Barcelona memories triggered by news of Celtic’s Anniversary Mass at St Mary’s Church

Anniversary Mass to be held at St Mary’s Church to celebrate Celtic’s birth…

Celtic’s annual celebratory Mass will be held this year at St Mary’s Church in the Calton at 12noon on Saturday, 6 November to mark the 134th anniversary of the club’s formation.

Celtic was founded from the parish of St Mary’s following a meeting in the church hall on 6 November, 1887, and every year since the 125th anniversary, the club has enjoyed a celebration Mass in the church to mark the anniversary of its foundation. Celtic’s 125th Anniversary was also celebrated by our opponents that week, the world class Barcelona team in their absolute prime and we all remember how that game turned out!

This year’s Mass will be conducted by parish priest, Canon Tom White, and will be a celebration of Celtic’s long , storied and unbroken history. It’s sure to be an afternoon filled with emotion and a huge sense of pride, so Celtic Football Club is encouraging supporters of all faiths and none to come along and share it with the club.

Canon Tom White, parish priest of St Mary’s, said: “It’s a real pleasure to welcome back the Celtic Family to St Mary’s – the birthplace of the club.

“Numbers were restricted at last year’s Mass due to COVID-19 restrictions, so it will be great to welcome back Celtic supporters in larger numbers to celebrate this very special occasion.

“The Mass started as a celebration of 125 years of the football club, but it has now become an annual event and it is important that we continue to remember Brother Walfrid, the Founding Fathers and the community from which they hailed.”

About Author

The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email

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  1. Well its up to all celtic fans regardless of age or wherever we are to continue to pass on the club that was passed to us as children so that one day the club that we love is celebrating its 150th, 175th and then 200th unbroken anniversary even though we won’t be around to see it we can all sleep peacefully knowing that we played our part of the greatest football club in the world. YNWA