Month: May 2015

SCIAF 50th Anniversary Mass Glasgow

As part of the ongoing celebrations and events to mark SCIAF’s 50th anniversary, a Mass was held in St. Andrew’s Cathedral on 30 April. The church was filled with supporters and staff, aa well as the Diocesan Choir (the St. Mungo Singers) and a choir from Our Lady of the Missions Primary School. Principal concelebrant, Archbishop Tartaglia, was joined by Bishop Joseph Toal (Bishop President of SCIAF), priests from the Diocese and members of the Comboni and Mill Hill Fathers. The City Council was represented by Deputy Lord Provost Gerry Leonard. There were also representatives of the Scottish Parliament, the Knights of St. Columba, other Christian churches, SCIAF Board Members and parish representatives, and members of sister organisations CAFOD and Trocaire, as well as representatives from the Joint Office in Ethiopia. The St. Mungo Singers and the children sang, and Noel Donnelly played the Clarsach, as the congregation gathered. Then the service started with a procession of the flags of the countries in which SCIAF works, carried by members of staff, volunteers, and young people from primary and secondary schools. As the flags bearers stood before the altar, two lit candles were brought up by current Director Alastair Dutton and former Director (and current Board Member) Duncan MacLaren, to symbolise the 50 years of providing “light for people living in the darkness of poverty”. This led beautifully into to...

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Russkaya Cappella – the first five years.

Svetlana and Stuart write: Dear Friends of Russkaya Cappella, We’d like to let you know about two performances of our current programme in mid-June. The programme is entitled: Russkaya Cappella – the first five years. Believe it or not, we are celebrating our fifth anniversary – by presenting an evening of evergreen Russian secular and sacred choral classics. The programme includes music by Bortnyansky, Glinka, Tchaikovsky, Taneyev, Rachmaninoff and Sviridov, with settings of poetry by Fet and A.K. Tolstoy. Singers from the Children’s Singing Studio join Russkaya Cappella for some items. The first concert takes place in East Kilbride on Saturday 13 June at 7pm. We sing in the West Kirk, 44 Kittoch Street, East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire G74 4JW. Tickets £8 on the door; accompanied children admitted free. The cost of the ticket includes supper after the concert. The second concert will be held on Sunday 14 June at 7.30 as part of the West End Festival. We return to Hyndland Parish Church, 81 Hyndland Road, Glasgow G12 9JE. Tickets cost £10 (£8 conc.) and students £5 (with matric card) on the door...

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Yorkhill Celebration Service 19 April 2015

The Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow, better known to everyone as Yorkhill Hospital, marked over 100 years of service to children at its present address, and its imminent closure and move to a new location on the South side of the city, at a special service in Glasgow Cathedral. It was a warm and intimate celebration of the work of staff, volunteers, fundraisers, as well as patients and families – as Dr. Whitley, the Minister of the Cathedral put it, the closing of one door and the opening of a new, glorious chapter in its work. The Yorkhill community was joined by representatives of the City Council and the Scottish and UK Parliaments. There was a family feeling to the service, with the scripture reading by chaplain Jim Meighan, the sharing of memories of Yorkhill by Fr. Willie Slavin, another chaplain to the hospital, and a brief but inspirational talk by Young Ambassador Jenny Cook, a 13 year old long term patient who has raised over £50,000 for the hospital and is now aiming for £100,000. She had had the opportunity to see the new hospital building and thought the new roofgarden was great, as it gave the patients a chance to get outside, but, as she reminded people, it isn’t the building which makes the hospital but the staff and the children themselves. The music of...

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