It won’t be long now until the clocks will go back and the already short days will become even shorter. Sunday 31st October will see the change.
November can be a difficult month particularly for those who have been recently bereaved. In November the darkness seems all pervasive and can seem to envelop us. The dark mornings and long evenings bring a type of gloom after the balmy days of summer past, November is the traditional month for remembering our departed loved ones and praying that they are in eternal peace. We believe that we have a connectedness to them still through what we describe as the communion of saints and that they are praying with us and for us as well.
The cycle of nature is a cycle of life and death, of growth, flourishing and decay, and it has much to teach us about the cycle of our own coming to birth growth and development and ultimate death and resurrection to new life. “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. “ John 12:24. Even as winter moves in and begins to tighten its grip we are secure in the knowledge that spring will come once again, we live in hope. This past year has been a particularly difficult one in which to lose someone you love. Covid restrictions have meant that the normal rallying around by family and friends could not happen. Churches usually thronged by those who come to support the bereaved and to pray for the deceased were empty, with hundreds tuning in from home on the Internet. At the height of the pandemic restrictions just a handful of immediate family could be present for the funeral Mass which was both difficult and painful for all involved. Recent relaxation of the restrictions has seen a return to near normality and funerals are once again occasions when people can be there for the bereaved.
Each year every parish hold a November Mass of remembrance for the dead, with a special focus on those who died in the past twelve months. It allows the parish community to come together in a solemn act of remembrance of the departed and support for the bereaved. It allows families who have been trying to cope with their loss to see and understand that they are not alone in their grief and to be part of a special moment of prayer and remembrance of the parish family. St. Mary’s will hold its annual Mass on Wednesday November 17th at 8:00 pm. Families who lost someone this past year will receive an invitation and others are welcome to come and remember their deceased. We are hopeful that by that date all restrictions on numbers will have been lifted.
“Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. ~ May they rest in peace. Amen”
St. Mary’s Lucan