Month: October 2016

GACMA Autumn Music Conference

Nearly 90 church musicians gathered in St. Mary’s Calton, for the GACMA Autumn conference on 12th October. They were welcomed by Parish Priest Fr. Tom White. He reminded them of the quote that the church is the House of God and the Gateway to Heaven and in St. Mary’s we are also reminded that Our Lady is the perfect example for the Church because she made God welcome, the Word of God grew in her and she praised God in her Magnificat. So the church provides a space for hearing God’s Word and praising him. He also promised that the warmth of his welcome included turning up the heating! The theme of the conference was “A Fresh Start”, inviting participants to look again at what they are, and should be, doing in the Liturgy. They were provided with a wealth of materials both printed and audio, covering what we should be singing at Mass:- Introits and Entry Songs, penitential rites and Glorias, Psalms and Acclamations, Preface Dialogues, Sanctuses and Memorial Acclamations, and music for the Communion Rite including Communion Antiphons. Each section was led by one of the GACMA committee, and there was plenty of opportunity to try out the material and ask questions. The underlying message was that we should be encouraging congregations to move on from singing hymns (sometimes very long hymns!), to sing the parts of the...

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25th Anniversary of Glasgow Churches Together

The 25th anniversary of Glasgow Churches Together (GCT) was marked by a civic reception at Glasgow City Chambers on 10 October, preceded by its AGM and a programme of speakers. At the AGM, held in a packed Committee Room of the City Chambers, Fr. David Wallace, the Chair, welcomed everyone to hear reports of the work of GCT over the preceding 12 months, and outlines of forthcoming events and plans, including the installation of the Homeless Jesus sculpture in Glasgow. Fr. David was unanimously elected Chair for a further term of two years. The speaker programme and civic reception began with Scottish music performed by Dr. Noel Donnelly on harp and John Allan on whistle, and an exciting performance by students of the Dance School of Scotland. Then Bailie Josephine Docherty, on behalf of the Lord Provost and City Council welcomed those present and took the opportunity to express thanks on behalf of the City Council to GCT for its work and that of its member churches, with particular reference to its work with young people in the city. She noted the role of the churches as an important part of the welcome to visitors to Glasgow, and acknowledged that they have a great deal to contribute to the life of the city, describing GCT as a lasting and meaningful project. Fr. David responded with thanks to the Bailie...

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23rd October: (30th Sunday) Music in the Sunday Liturgy – a choice

23rd October: (30th Sunday) Entry Song: I rejoiced when I heard them say (from Ps 121) with the Glory be… http://stmungomusic.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Int-Ps-121-1.mp3 Penitential Rite: The I confess and the Russian Kyrie   Psalm 33 Taste and see, taste and see that the Lord God is good. Gospel Verse: Blessed are you, Father Preparation of the Gifts:  Make me a Channel of your peace Sanctus:     St Gregory Memorial:   St Gregory Agnus Dei: St Gregory   Communion: Seek the Lord, bless the Lord. . . . with Glory to the Father Hymn:  Seed scattered and Sown   At the end of Mass the sung: May the Lord Bless and Keep...

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Pause for Hope: Service at St Teresa’s for all touched by cancer

Pause for Hope  October 6th saw a packed church in St Teresa’s Possil for an ecumenical gathering of prayer for all touched by cancer. Founded in 1998 and already celebrated in various English cathedrals, this was the sixth Scottish celebration of Pause for Hope an initiative of Professor Ray Donnelly, Noel’s brother, a retired professor of surgery in Liverpool. The Glasgow gathering included patients, families, carers, medical and scientific support workers, all gathered to take time out in prayerful mutual support. The evening was introduced by Professor Donnelly and was prepared by Sister Loyola and facilitated by the Knights of St Columba with Noel providing reflective harp music during the moving ceremony of candles. Patricia McGlinchey conducted the East End Deanery choir throughout the evening as well as giving a beautiful solo rendering of Schubert’s Ave Maria. Prayers were led by people with cancer or their representatives and by national ecumenical leaders. Archbishop Phillip’s letter of support indicated his desire to lead the service next year. With the final blessing, Fr Tommy Hendry sent us all off for tea and mutual support with his usual positive and joyful sense of God’s loving presence in whatever lay ahead in our journeys together Blessing: Noel’s setting of ‘May the Lord bless and keep you..’ http://stmungomusic.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/May-the-Lord-bless.mp3  ...

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