Month: June 2012

Funeral of Br Bede (Francis McCabe) FMS

St. Peter’s Partick, was crowded for the funeral of Br. Bede on 25 June, with many of his extensive family present from England, members of the Marist community, teachers and children from St. John’s High School, Dundee (where he had been Head Master for 26 years), colleagues from SCIAF and friends from across the Archdiocese. The principal concelebrant was Archbishop Conti and he was joined by Bishop Vincent Logan of Dunkeld, Mgr. Ken McCaffrey VG of Dunkeld, and priests from the Archdiocese. As the congregation gathered, the St.Mungo Singers and Dr. Noel Donnelly provided reflective music, and perhaps many were recalling how Br. Bede had given the very moving eulogy at the funeral of his lifelong friend Br. Jerome in St. Peter’s only the previous year. Bishop Logan spoke briefly at the beginning of the Mass about Br. Bede’s long connection with Dundee. He had been an enormous influence on education in the city, known for his commitment and dedication, and his conviction that education, rooted in the values of the Gospel, was a priceless gift- this was his legacy to the city. Archbishop Conti in his homily reflected that we had come together in solidarity of love and hope, to pray for one who had gone ahead, seeking mercy for him in confidence, and thanking God for the example of Br. Bede’s life. The readings of the Mass...

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Funeral of Eddie Gillespie KCHS

The funeral of Eddie Gillespie who died after a tragic accident on 4 June 2012 took place at St. Paul’s, Shettleston on 18 June 2012. Eddie was well known across the Diocese and the mourners included, in addition to his family, clergy from across the Diocese, members of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre and former colleagues. The funeral was a very gentle and moving occasion. His brother Fr. George Gillespie, was the principal concelebrant. The music for the liturgy was led by members of the St. Mungo Singers and the parish choirs of St. Paul’s and St. Joseph’s, Tollcross. Particularly poignant was the quiet playing of the harp by his sister, Mrs.Cathie McMaster, during the Preparation of the...

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Glasgow the Welcoming City 2012

Glasgow the Welcoming City, the annual summer service, jointly sponsored by Glasgow Churches Together (GCT) and Glasgow District Council, took place in the City Chambers on 10 June. This year, it was a mix of prayer, music (sung and instrumental), dance and reflection. The congregation was greeted at the entry to the City Chambers by piper Willie Park, and by traditional instrumentalists John Allan, Ann Marie Berrie, Carissa Bovill, Clare O’Neill and Marie Clare Rankin, playing on the grand stairway leading to the Banqueting Hall. Within the Banqueting Hall itself, a fascinating Powerpoint presentation showing excerpts from the Vita Kentigerni and scenes of historic Glasgow had been prepared by Irene O’Brien of Glasgow’s renowned Mitchell Library. Before the service began, young dancers from the Stewart School of Irish Dancing treated the congregation to a great display of traditional Irish dance which had the podium vibrating as well the toes of all tapping in time to the music. Depute Lord Provost Bailie Gerry Leonard represented the Lord Provost and, in addition to church representatives from GCT, we were honoured to welcome the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Rt. Rev. Albert Bogle. The service began with the rousing “God our Creator” to the tune of “Highland Cathedral” played first on the pipes, as the church and civic leaders processed in, and then taken up by...

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St Paul’s Primary School’s ‘Glasgow Song’

        St Paul’s Primary School, Whiteinch at the Molendinar Awards. To access article on the ‘Glasgow Song’ please click on the file below: Article To listen to a podcast (and the song) in which Martin Hardie, the Headteacher, and Marie Warrington, Principal Teacher, describe how the children were able, with a little help, to produce a marvellous song about Glasgow and St Mungo utilising the unique Coat of Arms which belongs to the City, click on the file below: audio  ...

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