Month: May 2014

June – July events 2014

Preparations are underway for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games but other events are taking place too. May 25th and the following week: St Bride’s, Annette St., Cuthbertson St., and Holy Cross Primaries pray for the city and all involved in the Games at Morning Prayer on – other schools are working on their Morning Prayers. June 15th: The ‘Games’ will feature – with some new songs – in the annual ‘Glasgow the Welcoming City’ on June 15th at 3.00 in the City Chambers. June 21st: many of the St Mungo Singers will enjoy a day out on Arran marking and singing a Mass for the Golden Jubilee of Fr Noel Colford. June 27th : Diaconal Ordination at St Andrew’s Cathedral June 29th: Diamond Jubilee Mass of Fr Noel Murray at St Aloysius, Springburn at 1.00. July 20th: there will be a Glasgow Churches Together service welcoming the Commonwealth Games July 22nd: the City Council is promoting an interfaith service at Glasgow Cathedral to mark the start of the Games the following day. After the service on the 22nd the bells of Glasgow will ring. July 27th: Mass to mark the Commonwealth Games will take place in St Andrew’s Cathedral at some time after the completion of the Marathon when the roads will be open again.    ...

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Mgr. Gerry’s Golden Jubilee Celebrations

It was always on the cards that the celebration of Mgr. Gerry Fitzpatrick’s Golden Jubilee would not conform to the usual pattern – no formal invitations with polite requests for replies, rather a phone call or email or an invitation from the sanctuary at Mass, and a request to “let us know if you are coming, for catering purposes”. No seating plan for the meal with a top table – it was a buffet and take a seat where you wished. And no formal speeches! That was the way Mgr. Gerry wanted it, and with the help of his friends in the St. Mungo Singers, arranged it. Admittedly there were one or two panics, given the arrangements only really got underway just over a month before. Keeping track of numbers proved exciting – too many priests for the sanctuary? – just put extra chairs along the front of the church – too many people for the church seating – just put some more seats along the side and at the back – no problem! The hall booked at the Tradeston Ex-Servicemen’s club allowed for up to 200 people but it quickly became obvious that this would not be enough – again no problem! We just arranged use of another room (or two). In the end over 300 people squeezed into the church and the club. As well as 29...

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Argyll & Isles Music Weekend 2014

There is always something different about every Argyll & the Isles Music Weekend and the Spring 2014 one held at Kinnoull on 16-18 May did not disappoint. First of all, many of the participants became aware, as they drove through or round Perth on Friday that there were lots of blue bunting, scarves etc visible. The non-football supporters among us had not realised that the following day was the Scottish Cup Final and the local team, St. Johnstone, was in it for the first time ever. The following day, the town was so quiet as people were either in Glasgow at the Final or watching it on TV. However it was really heartening to see the whole town supporting its team, with a large video screen in the main street for shoppers to watch, and there was a real warm sense of community which we could identify with. At Kinnoull itself, just under 50 musicians gathered from all corners of the Diocese – from Stornaway to Rothesay – and it was good to see many new faces among them. The fame of the weekends had clearly spread beyond Argyll & the Isles as we were joined by seminarian Emmanuel from Nigeria, who felt he had to experience a Pastoral Music weekend before he returned to Nigeria and then went on to Rome for the next stage of his studies....

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