First Down with Fr. Eric (October 20, 2019)

Dear Friends,

While presiding at our Masses, one might wonder what goes through my mind. Many thoughts, as it takes a lot of energy, focus and great care for the words used in preaching and leading.

One thought that often comes to me is how powerful the prayers of the Mass are regarding life after death. At every liturgy we remember those who have died. I find great comfort in the powerful words of our prayers: “Give kind admittance to your Kingdom,” “transform our lowly body after the pattern of his own glorious body.” We even pray for those who are not Christians, remembering all who have sought God with a sincere heart.

All these words give me comfort and hope. We strive to do this at St. Patrick through our funeral ministry from the moment a call comes to us, to the planning of the Mass, to the presence of all our funeral ministers, musician, deacon and priest. The Mass of Resurrection is a reminder that we are to be filled with hope, and that one day we will once again enjoy the friendship of that person in God’s kingdom.

I want to express my gratitude to all those who serve in any capacity in our funeral outreach. I invite everyone to continue to listen to the last part of the Eucharistic prayer as it contains beautiful words that remind us of the life with God forever.

Peace in Christ,

Fr. Eric