Month: February 2013

Rite of Election & Rite of Recognition & Call to Continuing Conversion

This annual service took place, as usual, on the First Sunday of Lent in St. Andrew’s Cathedral. The name of it is lengthy, and perhaps a little off-putting, but it is a lovely service at which those who wish to join the Catholic Church, whether it be through Baptism into the Body of Christ or through Confirmation and the Eucharist into full communion, are welcomed formally by the Archbishop for the final stage of their journey. Around 90 Catechumens and Candidates were present this year. The Catechumens and the Candidates are supported on the day by their sponsors, and members of their families and their new parish communities, including in many cases their Parish Priest, and the service gives a sense of the importance of the decision they have made for their future lives. For those who have been born into the Catholic faith, it is an impressive and quite affecting service. As the congregation gathered, the St. Mungo Singers sang a selection of motets to create a prayerful atmosphere for the celebration, finishing with the Blessed John Henry Newman hymn “Firmly I believe and Truly”, an appropriate piece both for this Year of Faith and for the particular service which was about to begin. The service itself started with the Lenten Introit “He will call to Me” sung by choir and congregation as the Archbishop processed to the...

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Mrs Betty McCaffrey RIP

Betty McCaffrey, choir director of St. Paul’s Shettleston for over 40 years, until she retired due to ill health, died on 4 February after a long battle with cancer. She was a church musician who gave the lie to those who argued that church choirs died with Vatican II and that our church music traditions were lost as a result. Betty was a lovely, gentle, unassuming and encouraging musician to whom many owed their grounding in and enthusiasm for music. She was undoubtedly filled with the goodness of God, and with such an unassuming style that probably many people didn’t realise what it was that moved them about her until later. St. Paul’s was crowded for her funeral Mass, and the choir of St. Paul’s, under its present choir director, Sr. Margaret Rose Bradley, was joined by members of the St. Mungo Singers (with whom Betty and her husband John had links going back many decades) and the neighbouring St. Joseph’s Tollcross Choir. The principal celebrant, parish priest Fr. John Campbell, was joined by Mgr. Gerry Fitzpatrick and Fr. Kieran Brady. In his homily, Fr. Campbell, referring to the First Reading from Genesis, said that God would look at Betty, his creation, and see that indeed she was good, very good. He would see her selflessness to family and friends, and to the church through her God- given talent...

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Archdiocesan Music Conference Feb 23rd

The Archdiocesan Music Committee will host a Music Conference at the OGILVIE CENTRE, beside St Aloysius’ Church in Garnethill, on Saturday 23rd February. Registration with tea 10.00 – 10.30 Morning Prayer and Workshops 10.30. . . . . . .. We have all given a lot of attention to Lent and Holy Week in the past, and so this year are concentrating on material for Easter and Eastertide. We will provide some material for Lent but the workshops will focus on 1) Easter and then 2) the role of instrumental groups and music in parish or school, and there will be some discussion re how we can cater for one group in the community without neglecting the needs of the others. 3) Since the Sanctus and Memorial have such importance in the liturgy we will look at settings by John Carroll, Chris Walker and Liam Lawton 4) material will be provided for St Columba’s 1450th anniversary (of going to Iona) and the Year of faith. How useful is YouTube for liturgy and music – ‘come and see!’ A donation of £5.00 is expected to cover the costs of leaflets, CD and tea etc Further details on the poster below poster    ...

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