Month: September 2015

The St Mungo Singers – a schedule from September up to and including January

The St Mungo Singers The choir was founded in 1971 to support the development of music in the liturgy in the Archdiocese – and elsewhere. The directors are Gerry Fitzpatrick, Noel Donnelly and Elaine Moohan. The organist is Jane McKenna supported by Jacqueline Barrett. The Social Committee is open to any choir member; the Convenor is Elspeth Glasgow and the Secretary is Mary Bradley. The Choir Treasurer is Grace Buckley. New members welcome. We rehearse on Sundays from 7.00 to 9.00 in St Leo’s. We sing in the Cathedral and elsewhere for Archdiocesan celebrations, and in parishes when invited to give them support for the funerals of priests and special parish occasions such as Jubilees. We sing for Glasgow Churches Together and for ecumenical services along with the Rutherglen Salvation Army Band, Russkaya Cappella, the South Side Fiddlers and many others. We support civic-inspired events such as the Blessing of the Crib, Carols for Peace, and Glasgow the Welcoming City, and we promote the many events of the St Mungo Festival (The Mass of St Mungo, the Glasgow Cathedral Ecumenical Service, and Mitchell Library events) and the Mass of our Celtic Roots which marks the Celtic Connections Festival. The choir celebrates an annual Requiem Mass for deceased members and their families. Since christian went on line in 2013 we have provided much of the music for Morning, Evening...

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St. Margaret’s Hospice, Clydebank – 65th Anniversary & 200th Anniversary of Religious Sisters of Charity

As we waited in the superb marquee at St. Margaret’s Hospice for the beginning of the Mass to celebrate these two significant anniversaries, we did wonder if Hospice Chief Executive Sr. Rita’s renowned organising ability had for once failed to sort out the Scottish weather. The rain was torrential and loud enough to drown out even the low-flying planes heading for Glasgow Airport. The invited guests were having to make a dash across the grounds, helped by a phalanx of volunteers armed with umbrellas, and the concelebrants were waiting anxiously in the main building. However, even the Scottish summer knows better than to rain on Sr. Rita’s parade, and by the time the St. Mungo Singers under the direction of Dr. Noel Donnelly began set the tone for the Mass with some gentle choral and harp music, the rain had eased to a drizzle and soon stopped. The opening hymn was very appropriate – City of God – with its acclamation of a new day dawning and its invitation to walk in the light and proclaim the good tidings! The marquee was full with invited guests from national and local politics, local churches, members of the Sisters of Charity (including congregational leader Sr. Mary Christian), volunteers, celebrity supporters (such as Billy McNeill) members of staff and patients. The principal concelebrant was Archbishop Philip Tartaglia who was joined by Archbishop...

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