Minutes of the Meeting of the Friends of Blairs held on
St Bridget’s, Baillieston.
Those present: Anne Caruana
Mgr J McIntyre
Raymond Caruana (Minutes)
Apologies: Paul Bradford
In The absence of the Chair, the Committee decided that the meeting would be chaired by Dave McCann.
The Acting Chair opened the Meeting with a short prayer.
1. Minutes of the Previous Meeting
The Minutes were approved subject to the following amendment:
2. The cheque for the stipend for the recent November Mass should be payable to Mgr C J McElroy.
3. Report from Chair
A letter had been received from a gentleman (Desmond
4. Report from the Secretary
The support for the MCE has been most gratifying. Those of us who cannot attend the Meetings find it very useful for keeping in touch with all. My thanks for your support. Please continue with the MCE.
I am delighted that we are holding a Fundraiser in April. We are slowly building a foundation that may encourage others to join our great organisation. The “others” I refer to do not need to be Blair’s boys!!!
The newsletter had been hit with problems at the start of
our year but now we are all back on track. I hope the next edition is
despatched on time. Our Editor has done some prep on it before he left for
I sent letters to Archbishop Conti and Bishop Elect Toal on our behalf. I have also written to Bishop Moran re
the AGM, I have yet to receive a reply. Canon
Again I apologise for my actions in the past which resulted in some turmoil for us. It now seems we have put the incident behind us and I feel we are stronger for it. This can’t be a bad thing!
My thanks to my fellow Committee Members for their support and I shall continue to do my best for the Association as always.
5. Report from the Treasurer
The balance in the Ordinary account is - £1,745.40
The balance in the Special Account is - £1,066.54
Total Funds available: £2,811.94
In view of the amount of funds held the Committee agreed that there should be a specific discussion at the next Committee Meeting on the use of the Funds.
Following the last Meeting the Financial Protocol has been amended. Copies were given to Committee Members.
6. Charity Event
In the absence of the Chair a confirmed update could not
be given. As matters stand the event will be held on 24 April in Holy Cross
Numbers will be restricted to conform to Health and Safety and Fire Regulations.
Details of the event will be circulated around Parishes and will be included in the newsletter.
Fr Martin Chambers,
7. Charity Donations
The question was again raised as to whether or not we
wanted to make a regular donation to Fr McInnes (
The Committee felt that it was for the AGM to decide and not the Committee. There was a danger that such a step could set a precedent; there could be difficulties in setting criteria; and why should we support only one specific cause?
It was also agreed that prior warning of the possibility of making such a regular donation should be included in the Newsletter.
The Concert was a wonderful success in the beautiful setting of the Chapel.
to Miss M Murray –
It was felt that it would not be appropriate to use Association Funds to make a donation. If anyone wished to make a personal donation this should be passed to the Chair.
10. Requiem Mass
The Committee expressed its pleasure at the outcome of the November Mass. While only around 30 Friends, including some new faces attended and the Mass was not specifically for deceased former Students and Staff, Mgr McElroy spoke well about the College.
The Committee agreed that in accordance with a previous
decision to hold the Annual Requiem Mass in all Dioceses in
St Mirin’s Cathedral,
Next year’s Mass would be held on 7 November. It was agreed the Secretary would write to Bishop P Tartaglia and to the Cathedral Administrator, Mgr John Tormey.
1.1 The Chair had confirmed that parts could be obtained for the printer but would be in the region of £200. The Committee felt that it did not have the expertise or knowledge to decide if it would be better to retain the present printer and pay for parts or to buy a new one. It was agreed that further research was necessary before a decision could be taken. They agreed that the Chair should make enquiries into this and report back.
1.2 Some Members had attended the recent unveiling in the Museum of the copy of the Death Warrant of Mary, Queen of Scots. The ceremony was undertaken by Alex Salmon MSP and First Minister. His Eminence Cardinal O’Brien.
1.3 A copy of the entries in the Visitors’ Book (Former Students etc) had been received from Mandy. She expressed concern about using the information and possible breach of the Data Protection Act. As each person knew what information they were giving freely, the Committee did not see any difficulty in using the information to make contact.
The book which was provided by the Friends currently contains around 250 entries.
It was agreed that once details of names and addresses have been extracted that a copy of the next newsletter be sent to each person.
of Next Meeting –
The Meeting closed with a short prayer by Mgr McIntyre.
Raymond J Caruana