St Aloysius Church

Kevin Wyber with a group of students
The parish community of St Aloysius in Garnethill Glasgow responded with generous and practical help to the needs of mainly Syrian refugees three years ago.  A team of nearly 40 volunteers, led by retired teacher Kevin Wyber, set up an English language school for speakers of other languages (ESOL), which now sees 50 refugees and asylum seekers each week.Thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the volunteers are launching a new project to engage these new members of the Glasgow...
This weekend St Aloysius Jesuit parish in Glasgow will play host to the BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship for Palm Sunday which airs at 8.10am.The service will be accompanied by the St Aloysius College Schola Cantorem directed by Ann Archibald, with Hugh Reid on the organ. The preacher is parish priest Fr Dermot Preston SJ.  Scripture will be read by parishioners.The city centre church is a regular in the BBC schedules.  In May last year the parish offered music and meditation on the Acts of...
St John Ogilvie shrine at St Aloysius Church
Apart from Brexit, the biggest story in the newspapers over the last month has been the question: should Shamima Begum be allowed back into the U.K.? Possessed of radical ideas, she left Britain as a teenager; eventually ending up as part of an extremist religious organisation. Now an adult, she wants to come back — but gives little sign of having renounced her radical views. Nearly all commentators agree that, unchecked, she could influence others to follow those dangerous beliefs. The...
St Aloysius Church Glasgow
The Jesuit Church of St Aloysius in Glasgow has been awarded grants by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Environment Scotland of £420,000 to undertake urgent repairs to its landmark tower. The 150 ft tower, topped with a gold cross, has dominated the Garnethill area of the city for over a hundred years. But there are structural defects which have caused rain water to leak into the church, damaging plasterwork.The grants will enable work to start in the summer to make the building...
Musicians
The 2019 annual St Aloysius parish volunteers’ thanksgiving party fell on Burns night last week.This was a great excuse for the Glasgow Jesuit community and parishioners to consume the traditional haggis and neeps along with a tot of whisky; and also gave extra energy to the generous talent sharing in music, song and dance by those assembled in good fellowship.The party coincided with the annual visitation to Scotland of the provincial of the Jesuits in Britain Fr Damian Howard SJ.  Fr...
St Ogilvie's statue at the National Shrine in Glasgow. Copyright: 2015 Jesuit Institute London
St John Ogilvie is finally to be given a public memorial more than 400 years after he was hanged at Glasgow Cross. A plaque telling his story will be unveiled on the martyred saint’s feast day on 10th March, and will be the first in a series forming a new Glasgow City Council City Heritage Trail.The news arrives on time for today's special remembrance, as on this date in 1976 the martyr was canonised by Pope Paul VI.An anonymous benefactor is ready to make a substantial donation that will help...
Sarah Teather with refugees at St Aloysius  Credit: Flourish
Fr Tim Curtis SJ, parish priest at St Aloysius Glasgow, is urging fellow clergy to provide English classes for refugees, following the huge success of his parish’s own initiative which launched a year ago.The parish is committed to continuing the English classes at the St John Ogilvie Centre in Garnethill, which are now at full capacity, prompting Fr Tim to appeal, through an article in the Flourish newspaper, for other churches to consider running similar schemes.Fr Tim told Flourish “There is...
The National Shrine to St John Ogilvie in St Aloysius Church, Glasgow
The Knights of St Columba in Scotland are pressing ahead with their campaign to mark the spot where St John Ogilvie SJ was executed in 1615 with a permanent memorial erected at Glasgow Cross in his honour. The announcement was made to coincide with the Feast of St John Ogilvie on 10 March.St John Ogilvie is officially recognised as Scotland's only Catholic martyr. As a Jesuit priest, he preached at a time when being a Catholic was outlawed. While Catholicism was not necessarily punishable by...
Ignacio movie
Glasgow screening of Ignacio This film is a thrilling look at the life of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus. Bringing to life the man behind the legend, the film follows his transformation from a brash, impulsive youth obsessed with women and sword-fighting to the masterful, charismatic leader of an order that would change the face of Christendom forever.The film (which is in English) was produced by the Jesuit Communications Foundation of the Philippines Province....
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Gaelic and Scottish Choirs from Glasgow and the West of Scotland will be taking part in this annual special celebration Mass.All welcome.

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