Month: April 2015

radioalba.org christian Week beginning 19th April 2015

Radioalba.org christian Easter week beginning 19th April 2015 Morning Prayer At 8 a.m. and every 30 minutes after that, the Morning Prayer for the 3rd week of Easter is led by Donald McInnes, with music by the St Mungo Singers and cantor Grace Buckley singing Psalm 92. Lotti’s setting of the Regina Coeli adds something a little different this week. A Schools Morning Prayer: at 8.15 is led by Nina Sneddon with Magdalen McInnes and children of Our Lady of the Rosary Primary School in Psalm 117 ’This day was made by the Lord.’ The verse from the Canticle...

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Fr. Noel Murray RIP

This week, the Archdiocese of Glasgow bade farewell to one of its longest serving priests, Fr. Noel Murray, the much loved former Parish Priest of St. Aloysius, Springburn, who died in his 90th year. At his funeral vigil on Tuesday 14th April, his successor as parish priest, Fr. John McGrath, welcomed members of Fr. Noel’s family from Ireland, and also his parish “family” of St. Aloysius to the service. In his brief reflection, Fr. John brought smiles to many when he said “you always knew where you were with Fr. Noel”. His life, said Fr. John , had been one of constant giving. Even after Fr. Noel retired he was always ready to help out. He had said jokingly that it reminded him that he was still alive! The following day, Archbishop Tartaglia presided at the funeral Mass, and he was joined by Archbishop Emeritus Conti and priests from the Archdiocese and beyond, and by the local Church of Scotland minister. The church was full of the St. Aloysius “family”. Archbishop Tartaglia, in his homily, repeated his welcome to all present and in particular to Fr. Noel’s family. He took the opportunity to acknowledge their contribution to the Church, with another brother a Redemptorist priest in Brazil and a sister a Dominican in South Africa. It was a reminder too, he said, of the great contribution that Ireland had...

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Archdiocese of Glasgow Chrism Mass 2015

The Archdiocese celebrated its Chrism Mass in St. Andrew’s Cathedral on Holy Thursday. The church was packed out for the service, with some of the congregation joining the St. Mungo Singers in the choir loft and others standing at the back of the church. Main celebrant Archbishop Tartaglia was joined by Archbishop Emeritus Conti and a large number of priests of the diocese who filled the sanctuary and overflowed into the front seats of the church. There were also representatives from various secondary and primary schools present. The choir sang a number of motets before the Mass began to...

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Chrism Mass Argyll & the Isles 2015

Argyll & the Isles Diocese celebrated its Chrism Mass this year on 25th March with the help of Bishop William Nolan of Galloway, who thanked the Diocese for giving him an opportunity to practise for his own Diocese. He was joined for the Mass by priests from across this geographically widespread diocese, members of the Diocesan Choir and parishioners from many parishes of the Diocese. After the opening hymn, Mgr. Jamie MacNeil, the Administrator of the Cathedral welcomed Bishop Nolan and thanked him for coming. In his homily, delivered from the front of the sanctuary, Bishop Nolan drew the attention of the congregation to the reading from Isaiah – the Spirit of the Lord has been given to me – and he reminded them that the Spirit has been given to each one of those present. Speaking specifically to the priests of the Diocese present, he said that the Spirit had been given to them as priests to preach the Gospel and minister the sacraments, but as time went on they could begin to tire because of pressures, and they could forget that it wasn’t just them but them plus the Spirit. The Spirit enables them to do the wonderful works of God. Amending the famous John F Kennedy quote, he suggested that it should be “ask not what I can do but what God’s Spirit can do in...

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Annual St. Mungo Singers Requiem and a Special Celebration!

Every year the St. Mungo Singers take the opportunity to remember those who have sung with them over the past 40+years or who have been involved in other ways as helpers or supporters. This year the celebration took place on 22 March at St. Leo’s parish, and family members were invited to join in the service. The St. Mungo Singers don’t believe in wasting time or missing opportunities. As the proposed date was close to Mgr. Gerry’s 75th birthday (yes, he is that age!), they decided to combine the Mass with a celebration of this milestone birthday and so invitations went out to friends and family to join them for the Mass and for a meal afterwards. Mgr Gerry was joined for the Mass by Frs. Michael Hutson, Noel Colford, Andrew MacKenzie, Pat Osborne and Willie Slavin. Several others were unable to make the Mass as they had parish commitments but were able to join him for the festivities afterwards. We were also joined by some of the instrumentalists who play with us for services. The only thing missing from the celebrations was the St. Leo’s collection of vestments designed by Netta Ewing and embroidered by the Sacred Threads Embroiderers. These in fact were in the US at an exhibition of liturgical art. Their gain was our loss on this occasion. Inevitably the Mass was going to be a...

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