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Archbishop Philip Tartaglia greets visitors to Glasgow for Commonwealth Games

IF the Commonwealth Games are known as the friendly games then it is only right that they should come to the friendly city of Glasgow!

As Archbishop of the 2014 host city, I welcome, in a special way, competitors and their families, officials and spectators who are arriving in our city for this great festival of sport.

The concepts of friendliness and hospitality are profoundly Christian ones. Jesus himself uses the word ‘friend’ in a way which really changes relationships for the better when he says to his disciples: “I do not call you servants...I call you friends”. And the virtue of hospitality is explicitly lauded in the pages of the Gospels: “I was a stranger and you made me welcome.”

So, over the coming weeks, all of us who live in and around the Games are called upon to be the best of citizens, the friendliest of hosts and the most welcoming of human beings.

The Archdiocese has made special arrangements to mark this historic moment in the life of our city.  Three of our priests (Mgr Paul Conroy, Fr William McMahon and Fr Francis Okereke) are providing chaplaincy services to athletes, officials and families at the Games Village. Churches in the city centre and around the Games venues are throwing open their doors, some with additional services and parishioners on hand to provide a welcome.

On Sunday 27 July, I will celebrate Mass in St Andrew’s Cathedral (Clyde Street) for all involved in the Games. It will begin at 5.15pm, long after the competitors in that day’s Marathon have crossed the finish line on Glasgow Green.

Sport is a gift of God and the Glasgow Games is an ideal opportunity for us to celebrate that gift and proclaim the dignity, respect and purpose that God bestows on all people, no matter their ability or nationality. As part our own Service Through Sport initiative, the Archdiocese hosted a major international conference, Celebrating the Gift in Sport, on Thursday 17 July. This explored the vital part sport can play in proclaiming the dignity and purpose of each person, engaging people of all abilities in teamwork and friendly competition, as well as building up communities with shared goals and ambitions.

As we welcome visitors from all over the world to the city of St Mungo, I invite you to pray for a happy, peaceful and successful Commonwealth Games. I hope that all who come to our country will return home having experienced the best in Scottish hospitality. I hope, too, that the Games will reward honest endeavour and expand Glasgow’s rich sporting tradition, and that the ideals celebrated in sport this summer will assist in building a more just and compassionate society across the world.

Picture: Archbishop Tartaglia with Jason Gardener, Olympic sprint relay gold medalist, and Leanne Peters, Scotland and GB Special Olympian, at Celebrating the Gift in Sport


Commonwealth Games

Churches Open in Welcome

As part of the Archdiocese of Glasgow's Service Through Sport initiative, Catholic churches in the city centre and around Commonwealth Games' venues will be open throughout the day, giving athletes, coaches and spectators opportunities to participate in the daily Eucharist, celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation or spend  time in quiet prayer and reflection.

  • A map indicating where churches are and giving times of services can be downloaded by clicking on the Catholic 2014 image above
  • UPDATE: St Andrew's Cathedral will be open from 7.30am to 8pm from Monday 21 July to Sunday 3 August


Pope's Prayer Intentions

  • That sports may always be occasions
     of human fraternity and growth

  • That the Holy Spirit may support the work of the laity who proclaim the Gospel in the poorest countries
Glasgow Pilgrimage to Lourdes
The Archdiocese of Glasgow Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from 18th to 25 July, led by Archbishop Philip Tartaglia. This year's pastoral theme at Lourdes is 'The Joy of Conversion' -

'Joy is awarded when an encounter is true. God is neither a theory nor a concept. God is to be discovered. God attracts us and calls us. Love needs no evidence. Love needs to be tried. No conversion will be the result of a speech, it is the fruit of an experience, unless that speech be itself the experience of a word that touches the heart in truth under the influence of grace.'

We unite in prayer with the pilgrims that we may all experience God's love and mercy in our lives.

The picture from the 1963 Glasgow Pilgrimage was taken just hours before Archbishop Donald Campbell (front, centre) died in Lourdes. The full picture can be viewed by clicking on the image.

Pray for peace in Holy Land

Pope Francis has renewed his “heartfelt” appeal for peace in the Holy Land. At his Angelus address on Sunday 13 July, he pleaded: “Lord, help us! Grant us peace, teach us peace, guide us toward peace. Open our eyes and our hearts and give us the courage to say: ‘Never again war!’ ‘Everything is destroyed by war.’ Make us willing to listen to the cry of our citizens who are asking us to transform our weapons into instruments of peace, our fears into trust, and our tensions into forgiveness.”

Recalling the June 8 meeting at the Vatican between the Israeli and Palestinian presidents (above), Pope Francis recounted how they “invoked the gift of peace and heard the call to break the cycle of hatred and violence.”
He observed: “Some might think that such a meeting took place in vain. But no, because prayer helps us not to allow ourselves to be overcome by evil, nor resign ourselves to violence and hatred taking over dialogue and reconciliation.
“I urge the parties concerned and all those who have political responsibility at local and international levels to spare a prayer and make some effort to put an end to all hostilities and to achieve the desired peace for the good of all.”

* An evening of prayer and recollection for peace in the Middle East will take place in St Patrick's church, Dumbarton, on Friday 25 July, from 7pm-11pm.



Events update


Mother Teresa Exhibition

An exhibition documenting the life, spirituality and message of Blessed Mother Teresa is being staged at St Mungo's church, Townhead until Saturday 2 August.

Made up of 78 panels, it documents the life of the remarkable Missionary of Charity from her birth in Albania in 1910 to her death in Calcutta in 1997. It tells of her journey from her fist religious steps as a teenage nun to her incredible missionary work in India and around the world as a witness to the dignity and worth of each person, especially the most vulnerable and neglected.
Entry is free.

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.

Knights of St Columba - Glasgow Lectures

Thursday 14 August 7pm

Rt Rev John Keenan - Bishop of Paisley

Topic: Marriage and Theology of the Body

Ogilvie Centre, Rose Street, Garnethill

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.


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




Glasgow Archdiocese Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

29 September - 6 October 2014

Archdiocese of Glasgow Pilgrimage to the Holy Land - from 29 September to 6 October 2014. 

Under the Patronage of Archbishop Mario Conti and led by former Lord Provost of Glasgow Alex Mosson. Connecting flights from Edinburgh with Turkish Airlines.

Draft Itinerary:

Monday 29 September - Edinburgh/Instanbul/Tel Aviv/Tiberias

Tuesday 30 September - Sea of Galilee

Wednesday 1 October - Cana/Nazareth/Mount Tabor

Thursday 2 October - Yardenit/Jericho/Ein Karem/Bethlehem

Friday 3 October - Bethlehem/Mt Sion

Saturday 4 October - Mount of Olives/Old City

Sunday 5 October - Masada and the Dead Sea/Free Day/Tel Aviv

Monday 6 October - Tel Aviv/Istanbul/Edinburgh

£1095 for 8 days. To book call: 0800 371972 (freephone).  For further information, call Special Pilgrimages Christian Tours: 01702 394000  Email: info@special-pilgrimages.co.uk  or contact Alex Mosson: 0141 954 3360



Forty Hours - Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Date Celebration Parish
27 July 2014 Ordinary 17

Saint Alphonsus' London Road

Saint Kessog's, Balloch

3 August 2014 Ordinary 18

Saint Philomena's, Provanmill

Saint Theresa's, Possilpark

Saint Stephen's, Dalmuir

10 August 2014 Ordinary 19

Saint Brendan's, Yoker

Saint Gabriel's, Merrylee



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. 








27 July 17A Mt 13:44-52 Parables of the treasure, the pearl, the dragnet.  Scribes who become disciples: like a householder who brings forth new and old. All are sinners. CCC 827
3 Aug 18A Mt 14:13-21 Jesus receives news of John the Baptist's death.  Feeding of the 5000. Feeding of the Five Thousand CCC 1335-6.  Institution of Eucharist CCC 1337-1344
10 Aug 19A Mt: 14:22-33 Storm: Sea of Galilee.  Peter challenges Jesus to let him walk across the water to him. Belief in Jesus Christ CCC 151


St Andrew's Metropolitan Cathedral

  • Saint Andrew's Cathedral is open each day from 7.30am to 6.00pm.
  • Weekday Masses are at 8.15am, 1.00pm and 5.15 pm
  • Sunday Masses are 5.15pm (Saturday Vigil); 10.00am, 12noon and 5.15pm
  • Confessions 30 minutes before weekday Masses
  • Live streaming of Mass and other events now takes place.  To view, please click here.
Archdiocese of Glasgow Report & Annual Accounts to 31st March 2013
Archdiocese of Glasgow and The Mungo Foundation Consolidated Accounts to 31st March 2013


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