Month: September 2010

Alleluia for St Ninian’s Day 2010 Papal Mass

Alleluia. Go make disciples….. Written for the Papal Mass at Bellahouston on the feast of St Ninian, 16th September 2010. Music (c) Gerry Fitzpatrick. Recorded for teaching purposes during rehearsals by the St Mungo Singers. Alleluia, alleluia. Alleluia, alleluia. Go make disciples of all the nations. I am with you till the end of time. Go make disciples of all the nations. I am with you till the end of time. Alleluia, alleluia. Alleluia, alleluia. Open our hearts, Lord, open our hearts, Lord, that we may hear the words of your Son. Open our hearts, Lord, open our hearts, Lord, that we may hear the words of your Son. Alleluia, alleluia. Alleluia,...

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Argyll & Isles Pastoral Music Weekend 3-5 September 2010

Argyll & Isles Music Weekends are renowned for being a great mix of hard work and enjoyment but this September’s event reached new heights as 46 participants from across the Diocese came together, primarily to prepare for the Papal Mass at Bellahouston, whether as members of the Papal choir or as support for their parishes. There was a special pleasure in welcoming newly ordained deacon Rev. David Connor who joined us from Maynooth College. Early arrivals got straight to work at 5 pm on Friday until dinner at 7pm. Rehearsals then continued with both separate sessions to refresh/learn parts and combined work to put it all together. For those with any energy left from the singing (as well as the travelling), there was time later to sit and catch up on the news. The following morning after breakfast, the joint and separate rehearsals continued. The choir was joined for the morning by John Pitcathley from Motherwell Diocese who will be the main organist at the Papal Mass. John was made most welcome on this, his first visit to an Argyll & Isles Music Weekend and, inevitably, put to work accompanying rehearsals. There are no free lunches in Perth! The Saturday morning session was brought to a close with Mass, which provided an opportunity to sing some of the music we had been rehearsing. We had a further pleasant surprise...

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2010 Ordinations to the Permanent Diaconate

Three more deacons have joined the ranks of the Permanent Diaconate in Glasgow. They are John Fletcher, Thomas Kelly and Thomas Thompson. Their ordination took place on 15 August, the Feast of the Assumption, at St. Mary of the Assumption Pro-Cathedral. The weather favoured the celebration, being bright and sunny, and as the congregation gathered, the St. Mungo Singers (under their Director, Mgr. Gerry Fitzpatrick) sang a selection of appropriate anthems, including the Arcadelt Ave Maria and the Walford Davies setting of “God be in my head”. The congregation then joined the choir in the well loved hymn “Hail Queen of Heaven” as Archbishop Conti, concelebrating priests, deacons and the soon to be ordained deacons processed in. As befitted such a joyful celebration, the Kyrie and Gloria were sung. The psalm for the day was Psalm 44 and the lovely setting by Noel Donnelly was used. The Rite of Ordination then began with the calling and presentation of the candidates, and their election by the Archbishop. In his homily which followed, Archbishop Conti identified the theme of the feast as that of vision – seeing into the future and bringing into reality that future for the Church in God’s plan. The candidates have some sense of this already, he said, in hearing and responding to the call of God. In the first reading of the Mass from Revelation, Mary...

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