Month: September 2014

Argyll & the Isles Autumn Music Weekend September 2014

  It was with a mixture of feelings that almost 50 musicians from across the Diocese of Argyll & the Isles came together at St. Mary’s Kinnoull for their Autumn music weekend on 5 September. There was a sense of anticipation because the focus of much of the work would be preparation for the installation of their new Bishop once the appointment is announced, with the hope that this would not be long in coming. But there was a sense also of some sadness because this weekend was to be the last at Kinnoull until the major upgrading of the buildings is completed. The musicians gathered as usual on Friday evening for a warm-up before dinner. Then it was down to work before Evening Prayer. Fr. Michael Hutson welcomed everyone and reminded them of the reasons for these weekends which was to support the liturgy in the diocese and in their parishes. This purpose remained as valid today as when the weekends began and he encouraged participants to bring new members along and spread the word. The music covered during the weekend was wide-ranging – e.g. Peter Jones’ revised Gloria, the James Quinn hymn “To God with Gladness Sing” and Philip Gaisford’s “In the Quiet of the Evening”, Stephen Dean’s “May you Walk with Christ Beside You”, Gerry Fitzpatrick’s new setting of Ps. 148, and the venerable “Ye Gates,...

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Archdiocese of Glasgow Autumn Music Workshops

Archdiocese of Glasgow Autumn Liturgical Music Workshops Our Lady and St George’s Parish halls, Sandwood Road, Penilee. Following on the workshops for cantors and parish musicians last Spring we are organising another set to be held in Our Lady and St George’s Parish halls, Penilee. This church and halls provide more space, and we are inviting people to come for an initial session so that we can more accurately identify the wishes and needs of each prospective participant. Enrolment, and personal ‘what I am looking for’ session’: Thursday, 9th October – drop in between 7.00 and 8.30. At this session we will discuss and distribute a St Andrew’s Day service, a little service for those who mourn, a Service for Peace, a short Evening Service for Advent, and material for ‘The Jesse Tree.’ Workshop 1: Thursday, 23rd October Workshop 2: Thursday, 30th October Workshop 3: Thursday, 6th November Workshop 4: Thursday, 13th November These other workshops are from 7.00 – 9.00.   Please contact: Jane McKenna at or Fr Fitzpatrick at Or tel 0141 427 0293 or 01355 220613 name: parish email tel cantor / organist / instrumentalist – delete as appropriate Donation £10.00 How to get there from Glasgow city centre: The no 9 ( First Bus) and no 38 (McGills) will take you from town along Paisley Road West to the corner of Crookston /...

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Just Prayer for Peace in Palestine and Israel 2014

We were not many at the service held in St. Anne’s for peace in Palestine and Israel but we took comfort from the Lord’s promise – “when two or three are gathered in my name….” and it was a lovely, affecting and often emotional service, organised by Marie Cooke of Glasgow Archdiocesan Justice & Peace Commission. In the quiet, peaceful surroundings of the church, there were scripture readings, hymns, prayers, extracts from UN documents and brief paragraphs on some of the victims in this tragic conflict – children in detention, hunger strikers and conscientious objectors. And there were photographs, which tore at the heart, from the conflicts in Syria and Iraq as well as the most recent events in Gaza. Perhaps we were fewer in numbers this time than we would have liked but we have to believe that every action no matter how small has an effect, with the help of God, and we have the hope that more people will be able to join us when we hold the service next year around the same date – unless, that is, the miracle happens and the fighting in the Middle East is over, and we don’t need to pray for peace...

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Mass of Thanksgiving for the Jubilarians of 2014

Priests with a total of almost 800 years’ service to the Archdiocese of Glasgow gathered with Archbishop Tartaglia at St. Andrew’s Cathedral on 22 September to celebrate significant Jubilees. They were:- 60 years Father Gus Hurley, Mgr Des Maguire, Father Noel Murray, Father Joe Murphy and Father Chris Gilfedder 50 years Mgr Gerry Fitzpatrick, Father Willie Slaven and Father Noel Colford 40 years Father Michael Conroy, Father Michael Woodford, Father Anthony Sweeney, Father Dermot Healey and Father Willie Monaghan 25 years Father John Gannon, Father Joe Mackle, Father John Carroll, Father Neil McGarrity and Mgr Hugh Bradley. The St. Mungo Singers, with directors Dr. Noel Donnelly & Mgr. Fitzpatrick and organist Jane McKenna, supported the music of the celebration. The service was a joyful celebration, filled with music, as would be expected with one of the Jubilarians being Mgr. Gerry, the Director of Music for the Archdiocese. Before the service began, Dr. Donnelly played several harp pieces and the choir sang a selection of motets ranging from David Harris’s setting of the St. Patrick’s Breastplate, through the Taizé “There is One Lord”, to Handel’s “Lord, I Trust Thee”. The Mass itself began with the singing of “Holy God, We Praise Thy Name” as the celebrants processed through the Cathedral to the sanctuary. It was great to hear priests and people joining together in singing the music of the liturgy....

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A schools Cantata -‘David and his Song’ – meeting Tuesday Sept 30th at 2.30

To access more information please click on the file on the line below: information The following note is going out to local schools this week: Annual Schools Cantata 2014: ‘David and his Song’ There will be a meeting at 2.30 on Tuesday 30th September in St Leo’s Church house, 56 Beech Avenue, G41 5BY to discuss the feasibility of staging the Cantata ‘David and his Song’ with schools possibly on Tuesday November 18th (unless we choose another date) in Wellington Church, University Avenue, Glasgow We suggest this Cantata because it tells the story of King David in an entertaining and attractive manner and lets us promote the rich and varied heritage of psalms that are still such a significant part of our cultural and religious inheritance. We hope to have the support of music students from Glasgow University Education Dept and from some schools. We will provide a music score, a words leaflet and a Cd and a DVD to help children learn the music. If your school is interested in participating please let us know by attending the meeting or by emailing or If you would like to volunteer soloists, dancers, readers or mimers etc please let us know. With kindest regards, Gerry Fitzpatrick, Convenor, Glasgow Churches Together Music and Worship Committee Elspeth Glasgow, Secretary, GlasgowChurches Together          ...

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