Month: November 2015

Music for St Andrew’s Day for schools

Cantata: St Andrew: music (c) Gerry Fitzpatrick piano score children conducted by Marie Warrington; band: B.Ed Music Students from Glasgow University directed by Moira Summers booklet: St And Cantata bklet edited1 audio (recorded by St Rose of Lima Primary School, conduced by Maria Shields) The St Andrew’s Day Song in Scots: (c) Liz Bovill – as sung by St Monica’s and St Martha’s Primary and 24 other schools at the 2015 Cantata promoted by Glasgow Churches Together and held in Wellington Church, University Avenue, Glasgow.   Chorus Andrew is oor patron saint, as Scotland ay remembers. His flags’ll fly here every year, on the 30th o’ November.   Andrew wis a fisherman. His faither wis the same there. His brither was Saint Peter, an’ they left when Jesus came there.   Andrew wis the first disciple (Got the loaves an’ fishes). He learned the truths fae Jesus, an’ carried oot his wishes.   He brought the Guid News later oan, tae Russia an’ tae Poland, an’ Turkey, Hungary an’ Greece. An’ intae many more lands.   Finally, in Southern Greece, he preached the Truth that frees us. They hanged him, an’ he chose a cross, that’s no’ the cross o’ Jesus.   Efter years, his bones were sent tae be kept in Istanbul, then. An’ later, some were moved tae Fife, by a bishop, or St Rule, then. They...

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Fr. John Muldoon RIP

The chapel at St. Joseph’s Home in Robroyston was crowded on 24 November for the funeral of Fr. John Muldoon who died at St. Joseph’s on 17th November. Archbishop Tartaglia was the principal concelebrant and he was joined by priests from across the diocese and retired priests resident at the Home. The music of the Liturgy was supported by members of the St. Mungo Singers. Fr. Muldoon was 86 years of age and had retired in 1998. Ordained in 1959 by Archbishop Campbell in St. Andrew’s Cathedral, he had served as a curate in many parishes in the Diocese, including the Cathedral, St. Charles’, St. Saviour’s, Our Holy Redeemer, and St. Peter’s Dumbarton, before going as Parish Priest to St. Leo the Great and then to his final parish, St. Joachim’s. He had also served as Spiritual Director at Cardross and on the Scottish Catholic Broadcasting Commission, as well as a Religious Inspector of Schools. In his homily Archbishop Tartaglia described Fr. Muldoon as a good man as well as a good priest, friendly and encouraging, and he extended his deepest sympathies to Fr. Muldoon’s family and friends. He remembered from his own experience of him, his great support to Mgr. Brendan Murphy during his long illness. Fr. Muldoon had been well looked after at St. Joseph’s on his retirement and the Archbishop took the opportunity to thank the...

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St. Margaret: A Vigil

St. Peter’s Partick was the host parish for the Glasgow Churches Together (GCT) service to honour St. Margaret. Parish Priest Canon Peter McBride was joined by representatives of the Church of Scotland and the Methodist Church, by the St. Mungo Singers and instrumentalists Clare O’Neill, John Allan and Noel Donnelly for the celebration. As the congregation gathered, the instrumentalists played quietly and the choir sang Dr. Donnelly’s hymn in honour of St. Margaret. Then the service began with the Lectionary carried in procession, escorted by Scottish saltire flags carried by students from Notre Dame High School, carried to the sanctuary and placed on the lectern. Meanwhile the congregation sang “God our Creator”. As Canon McBride lit the candles on the sanctuary, the St. Mungo Singers led the congregation in singing James Quinn’s “O Light from Light”. Then they sang a haunting new piece (a “motettino” as the composer wryly described it) by Mgr. Fitzpatrick in honour of St. Margaret. Canon McBride welcomed the congregation and guests to the service in honour of a saint whom he described as one of the most important women to have lived in our country. The service continued with the singing of Psalm 23, a very appropriate psalm in honour of “the ones who seek your face, who seek your face, O Lord”, followed by Psalm 121 – a psalm with a particularly poignant...

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St. Andrew and the Scots

The weather was miserable and there were road works at the junction of Kelvin Way and University Avenue, making the traffic horrendous, but this didn’t stop 24 primary schools* and around 700 Glasgow children creating a really joyful event at Wellington Parish Church. The event was the annual Children’s Cantata, and this year they were celebrating St. Andrew, with the help of music students from Glasgow University’s B.Ed course. The children crowded into the warm and welcoming church, filling all the seats with a mass of colour and enthusiasm. The celebration started with a procession of children with Scottish flags, led by children from St. Monica’s and St. Martha’s dressed as Jesus, Peter and, of course, Andrew (complete with fishing nets) and others representing some of the countries of which Andrew is the patron saint (Greece and Russia). A pupil from St. Mungo’s carried in the book of the story of St. Andrew. As they came in, all the schools, led by St. Brigid’s, sang “God our Creator” to the rousing tune of “Highland Cathedral”. St. Mungo’s then led the opening prayer. The flag-bearers were welcomed by Dr. David Sinclair, the Minister of Wellington Parish, who said it was great to see the church so full, and he promised that the upper balcony seats were no more expensive than the “stalls”! The celebration then moved on with the St....

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