This weekend, we will celebrate Mass in three of our Parish Cemeteries:
Culmore, Naomh Mobhí and St Brigid’s and, on Monday we will celebrate Mass at Urlaur Abbey – there remembering, all buried in the Abbey Grounds.
On Thursday last, we gathered in St Patrick’s Cemetery to celebrate Mass there. These Masses are very important to families, as evidenced by the very many who travel to be with us.
Why we gather, speaks more of ourselves perhaps, as it reminds us that we do not want to ever forget those gone before us. This is truly a noble and virtuous trait that sets humanity apart. We cannot easily forget our loved ones, nor indeed should we.
The old song, Danny Boy, sums it up well:
And if you come, and all the flowers are dying, and I am dead as dead I well may be; you’ll come and find the place where I am lying, And kneel and say an Ave there for me
Remembering in prayer and with love.