Flourish, the monthly newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Glasgow

From the July 2018 edition…

“To receive Holy Communion is everything…”

Archbishop Tartaglia has issued a clarion call to Catholics everywhere to rediscover the Mass.

In a heartfelt message, the Archbishop calls for a new era of reverence for the Blessed Sacrament, a deeper appreciation of the Mass and a new effort to encourage the lapsed to come back to Sunday Mass.

The Archbishop’s plea has been circulated to every parish in the diocese. It is a summary of the Church’s teaching on what the Eucharist is, how it should be received and why it needs to be rediscovered. In it he warns against “casual or banal” reception of Holy Communion, emphasises the need for care in taking communion in the hand and encourages a new appreciation of silence.

Speaking to Flourish, the Archbishop said: “This is what I long for people to read and understand and act upon. To receive communion is everything. The Eucharist is truly the source and the summit of our Catholic faith and we can never marvel enough at this miracle of God’s love.”

The full text of the Archbishop’s message is on pages 6 and 11.

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Archbishop decries ‘hostile environment’ facing migrants and refugees

Archbishop Tartaglia has used the opening of a new photo exhibition to make a heartfelt plea for greater support for refugees.

Speaking in the Cathedral at the exhibition previewed in last month’s Flourish, the Archbishop recalled his own background, as the son of an immigrant family from Italy, and reminded his audience that most of the Catholic community in Scotland is made up of children of immigrants.

He said: “I hate to think of a hostile environment being deliberately created to make life harder for people coming to this country.”

“Both as Bishop of Paisley and as Archbishop of Glasgow, I have supported the cases of other refugee families to remain here who had fled to the UK for reasons of persecution. I am perplexed by ambivalent public attitudes towards refugees and migrants and I am frustrated that it is so difficult to bring foreign priests to work here as a result of stringent immigration regulations on migrant religious workers.

“At Mass here in the Cathedral on a Sunday, there are many immigrants, some with leave to remain, others awaiting the process of their applications. But what I see are young men and women, mostly, with their children who are full of life and willingness, who would be wonderful additions to our city, to our communities, to the workforce and to our church; and I wonder how many of them will be allowed to settle here.

“I am the son of immigrants who were escaping poverty after World War One, and I cannot forget that.”

The Archbishop thanked the organisers of the exhibition which will run through this month – SCIAF and Justice and Peace and encouraged them in their efforts.

He said: “Catholic Social Teaching which is unequivocal about the humanity and dignity of every person and about our Christian obligation to concern ourselves with the good of everyone, particularly the poor and the refugee. Pope Francis has alerted the world time and again to the contemporary refugee crisis, exhorting nations and countries and communities to give a welcome to refugees.

“I welcome this exhibition to the Cathedral. I hope many people take the time to view it. I hope it raises sensitivity to the plight of refugees. I hope that promotes a sense of solidarity with refugees and migrants among the Catholic and wider community. I hope it will help to resolve the public ambivalence towards refugees and migrants.”

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