Vigil and and Funeral Mass for Archbishop Tartglia

The Reception of the Remains of Archbishop Tartaglia who died on Wednesday 20 January will take place this evening at 6.60pm with his Requiem Mass at 12.00 Noon tomorrow Thursday 21 January 2021.

The Services can be followed using the links below and the Orders of Service for both have been uploaded here.

Link to Reception of Remains.

Link to Requiem Mass.

Order of Service : Reception of Remains.
Vigil and Reception for Archbishop Philip Tartaglia

Order of Service : Requiem Mass.
Funeral Mass for Archbishop Philip Tartaglia

Spiritual Communion

As well as using online Masses we should consider the commitment of a Spiritual Communion during this time when we cannot physically attend Mass.

During this “Eucharistic Fast” one way to keep close to the Lord is to make a “Spiritual Communion.” This is an ancient spiritual tradition of the Church which consists in making a simple act of “spiritual communion,” whereby we unite ourselves to God through prayer. It is a beautiful way to express to God our desire to be united with him when we are unable to receive Holy Communion.
St. Thomas Aquinas defined a Spiritual Communion as “an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament [in Communion at Mass] and in lovingly embracing Him as if we had actually received Him.” You can make a Spiritual Communion whenever and wherever you like, using the prayer given below, or others like it, or your own heartfelt thoughts.

An Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus,
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.

Remember, you can receive Jesus in your heart from anywhere you might happen to be, at any time, day or night! You just need to approach Him with sincerity, humility and a desire to follow in His footsteps in acts of faith and charity. And He’s delighted when we do so! The Catechism teaches that a Spiritual Communion “is an act of devotion, and one very pleasing to God.”

Resources From the St Andrew’s Foundation.

From Roisin Coll of the St Andrew’s Foundation for Catholic Schools.

I write to let you know that we have re-launched #StraightOuttaGalilee on twitter. Each day we will tweet an RE activity for primary and also secondary pupils. The tasks can be modified as the teacher sees fit and the ideas don’t need to be used that day but could be adapted and used at a later stage. We hope that they will be helpful in stimulating thought and keeping RE a focus in our Catholic schools during lockdown. Of course, this is in addition to the excellent RE resources SCES has communicated with you at the start of term.

We will tweet every morning and our twitter handle is: @StAndFoundatio1

S1 Work Week Beginning Monday 18 January 2021.

Please use this if you are having difficulty accessing RE Work on Teams but completed work should be submitted on Teams by Friday 22 January 2021.

This week’s work looks at St Mungo the Patron Saint of Glasgow and how he inspires us.

The first link will take you to a powerpoint prepared by Mr Cumming.

Let Glasgow Flourish

Saint Mungo Word Search


I was still a teenager when I first saw the Robbins/Wise film West Side Story, which was based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. It tells the story of teenagers Tony and Maria, who, despite having affiliations with rival street gangs, the American Jets and Puerto Rican Sharks, fall in love in 1950s New York City. A new version of their doomed love, directed this time by Steven Spielberg, will be released this December, marking the 60th anniversary of the 1961 film. The wondrous music is amazing and still has such a freshness about it. After their meeting, Tony rushes to Maria’s house and they sing “Tonight, tonight” with its concluding line, “When you dream – dream of me, tonight.” There is nothing new under the sun and sacred authors got there first! In the Book of Joel (2:28) we read, “Your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions.” There is a beautiful hymn in the Office of Compline entitled “Te lucis ante terminum” (Before the fading of the light) The second verse begins, “Te corda nostra somnient” which translates as “May our hearts dream of you (Lord God).”

In our painting we see the silence of a Carthusian monk. Like Saint Joseph, they spend most of their life in silence. Read the Bible. Not once will you find a word spoken by Joseph. He is silent and strong. The monks may be silent but their love of Christ and the Church protects and provides for us as we rush through our busy and noisy lives. Their silence is their eloquence. Their hiddenness is a powerhouse of prayer. Our painting is entitled, ”Seated Carthusian Holding an Open Book” and was painted by the Frenchman and member of l’Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture,. This was in 1711…..309 years ago! But here’s the thing. If it had been painted 937 years ago when St Bruno founded the order, or indeed yesterday, it would have looked exactly the same. It is said that the Carthusians never had to reform because they had never ever deformed. The habit that St Bruno wore is the exact habit the present-day Carthusian wears….whether he is the Prior or the newly professed Brother. No sign of high office or dignity other than the simple habit. The painting looks like a sepia photograph. You see only the habit, the book and the hands. The personality and character are given to God who uses the hands of the monk to study, to pray, to work and to use his isolation for the greater glory of God. As he reads and prays the Scriptures, I wonder what his dreams are? I wonder what our dreams will be for the coming year?

Monsignor Monaghan