Month: July 2012

Requiem Mass for Fr. Bob Bradley

Only a few days after Argyle & the Isles Diocese buried one of its best known and much loved priests, Fr. Calum MacLellan, the Archdiocese of Glasgow faced a similar task with the funeral of Fr. Bob Bradley, who was a stalwart of the Justice & Peace movement in Glasgow and nationally, as well as a significant figure in spreading understanding of the documents of Vatican II. His funeral Mass was held on 23 July at Our Lady & St. George’s Parish, and the esteem in which he was held was witnessed by the crowded church, with the congregation spilling over into the choir loft and the concelebrants filling the sanctuary and the front pews – and that despite the pouring rain. Archbishop Conti was principal concelebrant, and members of the St. Mungo Singers and the parish choir led the music of the liturgy. audio Archbishop Conti, in welcoming those present (including, he noted, a number of priests who had come out of retirement to be present), highlighted Fr. Bob’s significant contribution to the Archdiocese, particularly his substantial support for the reforms of Vatican II, the role of the laity and the work of Justice & Peace. Mgr. John Gilmartin, in commencing the homily, commented that this would not be a eulogy, for to do so properly would require much longer than the time available. He described Fr. Bob...

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First Vespers of Sts. Peter & Paul 2012

With so few Holidays of Obligation to observe, how can we raise their profile in our communities. One way is to celebrate the Vespers of the feast either on the Vigil or on the evening of the feast. The community of St.Leo the Great accordingly hosted a sung First Vespers of Saints Peter & Paul, with the help of the St. Mungo Singers on 28 June. Fr. Sean Fitzgerald presided over the celebration. Before the Vespers began, the choir sang the joyful Misericordias Domini. The service commenced with the singing of Geoffrey Shaw’s setting of “Hail, Gladdening Light”, as the candles were lit. Then congregation and choir sang the Hymn of the Two Apostles to the familiar tune of “For all the Saints”. The psalms for the evening were psalms 116 (117) and Timothy Dudley-Smith’s version of Psalm 147 to the tune “Rhuddlan”, followed by Noel Donnelly’s setting of the Canticle from the Ephesians. After the Reading(Romans 1:1-3,7) and some reflective harp music, Fr. Fitzgerald provided some thoughts for the celebration of the Feast: we hope for the blessing of Peter & Paul on our families and on the choir but particularly, on this feast, on our priests. (He himself was celebrating his 49th anniversary of ordination.) The reading spoke of being “the servant of Christ”. The priest may feel unworthy of this task so it is therefore all...

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Funeral of Fr. Calum MacLellan

Fr. Calum was a much loved figure in Argyll & the Isles Diocese and beyond, and this was clearly borne out by the number of people who filled St. Columba’s Cathedral for his Requiem Mass on 19 July. Bishop Joseph Toal concelebrated with Bishop Emeritus Peter Moran and priests from across the Diocese and further afield. The atmosphere in the Cathedral was a mixture of sadness at the sudden loss of Fr. Calum and warmth as people recalled their memories of him and exchanged stories of their experiences. Members of the Diocesan and Cathedral choirs led the music of the liturgy under the direction of Fr. Michael Hutson. There was a lovely blend of old and new, English and Gaelic:- Be Thou my Vision, Soul of My Saviour and the plainsong Salve Regina; Psalm 62 (Fitzpatrick setting) the Schutte Mass of Christ the Saviour, and the Final Commendation (Fitzpatrick); Do Lamh a Chriosda and A Mhoire Mhin-gheal – as well as lovely instrumental music from young violinist Kevin Campbell, accompanied by Fr. Michael on organ, and final pipe music from piper Gavin MacMillan. audio In his homily, Bishop Toal reflected that the first reading from Isaiah was so appropriate. Fr. Calum was the man if anyone was needed to speak on any subject. Indeed, when he suffered his final illness, he had been about to leave forCanadato speak at...

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Funeral of Canon John Brannan

Canon John Brannan died on 4 July 2012 at the age of 96, just over 60 years after his ordination in June 1952. His funeral Mass took place in Our Lady of Lourdes on 10 July. Archbishop Conti as principal celebrant was joined by Bishop Emeritus John Mone and priests from the Diocese. The music of the liturgy was led by the St. Mungo Singers. audio In his homily, Mgr. John Gilmartin reflected on Canon Brannan’s life. He had been born inGlasgow, baptised in St. Alphonsus and ordained in 1952 at the age of 36. He had been somewhat older than his fellow ordinands (among whom were Bishop Mone and Fr. Des Broderick who were both present). This was due to the fact that he had begun his journey to the priesthood with the Salesians who had sent him toMalta to teach , just in time for World War II. On his eventual return toScotland, he transferred to train as a diocesan priest. Among his early parishes were St. Luke’s, St. Mary’s Duntocher and St. Stephen’s Dalmuir. However at this point he began to experience health problems which were diagnosed as a form of typhoid probably from his time in Malta. He subsequently became chaplain to Our Lady & St. Francis Secondary, a post where his training with the Salesians was invaluable and his ministry was at its peak....

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