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The Schedule for the week of the 26th March 2017

The Schedule for the week of the 26th March 2017 radioalba.org christian is an internet based radio station It promotes prayer and news of good things happening in the churches The Morning Half-hour is repeated every 30 minutes from 8.00 to 12.00 noon. 8.00: Rev Tom Pollock of Sherbrooke St Gilbert’s Church of Scotland leads us in Lenten Morning Prayer; 8.15: Schools Morning prayer is led by Pupils of Our Lady of the Rosary with Magdalen MacInnes. 8.22: Canon Bob Hill looks at another of the ‘Signs in St John’s Gospel. and Dr Laurence Whitley reflects on discerning ‘what we are not.’ The Noon Half-hour is repeated at 18.00 12.00 noon: From the Scottish Catholic Observer: This week we’ve got a set piece interview with Rod Dreher, author of the Benedict Option. It’s one of the most anticipated books about Christianity to be published this decade and has already provoked a huge reaction in the states. In essence Dreher advocates embracing the ancient habits of the Benedictine monks, to build Christian communities that can survive in a post Christian age. 12.15: A service for the Bereaved 12.30: Archive music 18.00: the Noon Half-hour is repeated. 18.30: archive music The Evening Hour at 20.00 is repeated at 21.00 and 22.00 20.00: Donald MacInnes leads us in a Lenten Evening Prayer, with music by the St Mungo Singers, harpist Noel Donnelly...

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Golden Jubilee of Mgr James Clancy

There was a packed congregation for the celebration of Mgr. Clancy’s Golden Jubilee at St Joseph’s Robroyston on 11 March 2017, with family and friends being joined by Archbishops Tartaglia and Cushley, Bishops Nolan and Toal, Archbishop Emeritus Conti, and Bishop Emeritus Moran, as well as clergy from the Archdiocese of Glasgow and beyond. Archbishop Tartaglia reflected on Mgr. Clancy’s 50 years of service to the church; his period at Blairs College and as Rector in Scots College, Rome where he was remembered as kind and quietly encouraging; his years as Parish Priest in a number of parishes in the Archdiocese and as Administrator at the Cathedral, where he had sought to lead people to a deeper friendship with the Lord; his work as Vicar General for the Archdiocese; and latterly his continuing priestly service at St. Joseph’s despite his ill-health. Although confined to a wheelchair, Mgr. Clancy took full part in the celebration Mass, reading the Gospel from his wheelchair, and at the end of the Mass thanking everyone who had made the celebration possible, and also expressing his thanks for all the prayers, support and love he had received. After the Mass, there was a lovely buffet provided and the chance to remember all the events of his long priesthood over a cup of tea or even a glass of...

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An Ecumenical Celebration of St John Ogilvie

As Archbishop Tartaglia reflected in his welcome to the congregation at St. Aloysius Church, Garnethill, this ecumenical vespers had its beginning in the ecumenical service held as part of the celebrations in 2015 of the 400th anniversary of the death of St. John Ogilvie. That service had been a beautiful experience and this ongoing celebration was part of its legacy and the Archbishop extended a warm welcome to Rev. Jeanne Roddick, Moderator of the Glasgow Presbytery of the Church of Scotland, Rev. Chris Foxton of the Methodist Church and Rev. William Young of the United Reformed Church. The service had begun with a solemn procession of the clergy to the lovely shrine of St John Ogilvie, while a cantor led the congregation in singing a Litany of Saints, a reminder of St. John’s place among those who throughout the ages had witnessed to God by their lives. This theme was taken up in the prayer by Archbishop Tartaglia at the shrine, which confirmed that this gathering for the service honoured St. John and all witnesses to faith and courage.  As the clergy then continued on to the sanctuary, the congregation sang Webbe’s “The Martyrs Living now with Christ”. The homily for the service was given by Mgr. Peter Smith who was at his engaging best. He mused on why he had been asked to preach at this service and reflected...

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Glasgow Archdiocesan RCIA Celebration 2017

The Archdiocesan annual service for enrolling and welcoming catechumens and candidates for full communion with the Church took place at St. Andrew’s Cathedral on 5 March. This is always such an encouraging and uplifting service when we come to witness people in our modern secular world publicly making their commitment to join the Church. The catechumens and candidates (over 50 in number) were of all ages, young and old, and from a wide range of national and ethnic backgrounds. Archbishop Tartaglia, accompanied by many of the Parish Priests of the parishes involved, welcomed them and their families and friends to the service. He addressed them as a treasure for the Church. In an age which was not congenial to religious belief, it was inspiring that they as adults were taking this step. It was a work of grace, showing that God was active in them. The readings chosen for the service, the Archbishop reflected, centred on the confession of a truth, an encounter with Christ. Christ has chosen you, he told those present, even as you have chosen him. The Archdiocesan choir the St. Mungo Singers and Dr. Noel Donnelly provided the music for the liturgy, which included the Introit for Lent, Psalm 138, and selected hymns (fitting the service’s theme of calling – Here I am, Lord; Lord, You have come to the Seashore; We believe in God the Father)...

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In support of those affected by terrorism in London and elsewhere

In solidarity with those affected by terrorism, especially recently in London, Glasgow Churches Together has posted a short service: http://stmungomusic.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/GCT-London-23rd-March.mp3   God, our heavenly Father, We pray for all those affected by acts of terror, especially those in London. We remember those who died, all who were injured and those who rushed so speedily to the rescue of others. Grant comfort to those in pain and strengthen those who despair. Bring your healing love to our troubled world and renew us in your service. Through Christ our Lord....

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