Month: November 2013

Glasgow’s St Andrew Vespers and Celebrations 2013 with

The Glasgow ecumenical St Andrew Vespers will take place on Friday 7.00 in St Andrew’s Cathedral. All are most welcome.     Friday 29th November is the Vigil, the Eve, of St Andrew’s Day. Many Scots people, whether at home in Scotland, or throughout the world in the Scots diaspora in North and South America, Australia and New Zealand, in Asia and Africa will feel a thrill in being Scots and make preparations to celebrate St Andrew. There will be parties, dinners, pints in pubs, and services in churches as people mark our national day. Many schools will mark...

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The Glasgow Catenians Circle 18 Centenary Mass

The Glasgow Catenians Circle 18 was founded on 20 November 1913. On 23 November 2013, members of the Circle came together with family, friends and visitors to mark their centenary with Mass in St. Andrew’s Cathedral, celebrated by Archbishop Tartaglia who was joined for the occasion by Archbishop Emeritus Mario Conti. Support for the music of the liturgy was given by the St. Mungo Singers. Before the Mass the choir, with Dr. Noel Donnelly on clarsach, provided gentle gathering music (To Christ the Seed; Great God, be near me). The Mass itself was a lovely celebration, with liturgical music ranging from plainsong through Schubert to more modern compositions, including Taizé, the Bellahouston Mass, Dalreoch Agnus, Psalm 102 (Fitzpatrick setting), Celtic Invocation and Be Still for the Presence, and the congregation responded with whole-hearted participation. In his homily, Archbishop Tartaglia expressed his pleasure at being present for this Centenary – a landmark for a venerable Catholic lay organisation of the Archdiocese. It represented one years of support for the formation of life and faith, the promotion of Catholic family life, charitable works and service to the Church. The Gospel chosen for the Mass – the passage from St.Luke with the Magnificat – was very appropriate. The Catenians should be sharing in Mary’s hymn of thanksgiving to God. They should also share her trust in the Lord to develop their spirituality...

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Columba & the Law of the Innocents – Children’s Cantata 2013

Each year we tell ourselves this was the best one yet – the best children’s Cantata, that is – but each year the primary schools and everyone else involved in the ecumenical event (sponsored by Glasgow Churches Together) excel themselves. This year’s Cantata was held in a new venue, the beautiful Wellington Church of Scotland in University Avenue, hosted by the minister Dr. David Sinclair and his congregation. Twenty primary schools took part:- Bankhead Primary; St Bartholomew’s; St Clare’s; St Conval’s; Dalmarnock Primary; Garscadden Primary; Golfhill Primary; John Paul II Primary; St Martha’s; St Mary’s; St Monica’s; Motherwell Cathedral Primary; St Ninian’s; Our Lady of the Missions; Our Lady of the Rosary; St Paul’s; St Philomena’s; St Roch’s; St Timothy’s and St Saviour’s, and they filled the church. It was a cold day but the children filled the church pews with warmth and enthusiasm. They were joined by singers and musicians from the Education Department of the University of Glasgow under B.Ed. Music Programme Leader, Miss Moira Summers, and they soon filled the church with music and colour as well. Adding to the colour was great bunting with the flags of the Commonwealth nations (kindly donated by David Buchan of the Flag Company). After a brief rehearsal, under the guidance of conductor Maria Shields, the event began with the B.Ed. students presenting the beautiful song “Iona” . Then, as...

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Requiem Mass for Deceased Clergy of the Archdiocese of Glasgow 2013

The annual Mass for the deceased clergy of the Archdiocese was held on 14th November in the Cathedral. Archbishop Tartaglia was joined by Archbishop Emeritus Conti, priests and laity of the Archdiocese, and musical support was provided by members of the St. Mungo Singers. A prayerful atmosphere for the Mass was set by the singing of Noel Donnelly’s gentle setting of the scriptural text “How blest are those who have died in the Lord”, and the plainsong “Requiem Aeternam”. The Mass itself began with congregation and choir joining in singing “Lord, you have come to the seashore”, a hymn often used at ordinations, as the clergy processed to the sanctuary. The theme of remembering was reflected throughout the Mass in words and music. The readings were 2 Maccabees 12:43-45, Psalm 129 (sung by cantor Dorothy Gunnee), 1 John 3:1-2, and John 6:51-58. After the Intercessions, the choir led the singing of “May the Souls of the Faithful Departed”. During the Preparation of the Gifts, the beautiful “Be Still my Soul” to the music of Sibelius gave us the affirmation that “the hour is hastening on when we shall be for ever with the Lord”, and the Recessional hymn was the joyful “Thine be the Glory” with its reminders of the resurrection. In his homily, Archbishop Tartaglia reflected that he had been very moved by the psalm which he had...

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Eileen Smith RIP

Members of the St. Mungo Singers joined long serving member, tenor Tommy Smith, his family and the parish community at All Saints parish for the funeral of his twin sister, Eileen on 5th November. The funeral Mass was presided over by Parish Priest Fr. David Brown. In his homily Fr. Brown remembered Eileen as a very quiet, humble person whose life had been centred around her family, looking after her elderly mother for many years, and who had done things quietly in the background for the parish. She had prayed particularly for the Holy Souls each November, and today it was for the congregation to pray for her. The music of the Mass was uplifting. It included “How Blest are those who have died in the Lord…for their good works go with them”, “Just as Jesus died and rose”, “I am the Bread of Life” the Final Commendation & Farewell, and the final hymn “O Lord, my God!” , all reminders of our faith in the life to...

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