Month: July 2014

Morning Prayers on Radio Alba from 20th July 2014

A Morning Prayer from the parish of St Leo the Great is led this week by Jean Swinbank, with music by Catriona Glen and the St Mungo Singers, with prayer for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games led by Donald McInnes. The harper is Noel S Donnelly. At 8.00 and on the half hour until 11.30. A Children’s Morning Prayer is led by Nina Sneddon with children from Our Lady of the Rosary Primary School and cantor Magdalen McInnes. Children from St Timothy’s Primary School sing the Glasgow Song. At 8.15 and 8.45, 9.15, 9.45 ….. until 11.45. Children’s Morning Prayer Intercessions Let us pray for everyone who is involved in the Commonwealth games, the athletes and their families, the parliaments and city council, the organisers and spectators, the citizens and guests to our city. Let us pray for the children of Glasgow and for children throughout the Commonwealth that they may be encouraged and inspired by the Games to play their part as citizens of this one world That God has given us all to share. Loving Father, Help us to show your presence among us by the kindly welcome we give to all who visit us, And by the support we give each other. Lord, hear us: Lord, graciously hear...

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Diamond Jubilee of Fr. Noel Murray

This year has been a notable one for priestly jubilees in Glasgow- to name but a few, the Golden Jubilees of Mgr. Gerry Fitzpatrick, Fr, Willie Slavin, Fr. Hugh O’Donnell and Fr. Noel Colford, the Silver Jubilees of those ordained in the memorable service in the Kelvin Hall (including Fr. John Gannon, Fr. John Carroll and Mgr Hugh Bradley) and now the Diamond Jubilee of Fr. Noel Murray. This last-mentioned celebration took place in St. Aloysius’ Springburn on 29th June. The church was crowded with parishioners and there were also representatives from other churches, from local and national politics. Archbishop Tartaglia and over 20 priests, as well as a veritable squad of altar servers, joined Fr. Noel and parish priest Fr. John McGrath to celebrate the Mass and the St. Mungo Singers joined the parish music group to support the music of the liturgy. The opening processional hymn, “I Cannot Tell How He Whom Angels Worship”, sung to the tune “Londonderry Air” was very suitable for the jubilee of Fr. Noel, a native of Ireland, born in Lusk in 1925. Fr. John in his homily, said his questions to Fr. Noel had been firstly what was he going to do now that he had reached this momentous marker – the answer was “probably play the harp!” – and did it feel like 60 years, 40 of them in Springburn?...

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Diaconate Ordination of Joseph O’Donnell 27th June 2014

The atmosphere in St. Andrew’s Cathedral on Friday evening was warm and welcoming for the ordination of Joseph O’Donnell to the Permanent Diaconate. Joseph, a parishioner of St. Mungo’s, Townhead, was joined by family, friends and parishioners. Archbishop Tartaglia presided at the ordination Mass, and with him were Archbishop Emeritus Conti and many priests from the Diocese, as well as members of the Permanent Diaconate from across Scotland. The music of the liturgy was supported by the St. Mungo Singers, with their Directors Mgr.Gerry Fitzpatrick and Dr. Noel Donnelly. Before the service began, the choir sang a number of motets, and Dr. Donnelly played some quiet clarsach airs. They then led the congregation in singing the Pauline Greeting (Grace to you and Peace) and “Lord, you have come to the Seashore”, a favourite hymn for ordinations, as the clergy processed through the Cathedral to the sanctuary. Archbishop Tartaglia welcomed everyone to the celebration, particularly Deacon Joseph’s family and his fellow members of the Permanent Diaconate. After the Liturgy of the Word, the Rite of Ordination took place, beginning with the calling of the candidate. Archbishop Tartaglia spoke briefly to the candidate and the congregation on the nature of the ministry to which he was about to be ordained, reminding them that it was at base a ministry of service to all, summed up in three words “Word, altar and...

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Golden Jubilee Celebration for Fr. Noel Colford 21 June 2014

The St. Mungo Singers had the opportunity to combine work with two-fold pleasure when they travelled to Arran to join parishioners of Holy Cross parish to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of parish priest and long-time friend of the choir, Fr. Noel Colford. An early start from Glasgow saw the choir catching the ferry from Ardrossan to Arran on a lovely sunny, Saturday morning. The St. Mungo Singers led the music of the Mass, with David Harris on organ, and it was a warm, joyful and relaxed occasion. Holy Cross church was packed for the celebration, and Fr. Noel was joined by Mgr. Gerry Fitzpatrick and Fr. Hugh O’Donnell, who are also celebrating their Golden Jubilees this year. Reflecting on his 50 years of priesthood, Fr. Noel said that he had come to appreciate that his calling was not to be viewed as a demand on him so much as a gift to him from God, for which he was grateful. He had the congregation laughing as he expressed his thanks also to the late Cardinal Winning who had asked him to go to Arran on a short term loan – which had now lasted 17 years! The Eucharist which we were celebrating, he reminded us, is about sharing, and he was thankful to so many who had shared his life and supported him – his family, his brother priests,...

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Glasgow the Welcoming City 15 June 2014

The weather was good, perhaps too good, and there were the competing attractions of the World Cup and Father’s Day, so numbers attending were affected, but it was still a great service – warm, enthusiastic and a real celebration of Glasgow as a welcoming host city to visitors. This year the focus was on the upcoming Commonwealth Games. Piper Willie Park played in welcome at the entrance of the City Chambers. In the Banqueting Hall, the Rutherglen Salvation Army Band provided more music, and the congregation were presented with copies of the Penny Gospel produced for the Games as they arrived. Additional musical support was provided for the service itself by members of the St. Mungo Singers and the East End Deanery choir, organist Jane McKenna, and instrumentalists Carissa Bovill, John Allan, Monica Dyer, Annette McKirdie, Pauline McNicol, Ann Marie Berrie and Donald MacInnes. To begin the service, the piper led in the civic and church leaders to the tune of Highland Cathedral, which was taken up by the congregation as they sang “God our Creator” – words set by Br. Stephen Smyth to this tune. This opening hymn was very appropriate for the day – Trinity Sunday as well as Father’s Day – as its words reflected on God the Father and the other Persons of the Trinity. After the opening prayer by Mgr. Paul Conroy, Baillie John...

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