Just a week after the funeral of Mgr. Jack Sheridan, the Archdiocese of Glasgow had to bid farewell to Fr. Peter McKelvie who died in his 80th year. The funeral took place in St. Martn of Tours parish, Renton, where principal concelebrant Archbishop Tartaglia was joined by Archbishop Emeritus Conti and priests of the Diocese. The music of the Mass was supported by members of the parish choir and the St. Mungo Singers.
Archbishop Tartaglia began his homily by expressing his prayerful condolences to Fr. McKelvie’s family and friends. Our trust in the Risen Christ, he said, echoes that of Job in the first reading of the Mass where he says “I know that my redeemer lives”, and so he commended Fr. Peter to God.
Fr. Peter had been a war baby, born in 1939 in Glasgow and being ordained in 1963. In his 56 years of priesthood, he had served as assistant priest in a number of parishes before becoming parish priest firstly in St. Martin’s Castlemilk, the St Saviour’s Govan and lastly in St. Martin’s Renton. He had spent his last years after retirement in Nazareth House. Archbishop Tartaglia expressed his thanks on behalf of the Diocese for his years of service.
The Archbishop concluded his homily by reflecting that we were approaching the end of Lent now, when we are urged to continue to unite ourselves with the Lord, to put off sin and put on Christ. With these thoughts, we commend Fr. Peter into His loving hands.