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    The Mass of Remembrance: Praying for our Departed Loved Ones

    November 16, 2021
    By: Helen M. Wolf, Ph.D. , Director, Office of Campus Ministries

    On Sunday, Nov. 14, the annual Mass of Remembrance was celebrated to pray and remember by name the family members, friends and loved ones of The University of Scranton community and alumnae/i who passed away during the past year. The Chapel Choir Ensemble was glorious, leading each of us to pray more deeply. University President Father Joseph Marina presided at this Mass, coordinated by the Office of Campus Ministries, during which almost 120 people were remembered. He reminded the congregation of the consoling doctrine of faith that teaches the faithful departed abide with God in love, of Jesus’ promise to believe in his promise of eternal life, and that someday we shall be reunited with loved ones.

    It has been a long-standing tradition in the Catholic Church to remember those who have died during the month of November. Together as a community of faith, we remember many things.

    We remember those who lived among us and somehow touched our lives - our family and friends, our neighbors and coworkers.

    We remember the many who mourn, grieving great loss.

    We remember Jesus who died for us and prepared for each of us a dwelling place of peace, recognizing the great hope we have in Christ’s resurrection.

    And we remember life has changed, not ended.

    Eternal rest grant unto them, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace.

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