Month: November 2016

St Andrew’s Day

Many churches and schools will do something special for St Andrew’s Day in celebrating the patron saint of Scotland. We include here some material used by Glasgow Churches Together at services in the past several years: A prayer for our country Some intercessions And a children’s Cantata   A Prayer for St Andrew’s Day God, our loving Father, St Andrew introduced Peter, the Greek visitors, & the little boy with loaves & fishes, to your Son, Jesus Christ May we be like him in sharing friendship and hospitality, and in faithfulness to Jesus and his Kingdom of justice love & peace. May our country be a community in which everyone matters, everyone has an honoured place, and the dignity of each is assured by our faith in you as Father of us all. We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN St Andrew Cantata             http://stmungomusic.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/St-Andrew-Cantata-1.mp3 Solo or Choir  Andrew was a fisherman and he asked so many questions: life is good but what is it for? He just had to know. Children Andrew was a fisherman and he asked so many questions: life is good but what is it for? He just had to know.   Solo or Choir John the Baptist pointed out: “Jesus is the promised One. He will lead the people forward, show them that his Father’s Kingdom is among them.   Children Andrew was a fisherman...

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Requiem for Deceased Clergy of Archdiocese of Glasgow 2016

http://stmungomusic.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/how-blest-2.mp3 The Annual Mass for deceased clergy and bishops of the Archdiocese of Glasgow took place in St. Andrew’s Cathedral on 14th November. Archbishop Tartaglia was joined by Archbishop Emeritus Conti and priests of the diocese for the concelebrated Mass, and the music of the Mass was led by the St. Mungo Singers. In his homily Archbishop Tartaglia welcomed all those present, reflecting on the appropriateness of the timing of the Mass in November which traditionally is the month when we remember and pray for all the Holy Souls. He read out the names of all the priests of the diocese who had died since the last Requiem: Frs. Peter Lennon, John Muldoon, Tom Hurley and Colman McGrath, Canon John McAuley (whose brother Fr. Joe McAuley was present on the altar), and Fr. James Reilly. He gave special mention also to Bishop John Mone, Bishop Emeritus of Paisley, who had been a priest of the Glasgow Archdiocese before he moved to Paisley. He invited people to remember also in their prayers their deceased bishops who were buried in the crypt of the Cathedral and whose graves he had visited and blessed before the Mass. Archbishop Tartaglia asked what priests mean to us? He suggested that they are the shepherds of their communities who are respected and loved for their service and provision of the sacraments to the community, above...

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SCIAF Annual Mass for Deceased Benefactors 10 November 2016

SCIAF holds a lovely annual service for deceased benefactors and friends. This year SCIAF remembered in particular two former Bishop Presidents, Bishop John Mone and Bishop Ian Murray, as well as member of staff Ann Ward, all of whom had died during the preceding year. The principal celebrant was Fr. Joseph Mackle, and he was joined by Bishop President Brian McGee. The congregation included supporters and family members, members of staff and volunteers. In the intercessions, we remembered not only deceased benefactors, colleagues and friends but also people throughout the world affected by war and violence (natural or human) particularly people in the Middle East and Haiti. The Mass was also an occasion to acknowledge and use the beautiful St Margaret chair, made by Govan Chairman John McLaughlin, and on loan to SCIAF (whose patron saint is St. Margaret) for the coming year. John and his wife were present at the Mass. The St. Margaret Chair Bishop McGee admires the chair as its creator looks...

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John Duns Scotus – a Glasgow schools Cantata 22nd November 2016

John Duns Scotus   Download Poster Some 15 schools will gather at Wellington Church at 10.30 on Tuesday November 22nd this year to celebrate the life of Duns Scotus with music and drama in a Cantata.  They will be supported by a band from the BEd Music students of the Glasgow Conservatoire.  John Duns Scotus was born about 1265 at Duns in southern Scotland, and lived during those war-torn years when Scotland had to struggle to be free.. He went to school in Haddington, and joined the Franciscans – men who lived simple lives  like St Francis of Assisi, who taught the basic truths of the Gospel, prayed and were good to people in need. He studied in North Uist, then at Oxford, and he taught in Paris and finally from 1307 in Cologne. He was a very prayerful man, and had a special devotion to Mary, the Mother of Jesus. He was very highly thought of – the ‘brain of Europe’ – and he was asked for guidance by the Scottish political leaders. He refused to be bullied by Philip the Fair, the King of France, and moved to teach in Cologne where he died on 8th November 1308. Born in Scotland, studied in England, taught in France and died in Germany – truly ‘A Man for Europe.’   The children use Rennie McOwan’s prayer : “God our...

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