Welcome to the website of St Aloysius’ Church
A warm welcome from our Parish Priest Fr Dermot Preston SJ
Welcome to the website of St Aloysius Church, the Jesuit parish on Garnethill in the very heart of the Scottish city of Glasgow!
St Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, would describe the pilgrim’s task as trying to Find God in All Things, and he was conscious that the human being comes close to a near-infinite number of avenues to enter and discover that encounter with God.
We can sleepwalk past many such natural gateways every day in the world around us; but they do exist and they are accessible both through our external senses and through the delicate interior movements of our hearts and minds as they encounter the Holy Spirit who broods therein.
The Spirit can also be seen at work through windows created by human endeavour – through art and music, literature, sport, exploration, science and ingenuity – and like the Book of Creation all these hold the potential to bless and grace us.
This website is a tiny virtual portal created by human endeavour which tries to give you a glimpse of the Holy Spirit at work in the traditions of the Catholic Church and the prayer of the Jesuits as they have engaged with Scotland and the city of Glasgow over many years.
We hope that during your visit you find something to engage your mind or heart and ushers you gently into the presence God.
May God bless you!
Daily Masses During the Pandemic
- Please use a face-covering (a scarf or a mask) when you are inside the Church building.
- Hand-sanitiser will be provided on entering & leaving the church,
- The side-chapels, the Ogilvie Shrine, the Confessional rooms and the front benches will be cordoned off.
- The toilets will remain closed until further notice.
A big thank-you to everyone who has come back to daily Mass in such numbers. Despite the necessary health precautions it has been a delight to witness such prayerfulness, reverence and devotion. It is also wonderful for St Aloysius to resume the ministry of Reconciliation through daily confessions. A very special thank-you to all our stewards, readers and cleaning volunteers and organists. We could not open without your assistance and owe you deep gratitude.
On a few occasions, the Jesuits have had to steward and clean the Church and this prevents them sometimes from hearing confessions and responding to wider pastoral responsibilities. We would very much like to expand our cohort of volunteers. If you are in good health and would appreciate the opportunity to attend one of our Masses, whilst offering some time to register, steward and clean the Church after Mass it would be deeply appreciated.
If you can spare some of your time for this essential ministry please contact: [email protected]