30Oct Death and Funerals

As we move into the 'month for the dead', November, Seamus Ahearne speaks of his experience of funerals in parish life. "The Church still can provide a scaffolding to carry the event of death which is beyond our words and our understanding."
"The Rituals of the Church still help to carry the mystery of death. This remains true even though most people now have little contact with Church or little grasp of the language of Church. It is an enormous demand to stretch our creative ability to ensure that every family feels totally welcomed. The response we make, has to explore the depths of our humanity."

30Oct 30th October. Friday of Week 30

1st Reading: Romans 9:1-5

Paul would endure anything to win his fellow-Jews to Christ

I am speaking the truth in Christ; I am not lying; my conscience confirms it by the Holy Spirit. I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish … Read the rest