Month: January 2017

Fr. Bernard Connell RIP

The funeral Mass for Fr. Bernard Connell took place in St. Margaret’s, Clydebank on 18th January 2017, with Archbishop Tartaglia, the chief concelebrant, joined by many of the priests of the diocese. Members of his family were also present, including his sister who had travelled from Canada. The music of the Mass was supported by members of the St. Mungo Singers. Fr. Connell was well known for his pastoral care for those in hospital, as Archbishop Tartaglia recalled in his homily, and this was evident in the presence at the funeral Mass of many from St. Margaret’s Hospice, including Chief Executive Sr. Rita, and those who had worked with him at hospitals including Fr. Brendan Murtagh and Rev. Anne Purdie. Archbishop Tartaglia said Fr. Connell had been ailing for some time yet he had told the Archbishop when he last visited him at St Margaret’s Hospice, that he hoped to be back to work in January. It was not to be but he had been ready for this final journey and he had said how much he had enjoyed being a priest and a hospital chaplain. He had fulfilled this ministry since 1986 and had been the chaplain at St. Margaret’s for 20 years. The readings chosen for his funeral reflected this – Job19:1.23-27; James 5:13-16 and Matthew 5:1-12. Fr. Connell, said the Archbishop, had made the Lord present...

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The Mass of our Celtic Roots 2017

The Mass of our Celtic Roots 2017 Sunday 29th January at 4.00 p.m. in St Aloysius, Garnethill. All welcome   This Mass was initiated more than 15 years ago to provide a welcome and an opportunity for Mass for visitors to the Celtic Connections Festival. Organised by the Music Committee of the Archdiocese of Glasgow, with the St Mungo Singers and the choir of St Mungo’s Church, Alloa, the Mass is based at St Aloysius, Garnethill – close to the Royal Concert Hall – and where the clergy and the community have always been so welcoming. The Celtic Roots Mass each year retains some of the music of previous years, such as St Patrick’s Breastplate and the Iona Boat Song, and introduces some new elements. The 2017 Mass will include Catherine Walker’s setting of Psalm 120, Gerry Fitzpatrick’s Gospel Acclamation ‘Blessed are the poor,’ a new setting of the Sanctus and Memorial (and there may well be a fresh setting of Eucharistic Prayer 2 for Reconciliation) and James Quinn’s Blest are the pure in Heart’. The readings and Intercessions will include contributions in Scots and Irish Gaelic. Fr Michael Hutson of Rothesay will preside and the preacher will be Fr Michael Savage of St Margaret Mary’s, Castlemilk. Bailie Margot Clark will represent the Lord Provost of Glasgow. The Piper this year is Chris Edwardson, and the harpist is Carissa...

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The St Mungo Festival 2017

The St Mungo Festival   Thursday: Archbishop Emeritus Mario Conti and Dr Laurence Whitley will talk about St Mungo, the Cathedral and Mungo’s City on STV channel 8 on Wednesday between 5.00 and 6.00 p.m.  First Vespers for St Kentigern or Mungo will be sung (in Latin) in Glasgow Cathedral on the eve of his feast – Thursday, 12 January 2017. 5.00 p.m. Doors Open for viewing Tom Allan’s sculpture and facsimiles of the Office for St Kentigern from the manuscript 5.30 p.m. Introduction and First Vespers Ensemble: The Cantors of the Holy Rude, directed by Alan Henderson Friday: St Mungo’s Feast Day: Mungo’s Bairns at 10.00 in Wellington Church, University Avenue – lots of schools singing about St Mungo and about Glasgow 12.00 Noon: Dr Whitley welcomes students from St Mungo’s Academy and Whitehall School at the Tomb of St Mungo. 7.00 p.m. Archbishop Philip Tartaglia and clergy of the Archdiocese of Glasgow celebrate the Mass of St Mungo with people of the Archdiocese, the St Mungo Singers, pupils of St Mungo’s Academy, and the Knights of St Columba.  All welcome. Saturday 14th: Short celebration of St Mungo in the Mitchell Library at noon with music on the harp by Carissa Swan with pupils of St Denis’ Primary School (We’re the children of the city of St Mungo), and members of the St Mungo Singers (Let Glasgow Flourish)....

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