Flourish, the monthly newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Glasgow

From the January 2019 edition…

Boost for saint’s day celebrations

Glasgow is set to mark its saint’s day with a bigger and more ambitious programme of events than ever.

The traditional Feast day of St Mungo (or Kentigern) will be supported by 10 days of activities and celebrations which will recall the city’s saintly founder and its Christian origins.

The Mungo Festival kicks off on Wednesday 9th January at the St Mungo Museum with a reception with wine and mince pies, as Professor Stephen Driscoll describes an archaeological exploration of Kentigern’s origins from his birthplace to the Clyde.

From Wednesday 9th to Thursday 17th January the new statue of St Mungo at City of Glasgow College in Cathedral Street will be the site of an exhibition show­casing the work of the students of City of Glasgow College, featuring artworks inspired by Glasgow’s patron saint.

During the same period at venues across Glasgow a St Mungo Food Festival will showcase St Mungo’s Menus serving food associated with medieval times.

Among the other highlights of the festival are

• MUNGO’S BAIRNS: Youngsters from 13 primary schools bring the saint’s story alive for 2019 with patter, songs and poems at Wellingtom Church.

• YOUTH DEDICATION: Young people from Whitehill Secondary School and St Mungo’s Academy will meet at the Tomb of St Mungo, where wreaths will be laid.

• VITA KENTIGERNI: at the Mitchell Library, the book telling the life of the saint will be open for public viewing. Archbishop Tartaglia will read a section in Latin and David Easton, interim-moderator of Glasgow Presbytery will read in English, followed by the launch of the Mitchell Library’s exhibition of “The Legacy of St Mungo”.

The main liturgical celebrations will run over two days. On Sunday 13th January, Glasgow Cathedral will host the formal civic celebration. Glasgow Churches Together have brought together Church, Civic and Academic leaders of the city to commemorate the feast. Music will be provided by the Salvation Army; St Mungo Singers; Russian Choir and school choirs.

The following day every parish in the Archdiocese will celebrate the Feast Day Mass of St Mungo – the Mass having been moved to the Monday since it fell on a Sunday.

Later, on Tuesday January 15, Professor Tom Devine will be the main attraction as he delivers the Molendinar Lecture at the City Chambers on “New Scots – Scotland’s Immigrant Communities since 1945”.


The celebrations will close on January 18th with a musical event at Rooftop in Portman Street featuring singer-songwriter Roddy Hart.

Commenting on the programme, Archbishop Tartaglia said: “It’s great to see a renewed interest in our patron and it’s a very Christian thing to celebrate saints’ days well. I am grateful to all those who have organised the various events and I encourage people to mark our heavenly patron’s memory by taking part in what looks like an enjoyable and interesting programme of celebrations.”

• Full details of what’s on and how to book at www.mediaevalglasgow.org/events

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Let us all pray as one for worldwide justice and unity

Catholics across the archdiocese are being urged to take seriously the work for Christian unity this month.

The annual Octave for Christian Unity takes place from January 18/25 culminating in the feast of the Conversion of St Paul.

Canon David Wallace, Parish Priest of Our Lady of Lourdes in Cardonald and Chair of Glasgow Churches Together, said: “Many good things happen around the week of prayer for Christian Unity and it would be good to share in some of these events. The organisation Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) has produced very useable resources for the week which have been distributed in every parish. The materials can also be accessed online.

This year the theme chosen is “Only Justice” and has been prepared by Christians of different denominations in Indonesia where issues of economic injustice are a focus for the work of the churches.

Bob Fyffe of CTBI said: “The churches of Indonesia speak out of a context of ethnic and religious diversity … yet they also highlight issues of economic injustice and how religious pluralism can come across challenges in the face of radicalization.”

A twitter hashtag has been created for the week of prayer at #wpcu2019 .

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