Funeral Mass will be celebrated May 30, 11 a.m., at St. Bartholomew in Long Beach for Msgr. Thomas McGovern, 92, pastor emeritus, who died May 17.Ordained to the priesthood in Ireland in 1946, he served in ten different parishes over the course of almost 67 years of ministry.Born in Blacklion, County Cavan, Ireland, he completed seminary studies at St. Patrick’s College and was ordained there at Maynooth for the Diocese of Kilmore, Ireland, his home diocese. He was sent a year later on a temporary mission to Los Angeles that evolved into a lifetime of service in the archdiocese.He served at several parishes as an associate pastor, including St. Monica, Santa Monica; Mother of Sorrows, Los Angeles; Holy Spirit, Los Angeles, Christ the King, Los Angeles; and Holy Angels, Arcadia.He next served as co-administrator of St. Kevin, Los Angeles (1965-66), followed by a year’s stint as associate pastor at Mother of Sorrows and a brief assignment as an administrator pro tem at St. Augustine in Culver City.In 1968, began his ministry at Holy Family Church in South Pasadena. During his 13-year pastorate at Holy Family (1971-84), he refurbished the church, constructed a new rectory and formed the parish council.In 1984, he became pastor of St. Bartholomew in Long Beach, serving until his retirement in 1991. According to Msgr. Bernard Leheny, St. Bartholomew’s pastor, Msgr. McGovern was known for his great wit and hospitality.“We will really miss him here at St. Bart’s,” said Msgr. Leheny. “Our prayers go out to his family, but we know he has gone to his eternal reward having left a close-knit parish community, yet one that is outward looking to the needs of others.”Noted for his love of poetry, Msgr. McGovern recited this poem at his parish retirement party:I need not be missed if another succeed me, To reap down the fields which in spring I have sown.He who plowed and who sowed is not missed by the reaper.He is only remembered by what he has done.