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


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.

This Week

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time - 29th July 2018

Readings this Sunday:

1st Reading: 2 Kings 4:42-44-They will eat, and have some left over

Responsorial Psalm 144(145):10-11,15-18 -You open wide your hand, O Lord, and grant our desires.

2nd Reading: Ephesians 4:1-6-One Body, one Spirit, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God

Gospel:John 6:1-15 - The feeding of the five thousand

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

Canon Tom White - Joint Parish Council Statements

10th July 2018

As a result of the widely reported incident outside St Alphonsus’ Church on Saturday July 7 th 2018, the Parish Pastoral Councils of the Parishes of both St Mary’s and St Alphonsus met to consider our duty of care to those affected by these events: both the Parishioners and Canon White himself. As a result of this meeting, we would like to release the following tatement.

“The Catholic Faith community of St Alphonsus’ and St Mary’s in The Calton are utterly appalled and saddened at the physical and verbal assault on our Parish Priest, the Very Reverend Thomas Canon White, on Saturday 7 th July 2018. This unprecedented and unprovoked attack took place outside St Alphonsus Church on London Road, Glasgow, just after 5:20pm after Canon Tom had finished celebrating Mass. The attack took place as the Dalmarnock Orange & Purple District No.50 Orange Order parade, marched past St Alphonsus Church as the 4:30pm Vigil Mass was finishing.

Despite a Police presence those involved in, and following the Parade, were able to approach Cannon Tom and the Parishioners exiting the Church. This happened against a backdrop of sectarian singing and sectarian insults.

He was verbally assaulted and spat upon a number of times and members of the congregation, many who are frail and elderly, were subjected to the same treatment. One individual also attempted to physically assault Canon Tom with a baton. Fortunately, some parishioners were able to step in and prevent any further physical injury.

While we welcome the statement by the Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland, condemning the assaults on Canon Tom, as a community we are distressed and deeply saddened that in the 21 st century we are unable to exercise human rights of freedom of association, freedom of assembly and the right to celebrate our Faith in public: free from intimidation and violence. At approximately 5:20pm on Saturday 7 th July 2018 we were denied these rights.

On behalf of our Faith community in the Calton we would like to ask the following questions:

1. In light of these events, will Glasgow City Council review the routes of the Orange Order parades on:
a. 21 st July 2018 passing St Alphonsus Church
b. 4 th August 2018 passing St Mary’s Church
c. 11 th August 2018 passing St Mary’s Church
d. any other future parades scheduled to pass our places of worship?
2. As a Faith Community who are part of the wider Calton community affected by these events, how will we, and the wider community, be consulted and involved as parties who are impacted upon by future proposed marches?
3. How the Scottish Parliament will take steps to ensure that anyone exercising their right to celebrate their Faith will be protected by the appropriate authorities?
4. How will the Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland be held accountable for their members and followers (including the many thousands who march alongside their parades) to ensure they show respect to those of other Faiths, the public in general and refrain from bigoted and sectarian behaviour?”
5. In light of these events that the local community has endured, how will the competent authorities (local and national government and Police Scotland) ensure that our right to exercise the celebration of our Faith without fear or intimidation is upheld?

19th July 2018

The Joint Parish Councils of St Mary’s and St Alphonsus welcome the decision of the Orange Order to cancel their parade that was scheduled to go past St Alphonsus Church on Saturday 21st July.  We see this decision as encouraging in light of the events that took place on 7th July when Canon Tom White was assaulted as an Orange Order parade passed St Alphonsus Church.

We appreciate the work that has taken place by Glasgow City Council, Police Scotland, members of the Joint Parish Councils and the Orange Order following our calls for a review of the route and agree that this gives time for all parties to work together to look at the impact of future parades.  We will be pleased to continue this work to reach as solution that is satisfactory to all concerned.

Friends of Bijan

Before and after Holy Mass last Saturday and Sunday (23rd & 24th June) at both St Alphonsus and St Mary's parish, we ran a petition in support of our fellow parishoner Bijan's plight to stay int he U.K.

We are pleased to say that, in addition to an online petition, Bijan received over 460 signatures in support of his appeal. The petition, in addition to reference letters from Canon Tom, Father Montesi and the local MP - Alison Thewliss, have been passed onto Bejin's solicitor to support his appeal. Bijan would like to express his thanks for everyones support and well wishes.

Bijan's appeal was heard on Thursday 26th July. He now awaits the outcome of the appeal, expected in late August / early September. We ask you to continue to keep him in your thoughts and prayers as we hope for a just outcome.

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 & Wednesday 12:30pm : St.Alphonsus' Church

Tuesday & Friday 9am - St Mary's Church

(Except Wednesday - Perpetual Help Novena)

Saturday from 3:30pm - 4:00pm : St.Alphonsus' Church

Monday 11:45am - 12:30pm : St.Alphonsus' Church

Tuesday & Friday after 9am Mass : St. Mary's Church

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.

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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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