Month: February 2015

radioalba.org christian 7pm – 8pm: Magazine, Stations, Night Prayer

7 pm: Magazine 7.20 (-ish); Sciaf Stations of the Cross; 7.50 Compline / Night Prayer 1 Radio Alba Magazine: week one Lent 2015 7 pm Welcome to a selection of articles from recent editions of Open House, a magazine of comment and debate on faith issues in Scotland. This week we’d like to offer you a short reflection on Lent , share a book review, and take you on a walk along Scotland’s beautiful coastline. But first, we’d like to start by remembering a great Scottish scholar and historian who was born a hundred years ago. Dr John Durkan...

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Archdiocesan Rite Of Election/Rite of Recognition 2015

Despite a wet, miserable day, St. Andrew’s Cathedral was filled with a happy, expectant congregation for this service. The St. Mungo Singers sang as the congregation gathered until the catechumens and candidates processed in from the adjoining Eyre Hall. Archbishop Tartaglia was unable to preside as he was still convalescing from his recent illness, and his place was taken by Mgr Paul Conroy, the Vicar General, who expressed his sense of privilege to be representing the Archbishop at the service. The service itself began with the singing of the Introit for Lent. The Liturgy of the Word followed, with the readings of the Sunday (Genesis 9:8-15; and Mark 1:12-15) and the singing of the psalm (Ps.24). Mgr. Conroy then spoke to the catechumens and candidates. He told them that the eyes of the whole church, not just those present, were on them, and they were also in the mind of Archbishop Tartaglia. Lent belonged to them. It was a special time for them; their time of preparation reaches its high point and there will be excitement among them, their families, godparents/sponsors, RCIA teams and their priests. Referring to the Genesis story, he said that he had seen a rainbow on Friday, and had thought of the Noah story and of them. God is about to make a new covenant with them. Water will be for them not a destroyer...

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SCIAF 50th Anniversary Mass

SCIAF celebrated its 50th Anniversary in style, back in St. Columbkille’s Rutherglen where it all started. The church was crowded with staff, former staff, volunteers, representatives of local schools, supporters and guests, including First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Labour leader in Scotland MP Jim Murphy. There was a wonderful festive atmosphere in the church. Adding colour to the service were the beautiful national costumes of representatives of the Syro-Malabar community, the African choir and Luis Garcia in his wonderful sombrero which took a trick with the politicians who know a photo opportunity when they see one. The service began with the bringing in of the flags of the countries in which SCIAF has worked with its partners. These were placed on the sanctuary, a visible reminder of the charity’s work. Then the celebrants processed in, led by Bishop Peter Moran, retiring President of SCIAF, and Bishop Joe Toal, the incoming President. Also present were Archbishop Leo Cushley, Bishop John Keenan, Archbishop Mario Conti and Bishop John Mone. As they came in, the congregation sang the hymn which seems so appropriate for SCIAF’s work that it is often sung at SCIAF services – Bernadette Farrell’s Christ Be Our Light. Parish Priest Fr. Patrick Hennessy took clear delight in welcoming everyone to the Mass, telling them that, as a young priest, he had been a curate at St. Columbkille’s in SCIAF’s...

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