Month: February 2012

Glasgow Archdiocesan Church Music Day: March 10th St Aloysius 11.00 – 1.30

Archdiocese of Glasgow Music Committee The Ogilvie Centre, St Aloysius, Garnethill Saturday 10th March 11.00 – 1.30   The Music and Mystery of Holy Week   A Liturgical Music Conference organised by the Music Committee of the Archdiocese of Glasgow on preparing the music of Holy Week in the light of the new Missal and the riches of our already developing repertoires. While providing a broad sweep of the music the Holy Week Services with its psalms and acclamations, special attention will be given to the Palm Sunday Blessing of Palms and the Entry Processional, to the Holy Thursday ‘Washing of the Feet’ and the Procession to the Altar of Repose, to the procession with the Cross and the Veneration of the Cross on Good Friday and the opening and Procession of the Easter Vigil and the Easter Proclamation. The unique ‘mystique’ attached to Holy Week can be much promoted by a careful yet practical choice of music, and the New Missal provides much that can supplement what has been gathered over the years – even over the cventuries! The Ogilvie Centre, St Aloysius, Garnethill Saturday 10th March 11.00 – 1.30 10.30: Registration and tea 11.00: Workshops on the music of Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil. Material will also be provided for the ‘Night Prayer’ on Holy Thursday Evening and for the Morning Prayers...

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RCIA Service 2012

The annual service of the Rite of Election and Rite of Recognition and Call to Continuing Conversion (more familiarly known as the RCIA service) took place inSt.Andrew’s Cathedral on 26 February. With over 250 catechumens and candidates involved, together with their sponsors and families and friends, the cathedral was filled with people and warmly welcoming. The St. Mungo Singers contributed to the welcoming atmosphere with a range of motets as the catechumens, candidates and sponsors were settled in their seats. Then the service began with the singing of the Introit for Lent “He will call to me”, as the Archbishop and clergy processed to the sanctuary. After the Liturgy of the Word, Archbishop Conti welcomed everyone present to the service. Referring back to the Gospel which had just been read (Mark 7:31-37), he invited them to reflect on the word “Ephphatha, the Aramaic word used by Jesus as he opened the ears of the deaf man. That word is still used in the sacrament of Baptism at the anointing, for in Baptism the grace of God opens our ears to the Gospel – to receive it and to make it our own – and our lips to proclaim it. Faith is the base and strength, said the Archbishop, which energises us to act. It finds its expression in the love of God and of neighbour. He pointed out to...

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St. Mungo Singers Requiem 2012

Each year the St. Mungo Singers take time out from their busy liturgical schedule to remember those of the choir, their families and friends who have died. This year the Requiem Mass took place at St. Leo’s church, the choir’s base, on 24 February. Members of the choir gathered with family members of those who had died. Dr. Noel Donnelly set the quietly reflective mood for what is always a Mass of mixed emotions when, even as we sing, we remember those who have sung the music of the Mass with us on so many previous occasions, and feel both sadness at their absence and joy in the memory of their friendship. The music of the Mass ranged from the plainsong introit Requiem Aeternam to Mgr. Gerry’s setting of the Introit for All Souls “Just as Jesus died and rose”. The St. Mungo Singers celebrated and remembered the lives of those they had known in the way they know, by participating fully in the Mass through their music. In his welcome and later in his homily, Mgr Gerry expressed his pleasure at being present to remember and to pray for our deceased choir colleagues, and indirectly to give thanks for the work of the choir. Its love of music had enriched the liturgy of the Archdiocese and beyond. In conclusion he said “thanks for who and how you are”....

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The Annual White Mass 2012

The annual White Mass (for healers and healing) took place in Lourdes Parish on 19 February 2012. While members of the medical and caring professions, as well as family carers, gathered, the St. Mungo Singers and Dr. Noel Donnelly provided music to create a reflective yet joyful atmosphere, including the uplifting Botor motet “Misericordias Domini” – a reminder, perhaps, that there can be joy in caring for others, as well as moments of difficulty and sadness. The principal celebrant was Bishop Philip Tartaglia who expressed his pleasure at being back in the parish where he had served as a curate on his return from studies in Rome. In his homily, he welcomed everyone to the Mass and, referring to the Pope’s message for the World Day of the Sick which spoke of the spiritual closeness of the Church to the sick, at home or in hospital, highlighted the compassion for every human life which is a key part of the Gospel message. The Gospel, which had just been sung so well by Deacon Kevin Kelly, was fitting indeed for the celebration, said the Bishop. It showed Christ’s spiritual and physical healing, the same healing which the Church is called on to undertake today. Carers, in the exercise of their knowledge and skills, are at one with the Church’s mission. Recognising that carers are challenged now not just by disease...

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St Mungo Singers Annual Requiem 2012

The St Mungo Singers Requiem Mass 24th February 2012, St Leo’s 7.00 for 7.30   How blest are those who have died in the Lord audio   Norma Anderson Eileen Boyle Kathleen Caldwell Pat Cassidy Mary Canning Agnes Chalmers Nicola Clare Ann Faulkner May Gibson Ann Gribbon Chrissie Higgins Sarah Kay Maureen Kelly Agnes Limond Kathleen Mac Donald Cathie Padden Mattie Riley Yolanda Santangeli Cathy Smith Mary Smith LenaTierney Sadie Topping John Ballantyne James Boyle Brother Christopher Richard Doak Harry Farrell Jimmy Fitzsimmons Peter Fitzsimmons John Graham Joe Harkins Hugh Jamieson Jim Lyons Jimmy Mullan Jimmy McNamara John McVey Daria Romano Dave Smith Len Mitchell Ronnie McIntyre Tommy...

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