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> St. Aloysius Church, Fondly remembered by a non-Catholic
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post 9th Oct 2005, 03:15am
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I was first introduced to St. Aloysius Church by my girlfriend Anne. She was catholic and I wasn't but we frequently visited different churches during our lunch hour. Something about St. Aloysius kept drawing me back. I thought it was beautiful and returned with Anne or other friends several times to the evening service which I particularly enjoyed. Nearly sixty years have passed since then and my memory has dimmed. I can no longer recall all the beauty of the interior of the church that first attracted me but I can remember how peaceful it felt and in my mind's eye I can still see the priest swinging a closed brass vessel at the end of a chain. I can smell the incense and hear the tinkle of the bells...were they the angelus bells? I don't really know and was St. Aloysius Church on Renfrew Street? I'm a little uncertain of that too but I'll always smile and feel at peace when I think of St Aloysius.

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post 15th Jan 2006, 04:35pm
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Boots, you are not far off with Renfrew St. the Church is in Rose St.
St. Aloysius Garnethill was the Parish my husband grew up in, and our first Parish after we were married. Our son was also Christened there.
The Priests are usually Jesuits.

I don't think it was the Angelus Bells you heard during the evening service, but that would depend on the time of the Service you were at.

The Angelus Bells are rung three times a day, morning, noon and evening. This is when the Angelus prayer is said in honour of the Incarnation/ Annunciation. That is why the prayer starts, ' The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary'.


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post 15th Jan 2006, 05:22pm
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Heather, when Suzy and I were in Glasgow last July we took our camcorder to Garnethill. I remember the church and the prep school so well. However, Garnethill Convent, run by the Sisters of Mercy, and my old high school, was gone. My memories are of racing up those hills when I heard the bell. Woe betide us if we got in late. The good sisters were ill named because they had no mercy if we were late for prayers. The one thing that had not changed was the view of the Campsie Hills in the distance.
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post 15th Jan 2006, 06:08pm
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I used to go dancing at their hall every Sunday night.


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post 15th Jan 2006, 06:50pm
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Buntyq, The Convent of Mercy closed down quite a few years ago.

We called them 'The Unmerciful Sisters' but in saying that, I was taught by them from when I started school, and some of them were really nice. My favourite was Sister Mary Bernadette. There was one who's name I am not sure of and she was a right tarter. I escaped being taught by her, but my elder sister had bad time with her, she was very strict.

Were you ever told off for walking up the middle of a corridor. " anyone who walks up the middle of the corridor or stairs, just wants to be noticed, always keep into the side". I still have a habit of keeping to the side in corridors, even in shops when going up or down the stairs. laugh.gif


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post 23rd Feb 2006, 09:29pm
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Could this be the 'St. Aloysius Chapel' where my Great Grandparents were married in 1873? Has it been there that long? Were there any other St. Aloysius churches in the city? I have a copy of the marriage extract, but the location of the church is illegible. Could this thread have found it for me? The writing on the extract certainly looks like 'Garnethill', -- it is definitely 'something' - hill-- does anyone know was there any other church it could have been? unsure.gif
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post 23rd Feb 2006, 09:41pm
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Wow! I just re-checked the extract on line at Scotland's People and it definitely IS Garnethill. Glasgow Guide really comes up trumps for family history! Now I not only know where they were married, but I have a picture of the inside of the church too! Thanks so much GG for that! biggrin.gif
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post 1st Apr 2006, 12:28pm
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yes gallifreya,there is a st aloysuis`s church in hillkirk st springburn..thats where i made my first communion...it is a lovely old church.
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post 1st Apr 2006, 07:54pm
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My great g'parents and g'parents on my dads side, were married in St. Aloysius, Garnethill.


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post 26th Oct 2009, 09:50pm
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Gallifreya!
I have recently taken a photo of the front of St Aloysius.
However, I can't see how to send it as it does not have a URL- there must be a way to insert it! ?
If you see this try to find a way to contact me, should you want the photo.
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