I The Feast of St Columba at St Columba’s Parish, Maryhill
The celebration Mass at St Columba’s, took the St Mungo Singers back to a parish which they had known well in the past when their Director, Mgr Gerry, was based there. The Mass was concelebrated by Archbishop Emeritus Mario Conti, and Spiritan Fathers Ambrose and Dominic who are now based at the parish. It was enlivened by the rather spectacular accompaniment of thunder, lightning and torrential rain! Fortunately the storm had finished by the time the Mass ended, and the congregation was able to stop and chat outside in the sun.
In his homily, Archbishop Mario expressed his joy at being present at the celebration of a saint whose biographer, St Adomnan, described as a “pilgrim for Christ”, one of many at that time who had left their homes to spread the Gospel. The Celtic nations should be proud that they brought the Faith back to Europe, through the missionary saints. Even today the Irish were great missionaries. He reflected that the Spiritan Fathers in St. Columba’s were in a sense repaying this through their presence. All these missionaries proclaim the same news as St.Paul in his day to the Colossians in the reading of the Mass, that of Christ among us. This is a task for all of us – to be missionaries where we are and to be so cheerfully.