Many in our community and around the world are trying to cope with the loss of their
departed loved ones. Grief affects all of us very profoundly and it affects us even
in ways that we might not be aware of ourselves. It hits at different levels and
is very different from one situation to another. It goes from profound sadness and
loneliness to anger and “I don’t care anymore”. Some may be prepared to face grief
and for another it comes totally unexpected. In the Gospel, Jesus met the woman in
the funeral precession of her only son, in the town of Naim. He told her not to cry
and then He raised her son from the dead. Jesus brings the good news to us, that
there is another life after this life, which He offers to all who believe in Him.
During the month of November, as we pray for the faithful departed, we also pray
for the comfort and healing of Jesus for all who are bereaved, especially for those
who find it difficult to accept and bear this grief. The human bonds of love and
affection run very deep and yet we have to let go of our loved ones to the new and
glorious world of Heaven. May they rest in peace. May the Lord help all left behind
to carry on.
Special Mass for those who died since last November:
On Thursday November 20th at 8.00pm a special Mass will be offered for all those
who died in the past year. Special prayers will be offered for the bereaved. We invite
the families who had a loved one die during the year, to come to the Mass and light
a candle in remembrance of their loved one. We also invite parishioners whose relatives
died outside the Parish during the year, to give the names of their loved ones to
the Parish Office before 12 noon on Thursday November 20th.