Mary McKenna RIP

Mary McKenna RIP

A substantial number of the St. Mungo Singers gathered on 3 August 2015 at St. Leo’s, Dumbreck, to bid farewell to retired member, Mrs. Mary McKenna. Latterly Mary had been staying in a nursing home in Formby, but her family brought her home to be buried beside her husband, David.

Three of Mary’s daughters and a large number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other family members travelled to Glasgow for the funeral, and were joined by her many friends, some of whom had come from Ireland for the service.

Mary had been a member of the St. Mungo Singers for many years until frail health meant she had to retire, but she kept in touch with the choir and the parish. She will be remembered as a quiet,lovely lady with a deceptive and wickedly dry sense of humour.

Her funeral Mass was concelebrated by Mgr. Gerry Fitzpatrick and Fr. Hugh O’Donnell. As was fitting for someone who had been so involved in the music of the liturgy, the celebration was filled with music. Mgr. Gerry recalled in his homily that Mary had loved her faith and in remembering her example, we were given the opportunity to see the good in the world around us and to reaffirm our own faith.

At the end of the Mass there was a very touching experience. Mary had a beautiful speaking voice and had recorded several prayers and readings over the years for Mgr. Gerry and St. Mungo Music. One of these recordings – of Mary praying the Divine Praises with such attention and meaning– was played and for a moment, she was back with us, reminding us of what was important.