Month: February 2011

White Mass 2011

The Annual White Mass for those in the caring professions and voluntary care sector took place in Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Cardonald, on 27 February 2011. The principal celebrant, Archbishop Conti, was joined by Cardinal O’Brien, Bishop Cunningham of Galloway, and a number of priests. Among the congregation were members of the Lourdes Hospitalite, doctors and nurses and many others from the healthcare services. Before the Mass started, the St. Mungo Singers sang a number of Marian motets: Arcadelt’s Ave Maria, Palestrina’s Alma Redemptoris Mater and Schubert’s Salve Regina, as well as James Quinn’s Praise the King. These were interspersed with gentle clarsach airs played by Dr. Noel Donnelly. The final pre-Mass piece was the appropriate Song of Healing which Dr. Donnelly wrote almost 10 years ago in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. As the clergy entered, congregation and choir joined in singing “Mary, full of Grace” to the familiar tune “O Sanctissima” (words by Pam Murray). Archbishop Conti welcomed everyone to the liturgy before leading those present in the penitential rite which concluded with the singing of the Byrd setting of the Kyrie. The Bellahouston Gloria followed. After the readings and Responsorial Psalm, Cardinal O’Brien gave the homily. He expressed his sense of privilege at being present to join with those from the healthcare professions to pray for help in carrying out their vocation, and...

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Evening of Sacred Music, St.Paul’s Shettleston

St Paul’s choir, Shettleston, has been singing in the Glasgow Eastend parish since the 19th century and seems to have done so without the interruptions that have affected so many other similar groups. This year’s ‘Evening of Sacred Music’ on 22 February attracted singers from other archdiocesan choirs including St Joseph’s, Tollcross, St Mary’s, Calton, St Andrew’s Cathedral and the St Mungo Singers, as well as some loyal supporters from the parish. The service in the stunningly impressive church, was led by the Deacon, the Rev Eddie McDonald, and Fr Carlo Centra, former and much loved parish priest was present. Fr John Campbell, the current Parish Priest, was away on retreat. The service was carefully balanced musically with some choir music, a solo, some congregational participation, and two hymns from the instrumental group which normally supports the parish evening Mass. Betty McCaffrey, former choirmistress and organist for many years was to have played the organ but was unable to be present, but was represented by her husband John, while her organ playing role was filled for the evening by Jane McKenna and Mgr Gerry Fitzpatrick. The opening hymn was the popular ‘Be thou my vision,’ translated by James Quinn SJ from an 8th century Irish manuscript, and arranged for descant and optional SATB choir harmony. This was followed by the Deacon’s welcome, prayer, a reading from the Gospel, and...

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Funeral of Brother Jerome fms

On 3 rd February 2011, the Marist community celebrated the life of another of their retired brothers, Brother Jerome (Joseph Gilligan) at St. Peter’s, Partick. Brother Colin and others of the Marists in Glasgow were joined for the funeral by their Provincial, Br. Brendan, as well as a number of priests who had known Br. Jerome through his work in their parishes, Sisters and staff of Nazareth House where he had spent his last years, and teachers and former pupils from the schools at which he had taught. The principal celebrant was Fr. Willy Slavin, and musical support for the Mass was provided by members of the St. Mungo Singers. Before the Mass began, the choir sang “And in my flesh” or “I know that my Redeemer lives” – a setting of words from the Book of Job, and Noel Donnelly played quietly on clarsach. The Liturgy started with the singing of “Be Thou my Vision”, a hymn whose words were well suited to the occasion. The readings were from the Book of Wisdom, the First Letter of St. John and the Gospel of Matthew (the Beatitudes). The Responsorial Psalm was Noel Donnelly’s setting of Psalm 120 with its beautiful response “Guard me, Lord. Enfold me in peace. Bless your servant, Lord”. The intercessions concluded with the sung “May the souls of the faithful departed.” [audio:may-the-souls.mp3] An appreciation of...

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Psalm 103: Send forth your Spirit, O Lord

This setting of Psalm 103 was written by Noel S Donnelly, and recorded by him in St Albert the Great’s, Glasgow. Music script to follow. [audio:ps-103-noel-bnc.mp3] Send forth your Spirit, O Lord! Renew the face of the earth. Sing praise to God, O my soul! Lord God, how great is your love! Your riches fill the universe! Sing praise to God, O my soul! Send forth your Spirit, O Lord! Renew the face of the earth. Without your spirit we die, to lifeless dust we return. Send forth your spirit, source of life, renew the face of the earth. Send forth your Spirit, O Lord! Renew the face of the earth. May God rejoice in his works, his glory shine through all time. I seek to please him in my thoughts. I find my joy in the Lord. Send forth your Spirit, O Lord! Renew the face of the earth. Psalm 103 (b) : Words and music ã Noel...

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