Month: April 2013

Bearsden Choir Concert – Paisley Abbey 15th May

‘GLORIA’ handbill Bearsden Choir’s last concert this season will repeat a great formula tried out last year. We shall be combining with Chorus Niagara all the way from Canada to form a huge choral force to sing in Paisley Abbey on Wednesday 15th May. Chorus Niagara are undertaking a tour of Scotland, singing in Inverness first and perhaps elsewhere before combining forces with us.   The programme comprises Beethoven’s Mass in C and Howard Goodall’s Eternal Light. More details can be found on the concert handbill. The music for Beethoven’s Mass is very faithful to the words in respect of louds and softs; declamation (Laudamus Te, etc) and pleading (Miserere nobis, etc), reverence (Adoramus Te, etc) and hope (Et resurrexit). It is beautiful Beethoven and the choir is very enthusiastic about it. We last sang it in 1982, a memorable performance it was. (19% of the Choir, 19 of us, remember it well!) Howard Goodall’s Eternal Light is quite different. Composed in 2008, as a piece to accompany dancing (Ballet Rambert at Sadlers Wells) it is a little similar to John Rutter’s Requiem. It contains ten movements, some in Latin, and some in English. Some contain both: the opening movement is the Kyrie, interspersed with ‘Close Now Thine Eyes…’. The music is not difficult; it is very easy on the ear. At times, it is exquisitely beautiful in its...

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Fr. Sabatino Tedeschi RIP

It was with great sadness and shock that the Archdiocese of Glasgow heard of the death of Fr. Sabatino, the parish priest of St. Benedict’s, Drumchapel. Despite his ongoing bouts of ill-health, the end had come suddenly. Recognising the great affection and esteem in which he was held, the decision was taken to hold his funeral services at the larger church of St. Eunan’s, Clydebank, to accommodate the crowds expected to attend – a wise decision as the church was full to overflowing for both the Vigil and the Funeral Mass, with parishioners coming from the many parishes that Fr. Sabatino had ministered in. Fr. Sabatino’s body was taken on 18 April first to his parish church to allow his parishioners to bid him farewell before it was taken to St. Eunan’s. As the cortege left the church, people lined the street in a demonstration of love and respect. At St. Eunan’s, the Dean (Canon Gerard Tartaglia) and clergy of the North West Deanery brought Fr. Sabatino into the church as the congregation sang “Be Thou my Vision”. After the readings and psalm, Canon Bradburn, a close friend of Fr. Sabatino, gave the reflection. He recalled Fr. Sabatino as a warm and dedicated priest whose principal desire was to show pastoral charity for his parishioners and who was in return much loved by them. During his final illness, many...

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Society of St Gregory Summer School: July 29th – August 2nd 2013

Society of St Gregory Summer School, 29 July- 2 Aug 2013 Belsey Bridge Conference Centre, Ditchingham, Norfolk The Society of St Gregory and this year’s SSG Summer School leaders need no introduction. We attach the information re this year’s Summer School in more detail, the booking form and the application for 18 – 35 year olds to be given the chance of a free place. Liturgy, the Church and the New Evangelisation “Our overarching theme is Vatican II’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, ‘Sacrosanctum Concilium’. Through keynotes and liturgies, our Summer School Leaders, Fr Peter McGrail (Liverpool Hope University) and Martin Foster (Director of the Liturgy Office), will help us explore the principles and directives of this important teaching, and how they continue to inform how the Liturgy is most authentically and most fruitfully celebrated today. They will help us rediscover the role of the Church in the world, and the seeds of the New Evangelisation ‘a sign lifted up among the nations’. “ For more information and for some free places for young people, please click on the files below: letter Booking form Freeplace application for general information on the Society of St Gregory please go to the links on this...

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Archdiocese of Glasgow Chrism Mass 2013

  Archbishop Tartaglia celebrated his first Chrism Mass as Archbishop of Glasgow on Holy Thursday in St. Andrew’s Cathedral. The church was packed out, with members of the congregation finding seats with the choir in the choir loft and others having to stand at the back of the church. The number of concelebrating priests filled the sanctuary and the additional seats placed at the front of the nave. The large numbers reflected a new feeling of anticipation in the air with the election of Pope Francis as well as perhaps a desire to be supportive of their Bishop and priests at a time of difficulty in the church in Scotland. The music of the Mass was led by the St. Mungo Singers who sang a number of motets in preparation for the beginning of the Mass. As Archbishop Tartaglia,Archbishop Emeritus Conti and priests processed through the Cathedral, they then led the congregation in singing “Christ be our Light”, a hymn whose words are so appropriate for this time “Make us your own, your holy people, light for the world to see”. In his homily, Archbishop Tartaglia expressed his sense of privilege in celebrating the Chrism Mass with so many, priests and lay, young and old. He acknowledged that emotions were heightened at this sad and difficult time but urged the congregation not to give into feelings of self-pity or...

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