Pastor's Desk: 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 14th November 2009 in Pastor's Desk

Greetings to one and all on these cold November days.

Last Friday evening 6th November we held our annual Mass of Remembrance for those who died in our parish during the last twelve months. It was an opportunity to celebrate and honour their lives, and also to pray for the intentions of their families once more. The service was as always very dignified and was very much enriched by those who helped prepare for the evening and by the families in attendance. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed continue to enjoy the peace and love of Our Lord and God.

On Monday last I attended a funeral at home in Raharney where David Harkins’ poem ‘She is Gone’, was read as a communion reflection. I thought the words were very meaningful and appropriate to all of us in our understanding of death and coming to terms with loss in life. The poem reads as follows:

She is Gone

You can shed tears that she is gone
Or you can smile because she has lived

You can close your eyes and pray that she will come back
Or you can open your eyes and see all that she has left

Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her
Or you can be full of the love that you shared

You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday

You can remember her and only that she is gone
Or you can cherish her memory and let it live on

You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back
Or you can do what she would want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

In this month of remembrance I hope these words will bring some comfort and consolation.

Just a thought!
To all of us who support Liverpool FC I say let us not lose heart and believe in the famous words of our anthem: Walk on, with hope in your heart - and you’ll never walk alone, you’ll never walk alone!

Enjoy your week and let us continue to remember our loved ones and each other before the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.

God bless,
Fr. Gary.

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