The Annual Mass for deceased clergy and bishops of the Archdiocese of Glasgow took place in St. Andrew’s Cathedral on 14th November. Archbishop Tartaglia was joined by Archbishop Emeritus Conti and priests of the diocese for the concelebrated Mass, and the music of the Mass was led by the St. Mungo Singers.
In his homily Archbishop Tartaglia welcomed all those present, reflecting on the appropriateness of the timing of the Mass in November which traditionally is the month when we remember and pray for all the Holy Souls. He read out the names of all the priests of the diocese who had died since the last Requiem: Frs. Peter Lennon, John Muldoon, Tom Hurley and Colman McGrath, Canon John McAuley (whose brother Fr. Joe McAuley was present on the altar), and Fr. James Reilly. He gave special mention also to Bishop John Mone, Bishop Emeritus of Paisley, who had been a priest of the Glasgow Archdiocese before he moved to Paisley.
He invited people to remember also in their prayers their deceased bishops who were buried in the crypt of the Cathedral and whose graves he had visited and blessed before the Mass. Archbishop Tartaglia asked what priests mean to us? He suggested that they are the shepherds of their communities who are respected and loved for their service and provision of the sacraments to the community, above all the Sacrifice of the Mass. So it is appropriate that we offer the Mass for them today, and many present would have particular priests whom they would be remembering in the Mass.
The final hymn of the Mass- Let’s Give Thanks to God our Father- fittingly invited the congregation to give thanks for what they had received from God, including their priests.