Flourish, the monthly newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Glasgow

From the August 2017 edition…

Grandparents: The Church needs your faith

A rallying cry to grandparents to pass on the faith to the next generation has been made by Archbishop Philip Tartaglia.

Speaking in advance of this month’s pilgrimage to Carfin organised by the Catholic Grandparents Association, the Archbishop said: “For many modern families, where both Mum and Dad are in full time employment, or where there is only one parent, grandparents are more than ever important for the care of their grandchildren, for the support of Mum and Dad and for helping to provide a stable and balanced family life.

“They are very often an important influence in the spiritual formation of children, for introducing their grandchildren to Jesus and Mary, for teaching their grandchildren to pray, in taking them to Mass and in giving them an example of Catholic life.

“At a time when senior people may expect to have less to do, they sometimes find that their services as grandparents are vital to their families who may make considerable demands on their time and energies.

“It is good that the Church recognises the new role of Catholic grandparents in the lives of their families and gives them the support and encouragement they deserve and need.”

The pilgrimage, which takes place on August 20th, has been organised by Deacon Ron Wylie, the CGA representative in Scotland. He said: “This year an invitation has been sent out to grandparents in all the dioceses of Scotland inviting them to come to Carfin to pray for their grandchildren. Our prayers are needed more than ever today to ensure our families have a solid support as they go out to face a world with intensely different values.”

“It is my hope that our pilgrimage to Carfin this year will blaze a trail for all Catholic grandparents in Scotland by seeing themselves as heralds of the Gospel for their grandchildren.

“Catholic grandparents are now forming parish groups in many countries throughout the world for the sole benefit of doing everything they can to ensure that the Faith, which they have received, is passed on to their grandchildren.

“It is hoped too set up CGA parish groups in Glasgow which will be meeting places for sharing and caring, allowing grandparents to share ideas and resources.”

Deacon Wylie added: “More than ever today grandparents need to be witnesses of the Faith to their grandchildren. We remember the words of Pope Paul VI. ‘Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.’”

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Cathedral welcome for Papal Nuncio

Just weeks after being appointed as the Pope’s Ambassador to the Court of St James’s, the new Apostolic Nuncio has visited Glasgow.

Archbishop Edward Joseph Adams, originally from Philadelphia, came to the city for an informal visit on Thursday 29th June 2017, the Feast of St Peter and St Paul to meet Archbishop Tartaglia at St Andrew’s Cathedral. It was his first visit to Scotland.

Archbishop Tartaglia said: “I was delighted to welcome the Nuncio and spend a few hours in his company. While he was here, we visited our own St Andrew's Cathedral, then Glasgow Cathedral where we prayed at the tomb of St Mungo, and the University of Glasgow. I look forward to welcoming the Nuncio to a future plenary session of the Bishops' Conference.”

Archbishop Adams said: “It was great for me to be able to make an early visit to Glasgow and to meet Archbishop Philip, bringing with me the Holy Father’s greetings. I am very keen to return to Scotland as soon as diaries allow and to meet the other bishops, the priests and the people and to bring to all the Holy Father’s good wishes and words of encouragement.”

Archbishop Adams, a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, is the first native English speaker to hold the post for more than 50 years: the last nuncio to speak English as a mother tongue was Archbishop Gerald O’Hara, who served from 1959–63 and who, by coincidence, was also from Philadelphia.

His position will require him to keep the Vatican abreast of Brexit developments, with the Holy See taking a keen interest in the future of the European Union and will involve liaising between the Bishops’ Conferences of England and Wales, Scotland and the Holy See and also overseeing the appointment of new bishops.

The new nuncio, who graduated from the Vatican’s prestigious diplomatic training school in 1976, arrived from Greece where he served as Nuncio and has previously been a papal ambassador to Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and the Philippines.

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