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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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The radioalba.org christian schedule for the week of 23rd July

The radioalba.org christian schedule for the week of 23rd July   http://stmungomusic.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Whatever-Catriona-for-MP.mp3   The morning halfhour is repeated every 30 minutes until 12.00. 08.00: The Morning Prayers each day this week are led by Jean Swinbank, Joe Docherty, Angela McLeod, Hugh Kelly, Pat Graham SND, and Gerry Fitzpatrick with music by The St Mungo Singers, cantors Grace Buckley, Magdalen MacInnes, Noel Donnelly and Sally Mulholland, with Noel Donnelly on harp and Jane McKenna on the organ 08.15: Morning Prayer for the Young is led by St Vincent de Paul Primary, East Kilbride,  with music by Catriona Glen. 08.20: Canon Bob Hill looks ahead to the Gospel passage taken from St Matthew for the 30th July and 08.25: David Smith leads us in a sick person’s prayer – with Ps 114 by The St Mungo Singers   12.00 noon: The Scottish Catholic Observer   comments on current issues. 12.15: A service for those who are bereaved. 12.30 – 6.00: archive music 1800: The Scottish Catholic Observer  comments on current issues. 18.15: A service for those who are bereaved 18.30: archive” The Evening Hour at 20.00 is repeated at 21.00 and 22.00.   20.00: Evening Prayer is led by Gerry Fitzpatrick with music by The St Mungo Singers with Noel Donnelly on harp and Jane McKenna on the organ 20.20: in our magazine Marian Pallister considers a plethora of issues from Zambia, Dungavel and politics; Joe Docherty reads ‘Who Cares’...

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RIP Anne Tiffney

Anne Tiffney who died on 23rd May 2017, will be remembered by many for her inspiring and creative work with the Archdiocese of Glasgow in liturgy, especially in the early children’s cantatas, children’s Masses and many other liturgical events. She showed that liturgical drama and dance not only enhanced the liturgy for children and young people but that they also enhanced it for all who participated. Her funeral took place in St. John the Baptist church in Uddingston, where her family were joined by many who had worked with her during her...

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