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New Glasgow headteachers are blessed by archbishop at annual Teachers’ Mass

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow blessed 11 new Catholic headteachers working in the archdiocese at an annual Mass for teachers.

The archbishop welcomed teachers and support staff from primaries and secondaries from across the archdiocese into St Andrew’s Cathedral, Glasgow on August 26, where they were thanked for their dedicated service to the youth.

11 of the archdiocese’s newest headteachers were blessed by the archbishop, who also presented them with copies of Pope Francis’ third apostolic exhortation, Gaudete et exsultate (rejoice and be glad).

Welcome

The archbishop told teachers: “My dear friends and co-workers in the great project of Catholic schooling in this Archdiocese and in Scotland, I am so pleased to see you again and to welcome you to St Andrew’s Cathedral for this Mass for Catholic teachers and support staff.

“I welcome you if you are at this Mass for the first time, and I welcome all of you who serve as teachers and support staff in the Catholic schools of this archdiocese.

“As much as St Paul gave thanks for the infant Christian community at Thessalonika, I give thanks for our Catholic teachers.”

Praise

He also welcomed SCES, Glasgow University’s St Andrew’s Foundation and all others attending the Mass.

In June, the archbishop attended the World Congress of Catholic Schools at Fordham University in New York, where he represented SCES.

There were around 2,000 representatives at the congress from all over the world, including New Zealand, India, and Russia.

At the teachers’ Mass, the archbishop said ‘it was good to see how respected our SCES was in that company and at that level.

He added that Catholic schools ‘are much appreciated by their client groups, by governing bodies, local authorities and governments, and by the local Catholic Church.’

Appreciation

“I always say that Catholic schools are and should be the jewel in the crown of the Catholic community in Scotland, and that appears to be a similar assessment from across the world.”

At the end of his homily, he reassured all of the school staff, longstanding and new, stating: “My dear friends, as you return to your schools and pupils for the new schools year, be of good heart, know that the Lord continues to call you, and that the Church loves and appreciates you.

“Go back to your pupils and do great things for them and for Our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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