The Silver Jubilee Mass

The St Mungo Singers had the joy of another celebration on 16 June when they marked the Silver Jubilee of the ordination of Fr. Michael Hutson of Argyll & the Isles diocese. Fr. Michael had been a member of the choir while a music student in Glasgow before he entered seminary. The choir had sung at his ordination and the contacts have been ongoing and close.

It was only natural therefore that they decided they had to mark his Silver Jubilee with a Mass and a dinner at St Leo’s. In addition to choir members, there were members of Michael’s family (including his father), fellow priests, parishioners from his current parish in Rothesay and many others present for the Mass.

It was a joyful, music-filled celebration, with the opportunity for everyone to take part in the liturgy. In his homily, Fr. Michael thanked the choir for the invitation to celebrate his Silver Jubilee with them, particularly on this important feast of the Holy Trinity. He reflected on the reported meeting of St Mungo and St Columba where they were said to have exchanged pastoral staffs, and this link between dioceses had continued to the present.

In the Life of St Columba, there was the first written report of the Loch Ness monster who had sought to attack one of Columba’s monks and had been vanquished by Columba blessing it in the name of the Trinity.

Fr. Michael expressed his gratitude to the St Mungo Singers. Not only had they sung at his ordination but when he had come first to Glasgow as a young music student away from home, the ladies of the choir had mothered him, and he had found in the choir a community of love. Argyll and the Isles now has its own diocesan choir but it had been started with initial help from members of the St. Mungo Singers.

He also expressed his thanks to his fellow priests for their support and he asked the congregation to remember to pray for their priests.

In the parish hall afterwards, there was a lovely meal and a cake to mark the Silver Jubilee, and everyone enjoyed the opportunity to catch up and remember events over the last 25 years over the meal and refreshments. As the Mass leaflet said, “Congratulations on 25 years of serving the Lord and his people and ad multos annos!”