St. Mary and St. Wilfrid CAFOD Memorial Mass

Crissi Booth reports on the recent Memorial Mass held in Bishop Auckland.

On 30 November, David Cross preached during the memorial mass held at the parish of St. Mary and St. Wilfrid in Bishop Auckland.

David began by thanking Father Dennis for saying Mass, and opened the mass saying how everyone had come together to give thanks to the relatives and friends we had lost, and gave thanks to those who supported the work of CAFOD.

It is important that from time to time we just stop for a moment of recollection. It’s an opportunity for us to reconnect with our departed relatives and friends.

Tonight, we bring to our Lord’s table all our memories, our joys and pain. We come together in the solidarity of a pain borne out of Love. A love which we give thanks to God for having known and experienced.

The Lord will wipe away the tears from every cheek and will destroy death forever; the love of the Lord is everlasting.

The Beatitudes and their promises: happy you who are poor in spirit, yours is the Kingdom of heaven; happy you who are gentle, the earth is your heritage; happy you who mourn, you shall be comforted; happy you who hunger and thirst for what is right, you shall be satisfied; happy you who show mercy to others, you shall have CANDLES01.pngmercy shown to you; happy you who are pure in heart, you shall see God; happy you peacemakers, you shall be called sons and daughters of God; happy you who are persecuted in the cause of right, yours is the kingdom of heaven.

Through your support and of those who have gone before us, you have been feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, housing the homeless, welcoming the stranger, being peacemakers, helping people to obtain justice, educating children and adults, comforting the afflicted and those who mourn.

Your support, has and is continuing to make life changing differences to some of the poorest people on our planet. Thank you.

CAFOD has held memorial masses for the past ten years, and these masses show our gratitude, and celebrate the lives of our loved ones who are deeply missed. The amazing commitment and generosity that has been shown by our past and present supporters is something we are thankful for, and for this, we offer our prayers.Remembrance is a very important part of Catholic tradition, and the month of November is when the Church encourages us to remember the dead.


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