Sr Agnes Morgan’s Jubilee Celebrations!
When I asked some members of the community what they most remembered about Sr Agnes Morgan’s jubilee day one said “The dancing”, another “The Mass was lovely”, “Wasn’t the sing song great!”, “It was great being with the Morgan family”, and “Meeting old friends and new ones”.
Agnes celebrated her Golden Jubilee on 11th June, and she celebrated in style! She was joined by her Co. Sr Marie Smyth who travelled from Dublin a few days before and a number of invited Sisters of Charity.
We like to think of Agnes’ jubilee as a whole day event. So our jubilee day began with gathering around the table with our visitors at morning coffee and exchanging memories, as we do when together with Sisters of Charity we haven’t seen for years, and the chat continued over a relaxed lunch. Then it was time to dress for the more ‘formal’ part of the day which began with Mass at 2pm.
The sound of bagpipes playing welcomed everyone into church. Bishop Stephen Robson of the diocese of Dunkeld and a friend of the Morgan family presided at the Mass which was celebrated at St Aloysius Church, Chapelhall. Several other priests concelebrated including the parish priest, Fr Rooney.
Agnes belongs to a large family and many live locally so the family representation at the Mass was large. The Mass was joyful and relaxed. Afterwards members of the congregation commented on the readings Agnes had chosen – Hosea: ‘I will betroth you to myself forever’, Psalm 16 (sung): ‘You are the centre of my life…’, 1 Peter: ‘In his great mercy he has given us a new birth as his sons and daughters…’, John 17: ‘That they may be one like us’
A sit down meal was organized in the parish hall afterwards and towards the end of this meal the Morgan family broke into song. So for about half an hour we had a sing song with individual and community singing. It was a lovely end to that part of the day, but there was more to come!
Because not all of the Morgan family could be invited to the meal a ceilidh was organized for the evening which was open to all the family, close friends and the community. Here the younger and older generations took to the floor as the music filled the hall. Everyone enjoyed the music and dancing and the buffet which was provided later in the evening.
It was a day when there was room for everything, chatting, praying, laughing eating and drinking, singing, dancing, and meeting others. As one member of the community said “It was a day and night celebration and it all came together beautifully”. Well done Agnes, you gave us all a great day!