Month: December 2012

Hogmanay Service at Glasgow Cathedral

audio To access the Order of Service please click below: Leaflet Opening Prayer Let us pray Father of us all, we are here together in your presence to thank you for the year that is closing with its blessings, its hardships, its successes and its failures; and to ask for your guidance and strength for the year ahead, that we may grow together in faith, hope and love, that our families and friends may be happy and prosper, that our Churches may work and pray together, that our city may continue its long tradition of hospitality, and be a home where all who dwell here or visit will feel welcome. We ask all this through Christ our Lord. Amen....

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Funeral of Mgr. James McShane

The funeral of Mgr. James McShane, who died on 21 December at the age of 88, took place on 29 December in St. Margaret’s,Clydebank, the parish of which he had been Parish Priest for 27 years until his retirement. The packed congregation spoke clearly of the love and esteem in which he was held. Archbishop Tartaglia was principal concelebrant, with Archbishop Emeritus Mario Conti also present, and a large number of Mgr. McShane’s fellow priests. Among the congregation were many staff members from St. Margaret’s Hospice (where Mgr. McShane had lived until his death) led by Sr. Rita the Chief Executive and Prof. Leo Martin the Chairman, Knights and Dames of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre (Mgr. McShane had been a Knight Commander of the Order), and local policitians. The music of the Liturgy was led by the St. Mungo Singers, and before the Mass began, they sang “How Blest are Those Who have died in the Lord” and the Introit for All Souls, and Dr. Noel Donnelly played quiet music on the clarsach. In his homily, Archbishop Tartaglia expressed the hope that the fullness of the congregation would provide some consolation to Mgr. McShane’s family and friends: it was an indication of the fact that he had touched the lives of so many. Mgr. McShane was born in Barrhead in 1924 and was ordained in St.Aloysius,...

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Dr. Noel Donnelly – Happy Birthday

It is hard to believe but Dr. Noel Donnelly – biblical scholar, musician, choir director, lecturer, husband and father, and much more – will be 80 on 26 December 2012. So the St.Mungo Singers decided to turn their annual Christmas Party into a birthday party. Around 70 of the choir and friends joined Noel and his wife Kathleen in St. Leo’s Hall for the celebration on 14 December. They enjoyed a wonderful meal with, inevitably, plenty of music and singing. Noel was presented with a gift and birthday cake from the choir, in thanks for his part in their lives. They also presented a bouquet to Kathleen. Being the St.Mungo Singers, they also made sure there was a second birthday cake for them to share! Noel seemed somewhat taken aback by all the fuss and the demonstration of the affection in which he was clearly held by everyone – but that is Dr. Noel: quiet, gentle and unassuming. Ad multos annos, Dr. Noel!        ...

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Carols for Peace 2012

There was a wonderful, happy buzz in the City Chambers for the 12th annual Carols for Peace service – now a settled part of the city’s preparations for Christmas. Unlike some previous years, there had been no need to struggle through the snow or rain. The only problem for some people was finding a seat in the Banqueting Hall, as it was standing room only by the time the service began. As the congregation arrived, they were welcomed by piper Willie Park and harpist Carissa Bovill, and on entering the Banqueting Hall, they were given the gift of a lovely olive wood Christmas decoration. In the Banqueting Hall itself, an instrumental ensemble played “O Holy Night”, the Airdrie Salvation Army Band played the Coventry Carol, and the St.Mungo Singers sang the lively “Resonet in Laudibus” to set the mood. Then the solemn Christmas Proclamation – setting the birth of the Lord firmly in its historical context – was sung. The service itself started with the entry of the Lord Provost, Civic and Church representatives, as everyone joined in the singing of “O Little Town of Bethlehem”. The Lord Provost welcomed them to the celebration which she described as time out to enjoy the pleasure of music and the spirit of Christmas. On a more sombre note, she asked the congregation to keep in their prayers those killed in the...

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St Monica’s and Glasgow Remembrance Service

Remembrance Service – City Chambers 9th November 2012 The Primary Seven Children of St Monica’s Milton were delighted to accept an invitation from Glasgow Education Department to participate in such an honourable occasion. As Responsible Citizens of Glasgow their contribution of poetry and song reminded everyone in the Banqueting Hall, that no one must ever forget the sacrifices that have been made by our Armed Forces, to secure peace and freedom for our country. ‘Clydebank Blitz’ was recited with commendable expression, emotion and accuracy. The children sang a new song, appealing to a captive audience, ‘Will we just remember once a year?’ This question stirred the mind of all present. To finish the Primary Seven recited ‘Lest We Ever Forget’. There was an eerie silence in the magnificent hall. Tears welled in many eyes as the children were applauded for their efforts. Holly McMenemy said, “I think my class successfully presented the message that ‘We Must Never Forget’ the sacrifices made by our armed forces.” Chloe Brown expressed that she “felt a great responsibility was on her shoulders to get the remembrance message over to the other schools.” The Remembrance event was led by Liz Bovill with Michael McEnenemey at the keyboard....

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