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

Welcome

Welcome to the St Alphonsus Parish website, bringing you news and information from our parish and it's parishoners.

St Alphonsus' is now linked with St Mary's - our sister parish church in the Calton area of Glasgow. Click here to link to St Mary's website.

Regular Services Resume

Canon Tom has confirmed the resumption of Sunday Holy Mass services, with 4:30pm Vigil and 10am at St. Marys and 12 Noon Holy Mass at St. Alphonsus. Sunday evening Holy Mass will resume in the short term too.

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Latest Mass from the Calton

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**URGENT SUPPORT NEEDED** PASS ON THIS LINK THE STORY BELOW REPRESENTS THE BIRTH OF THIS SITE. IT WAS TO SEEK QUEEN'S COUNSEL'S OPINION ABOUT THE LEGALITY OF CHURCH CLOSURES.

AS INTENDED OPINION WAS ASKED FOR AND RECIEVED FROM AIDAN O’NEILL QC. WITH FIRM BELIEF THAT THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT HAS RIDDEN ROUGHSHOD OVER OUR RELIGIOUS RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES WE THEREFORE PETITIONED THE COURT OF SESSION.

LORD BRAID HEARD OUR SUBMISSIONS ON THE 26TH OF FEBRUARY AND AGREED THAT THERE IS A CASE TO BE HEARD.

WE WILL ACT AS AN ADDITIONAL PARTY WITH CHURCHES OF THE REFORMED TRADITION. OUR CASE IS BEING ARGUED FROM A EUROPEAN CONVENTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS STANCE AND ALSO A SPECIFICALLY CATHOLIC VIEW POINT CONCERNING OUR EXCLUSION FOM THE SACRAMENTS AND THE MOST HOLY EUCHARIST.

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YESTERDAY (26TH FEBRUARY) MY BRILLIANT LEGAL TEAM, AIDAN O'NEILL QC, DAVID WELSH, ADVOCATE & ELAINE MOTION SNR PARTNER OF BALFOR & MANSON ACHIEVED A PROTECTED EXPENSES ORDER WHICH LIMITS PERSONNAL LIABILTY TO £5,000. THEY ALSO PRESENTED THE CASE TO LORD BRAID THAT IT WAS REASONABLE FOR THE COURT FEES (CIRCA £6,000) ALSO TO BE DISPENSED.

YOUR FUNDING AND PRAYERS ARE ESSENTIAL. OUR CHURCHES NEED OPENED IN A SAFE AND REGULATED MANNER. OUR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY NEEDS RESTORED. OUR COMMUNITIES ARE WOUNDED, BROKEN AND NEED HEALED. THE LORD GOD AND HIS SACRAMENTAL GRACE IS OUR ONLY HOPE.

It is important to be aware that this action is by Canon White as a private citizen and that no church funds or resources will be used to finance, support or facilitate this action. The options open to Canon White as a private citizen are very different from those options open to the Bishops of Scotland as Pastors of the Church who are bound to make their decisions with consideration to the wider institution and have their own avenues for interacting with the Scottish Government.

This action is designed to compliment the already existing interaction that is taking place with Government and criticism of the Bishops of Scotland posted on this page are neither helpful nor in keeping with the spirit of this action.

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Latest Mass from the Calton

Latest Masses from the Calton - via Youtube

We will continue to broadcast Holy Mass until the phased re-opening of the parish's church buildings is completed (we'll update this website as the situation progresses). In the meantime you can click on the images below for the "LATEST MASSES FROM THE CALTON"

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Latest Mass from the Calton

Financial Support for Calton Parishes of St. Alphonsus and St. Mary's

If you are in a position to support the parish churches, please consider setting up a standing order or give at least one payment. Anything you can give is much appreciated and gratefully received.

To donate to St. Alphonsus, please use the following -

Sort Code : 82-48-08

Account : 00102498

To donate to St. Mary's, please use the following -

Sort Code : 83-21-27

Account : 0025789

FAQs & Prayers

During this emergency many people have asked questions about their life of faith, about the implications of the restrictions and about practical matters. The following table offers responses to some of the most frequently asked questions.

1.            What if I can’t get to Confession?

If you cannot get to Confession then do not be afraid – God’s love and mercy overcomes even the current restrictions. Just tell God the sins you have committed, tell Him that you truly love Him and that you are truly sorry for what you have done, tell Him that you intend not to commit these sins again and that you intend to go to sacramental Confession as soon as matters return to normal.

2.            Can I go to Confession by telephone or using a video messaging app?

The confessor and the penitent need to be both actually present for the Sacrament. This is true of every Sacrament – just as a priest cannot consecrate the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ by phone so he cannot absolve sins by phone.

3.            What if a relative gets sick and cannot receive the Sacrament of the Sick?

In the present circumstances, when the Sacrament of Anointing is not able to be celebrated, the priest can pray with the sick person and relatives by telephone. If it is appropriate, the priest may help the sick person to make a perfect act of contrition, through which our sins are forgiven. Pope Francis has also offered a Plenary Indulgence for these circumstances. (see “Care of the Sick and Dying” below)

4.            What about my Sunday Obligation?

Since we are unable to attend Mass due to the restrictions closing churches, banning gatherings, and keeping people at home, it is genuinely impossible to fulfil our Sunday Obligation. In these circumstances we are dispensed from our Sunday obligation and it is not a sin to miss Mass. We should, however, still try to keep Sunday holy by spending time in prayer and avoiding unnecessary work.

5.            Good Friday Fast & Abstinence?

Despite the present circumstances, we should make the effort to fast and to abstain from meat on Good Friday (under the usual conditions – only those over 14 are obliged to abstain and only those over 18 and under 60 are obliged to fast – although people outside those age-ranges are encouraged to join in as much as they can).

If however your health, or your inability to get to the shops, or your need to care for others, etc., make it impossible or very difficult for you to fast or abstain from meat, you can choose some other form of penance instead.

6.            What about my Easter duties?

All Catholics who have made their First Communion should confess and receive Holy Communion at least once a year. Although this would normally take place around Easter time, a just cause allows us to fulfil it at some other point in the year. The current crisis is definitely a just cause that allows us to go to Confession and Communion later in the year and still fulfil this obligation.

7.            Marriages

The Government has prohibited any marriages from taking place and the Registrar will not issue a Marriage Schedule, which is the document that is required before a wedding can take place. For most couples, this will mean having to postpone their weddings until the current situation eases. Please speak to the priest or deacon who is organising your wedding about this. Obviously, at this point, it would be unwise to set a date until such time as the situation is clearer.

8.            Baptisms

Baptisms (both adults and children) will normally have to be postponed until after the current restrictions are lifted.

If the person to be baptised is in real danger of death, then anyone, even a non-baptised person (e.g. a nurse or doctor, if family members or chaplains cannot access the person), can baptise them (if asked by an adult or if asked by the parents of a child). In such a situation of danger of death, the person who baptises must pour water over the candidate’s head while saying at the same time, “I baptise you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit”. A note should be made of this and the parish priest informed. If the person in danger of death survives, the parish priest will celebrate the other parts of the Rite of Baptism once the current restrictions are lifted.

9.            Funerals

Priests or Deacons can lead funeral services at the graveside or crematorium, and Priests will privately offer Mass for the deceased. The numbers attending the crematorium are limited. Your undertaker will advise you about the restrictions in effect in your area at the time of the burial or cremation.

After the current restrictions are lifted, parishes will offer public opportunities for prayer for all those buried or cremated during this time.

10.         First Confessions

First Confessions are postponed until after the current crisis. Local parishes, in consultation with schools, will decide how and when to reschedule them.

11.         First Holy Communion

First Holy Communions are postponed until after the current crisis. Local parishes, in consultation with schools, will decide how and when to reschedule them.

12.         Confirmations

Confirmations are postponed until after the current crisis. In due course the Archbishop will issue advice about rescheduling.

Pope Francis’ Prayer to Mary during the coronavirus pandemic

O Mary,
you always shine on our path
as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,
who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of the Roman People,
know what we need,
and we are sure you will provide
so that, as in Cana of Galilee,
we may return to joy and to feasting
after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform to the will of the Father
and to do as we are told by Jesus,
who has taken upon himself our sufferings
and carried our sorrows
to lead us, through the cross,
to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.

Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.

See in the West of Scotland in full Communion with the Holy See

Our Lady's Prayer Garden at St Mary's

Canon Tom is looking to create a permanent memorial for those of both parishes who have been affected during this time of lockdown and pandemic and who we haven't been able to say goodbye to in a public way.

The Garden of Prayer at the front of St. Mary's Church will be dedicated to Our Lady. It will be a sacred space for treasured memories so that, even in the future, if churches are again locked down, there will be a bit of garden space where people could come and sit and contemplate.

Unfortunately there is not the same space at the front of St. Alphonsus' Church, but Canon Tom will look to create a shrine on the inside of the church. .

Some images with ideas of what could be achieved in the Prayer Garden at St. Mary's are included below for your reflection. Your support both financially and in a practical sense to realise this project would be very gratefully received. Financial support can be provided via the JustGiving link here -> https://www.justgiving.com/search?q=stmarys-prayer-garden or by clicking on any of the Prayer Garden images below -

St Mary's Prayer Garden

St Mary's Prayer Garden

St Mary's Prayer Garden

St Mary's Prayer Garden

St Mary's Prayer Garden

St Mary's Prayer Garden

 

 

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

Canon Tom White is Parish Priest of St Mary's and St Alphonsus Parish in the Calton area of Glasgow. Canon 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.

More information on Our Parishoners

 

Parish Notices

October Pilgrimage

Conforti

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.

More notices