Saint Mungo's Church is the only place in the historic centre of Glasgow where the Christian community gathers for prayer and worship morning, midday, and evening, every day.
Founded in 1850, the present parish is bounded by the Rottenrow (south), Petershill Road and Keppochill Road (north), North Hanover Street and Pinkston Road (west), and Wishart Street, Royston Square and Auchinloch Street (east). Since 1865 the parish has been in the care of the priests and brothers of the Congregation of the Passion (the Passionists).
In 1999 St Stephen's Parish, Sighthill, was united with Saint Mungo's. A group of Passionist Sisters (Sisters of the Cross and Passion) established a community in Pinkston Drive, Sighthill, and now work in the parish team with their Passionist brothers.
Of the people who attend Saint Mungo's every Sunday, about half live in Townhead and Sighthill. Others come from as far as Dumbarton and Cumbernauld. On weekdays, Mass is celebrated morning, midday and evening, everyday. The church also offers times for confession or spiritual counsel daily (except on Sundays).
There are three schools in the parish. About 250 children ages 5 through about 11 attend Saint Mungo's Primary School, in Parson Street; Saint Stephen's Primary School in Pinkston Drive caters for about 200 children, and there are 60 children (from all over the north side of Glasgow) at Saint Kevin's School (for children with special educational needs), which is in Fountainwell Road.
For more than 40 years the parish has provided the home for a day centre for retired adults where meals, classes, and other opportunities are available. On any weekday, around 50 people use this facility, which is open to all older adults in the neighbourhood. Special care is provided for those recovering from stroke and for dementia sufferers. Saint Mungo's Day Centre is located in the parish hall facility at 31 McAslin Street (tel: 0141.552.8999). left: mosaic at entrance of St Kevin's School.
Our Youth Group (ages 16-25) organises a monthly Youth Mass on Sunday evenings. Some of the group took part in the World Youth Day in Rome (2000), Toronto (2002) and Cologne (2005). The group has started planning for 2008 when the next World Youth Day will be held in Sydney.
As a city church, Saint Mungo's draws its congregation from a wide area. Its mission extends beyond geographic confines in part because of its proximity to Glasgow Royal Infirmary, to the busy Merchant City, Glasgow Caledonian University, and Strathclyde University. Because the church has been entrusted to the care of a religious order, the Passionists, the order's spirituality or charism also attracts many people who do not live nearby.
In our diversity of age and interests, we unite in prayer for the needs of the world around us and in reaching out to our community.