Road.           parts of the country or the world, including, most        CELTIC MINDED deserves a wide reade
                                                                                                                                                                                 examination of one of Scotland’s great s
                                                              Like it or not, it is historically undeniable that       conspicuously, Asia. Nor have I heard anyone
      so simplistic as that.                                  Celtic FC was born from the misery and afflic-           reprimand Manchester United for encouraging
                                                                                                                                                                                 contribution to understanding key aspec
         Nevertheless, there is an undeniable historical      tions of a dispossessed, deprived and exiled             the growth of this support or say that they should        On these pages, we feature the contribu
      and contemporary connection between the two,            people.                                                  be ashamed of doing so.                                   PATRICK REILLY, on Celtic and Catholic
      despite the reluctance of most commentators to                                                                                                                             Lecturer in History at the Faculty of Edu
                                                                 'So what?' is one modern response emanating              Why, then, should Celtic shun the support they         charitable origins of the club.
      mention it, describe it accurately or address it. It
                                                              from some within, and from many more outside,            receive from Irish and Irish-Scottish communities
      is as if the origins and heritage of Celtic FC were
                                                              the Catholic community today. Forget the                 throughout the world, most strikingly North
      something shameful and discreditable, a sordid
                                                              history, it is surely long past time (so runs the        America and the Antipodes? Why is it all right for      Presbyterians consistently fail: it means that
      secret best forgotten, a scandal to be stifled and
                                                              argument) for Celtic as a 21st century organisa-         many Asians to support Manchester United and            Rangers have defaulted upon their historic
                                                              tion to shed its embarrassing traditions and adjust      all wrong for many Irish Catholics worldwide to         mission. One irony among many is the fact that
         Listening to the critics in Scotland, one is never   to the modern world. In that world, religion is a        support Celtic? Why is the one team to be envied        not one of the Lisbon Lions was Irish born and
      quite sure if the Church should be ashamed of           purely private, individual affair which has no           and congratulated for having a mass following           almost half of them, together with the manager,
      Celtic or if Celtic should be ashamed of the            rightful place outside centres of worship. Celtic        beyond its locale, while the other is to be abused      were Scots Protestants.
      Church or, if they should both be ashamed of            should, Celtic must, sever the cord that continues       and rebuked for having the same?                           Season 2002-03 contributed its own striking
      each other.                                             to bind it to this anachronistic, discreditable past.       The only explanation is the assumption that          additions to the evidence of anti-Celtic sentiment
         Periodically, voices are raised within the              Some traces of this mindset were discernible in       there is something inherently disgraceful in            in Scottish football. When the Scottish Premier
      Church denouncing football in general and Celtic        the rationalising tenure of Fergus McCann with           Catholic people supporting a team that had its          League clubs voted unanimously for the Old Firm
      in particular as a kind of debased, ersatz religion     its clear predilection in favour of business effi-       raison d'etre in the horrendous social conditions       game to take place a mere 48 hours after Celtic's
      in which the support of a football team is inanely      ciency at the expense of tradition and sentiment.        of their immigrant families and forebears over the      strenuous UEFA Cup semi-final in Portugal, they
      elevated to the level of a faith commitment. This       Revelatory of this mindset was his snub to an            past hundred or so years.                               did so with vehement denials that their decision
      is, of course, both absurd and blasphemous and          Taoiseach as well as his tendency to refer to                                                                    was in any way biased. But as Martin O'Neill
                                                                                                                          But this is one of Celtic's great strengths and,
      the critics are totally correct in lambasting so        second, third and fourth Irish generation                                                                        asked so cogently at the time, can anyone imagine
                                                                                                                       leaving anti-Catholic prejudice aside, there seems
      imbecilic an outlook.                                   followers of the team as 'customers', without even                                                               them ever doing this to Rangers after a European
                                                                                                                       no valid reason for treating it as something sordid
         But the fact that some people are idiotic            realising how grotesquely inappropriate this             or defiled. The fighting Irish of Notre Dame            semi-final? Certainly not Hearts, who, several
      enough to regard loyalty to a football team as a        importation of the jargon of commerce was in             experience no difficulty in being accepted for          years before, had leaned over backwards to accom-
      valid substitute for religious commitment does          such a context.                                          what they are by the rest of American society.          modate Rangers in a parallel situation when
      not entitle us to cultivate a deliberately willed          Yet even from a strictly balance-sheet point of                                                               Hearts themselves were the opposition and might
      amnesia with regard to Celtic's origins and             view, it is far from obvious that Celtic's best inter-                                                           have directly profited from insisting that Rangers
      heritage.                                               ests would be served by jettisoning its Irish-           Why is it only here in Scotland that the word           fulfil their obligations. They agreed instead to
         It is perhaps pertinent to remember that when        Catholic heritage in order to reshape its identity       'Catholic' is a provocation and an affront: that        'switch the tie'.
      the cry first resounded throughout the west of          as a purely west of Scotland team.                                                                                  Yet, with nothing to gain themselves, the
      Scotland for a team to beat the Irishmen, this was                                                               the only way of Catholics avoiding giving               Scottish Premier League inconsistently insisted
                                                                 It is, of course, a west of Scotland team, as
      partly a code for a team to beat the Catholics - the    surely as Manchester United is a north-west of           offence is for them to go about on tiptoe and in        that an exhausted Celtic should travel to Ibrox on
      terms were at the time synonymous and there             England team, but this has not prevented the             whispers like the Christians under Nero? It is          the date arranged, regardless of how this might
      would surely have been no similar clamour had                                                                                                                            disadvantage one team and benefit the other.
                                                              latter from acquiring massive support from other         not we, after all, who are a secret society.
                                                                                                                          Who seriously believes that the vast exodus to          A stranger might have thought that the other
                                                                                                                       Seville of 80,000 supporters - whose conduct was        clubs would have signalled their gratitude to Celtic
                                                                                                                       so exemplary as to be honoured by UEFA and              for enhancing the profile of Scottish football by
                                                                                                                       FIFA - in May 2003 would have taken place had           granting them this one small favour of a few days'
                                                                                                                       Celtic overtly decided in the past to sever all         grace - but a stranger is necessarily ignorant of the
                                                                                                                       historical links with Ireland and Catholicism and       unspoken, underlying realities of Scottish football.
                                                                                                                       to proscribe any allusion to the circumstance in           Towards the close of last season, at every away
                                                                                                                       which the club was born and reared? Although, it        ground visited by Celtic, the same taunting chorus
                                                                                Celtic Minded:                         might be argued that some Celtic employees and
                                                                                                                       custodians have indeed attempted this in the
                                                                                                                                                                               was heard. Why this delight in Celtic's discomfi-
                                                                                                                                                                               ture? Certainly, the fans of these teams want to
                                                                               essays on religion,                                                                             beat Rangers too, but it is undeniable that, given a
                                                                               politics, society,                      recent past.
                                                                                                                          The club, to its credit, has, almost from the        choice between Rangers and Celtic, almost all of
                                                                               identity…                                                                                       these 'neutrals' will instinctively, enthusiastically
                                                                               and football                            beginning, welcomed players and supporters from
                                                                                                                       every faith and from none. But, given its origins,      plump for the team to beat the Irishmen.
                                                                                                                       it would be perverse indeed if it became a require-        There is no unfathomable mystery here - the
                                                                              Editor Dr Joseph M Bradley,
                                                                                                                       ment to forego one's Catholicism when following         solution is clearly related to the fact that when the
                                                                              Department of Sports
                                                                                                                       the team. No Catholic need apply: it would be a         Celtic players run out as these provincial grounds
                                                                              Studies, University of
                                                                                                                       strange sign to find hanging over the doors of          they are greeted with similar chants and certainly
                                                                                                                       Celtic supporters' clubs.                               the sentiments that they hear at Ibrox. It is the
                                                                                                                          Scotland is undeniably a sectarian society and       price Celtic pays in this country.
                                                                              Argyll Publishing, Scotland,
                                                                              April 2004                               football is a kind of litmus test for a sectarianism       It explains why some Rangers supporters
                                                                              £10.99                                   that exhibits the bile and the bitterness at its most   include attacks upon Catholic churches as part of
                                                                                                                       visible. It is where we are at our most naked and       their victory celebrations after winning the league.
                                                                                                                       open.                                                   It is what incited them to barrack their own player
                                                                            On sale at all good
                                                                                                                          The cry for a team to beat the Irishmen (aka         Shota Arveladze for imprudently blessing himself
                                                                            bookshops including Celtic
                                                                                                                       Catholics) may not be so vociferous today, but the      in a friendly against Linfield at Windsor Park in
                                                                            retail outlets in Ireland and
                                                                                                                       sentiment is still there, strong as ever. I             2002. That Arveladze is not a Catholic but a
                                                                            Scotland from late April
                                                                                                                                                                               member of the Eastern Orthodox Church did not
                                                                            2004.                                         n recent times Rangers' financial plight has
                                                                                                                       clearly stemmed from an obsessive resolve to            seem to matter in this incident. Such people care
                                                                                                                       match Celtic's feat in winning the European Cup.        little for fine distinctions when such blatantly
                                                                            The profit from books bought                                                                       offensive gestures are performed.
                                                                            at official Celtic shops will              This was reflected in Glasgow Rangers Chairman
                                                                            be donated by Celtic Football              David Murray's comment that if Celtic spent five           There is loss as well as gain in being regarded as
                                                                            Club to the Brother Walfrid                pounds to progress then he and his club would           'the' Catholic team, however ludicrous some
                                                                            Memorial Fund for the                      spend ten pounds.                                       people may find that title. But, short of wholesale
                                                                            erection of a statue of                       It has often been felt by many as intolerable that   apostasy (or taking the soup?) or sacking everyone
                                                                            Celtic’s main founder at the               a team representing immigrant Irish Catholics           with an Irish name, there seems little that any
                                                                            entrance to Celtic Park.                   should succeed where a team of Scottish                 recent past or future prospective custodians of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  FEATURE        11

nd fascinating?
kicking a ball is one major reason.
versies, identities and experiences
akes up Scottish society. Scotland’s
  in origin. Just over 100 years ago,
 ltic Football Club.
ty and community that has traditionally
tic, has been written by an impressive

 rector of Irish and Scottish Studies at
 is a football book with a difference…
ership as a fascinating and intriguing
sporting institutions and also as a
 ts of modern Scottish society”.
utions of regular FLOURISH Columnist
cism, and DR FRANK O’HAGAN,
 cation at Glasgow University, on the

   Celtic can do about it. These things were
   ineluctably decided many years ago when Brother
   Walfrid called his momentous first meeting in the
   east end of Glasgow in 1887.

   Despite the difficulties, despite the labelling,
   despite the frequent experience of 'keeping
   one's head down', there is nothing to be
   ashamed of in this history, nothing to be
   ashamed of in Celtic's Catholic meaningfulness.
      Many Celtic supporters feel a deep sense of
   pride in this part of their history and heritage and
   it's one of the elements in the club's identity that
   makes it different. It's one of the things that
   makes the club what it is, unique and distin-
   guished. Its one of the things that makes people
   'Celtic Minded'.

   MARIST BROTHER’S CHARITY LEGACY                               THE SOCIETY OF MARY, known as 'the
                                                                 Marists' came to Glasgow in 1858 and
                                                                 made a formidable contribution to the
                                                                                                                          By FRANK O'HAGAN
                                                                                                                     over sixty hours a week, by the early 1870s this
                                                                                                                     had been reduced to a standard fifty-four hour
                                                                                                                                                                           there was a sense of security and expectation that
                                                                                                                                                                           was difficult to come by in other areas of life.
                                                                                                                                                                              There was very obvious evidence of commu-
                                                                                                                                                                           nity building in the east end of Glasgow when
                                                                                                                     week, with a Saturday afternoon off.                  Irish Catholics realised that an established foot-
                                                                 education of poor Irish Catholic chil-                 Brother Walfrid was obviously aware of the         ball team in their community would be an excel-
                                                                 dren in the East End of the city.                   enthusiasm for football among the working-            lent financial source of free meals for poor school
                                                                                                                     class. He noted the success of the Edinburgh          children.
                                                                    Their religious dynamism allowed the Marist      Irish Catholic club, Hibernian, in winning the           "The main object of the club is to supply the
                                                                 Brothers to dedicate much of their lives to the     Scottish Cup in 1887, and so decided it was time      East End conferences of the St Vincent de Paul
                                                                 community they helped to build and subse-           Glasgow had its own club with a similar identity.     Society with the funds for the maintenance of
                                                                 quently serve.                                         Since Glasgow had a larger Irish community         the 'dinner tables' of our needy children in the
                                                                    Creating Celtic Football Club demonstrates       than Edinburgh at the time, a similar club in         missions of St Mary's, Sacred Heart and St
                                                                 the concern the Marists showed for the welfare of   Glasgow could surely raise considerable sums of       Michael's. Many cases of sheer poverty are left
                                                                 their pupils and is also a prime example of the     money for charity?                                    unaided through lack of means. It is therefore
                                                                 Victorian self-help activities of the period. The      Brother Walfrid was helped in his campaign         with this object that we have set afloat the
                                                                 inspiration of forming a football team for chari-   by a coterie of hardworking Irish and Catholic        'Celtic'," the founders stated.
                                                                 table purposes was in keeping with the ethos of     businessmen who had emerged as leaders of their
                                                                 the Marists and would appear to contrast            community.
                                                                 markedly with the contemporaneous self-help            He had the enthusiastic support of the builder,       After the club became a limited company its
                                                                 philosophy typified by Samuel Smiles and its        John Glass, and with other Irish Catholics they       original charitable mission was neglected insofar
                                                                 distorted Christian ethic.                          got together on 6th November 1887 to propose          as the charitable work that was done was not
                                                                                                                     the formation of the Celtic Football and Athletic     officially publicised. Nevertheless, Celtic
                                                                                    Needy                            Club. In January 1888 they issued a circular          supporters themselves have long and enthusiasti-
                                                                    Born in 1840 in the village of Ballymote, in     calling for support for the newly founded club        cally maintained the charitable ethos of Walfrid
                                                                 County Sligo Ireland, Andrew Kerins took the        and over the next few months a horde of volun-        and Celtic's other founders. In the 1990s, the
                                                                 religious name Brother Walfrid when he joined       teers worked tirelessly to create a football ground   Club's management, whilst seeking to maximise
                                                                 the Marist order in 1864. He taught in St           and rudimentary spectator accommodation.              Celtic's potential as a football club and business,
                                                                 Mary's, Abercromby Street, and later became            The subscription list was headed by                re-emphasised Celtic's social dimension with a
                                                                 headmaster of the newly opened Sacred Heart         Archbishop Charles Eyre, the first Archbishop of      return to supporting charitable causes in line
                                                                 school in 1874 when the new parish of Sacred        Glasgow after the Restoration of the Hierarchy        with the founding principles of the Club. In
                                                                 Heart was carved out of St Mary's.                  in 1878. Eyre, an Englishman, knew nothing            1995, the 'Celtic Charity Fund' was formed with
                                                                    During the 1870s and 1880s, the working          about football but was always prepared to             the aim of revitalising Celtic's charitable tradi-
                                                                 people of Scotland had become so fascinated by      support any scheme that had for its object the        tions.
                                                                 the new spectacular phenomenon of soccer that       welfare of the Catholic poor.                            In this way, Celtic Football Club, at the begin-
                                                                 they were prepared to pay for the excitement of        The subscription list was a lengthy one, repre-    ning of the twenty-first century is true to its
                                                                 watching exponents of the sport at play. This       sentative of Irish Catholic life in Glasgow at the    founder's vision and clearly recognises that it has
                                                                 coincided with the fact that working men in         time. The establishment of Celtic Football Club       a wider role in its responsibility of being a major
                                                                 Scotland had newly-acquired leisure time.           provided an environment where many of the             social institution promoting health, well-being
                                                                 Whereas in the 1850s, most employees worked         Irish and their offspring congregated and where       and social integration.
                   Br Walfrid, founder of Celtic Football Club
12   FOCUS                                                                                                                                                                                                    MAY 2004

‘    One of the most compelling cases of innocence human rights campaigners have ever seen
                                                       HOPES RAISED FOR REPRIEVE
                                                        OF DEATH ROW SCOT KENNY
                                                      IN THE EARLY hours of 30 June
                                                      1986 Hope Collins, the mother
                                                                                                 Kenny Richey is a Scot who has been on death row in
                                                                                                 the United States since 27 January 1987. He was
                                                                                                 staying with his father in Ohio and the week before he
                                                                                                                                                                                   Sheriff's office beside a petrol pump.
                                                                                                                                                                                   After being relocated twice it was
                                                                                                                                                                                   tested for flammable substances.
                                                      of two year-old Cynthia Collins,           was due to return home to Scotland in 1986 he was                                    New tests performed by America's
                                                                                                                                                                                   leading scientists in the field have
                                                      climbed into her boyfriend's               charged with arson and aggravated murder. He was
                                                                                                                                                                                   produced two startling facts. First,
                                                                                                 accused of killing a two-year-old child in a fire which
                                                      truck and drove off to spend the           he was alleged to have started deliberately.                                      that the characteristics left by the fire
                                                                                                                                                                                   in the flat are consistent not with
                                                      night at her boyfriend's house.                                                                                              arson but with accident. Second, the
                                                         She left her child confined in her      Last month, his case was referred to the Ohio
                                                                                                                                                                                   carpet actually contained no
                                                      room. Hope Collins met Kenny               Supreme Court on grounds of transferred consent.                                  ignitable substances at all. The State
                                                      Richey as she was leaving and spoke        Supporters are now confident his sentence can be                                  forensic lab had produced false
                                                      briefly with him. He was heavily           overturned and a major injustice amended.                                         results because they used defective
                                                      under the influence of alcohol.                                                                                              and out of date methods.
                                                         Within a relatively short time a        Here, Glasgow human rights lawyer, GERRY                                             One witness gave evidence that he
                                                      fire had broken out at the flat.           CONSIDINE, who has prepared an amicus brief,                                      heard Kenny threaten to blow up the
                                                      Kenny Richey was seen rushing              details the flaws in the case which has seen the                                  building but even before he gave
                                                      towards the flat after the fire and was    39 year-old former US marine awaiting execution on                                evidence he privately told friends he
                                                      trying to save the child. When Hope        death row for the past 17 years.                                                  did not wish to testify but was only
                                                      Collins arrived at the hospital where                                                                                        doing so for the sake of the child
                                                      Cynthia had been taken she                                                                                                   who had been raped. That informa-
                                                      informed Dr Thomas Dickey that            when she was initially told of her        apartment block and stole cans of        tion was completely false but ques-
                                                      her daughter had set fire to the flat     daughter's death she made no              petrol and paint thinner before          tions remain whether this misinfor-
                                                      on previous occasions - a fact never      mention of this or any other babysit-     returning to the building. A utility     mation was allowed to be circulated
                                                      imparted to the defence team ulti-        ting arrangement. During the brief        shed stood below Hope Collins'           to witnesses by prosecutors.
                                                      mately representing Richey at his         conversation with Kenny two inde-         living room.                                Kenny's lawyer was a public
                                                      trial.                                    pendent witnesses were present -             The prosecution case was that         defender trying his first capital case
                                                         Once an investigation started into     Hope's boyfriend and his friend -         once inside Kenny splashed petrol        and was not long qualified. He erro-
                                                      why the child was left alone Hope         neither of whom heard any request         and paint thinner throughout the         neously advised Kenny not to opt for
                                                      Collins said she had arranged for         for Kenny to baby-sit.                    living room then set it alight before    a jury trial but instead a panel of
                                                      Kenny Richey to baby-sit. However            The local fire chief who arrived to    he escaped over the balcony with the     three judges. He also failed to hire a
                                                                                                inspect the flat after the fire was       empty cans, which were of course         fire expert but instead hired an
                                                                                                attending this flat for the fourth time   never recovered. However the green-      expert in metal fatigue. He never
                                                                                                in three weeks, the three previous        house owner never had any cans           visited the scene of the fire. He also
                                                                                                occasions having been called to           stolen from him and he testified that
                  DIVINE MERCY                                                                  investigate the sudden mysterious
                                                                                                appearance of smoke in the flat. The
                                                                                                State fire marshall, Robert Cryer,
                                                                                                                                          none were missing. In addition
                                                                                                                                          Kenny had broken his hand a week
                                                                                                                                          earlier and it was in a plaster cast.
                                                                                                                                                                                   failed to interview several key
                                                                                                                                                                                      Only days ago, Kenny's case was
                                                                                                                                                                                   sent to the Ohio Supreme Court for
                  DAY CONFERENCE                                                                conducted the investigation of the
                                                                                                fire and after a brief inspection
                                                                                                declared the fire had started acciden-
                                                                                                                                             He was so drunk that witnesses
                                                                                                                                          saw him collapse in bushes. He was
                                                                                                                                          in no condition to carry the cans and
                                                                                                                                                                                   appeal. The prosecutor Dan
                                                                                                                                                                                   Gershutz successfully argued: "Even
                                                                                                                                                                                   though the new evidence may estab-
                  SATURDAY 12th JUNE 2004                                                       tally.
                                                                                                   He authorised the owner of the
                                                                                                                                          climb silently onto the shed roof,
                                                                                                                                          past his former girlfriend's open
                                                                                                                                                                                   lish Mr Richey's innocence, the
                                                                                                                                                                                   Ohio and United States constitution
                                                                                                building to gut the flat. Within          bedroom window then onto the
                  St Columba’s Church                                                           hours the charred furniture was
                                                                                                taken to a local dump. None of the
                                                                                                                                          balcony. In any event, if the motive
                                                                                                                                          was as suggested, why would he not
                                                                                                                                                                                   nonetheless allows him to be
                                                                                                                                                                                   executed because the prosecution did
                                                                                                                                                                                   not know that the scientific testi-
                  VIEWPARK UDDINGSTON                                                           normal crime scene precautions,
                                                                                                such as taping off the locus for
                                                                                                                                          have simply thrown the petrol
                                                                                                                                          through her open window which he         mony offered at the trial was false
                                                                                                                                                                                   and unreliable."
             Conference starts 11a.m. Ends with Mass @ 4 pm.                                    evidence purposes was undertaken.         was allegedly crawling past with the
                                                                                                                                                                                      The Supreme Court previously
                                                                                                   The fire marshall later retracted      petrol in his broken hand. Both she
                                                                                                                                                                                   ruled that nowhere in the
                           ADMISSION FREE                                                       his initial findings stating he never     and her new boyfriend confirmed
                                                                                                                                                                                   Constitution does it say that you
                                                                                                considered the cause accidental but       the window was open and that they
       “One of the soldiers, however, plunged his spear into Jesus’ side,                       there is no explanation why he            were both light sleepers but heard       cannot execute an innocent man.
                                                                                                would ever have allowed the investi-      nothing.                                 The Constitution does not say the
           and at once blood and water poured out.” John 19 :34                                 gation to proceed in this fashion            The reason the case was a capital     sun rises in the morning but some
                                                                                                unless he had clearly formed the          one was that it was allegedly premed-    things are normally taken for
                                                                                                opinion that there was no evidence        itated. They alleged Kenny pulled        granted. Not in the United States.
                                                                                                of any accelerant or deliberate           down the smoke detector. Yet, the           The prosecutors no longer found
                                                                                                attempt to start the fire.                prosecutors had information from a       on the erroneous forensic evidence.
                                                                                                   Against this background Kenny          friend of Hope Collins that the          The new forensic evidence has been
                                                                                                Richey was arrested and charged           smoke detector was disconnected          backed by experts worldwide
                                                                                                with aggravated murder. The prose-        when Hope was cooking earlier that       confirming that Cynthia Collins was
                                                                                                cution contended that the motive          evening. They did not advise the         not murdered but the victim of an
                                                                                                was that Kenny Richey's former girl-      defence of this information nor did      accident.
                                                                                                friend lived in the flat below Hope       they bring it out at trial.                 However Kenny Richey remains
                                                                                                Collins and that his plan was to set         This information alone would          on death row and could be executed
                                                                                                fire to Hope Collin's flat in order to    have been the difference between         in just a few months. Amnesty
                                                                                                burn the flat below.                      acquital and the death penalty.          International has described the case
                                                                                                   The case dominated local news for      Further, it was not brought out that     as "one of the most compelling cases
                                                                                                months and was the first capital case     Hope Collins disconnected the            of innocence human rights
                                                                                                in Putnam County since the nine-          smoke alarm when she was smoking         campaigners have ever seen".
                                                                                                teenth century. The Prosecutor            drugs in her apartment which she            I urge all reading this article to
                                                                                                Basinger was running in an election       has admitted to doing in her flat the    write to Jack Straw to ensure the
                                   Speakers                                                     as a judge (and was duly elected) and     night of the fire.                       British Government intervenes and
                               Fr. Brian Logue                                                  sought publicity for his campaign.           The prosecution has since             ask them to ensure this Government
                                                                                                   He offered Kenny a plea-bargain        conceded there was no evidence that      supports an amicus brief which is
                           Fr. John Brendan Kelly                                               that if he pled guilty to second          Kenny Richey ever intended to kill       being drafted at present to be lodged
                                                                                                degree murder he would reduce the         Cynthia Collins although they still      in the Supreme Court on behalf of
                                                                                                case from being a death penalty case      oppose his appeal. The other             British Parliamentarians asking the
         Bring packed lunch. Tea/Coffee available in the church hall                            to one of ten years imprisonment          evidence used to convict Kenny has       Court to review the overwhelming
                    Further Information Available From                                          with the prospect of parole after six     now been discredited.                    evidence of his innocence.
                                                                                                years. This was rejected by Kenny            The central piece of evidence was        I also urge you to write in similar
                                                                                                who instead offered to take a lie         the living room carpet, which tested     terms to Jack McConnell and to
                                                                                                detector test to show his innocence,      positive for flammable substances.       your local MPs and MSPs asking
                     Mr Frankie McAvoy - 01698 845703                                           but this was refused.                     After the fire, the carpet was cleared   them to confirm their support for
                     Mrs Patricia Fergus - 01698 812694                                            The main evidence in the case          from the house and taken to the          this amicus brief which will be
                                                                                                surrounded the suggestion that            County Dump. When it was                 placed before the Scottish as well as
                      Mr John McAvoy - 01698 811756                                             Kenny broke into a commercial             retrieved after the investigation was    Westminster Parliaments. Don't let
                                                                                                greenhouse a hundred yards from the       started it was kept in the yard at the   his suffering continue.
                  MAY 2004                                                                                                                                                                                                         OPINION        13

 Right                                             to                                                                Hugh

                  the         Point                                                                                 DOUGHERTY
old church pew, sadly
                                           buses, trams and railway carriages
                                           had hard, wooden seats, when spec-
                                           tators stood at football matches, and
                                                                                    riors in bright colours and we've got
                                                                                    rid of altar rails and moved lecterns.
                                                                                       But, there, even in churches built
                                                                                                                                                                                                               church pew and start thinking about
                                                                                                                                                                                                               how to replace or update it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If we don't, we're simply
worn and for sale                          when central heating was still a pipe-   or remodelled relatively recently, the                                                                                     providing another barrier to
                                           dream.                                   unyielding pew awaits you.                                                                                                 persuading people to come to
outside an antique shop                       Catholic pews are worst of all. For      Now church chiefs may say that                                                                                          church, to keeping those we have,
the other week.                            if you're in a non-Catholic church,      religion is about much more than                                                                                           and welcoming the lapsed back.
                                           you'll often find that cushions have     bums on seats on a Sunday, but if                                                                                             I know that none of that is as easy
   And when I examined the hard,           been added to personal taste, and, in    we're not providing a level of                                                                                             as providing soft seats on either side
wooden bench, in the cold light of         Episcopalian       and      Anglican     comfort that the average posterior of                                                                                      of the aisle, but the pew has had its
day, I couldn't help thinking that         churches, where some people do           today, used to suitably structured                                                                                         day.
the common-or-church pew might             kneel, you'll often come across well-    furniture at home, in the car, on the                                                                                         As a considerable part of the
just be part of the problem as to why      padded kneelers that would put us        bus and on the train, will recognise,                                                                                      potential congregation for every
fewer and fewer people are attending       to shame.                                then we have to think again.                                                                                               church has or is voting with its feet,
church.                                       The strange thing is that we've                                                                                                                                  then it's time to wave goodbye to
   The pew, in many cases the most         modernised just about everything
                                                                                               Padding                                                                                                         the well-worn and totally anachro-
non-ergonomic piece of furniture           else in our parish churches. The            Where else, today, does anyone          space between seat and the back of     outside position, and over whom          nistic pew.
ever to support the human anatomy,         liturgy is vastly different from 50      ask a client or patron to sit on a         the pew in front.                      you have to climb, to get to seating
belongs to another age. That's an          years ago. We have up-to-date sound      hard, wooden seat for upwards of an           These have never been designed      space further down the bench.
age when comfort was not upper-            systems, heating systems and good        hour? And don't forget the kneelers        for easy-access or to allow for that      Now, I know that part of the             And the prize for the most
most in anyone's mind, and when            lighting. We paint our church inte-      without padding, and that tight            person who simply must have the        thinking behind pews may well have       uncomfortable pew in Scotland?
                                                                                                                                                                      been not to make them too comfort-          My nomination goes to St
                                                                                                                                                                      able to keep the congregation awake,     Joseph's in Stranraer, where the
                                                                                                                                                                      but surely we have to move with the      space between the pews is so tight
                                                                                                                                                                      times and make our seats as acces-       that the faithful of the ferry town
                                                                                                                                                                      sible as anything anywhere else.         have become adept at kneeling on
                                                                                                                                                                         It's ironic that, at a time, when     their shins.
                                                                                                                                                                      congregations are ageing, we've             If you have a nomination for the
                                                                                                                                                                      done nothing about improving             pew that makes you go 'phew', let
                                                                                                                                                                      comfort. But there's also the issue of   the editor know.
                                                                                                                                                                      the young, who are simply not going         We might be able to start an evan-
                                                                                                                                                                      to put up with hard wooden               gelical movement that won't take
                                                                                                                                                                      benches which look like something        excuses for not going to church
                                                                                                                                                                      out of a museum.                         sitting down. Attending, after all,
                                                                                                                                                                         So, maybe it's time to take a         shouldn't be a penance, more of a
                                                                                                                                                                      good, hard look at the common-or-        comfort and joy, you might say.

                                                                                                                                                                      LENT ON AT THE STATION
                                                                                                                                                                      I KNOW LENT'S but a memory in the        bigger than it was.
                                                                                                                                                                      merry month of May, but while it            Fighting off the temptation, I said
                                                                                                                                                                      lasted it was well observed right in     to the girl: "That's a bit tough. I'm
                                                                                                                                                                      the heart of Glasgow.                    off chocolate for Lent."
                                                                                                                                                                         Just before Holy Week, I stopped         At which she blushed slightly and
                                                                                                                                                                      off at Central Station's busy book-      was about to apologise when
                                                                                                                                                                      stall to buy a magazine to check up      another member of staff chipped in
                                                                                                                                                                      on a piece I'd done for it, and as I     with: "It's OK, sir, the Archbishop
                                                                                                                                                                      handed over the mag to pay for it,       pays us to offer the chocolate to
                                                                                                                                                                      the girl behind the counter said         Catholics to make it extra hard for
                                                                                                                                                                      enthusiastically: "You can buy this      you lot!"
                                                                                                                                                                      bar of chocolate at half price, sir."       All of which got the whole queue
                                                                                                                                                                         The bar was one of those giant-       laughing.
                                                                                                                                                                      size Aero efforts, and as I was off         And, no, I didn't give in - not with
                                                                                                                                                                      chocolate for Lent, it appeared even     the whole shop involved!

                                               Shrines of our times
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  from which he was allegedly abducted.
     It was sad because a young
  person had died in seemingly
  horrible circumstances and it acted
  as a magnet for a media eager to
  find out if Pollokshields really was
  the bubbling cauldron of racism
  that some in both the white and
                                               betray lack of hope
                                           such as these, which spring up           how confused large sections of the          People do need to grieve. It's
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                                           whenever a young person is killed        community are about Celtic and           good that they can show their
  Asian communities seemed to hope
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                                           in our city - an all too frequent
                                           occurrence due to knife culture,
                                                                                       There's also the fact that these
                                                                                                                                But what the displays of today
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                                                                                    outpourings of grief in public have
                                                                                    become overdone and, quite
                                                                                                                             show is that there is a vast spiritual
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  Pollokshields is nothing like that,      almost always something missing.         frankly, somewhat crass.                 that we have a very urgent message           for our new reduced
  and gang culture is much closer to          That something is artefacts of a         I chart the public hysteria that      to get over in Glasgow and in the
  spilling over than racism.               religious nature, spiritual symbols      surrounded the death and funeral         west of Scotland that Celtic and
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     But, all that aside, the shrine of    of mourning and grief, and               of Princess Diana and the public         Rangers do not equal religion -
  Celtic and Rangers jerseys, multiple     anything that speaks of God.             extravaganza of flowers being            especially not when mourning the
  football trinkets and even Irish            God is totally absent from such       placed at Buckingham Palace, as          loss of a loved one.
  Republican Tricolour alongside           displays which serve simply to           the start of the public grief mania.        Life, and death, are far too
  Loyalist Ulster flags, spoke of a        underline that, for far too many,           Now, every tragic event seems to      important for that and pavement
  strange unity of opposing loyalties
  over the death of a boy. And, that,
                                           the symbols of two football teams
                                           are their most prized possessions,
                                                                                    consume fields of flowers and lines
                                                                                    of football jerseys and scarves, as
                                                                                                                             shrines carry anything but the
                                                                                                                             essential message of hope that true
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14   FEATURE                                                                                                                                                                                                   MAY 2004

 Jericho Benedictines
 Jesus Among the People                             TENDERNESS FOR THE SUFFERING
                                                     SHOWN BY SAINTLY DON ORIONE

 among the destitute,
 the distressed,
 the excluded, and all
 being passed by.                                   HE HAS BEEN called 'God's
         JESUS AT THE HEART OF                                                                                                          the Salesian Oratory of Valdocco,             "The Little Work exists to serve
                                                    beggar', the 'father of the                                                         Turin, where the saintly Don Bosco         and to serve with love. With God's
 Vocations details for ENTHUSIASTIC
                                                    poor' and 'apostle of the                                                           was living out his last years. There       help it intends to live on in order to
                                                                                                                                        were 300 students here together with       practice the works of mercy for the
 YOUNG MEN from:                                    underprivileged'.                                                                   many priests and religious. Young          moral and material well-being of the
 Fr Jim Ferguson, MONASTERY OF JESUS,                  Now Don Luigi Orione, a student                                                  Luigi liked everything about the           most abandoned. Our love has no
 Harelaw Farm, Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire PA10 2PY
                                                    and youthful friend of the great St                                                 cheerful life, the commitment to           closed doors," he stated.
                                                    John Bosco, will glory in the title of                                              one's duties and the solemn devo-             On the morning of 28 December
                                                    'Saint'.                                                                            tions.                                     1908 an earthquake devastated the
                                                       The founder of the Sons of Divine                                                   "Everything you see in me is the        district of Reggio Calabria and

               BENEDICTINE                          Providence, who devote their service
                                                    to the care of the elderly, disabled
                                                    and disadvantaged, will be canonised
                                                                                                                                        fruit of the three years I spent at the
                                                                                                                                        Oratory of Don Bosco," he later
                                                                                                                                        affirmed. "My vocation flowered in
                                                                                                                                                                                   Messina in southern Italy, burying
                                                                                                                                                                                   large numbers of the inhabitants.
                                                                                                                                                                                   Don Orione set himself up in an
               MONASTERY                            on Sunday 16 May.
                                                       Don Orione is remembered for
                                                    his commitment to social justice and
                                                                                                                                        that atmosphere which was saturated
                                                                                                                                        with prayer and love of God. Don
                                                                                                                                        Bosco made us feel surrounded by
                                                                                                                                                                                   abandoned goods wagon on a
                                                                                                                                                                                   disused railway line and directed the
                                                                                                                                                                                   rescue work from there. He stayed in
               A Life of prayer???                  the service of those in need, a service
                                                    guided and inspired by the teachings
                                                                                                        Don Luigi Orione                loving kindness."
                                                                                                                                           Don Bosco died at the oratory on
                                                                                                                                                                                   Messina for three years helping the
                                                                                                                                                                                   people get back on their feet.
                                                    of the Catholic Church.                   proud of their evil state, souls greedy   31 January 1888. But before then              In 1921, the restless priest left
 A life of prayer with the Tyburn Benedictines?        His motto was simple, yet radical      for money and power, souls full of        Luigi had succeeded in going to            Italy for Brazil where he stayed for a
                                                    - 'Do good to all, help everybody,        themselves, wandering souls looking       confession to the great father figure      year opening schools, homes for chil-
                                                    harm nobody'.                             for the right road, sorrowing souls       and spiritual director. After much         dren, technical colleges and parishes.
We live a life which is Benedictine, Eucharistic,      He began his work with orphans         looking for refuge or a kind word -       prayer through the intercession of            In 1936 Don Orione felt impelled
                                                    and street children in the city of        all these are souls loved by Christ."     Don Bosco, Luigi then entered the          to carry the work of the Sons of
           Contemplative, Liturgical.               Tortona in north-west Italy while he          Born at Pontecurone on 23 June        diocesan seminary at Tortona.              Divine Providence to Britain and a
                                                    was still a student. He was a man of      1872, Luigi Orione displayed his             On the death of his father in           small house was opened in Cardiff
    By our Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed        enormous energy and enterprise and        concern for the poor and needy from       1892, he took up a job as custodian        for Italian coal miners. It closed
Sacrement, we join in his own redemptive work,      by the time of his death in 1940 he       an early age. His own family was          of the cathedral to help pay his semi-     down in 1939 at the outbreak of war.
                                                    and his followers had established care    poor. His father, Vittorio, was a         nary fees. Still just 20, he began an         Don Orione died on 12 March
       and receive his own spirit of Love.          services all over Italy, as well as in    labourer on the roads and his             'oratory' for very poor boys who kept      1940. It was after his death in 1949
                                                    Poland, Brazil, Argentina and             mother, Carolina, worked in service       flocking around him. After the             that his desire to see the order estab-
                                                    Palestine.                                and at times in the fields.               cathedral priests complained about         lished in England was fulfilled, when
                      Apply to                         Today over a thousand priests and          Canon Cattaneo, the parish            the noise, the Bishop offered the use      Fr Paul Bidone came from Italy to
                                                    brothers of the congregation are          priest, had a great influence on Luigi    of his own garden for the Oratory.         London.
     The Prioress, Benedictine Monastery,           working in 36 countries around the        and encouraged him in virtue. His            Don Orione was ordained priest             At his beatification in October
                                                    world, including England and              whole life would be spent seeking         on 13 April 1895. During his               1980, Pope John Paul II described
     5 Mackerston Place, Largs, Ayrshire,           Ireland, providing services for more      the poorest and most miserable in         priestly life he planned to work so        Don Orione's life as "a marvellous
                   KA30 8BY                         than 200,000 people in a variety of
                                                    health and social care projects.
                                                                                              order to bring them comfort.
                                                                                                  Wanting to become a priest, he
                                                                                                                                        hard so as to fall into the arms of
                                                                                                                                        Jesus exhausted every evening. Thus
                                                                                                                                                                                   and genial expression of Christian
                                                                                                                                                                                   love...with special tenderness for the
              Tel: (01475) 687320                      In his spiritual notes Don Orione      was accepted by the Franciscan Friars     began the Little Work of Divine            suffering, the marginalised and the
                                                    wrote: "To be able to see and love in     at Voghera at the age of 13. But the      Providence.                                hopeless."
                                                    the world only the souls of our           life of the monastery and the struggle
                                                    brothers and sisters. Souls of little     to keep up with his studies proved

                                                                                                                                          Service - the
                                                    ones, souls of the poor, souls of         too much. He succumbed to exhaus-
                                                    sinners, souls that have been led         tion and returned home.
                                                    astray, repentant souls, souls                But within a few months, in
                                                    rebelling against God's will, souls       October 1886 he was admitted into

                                                           Fernhill School                                                                THIS MONTH, some 20 men will
                                                                                                                                          embark on a period of reflection as
                                                                                                                                                                                         That is why we now distinguish
                                                                                                                                                                                      between transitional and permanent
                                                                                                                                          they seek to discern whether to             deacons. In the Eastern Catholic
                                                                                                                                                                                      Church, however, the diaconate
                                                                                                                                          present themselves as candidates            remained a part of the permanent
                                                                                                                                          for the permanent diaconate within          rank of sacred orders without inter-
                                                                                                                                                                                      ruption from the time of the
                                                                                                                                          the Archdiocese of Glasgow.                 Apostles until now.
                                                                                                                                             This is the first group to begin            The Council of Trent (1545-63)
                                                                                                                                          what is formally known as a                 called for the restoration of the
                                                                                                                                          'propaedeutic' year following               permanent diaconate for the entire
                                                                                                                                          Archbishop Conti's invitation in the        Church. But it was not until the
                                                                                                                                          spring of last year.                        Second Vatican Council, four
                                                                                                                                             Most of us remain quite unfa-            centuries later, that this direction was
                                                                                                                                          miliar with the role of the deacon          implemented. The Council Fathers
                                                                                                                                          and what tasks they might undertake         explicitly stated their purpose as
                                                                                                                                          within our parishes and wider               threefold: to enhance the Church, to
                                                                 The Secondary Department is for Girls only.                              communities in coming years.                strengthen with sacred orders those
                                                           A few places are available in the Primary Department –                            The diaconate has a rich history.        men already engaged in diaconal
                                                                                 Boys and Girls.                                          During the Church's first five              functions, and to provide assistance
                                                                                                                                          centuries, this ministry flourished         to areas suffering clerical shortages.
                                                                  Fernhill is a Catholic Independent School.                              everywhere. But for various reasons,           The deacon is ordained to the first
                                                                       Please contact the School Office                                   the order declined in the West as a         rank of sacred orders, not to the
                                                                   for further Information and Prospectus.                                distinct rank of clerical service, and      priesthood or the episcopacy. He is
                                                              Fernbrae Avenue, Burnside, Rutherglen G73 4SG.                              eventually disappeared. It was rele-        no longer a layman, but a member of
                                                                                                                                          gated to a transitional order given to      the clergy. Like other clerics, the
                                                                               Tel: 0141 634 2674                                         candidates on their way to priestly         deacon participates in the threefold

                                                      The                       Servants of the Lord,                                           CONGREGATION OF ALEXIAN BROTHERS
                                                                                          Brothers to all

                                                      Franciscans                                                                                     Through the support of Prayer and Community Life, in
                                                                                                                                                   imitation of the Healing Christ, the Alexian Brothers, for over
                                                                                                                                                  800 years, have dedicated their lives, in caring for the Spiritual,
                                                                                                                                                    Physical, Psychological and Social needs of the Sick, Infirm,
                                                                                    “The Lord gave me Brothers…”                           Dying and Homeless, regardless of Race, Colour, Creed or Social status. We do
                                                                                                   (St Francis)                                             this in cooperation with people of good will.
                                                                                         …AND STILL DOES!…
                                                                                                                                            We invite men who may feel a call to this ‘Way of Life’ as dedicated Alexian
                                                                                                                                                          Brothers, to contact the Director of Vocations at:
                                                                                  INTERESTED IN THE FRANCISCAN LIFE?                             Alexian Brothers, St Mary’s Road, Moston, Manchester. M40 0BL.
                                                                                         Bro. Donal, O.F.M., Franciscan Friary,                                    E-mail:
                                                                                  120 Niddrie Mains Rd., Edinburgh EH16 4EG.
                                                       St. Francis of Assisi                                                              TEL (0161) 681 1929
                        MAY 2004                                                                                                                                                                                                             FEATURE         15

   A MORE DYNAMIC approach to
   attracting new blood to the ranks of
   priests has been signaled by the
   Scottish bishops.
       And, at the same time, the Pope has
   reiterated the wealth to be reaped
   from among the traditional seed-bed
   of altar servers.
       The work of promoting vocations
   is to come under a new scheme, Priests
                                                Priests for Scotland                                                                                                                    Saint                 of   the       Month

   for Scotland, which will also direct the
   ongoing formation of priests in this
       It is hoped the body will bring
   renewed vigour to the task of encour-
   aging more people to consider the call
   to priesthood as well as sustaining
   those already in ministry.
       Bishop Vincent Logan, President of
   the new commission, said: "Priests for
   Scotland will direct and oversee all
   aspects of priestly formation from                                   Altar servers are a ‘garden’ for vocations                                     Fr Andrew McKenzie
   vocations to ordination and beyond. I
   hope that the support, training and          priests, Pope John Paul II pinpointed          and develop a love for spiritual reali-     some places of the world the shortage
   ongoing formation we provide to our          youngsters who serve on the altar as a         ties."                                      of priests is all the more urgently felt
   priests in Scotland will be of the           "garden" of priestly vocations which              The Pope also stressed the impor-        since today the number of priests is
   highest standard."                           should be cultivated.                          tance of the personal witness of faith      dwindling without sufficient replace-
       The first director will be Fr               "With the help of the families most         given by priests in encouraging others      ments from the younger generation.
   Andrew McKenzie, a priest of the             involved and catechists, be particularly       on the path of the priesthood.                 "Vocations are indeed a gift from
   Archdiocese of Glasgow who is                concerned for the group of servers so             "What counts is our personal             God for which we must pray unceas-
   currently Pastoral Director at Scotus        that, through their service at the altar,      commitment to Christ, our love for          ingly. Jesus has called us and, along a
   College, the national seminary in            each of them will learn to grow in love        the Eucharist, our fervour in cele-         variety of paths, he continues to call
   Scotland. He will take up the full-          for the Lord Jesus, to recognize him           brating it, our devotion in adoring it      many others to be his ministers."
   time post in August.                         truly present in the Eucharist and to          and our zeal in offering it to our             Appealing directly to his fellow
       He said: "The three main areas of        experience the beauty of the liturgy,"         brothers and sisters, especially to the     priests, he added: "Let us consider
   our work will be in promoting voca-          the Pope encouraged his brother                sick.                                       ourselves the first ones responsible in
   tions to the priesthood at a national        priests. "Initiatives for altar servers on        "Your own witness counts more            this area, ready to help all those whom
   level, overseeing the pre-seminary           the diocesan or local level should be          than anything else. Altar servers see       Christ wishes to associate to his priest-
   period and providing supports for the        promoted and encouraged, with                  you at the regular Sunday and               hood to respond generously to his call.
   ongoing formation of priests in              attention to the different age groups.         weekday celebrations; in your hands            “Pray unceasingly, as the Apostle
   ministry. Others have been active in         During my years of episcopal ministry          they see the Eucharist 'take place', on     exhorts, and encourage the faithful to
   these various areas, and I will take         in Krakow I was able to see the great          your face they see its mystery reflected,   pray for vocations, for the persever-
   time to talk to them and assess their        benefits which can accrue from a               and in your heart they sense the            ance of those called to the priestly life
   experiences so that we are building on       concern for their human, spiritual and         summons of a greater love. May you          and for the sanctification of all
   what has gone before with an eye to          liturgical training.                           be for them fathers, teachers and           priests."
   meeting the challenges that confront            "When children and young people             witnesses of Eucharistic piety and
   us."                                         serve at the altar with joy and enthu-         holiness of life!"
       He added: "In partnership with our       siasm, they offer their peers an                  Prayer and active efforts to promote
   seminaries, this new structure will
   allow the Church in Scotland to
                                                eloquent witness to the importance
                                                and beauty of the Eucharist. Thanks
                                                                                               vocations are also necessary the Pope
                                                                                               said.                                                              We need your help for
   promote a coherent and continuous            to their own lively imagination and               "The number of priests is never
   approach to all those in priestly
                                                the explanations and example given by
                                                priests and their older friends, even
                                                                                               sufficient to meet the constantly
                                                                                               increasing demands of evangelization
                                                                                                                                                                our Work & the Missions
       Meanwhile, in his annual letter to       very young children can grow in faith          and the pastoral care of the faithful. In    People have always been                    whatever you can so our work      We would like you to be a part
                                                                                                                                            generous to the Sons and their             at home and the missions will     of the Don Orione family.
                                                                                                                                            work. Don Orione said that                 continue. If you are a tax

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ministry of Jesus Christ - the service        further call to priesthood if the Lord         Church must be for the sake of                                                                                              the appropriate box, fill in the
of the liturgy, the word, and of              so moved him.                                  Christ - a servant. It is this 'service'                                                                                    form and return it to the address
charity. He represents Christ the                Often engaged in works of social            which characterises the ministry of             The Sons of Divine Providence, 13 Lower Teddington Road                     on the left.
Servant in his vocation.                      justice or charity, the deacon is a            deacon, a distinctive mark from the             Hampton Wick, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 4EU
   The deacon teaches the Word of             clergyman in the midst of the                  days of the early Church.
God, sanctifies through the sacra-            secular world. He goes from the                   Throughout history the service of
ments, and helps lead the commu-              altar to the world in a prophetic              deacons has taken on various forms
nity in its religious life. He assists at     way, bringing Christ to those for              so as to satisfy the diverse needs of
the altar, distributes the Eucharist as       whom He gave His life. Since he                the Christian community and to
an ordinary minister, blesses
marriages, presides over funerals,
proclaims the Gospel and preaches,
                                              usually pursues secular work, a
                                              deacon is not obliged to wear cler-
                                              ical garb as are transitional deacons
                                                                                             enable that community to exercise
                                                                                             its mission of charity. They should
                                                                                             not be relegated to marginal duties,
                                                                                                                                                       The Blairs Museum
administers viaticum to the sick, and         or priests.                                    be made merely to act as substitutes,                                •     Come on a journey of faith                                      •
leads Sunday celebrations in the                 Because of the long lack of a real          nor discharge duties normally
absence of a priest.                          witness of a diaconate in the western          entrusted to non-ordained members
   Since most deacons are married             Church, the reaction to this ministry          of the faithful.
and have children, they are called to         by other clergy and lay faithful is               Only in this way will the true                                                     Visit the college chapel of Scotland’s first junior seminary
demonstrate the grace of the                  sometimes hesitant and confused.               identity of permanent deacons as                                                                  - recently restored to it’s full glory.
Sacrament of Marriage and the holi-           Yet, as time unfolds more and more             ministers of Christ become apparent
ness of a consecrated family life. The        members of the Church have come                and the impression avoided that                                                   Discover what life was like at the college and come face to face
married deacon makes a unique                 to understand the role as a gift to            deacons are simply lay people
contribution to the renewal of                both the Church and the world.                 particularly involved in the life of                                              with the 500 years of Catholic history held within the museum.
Christian marriage and family life.              The role of the deacon does not             the Church.
Deacons and their wives and chil-             detract from an empowered lay                     Men interested in the possibility
dren can be a great encouragement             faithful. In fact, it should enrich it.        of becoming a candidate for the
to others who are working to                  And the deacon also should not be              permanent        diaconate      should                        • GUIDED TOURS               • TEAROOM • SHOP            • DISABLED ACCESS
promote family life.                          seen as a threat to the irreplaceable          consider it in prayer, discuss it with
   Although        the      permanent         ministry of the priest. A vibrant              their family and seek advice from
diaconate has been opened to                  diaconate will hopefully enhance               their parish priest or spiritual
married men over the age of 35, it is         and expand the ministry of the                 advisor.                                                                                Open: April to September
also open to and encouraged as a              priesthood.                                                                                                             Saturday 10.00am to 5.00pm Sunday 12 noon to 5.00pm
permanent rank of orders for celi-               All of us, whether bishops, priests,        • For more information, contact
bate men. The decision for marriage           deacons, lay faithful, or consecrated            Fr Paul Murray, Director of the
                                                                                                                                                                  Group visits outwith these times are welcome by appointment.
or celibacy is to be made before ordi-        religious are a part of the mission of           Permanent Diaconate for the
nation. If a married deacon loses his         the Church. Each of us play vitally              Archdiocese of Glasgow -                                                           For further details telephone:
wife, he pledges to remain celibate.          important, but different, roles in the           Tel. 0141-226 5898,
In fact, he could then consider a             Body of Christ.                                  email                                                             01224 863 767
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         April 25th to October 10th 2004.
                    6 Public Masses each day
               Confessions from 11.00am onwards
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             National Public Novena (14-22 Aug. incl.)
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          documenting the Story of the Apparition and
           exhibiting aspects of rural life at that time.

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                                                            THE LITTLE SISTERS of the Poor
                                                            are in top gear after their
                                                            successful money spinning raffle.
                                                                                                   NEW HOPE FOR ADDICTS REACHES ASIA
                                                                                                   A GROUND-BREAKING initiative to help                          Father Hans Stapel, OFM, who set up the first such
                                                               Star prize was a brand new                                                                     recovery institution for alcoholics and drug addicts in
                                                            Suzuki Alto donated by the             people overcome alcohol and drug abuse                     Brazil in 1983, said: "The problem of alcoholism and
                                                            Phoenix Group in Linwood               has arrived in the Philippines.                            drug addiction is deeply rooted in a spiritual void which
                                                               The £18,000 raised will help                                                                   many people are experiencing in today's materialistic and
                Knock House Hotel ***                       steer the Sisters towards their           Bishop Joel Baylon of Masbate inaugurated and           hedonistic society. It is a disease that transgresses the
                                                            destination of building a state-of-    blessed the country's first 'Farm of Hope', a scheme       borders of cultures and nations."
                            Beside Shrine Grounds           the-art care home in Greenock.         devoted to the care of victims of substance addiction.        The Masbate project is the 28th Farm to be established
                        Ideal base for touring the West        Although the final total could         The programme, pioneered in Brazil, uses prayer,        around the world. There are 23 in Brazil, one in
                                                            come to around £10million the          community living and physical labour to help people        Paraguay, two in Germany and another in Russia.
                            70 En-Suite Bedrooms            Sisters are trusting in the hand of    break the cycle of addiction.                                 Church leaders in other Asian cities, including
                        150 Seater Conference Centre        Divine Providence.                        The Farm of Hope in Masbate received about £30,000      Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City have expressed a strong
                                                               Our picture shows Kate McGuire      from Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), the charity,         interest in introducing the scheme to their communities
                               All day Restaurant           of the Phoenix Group drawing the       which supports persecuted and oppressed Christians.           Fr Stapel observed: "What we are trying to do in the
                                  Open all year             winning ticket, alongside Sisters         Leaders of the Farms of Hope scheme said it was well-   Farms of Hope, is to help patients recover from their
                                                            Nulla, Ann and Laurence.               placed to tackle alcohol and substance abuse problems in   addiction by prayer, spiritual assistance, community life
                               Groups Welcome                  The lucky winner driving off        the Philippines.                                           and manual labour."
                                                            with the star prize will be Veronica
                                                            Cunningham from Glasgow.
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                                                                                                      2 nights on the Brittany Ferry.
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Scots’ French connection
An exhibition telling the story of one
of the best-kept secrets of
                                                                                                                                                                           Funeral Directors Est. 1936

Scotland's troubled religious past                                                                                                                                J&T McColgan was established
has just opened at St Mungo’s                                                                                                                                in 1936 and has over the years become a
Museum.                                                                                                                                                     highly respected firm providing a dignified
   The Scots College Paris is not so                                                                                                                            and personal service for all families.
well known now as its Roman coun-
terpart, but played a vital role in                                                                                                                                          Private rest rooms &
helping to keep alive the Catholic
faith in Scotland in the post-                                                                                                                                              service chapel available
Reformation period.
   I am delighted to see its story                                                                                                                                    24 hour personal service
told, for personal as well as historical
reasons.                                                                                                                                                                   Proprietor: Jane P. Rodgers DIP FD M.B.I.F.D.
   I was brought up in the shadow of
Elgin Cathedral, the seat of the                                                                                                                             5 7 K i l b ow i e R o a d , C l y d eb a n k , G 8 1 1 B L
bishops of Moray. It was a 14th
century Bishop of that see, David by
name, who purchased farming land                                                                                                                        Tel: (0141) 941 0700 • Fax: (0141) 941 0900
at Grisy - some seven leagues from               Archbishop Conti admires the exhibition alongside Museum curator Helen Avenell and Fr Brian Halloran
Paris according to the chroniclers of
the time - and used the revenue to                         By Archbishop Mario Conti
fund bursaries for four students
from his Diocese studying at the
University of Paris.                       walls was Hugh MacDonald, Bishop         Government of the day to ease
   It would be some years before           of the Highland District, who was        restrictions on disaffected groups
Scotsmen could get a university            exiled in Paris for three years          within the country - Catholics being
education within their own country         following the defeat of the Jacobite     the most significant beneficiaries of
and of course there were strong            army at Culloden in 1746.                the policy.
political reasons why they shouldn't          Not surprisingly, the Paris               The Paris College then, both in
seek such an education in England.         College became a hotbed of Jacobite      its foundation and in its dissolution,
   Almost three centuries later, in        sympathies and a place for intrigue.     played a significant role in the
1603, my predecessor, the last             Members of its staff served the          history of the Catholic Church in
Catholic Archbishop to hold the see        Jacobite Court in exile. The College     Scotland.
of Glasgow at the time of the              which inherited the chartularies,            When the flame of the old faith
Reformation, James Beaton, died in         books and other treasures which          was reduced to a flicker in Highland
Paris. Since 1560 he had lived in the      James Beaton had taken with him to       glens, Hebridean isles, and in the
city and fulfilled the role of ambas-      safety in Paris, acquired also James     braes of Banffshire; when it was
sador to the French Court on behalf,       II's royal papers.                       snuffed out on the banks of the
first of all, of Mary Queen of Scots          It was the French Revolution,         Clyde and the Forth - it was being
and then of her son James VI, who          towards the end of the 18th century,     kept alive, tended and protected on
in the same year as Archbishop             which put an end to the College as       the banks of the Seine, the Tiber and
Beaton's death would succeed to the        an institution, though happily not       the Duero. It was from Paris, Rome
English crown.                             to its building. Last Easter, in the     and Spain that it was borne home to
   Archbishop Beaton bequeathed            old college chapel, the Scots bishops    rekindle dying embers, soon to be
his estate to the poor Scots students      concelebrated Mass before the            fanned by massive Irish immigra-
in Paris thereby putting the College       painting of St Andrew embracing          tion.
des Ecossais on a firm financial           his cross and in the presence of the         Like all of life it is a tale of rise
footing. Rightly is he considered its      then-Secretary of State for Scotland,    and fall, of triumph and loss. Yet
second founder.                            Mrs Helen Liddell.                       through the vicissitudes of history,
   Three years earlier, in 1600, Pope         There are some extraordinary          the Scots College in Paris remains
Clement VIII had established in            historical ironies connected with the    the oldest link between Scotland
Rome the Pontifical Scots College          Scots College in Paris.                  and France which continues in some
which is happily still flourishing and        Its very existence after the          form today.
of which I myself am a former              Reformation was due to the                   As an institution the College may
student.                                   Reformation itself and the lack of an    no longer exist, but its buildings do,
   Neither of these institutions was       opportunity for a Catholic educa-        and they are held in trust by the
originally established solely for the      tion in Scotland.                        Fondation Ecossaise.
training of young men for the                 Were it not for what James                Wouldn't it be a marvellous thing
Catholic priesthood, though within         Beaton took from his Cathedral in        if that old Scots College in the heart
two decades the Roman College had          Glasgow, and deposited in Paris, we      of Paris could be re-established as a
virtually become a seminary for the        would have much less today by            Scottish Cultural Centre, offering
training of priests.                       which to chart the wealth of the         new possibilities of study and
   On the other hand, the Paris            medieval Church, and in subsequent       cultural exchange between the coun-
College, while it produced priests         documents, its survival and revival      tries of the Auld Alliance - particu-
for the Scottish Mission throughout        within Scotland.                         larly at a time when the sovereign
the 17th and 18th centuries,                  And were it not for the French        states of Europe are consolidating
remained open to other students,           Revolution we would not have the         themselves as a new political, social
and indeed many young priests,             èmigrè clergy and religious in Britain   and cultural entity.
returning from Rome to Scotland            in the post-1789 period, who                 Perhaps, the final chapter in the
spent some time in Paris, honing           contributed significantly to the re-     story of the Scots College Paris has
their pastoral skills. It also provided    birth of the Catholic Church in the      yet to be written.
a refuge for them when, on their           British Isles.                           • Priests, Patrons and Piety, the Scots
discovery as priests, they were               Indeed it seems clear that the fear       College Paris, 1603-2003, runs until
banished from Scotland. Among              of a revolution such as had occurred         September 27 at the St Mungo
those who sought shelter within it         in France led the British                    Museum of Religious Life and Art.

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                                                                                                                          Many of the depicted details of
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                                                                                                                                                                                                            individuals who have enthused over
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                                                                                                                                                                                                               The film makes no concession to
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                                                                            had a phenomenon that can be
                                                                                                                       Christ's passion came from the
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                    MAY 2004                                                                                                                                                                                                  SCRIPTURE         19

Remaining in the presence of the Risen Christ
SO FAR, the Sundays of Easter have         gospel readings of the remaining                                                                                         an interesting legal term - as well       Sunday 30 May
had at least two things in common.
                                           Sundays of Easter. Three of these
                                           have a Eucharistic setting, as they     Sunday                                      By Fr Robert
                                                                                                                                                                    as the gift of a peace that the world
                                                                                                                                                                    cannot give.                              Solemnity of Pentecost
Firstly, they have given us stories of
Jesus' post-resurrection appear-
                                           are taken from the Last Supper
                                           discourse in John's Gospel.
                                              In these, we are the ones hear
                                                                                                       Scripture                                                    23 May
                                                                                                                                                                    7th Sunday of Easter
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Acts 2:1-11
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Not surprisingly, the treading
                                                                                                                                                                                                              related the story of Pentecost.
ances, and secondly they have been         the promises of Jesus as we cele-                                                                                                                                  Notice how the author struggles to
                                                                                   2 May                                    Apocalypse 21:1-5                       Acts 7:55-60                              describe      adequately        what
characterised by disciples' failure to     brate Christ's presence in our                                                      We jump now to the end of this                                                 happened to the people in the
                                           Sunday Eucharist.                       4th Sunday of Easter                                                                We go back to an earlier stage
recognise the Risen Lord.                                                                                                   strange and often difficult book to
                                                                                                                                                                    of Acts today, to tell the story of       room - they heard what sounded
                                              He is the gate of the Sheepfold,     Acts 13:14. 43-52                        be given a tremendous vision of
                                                                                                                                                                    Stephen, the first martyr. His trial      like a powerful wind...what
   Mary of Magdala, Thomas, and            or the Good Shepherd (John                This begins a series of readings       hope for the future - a new heaven                                                appeared to be tongues of flame
                                                                                                                            and a new earth, with the appear-       is remarkably similar to the trial of
the seven disciples who went               chapter 10). And the sheep that         on the mission of Paul and                                                       Jesus in Matthew and Mark. In             seemed to descend on them. What
                                           listen to His voice remind us of        Barnabas to the pagans.                  ance of the holy city, the new                                                    is important is the effect all of this
fishing in Galilee - these all failed to                                                                                                                            fact, Luke transfers some of the
                                           Mary of Magdala, who heard the                                                   Jerusalem coming down from                                                        had on the occupants of the room.
recognise Jesus, even though they                                                  Apocalypse 7:9.14-17                     heaven. This is symbolic of God's       details of the trial of Jesus to this
                                           Risen Jesus call her by name, or                                                                                         narrative - Stephen is condemned          This is seen clearly in the rest of
could see him.                                                                        This reading looks very much          new creation.                                                                     the passage.
                                           Thomas who believed, when he                                                                                             to death for blasphemy, just as
   For each of them, the point of                                                  like a re-working of the Isaiah          John 13:31-35
recognition seemed to come when
                                           heard Jesus tell him to doubt no
                                                                                   vision of the Lord's banquet, used
                                                                                                                                                                    Jesus was in Matthew and Mark.            1 Corinthians 12:3-7. 12-13
                                           more.                                                                              The gospels for the remaining         Apocalypse 22:12-14. 16-17. 20              The effects of the Spirit are
they heard the voice of Jesus - the                                                so often at funerals, when he will       Sundays of Easter take us back to
                                              Again, we remember that the          wipe away the tears form every                                                      The final words of this book are       what concern Paul here. The Spirit
Word of God (on the third                                                                                                   the last supper, reinforcing a                                                    gives a variety of gifts, but all
Sunday's, it was the unnamed               Eucharist is the context in which       cheek (Isaiah 25:6-9). It is fulfilled                                           fitting for the final Sunday of
                                                                                                                            Eucharistic context for our litur-                                                given for the service of the one
beloved disciple who proclaims "It         we most often hear the Word of          now because of the victory of the        gies. The theme of Jesus' with-         Easter before Pentecost. They look
                                                                                                                                                                    to the return of Jesus - an ardent        Lord.
is the Lord" - the gospel proclama-        God proclaimed.                         Lamb                                     drawal form the world is apparent,
                                              Further on in the Last Supper                                                 especially when he promises the         desire of the Church - and a              John 20:19-23
tion that Christ has risen).                                                       John 10:27-30                                                                    promise from Jesus himself.                  This gospel, which concludes
                                           discourse, Jesus promises not to          It seems a bit odd to call this        Advocate, the Holy Sprit, whom
   The other common feature is                                                                                                                                                                                the Easter season, is a shorter
                                           leave his disciples as orphans, but     Good Shepherd Sunday when the            the Father will send in his name,       John 17:20-26
that many of the post-resurrection                                                                                          and who will teach his disciples                                                  version of the gospel for Easter
                                           to provide for them after his depar-    gospel does not actually mention                                                    This is the third of three sections
stories have a Eucharistic context -                                                                                        everything, and who will remind                                                   Sunday. It nicely brackets the
                                           ture. He pledges the gift of the Holy   the Good Shepherd!                                                               of what is usually called the great
events in the upper room (2nd                                                                                               them of all he has said.                                                          season for us, but it also reminds
                                           Spirit, the Advocate, the one who                                                                                        priestly prayer of Christ. It brings
Sunday), the sharing of a meal (3rd                                                  However, in this passage from                                                                                            us that the sending of the Holy
                                           will teach them everything they                                                                                          to an end the Last Supper
Sunday), and explicit mention of                                                   John, the theme that Jesus used                                                                                            Spirit was not limited to a single
                                           need to know. This is the focus of                                               16 May                                  discourse. In this prayer, Jesus
                                                                                   when speaking of himself as Good                                                                                           event - here Jesus imparts the
the "breaking of bread".                                                                                                                                            seems to be at least as much in the
                                           our celebrations of the Ascension       Shepherd is reprised, namely the         6th Sunday of Easter                                                              Spirit on the day of resurrection.
   The gospels point to the connec-                                                                                                                                 other world as this. Jesus prays for
                                           and Pentecost, on the last two          unity of the flock who listen to the                                             those he leaves behind. Among                The sending of the Spirit is
tion between an encounter with the         Sundays of the month.                   voice of Jesus.                          Acts 15:1-2. 22-29                                                                continually taking place in the life
                                                                                                                                                                    other things, his desire it that they
Risen Christ and the Eucharist. So,           For the newly-baptised in our                                                   Paul and Barnabas are sent as         will be with him, so that they may        of the Church. We are all empow-
our situation today is much closer                                                                                          heads of a delegation to a confer-      see the glory his Father has given        ered with a variety of gifts, but all
                                           communities, these thoughts help        9 May
to that of the early Church than we                                                                                         ence in Jerusalem.                      him.                                      for the service of the one Lord.
                                           them realise that it is in the
might imagine. The early                   Eucharist that they keep alive what     5th Sunday of Easter                     Apocalypse 21:10-14. 22-23
Christians, like ourselves, were           they received in Baptism and            Acts 14:21-27                              The vision of the holy city,
most frequently in the presence of         Confirmation. It is through                                                      begun in last week's reading, is
                                                                                      Paul and Barnabas continue
the Risen Christ when they heard           Eucharist that we remain in the                                                  continued here.
                                                                                   their journey, and report on their
the Word of God proclaimed and             presence of the Risen Christ for        progress among the pagans -              John 14:23-29
the Eucharist meal shared.                 whom we are commissioned to             although the report is not actually        Again, Jesus promises the Holy
   This helps us to understand the         bear witness.                           given here.                              Spirit, described as the Advocate -

Ascension: upwards or outwards?
IT MAY COME as a surprise to learn                                                                                          needed since Christ is our                  Family Funeral Directors
that the Ascension and Pentecost                                 Everybody’s                                                Universal High Priest, interceding
                                                                                                                            now in heaven for everyone every-
are to be found in only one Gospel -
Luke. You will not find these in Mark
or Matthew or in John.
                                                                  By Dr Noel
                                                                  DONNELLY                       Bible                      where. This is something which we
                                                                                                                            stress in every Mass, especially at
                                                                                                                            the end of the preface when we are
                                                                                                                            invited to join our liturgy with the
                                              But when it came to writing his      "raised up" into heaven (Phil 2:9;       liturgy of heaven: "May our voices
   Writing around 80-85 AD, only           second volume, the account of the       1Tim 3:16; Heb 7:26), Luke's             blend with theirs as we say..."                                   24 (HR) SERVICE
Luke gives us in dramatic form the         Spirit in the early church, Luke had    presentation of early preaching             So the Ascension drama is
stories of Pentecost and the
   It comes as a further surprise to
some readers that Luke has two
                                           a brand new scroll to work with,
                                           and so he had the space to tell us
                                           about the 40 days in which the
                                           Risen Lord supported the work of
                                                                                   about the Ascension of Jesus is
                                                                                   quite dramatic.
                                                                                      There is nothing in the Roman
                                                                                   Catholic teaching on biblical inspi-
                                                                                                                            teaching us a crucial lesson: the
                                                                                                                            Risen Jesus is now our Christ, no
                                                                                                                            longer localised in Judea and
                                                                                                                            Galilee but with us here and
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Ascension. In his Gospel, he tells            Both of are true. At the resurrec-   suggestion that those responsible           The Ascension is outwards
us that the Risen Lord "was carried        tion, Jesus of course "was carried      for the writing employed tech-           rather than upwards. So we need
up into heaven" on Easter Sunday           up into heaven" (Lk. 24:51); and        niques of dramatisation. As the          not waste time looking upwards at
evening. But in his other work,            after 40 days of supporting the         Constitution on Divine Revelation        the clouds. Rather should we 'get
The Acts of the Apostles, Jesus            early community, Jesus "was lifted      of Vatican II insisted, one must pay     tore in', doing kingdom work as
ascends into heaven 40 days after          up and a cloud took him out of          attention to the intention of the        witnesses.
Easter.                                    their sight" (Acts 1:9).                biblical writer and to "literary            At the Ascension, the disciples
   Scholars have different explana-           Some of us are old enough to         forms", such as drama. Each style        are formally commissioned to be                F U N E R A L                     D I R E C T O R S
tions for this apparent disparity.         remember how the first Russian          of literature has to be judged           'witnesses', a word which in Greek
Some would say that Luke is                astronaut, speeding above the           according to its own intention and
recording two of the different ways        clouds, claimed that there was no       form.                                    is martures. You don't need to
he found in the early preaching            sight of Jesus up there. That              So what was the point of the          know much Greek to realise that                            Independent Family Business
about the Ascension. He put one at         prompts us to ask: did Jesus really     early preaching we find in Luke?         this word can be translated as
the end of his Gospel and the other        go upwards through the clouds?             The Church offers us excellent        'martyrs' - though it also looks like
in his second volume, The Acts of             We really need to read Luke's        pointers in the accompanying read-       'matures', and maybe there's food
the Apostles.                              text with biblical eyes. Throughout     ings for the feast of the Ascension:     for thought there too!                                        Established over 70Years
   Others, perhaps more plausibly          scripture, the cloud is the symbol         In Year A (also in B and C) we           Being a 'mature witness' today,
would argue that as he got towards         of God's presence (eg Exodus            have Ephesians 1:17-23. This tells       either in the market place or, often
the end of the writing of his              24:15-18; also Luke 9:34 at the         us that Christ is now with each and      more difficultly, in our own fami-                             Offering Care, Dignity
Gospel, Luke simply ran out of             Transfiguration).                       every community now scattered            lies, can require us to put our heads
paper! That is not as mad as it may           You couldn't possibly describe       over the earth. The Risen and            into the stocks and take a bit of                              and Personal Attention
seem.                                      God by making an accurate defini-       Ascended Lord is not localised now       flack!
   To write a lengthy work, like a         tion, so one way was to use this        in one place such as Jerusalem!             To be a 'martyr' today will
Gospel, you needed to go to the            symbol of the cloud. This helps us         In Year B we have an alternative      require us to re-energise our
shop and buy a scroll of papyrus or        when we ask: What is the meaning        reading in Ephesians 4:1-13. The         batteries.
parchment. The normal length of            that Luke intends?                      death that was supposed to put an           We can do this in union with
such a scroll would be about 22               Jesus is not so much going up        end to the influence of Jesus has        that heavenly liturgy going on now
feet. So, it could be argued, Luke         into outer space as going into the      itself been made captive... and all      in heaven with Jesus and in the
had written so much about the              omnipresent God. Here we have           are now offered gifts for the            Communion of Saints, all taking
infancy and the great journey of           something "higher" than space           building up of the universal             place for us in time and space, but                     996 Govan Road, Glasgow G51 3DU
Jesus that he needed to complete           event!                                  church.                                  also beyond the barriers of space
his Gospel quickly by seeing the              While some New Testament                In Year C we are offered              and time.
Resurrection completed with the            writers use "exaltation" language,      Hebrews 9:24-28 and 10:19-23.               Maybe that's what the Ascension
Ascension.                                 saying that Jesus was "exalted" or      The Jerusalem Temple is no longer        is about!
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