Month: July 2015

St Mungo Singers in Dunfermline

The St. Mungo Singers were founded as a liturgical choir to support and promote the liturgy in the Archdiocese of Glasgow. They work hard at this and do it very well, from providing the musical support for major diocesan and national liturgies and ecumenical services to answering the call, often at short notice, to help out at funerals or parish celebrations, civic services and the like. They balance this hard work with a great social side. Their latest outing was an end-of-session visit to Dunfermline and Alloa on 17th June. The visit coincided with Dunfermline’s Gala Day, so the town was buzzing, and the weather was lovely. The Minister, Rev. MaryAnn Rennie, and community at Dunfermline Abbey Church made the choir very welcome and gave them the opportunity to hold a short service in a side chapel of the Abbey church. In a lovely touch they were invited to write their names on small pebbles which were then added to the square glass holders of two candles placed in the chapel. A member of the parish then gave them a brief explanation of the story of King Robert the Bruce as they stood around his tomb. Then there was time for a wander round the town, to see St. Margaret’s Cave (unromantically accessed via a tunnel beneath the civic carpark), the remains of St. Margaret’s shrine in the grounds...

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Fr Eddie Higgins, Glasgow

Fr Eddie Higgins 1926 – 2015 Fr Eddie was born in Glasgow in 1926 and ordained in 1959. His ministry took him to a large number of parishes including: Blessed John Ogilvie’s Easterhouse; Our Holy Redeemer’s Clydebank;: St Roch’s; St Mary’s Duntocher; Our Lady of Fatima; St Saviour’s Govan; St Ronan’s Bonhilll. When he retired, Eddie was very generous in supporting priests who needed help when they had to be absent from their parishes, and apart from a large contingent of priests and people from the Archdiocese of Glasgow there were representatives from Galloway and from Argyll and the Isles, in particular from Millport and the Isle of Bute. He left some guidance for the funeral liturgy including two photographs of himself as a young man and then as a retired priest wearing a Christmas hat. His intercessions included: ‘For all those who mourn the loss of a loved one. May their grief be lightened by the Risen Lord and his promise to unite us again in our heavenly home.’ He also asked for a Piper and a harpist and we were happy to oblige. He died at St Joseph’s Nursing Home, Robroyston, His Requiem Mass was celebrated at the Chapel of St Joseph’s nursing home on Wednesday June 17 at 11am with Archbishop Philip Tartaglia and a large number of people and the support of the Archdiocesan Choir,...

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