Hearing Confession is just one of a priest's many duties
From today’s Gospel (John 13:16-20):
‘I tell you most solemnly,
whoever welcomes the one I send welcomes me,
and whenever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.’
In this Gospel passage we can clearly see Jesus referring to his disciples.
Yet, fast forward two thousand years to today and Jesus would be talking about our priests and bishops. So let us ask ourselves this question….how do I treat my parish priest?
The Catholic parish of St Lucy's, Cumbernauld shone brightly on Friday night as it celebrated its 40th anniversary.
Philip Tartaglia, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Glasgow, was the principal celebrant of the Mass. He was joined by parish priest Father Joseph McAuley, former parish priests, and other dignatories and religious including local MSP Jamie Hepburn, local Councillor Elizabeth Irvine and Reverand David Nicholson of Kildrum Parish Church.
St Andrew's Cathedral, Glasgow
The Scottish Catholic Observer (SCO) has reported that the Archbishop of Glasgow, Philip Tartaglia, is to consult the Catholic people of Glasgow on the future of all parishes within the Archdiocese. The SCO reports that the consultation leaflet contains tough questions about falling congregations and the way congregations are served at parish level.
There will, of course, be fears for the future of some parishes; however, this cannot simply be viewed as a precursor to the closure of churches across Glasgow.