Month: December 2016

Carols for Peace 2016

This is the 16th year of this Glasgow Churches Together (GCT) service which began at the request of the then Lord Provost to reflect our city’s twinning with Bethlehem and to give us all an opportunity to pray for peace in the troubled Holy Land. The service has developed over the years, surviving rain and snow, and involving many different groups. This year it could be described as a “sell-out”, as we ran out of leaflets (and 300 had been printed), and had to delay the start until more chairs could be brought in at the back to accommodate the numbers. Even then, there were still some people standing at the back or sitting on the edge of tables. The atmosphere of the service, when it started, was wonderfully warm, as everyone joined in the carols and prayers. Musical support was provided by piper Willie Park (piping bravely outside the City Chambers before the service as well as leading in the civic and church representatives at its start), members of the St. Mungo Singers, the Rutherglen Salvation Army Band, our faithful instrumentalists (I won’t say “committed” just in case we get cheeky comments!), the youngsters from the Southside Fiddlers and students from Trinity High School choir. Deputy Lord Provost Gerry Leonard represented the Lord Provost and the City Council and he welcomed everyone to a service which he was...

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SCIAF Advent Mass

SCIAF’s annual Advent Mass and lunch for its volunteers and staff is always a joyful event but there was additional cause for celebration this year. It was chosen by former Director and current Board member Duncan McLaren as the setting for his installation as a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Gregory the Great. And there was more to come, as SCIAF marked the retirement of its former Bishop President, Bishop Emeritus Peter Moran, from the Board. SCIAF staff and volunteers were joined by Board members, guests, and family and friends for Duncan’s installation. The award was in recognition of all the work which Duncan has done for the church in Scotland and throughout the world, including his work with SCIAF and Caritas Internationalis. After being presented with the formal declaration and the very impressive cross of the Order on its scarlet ribbon, Duncan expressed thanks to all those who had helped him during his career, including Archbishop Emeritus Conti who had suggested him for the newly created post of Director at SCIAF, Bishop Emeritus Moran who had supported him and SCIAF through some turbulent times. He also thanked Frs. Ambrose and Dominic from his current parish of St Columba’s for their support. Alistair Dutton then presented Bishop Moran with a painting to mark his retirement and expressed on behalf of all at SCIAF their deep gratitude and...

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Very Rev. James Canon Simcox

Archbishop Tartaglia, together with priests of the Archdiocese, concelebrated the Funeral Mass of Canon James Simcox at St. Joseph’s Home, Robroyston on 9 December. The presence of a large number of priests and of former parishioners, friends and family members from Ireland was testimony to the affection in which Canon Simcox was held. As Archbishop Tartaglia said in his homily, his lively and sociable presence would be much missed. Canon Simcox was born in Cork in 1928 and after ordination, came to Scotland in 1953 as one of a large number of Irish priests who came to serve the people of Glasgow. He served in a number of parishes but was best remembered in Dumbarton (St. Michael’s) and Renton (St. Martin’s) where he served for a total of 40 years. Everyone who knew him had a story to tell of...

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A School Morning Prayer for Advent

A Morning Prayer for Advent Powerpoint version available on request recorded by children of Our Lady of the Rosary Primary School with music by Catriona Glen and Magdalen and Donald MacInnes.     We begin and end with a short hymn or verse http://stmungomusic.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Emmanuel-3.mp3 Emmanuel, Emmanuel, his name shall be Emmanuel. God with us, revealed to us, his name shall be Emmanuel. The Prince of Peace, the Prince of Peace,   his name shall be the Prince of Peace. Peace he brings that knows no end. His name shall be the Prince of Peace. Emmanuel, Emmanuel, his name shall be Emmanuel. God with us, revealed to us, his name shall be Emmanuel.     Let us pray Lord, as we look towards Christmas renew our love of all that is life and our enthusiasm for living it. Let our journey towards Christmas be full of hope for good things to come, We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. from Ps 121: May the house of the Lord be at peace.    http://stmungomusic.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Ps-121-Magd-shorter.mp3 “Let us go to the house of the Lord”, they said, Oh how great was our joy when we heard! Now our feet are set firm on Jerusalem’s soil at the gates of the City of God, May the house of the Lord be at peace.    For the city is blessed now with unity, all restored in its...

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