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Dominicans 'Keep the Door Open' in Edinburgh

Thursday, June 04, 2009

This year the celebration of Pentecost in the University Parish of St Albert the Great, Edinburgh, was a little different.  Bringing the entire community together for a single weekend Mass, an unprecedented chapel project, ‘Keeping the Door Open’, was launched. The project is to build a new chapel for the growing community and so increase the capacity of the existing space. This is the largest community project in the history of Edinburgh University Catholic Chaplaincy.

Fr Bruno Clifton OP, Assistant Catholic Chaplain (and a former Godzdogz contributor, pictured left), writes that 'the parish filled the nearby Convent of Mercy, St Catharine’s, to mark the Feast together, acknowledging our unity in the Holy Spirit in preparation for the largest building project the Parish has ever undertaken. The Chaplaincy has been served by Dominicans since 1931, and the Provincial, Fr John Farrell OP, presided and preached at the Mass'.

The Prior and Parish Priest of St Albert the Great, Fr Tim Calvert OP, spoke of the task ahead as an opportunity to bring the growing community together. ‘There are many communities surrounding the Chaplaincy: students, alumni, staff and parishioners who feel at home with the Dominicans. At Pentecost we are called to recognise our deeper unity in the Spirit and this project is a tangible means of expressing this unity.’

In honour of the special event the Parish commissioned some new music.  Fr Bruno composed a motet, Veni Sancte Spiritus, which received its premiere at the Mass. More information about the project can be found at http://keepingthedooropen.op.org/


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