Icon of St Leo (c) Netta Ewing


We had the immense pleasure of receiving a St Leo’s Day message from St Leo the Great parish in Victoria, Australia:

“To the Parish Priest and Parishioners of St Leo the Great Parish, Glasgow

On behalf of the Parish Council of St Leo the Great Church, Altona North in Victoria Australia, I send you warmest greetings as we prepare to celebrate the feast of our Patron St Leo the Great.  We are very privileged here in Australia to have recently celebrated the canonisation of Australia’s first saint, Mary MacKillop (St Mary of the Cross), on 17th October.  Please pass on our collective best wishes from the people of St Leo the Great in Australia. We shall keep you in our prayers and hope you also will remember to pray for us on 10th November.

in Christ, 

Mark Clarke
Chair, Parish Council”

In return, as parish priest, I replied this morning on behalf of the Parish Pastoral Council and the community:

Dear Mark,

 Thank you for your enterprising kindness in sending us your greeting – I shall read it out to the community today. It gives me great pleasure to reciprocate good wishes to you and the community of St Leo the Great in Australia as we prepare to celebrate the Feastday Mass here at St Leo the Great in Glasgow.  Congratulations also to you on the canonisation of the formidable St Mary McKillop!    We will sing her hymn today as something special we have in common with your community, and will give you a special mention at the Intercessions.  

A blessing:
Dia gun cum suaint thu, Criosd gun tog suas thu
Spirorad gun gleidh thu, am foillseachd neamh.
Dia gun toir gras dhut leigheas na ghairdean
Treooireachd troimh’n dubhlachdd gu soillseachd seimh.

 God to enfold you. Christ to uphold you.
Spirit to keep you in heaven’s sight:
So may God grace you, heal and embrace you,
lead you through darkness into the light.

 (God to enfold you: from “Love & Anger” © Wild Goose Resource Group)

Our intercessions today for the feast of St Leo the Great:

We thank God for the example of faithfulness, devotion to the Gospel and service to the Church seen in the life of St Leo the Great.
Lord, hear us

We thank God for the generosity of so many people who serve the community in the great variety of services which are needed for the common good. 
Lord, hear us

 We pray for all those who make up our parish community, for families and individuals, and for all those whom they love and care for. 
Lord, hear us

 We join our prayers today with the community of St Leo the Great at Altona North, Victoria, Australia: may they, and we, be blessed in the loving quality of parish life.
Lord, hear us

 We pray for the sick and housebound of the parish, and for our deceased family members, friends and parishioners. 
Lord, hear us

 We pray for our neighbours in the other churches and faith communities, and for all who with us make up our local community.
Lord, hear us