Month: July 2017

Glasgow the Welcoming City 2017

The theme of this year’s Glasgow the Welcoming City service was “Celebrating Heritage, Culture and Diversity”. The service was held, as usual, in the City Chambers and hosted by the City Council, and organised by Glasgow Churches Together (GCT). The new Lord Provost, Eva Bolander, was represented by Bailie Josephine Docherty*. A piper played outside the City Chambers to welcome those attending and inside harpist Carissa Swan and whistle player John Allen provided more music on the main stairs and in the Banqueting Hall itself the Rutherglen Salvation Army Band played. Further musical support was provided by the St. Mungo Singers and an instrumental group. The Banqueting Hall was full to capacity and more seats had to be brought in, a great sign that the service is fixing its place in the calendar of summer events, especially when you reflect that it was happening on Fathers’ Day and the weather outside was fine. After the opening hymn, Bailie Docherty welcomed everyone to an event which she described as a celebration of the warmth of Glasgow’s welcome to visitors. She acknowledged that Glasgow’s citizens benefited greatly from the ecumenical actions of Glasgow Churches Together (“GCT”) and its member churches, promoting peace and togetherness. The recent terror attacks had caused great sadness, she said, so this event was an opportunity to demonstrate the friendliness of Glasgow. Bailie Docherty welcomed in particular...

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Ordination to Priesthood of Rev. Jim Dean

It was a joyful occasion at St. Andrew’s Cathedral for the ordination to the priesthood of Deacon Jim Dean on the Vigil of Sts. Peter & Paul. The gathering congregation of family, friends and parishioners was greeted with music from the St. Mungo Singers and Dr. Noel Donnelly on clarsach. This included Dan Schutte’s Ever on My Lips, Dr. Donnelly’s new Introit The Love of God is Poured into our Hearts and Mgr Fitzpatrick’s new piece Like the Deer, which set the tone of celebration. The Mass began with the Pauline Greeting Grace to You and Peace leading into Patrick Lee’s hymn to Sts. Peter & Paul (Into a World of Darkness), as Archbishop Tartaglia, Archbishop Emeritus Conti, the priests of the Diocese and Deacon Jim processed to the sanctuary. As the Ordination Rite began, Archbishop Tartaglia expressed his delight at being present at this ordination. While all God’s holy people are priests in Christ, he reminded us that the Lord chose special ones to be sent out as priests, teachers and shepherds, as well as co-workers with their bishops in the service of the people of God. Deacon Jim had been a permanent deacon for 8 years and would now be consecrated to preach the Gospel and celebrate the Liturgy, especially the Lord’s Supper. Reminding the congregation of the Gospel passage read shortly before – John 21:15-19 –...

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Fr. Charles Kane RIP

The Archdiocese of Glasgow said farewell on 10th July to Fr. Charles Kane, retired parish priest and latterly chaplain to the Little Sisters of the Poor Robroyston, who died on 27 June at the age of 87 two days short of the 62nd anniversary of his ordination. His funeral Mass took place in Our Holy Redeemer parish, Clydebank, where the principal celebrant, Archbishop Emeritus Conti was joined by many of Fr. Kane’s brother priests, his extended family, parishioners and members of the Diocesan choir The St.Mungo Singers, of which Fr.Kane had once been a member. Fr. Kane had a deep love of music as well as a lovely singing voice, and the music of the Mass reflected this, ranging from plainchant (including the Requiem Aeternam) through classically based choral hymns to more modern liturgical music, finishing with the beautiful “I Cannot tell “ which is set to the music of the Londonderry Air. In his homily, Archbishop Conti began his reflection with a reference to the words of the psalm chosen for the Mass Ps. 26 “One thing I ask of the Lord, to live with Him for evermore”. This would surely express the wishes of Fr. Charles who was ordained in St.Mary’s Calton by Archbishop Donald Campbell and who throughout his ministry had been known as a gentle pastor, a man of simplicity and straightforwardness. In the words...

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RIP Nancy Scott

The second member of our St. Mungo Singers family that we said farewell to was Nancy Scott who had been a member of the choir for over 40 years. Nancy had originally come to the early music courses to help make the tea but, like many others, found herself cajoled into singing in the St. Mungo Singers by Fr. Gerry. Nancy sang in the altos and was a stalwart, always to be relied on to turn up for a service, no matter when or where. She was also an expert dressmaker who had worked for a number of well-known fashion companies. The choir benefitted as a group and as individuals from her skills and contacts, with designs for choir blouses, wedding and communion dresses and much more. In her latter years, Nancy suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and sadly had to go into care. She died on 10 July 2017 at the age of 83, not long after her husband Pat. Her funeral took place in St. Paul’s Whiteinch, and was attended by family, friends, parishioners and many of the St.Mungo Singers...

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RIP Ralph J Staffieri

The St Mungo Singers are in a sense a family who mark the significant events in their members’ lives. They also mark the passing of members and sadly this became necessary for two retired members of the choir this week. The first was Ralph Staffieri who died on 6th July at the age of 88 and who had been a member of the choir for a number of years. Ralph’s funeral took place in St. Paul’s Shettleston on 13th July, and the St. Mungo Singers joined members of Ralph’s family and friends as well as St. Paul’s choir in which Ralph had also sung, for his funeral Mass. As befitted the funeral of a singer (a bass in Ralph’s case), it was filled with music, and as Fr. Antony said at the end of the Mass, Ralph would surely now be singing with us in the angelic...

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