What began as a trial project in response to the lack of interest by mainstream media in covering religious matters celebrated its fifth anniversary on 12 December at St Leo the Great parish, with a get-together of over 30 people who have contributed to the work of the online radio station, Radio Alba. They marked the occasion with a buffet and refreshments.
They included the technical team who recorded, edited and uploaded articles and services, a wide range of volunteers who had provided and/or recorded input, and musicians and singers. From the beginning, the station has been ecumenical and it has been supported by Glasgow Archdiocese through Glasgow Archdiocesan Music Committee, Glasgow Churches Together and Action of Churches Together in Scotland.
It has expanded its range to include Morning, Evening and Night Prayer, Prayer for the Bereaved and a magazine section which reports on news and articles from across the country and beyond. Radio Alba has been fortunate to get agreement from a wide range of organisations including SCIAF, Justice & Peace, Medicins Sans Frontieres, Open House, Light of the North, Africa Magazine,Life & Work and lots of others to provide input for this magazine section, while the prayer services have benefitted from support of a range of choirs, musicians and schools who have recorded for it. For liturgical highlights of the year, such as Easter, St. Andrew’s Day and Christmas, the church leaders of the various denominations have recorded greetings and prayers.
Mgr Gerry Fitzpatrick thanked everyone who had enabled this milestone to be reached and looked forward to the next five years.