Month: March 2016

Sr. Pat Graham SND – RIP

Sr. Pat Graham had been ill for many years but, as her friends and family knew well, had never let it stop her living life to the full. In between spells in hospital, she took a full part in parish life at St. Leo the Great Parish, was part of many groups, as well as knitting , crocheting, painting and being involved in music and the Justice & Peace Group, among other things. And so we persuaded ourselves that everything was under control. It was therefore a shock to everyone when she was taken into hospital urgently on Monday 14 March, and just a week later, we were gathering at the church for her funeral vigil, following her death on St. Patrick’s Day. The church was crowded for her funeral Mass on 22March, with many of her Congregation from around the UK, former teaching colleagues and neighbours, her friends from the St.Mungo Singers, and so many more, joining her family and the St. Leo’s community – a turnout showing the affection and esteem in which she was held. The Mass was concelebrated by Mgr. Gerry Fitzpatrick, with Canon Peter McBride, Fr. Brian Donnelly, Fr. Jim Lawlor, Fr. Willie Slavin, Fr. Hugh O’Donnell and Fr. Brendan Murtagh. Sr. Pat had loved and supported the music of the Liturgy and so it was fitting that the Mass was filled with the...

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Diamond Jubilee of Mgr. John Sheridan

Archbishop Tartaglia, Archbishop Emeritus Conti, Bishop Emeritus Taylor and priests from the Archdiocese joined family and friends  of Mgr. Sheridan – some from his time in Valladolid and others from the Scouting movement – at Nazareth House on 19 March to celebrate his Diamond Jubilee Mass. It was a lovely, warm occasion, with musical support provided by the Archdiocesan Choir. Additional music was provided by Dr. Noel Donnelly on harp. Mgr. Sheridan spoke after the Gospel, reflecting on his 60 years of priesthood. His first thoughts of a vocation were nurtured in Clydebank in a community setting where it was viewed as the greatest gift to have a child enter the priesthood or the religious life. However, the Lord had led him a merry dance, as he put it, in following those first inclinations, beginning with the destruction of the family home in the Clydebank Blitz which necessitated the first of a number of moves and interruptions to his education. However he eventually ended up in the Scots College in Valladolid which had just been re-opened after the Civil War. Among his fellow students was the Late Bishop Ian Murray with whom he became great friends and later teachers together on the staff of the College. His ordination took place on St. Patrick’s Day 1956. On returning to Scotland and working in parishes in the poorer areas of Glasgow...

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Celebration of Conclusion of 4th Centenary of Martyrdom of St. John Ogilvie

The celebration of the conclusion of the 4th anniversary of St. John Ogilvie’s martyrdom was fittingly marked by an ecumenical evening service at St. Aloysius Church, Garnethill, on the Vigil of his feast day. Archbishop Tartaglia and the Jesuit community were joined by Archbishop Emeritus Conti, Very Rev Tom Pollock, Moderator of the Glasgow Presbytery, Rev Lynsey Biddle of Anderston Kelvingrove Church and Rev Russell Jones, chaplain to Gartnavel and Beatson hospitals. This special celebration at the end of a year of celebrations was to be marked by the dedication of a beautiful icon of St. John Ogilvie. In the congregation were members of the family of John Fagan whose miraculous cure satisfied the final requirement for the canonisation of John Ogilvie, the artist of the icon Blazena Dzurjanikova, representatives of the Knights of St.Columba, and, on behalf of the City Council, Baillie Margot Clark. The music of the service was led by the St. Mungo Singers. The service began with a procession of the clergy to the national shrine to St. John Ogilvie while a cantor led the singing of the Litany of Saints, which included prayers of thanks for what we as Christians have in common, and of intercession that we be filled with mutual love.  At the shrine, Archbishop Tartaglia dedicated the beautiful icon before the procession continued to the sanctuary as the choir sang Casciolini’s...

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Psalm 33 with Commentary

Noel Donnelly has provided us – and radioalba.org christian – with a wealth of simple commentaries which can help us to understand what the psalms are about. Psalm 33 Commentary. I wonder if the writer of Psalm 33 had been out camping when this was composed. You can imagine a happy group of friends gathered round the camp fire, feeling good now that they had everything set up and they were now ready for a meal and a good sing-song together. The writers imagine their camp surrounded by angels, keeping them safe from all fears, surrounding them with the...

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St. Mungo Singers Choir Requiem 2016

The St. Mungo Singers held their annual requiem Mass for deceased members of the choir at St. Leo the Great church on 28 February. This service is an opportunity for choir members to take time out from their busy schedule and remember those who have sung with them over the years and who are no longer with them. This year is special as it is the 45th anniversary of the choir’s founding. The concelebrants of the Mass were Mgr Gerry Fitzpatrick and Fr. Hugh O’Donnell. It was a beautiful and moving service. As Mgr. Gerry said in his homily,...

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