On Sunday I attended the anniversary mass at St Mary’s celebrating the formation of our club. It was the culmination of a wonderful weekend both on and off the park. It started with the Celtic Graves Society event mentioned in last weeks podcast then moved to the Green Brigade Foodbank collection pre-match and our comfortable victory over Inverness Caledonian Thistle before Sunday’s Founding Fathers Fast and then the anniversary mass.
Those in attendance at St Mary’s listened to a presentation from Tony Hamilton on the wonderful work of The Celtic FC Foundation and then mass. Father White mentioned that often the only reference of football and religion in Glasgow is a negative one and that people decry the mixing of the two. He pointed out that this ignored the fantastic work done by Celtic which was formed by religious people as a force for good. It was formed with a Catholic ethos that remains core to the clubs values to this day.
For me Celtic is as much a catholic club as it is a Catholic one. It is always welcoming to people of all faiths and none. My close Celtic supporting friends are Catholic, Church of Scotland, Jewish, Sikh, agnostic, atheist and I don’t know (care) what and the values found in the work of The Foundation are the same as the values of all my friends. In short they are the values of all faiths and none. They are simply the values of good people.
This weekend was the 129th anniversary of the forming of our club and the events held re-enforced my pride in supporting such a wonderful football club. We ARE a club like no other that through the work of the Foundation change people’s lives for the better every day. If you’re not familiar with ALL the Foundation work please log onto their website and if you want to do a wee bit more, watch the video and send a text.