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Monsignor John Hughes



Fr John Hughes, Rector of the Pontifical Scots College Rome, has been named Chaplain of His Holiness with the title Monsignor.

Fr John, a Glasgow priest, is 65 years of age, and qualifies under new regulations to be named a Monsignor.

He has been Rector of the Scots College Rome for 5 years. Before that, he was Vice-Rector of Scotus College Seminary in Bearsden. Previously, he was for many years Chaplain and Lecturer at St Andrew's College of Education, which educated teachers for Catholic schools.

At the 12 noon Mass in St Andrew's Cathedral on Sunday 24th August, Archbishop Philip Tartaglia will present Father Hughes with the parchment with which Pope Francis designates Monsignor John Hughes to be a Chaplain of His Holiness.

Archbishop Tartaglia commented: "I am delighted for John. This award recognises Monsignor John Hughes' distinguished service to Catholic teacher education and to the formation of priests."




Musica Sacra Scotland Conference



National Music Day 2014 - Saturday 22nd November 2014 - St Ninian Institute, Dundee

Starting at 10.30am (full programme coming soon)
Speakers and session leaders to include:
Martin Baker - Master of Music, Westminster Cathedral
James MacMillan CBE - Composer and Director, Musica Sacra Scotland
Ben Saunders - Diocese of Leeds Music Department
Hugh Anderson McKnight - Schola Cantorum of St Patrick, Edinburgh
Roger Williams MBE - University of Aberdeen

Closing Vigil Mass celebrated by Bishop Stephen Robson.

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Radio Alba

If you haven’t heard it yet, listen out for RadioAlba - Glasgow’s own Catholic radio station on the web at www.radioalba.org

Content includes Morning Prayer in a 30 minute cycle from 8.00am until 12.00 noon concluding with a little 'Music Choice' including Tantum Ergo, O Sacrament Most Holy and Hail Queen of Heaven.

This week’s Morning Prayer is led by Brendan Gill with music by the St Mungo Singers. Because of the raging conflicts in the Middle East, Africa and the Ukraine the programmes pray also for peace:

Father of us all, the whole human family is yours,
and you love all your children.
We thank you for the heroism and goodness
of so many oppressed by violence and war,
and we ask that they may be protected from any further abuse.
We plead for guidance in our own times
for those responsible for the safety of their peoples
and we ask forgiveness and a change of heart
for those who choose the paths of war.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Schools Morning Prayer this week comes from Our Lady of Good Aid Cathedral Primary School in Motherwell.

At 12.00 noon and at 6.00 p.m. radioalba also presents a short service 'How blest are those' - for those who wish to reflect and pray for family members and friends who have ended this life and gone to the Lord. 'How blest are those who have died in the Lord. Let them rest from their labours for their good works go with them.'


Tragedy for Pope Francis



Pope Francis has learnt of the tragic death of three of his relatives in a traffic accident in Argentina and is "profoundly saddened."

The Director of the Holy See’s Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi said the Pope had received news of the tragic accident and asks that "all those who share in his grief join with him in prayer." The victims were the wife of the Pope’s nephew and her two young children aged 2 years and eight months. His nephew, Emanuel Horacio Bergoglio, was seriously injured in the accident.

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Prayers for Peace


Archbishop Tartaglia has written to all parishes asking for special prayers to be said for peace in Iraq and throughout the world at Masses.  The Archbishop writes:

"We have all watched with grave concern the developing situation in Northern Iraq. In recent days the Holy Father has made repeated pleas to both the international community to promote dialogue and to the Catholic community to be united in prayer with the persecuted communities in Iraq... In response to the Holy Father's request, I urge you to pray for peace in Iraq and throughout the world in a special way at Mass on Sunday."



Pope Begs for Intervention in Iraq



Amid the worsening humanitarian catastrophe emerging in Iraq where Christians and other religious minorities are fleeing unimaginable savagery perpetrated by ISIS extremists, the Holy Father has sent this urgent appeal for intervention to the United Nations General Secretary.

It is with a heavy and anguished heart that I have been following the dramatic events of these past few days in Northern Iraq where Christians and other religious minorities have been forced to flee from their homes and witness the destruction of their places of worship and religious patrimony.

Moved by their plight, I have asked His Eminence Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, who served as the Representative of my predecessors, Pope St John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, to the people in Iraq, to manifest my spiritual closeness and to express my concern, and that of the entire Catholic Church, for the intolerable suffering of those who only wish to live in peace, harmony and freedom in the land of their forefathers.

In the same spirit, I write to you, Mr Secretary-General, and place before you the tears, the suffering and the heartfelt cries of despair of Christians and other religious minorities of the beloved land of Iraq. In renewing my urgent appeal to the international community to take action to end the humanitarian tragedy now underway, I encourage all the competent organs of the United Nations, in particular those responsible for security, peace, humanitarian law and assistance to refugees, to continue their efforts in accordance with the Preamble and relevant Articles of the United Nations Charter.

The violent attacks that are sweeping across Northern Iraq cannot but awaken the consciences of all men and women of goodwill to concrete acts of solidarity by protecting those affected or threatened by violence and assuring the necessary and urgent assistance for the many displaced people as well as their safe return to their cities and their homes. The tragic experiences of the Twentieth Century, and the most basic understanding of human dignity, compels the international community, particularly through the norms and mechanisms of international law, to do all that it can to stop and to prevent further systematic violence against ethnic and religious minorities.

Confident that my appeal, which I unite with those of the Oriental Patriarchs and other religious leaders, will meet with a positive reply, I take this opportunity to renew to your Excellency the assurances of my highest consideration.




August Flourish


The new edition of Flourish is in parishes this weekend. Full coverage of Church involvement in Commonwealth Games; Lourdes Pilgrimage report and pictures; End of an era for All Saints; Bells ring out at St Aloyisus for first time in 50 years and Pope's calls for peace in Holy Land. All this and much much more in the official journal of the Archdiocese. Pick up a copy this weekend!



Events Update

Pray for World Peace

You are invited to a monthly Pilgrimage to Carfin Grotto on 13th of each month at 7.30pm. Rosary, Consecration to Our Blessed Lady, Procession, Holy Mass and Benediction.  Buses arranged in some parishes. For further information tel: 0141 634 6299.

Women of Faith

St Andrew's Cathedral women's prayer group, Women of Faith, will have their next meeting on Friday, 22 August.  Adoration from 4.30 pm, Mass at 5.15 pm and meeting at 6.00 pm in the Chapter Room, ending with Evening Prayer.  This group is for women who wish to deepen their faith through praying together.  All welcome.

Diamond Jubilee - Queenship of Mary

The Family of Mary Immaculate Queen Scotland invites you to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Queenship of Mary at St Francis Xavier Church and Carfin Grotto, Newarthill Road, Carfin, Motherwell, ML1 5AL on Saturday, 23 August.  Rosary Procession at 12.30 pm and Mass at 2.00 pm.

Glasgow visit of minister from Holy Land

Rev Dr Mitri Raheb is a Palestinian Christian pastor of Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem.  He is a theologian, author of 16 books, winner of several international peace prizes and renowed speaker on peace with justice in Palestine. He is also director of International Centre of Bethlehem and Dar al-Kalima College.  www.daralkalima.net - Date: Wednesday, 27 August 2014 at 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm. Venue: Adelaide's, 209 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4HZ.

St Ninian's Cave

The Annual Pilgrimage to St Ninian's Cave, Whithorn, will take place on Sunday 31 August. Mass will be celebrated at the cave at 4.00pm and in the church of St Martin and St Ninian, Whithorn, at 4.45pm for those unable to walk to the cave.

National Pilgrimage

This year's national pilgrimage at Carfin takes place on Sunday 7 September under the patronage of St Margaret of Scotland. Most of the country's bishops will participate in the pilgrimage which centres on the celebration of the Mass, beginning at 3pm.

Could God be calling you to the Priesthood?

Why not come along to our monthly Discernment Evenings of Catechesis, Prayer and Fraternity?  These will begin again in September (second Friday of each month). For more information please contact Fr Ross Campbell on 0141 339 4315 or Ross.Campbell.2@glasgow.ac.uk

Masses of Thanksgiving for Don Bosco's life and mission

To start the Bi-centenary year since Don Bosco sent his first Salesians to Battersea in the Archdiocese of Southwark, the first Mass of Thanksgiving will be celebrated by Archbishop Peter Smith, Archbishop of Southwark at St George's Cathedral, London on Saturday, 20 September 2014 at 2.00 pm. The second Mass of Thanksgiving will be celebrated by Archbishop Philip Tartaglia at St Andrew's Cathedral, Glasgow on Saturday, 25 October at 1.00 pm to mark the 200th anniversary of Don Bosco's birth and the presence of the Salesian family in Scotland.

Calling Catechists

Award in Catholic Theological Education

If you would like the opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith this two-year part-time course may be of interest to you. 

Primarily aimed at those who wish to exercise the ministry of Catechist in the parish, it is also suitable for those who wish to study for their own purposes. 

For further information, or to request an application pack, contact the RE Department of the Archdiocese on 0141 226 5898 or email: re@rcag.org.uk

Maryvale Institute

There are courses of adult faith formation available by distance learning at the Maryvale Institute in Birmingham. Award courses include the Certificate in Catechesis; the Catechism of the Catholic Church; New Testament Studies and more.  Degree courses include the Ecclesiastical Bachelor of Divinity; Bachelor of arts in Philosophy and the Catholic Tradition and the Master of Arts in Catholic Applied Theology plus others.  For further details click here



Forty Hours - Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Date Celebration Parish
24 August 2014 Ordinary 21

Saint Peter's, Dumbarton

Saint Joseph's, Helensburgh

31 August 2014 Ordinary 22

Saint Lucy's, Cumbernauld

Saint Joseph's, Milngavie

7 September 2014 Ordinary 23

Saint Laurence's Drumchapel

Saint Paul's, Shettleston

Saint Simon's, Partick

Saint Patrick's, Old Kilpatrick

14 September 2014 Triumph of the Cross

Holy Cross, Crosshill

Saint Ninian's, Knightswood

Holy Family & St Ninian's, Kirkintilloch

Saint Martin's, Renton

21 September 2014 Ordinary 25

Saint Margaret Mary's, Castlemilk

Our Lady & St Helen's, Condorrat

Saint Matthew's, Bishopbriggs



Scripture Reflections

A guide to the Sunday Gospel texts, topics and related references in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Prepared by Canon Robert Hill, Parish Priest of St Matthew's Bishopbriggs these are designed to help us get the most out of the Liturgy of the Word. 








24 Aug 21A Mt 16:13-20 Caesarea Philippi. Peter's confession of faith. Peter's commission as the Rock on which Jesus builds his church; the keeper of the keys of the kingdom. One who binds and looses what is bound and loosed in heaven. Peter's Profession of Faith CCC 440. 442. 443. 424. 153. 881. "Keys of the Kingdom" CCC 552. 553. 1444-5
31 Aug 22A Mt 16:21-27 First Passion Prophecy. Peter remonstrates with Jesus. Peter is told "get behind me, Satan". Disciples must renounce self, take up the cross and come after Jesus.

The Cross; Jesus' destiny and inescapable for any disciple CCC 618. 2029

Peter's rejection of the cross CCC 554.

7 Sep 23A Mt 18:15-20 Beginning of Community Sermon. Fraternal correction of other members of community. Community binds and looses.

Obligations to others from membership of the Church CCC 2472.

The power to bind and loose in the Church CCC 553. 1444. 981

Where two or three are gathered CCC 1373

14 Sep Exaltation of the Holy Cross Jn 3:13-17 God sent his Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but so that through him, the world might be saved. God sent his Son CCC 423. 458 Son of Man came to save CCC 440. 706. 679.
21 Sep 25A Mt 20:1-16 Parable of the landowner and workers hired at varying times of the day. God's love is not dependent on our effort, but extended to all equally. CCC 2010. 2025. 2027
28 Sep 26A Mt 21:28-32 Parable of the two sons asked to work in the vineyard. Actions speak louder than words CCC 546. Cultivated field model for the Church CCC 755.



St Andrew's Metropolitan Cathedral


  • Saint Andrew's Cathedral is open each day from 7.30am to 6.00pm.
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