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Archbishop's 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


        Archbishop Tartaglia will celebrate Holy Week services in the following churches:

Holy Thursday (17 April)     Mass of Chrism, St Andrew's Cathedral, Glasgow at 11.00am

                                           Mass of the Lord's Supper, Our Lady & St Mark's, Alexandria at 7pm

Good Friday (18 April)         Liturgy of the Passion, St Joseph's, Helensburgh at 3.00pm

Holy Saturday (19 April)      Easter Vigil, Holy Family & St Ninian's, Kirkintilloch at 9.00pm

Easter Sunday (20 April)     Mass of Easter Day, St Andrew's Cathedral at 12noon    


Holy Week and Easter in the Cathedral

Monday 14 April to Wednesday 16 April 2014

8.00 am - Morning Prayer

8.15 am, 1.00 pm, 5.15 pm - Mass of the weekdays of Holy Week

Confessions 7.45 - 7.55 am; 12.00 pm - 1.00 pm; 4.45 pm - 5.10 pm


8.15 am - Morning Prayer

11.00 am - The Chrism Mass - Celebrated by Archbishop Tartaglia with the clergy of the Archdiocese.  The holy oils are blessed and the priests renew their commitment to service.

6.00 pm - The Mass of the Lord's Supper - Celebrated by the Cathedral clergy. This Mass celebrates the institution of the Eucharist and Christ's eternal gift to the Church.

10.00 pm - Night Prayer at the Altar of Repose

GOOD FRIDAY day of fast and abstinence

8.15 am - Morning Prayer

3.00 pm - The Celebration of the Passion of the Lord - the reading of the Passion, the Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion.

6.00 pm - Stations of the Cross


8.15 am - Morning Prayer

8.30 pm - The Easter Vigil - The service of light and the liturgy of the Word are followed by the baptism and initiation of the Church's new members, who then join the whole assembly in the first Eucharist of Easter.  Celebrated by the Cathedral clergy.


Mass at 10.00 am, 12 noon (Archbishop Tartaglia), 5.15 pm


Mass at 1.00 pm

Tuesday 22nd - Friday 25th April - Mass at 8.15 am and 1.00 pm


Live streaming of Mass and other events now takes place.  To view, please click here.


Clerical Appointments

Father David Brown, until now Parish Priest of All Saints, Barmulloch, will be Parish Priest of Saint Paul's Shettleston with effect from Friday, 25 April.

Father Anthony Gallagher, Parish Priest of St Catherine's Balornock will be, in addition, Administrator of All Saints, Barmulloch with effect from Friday, 25 April.

Father Alfie McKenzie will be Chaplain to the Carmelite Monastery, Kirkintilloch.

Deacon James Kernaghan and Deacon John Fletcher have been appointed as Assistant Vocations Directors for the Permanent Diaconate programme in the Archdiocese.  Deacon James will have particular responsibility for the administrative affairs for the diaconate programme and Deacon  John will have particular responsibility for the pastoral care of the deacons.  These appointments will take effect on Palm Sunday, 13 April.


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. 









17 April Holy Thursday Jn 13:1-15 Significance of Jesus' death demonstrated in washing of disciples feet - a task so menial and debasing that not even the lowest slave could be made to wash the feet of another.

c.f. Roman Missal for Mass of Last Supper §9 Topics for preaching: 1) Institution of the Eucharist and by implication.

2)  Institution of ministerial priesthood CCC 610-611; 1322-1323; 1337-1340

3)  Commandment to fraternal charity CCC 1823-1825

18 April Good Friday Jn 18:1-19:42 Passion according to John.

e.g. Jn 19:30b of love, Jesus' death fulfils his Father's plan over. Jesus "hands over" his Spirit

- confirmation CCC 2605

- signs of Water and blood from his side Baptism and Eucharist.

Birth of the Church CCC 694; 766, 1225

20 April Easter Sunday Jn 20:1-9 The empty tomb visited by Peter and the other disciple. The "other disciple" recognises significance of cloths placed in order by the Risen Christ; Peter still fails to.  This disciple remembers: "he must rise from the dead."

Significance of the Day of Resurrection CCC 2174.

Significance of empty tomb CCC 640.

Faith in the Risen Christ through his Word CCC 515

Christ's resurrection not merely a return to earthly life but a passing from death to another life beyond space and time CCC 646-647.

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 643-645.  659-660.  1485.

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.


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...

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

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

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 


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
  • Live streaming of Mass and other events now takes place.  To view, please click here.
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