new event: Thursday 25th Oct 2018  7 pm:  

Pause for Hope – with Glasgow Churches Together – and representatives of the churches of Glasgow.

An Ecumenical Service for all people affected in any way by cancer

Renfield St Stephen’s, Church of Scotland, Bath St – just up from the Kings Theatre





Sunday 14th October 2018: St Oscar Romero: thanks to all who were able to support this 

Archbishop Oscar Romero was and is much revered across the Christian faith communities, not just by Catholics: he is one of ten 20th century martyrs depicted above the Great West Door of Westminster Abbey, for example. So when it was suggested by Glasgow Churches Together (GCT) that his canonisation on 14 October be marked in Glasgow, this suggestion was warmly received, and the minister of Ibrox Parish Church, Rev. Tara Granados, was happy to offer to host the service.

GCT representatives were joined for the celebration by Archbishop Emeritus Mario Conti, Rev. Ian Boa of Action of Churches Together in Scotland (ACTS), Patricia Ferguson and Teresa McGoldrick of SCIAF (St Oscar is one of their patron saints), Dorothy McLean of the Archdiocese of Glasgow’ Commission for Justice & Peace, and Shabir Beg of the Scottish Ahlul Beyt Society. As the congregation came together in Ibrox Parish Church, gathering music was provided by Alice Guse on harp and the St. Mungo Singers.

The opening hymn was a very appropriate one for a saint so committed to social justice and peace: Bernadette Farrell’s Christ be our Light. It was followed by a proclamation of what Archbishop Romero stood for, read out by Teresa McGoldrick.

After a welcome by Rev Tara, the Vice Chair of GCT, Rev Chris Foxon of the Methodist Church led the congregation in the reading of a prayer reflection, well known to many present: that of Bishop Ken Untener of Saginaw, which finishes with the wonderful phrase “We are prophets of a future not our own”. This prayer is often attributed to Archbishop Romero, a fact acknowledged by the late Bishop Untener in a reflection on the anniversary of Romero’s martyrdom, and it is now usually known as the Romero Prayer.

Patricia Ferguson gives the reflection

After the singing of a psalm (Noel Donnelly’s setting of Psalm 114) and a reading from 1Peter 4: 13-14, Patricia Ferguson gave a reflection on St. Oscar who is the patron not only of SCIAF but of the world-wide Caritas organisation. She gave a summary of his life, how he was viewed by many as reactionary and someone who was suspicious of those priests who worked with the poor in El Salvador. Yet his eyes were opened to the realities of their situation when he became Bishop of Santiago de Maria, a poor rural area.

He was a surprising and perhaps not popular choice as Archbishop of San Salvador but after the murder of his close friend, Jesuit priest Fr. Rutilio Grande who had a passion for peace with justice, Archbishop Romero became a voice for the voiceless and for justice. His Sunday sermons not only told what was happening to the poor in his country but they were the voice of God’s love for all. After his assassination, the people of San Salvador immediately gathered to pray and to call him a saint. Now today the church has formally canonised him.


St Mungo’s Day 2009 was celebrated ecumenically at Glasgow Cathedral on Sunday 11th January.  Glasgow Churches Together and Glasgow City Council were represented, and they laid a wreathe at the tomb of St Mungo.  Rev Laurence Whitley welcomed everyone, Cardinal O’Brien preached, and the music was led by the Ruthergflen Salvation Army and the St Mungo Singers.  The Piper was Scott Glasgow, the harpists were Theresa Irving and Carissa Bovill.  Children from St Timothy’s Primary School sang a new St Mungo song, and young people from the Scottish School of Dance gave a ‘Dance of Joy’ in 3 parts after the 1st reading.

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity:  St Leo’s and Sherbrooke St Gilbert’s met for Morning Prayer on the Thursday of Unity Week – and followed it up with the usual tea and cake provided by housekeeper and parishioners.   The social side of these events always provides us with the opportunity of catching up with each other.

St Leo’s and Sherbrooke St Gilbert’s Week of Prayer St Leo’s and Sherbrooke St Gilbert’s Week of Prayer

Glasgow Churches Together supported the Week of Prayer Service at St Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Newlands

The Halfway Group, the gathering of ministers, priests and religious from Kinning Park to Penilee, including St Leo’s, Ibrox Parish and Kinning Park Parish meets on the second Tuesday of  the month.

The World Day of Prayer took place on Friday the 6th  March at 2.00.

During Lent, St Leo’s and Sherbrooke St Gilbert’s parishes continued the custom of previous years and shared Morning Prayer on Thursdays at 10.00.  The services began in Sherbrooke St Gilbert’s on Thursday 5th March and then alternated between the two churches:

We used these words on one occasion: We reflect for a moment on the opportunities given us in Lent, and ask the Lord that we may be renewed as individuals and as church as we try to re-focus our attention on God and our neighbour by praying more, by increasing our sense of self-sacrifice and growing in generosity towards our neighbour. Let us pray: Father, When you created us you did not wish us to be alone But to live in friendship with you and each other. On the Thursday before Holy Week: Ecumenical Passover 2009: Thanks to the organisers and to those who were able to take part.  Kinning Park Parish Church was unable to be represented because thso many of them were returning that day from their pilgrimage to the Holy Land – since they have been a significant part of these annual celebrations they were much missed.

On another occasion we said: Loving God, you call us to a life of faith and service

yet in this we all too often fail.  Hear our prayer for your healing power that we might be your faithful people glorifying you in all things. pause for silent prayer By your love, celebrated in your Word, seen in your Son, brought near by your Spirit, take from us all we need to carry no longer, that we may be free again to choose to serve you. Lord, come to us: free us from the stain of our sins. help us to remain faithful to a holy way of life, and guide us to the inheritance you have promised.   Amen.

Pour out your Spirit on us as we move towards Easter So that our love for you may deepen, and our love for each other in the Church May grow stronger.  May our lives show to the world A mirror image of your love for all your children We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen

The Leader for the Passover was Angela McLeod, while the ‘Father’ and the ‘Mother’ were Joseph and Maureen MacLean.  The four questions and the five quotations from the 2nd century ‘Didache’ (called ‘the Teachings of the 12 Apostles’) were shared by parishioners of St Leo’s and of Ibrox Parish Church, while the final Blessing was given by Rev Elisabeth Spence.

Wednesday of Holy Week  Mgr Gerry Fitzpatrick joined Ibrox Parish Church for a Holy Week     ibrox-church-pic2 evening service for the 16th time.      The reading from Isaiah and the Canticle 1 Peter 2: 21-24 set the tone.

God did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all.

Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example That you should follow in his steps. Christ suffered for you. God did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all.

He committed no sin, no guile was found on his lips. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return. Christ suffered for you. God did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all.

When he suffered he did not threaten; But he trusted to him who judges justly. Christ suffered for you. God did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all.

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, That we might die to sin and live to righteousness. Christ suffered for you. God did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all.