Month: July 2011

Ordination of Rev. Gerry Walsh in Glasgow

The renovated St. Andrew’s Cathedral was the location for the ordination of Gerry Walsh by Archbishop Conti on 30 June. As the Archbishop commented in his homily, this was the first ordination to take place in the Cathedral for some years, as ordinations in the recent past had tended to be in the home parish of the new priest. However, following the success of the ordinations to the Permanent Diaconate in St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, consideration was given to having ordinations to the priesthood in the Cathedral, as the home parish would still host the new priest’s first Mass. St. Andrew’s was filled with family, friends and parishioners from Fr. Gerry’s parish of Our Lady & St. Mark’s, Alexandria, and priests from across the Archdiocese as well as members of the St. Mungo Singers to lend musical support to the celebration. As the congregation gathered, the choir sang motets and Dr. Noel Donnelly played harp airs. Then the solemn procession began, accompanied by the singing of the Pauline Greeting “Grace to you and peace from God the Father”, leading into the joyful “For all the saints”. The readings for the Mass were Isaiah 61:1-3; 1 Peter 5:1-4; and Matthew 20:25-28, with Psalm 22 (Fitzpatrick setting) and the Bellahouston Alleluia. In his homily Archbishop Conti reminded those present that the Mass is the source and summit of the Church’s sacramental life,...

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The St. Mungo Trail

A new extension to Glasgow’s celebration of St. Mungo took place on 21 June when the St. Mungo Trail, a partnership between the City of Glasgow Council and Dumfries and Galloway Council, was inaugurated at Hoddon near Ecclefechan. Lord Provost Bob Winter, with members and staff of the City Council and invited guests including representatives from Glasgow Churches Together, travelled to the starting point of the Trail near Hoddon Castle. The weather was not auspicious, heavy rain making the path rather soggy, but the welcome by Patsy Gilroy, Convenor of Dumfries and Galloway Council, and her colleagues and staff, and the beauty of the site more than made up for this. According to a persistent tradition, St. Mungo stayed at Hoddon during his exile from Glasgow and founded a monastery there. Recent excavations indicate that a significant and substantial monastery did exist in the site along the bank of the river Annan. Convenor Gilroy and Lord Provost Winter unveiled the marker stone, and two of the local archaeologists explained some of the history and layout of the site. The hope is that the Annandale Way which runs along the river beside the site will extend and link up eventually with the Clyde Walkway, and encourage walkers and other tourists to visit and learn more of the early history of Dumfries & Galloway and of Glasgow. After a photocall, the...

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Glasgow the Welcoming City

The City/GCT events seem fated to be challenged by the weather in recent times. In December, it was snow. This time, it was unseasonable cold and heavy rain, but despite this, a good number of singers and musicians and a reasonable congregation made it to the City Chambers on 19 June. The theme this year was “The Word at the Heart of the City”, taking the 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible as a foundation for the celebration. On display were an exhibition of posters on some of the most important vernacular translations of the Bible in Europe, an accompanying Powerpoint presentation and a number of modern English Bibles in various print translations as well as on CD or DVD. The instrumental group (John Allen, Ann Marie Berry, Carissa Bovill and Claire O’Neill) played to welcome the congregation, then the service began with the singing of the Benedictus to the well-known tune “Finlandia”. Bailie MacMaster, on behalf of the Lord Provost, welcomed everyone to the service and expressed the Council’s pleasure at having the opportunity to thank and show appreciation for the work of the churches in Glasgow. The history of the Church has guided the City in fellowship and hospitality. They provide constancy of an open door for people when needed – whether the circumstances be birth, death, marriage or despair. The City Council want this interaction...

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Argyll & Isles Ordination

The ordination of David Connor on 14 June at St. Columba’s Cathedral, Oban was a lovely, warm and uplifting diocesan occasion. The Cathedral was full for the service, presided over by Bishop Toal, with Bishop Emeritus Murray also present, together with a large number of priests from across the Diocese and from other Dioceses, as well as many of David’s family and friends, and his colleagues from the Diocesan Choir. Before Mass started, the Choir presented David with a gift to mark his ordination, and also gave his sister a bouquet of flowers. The choir sang as the congregation gathered, then the Mass began with “Praise my Soul the King of Heaven”, a wonderful welcoming hymn, as the clergy processed to the sanctuary. It was followed by the Russian Kyrie and the new text setting of the Peter Jones Gloria. The readings were Isaiah 61:1-3; Corinthians 12:31-13:8, and Matthew 9:9 (probably the shortest reading many present had heard – the calling of Matthew). The psalm was Ps. 89 (in the setting written by Ronan McDonagh for Maynooth College, where David had finished his studies) and the Gospel acclamation was the one used for the Bellahouston Mass in 2010. After the rite of Election of the Candidate, Bishop Toal in his homily focussed on the call to which David had responded after serious consideration – the call to preach the...

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St. Mungo Singers 40th Anniversary Dinner

The St. Mungo Singers, the Diocesan choir of the Archdiocese of Glasgow, started the celebration of their 40th Anniversary with a dinner at the Sherbrooke Castle hotel on 12 June. Almost 100 gathered – choir members, former members, family, friends and guests – to mark the occasion. Mgr. Gerry Fitzpatrick, the choir Director, welcomed everyone to the celebration and took a few moments to recall the origins of the choir and its extensive experiences, before Archbishop Conti said the Grace. There were no lengthy speeches or even musical turns after that, only a lovely meal and the chance for people to chat and reminisce. The only presentations on the night were to Johanna O’Connor, the only remaining original member of the choir, and to Dr. Noel Donnelly for his wife Kathleen who had been one of the original members. At the end of the meal, Archbishop Conti expressed his thanks and appreciation to the St.Mungo Singers and its Director before giving the Blessing. The 40th Anniversary celebrations will continue with a Jubilee Mass in August and a trip to Rome and Orvieto in...

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