Sunday, November 25, 2012

Deceased Still Touch Our Lives

Fr. Henry Madigan, OFM Conv
"Friendship and concern does not end at death, but continues," Fr. Henry Madigan, OFM Conv., told some 60 people Nov. 18 at a Service of Remembrance, co-sponsored by St. Joseph Fraternity and St. Joseph-St. Patrick Church. "We have the opportunity to reflect on how they have touched our lives and to reflect on how they are part of the reality of God's church."

He urged the assembly, there to remember Franciscans and members of the parish who embraced Sister Death in the past year, to "recognize we are not just praying for them, but they are praying for us… We have quite literally an army of saints who pray for us."

Fr. Henry added, "They continue to touch our lives."

Mary Stronach, OFS, leads prayer service.
Held in the church, the prayer service was led by Mary Stronach, OFS, with Roberta Mickey, OFS, reading a passage from the New Testament and leading the intercessory prayers. Inquirer Ellen Benton read the names of the deceased and invited family members to come up and place flowers in vases at the foot of the altar in memory of their loved ones. Ana Pereira, OFS, Bill McMyler, OFS, and Inquirers Ed and Sandy Rooney placed flowers in memory of those who had no family member present.

Music was provided by Andrew Siuta and Christine Mickey. Fraternity Minister Joanne Lockwood, OFS, produced the prayer service program.

Fr. Richard Dellos
Fr. Richard Dellos, pastor, concluded the service with a blessing and offered thanks to Secular Franciscans for organizing the service and to Fr. Henry for traveling from the Albany area to participate.

The flower vases representing the deceased were then placed before the Blessed Sacrament in the Perpetual Adoration Chapel, while the assembly adjourned to the parish center for refreshments and fellowship.