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This Sunday in Rome, Popes John XXIII and John Paul II will be canonised by Pope Francis. The ceremony is expected to be attended by around a million pilgrims from all over the world.

The feast days for the future saints have been announced: St John XXIII on October 11 and St John Paul on October 22.

The canonisation Mass is expected to be concelebrated by 130 cardinals, 1000 bishops and 6000 priests.

All information on the canonisation is now available here, including details of how to follow the ceremonies live from Rome:



Archbishop's Easter Message

Easter is a word that conjures up different things to different people. For some it’s synonmous with bunnies and bonnets and chocolate eggs. For others it’s just a welcome spring break from work. 

But for the Christian, Easter is much, much more ... you could say it is our raison d’être, our inspiration and our great hope. 

At times the uniqueness and true impact of what we mark at this time can get lost on us. We joyfully sing hymns about the “risen Christ” and devoutly read the Gospel story, but do we really take to heart the awesome, amazing, life-changing news that Jesus has actually risen? And if we do, do we really sit down and think about the implications of that utterly unique happening: so unique , so unprecedented, so unexpected and such a thing that only God can do, that we call it a mystery, the mystery of Easter?

This Easter I would urge you to take a few minutes out of your busy schedule to be alone with God.  Maybe use one of those resurrection accounts from the Gospel to help you, but try simply to be in God’s presence, and allow the truly life-changing implications of the resurrection to sink in. 

Does it not gladden your heart that Jesus Christ is a true living person who fills our life with love and joy and forgiveness and hope, and who will never abandon us?  

Does it not just blow your mind that Jesus offers us such a an amazing vision of the human person who is heir to a promise of a life which will never fade or disappoint?   

Is it not astonishing that because Jesus is risen,  death, however real and menacing it seems,  can no longer hold you in its bondage?  

Are you prepared to live the joy of the resurrrection? Are you prepared to risk the adventure of following the risen Jesus?  

Are you ready to be a witness for the best news that the human race will ever hear? I promise you, a short time spent considering these questions, will not be time wasted.

May I take this opportunity to wish you and your family and friends a very happy, hopeful – and thoughtful – Easter.


+Philip Tartaglia

Archbishop of Glasgow     


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. If you wish to book please call on the freephone number: 0800 371972.  For further information, please call Special Pilgrimages "Christian Tours", 55-57 Queens Road, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 1LT.  Tel: 01702 394000    Fax: 01702 395000. Email: info@special-pilgrimages.co.uk To contact Alex Mosson, please call: 0141 954 3360.



Sunday Reflections

Each month we will publish a guide to the Gospel texts, topics and related references in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

These have been prepared by Canon Robert Hill, Parish Priest of St Matthew's Bishopbriggs and are designed to help us get the most out of the Liturgy of the Word. 









27 April 2 Easter A Jn 20:19-31 Jesus appears to fearful disciples locked behind closed doors. He counters fear, introspection and self-preservation with gift of peace, the Holy Spirit, power to forgive; gifts promised at the Last Supper.  One week later, Thomas believes, not because he sees the evidence he sought, but because he hears the voice of the Risen Lord.

Christ's resurrection as historical fact CCC 643-645659-6601485.

Christ's power to apostles

1) to pass on the Holy Spirit CCC 1087, 1120, 1556.

2) to forgive sins CCC 976, 1485

3) to "mission" they are sent by Jesus just as the Father sent him CCC 730, 858

4) Belief in the Risen Jesus without having seen CCC514.

4 May 3 Easter A Lk 24:13-35 Road to Emmaus.  They recognised Jesus in the breaking of bread; when these two disciples heard the voice of the Risen Lord, their hearts burned within them. Breaking of Bread; The Lord's Supper; The Eucharistic Assembly CCC 1329.  Liturgy of Word, Liturgy of Eucharist: Jesus explains the scriptures and breaks bread with us CCC1347.  Necessary that the Christ should suffer CCC 572. 652
11 May 4 Easter A Jn 10:1-10 Good Shepherd Sunday.  Jesus the gate of the sheepfold. All who enter the sheepfold through him will have life to the full.

Church as sheepfold CCC 754.

Jesus calls his sheep (by name) and they follow him CCC 2158.

18 May 5 Easter A Jn 14:1-12 Jesus, the Way, the Truth and the Life.  Whoever believes in him will perform the same works as him - even great works.

The Father's house CCC 2795  661

Jesus, the Way, the Truth, the Life CCC459. 1698. 2466. 2614



Events update

St Margaret of Scotland Hospice - Sports Dinner, Friday 25 April 2014

Sports Dinner at the Radisson Blu Hotel, doors open 6.45 pm for 7.15 pm. Tickets £45, including sparkling Reception and four course meal.  Featuring Peter Martin as MC and guest speakers Pat Bonner and George McNeill.  For tickets and enquiries please contact Fundraising on 0141 435 7018 or email: fundraising@smh.org.uk

Evening of Irish Music and Dance - Friday, 25 April 2014

Roger Clifford invites you to St Stephen's Church hall for an evening of Irish Music and Dance from Quigleys Point in aid of St Margaret of Scotland Hospice on Friday, 25 April from 8.00 pm until 11.30 pm.  Tickets £7 adult; £3 child.  For tickets and information please contact Fundraising on 0141 435 7018 or call Roger Clifford 07855890152.

Study Away Day - Saturday 26 April 2014

Preparing for Nationals, Highers, or college/uni exams?  Bit stressed out?  We can help! 

Come away for a day to beautiful St Kessog's parish on the shores of Loch Lomond to refresh and revise.  Bring your books, or leave them behind: it's up to you!  There'll be quiet space to study, as well as arty activities, games and guided walks.  This is a free day from 10.00 am - 7.00 pm including a simple lunch and vigil Mass. 

Booking essential - contact Rachel Romain at youth office: rachel.romain@btconnect.com or 0141 433 9521

Catholic Nurses Guild of Scotland - Monthly Meeting: Saturday 26 April

10.00 am: Mass in St Aloysius Church, Rose Street, Glasgow. 10.45 am: Meeting in The Ogilvie Centre, 25 Rose Street, Glasgow.  Speaker: Denise Docherty. Topic: Naprotechnology (part 2).  All healthcare workers and friends welcome.  Contact: 01475 725252 or 0131 665 3639

2014 Evangelisation in the Family - Starting Tuesday, 29 April, 7.30 pm - 9.00 pm

Putting the year of Faith into Action - As a movement of renewal, Schoenstatt strives to empower people and families to have a permanent apostolate in their own spheres of life and influence.  Today, perhaps more than ever, the Church needs Christians who are deeply moved by an awareness of their mission in the world and are deeply convinced of the missionary commitment and identity of the Church. Ten sessions at St Margaret Mary's, 99 Dougrie Road, Glasgow, G45 9NT commencing on Tuesday, 29 April. The meetings will introduce us to the "Tree of Evangelisation" in ten sessions with time for discussion, refreshments and prayer...

Month's Mind Mass

Month's Mind Mass for the repose of the Soul of Father James Martin on Tuesday, 29 April 2014 at 7.00 pm at Our Holy Redeemer's Church, Clydebank, Glasgow.  Priests wishing to concelebrate please bring a white stole.

Mass of Thanksgiving

Amalgamation of St Philip's and St Maria Goretti's - you are invited to a Mass of Thansgiving in St Philip's Ruchazie at 12 noon on Saturday, 3 May - and thereafter into the parish hall for a buffet.

Cwmbach Male Choir from Wales

Appearing in concert at St Andrew's Cathedral, Glasgow on Saturday, 3 May 2014 at 7.30 pm.  Tickets are now available at £7 from the Cathedral or can be reserved by calling Maria Madden on 0141 204 2409. Email: info@cathedralg1.org

Schoenstatt - Dynamic Silence

The Sisters of Schoenstatt are holding a day-long retreats on Saturday 3 May from 10.30am until 4.30pm at Schoenstatt Centre, Campsie Glen, G66 7AT. Cost £20 per person.  To register or for more information please call tel: 01360 312718

Psalms, Hymns and Songs - Choral music from Russia, Sweden, Holland, Scotland and England

St Joris Kamerkoor - Director: Bas Ramselaar. Glasgow Chamber Choir - Director: Michael Bawtree and Organist: Chris Nickol. Saturday, 3 May 2014 at 6.00 pm - Church of the Holy Rude, Stirling - St John Street, Stirling, FK8 1ED

Sunday, 4 May 2014 at 2.30 pm - St Andrew's R.C. Cathedral, Clyde Street, Glasgow, G1 4JY. Tickets £10 (Concessions £8) - available at the door or in advance by emailing secretary@glasgowchamberchoir.org.uk

Vigil for Vocations

Friday, 9 May 2014 at 7.00 pm - St James the Great, Crookston

Glasgow Serra will be sponsoring the 25th anniversary of our "Vigil for Vocations".  It is an evening to spend some time praying and understanding the need for an increase in vocations to the Priesthood and Consecrated life.  The evening will begin at 7.00 pm with a vocations Mass celebrated by His Grace The Most Reverend Philip Tartaglia and "Adoration for Vocations" with a presentation by Fr John Sweeney on the Holy Father's theme for "The World Day of Prayer for Vocations" concluding with Benediction and Night prayer at 9.00 pm.

Kilgraston Sacred Heart School, Perthshire

You are invited to the 2014 Kilgraston Family Fun and Open Day on Sunday, 11 May 2014 from 2.00 pm until 4.00 pm. Come along, explore and look around the nursery, prep school, senior school, science facilities and sixth form centre. All Welcome - come and join the fun with bouncy castles, pet show, jazz band and pony rides. Kilgraston, Bridge of Earn, Perth, PH2 9BQ. Tel: 01738 812257. Fax: 01738 813410. Email:headoffice@kilgraston.com  www.kilgraston.com

International Nurses Day

Mass in The Glass Chapel, Carfin on Monday 12 May at 7.00pm.

All healthcare workers and friends welcome.  Contact: 01475 725252. Email: janecharkin@yahoo.co.uk or 0131 665 3639

One Way Day - Glasgow Catholic Youth Festival - Saturday 17 May

One Way Day is a festival of faith for young people in S3 and above based on Jesus' words "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life" (John 14:6). 

Which way? What is truth? How do I live the life? - Come and see!

Mass, catechesis, music, workshops, reconciliation, prayer... presented by the Youth Pastoral Team and NET ministries

10.00am - 7.00pm in the Eyre Hall (next to St Andrew's Cathedral)

Tickets are free but you must register: go to: www.rcagyouth.org.uk

Glasgow Living Theology 2014

Living Theology is a course for everyone interested in deepening their knowledge of the Christian faith and in developing their personal reflection on Christian living and belief. It runs four evenings and one afternoon and each participant follows two courses.  Glasgow Living Theology is held in The Ogilvie Centre (next to St Aloysius Church), 25 Rose Street, Glasgow, G3 6RE.  From Wednesday, 21 May to Sunday, 25 May. Times: Wednesday to Saturday 6.15 - 9.00 pm; Sunday 2.45 - 5.30 pm.  The fee is £35 (special rate of £15 is available for those not in work) of which £10 has to be paid as a non-returnable deposit when you book.  For more information, or to request a brochure or to book a place please contact: Living Theology, 25 Rose Street, Glasgow G3 6RE. Email: livingtheology@ogiliviecentre.com.  For more details click here.

Knights of St Columba

The New Evangelisation - A Call to Serve

Pope Francis in his New Year address said: "We are all children of one heavenly father, we belong to the same human family and we share a common destiny. This brings a responsibility for each to work so that the world becomes a community of brothers who respect each other, accept each other in one's diversity, and takes care of one another."

The Knights of St Columba offer you that opportunity to be part of a fraternity dedicated to serving God by serving others - working in our communities and parishes, helping young people to grow in their faith and looking after those less fortunate than ourselves.

Catholic men are invited to become more involved in the Lay Apostolate. 

Contact: Knights of St Columba, 75 Hillington Road South, Glasgow, G52 2AE.  Tel: 0141 883 5700. 

To access the Knights of St Columba website, click here

A new Moment for Church - Ignatian and Franciscan Influences

A series to explore how the Ignatian-Franciscan leadership of Pope Francis might influence our world - at individual and institutional levels in both the religious and secular areas of life. 

Monthly meetings on nine Sunday afternoons (2pm-4pm) from 27 October 2013 until 15 June 2014 

Ignatian Spirituality Centre, 35 Scott Street, Glasgow, G3 6PE. 

Tel: 0141 354 0077.  Email: admin@iscglasgow.co.uk.  Website: www.iscglasgow.co.uk

Conversations in Faith - Supporting Interreligious Dialogue

A series to foster understanding and respect among people of faith that will inspire us to work together for peace. 

Ignatian Spirituality Centre, 35 Scott Street, Glasgow, G3 6PE

Tel: 0141 354 0077 or email: admin@iscglasgow.co.uk  Website: www.iscglasgow.co.uk

                                                  Faith Tradition       Speaker

Wed Apr 30th 2014                       Judaism                   Fiona and Howard Brodie

Wed May 14th 2014                      Buddhism                 Ani Lhamo

Wed June 11th 2014                     Sikh                         Mrs Ravinder Kaur Nyjar 


Archdiocese of Glasgow

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament - 2014

Date Celebration Parish
27 April 2014 Easter 2 Our Lady of Good Counsel, Dennistoun
4 May 2014 Easter 3

Saint Catherine's, Balornock

Saint James', Crookston

11 May 2014 Easter 4 Saint Vincent's, Thornliebank
18 May 2014 Easter 5 Saint Patrick's, Dumbarton
25 May 2014 Easter 6

Saint Columba's, Hopehill Road

Sacred Heart, Cumbernauld

1 June 2014 Easter 7 Saint Roch's, Garngad



St Andrew's 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
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