St Alphonsus R.C. Church, Calton, Glasgow, Scotland


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This Week

2nd Sunday of Advent - 10 December 2017

Readings this Sunday:

1st Reading: Isaiah 40:1-5,9-11

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 84(85):9-14(Advent) - Let us see, O Lord, your mercy, and give us your saving help.

2nd Reading: 2 Peter 3:8-14

Gospel: Mark 1:1-8

For the full text of all of todays readings, please follow this link

Liturgical &
Sacramental Schedule
St Alphonsus’ Saint Mary’s
Monday 11th December 11.45am Confessions
12pm Rosary
12.30pm Funeral Mass
Joseph Farrell RIP
There are no public
Tuesday 12th December 12pm Rosary
12.30pm Holy Mass
9am Holy Mass
followed by Rosary
Wednesday 13th Dec. 12pm Rosary
12.30pm Holy Mass
9am Holy Mass
followed by Rosary
Thursday 14th December There are no public
There are no public
Friday 15th December 12pm Rosary
12.30pmHoly Mass
9am Holy Mass
followed by Rosary
Saturday 16th December 11.45am Confessions
12.30pm Holy Mass
4.30pm Vigil Mass
There are no public
Sunday 17th December 12 noon Holy Mass Holy Mass 10:00 (with
Children’s Liturgy of the
word) and 5pm (Signed
for the Deaf)

Christmas Masses - A Message from Father Tom

I would like to thanks all those who attended the meeting last Wednesday to discuss Christmas Mass provision. I was delighted that the representation was from both parishes and almost in equal measure. I was also delighted that the decisions taken were unanimously agreed and consideration was given to the needs of both parishes, and I was also touched by the fact that those present were also keen to look after what was in the spiritual and physical good of the parish priest too!
It was agreed that for this year the early Vigil at St Alphonsus’ will remain at 4:30pm. Whilst the benefits of an early vigil are obvious, the fact that many people have to stand at this mass, means that this needs to be addressed. The Liturgy demand that people need to participate in
gesture as well as in voice—praying, singing, acclaiming, kneeling, sitting, standing, bowing, genuflecting and silence too!
As the early Mass at St Alphonsus is being retained, the Annual Christmas Mass Signed for the Deaf will be hosted at St Mary’s at 6:00pm as has been customary.
The First Parish Mass of Christmas for St Mary’s will be at Midnight.
Given that Mass attendance at both parishes on Christmas morning are comparatively quiet, a late morning or afternoon parish Mass would seem perhaps to impact on family social activities, and also given that both parishes need to be coming together, one Christmas Mass seemed to be of benefit. Therefore, Christmas Day Mass will be a joint parish celebration at
11am in St Mary’s.
When we look at the summation of the Christmas Masses it does seem to be that St Mary’s would appear to be the winner. However there are no winners or losers in this process, each decision needs taken with consideration of the facts and pastoral needs. If we were dealing
with a simple numbers game St Mary’s would appear to be the overall loser with no Masses 3 days a week, and indeed St Alphonsus has two Masses every Saturday where St Mary’s has none, but as I said this is not a 'numbers game’. The only number we should be interested in is one, not as in oneself, but One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic.


Parish Bulletin

A new parish bulletin entitled "Sunday Message" covering the Parishes or Saint Mary's and Saint Alphonsus' is now in place. A link to this weeks bulletin can be found here - Parish Bulletin

Times of Services

Regular services held at St Alphonsus and St. Mary's in the Calton:

4:30pm (Vigil) - St. Alphonsus

10:00 am - St. Mary's

12:00 noon - St. Alphonsus

5:00pm - St. Mary's

Monday to Saturday - 12:00 noon

Mass - 12:30pm

(Except Wednesday - Perpetual Help Novena)

Monday – Saturday from 11:45-12:25

Novena to St Peregrine -Last Saturday of each month at 1:00 pm

Novena and Mass to St Pio of Pietrelcina - 2nd Saturday of each month at 1:00 pm

Eucharistic Adoration - Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Click here for a list of all Services

Live Video Streaming

Live streaming of our celebrations and services are now live. This service commenced on Tuesday 26th August when the new system, in line with data protection requirements, was installed and made operational.

If you are not able to join us in person, please join us online by clicking on this link or the image immediately below

St Alphonsus Live Video Streaming

Our Patron Saint - St Alphonsus

St AlphonsusSaint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori (September 27, 1696 – August 1, 1787) was an Italian Catholic Bishop, spiritual writer, scholastic philosopher and theologian, and founder of the Redemptorists, an influential religious order. He was canonized in 1839 by Pope Gregory XVI and declared a Doctor of the Church

More information on St Alphonsus (from Wikipedia)

Our Clergy

Father Tom White is Parish Priest of St Mary's and St Alphonsus Parish in the Calton area of Glasgow. Father Tom follows in the Parish Priest footsteps of Xaverian brother and former Parish Priest, Father Ian Bathgate and his assistant Father Eugenio Montesi who have now moved onto new missions.

More information on Our Clergy


Our Parishoners

As well as local Calton people, the parish is home to a wide diversity of people from around Glasgow and beyond. The Saturday evening vigil is an especially busy mass where shoppers from the city centre and the famous Barrowland market make their way to worship.

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Parish Notices

October Pilgrimage


The Canonization of the Conforti Xaverian founder took place on Sunday, 23rd October 2011. A pilgimage to Rome and Parma was organised and a photo diary can be found here.

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