Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Please pray.

I love to share joy with all of you, but I am not so good at sharing sorrow.  But in this world, you will always find both. Today is a day I share some sorrow with you and ask you for prayers for someone you probably don't know.  I begged for your prayers on Saturday, and I'm going to beg that they continue.  The storm has yet to pass.

There's no gentle, good way to say this so...deep breath....on Friday, April 5th, a 13 year old 7th grader from our parish died unexpectedly.  If you like, you can read more about her life along with some beautiful tributes by clicking here.  Please pray for her and her family.  This community is strong and loving but they need all the support they can get, from all of you and the entire communion of saints.

"Mass of Christian Burial to celebrate Lillie Frances' life will be held on Friday, April 12th at 10:30 a.m. at St. Ann Catholic Church, 12648 East D Avenue, Augusta (Gull Lake), with Celebrant: Father Christopher J. Derda, concelebrating Father Mathew Manalel and Deacon Michael A. Carl, Assisting. A time of fellowship and a luncheon to continue Lillie's life celebration will immediately follow the Mass in the Church's Social Hall. Private, family burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Kalamazoo, MI.
Friends will be received on Thursday, April 11th from 1:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. with a School Community Prayer Service at 1:30 p.m. and from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with the Parish Rosary being recited at 7:00 p.m. at the Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home, Richland Chapel, 9170 East D Avenue (M-89). In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Lillie's honor may be directed to the Gull Lake Community Schools Foundation, 11775 East D Avenue, Richland, MI 49083 or Oxfam America, 226 Causeway Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02114-2206."

Thank you for all your prayers so far and for continuing through this week and beyond.  This is why I haven't really been able to post and probably won't be able to for a while.  I don't know.  We just need to pray and hug our babies.

I'll be praying for all of you, too.  Thanks again.

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34 comments :

  1. My heart and prayers are with this young girl and her family.

    May He keep her with Him and wrap His love around her.

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  2. Oh so sad. I will be praying for her family, and for yours. This must be so difficult for your kids to even begin to fathom.

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  3. Praying for her soul, for her family, and for all her friends going through this loss right now. Praying for the peace of Christ.

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  4. I'm so sorry to read this, Dwija. I will pray for her soul and all who mourn her passing. We lost a little boy at our parish last summer to a tragic accident at home and it is still so raw and unbelieveable. May Lillie's soul rest in the peace of Christ.

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  5. I'm not even sure what to write. I just want you to know prayers are being offered up.

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  6. Prayers for her and her family.

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  7. This is so heartbreaking. Many prayers for her, her family and your whole community. I can't even fathom.

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  8. Prayers for her, her family & you all

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  9. Praying, how very hard.

    Feel blessed to hear that the celebrant of the funeral mass is Father Chris Derda. I belonged to a youth group with him in high school (he was a couple years older) and he was very holy then, so glad to hear he became a priest, I didn't know. He went to prom with one of my best friends. Hopefully he is the strong Father that your parish family needs at this time of tragedy.

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  10. Extremely sad. Words never go well for me at times like these, so I'll keep it simple. Prayers will & are going out to the family, and community.

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  11. I am praying for that dear girl & her family. Praying for you too, Dwija, because I know how these tragedies rock a community.

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  12. Losing a child is one of the worst tragedies imaginable. Prayers for her family and all who loved her.

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  13. I'm praying for you, your family, all the families affected by this, and for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the likes of which leave non-believers gape mouthed with wonder.

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  14. Praying for her soul, her family, her friends, and her parish. So sad.

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  15. Praying. There are no words all I can send is prayers.

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  16. Praying for all of you. And spending some time hugging and loving my precious babes tomorrow.

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  17. Very sad. Praying for them. How did she die?

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  18. So sorry to hear about this. (((Hugs and prayers))) for her family!

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  19. Praying. Our neighbors lost a young nephew recently. So, so much pain.

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  20. Oh my goodness, it seems like so many children are going to meet our Heavenly father recently. Prayers and more prayers my friend.

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  21. Praying with and for all of you at her church and for Lillie and her family, too.

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  22. As a mother, this is so hard to hear. Heartbreaking. Of course the family has our prayers.

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  23. My heart is breaking for them. Prayers.

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  24. My prayers are with this girl, her family and community.

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