Please Remember in Your Prayers Deceased Parishioners of the St. Anthony of Padua Parish
The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
Fresh and green are the pastures where he gives me repose.
Near restful waters he leads me, to revive my drooping spirit.
He guides me along the right path; he is true to his name.
If I should walk in the valley of darkness no evil would I fear.
You are there with your crook and your staff; with these you give me comfort
You have prepared a banquet for me in the sight of my foes.
My head you have anointed with oil; my cup is over flowering.
Surely goodness and kindness shall follow me all the days of my life.
In the Lord’s own house shall I dwell for ever and ever
SORROW TURNING INTO JOY
Neither our natural attachment to life nor our courage in bearing suffering, neither earthly wisdom nor even faith – however great – none of these can preserve us from the sorrow for the dead.
Death is a twofold phenomenon: there is the death of the departed, and the suffering and deadening in our own soul, occasioned by this painful process sorrow, gloom and despondency is forbidden to the Christian.
He must not recoil when faced with suffering nor remain impotently passive before it.
He must exert his spiritual powers to the utmost in order to emerge from it stronger, deeper and wiser.
No matter if we are weak in our faith and unstable in our spiritual life – the love we bear towards the departed is not weak; and our sorrow is so deep, precisely because our love is so strong.
Through the tension of our love, we too shall cross the fatal threshold which they crossed.
By an effort of our imagination, let us enter into the world which they have entered: let us give more place in our life to that which has become their life; and slowly, imperceptibly, our sorrow will turn into joy which no one can take from us.
Book of Remembrance
John D’Sa, William Sutton,
Patrick McCluskey, Francis Harbridge,
William Graham, Florence Garratt,
Louise Kuhn, Elsie Young,
Patrick Burke, Noran Moore,
Charles Joseph Pepper, Albert MacNamara,
Jessie Tchekemian, Mrs Lowkowski,
William Burke, Kevin Walsh,
Margaret Jones, John Thomas Markham,
Kathleen Keyes, Esther Roper,
Mary Lehane, Ronald De Silva,
Francois Merceica, Eleanor MacBean,
Elizabeth Farrell, Edward McNamara,
Christopher Reidy, James O’Neill,
Geoffrey Coward, Patrick Walsh,
Mary Ann Roberts, Edward Mort,
Kitty Pearce, David James Edwards,
Peter Kirby, Denis Agu,
Gwen Edwards, Kathleen Pepper,
Dot Franklin, Victoria Thomas,
Jason Gozmao, Nicholas Gorman,
Frederick Freeman-Roach, Anthony McGilloway,
Violet Adams, Anthony McGilloway,
Lynda Muharrem, Eileen Roche,
Kenneth Todd, Christopher Alaneme,
Martha Maloney, Wyn Sherwood,
Christina Palmer, Patrick O’Regan,
Magdalene Sandy, Margaret Ann Fisher
and Muriel Mavis D’Mello,
May they rest in peace
A LOVED ONE HAS DIED
“We give back to you, O God, those whom you gave to us.
You did not lose them when you gave them to us, and we do not lose them by their return to you.
Your dear Son has taught us that life is eternal and love cannot die.
So death is only an horizon, and an horizon is only the limit of our sight.
Open our eyes to see more clearly, and draw us closer to you that we may know that we are nearer to our loved ones, who are with you.
You have told us that you are preparing a place for us: prepare us also for that happy place, that where you are we may also be always.
O dear Lord of life and death.”