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Brother Walfrid’s Hope for
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LITURGY MUST NOT BE
CHANGED AT A WHIM F AITHFULNESS to the
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
2 NEWS MAY 2004
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
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.
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28 May, Bishop Cunningham will
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MAY 2004 NEWS 3
Double tragedy of Italian missionaries with strong links to Glasgow
Xaverian killed in crash
XAVERIAN MISSIONARY Fr
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
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,
choose from the finest range of
communion dress fabrics in Scotland,
at St Gregory’s, Wyndford
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.
"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
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225 SARACEN STREET • 1024 SHETTLESTON ROAD
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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."
WM LATTO & SON LTD
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
• Roofing & Re-Roofing • Chimneys Repaired & Removed laity: Rosary during exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.
"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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celebration of Communion or Eucharistic services. tions."
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MAY 2004 NEWS 5
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
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:
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university campuses of the world. place where the individual finds direction for the
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Ciorsdaidh Watts, might only abundance is a vibrant faith," she
be 18, but the experience of added quickly. .
sharing some three months with The youngest of six children,
people whose material condi- Ciorsdaidh spent 15 weeks in
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THE Countless young men and women
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the value of life
who will begin her course in
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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
"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
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
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
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broadband modem or a DVD
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no punches - "Positive support is at
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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
0141 772 4491
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.
"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
spring aspirations are
not penitential, down-
cast affairs, but posi-
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.
THE GLASGOW PILGRIMAGE
FOR HANDICAPPED CHILDREN
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Your continued support has, once again, made
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you will be remembered in all our Prayers and
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this special time.
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CELTIC AND CATHOLIC
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
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
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
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
COMFORT AND JOY FIND LITTLE SPACE IN THE PEWS
I WAS LOOKING at an
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
ONE OF THE SADDEST sights in
Glasgow, following the recent tragic EWTN - The Catholic Satellite Channel
death of 15 year-old Kriss Donald, was
the shrine that appeared at the spot The perfect Christian
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
present for 2004
whenever a young person is killed community are about Celtic and good that they can show their
Asian communities seemed to hope
that it would be.
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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The truth, thank God, regardless
of how you worship Him, is that
macho manners and binge drinking
- and you'll notice that there's
outpourings of grief in public have
become overdone and, quite
show is that there is a vast spiritual
vacuum that needs to be filled, and
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
Price for 2004
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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you might think, is a good sign. and take on almost a spiritual public grief is shown through the faith brings without having to tie Catholic satellite company
But, look more closely at displays aspect themselves, showing just symbols of the age. its message to the railings.
14 FEATURE MAY 2004
Jesus Among the People TENDERNESS FOR THE SUFFERING
SHOWN BY SAINTLY DON ORIONE
A WORSHIPPING COMMUNITY EXTENDING
THE KINGDOM OF JESUS, THE KINGDOM OF LOVE.
among the destitute,
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
OUR TOWNS IN OUR TIMES
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: email@example.com
120 Niddrie Mains Rd., Edinburgh EH16 4EG.
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MAY 2004 FEATURE 15
A MORE DYNAMIC approach to
attracting new blood to the ranks of
priests has been signaled by the
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
key to Diaconate
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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,
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Deacons and their wives and chil- detract from an empowered lay Men interested in the possibility
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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
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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
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 -
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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
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the end of his Gospel and the other go upwards through the clouds? The Church offers us excellent 'martyrs' - though it also looks like
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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
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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
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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
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