Special celebration to mark the anniversary of the construction of St Mungo’s RC Church

A SPECIAL Mass was held recently to mark the Diamond Jubilee of the St Mungo’s RC Church building.

The congregation, on Mar d’Alloa Street, gathered on the evening of Tuesday, September 21 to mark the 60th anniversary of the building’s opening.

The Thanksgiving Celebration Mass was led by the Bishop of Dunkeld Stephen Robson who was joined by Fr Michael Carrie, the current parish priest.

Other priests from surrounding parishes were also present along with Provost Tina Murphy as well as staff and students from St Mungo’s PS and St Modan’s HS.

Fr Carrie said: “It was a beautiful celebration, Bishop Stephen Robson came from Dundee, he led us in the celebration of Mass.

“It was nice to have a full church, especially after all the restrictions we had to adhere to for Covid.”

The present building of St Mungo’s RC Church was dedicated on Tuesday 21 September 1961 by the then Bishop of Dunkeld, William Andrew Hart.

However, the parish has been serving the Alloa community for much longer than that.

In effect, the building replaced the original church on Clackmannan Road, which had been in use since 1869.

Plans for a new place of worship had been in the works for many years, but had to be put on hold due to the outbreak of World War II as well as post-war restrictions.

It was not until 1955 that construction began and was overseen by Canon James Matthews, who was the parish priest at the time.

Thanks to him, his predecessors and the parishioners, there were no debts after construction was completed.

Last month’s event marked exactly 60 years since the opening and during the Diamond Jubilee ceremony Bishop Robson also blessed a statue of St Mungo, which was commissioned for the 60th anniversary.

Fr Carrie added: “It was nice to be able to sing hymns and the congregation was happy to sing along with them, even though they are still singing behind their masks.

“It was a nice way to mark 60 years of the current building, the parish has been there for over 160 years so it’s a long standing part of the community.”

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